Making it to the national title game once again, for the second time in three years, John Calipari‘s young Kentucky Wildcats have become somewhat of a staple in the Final Four. Only missing the NCAA Tournament once in his five years at Kentucky, Calipari is considered one of the best coaches in college basketball. Cue the Calipari to the NBA rumors.
With a 152-37 record to go along with three Final Fours, an Elite Eight and a national title, Calipari has been drawing some interest from the next level. I mean, what coach with 555 wins and a 76 percent winning rate at the collegiate level wouldn’t draw interest?
According to Rex Chapman, a former Kentucky star and 12-year NBA vet, Calipari is as good as gone after the national title game, win or lose, to the Los Angeles Lakers:
— Rex Chapman (@rexchapman) April 7, 2014
Being close to the program, maybe Chapman knows something that we all don’t know. In fact, he said that he heard from his ‘sources’ and that it’s a ‘done deal’.
Why should Calipari say ‘no’ to the NBA and stay at Kentucky when there is more money and fame waiting for him? Chances are he wouldn’t succeed at the next level like many college-to-pro coaches. You can be a great college coach and fail at the next level. That’s exactly what Calipari is, however. He’s a great college coach that will likely fail in the NBA.
Coach Cal is built for college basketball. He’s a great recruiter and he knows how to win, and win often at the college level.
Why ruin a college coaching legacy with a jump to the pros? Another 10-15 years at the college level could make him one of the best college coaches of all time — even getting close to the 1,000-win mark if he stays on the pace that he’s on now.
Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.