Kentucky’s basketball players have new ridiculous luxury housing including private chef, flat-screen TVs (Pictures)

Kentucky is already hard to beat on the court, and now they’re going to be even tougher to top off of it.

A video was posted to John Calipari’s website last week of the coach giving a tour of the school’s newly constructed athlete-housing dorm. The Wildcat Coal Lodge is housing the basketball team starting this year, and it provides living quarters so plush there’s no way a recruit could take a look at them and turn it down.

As The Dagger pointed out, the dorm has multiple luxurious features.

Let’s take a look at some of them.

Calipari says you won’t find any couches in the dorm. Why is that? The players only use recliners now.

Full view of the lounge, which includes the recliners, and a pool table made of Kentucky blue felt.

That’s a pretty nice looking dorm room, huh? I sure as heck didn’t have a single, much less that kind of space in my triple freshman year.

The bathrooms are specially designed with a 7-footer in mind. The bathroom sink, you may notice, comes up higher than your average sink so that the players don’t have to bend over as far.

With flat screen TVs on every floor displaying the players’ practice/meeting schedule, they’ll have no excuse for missing events.

Yes, those living in the Coal Lodge get a private chef. Grilled cheese? Burger? Cheesesteak? He’s got you covered.

And of course there are plenty of reminders of Kentucky’s winning tradition. All the national championships are displayed on the first floor, and they also have a wall that shows all the players in the NBA to come from the program.

Walk into that building, and you know you’re at a winning program that puts its players into the pros.

The Wildcat Coal Lodge is also located across the street from the basketball team’s practice facility, which makes it extremely convenient. Because, after a full day of running at practice, who really wants to walk a mile or two across campus to get home?

Another feature Calipari mentioned is that there are extra storage areas downstairs, as well as washers and dryers.

You’re probably wondering if this is legal based on the NCAA’s standards, and it is. As The Dagger states, student-athlete living quarters must be populated with at least 50% of non-athletes in order to be permissible. That means there are some extremely lucky students who get to live that privileged baller life.

Also see: Inside Oregon’s nightclub-looking football locker room
Also see: SMU’s strip club-looking locker room

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  • SpinMax

    Yea I think the NCAA needs to change some of those standards. These things are leading down a not-so-great path. Why doesn’t each room come with a new land rover? 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I believe they keep the Land Rovers parked in the storage area down below.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Is the “lodge” co-ed? I’m guessing that women make up the other 50%.


    thats a good picture of Calipari in the bathroom. Notice whats sitting on the basin……a jar of Vasoline.Hum…………

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTHQ5VV3IEJ2Q6NUYUPXR5IQ4Y Brad

    jealous much.  Fact is if you look around other schools its the same.  UKs only crime is they are not hiding it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FTHQ5VV3IEJ2Q6NUYUPXR5IQ4Y Brad

    jealous much.  Fact is if you look around other schools its the same.  UKs only crime is they are not hiding it.  My son attends UT Knoxville and lives in Gibbs Hall – the athletes dorm.  He is one of the 50% non scholarship students.  Previously you could only eat at Varsity Inn in Gibbs Hall if you lived there.  My son moved in this year to find out that they have now closed the dining to all non-athlete residents.  He still is required to have a meal plan – but is not allowed to eat in the hall he lives in.  Their defense is that they offered a new Gibbs Hall/Varsity Inn dining plan to cover the extra costs they were incurring over the summer and very few signed up for it.  Only problem is they did not tell anyone about it.  Want to talk about wrong and certainly not within the spirit of the NCAA rule.  Go investigate that. The loophole they are using is that they are allowed to provide athletes one training day meal per day  .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AVJW4VEVMJQBY7LNVLLZOSN464 James G

    Every major college program has these accomadations and more. Go check out Pepperdine’s.
    No one cares because they don’t have a good team. This kind of article is just as misleading as Larry Brown wants it to be. Yes their pampered. Go ask Larry Brown to put forth all the pampered slaries hes recieved, even when he did a terrible job. He works in a pampered world where he has been pampered for most of his adult life. He has alot of gall to write this in such a negative light. Coaches, athletic directors, assistant coaches all have grossly inflated saleries, while players that don’t go pro don’t get anything. Coaches can drop a team or a school and go down the road and make an extra million dollars and everyone says i would have done it to for that price. Where does his since of right and wrong end, just with the players? Their exploited for his salary and he bitches because players get a nice dorm. They already had their own cook just like everyone else. Go check it out. You will see he is just a UK hater. He and Bobby Knight should just eat at Taco Bell and bitch about UK at the downtown taco bell Lexington.

  • kokojr

    Here are the NCAA bylaws that apply to athletic housing restrictions. Athletics Blocks. 
    Athletics blocks shall be defined as individual blocks, wings or floors
    within institutional dormitories or privately owned dormitories or apartment
    buildings in which at least 50 percent of the residents are student-athletes.
    (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/96, Revised:  1/10/92, 11/1/01
    effective 8/1/02) Athletics

    Athletics dormitories shall be
    defined as institutional dormitories in which at least 50 percent of the
    residents are student-athletes. (Adopted: 1/10/91 effective 8/1/96,
    Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)

    16.5.1 General Rule. 
    An institution is required to apply the same housing policies to
    student-athletes as it applies to the student body in general.  During
    the academic year, the institution may not house student-athletes in
    athletics dormitories or athletics blocks within institutional or privately
    owned dormitories or apartment buildings (when the institution arranges for
    the housing) on those days when institutional dormitories are open to the
    general student body.  [R] (Adopted: 10/1/01 effective
    8/1/02) Exception —
    Nondiscriminatory Housing Policies.  The prohibition against the
    use of athletics dormitories or blocks does not apply when the institution
    demonstrates that its housing assignment policies do not differentiate
    between student-athletes and students generally. (Adopted: 1/16/93
    effective 8/1/96, Revised: 11/1/01 effective 8/1/02)