Kentucky Wildcats fans may be bummed that the team didn’t go undefeated and win a national title this past season, but one in particular is feeling fine and dandy. In a turn of events that some may find slightly unnerving, that one person is head coach John Calipari.
Per Drew Franklin of Kentucky Sports Radio, Calipari explained himself at a speaking engagement at Rupp Arena.
“Last year we started the season with a goal,” he told the Alltech Rebelation crowd. “You may think that goal was to win the national title and win all the games and be… It was to get eight players drafted.”
“This year, we were trying to win every game and we fell short of what we were trying to do,” he said. “But we still did historic things this year and seven players are going to be drafted. I can tell you, I feel great about what happened because players got better, they did what they had to do… College basketball is not the NBA best-of-seven. It’s one game.”
Interesting choice of words on Calipari’s end, as Kentucky’s basketball culture is one that’s used to winning and contending constantly. After all, the program has won eight national championships, including one under Calipari in 2012. In six seasons in Lexington, he has gone 190-38 (82-20 SEC) with three SEC titles on top of the national championship.
That said, though he may have misspoke, it’s weird to hear Calipari say that his team’s goal this year was not to win it all, especially after finishing as the runner-up in 2014. He has always been a coach that manages to land top recruits year after year, so why wouldn’t his goal each season be to win a championship? No matter how you look at it, odd choice of words on Coach Cal’s part.
Kentucky went 38-1 (18-0 SEC) this past season en route to the Final Four, where the scrappy Wisconsin Badgers managed to defeat them.
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