Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has done a long, in-depth interview with Kentucky coach John Calipari which touches on a number of subjects. Calipari talks about his job, his team, his former job, and the NCAA. His most interesting comments may be about the group in Indianapolis.
The Kentucky coach, who has had two teams Final Four appearances vacated, predicts that the NCAA will at some point be replaced, or have its powers reduced in favor of four major conferences. He also says that the NCAA powers-that-be care more about themselves than the college athletes.
They’re not going to be around long. The NCAA will not. Before I retire from coaching, they will no longer oversee college athletics. They will, but it won’t be the four power conferences—they’ll be on their own. And the main thing is, do you really care about these kids? They’ll get mad that I say it. The NCAA Tournament, for example. It’s more about the selection committee getting on TV, everybody getting their tickets on the aisle, down low, all the parties they go to, the traveling. But we don’t take the parents of the participants. But they take their kids and their families.
The officials will get better hotels than some of their teams. And I know it for a fact. The decisions they make on the $2,000 (expense allowance for student-athletes)—it should have been $4,000. It’s a stipend. It’s not salary. It’s not “pay-for-play.” It’s a stipend. It’s expenses. And then schools vote against it. All this stuff piles up to where people are going to say, “Enough’s enough.”