Shedding the Light on John Calipari's 5 Most Controversial Players at UK

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Shedding the Light on John Calipari's 5 Most Controversial Players at UK
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Calipari and DeMarcus Cousins Excelled Together in 2009-10

Whenever John Calipari is your head coach, your program is bound to receive a lot of unnecessary negative press, and Kentucky fans know exactly what that's like.

Ever since Calipari took control of this program, national sports writers and local bloggers alike have taken their jabs at the enigmatic UK coach, who has had controversy follow him ever since Marcus Camby accepted money from an agent during Calipari's days at UMass.

Whether or not this controversy is warranted is another discussion altogether. Coach Cal has been extremely successful and charitable at every college destination at which he has coached. However, the saddest part of this constant negativity is how it affects his players.

Many people believe that John Calipari's players are cheaters and thugs, and represent all that is wrong with college basketball. Because of Calipari's willingness to recruit so-called "one-and-done" players every year, his players supposedly do not care about coming to school and only come to Kentucky in order to make it to the NBA one day.

This article highlights the five most "controversial" players during Calipari's tenure. For many of them, the controversy was overblown by a negative media outlook and most of these players ended up having excellent careers in Lexington and exemplified what it meant to be a student-athlete.

Although there was a rotten apple in the bunch, these players ended their careers making a positive impact on the university and its fans.

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