Commentary: The genius of Calipari

After watching Kentucky toy with an obviously inferior Kansas team on the way to winning the NCAA Championship on Monday night, one thing became very clear.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has college basketball figured out and the rest of the coaches either need to follow suit or come up with some groundbreaking Billy Beane-type way to even the competition.

The notion of the student-athlete or four-year senior has become a silly, outdated one and nobody understands that better than Calipari. Instead of wasting his breath convincing players to stay with the program, the veteran coach does almost the opposite.

He looks out for his athletes in a true fashion unlike the hypocritical NCAA which is always looking to make a buck at the expense of the athletes.

Calipari doesn't lie to his players when they approach him about entering the NBA Draft or when trying to gauge where they stand in the draft process. He understands that the window for big dollars is ever-shrinking in professional sports and he does the decent thing.

Honest opinions formed from decades of basketball experience is what he dispenses to his players and it has become pretty obvious the players trust him.

As a University of Maryland graduate and long-time Terrapins basketball fan, I will always have the utmost respect for Gary Williams but because he refused to embrace Calipari's philosophy of recruiting NBA-ready players, it became painfully obvious his time on the bench was coming to a quick end.

Any fan is lying if they say they wouldn't trade the thrill of being a perennial top-five team for a group of four-year seniors that try really hard.

I would have rather the Terps had one year of Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant than four years of Nik Caner-Medley and Travis Garrison to go along with a boatload of underachieving.

Isn't the true purpose of college to boost young adults to lifelong success in whatever they chose to do?

And since when did that mean they have to complete four years of college or even get a degree to be highly successful. Washington Redskins owner and millionaire Daniel Snyder is a college dropout.

LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Garnett all passed on college and are seemingly set for life financially as well as highly successful at what they do.

Calipari has no illusions of a group of players staying together for three or four years and becoming a UCLA-type dynasty and that is precisely why he has been so accomplished as a coach.

He embraces today's college athlete and doesn't feel he has the right to hold back the potential of these young men.

I was allowed to get a job when I was 16, why can't Anthony Davis get one when he is 19?

Spare me the mindless 'he's a cheater' comments because the fact remains he has never been punished - unlike Bruce Pearl and a litany of other coaches who can't seem to follow the rules.

The NCAA and David Stern can moan all they want about an age limit or how they are looking out for the athletes but it's a fake front. All they care about is lining their pockets.

So maybe Calipari has been linked to shady recruiting or some scandals during his time as a coach. And maybe - although never proven - some of that stuff is true, but it doesn't change the amount of respect I have gained for him in his time at Kentucky.

In a world full of people claiming they know what is best for others, Calipari doesn't pretend to be something he's not.

He gives solid advice to his players that he obviously cares about and doesn't try to paint a false portrait.

And the final thing Calipari has on his side - you can't mess with success.

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