An overlooked and significant development amid the FBI scandal in college basketball was the creation of a committee by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The stated purpose of this committee was “to address the pressing issues currently facing the sport.”
The committee — which includes UK’s John Calipari among other big-time coaches — will formulate recommendations to give to the NCAA’s new college basketball commission.
“I hope I’m a voice for the players on this,” said Calipari when discussing his role on the committee, per CoachCal.com. “And when I hear it get too tilted toward the game of basketball or the coaches, then I will chime in and make sure that we stay focused on these kids and try to be fair — with all of them, that decisions all have intended consequences if you’re not realizing this is about these kids, and whatever we do should be in their best interest.”
That sounds good, but there are obviously serious problems in the sport for Calipari and his colleagues to debate. And you wonder how far they’d be willing to go.
With that in mind, there was an interesting article posted this week by CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander that delved into this with some of the sport’s most prominent coaches. He spoke with UNC’s Roy Williams and two others who’ll join Calipari on the NABC committee: Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Michigan State’s Tom Izzo.
Norlander’s work resulted in some eye-opening comments and a glimpse at what the NABC committee might find on its plate:
“Are we going to be honest with ourselves? Are we going to BS each other?” Izzo said of the NABC committee. “Because the neat part about it is, if there’s 20 people in the room, most of us know what’s going on with everybody. Most of us. Are …read more
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