John Calipari has been known as the master recruiter. Kentucky has had the top recruiting class each year since he signed on with them. Despite the overwhelming talent, they didn’t even qualify for the Tournament this year. Questions about Calipari’s coaching ability have arisen, but Cal states that his resolve does not wane. His ultimate dream is to coach an undefeated season.
per Kentucky Sports Radio
John Calipari is no stranger to stirring the proverbial pot. Over the years as Kentucky’s head man, Cal has taken his fair share of good natured jabs at media members, officials, and opposing coaches, receiving a moderate amount of criticism for his actions. He’s certainly not shy in expressing his opinions, and today, we got another somewhat controversial nugget from the man they call Cal. As previously reported, Calipari spoke at the 46th annual Baron Club Award Dinner at the Franciscan University of Steubenville about the importance of dreaming. During the speech, he addressed one of his personal goals of coaching a team that goes undefeated. “My goal before I retire is to coach a 40-0 team because they say it can’t be done,” stated Calipari. “As the season goes on, it gets harder and harder. But I say let’s do it, let’s do something crazy.” Certainly a lofty goal, but just how likely is this outcome?
This is a question Wildcat fans have been quietly asking themselves over the past number of years. Many are of the opinion that the 2009-10 squad with the addition of Jodie Meeks on the roster would’ve run the table. Now just one year after taking home a national title, many among Big Blue Nation wonder what could’ve happened if Christian Watford’s last second heave would’ve rimmed out (Don’t forget the Vandy game either). While this discussion is fun in hindsight, it’s nothing but pure speculation. However, Kentucky is expected to have a pretty solid squad next season, leading many to question if the impossible task can be accomplished.