What Will Another Disappointing Season Mean for Kentucky's John Calipari?

Bobby ReaganSenior Analyst IIApril 2, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN - MARCH 15:  Head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats gestures from the sidelines in the second half against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the Quarterfinals of the SEC basketball tournament at Bridgestone Arena on March 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Kentucky's head coach John Calipari hit rock bottom last season. After making the Elite Eight, Final Four and winning the 2012 NCAA Championship, the Wildcats lost in the first round of the NIT in 2013.

The question has to be asked now: What will another disappointing season mean for Calipari? 

The first thing that needs to be addressed is what constitutes a disappointing season for both Kentucky and Calipari. Big Blue Nation will say anything short of a title in the 2013-14 season is considered a failure. However, I don't believe that's the case for Kentucky. 

Realistically, there is no reason the Wildcats don't make the Final Four next year and win either the SEC Championship or the SEC regular season. 

Now, the answer as to what will a disappointing season mean for Calipari. It will mean pretty much nothing. There will be no effect on his standing at Kentucky, except for a few delusional Wildcat fans who will be calling for his firing. 

The fact of the matter is, there is not a better coach for Kentucky than Calipari. If there is a disappointing season for Kentucky, what coach will those Kentucky fans want? Brad Stevens from Butler? He made the NIT just two seasons ago. Mark Few from Gonzaga? He's never made a Final Four. 

The fact of the matter is Calipari is in Lexington to stay until his contract ends. The most noise about Calipari we'll hear is his recruiting style. Many will question if the championship in 2012 was an aberration as opposed to a good coaching year. 

Even if Kentucky gets upset say in the Sweet 16, Calipari will still bring in top recruiting classes year after year and the Wildcats will still be looked at as an elite program.

After all, I don't know many programs that wouldn't trade their last four years with Kentucky's run under Calipari. Not many schools can say they've been to an Elite 8, Final Four and won it all in three consecutive years.

For that alone, one more disappointing year won't put a bounty on Calipari's head at Kentucky. Despite what some in the Big Blue Nation might suggest.