Kentucky Fans Need To Calm Down About The One and Done Rule

Coach Cal
PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDY LYONS

So late Monday night after Kentucky’s victory against Troy, I do what I always tend to do after a game, get on my phone and get on Twitter. I often scroll through my timeline after the game to try and get a feel for the fan base. Most of the time its positive and the negativity is kept to a minimum, but last night I was just flabbergasted with the amount of hate directed towards coach John Calipari and his successful yet controversial method of one and done recruiting.

Now yes I know that the game was a little too close for comfort, but here is the thing….. we won! It often makes me wonder why our fan base is so bipolar when it comes to being happy with our basketball programs success. It just doesn’t make sense that we can play a team like Kansas and lose, and have a positive attitude afterwards. But then win against Troy and part of Big Blue Nation has a bad taste in their mouths.

The Big Blue Nation has to understand that this is Cal’s YOUNGEST TEAM EVER, this will take time. Rome wasn’t built in a day and national title contenders aren’t made overnight.

Even with Coach Cal’s success and history with one and done recruiting, some members of Kentucky’s fan base still wanna question it’s legitimacy. Since Cal has been here we have been six Elite Eight’s, four Final Fours, two National Title Game appearances, and one National Championship. Now I was never the best in math when it came to school, but I’m smart enough to understand that all those victories and Final Fours add up to success.

John Calipari has been more successful at Kentucky than Tubby, Rick, Eddie, and Joe B. Hall. So why are we so quick to question him? Why do we hold him to this standard of if we don’t win a national title than the season is failure? What more can the man do?

For some fans they say its hard to get behind these players because they are only here for a couple months and they would rather prefer players like The Unforgettables. There was a reason why Richie Farmer, Deron Feldhaus, John Pelphrey, and Sean Woods stayed at Kentucky for four years. It’s because they were never good enough to make it in the NBA. I’m sorry if that upsets some of you to hear that, but its just true.

I’m not sure if it will ever be like that again where we have that many seniors who actually play and get minutes on the floor. But to be honest, I’m okay with that. Its never been better here at Kentucky with the amount of talent that has flourished through here lately.

The college basketball landscape has just changed, there is more money to be made nowadays in the NBA. By telling these young men that they need to stay four years for nothing but your own personal gain is just selfish. I for one will never tell a young talented athlete that they need to stay in college instead of making millions. Because isn’t that whole point of college to begin with? To try and get a job that pays good money?

But to make a long story short, John Calipari is the second greatest coach to ever be at the helm for the Kentucky Wildcats. If you don’t like success and you would rather cheer for a team that has four year players then I suggest you cheer for another program. Because John Calipari and his recruiting methods are here to stay, so for once in your Kentucky fandom lifetime try cheering for the name on the front of the jersey, and don’t worry about the name on the back.

In Cal we trust.

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