Obviously there is something that Mike Anderson loves about the program he’s built at Missouri. His team reached the Sweet 16 before a hard fought loss against UConn. And as Calipari left for the brinks truck they are giving him in Lexington, Anderson left some $700,000 on the table to stay in Columbia. It was nice to see good things from Mizzou again since Quinn Snyder (a really good guy who didn’t succeed here as coach) left town amid much controversy.
I really like John Calipari. I think he is a great coach and a tremendous motivator. I hope he doesn’t chase the dollars and strike a deal with Satan in the Bluegrass state. Remember the movie, “The Devil’s Advocate?” That’s the University of Kentucky when it comes to the basketball program. With all the success of the past decades, the administration is a disaster and they should have listened when Rick Pitino warned them not to fire Tubby Smith. But that’s the SEC – The good ole boy’s network. Guys get fired even when they are successful. Just ask Tommy Tubberville. Teams in the SEC continue to hire the same tired cats that fit the good ole boy mode… instead of the most qualified guys. Remember when Alabama hired football coach Mike Shula? Auburn recently hired a loser in passing over Turner Gill.
UK basketball is the ultimate good ole boy’s network with the exception of when they got Pitino and Smith. After failing miserably the last couple seasons, they want to get Pitino Jr. in hopes of reclaiming the glory days. They want to give Coach Cal something like $35 million from what I hear. And that is my point.
As much as I love college basketball, that kind of jack for one coach is just over the top. That cost will trickle down right to the tuition cost of the average student who wants to get in.
And by the way, if he does take the job I bet you won’t hear anybody screaming about the economy and how Coach should have taken less like they did with Manny Ramirez. But I digress. The money would be good money and I am a capitalist. But sometimes the money and the perks come with too great a cost. They want Coach to see the money and desire the perks that come along with being a part of that system. And that is why vanity is John Milton’s favorite sin.