Well most of you know the rumored report of Cal going to UK. First I predicted that this would happen a few years back. Way before the Gillespie hire but I guess I was a little off. A couple of things are off in the report. Number one Rivals is not a student newspaper. I know I was a student at the U of M as late as 2007 and know that our paper there was “The Daily Helmsman” so that is error number one. Also the Commercial Appeal hasn’t announced anything so I would consider that enough fact that Cal hasn’t jumped ship yet. I still think it will happen and here are a few reasons that have been thrown out there:
- Money-5 yrs $32 mill is a ton of cash for anybody.
- Legit Conference- I would argue the SEC is much worse than CUSA but people that don’t watch CUSA games will yell at me. But it’s a BCS conference none the less and I guess that makes it legit.
- Most Storied Program in Basketball- At least in the top 3.
None of which I think he cares about. I really think Cal cares more about being in “The Club” more than any of these things. He wants to be looked at as one of the great coaches in college basketball. At Memphis he may not be able to get the credit he deserves. I mean 4 sweet 16’s 4 straight years is legit coaching and yet he gets no credit because of the conference he plays in which is ridiculous in the first place. It gets tiring playing the underdog card over and over and over. I think the legacy of Calipari is what this whole thing is about.
Memphis fans listen to these to keep your head up.
- The reality is that we can offer just as much money as Kentucky can. Fred Smith loves our school and our program and we get his name out there by having a successful program. It’s a win-win for us.
- We are a storied basketball program. We have history competing on a national level way before Cal got here. We challenged Walton and the great UCLA Bruins in their hayday. We have prestige on our side.
- We are a basketball city. Regardless of national recruits we would have the best team in CUSA just based on the talent in Memphis alone. Joe Jackson loves Memphis more than Cal and he is the best player in the country in the class of 2010. (O yeah he’s from Memphis).
- We play in CUSA! Our terrible conference is our greatest ally. Everyone wants a shot to win on a national scale. We can give any coach that opportunity because we will win our conference every year.
So don’t fret. Yeah he may leave us in shambles, but I mean look at the bright side. We could be looking at the NIT championship game. O wait that was Kentucky 😉