The Marquis Teague winds appeared to suddenly switch direction late Wednesday, taking an easterly course from Louisville to Lexington. Teague is expected to finally announce his decision Thursday.
Most reports indicate that the young man has never set foot on the University of Kentucky campus, yet he’s said to be leaning in that direction. Teague has visited Louisville, indicating that he liked what he saw and, from all indications, wanted to be a Cardinal until a few weeks ago.
The change in direction is more than a little curious after two years of positive interaction between U of L and Teague, whose father once played for Rick Pitino. None of which may have mattered much after John Calipari and his associates got involved with the player and his family.
Greasing The Skids To The NBA
The theory goes that Calipari has some special abilities that will get kids to the National Basketball Association quickly. The rash of one-and-dones at UK would appear to lend some validity to that proposition. Unless you consider the caliber of athletes who are making those decisions.
Calipari appeals to the pecuniary instincts in high school kids, promising to get them to the “League” faster than anyone. As a result, he is getting talented players. He is not selling loyalty to a school or fan base, making a mockery of the college game.
That will be okay for a while, especially in Lexington, as long they’re winning games and pulling top recruits away from the University of Louisville. That’s as good, if not better, than beating Louisville in an actual game as far as the UK bleeders are concerned.
But UK fans base the “greatness” of the program on seven national championships. The one-and-doners are motivated by dollar signs, and couldn’t care less about tradition. Another championship would be nice but their individual goals are the highest priority.