John Calipari’s latest scheduling pipe dream

John Calipari tells Andy Katz he wants to work out a schedule in which Kentucky, Louisville, Indiana, North Carolina and Kansas play each other home-and-home each season.

In other news, I want to win the lottery.

Kudos to Calipari for trying. The man is not afraid to trial balloon any idea, no matter how much of a pie-in-the-sky it might seem. The coach who forcefully defended drop-kicking Indiana from the Kentucky basketball schedule this year by saying “I schedule for my team, not anybody else's tea” now wants to schedule for other schools.

If he can get it done, more power to him, but it's a long, long shot at best.

Even Katz referred to it as Cal's “latest scheduling gimmick.”

What's interesting here is Calipari indicating he wants the games to be home-and-home series. This comes from the same coach who just a month or so ago said the future was neutral-site games that help prepare his team for the NCAA Tournament. That, said Cal, was the reason he liked UK playing Maryland in Brooklyn and Duke in Atlanta this coming season and then playing Baylor in Arlington, Texas in 2013-14.

If you remember, Indiana wanted to keep the UK-IU series a home-and-home affair, while Calipari wanted the game moved to a 50-50 fan scenario in a place like Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

So is Calipari now backing off his “non-traditional” neutral court argument? Or does he know that this idea of having a UK-U of L-KU-UNC-IU scheduling cabal probably won't gain approval from all involved — to be clear, I hope it does — but he can still say he tried.

It may also be that Calipari is looking for a replacement for the Champions Classic, its three-year contract running its course after Kentucky plays Michigan State in Chicago during the 2013-14 season.


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