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Calipari's NCAA rant: 'We need to separate'

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07:14 AM ET 05.17 | On Wednesday, John Calipari made headlines with some heady talk about his team -- and, on Thursday, it was for his take on the college basketball landscape. [Calipari] became the most notable college basketball coach (and maybe first, publicly) to play the leave-the-NCAA card when he went on a rant against the organization on radio Thursday morning. In an interview on WKJK in Louisville, Calipari went off on the age-limit rule. ... "I'm the one guy out there saying, 'We've gotta change this somehow. We've gotta encourage these kids to stay two years.' But the NCAA's gotta do some stuff. And if they don't do it, we need to separate from them. I'm not afraid to say it. Look, they've embarrassed me."

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May 17, 2013  07:26 AM ET

It's the NBA's "rule" not the NCAA's.

May 17, 2013  07:44 AM ET

So - he's a slime ball and the NCAA knows it.


OK - I get it.

May 17, 2013  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

It's the NBA's "rule" not the NCAA's.

I would say that the NBA and NCAA could come to a compromise, but then why would the NBA do anything...

SMH

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May 17, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I would say that the NBA and NCAA could come to a compromise, but then why would the NBA do anything...SMH

The NBA shouldn't. They have a development league at no cost to them. They don't have the risk of taking a kid right out of HS that bombs out. They can see if he bombs out for a year in college and all the expense/risk is on someone else. Risk/reward is good when you don't have to put up the risk.

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May 17, 2013  08:56 AM ET

The solution for all of the corruption in college basketball and college football is for the pro leagues to develop viable minor league alternatives for those who either don't belong or don't want to be in college. But, we all know that isn't going to happen.

May 17, 2013  08:58 AM ET

You're lucky "those kids" don't sue the NBA for discrimination under fair labor laws and go pro in 10th grade.

May 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

Let's stop pretending--he wants to be part of the NBA, sort of a Triple A minor league where HS kids are required to play for two years before moving on to the Bigs!

May 17, 2013  09:07 AM ET

"Look, they've embarrassed me."

The only thing embarassing was a 1st Rd NIT loss to Robert Morris with the #1 recruiting class.

May 17, 2013  09:14 AM ET
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You're lucky "those kids" don't sue the NBA for discrimination under fair labor laws and go pro in 10th grade.

Maurice Clarett tried...didn't work out to well for him

May 17, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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It's the NBA's "rule" not the NCAA's.

This is it exactly. If the NBA wouldn't take until 2 years out of highschool, the number of players leaving early would drop dramatically.

I understand some of the really good ones would go somehwere to play where they accept younger players - not sure of the european or other leagues that I know are out there.

But many would decide to stay and wait for the NBA.

May 17, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The solution for all of the corruption in college basketball and college football is for the pro leagues to develop viable minor league alternatives for those who either don't belong or don't want to be in college. But, we all know that isn't going to happen.

Trainwreck - you're right on both counts. It would be the right thing but its not going to happen. #1 reason why: When's the last time the NCAA made money on college baseball?

May 17, 2013  09:25 AM ET

The NBA and NCAA would be a much better product if players weren't allowed to leave college after their junior year like Football has. Look how much better the NFL is these days with these QB's coming out who are ready on day 1 to run a pro style offense. You have guys like RG3 and Andrew Luck who are leading their teams to the playoffs in their rookie years, do you think they would be able to do that if they came out as Freshman? The NBA suffers because the draft is a crap shoot these days because no one knows if a player is ready after his freshman year, as the only exceptions are every few years where a Lebron or Kobe comes out. The NCAA game suffers because you have all the great college players leave the big schools after 1 year, so you have all these mid major teams of 4 year players now competing in the tournament like they never had. Many people like the cinderella teams going to the Final 4, but I think the big colleges have regressed more then the mid majors have gotten better, and overall it makes a crappy college product.

May 17, 2013  09:34 AM ET

I'm still digesting Calipari's statement about the NCAA embarrassing him.

May 17, 2013  09:55 AM ET

Calipari is right. The majors should split from the NCAA and pay players to keep them in school longer. Let amateur athletics be played by schools that are actually amateur and not pretend.

May 17, 2013  10:00 AM ET

He just wants out before the NCAA catches him again and vacates the national title he won.

May 17, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Calipari is right!!! I've been saying that for years!!! The "One and Dones" are killing (or already has) college basketball!!!!! The NBA has to follow the same guildlines as the NFL!!! Don't draft the kids in college or high school until, three years after their high school graduation class!!!

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May 17, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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He just wants out before the NCAA catches him again and vacates the national title he won.

Come on dude!!! This is not a very good number #1 comment, coming from you!!! You can do better!!! :-)

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