Which Coach Has the Most to Prove in the 2014 NCAA Championship?

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The Kentucky Wildcats and Connecticut Huskies weren’t predicted to make the 2014 NCAA Championship, but here they are, playing in the 2014 NCAA Championship. Although the players are getting most of the buzz entering this game — as they should — let’s focus in on the two head coaches. Which coach has the most to prove in this game?

Well, John Calipari is probably one of the most hated coaches in the sport. He recruits the best players year after year. As a result, he basically has a new team every year. Regardless, he coached Kentucky to a national championship two years ago. Last year, well, his team didn’t even make the NCAA tournament. In fact, the Wildcats lost in their first contest of the NIT.

His team entered this season as the No. 1 ranked team. Kentucky disappointed most of the year, but it has clearly met expectations in the dance.

As for Kevin Ollie, well, he had to take over for one of the best coaches of all time in Jim Calhoun. Those are some pretty big shoes to fill. Ollie coached his team to 20 wins in his first season. The Huskies weren’t allowed to play in the tournament, so there was really nothing Ollie could have done about that.

In year two, a lot was expected out of the Huskies and they have exceeded expectations with their run to the title game.

With that said, a championship was not expected out of Ollie this year. A championship is expected out of Calipari every single year. So, Calipari has the most to prove in this one.

After this season, the expectations will be raised for Ollie. That tends to happen when you coach for Connecticut and when you make the title game in your second season.

Regardless, both coaches are not in danger of being fired or anything like that. Calipari just has the most to prove for the simple fact that he has already won a national championship with Kentucky and since the Wildcats brought in arguably the best recruiting class of all time this season.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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  • Steven Keys

    “I did it myyyyy waaaaay (Sinatra)!” Frank’s kindred spirit to John Calipari who’ll be difference-maker tonight.

    Twenty+ since he made his mark at UMass, little bit a’ drama (Chaney), dabbled in the Ass’n, back in it at UM, had a few vacations (FF ‘96 / 08) and now he’s on brink of becoming the new face of college b-ball at fifty-five and full head a’ hair.

    John’s got his critics, but he better than anyone today symbolizes state of college sport, both good & bad, and it’s two guiding principles: money & success. He didn’t invent greed nor create the system but he mastered it and would be welcomed at 80% of the campuses (that could pay the freight) from coast-to-coast.

    Kentucky wins and most will’ve tuned-out before it ends (9:10 et tip-o), thanks, cbs. Ugh.