[Warning. Laden with sarcasm.]
Looks like things are going to get really interesting in the Bluegrass, with TMZ reporting that the NCAA is aggressively investigating two recent draft picks and two current players on the University of Kentucky basketball team.
Is anyone outside of the UK fan base surprised?
The recent developments have to mystify Mike Pratt, the color announcer and former Kentucky player. A product of the tarnished program, Pratt was requested by the UK administration to look into John CalipariÂ during the coaching search. His conclusion:
“He told us about the NCAA issues when we talked to him. We were well aware of everything that was going on. Lee (Todd) and Mitch (Barnhart) did a great job laying out what they expected of their coach, and Cal laid out for them his plans on how to run a program … Some jealous people are just going after him but he’s going to be fine …”
Pratt said UK wanted a coach who could handle all aspects of a high-profile coaching job: strategy, recruiting, leadership, motivator, public relations and role model.
Calipari fit the bill perfectly as far as Pratt was concerned at the time. Would anyone be surprised if he still feels the same way today?
John Calipari. Ever the role model.