Everyone knows who John Calipari is these days. The Kentucky Wildcats’ head coach is one of the best in the nation at what he does and yet still gets a bad rap for being a coach who recruits ‘one and dones.’
Stephen Colbert, the host of The Colbert Report and the future host of the Late Show, had Calipari on his show to discuss the tough job of head coaching in college athletics. Well, he didn’t just have him on to talk about how tough it is to coach, he also took some time to make some jabs at the coach’s style of recruiting.
This was one of the best interviews I have seen on The Colbert Report and yet it was so simple and straight to the point.
Colbert clearly grills all of his guests in interviews, but this one made me laugh because a lot of the jabs were true and Calipari did his best to squeeze out of the awkwardness. The Kentucky coach made a few statements like “We don’t call it one and done, we call it succeed and proceed.”
Things like that make people in college sports hate him because he’s in denial of the fact that he’s recruiting these players specifically for the use of winning a title every year.
Yes, you recruit to win championships, but you’re also a head coach so you can mold athletes into men. Calipari is just about winning and nothing else — or so it seems.
Watch the full interview here: