In college basketball, there’s probably no one as hated or respected as John Calipari.
His track record speaks for itself, two Final Fours (which both were vacated by the way) and he’s an excellent recruiter.
But despite taking Kentucky to a #1 ranking this season, only to lose it rather quickly because of Devan Downey and South Carolina, a perfect record at home and the SEC regular-season championship, Calipari wasn’t named SEC Coach of the Year.
A guy who took a team that a year ago finished 22-14, lost to Notre Dame in the NIT, has three of the best freshmen in college basketball playing for him wasn’t the Coach of the Year in the SEC.
That honor, drum roll please, went to Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt, who led the Commodores to a 23-7 record and 12-4 league record and had one of the best freshmen in the SEC not named John Wall in John Jenkins.
Going into Sunday, I would have thought that if Calipari didn’t get it, maybe Bruce Pearl would be the COY after how well Tennessee had played since January.
But as Gary Parrish stated on Twitter, the reason why Stallings won the award was because maybe, the rest of the coaches despise Calipari and Pearl.
Maybe, maybe not.
But it doesn’t change the fact that as long Calipari is in Kentucky, his coaching abilities among his peers are for the most part, going to be overlooked.