John Calipari Sounds Off On NCAA, Says Split May Be Needed

By by Glenn Minnis
on May 17, 2013 02:01 PM EDT
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Kentucky Wildcats coach John Calipari (Photo : Getty Images)

Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari is advocating that schools consider a complete split from the NCAA if the governing body isn’t willing to change the way it does business.

Appearing on WKJK Radio in Louisville earlier this week, Calipari sounded off on issues ranging from the age-limit rule, to how NCAA players should be paid, to what he sees an overriding need for larger schools to adopt what he calls “four superconferences.”

“Can we continue to separate, can we continue to do this with these rules the way they are,” Calipari ranted according to “We gotta change this somehow; we’ve gotta encourage these kids to stay two years. But the NCAA’s gotta do some stuff. And if they don’t do it, we need to separate from them. I seem to be the only coach saying anything. You know why? No one wants to see these kids two years here.  It's wrong for high school kids, it's wrong for college kids, it's wrong for the NBA, so why won't we come together and do something about it?"

Even though the age-limit rule Calipari’s speaks of is NBA-mandated, he still feels the NCAA is the one that should be taking the lead on changing it. “Something’s gotta change with this one-and-done rule,” he said. “I’m not afraid to say it… if the NCAA won’t do anything we’ve got to separate from them”

Earlier this year, Calipari implored the NCAA to up its incentives and assurances to athletes after freshman center Nerlens Noel suffered a season-ending torn left ACL that is expected to keep him out even through the start of next season. Noel has declared for next month’s NBA Draft and is expected to still be a lottery pick.


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