Anybody out there think Coach Cal still has concerns after the Indiana loss on this too many early season big game scenarios for freshman to deal with controversy that he has spread thru his twitter account the last few days ?
Yes , he probably does but he should have known what he signed up for , now in his most glorious days as the leader of the Kingdom of Blue is not the time to start wiggling on longtime traditions that the program was built on .
Personally , I think the whole scheduling controversy Cal has created is about two things :
# 1 - Possibly having to beat a long time close friend of the coaching fraternity , ( Tom Crean & Roy Williams) .
# 2 - The possibility of losing to a guy that you once was jealous of and now you've grown to hate for various reasons that can't be accurately validated ( Rick Pitino ) .
In my eyes that's making decisions concerning your team and school based on personal reasons instead of just about Kentucky basketball .
To my knowledge Adolph Rupp , Joe B. Hall , nor Eddie Sutton ever scheduled a game at UK for any other reason than the betterment of the total program including fan interest and by the way Joe B. took them all on even after he was forced into playing Louisville . Remember those years when UK played Louisville along with Indiana and/or Kansas and/or North Carolina and Jerry Tarkanian's UNLV Running Rebels or Guy Lewis and his Phi Slamma Jamma teams at Houston not to mention those tough teams the Big Ten used to produce like Illinois and oh yes what about those old time honored matchups each holiday season with ole "Digger" Phelps and his Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" . Oops , I forgot another one , what about the Big Four Classic UK annually participated in at the Hoosier Dome .
Also , let's not forget the SEC in those years was at it's peak in hoops producing quality NCAA tournament team type competition at Auburn under "Suitcase" Sonny Smith and Hugh Durham at Georgia and Norm Sloan at Florida and the Ernie and Bernie show at Tennessee and Wimp Sanderson at Alabama . Oops , I forgot ole Dale Brown and his 20 years of solid basketball at LSU as well . Simply and painfully put , in those days the SEC was putting players in the NBA at a similar rate that they do the NFL in recent years .
Now tell me ole crystal ball would you rather face a 16 game schedule of those teams with a few UK juniors and seniors sprinkled in or an 18 game schedule of today's inept SEC hoops competition with a bunch of UK NBA lottery picks .
I rest my case your honor .
Rick Pitino , Orlando "Tubby" Smith , and even lose lipped Billy "Clyde" Gillispie who reportedly built an ugly reputation on supposed toughness all had their fair share of battles in the scheduling department with various UK athletic directors during their eras but they all ended up playing for the most part " The Big Three " that Coach Cal wants to cut to the terrific two .
Having spent eight summers in the late 80's and 90's alongside Coach Pitino and still in touch fairly often with his associates at Louisville and also having a few coincidental family contacts with the Calipari camp I can attest to the fact that these two coaching Icons seriously don't want to continue the UK - Louisville series but they both also know along with their A.D.'s that it would be seriously damaging to both coaches and schools in the all important PR department not to mention some help they both may need in the future from the Kentucky legislature who remember was the initial lightning rod starting that particular series .
So with the Battle of the Bluegrass being pretty much agreed on into the future let's just see if we can come to a common ground with Coach Cal .
How about signing a series of four game contracts with Indiana and North Carolina over an eight year span and playing each one every other year and keep the Champions Classic in tact between ( UK - Michigan State - Kansas - Duke ) then that scenario will give us at least three big non conference December games ( one at home , one on the road , and one at a neutral site ) instead of the four we presently have and Coach Cal can say he won another battle with the powers that be .