Kentucky Wildcats Booted From Top 25 For First Time Since John Calipari Arrived

By Kelsey Budd
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have been removed from the AP Top 25 rankings this week.  After recent losses to the Baylor Bears and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, this shouldn’t be a surprise.

The most shocking part about the Wildcats being dropped from the rankings is that this is the first time they’ve been unranked since John Calipari has been the coach.

After coming off of a national championship, people had very high expectations from the Wildcats.  In my opinion, Calipari put himself and his team on a pedestal that made them appear untouchable.  This is obviously not the case.

Calipari spent so much time promoting Kentucky through ESPN shoes, Twitter and forming celebrity friendships that he lost focus in the importance of what he was hired to do.  Since his team heard their coach talking about them like they were celebrities, they came into the season assuming that it was a given they would win another national championship.

Because of the recruiting style Calipari has, he is playing a very inexperienced roster.  The lack of leadership is evident and somebody needs to step up and fill that role if this Kentucky team wants to regain their dominant reputation.

It is a long season and there is still time for Calipari’s team to develop into an elite team, but he should be embarrassed that his empire of a school has dropped from the rankings.

Both Calipari and his young team need to use this as motivation to drastically improve and shore up on their weaknesses before starting conference play.

They may be out of the rankings, but they are not off the radar.  This group of athletes can find a way to rally and work their way back to the top of the polls.

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