John Calipari Denies Phone Call Comment Applied to Coach K, Even Though it Does

Kentucky coach John Calipari made some comments on a Memphis radio show Thursday morning that seemed to be a shot at Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. Appearing on Sportstime with George Lapides on Sports 56 WHBQ, Calipari was pontificating about the NCAA and the changes that need to be made. He then made a comment about certain coaches getting preferential treatment.

“You’ve got coaches being fired over phone calls and text messages. Some. Other guys can make phone calls and it’s not that big a deal.”

Eye on College Basketball has the audio if you want to listen to the context. Most people figured it was a veiled shot at Coach K who was hardly scrutinized for possibly committing a secondary recruiting violation.

After seeing that his comments were interpreted as a shot at Coach K, John Calipari issued a denial statement on twitter. “My comments on the radio this morning had nothing to do w/ Mike Krzyzewski. He has actually been very helpful to me in preparing my DR team.”

That’s called damage control by Cal who is trying to keep the peace. Truth is, whether he wants to admit it or not, the comments do apply to Mike Krzyzewski. As I wrote on twitter this week (follow me!), Kelvin Sampson violates the same rule and he gets called a sleaze. Coach K violates the same rule and people say the rule is wrong; actions are judged based on people’s reputation rather than their actions.

At LBS, we take each alleged violation on a case-by-case basis and are not afraid to point out when a rule is lame. In this case, the rule is probably lame. But if a less-respected coach had committed the violation, there would be much less finger pointing.

Around The Web

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriel-Garcia/100000034904600 Gabriel Garcia

    Larry Brown has over 9 years media experience.  Well Larry Brown didn’t do his homework on the Coach K “phone call”.  It was actually the recruit who contacted Coach K.  Wow, I guess anybody can have a website here without knowing the facts.  Have a good day

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6SEOCYH4OGEYLHPWIQQQYE3COI matt g

    Coach K and Kelvin Sampson violated the same rule????? Uh… riiiiight

  • Katys Greateats

    Coach K might be getting the benefit of the doubt on this rather ambiguous rule because he has a flawless record with the NCAA. He is an ambassador of integrity and a model for winning in athletics without having to compromise your values. Ridiculous to equate his contact with the other clear violations. And for Coach Cal to have issue with who is NOT getting punished by the NCAA……

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gabriel-Garcia/100000034904600 Gabriel Garcia

    A recruit contacting a coach, and a coach making over 500 phone calls are two different “violations” Uh wrong not the same rule.  Those 500 phone calls were during a dead period.  Not even close.

  • Anonymous

    According to the NCAA Coach Cal just got to his first Final 4 last year. Congratulations!! If he wasn’t so envious he would keep his mouth shut. He is a great coach and once was quoted as saying “we should beat DUKE everytime we play them”. I wonder why?? How about winning 1 Championship and run your mouth. Larry Brown knows what he is doing comparing Kelvin Sampson and Coach K. Give me a break on journalistic integrity.

  • Anonymous

    First of all, in Duke’s case, the recruit actually placed the call.  In the second place, there is at least a gray area.  And in the third place, Kelvin Sampson placed more than 500 calls during a dead period while at Oklahoma, which landed OU on probation. After he moved to Indiana, he participated in conference calls to recruits and lied to the NCAA about it.Anyone who equates those two things is not thinking.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    You’re all missing my point. The point is not about whether or not Coach K committed a violation. The point is that people find coaches guilty or innocent based on their reputation.