John Calipari can get any high school player in the country to come to Kentucky. He knows this. We know this. And, apparently, so does an unnamed fellow coach who was spreading rumors that Calipari is a cheat.
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com told a fairly fantastic Calipari story — confirmed, he says, by five sources — on his podcast the other day about how one unnamed NCAA coach had been pursuing a recruit for two years, only to watch Calipari swoop in at the last minute and sign him to Kentucky. The peeved coach then started accusing Calipari of cheating to other coaches, which of course got back to him.
And then Calipari ran into the other coach at a recruiting event in Las Vegas three years ago, letting him know his place in the college basketball pecking order.
You can listen to the podcast here, but the Sporting News has the transcript:
“One-hundred percent true, John confronts this guy in Vegas, because he heard the guy was yapping. He confronts him. Cal approaches the coach and says something like, ‘Listen, I know what you’ve been saying -’
‘No, I haven’t been saying–‘
‘I know you did, I know you said what you said. I’ve heard it from enough people, but I want you to understand one thing. Yes, I am the type of guy who can come in at the last minute and take any player I want from you. You can spend your whole life recruiting a kid and at the end of the day, if I want him, I’ll get him. If we want him, we’ll get him. Don’t ever get that confused. Be appreciative every time I don’t come in and get your guy. Don’t accuse me of cheating when I do.
‘I didn’t say–‘
‘Yes you did say that. And it’s fine, but just understand, nothing stupid went on. It’s just that I’m me, and we’re Kentucky and we can come in and get that kid whenever we want.”
You know, FYI.
[H/T: Sporting News]