Friday, November 4, 2011

John Calipari Delivers National Signing Day Message

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari has delivered a national signing day message over on

Here is an excerpt:

I want to wish everyone the best in their decisions. My coaching staff understands as well as anybody that it’s a confusing and challenging process. Kentucky is not for everybody and it isn’t the only school where you can reach your dreams. It is, however, unique.

Before we get to National Signing Day, and as players wind down their decision process, I would hope everyone – players and fans – understand that if you start hearing outlandish things, understand it’s out of desperation. Some of the stuff I’ve heard thrown out there during this recruiting process is ridiculous and crazy.

Desperate people will do and say desperate things. I want everyone to understand that we’re not desperate at Kentucky. We’re not talking about other programs.

If someone asks me about another school or another coach, it’s going to be nothing but positive because we don’t concern ourselves with other programs. What these kids see when they visit here is exactly what they get when they come to play basketball and study at the University of Kentucky.

We don’t guarantee anybody a spot or make any outlandish promises. This is a player-first program built on the foundation of helping these players reach their dreams, but the only way they get there is by working hard and taking advantage of opportunities. Nothing is given here. You earn what you deserve.

Let me leave you with this: If it sounds too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true. If it sounds too outrageous to be true, it’s probably too outrageous to be true.

Complete Message


Anonymous said...

Cal, YOU sound too good to be true, sleaze bag! Earth to Cal, Earth to Cal! LOL

Anonymous said...

^ You should tell that to the recruits, because what I've seen is draft picks. Lots of them.

That's hasn't been too good to be true :)

Anonymous said...

Proof that cal cant coach his way to an ncaa title loll

Anonymous said...

Just like many other coaches. In fact, most coachs never win an NCAA title. There is no proof that he can't win the ncaa title. You make assumptions that just because he hasn't done it means he can't. I heard Roy Williams could never win the big one. Had great runs and tons of talent, but "he could never win a national title."

You're argument is worthless and not original.

Anonymous said...

^absolutely right!!

heres a little info on Ol' Roy and his days at Kansas (per Wikipedia):

Williams coached 15 seasons at Kansas (from 1988–2003). During that time he had a record of 418–101, a .805 winning percentage. He is a second on the Jayhawks' all time win list behind Phog Allen. Williams's Kansas teams averaged 27.8 wins per season.

Williams had Kansas in the AP Top 25 in 242 of 268 weekly polls. Kansas reached the No. 1 ranking in the country in six different seasons and was ranked at least No. 2 in the nation in 11 of the 15 seasons.

Under Williams, the team had several deep runs in the NCAA Tournament, making it to four Final Fours and appearing in the national championship game in both 1991 and 2003, losing both, to Duke and Syracuse respectively. Amidst the tournament successes, there were plenty of woes. The 1996–97 team was said by many to be one of the greatest teams in history, featuring future NBA players such as Paul Pierce, Jacque Vaughn, Raef LaFrentz, Kirk Hinrich, and Scot Pollard. The team was upset in the Sweet Sixteen by the eventual champion, Arizona Wildcats.

Except for his first season at Kansas (when the team was on probation), all of Williams' teams made the NCAA tournament. From 1990 to 1999 Kansas compiled a 286–60 record, giving them both the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in that decade.

Anonymous said...

Cal is a Roy Williams wannabee.

Anonymous said...

^ lol nah, Cal is a Larry Brown wannaBE. Cal wont coach in any NITs... (UNC 2009-10)

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