Chris Dortch on Calipari

Dortch on Calipari: He's obviously a good coach, which most people have to acknowledge. I think critics are piling on after the second Final Four vacated.

I asked Chris Dortch of Blue Ribbon Basketball these questions. Thought you might like the answers: Q: What do you think the national perception of John Calipari is?

Good question. He's obviously a good coach, which most people have to acknowledge. I think critics are piling on after the second Final Four vacated under his watch. But the first one at UMass wasn't his fault---even the NCAA ruled that UMass couldn't have had knowledge about Marcus Camby dealing with an agent. And he wasn't blamed in the Memphis deal with Derek Rose, either. Still, it looks bad and overshadows a lot of the good he's done. Q: What do you think the perception should be?

It's hard to say. As I said, some of the issues have overshadowed what the man does best, which is coach. He also handles the other duties he has as a head coach better than most. He's got good PR skills.


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