Pete Carroll Leaving USC Should Be an Eye-Opener for Kentucky Fans

Cookie GarrisContributor IJanuary 13, 2010

LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 02:  John Calipari the Head Coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to DeMarcus Cousins #15 and Patrick Patterson #54 during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Rupp Arena on January 2, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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First let me say that I am a UK sports fan and I know I will catch a lot of flack for this article.

Pete Carroll leaving USC should be an eye opener for all of the University of Kentucky fans who are saying that John Calipari would never leave a coaching position that makes you more well known than the governor of the state of Kentucky.

I would love to have a discussion with any USC fan right now and ask them if they honestly expected Pete Carroll to bolt for the NFL and leave behind a coaching position where the administration gave him anything he asked for and a community in which he was considered and treated like royalty.

In the era of sports we live in, money and ego almost always come before loyalty to any given college program.

The Lane Kiffen fiasco at Tennessee is a prime example, and even though I hate rocky top fans of University of Tennessee football, they got a very raw deal and I actually feel sorry for them.

Kentucky basketball fans need to enjoy the play of John Wall, Demarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson, and even Eric Bledsoe if he continues to have games like he did against Florida, because a bucket load of cash is just waiting for them in the NBA.

And they would be crazy not to declare for the NBA draft as soon as John Calipari tells them to. One of Calipari's greatest gifts is recruiting players that are NBA ready right out of high school.

And we should also enjoy the coaching of John Calipari while we can.

Pete Carroll and John Calipari have two things in common: They both have very large egos and neither had what you would call stellar coaching stints in the pros.

Pete Carroll was successful in college football and an NFL team is going to give him a second chance. How long will it be before an NBA team gives John Calipari his?