A team from the Pac 12 that didn’t even make the NIT last season really thought they had a chance to rip John Calipari away from his dream job. According to Kentucky Sports Radio, UCLA thought that Coach Cal’s interest in their head coaching job was completely genuine.
Calipari even had contract negotiations with UCLA. The LA Times reported:
“Among them were a contract that would pay Calipari $45 million over six seasons, a $1.7-million pool for assistant coaches, eight new staff positions, private planes for the use of the team and its coaches, and a monthly catered meal for Calipari’s staff and players. Negotiations progressed to the point that (UCLA’s senior associate athletic director Josh) Rebholz reached out to donors, seeking money to help cover all the new expenditures that Calipari’s hiring would entail, according to people familiar with Calipari’s requests.”
Calipari just trolled an entire university. He asked for less that what he was getting at Kentucky with less team perks and UCLA still could not do it even with the help of donors. Then immediately signed a lifetime deal at Kentucky that pays him $9.2 million a year.
This is exactly what is meant by the phrase “Swaggy Cal”. Make a mockery of the only other school with more national titles all while leveraging the most lucrative deal in NCAA Basketball history. Oh, and leaving UCLA with Mick Cronin.
After just one season, the Arizona Cardinals have officially given up on 2018 first round pick Josh Rosen.
It was no secret that this was going to happen. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury had been saying since well before he was hired that he would take Kyler Murray number one overall if given the chance. As a man of his word, he selected Murray and immediately began shopping Rosen.
After what has been a rocky 3 months for Rosen, he has officially been traded to Miami. The on and off again relationship with Arizona is finally over and he seems excited about backing up Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Pretty ruthless. The best analogy for this would be Rosen and Arizona dating on and off for a year only for him to find out that they had been seeing Kyler Murray every time they were on a break. Then, as soon as it all breaks and Arizona looks like the bad guy, Rosen starts a petty war by posting a pic of him and his hot new fling.
It is still uncertain if Arizona is really holding a mediocre rookie season against Rosen or if Kingsbury thought he would not fit his system, but one thing is for sure. Josh Rosen did not want to be there. Not even in the NFL. After all, tennis has always been his true passion.
Two things are certain to happen if a program were to hire Rick Pitino: their defense will be incredible and the NCAA will be watching them like a hawk. A team would have to be crazy to take a shot like this, but we may have finally found a suitor for Ol’ Rick… the UCLA Bruins.
UCLA fired Head Coach Steve Alford in December and replaced him with Murry Bartow, but only on an interim basis. Luckily, Pitino’s contract with Greek side Panathinaikos is up in May. Sources tell USA Today Sports that UCLA may be Pitino’s next job. To make things even spicier, one of UCLA Athletics top boosters WANTS him.
John Branca, UCLA Law graduate and executor of Michael Jackson’s estate, has vouched for Pitino’s hire. He was part of the search committee instrumental in the hiring of Chip Kelly for UCLA Football. If you can convince a school to hire anyone from the incompetence that is the Kelly family, you can convince anyone to do anything. Sadly, UCLA Regents have said that they would not approve Pitino if he were to be hired.
This would be a great move for Slick Rick. The man just loves to coach. He took a job half a world away even though we was only going to be there for 15 seconds. Just so he could be around the game he loved. From a UCLA administration standpoint, this would be an absolute nightmare. UCLA Basketball wise, however, awesome decision. It would make them a powerhouse again with the defense and player development Pitino brings. He will be on a tight leash for sure, but that doesn’t change the fact he is one of the best college coaches alive.
Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio actually made a very good point about this situation. He said this would be a good move since he would not be the biggest sports figure in LA. Not by a long shot. Growing up in Louisville while he was the coach of UofL, I can say that he and Tom Jurich had control of all things Louisville sports. He wanted the Yum! Center. He got it. He didn’t want an NBA team. We didn’t get one. He wanted Brian Bowen… well, he almost got him. Being the Head Coach of UCLA would make him somewhere around the 226th most important sports figure in LA. No control over anything, except his own starting lineup.
The best part about this move would be that Pitino would make UCLA good. With UCLA being good, they will attract good recruits (legally, of course). Good recruits like LaMelo Ball. I am not sure the stance that the Ball family has on UCLA anymore, but Lavar Ball and Rick Pitino doing anything together would entice me to pay an excessive amount of money to watch.