John Calipari Failed Kentucky Wildcats Once Again in Loss to Robert Morris
John Calipari has done it again. He has failed the Kentucky Wildcats in their most recent loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT.
It was less than a year ago that the Wildcats won the national title and were sitting at the top of the world with yet another top recruiting class, highlighted by big man Nerlens Noel, coming to town.
Calipari was on the top of the world as well, looking to add another Final Four appearance and maybe even another national title in 2013, but then reality hit. Noel got injured in the middle of the season and it was all downhill from there for the Wildcats.
Granted, Calipari has had trouble with his team all season long. At one point he claimed that some of the players were uncoachable and they did their own thing while he was helpless on the sideline.
On Tuesday night, the Wildcats traveled to Pennsylvania to take on Robert Morris in what was a homecoming for Calipari. The Wildcats were not prepared. Calipari did not do his job. He gave up on his team since they didn’t make the NCAA Tournament.
The Wildcats didn’t stand a chance from the beginning. Kentucky looked weaker, slower and less athletic than the Colonials and it showed as they held a lead against Kentucky throughout most of the game and out-toughed the Wildcats.
Moral of the story: Calipari failed his players. His team never bought into his system and therefore failed in 2012-13, going 21-12 with a first-round NIT loss with a world of talent on his team.
There is no way that a No. 1 recruiting class the year after winning the national title should ever miss the tournament. Ever.
Calipari had never been in a situation of failure before. He succeeded at Memphis and he had succeeded at Kentucky until now. If this isn’t a humbling experience for the top-notch coach, I don’t know what is.