Mike Strange: Kentucky's McDonald's feast: too much (or not enough)

Mike Strange

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — At any college basketball program, the successful recruitment of one McDonald’s All-American is cause for celebration.

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ProudVol writes:

Something just does not add up here. I mean he has had to vacate final four wins everywhere he's been. To say that he is a great Xs & Os guys just doesn't pass the sniff test (reference his Memphis teams). I realize Big Blue has great facilities and the guys are treated like royalty there, but something funky is going on. I mean 6 MAA's in one class??? No way.

maciste54 writes:

Sorry but it doesn't take a genius to recruit to Kentucky. That's just retarded. The Wildcats have had and will have the best unpaid professional basketball team in the U.S. as long a the stupid one and one rules persist. I say unpaid rather reluctantly.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to maciste54:

Sorry but it doesn't take a genius to recruit to Kentucky. That's just retarded. The Wildcats have had and will have the best unpaid professional basketball team in the U.S. as long a the stupid one and one rules persist. I say unpaid rather reluctantly.

I was just thinking the same thing about the unpaid part. I sat next to a GA fan on a plane ride from Augusta to Atlanta when Hershel Walker was a soph. and he said " Hershel doesn't get paid a penny, but he sure has good credit at all the banks. Believe me when I say "Kentucky players get paid, one way or another they get paid. And I agree 100% on the one and done thing.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

I was just thinking the same thing about the unpaid part. I sat next to a GA fan on a plane ride from Augusta to Atlanta when Hershel Walker was a soph. and he said " Hershel doesn't get paid a penny, but he sure has good credit at all the banks. Believe me when I say "Kentucky players get paid, one way or another they get paid. And I agree 100% on the one and done thing.

Sorry about the misspelling of Herschel's name. Also, the gentleman I talked with was not just a fan, he also claimed to be a Donor with substantial assetts. From the looks of the Large University of GA ring and the thousands of dollars in diamonds scattered about his fingers I believed everythhing he told me.

johnlg00 writes:

There are just way too many angles to cover in a story, indeed a whole legend, in a forum like this. So far, despite a continuing wealth of talent that every other program in the country can only dream of, Calapari has won just one national championship. Unlike some, I have great respect for him as an Xs-and-Os coach. He did miss a couple of tricks in his now-vacated Final Four try at Memphis, but he has some of the best assistants in the business and he has refined his teaching and team management over the years. Almost nobody else in the country could combine his coaching and recruiting the way he does, year after year after year.

It does nobody any good to constantly mutter about "cheating" if they don't have any real way to find out the truth, and almost nobody on here has such a way. I can readily understand why other coaches envy Calapari's situation, but not many of them could do even as well as he does with it. He would probably be the first to tell you, whether you believed him or not, that it is no bed of roses to coach a rosterful of young egotistical future pros year after year. The already astronomical expectations of the Wildcat fan base are ratcheted up even higher as the flood of MickeyD's AAs continues to sweep over the Bluegrass State. UK under Calapari is an almost unprecedented phenomenon. All everybody else can hope for involves the demonstrated fact that freshmen often lack the experience and mental toughness as a team to stay focused on nights when things don't go well.

bUTch__please writes:

Nice love-fest for Coach Cal. For some reason I seem to recall that both his team and a certain team that stomped his guts out by 30 points last year BOTH got expelled from the first round of the NIT. Here's to a better year for that certain other team.

Zo VOLS!

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

There are just way too many angles to cover in a story, indeed a whole legend, in a forum like this. So far, despite a continuing wealth of talent that every other program in the country can only dream of, Calapari has won just one national championship. Unlike some, I have great respect for him as an Xs-and-Os coach. He did miss a couple of tricks in his now-vacated Final Four try at Memphis, but he has some of the best assistants in the business and he has refined his teaching and team management over the years. Almost nobody else in the country could combine his coaching and recruiting the way he does, year after year after year.

It does nobody any good to constantly mutter about "cheating" if they don't have any real way to find out the truth, and almost nobody on here has such a way. I can readily understand why other coaches envy Calapari's situation, but not many of them could do even as well as he does with it. He would probably be the first to tell you, whether you believed him or not, that it is no bed of roses to coach a rosterful of young egotistical future pros year after year. The already astronomical expectations of the Wildcat fan base are ratcheted up even higher as the flood of MickeyD's AAs continues to sweep over the Bluegrass State. UK under Calapari is an almost unprecedented phenomenon. All everybody else can hope for involves the demonstrated fact that freshmen often lack the experience and mental toughness as a team to stay focused on nights when things don't go well.

You make 2 very important points..despite the talent ..Cal has only one national championship..freshmen often lack the experience and mental toughness as a team to stay focused on nights when things don't go well..I would add: the one Nat'l Champ he has won was primarily due to the leadership and outside shooting of an upper classman..Miller..and Deron Lamb who was the best player on the team at crunch time..Anthony Davis may be among the most talented freshmen to ever play the game ..but he was not a leader on the team.. #2..there is only one ball ..and basketball is a team game..I think the Vols have as good a chance as any team to win the SEC..

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

There are just way too many angles to cover in a story, indeed a whole legend, in a forum like this. So far, despite a continuing wealth of talent that every other program in the country can only dream of, Calapari has won just one national championship. Unlike some, I have great respect for him as an Xs-and-Os coach. He did miss a couple of tricks in his now-vacated Final Four try at Memphis, but he has some of the best assistants in the business and he has refined his teaching and team management over the years. Almost nobody else in the country could combine his coaching and recruiting the way he does, year after year after year.

It does nobody any good to constantly mutter about "cheating" if they don't have any real way to find out the truth, and almost nobody on here has such a way. I can readily understand why other coaches envy Calapari's situation, but not many of them could do even as well as he does with it. He would probably be the first to tell you, whether you believed him or not, that it is no bed of roses to coach a rosterful of young egotistical future pros year after year. The already astronomical expectations of the Wildcat fan base are ratcheted up even higher as the flood of MickeyD's AAs continues to sweep over the Bluegrass State. UK under Calapari is an almost unprecedented phenomenon. All everybody else can hope for involves the demonstrated fact that freshmen often lack the experience and mental toughness as a team to stay focused on nights when things don't go well.

His top assistant is the man you never see.....World Wide Wes.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

His top assistant is the man you never see.....World Wide Wes.

Well, yes, it is said that Wes is Calapari's main "procurer", but that only gets the talent in the door. What happens after that is Calapari's doing. At UK, he is able to conduct an almost unprecedented experiment in how to mold a true competitive team out of mostly young players year after year. Sometimes his alchemy produces gold, as it did a couple of years ago; other times, it blows up the lab as it did last year. Almost whichever way it goes, it is the most compelling story in any season, like a high-wire act, if only because he is following a path inaccessible to everybody else.

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