The figures are out. The Gators basketball team has the best GPA in the SEC. Guess who barely cracked a 2.0.
If you guessed the SEC Champion Kentucky Wildcats, you'd be correct. Do we need any more proof that Kentucky has sold its soul to the devil? Or are we just going to wait for the NCAA probation?
UK hired John Calipari despite the fact that he has left two NCAA jobs with the infraction cops hot on his heels. He has two Final Four appearances in his career, however you can't find either of them in the NCAA record books. You won't see any banners from them hanging in the gyms of UMass or Memphis either.
John Calipari is a pro basketball coach on a college campus. This year he had FOUR true freshmen declare for the NBA draft. That means the these guys took six hours, in other words TWO classes in the fall, scraped by with a C and then became full time basketball players for one year. Do these guys sound like student athletes?
But in bluegrass country it doesn't matter. These people would rather find five guys from the state prison system and make a deep NCAA run than have a team of straight A students that go to the NIT. It's sad.
The NCAA has to share in the blame for this fiasco. They created this ridiculous "one and done" rule. For some reason it was not right that Lebron James and Kobe Bryant didn't have to take their six hours of "Underwater Basket Weaving 101". We all know what the reason is though. It's that these boys never graced the NCAA Tournament with their presence.
Calipari isn't cheating here. Not according to the written rules anyway. And that is the NCAA's fault. If John Wall is good enough to play pro ball right out of high school, then let him. The college game does not need him. He is the equivalent of the company hiring ex-pro baseball players just to put them on the company softball team. These guys are called "Ringers". That's what UK has. A team full of ringers.
Florida on the other hand has actual students who play basketball. But all is not well in Gainesville either. Why? Because these guys aren't beating UK's ringers.
Florida fans have been spoiled by the recent successes of the football and basketball teams. Four National Titles between the two since April of 2006 have made anything less a disappointment. One NCAA Tournament game in the last three seasons have the Gator Nation antsy.
Do you think the fact that the team has the highest GPA in the SEC will help cool down the temperature on Billy Donovan's hot seat? Probably not.
How well would Florida be doing in an NCAA that doesn't allow these ringers in?
If the NCAA REALLY cared about the "student-athlete", they would scrap this abomination immediately. Make the Caliparis of the world be actual college coaches. Let's see how he does then.