Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I am growing more and more concerned as I listen and read the banter of Kentucky fans around the Bluegrass. John Calipari is in his first season as head coach of this program. Yes he has the best recruiting class and Billy Clyde didn't exactly leave the cupboard bare, but still he is a first year coach. A perfect example of this situation would be Roy Williams at North Carolina. Williams came from great success at Kansas and inherited a team at UNC that was down for Carolina standards (kind of like Kentucky) In his first year at UNC Williams had the luxury of having All Americans Sean May, Rashad McCants, and Raymond Felton. (Kind of like DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Eric Bledsoe) That season Williams and the Tarheels finished 19-11 and were ousted in the second round of the tournament. I don't want to turn this into a debate between the 2004 Tarheels and this seasons Wildcats. The point that I do want to make is we must be patient with Calipari and cannot expect a National Championship every season. I am worried because the banter that I hear out of Lexington is "anything less than a final four will be disappointing with this team." This team has talent but lets be patient with Coach Calipari. Patients could pay off, Williams took that team in his second season as Tarheels coach to a national title.