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I personally have never seen a coach work any harder than Coach Cal has with this team this year. I can't tell what the problem is with this team, but he has continued to work. My thoughts remain the same even if we miss the big dance, although I think we should be in at this point even if we lose the first round game of the SEC tourney.
I knew he was a great recruiter, however, I think he is really underrated as a bench coach. Most coaches will tell you it is much easier to coach good talent that stays around for more than 2 years at the max than to coach elite young talent every year. If I recall correctly, UF started 3 seniors and 2 juniors today.
I think a lot of what Cal has going against him is jealousy, and he will never get the credit he deserves. At least we can appreciate him. Maybe when he hangs No. 12 he will get some credit, but I doubt it. GO CATS!!!
He is going to break all kinds of records and be in the Hall of Fame without a doubt.
I agree, over the landscape of college basketball I don't think he will ever get credit for doing the xxx's and ooo's well but I would disagree with them. With the different rosters that he has had, its amazing how he has gotten most of them to buy into his style of play. Heck if this team makes a run in the SEC tourney and then the NCAA tourney, they should give him COY. Even if that happen, the media would still downplay it by saying he should have been winning all along.
If you asked Cal would he rather have extraordinary talent or get credit for being a great x's and o's coach he'd definitely take the former. So I doubt he's real worried about it. Plus I don't think thats really where his value lies. In my opinion his value lies in his total leadership/management of a program and its players. He just does a terrific job of getting everybody on the same page and creating a winning environment. He's a marketing wizard also. Great basketball player know how to play basketball with a little bit of direction and the coach instilling a sense of team. This is what Cal does. To much x's and o's can hold an extremely talented team back.
OP is spot on! Cal gets it! He's just the perfect fit for Lex and all of KY. Some criticized him for laughing and shaking hands with Coach Fox after the loss at UGA last week, LOL. Wonder what those folks are thinking after seeing the way Tom Crean conducted himself AFTER A WIN. Tell you what, Cal is the finest coach in the game today, IMO!
Why do you think it's necessary to thank him? What do you think he gets paid millions of dollars for? All the money he makes is thanks enough, imo.
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