Let me clarify my position on Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun and his alleged illegal recruiting tactics by discussing Kentucky’s flirtation with Memphis’ John Calipari.
If a sports media outlet reported today that Calipari and his Memphis assistants had NCAA-impermissible contact with a recruit from an at-risk situation and a manager-turned-agent, no one in the sports world would express an ounce of surprise.
Coach Cal’s rep is that he plays loosey-goosey with the NCAA rulebook. He recruits prep-school kids, late-academic qualifiers and he’s not above giving a dad (Milt Wagner) a job or an AAU coach a speaking engagement in order to land a program-maker.
Some sports writers I respect consider Coach Cal a “dirty coach.”