A lot of conversation about this, and I am no different so I wanted to look at it from a different way. When I first heard that Billy G might be gone my first thought was they should get Calipari.(I really did I swear:) Then I immediately thought why would he ever leave Memphis? Well the obvious answer is that UK has so much tradition, why would you not go. Then I thought well in today's win now society and a generation of split second attention spans, does anybody really care about UK's tradition? I dont think the todays young athletes do and dont think fans other then UK fans do. They have been out of the spotlight for about 4 or 5 years now, so who cares about them right? I guess it still means something to coaches. Well lets look at what JC had at Memphis, 1. Top dog on the campus. 2. Obviously he had no problems getting the top Talent to come and play in Memphis. 3. A great facility in the fedex forum. 4. A salary that was nothing to sneeze at. 4. A cupcake conference that led to 30+ win seasons and a seemingly constant 1 or 2 seed in the tourney. WOW what more could you ever want as a coach.. More Money? well Memphis was trying to match the Money so that's not it.
The only negative thing you even grab a hold of is having to listen to the media talk about how your in the conference USA....which doesn't seem to matter come selection Sunday.
So what does UK offer a coach...can he get better talent? maybe, but I see this as a wash, he did just fine in Memphis. I think todays players play for coaches more then schools. Uk will definitely put a ton more pressure on JC to win quickly and it could take him 3 or 4 years to win big. Also he will be under a lot more scrutiny...oh yeah and he better learn how to coach free throws because if you lose a national title at UK for missing free throws you may be fired on the spot.
The only thing that I can see as a reason to leave memphis and go to UK is that somehow in the coaching world it is a dream to coach at a elite school with steep tradition.. is it worth it? I didn't think so but I guess to Coaches it does....
So in my eyes Coach Calipari left a dream job, to take on a challenge that if it works out, he may, may ,may win one more game then he did at Memphis..If he fails he will be remembered for that and not Memphis and the dynasty he was building.