ITH Super Happy Fun Time Coaching Search: John Calipari

  • 03/28/2008 2:51 pm in

p1_coachcal.jpgKelvin is out the door and Dan is not our man, so that can only mean one thing: It’s coaching search time! Here’s a look at the candidates that could land in Bloomington. We’ll give you the pros, the cons and the bottom line. This afternoon: Memphis’s John Calipari.

Pros: John Calipari is a proven, lifetime winner at the collegiate level. His all-time record is 409-135, and while that number is inflated by the easy 20-ish wins Memphis picks up in Conference USA every year, the fact that Memphis is in a position to cruise through their conference so easily is solely thanks to Calipari’s program-building. Memphis doesn’t just run through C-USA — they are a perennial national contender, because Calipari might be the best recruiter in the country.

Once Calipari assembles his talent, his Memphis Attack offense (derived from Vance Walberg’s dribble-drive motion offense) is one of the most exacting, difficult offensive styles in the country. It forces teams to isolate each player defensively and dares them to stop Chris Douglas-Roberts or Derrick Rose from getting to the hole. The notion that players like that might one day be running Cal’s DDM offense in Assembly Hall is enough to make an uptempo hoops fan’s mouth water. (Hint: My mouth is watering.)

Cons: It’d be disingenuous to say Calipari’s near-legendary recruitment process always seems above-board. At the very least, he’s an admitted and open associate of William Wesley, and while that’s not a violation — Wesley’s a “friend of the program,” surely no different from many IU boosters — Wesley also happens to have a strange, iconic relationship with young talent. The upshot of this is that a Calipari IU program would be stocked with the best talent in the country. The downside is a nuclear scenario of someday finding out the creepy ways that talent got there.

Bottom Line: Calipari might be interested in the IU job, and the Hoosiers should give him at least a cursory look, but at the end of the day IU’s squeamishness about Calipari’s recruiting undertones will probably prevent them from getting too serious.

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  • easy

    Play it safe, don't get Coach Cal. Too “shady.”

  • easy

    Play it safe, don't get Coach Cal. Too “shady.”

  • tberry

    As a coach, I don't think you could do any better than Calipari BUT there always seems to be an questionable under-current when he is talked about.

    Has the NCAA ever looked at one of his programs? Has he ever been openly accused of cheating? Or is it just a way for those who are jealous of his success to explain why he is better than they are?

  • tberry

    As a coach, I don't think you could do any better than Calipari BUT there always seems to be an questionable under-current when he is talked about.

    Has the NCAA ever looked at one of his programs? Has he ever been openly accused of cheating? Or is it just a way for those who are jealous of his success to explain why he is better than they are?

  • easy

    Violations at UMass. Later he was found to be innocent. But he's definitely been accused.

  • easy

    Violations at UMass. Later he was found to be innocent. But he's definitely been accused.

  • Again, I'll rest on the NC State situation to tell you what I know of Calipari.

    When Herb Sendek left for Arizona State (read: when he was run out of town), NC State talked to Calipari at least twice. He even flew into Raleigh, met with the AD, and then flew back to Memphis. Local ACC moron David Glenn was on the phone telling everyone that would listen that Calipari was signed, sealed and delivered, and an announcement was forthcoming.

    Well, Calipari's plane set down, and he went to the AD and said “Look, here's what NC State is going to offer.” And then he was given a raise and now the Wolfpack have Sidney Lowe.

    Don't forget, the coaching search at NC State went on during the same cycle as Indiana's last search, and Calipari was telling various media outlets that Indiana was interested in him, all the while Greenspan was saying “We haven't even called him.”

    If IU were to talk to him, I would fully expect to see another situation like NC State's. Calipari has it good in Memphis, but he's not above using other coaching vacancies to give himself more cash in his pocket.

  • Again, I'll rest on the NC State situation to tell you what I know of Calipari.

    When Herb Sendek left for Arizona State (read: when he was run out of town), NC State talked to Calipari at least twice. He even flew into Raleigh, met with the AD, and then flew back to Memphis. Local ACC moron David Glenn was on the phone telling everyone that would listen that Calipari was signed, sealed and delivered, and an announcement was forthcoming.

    Well, Calipari's plane set down, and he went to the AD and said “Look, here's what NC State is going to offer.” And then he was given a raise and now the Wolfpack have Sidney Lowe.

    Don't forget, the coaching search at NC State went on during the same cycle as Indiana's last search, and Calipari was telling various media outlets that Indiana was interested in him, all the while Greenspan was saying “We haven't even called him.”

    If IU were to talk to him, I would fully expect to see another situation like NC State's. Calipari has it good in Memphis, but he's not above using other coaching vacancies to give himself more cash in his pocket.

  • BrianK

    Yeah I think we need to steer clear of anyone htat might have a hint of cheating whether right or wrong. We need to play this as safe as possible. I thnk if we made up any ground with the NCAA Sanction committee, with getting rid of Sampson and our self punishments, we might lose that ground if we hired someone like Coach Cal.

  • BrianK

    Yeah I think we need to steer clear of anyone htat might have a hint of cheating whether right or wrong. We need to play this as safe as possible. I thnk if we made up any ground with the NCAA Sanction committee, with getting rid of Sampson and our self punishments, we might lose that ground if we hired someone like Coach Cal.

  • easy

    Play it safe, don't get Coach Cal. Too “shady.”

  • tberry

    As a coach, I don't think you could do any better than Calipari BUT there always seems to be an questionable under-current when he is talked about.

    Has the NCAA ever looked at one of his programs? Has he ever been openly accused of cheating? Or is it just a way for those who are jealous of his success to explain why he is better than they are?

  • easy

    Violations at UMass. Later he was found to be innocent. But he's definitely been accused.

  • Again, I'll rest on the NC State situation to tell you what I know of Calipari.

    When Herb Sendek left for Arizona State (read: when he was run out of town), NC State talked to Calipari at least twice. He even flew into Raleigh, met with the AD, and then flew back to Memphis. Local ACC moron David Glenn was on the phone telling everyone that would listen that Calipari was signed, sealed and delivered, and an announcement was forthcoming.

    Well, Calipari's plane set down, and he went to the AD and said “Look, here's what NC State is going to offer.” And then he was given a raise and now the Wolfpack have Sidney Lowe.

    Don't forget, the coaching search at NC State went on during the same cycle as Indiana's last search, and Calipari was telling various media outlets that Indiana was interested in him, all the while Greenspan was saying “We haven't even called him.”

    If IU were to talk to him, I would fully expect to see another situation like NC State's. Calipari has it good in Memphis, but he's not above using other coaching vacancies to give himself more cash in his pocket.

  • Sherronsbackbitches

    Yeah, and Phil Jackson is going to be his assistant. Ole John Calamari would be the last guy in America that would be our next coach, if your going to put a BS posting on here at least do somebody like Isiah

  • Sherronsbackbitches

    Plus he would bring his headbands and half retarded players with him. Nay

  • BrianK

    Yeah I think we need to steer clear of anyone htat might have a hint of cheating whether right or wrong. We need to play this as safe as possible. I thnk if we made up any ground with the NCAA Sanction committee, with getting rid of Sampson and our self punishments, we might lose that ground if we hired someone like Coach Cal.