Is John Calipari Cheating or Just Doing What Everyone Else Does?

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IJune 30, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks with player John Wall #11 during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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There are always going to be critical fans-those who are never going to like the great teams or the great coaches. Then, there are the fans who believe only one great team and one great coach exist. 

The third type are the realists. These are the ones who accept that there is more to college basketball than just their traditionally great program with their coach who has been at that school his entire career and has won multiple championships.

Nothing is wrong with any of these types. Everybody is allowed to have their own opinion. It's the reason why sports are so much fun. You can argue with anyone, but everyone is going to have their own opinion. 

The outlook on John Calipari is typically not positive. The man has been in trouble more times than he has been to the Final Four. Many believe him to be a magic act waiting to go wrong at Kentucky. They may be right, but college basketball needs John Calipari more than you think.

Calipari may not be the greatest X's and O's coach, but he has the style and swagger you want around the game. He brings in top talent every season to put his program in a position to win a National Championship every year. 

I don't remember the last time Calipari had a losing season. He can't be too bad at the drawing board in order to do what he does each season.

Without question, people are suspicious of Calipari. I think even the Kentucky athletic department is a little curious about what is happening onstage before the curtain is dropped and the Wildcats take the floor. 

It doesn't make it right if he is recruiting illegally; if you are reading this article and you're a fan of a major college basketball program, don't point fingers, because your coach is most likely doing it too.

Calipari is changing the recruiting landscape of college basketball at an alarming rate.  Just this year, he went out and recruited around the world. 

Enes Kanter, the top rated center by ESPNU, will be in Kentucky blue next season. He comes from Turkey, where he very easily could have stayed and played internationally, but he liked what Calipari brought to the table. 

We all know John Calipari is a fantastic recruiter and that everyone speculates he is doing it the wrong way.

Ohio State fans: Do you really think Thad Matta is recruiting players to come play basketball because of his coaching style? Let me remind you this is Ohio State basketball, not football where the traditions are completely different. Was Thad Matta able to recruit Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Jared Sullinger, and William Buford because he is an amazing coach? 

What is the difference between Thad Matta's recruiting classes and John Calipari's? There is no difference, except that Calipari has been caught before and his teams tend to win a few more games than Matta's. 

North Carolina fans: You really believe Roy Williams is bringing in top recruiting classes every season because he is just that good? 

If you Buckeye and Tar Heel fans are sitting there nodding your heads yes then you 1) Are all hypocrites because you accuse Calipari of cheating at Kentucky, yet he has all the same resources as UNC and is as good as, if not a better recruiter, than Thad Matta or 2) You are way too naive of your own programs and don't understand that they are cheating as well. 

Recruiting scandals happen, but they happen in more places than just Lexington. Some of the greatest coaches to ever be a part of the game have cheated. The only difference is they weren't caught (some of them were though).

My question to all of you is, does it make it okay if they cheat and don't get caught?  All big name college coaches have done something illegal in the recruiting game before in order to get a step ahead. Until you're caught, there is really nothing that can be done.