Yesterday, we talked about how John Calipari confronted a coach that had accused him of cheating in order to land recruits and went on a cocky rant in the process.
Today, if what Kentucky Sports Radio’s Drew Franklin says is true, the coach in question was Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin.
Based on an old story by CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish, who earlier this week initially told the story of the confrontation that was first reported, Cronin could very well be the guy.
The report reads:
Parrish noted that Calipari will let people know when he has problems with others and he liked the fact that he is up front. He told a story about a confrontation Calipari had with Cincinnati Coach Mick Cronin after he heard Cronin had told some associates that he didnt understand how he could go to every game for a kid and then Calipari could come in at the last minute and take him (presumably Marquis Teague). Calipari heard the comment, went to Cronin and basically said “you have to go see all the kid’s games…I can sit back and decide which kid I want and come and get them.”
It’s certainly not farfetched to think that Cronin is the coach that Calipari did indeed confront. After all, Cincinnati, Ohio is just across the Ohio River from Kentucky, and Calipari’s home base of Lexington is just a short drive away. Granted, neither coach reserves their recruiting to simply inside their school’s home state, but it certainly makes sense that Calipari could use the reasoning, “Why play at Cincinnati when you can be just a stone’s throw away and play for me?”
Regardless, this story does not hold a great deal of water without more concrete evidence. At this point, it’s just a highly entertaining urban legend.
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