Kentucky won out. With Davis as the overall top pick and the NBA Draft Express projecting another year with five NBA First Rounders, can UK finally live up to the hype and win a National Championship? Sure, the expectations are high with that much talent. They should be. Anything less than a Final Four trip should be a complete disappointment for those wearing blue. Question: If Cal meets those expectations, should he win Coach of the Year? (At your job, if you just Meet Expectations, do you get a promotion, award and a massive raise? Didn't think so.)
Last year was arguably the most disappointing year for a college coach in decades. Cal had an unprecedented amounted of talent (5 First Rounders) and didn't win a National Championship. Didn't even play for it. (What kind of coach is that? Coach of the Year? Hmph.)
Props to Coach Cal - He's repeatedly pimped for including the Vols in the NCAA tournament. Nicest thing he's done for us since losing to UT while he was at Memphis and letting us enjoy the first week at #1 in the history of the Tennessee program.
Shift over to the Vols. Picked 11th in the SEC. Most of us argued middle of the pack as a best case but really could understand the Cellar Dweller conversation, given the "State of the Program." Nothing but role players last year. Role players is a nice way to say misfits, scrubs and underperformers. One 5 star prospect who didn't even play his senior year, joins the team in January. New coach. New system. School recovering from a year of negativity in the spotlight.
Vols finished 2nd. RPI is also second best IN CONFERENCE at #16. Might be the hottest turnaround story in all of college basketball. Compared to preseason RPI of 195, no other team has flipped its fortunes so fast.
A Classic Story of Over-Achievers. A coach who has Exceeded Expectations.
So, which coach deserves the award? The guy who recruits like a machine and meets expectations or the guy who took over a program and outpaced the most ardent fans' expectations?