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Things Getting Testy In The Commonwealth As Kentucky’s Recruiting Pace Slows

Criticism of John Calipari’s management of Kentucky basketball is picking up.

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Things are not as easy for John Calipari as they once seemed.
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Nothing lasts forever as we all know, even when you wish it could. It’s just the way things are. Hints of mortality creep up in every aspect of life.

Lately it seems to be happening to John Calipari.

The Kentucky coach who set a new bar for recruiting, has hit a dry spell. This year, uncharacteristically, he brought in a grad student transfer, Reid Travis from Stanford.

It snuck up on us but his last top five recruit was Skal Labissiere, who wasn’t exactly a huge success.

Last spring, when Duke picked off RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and then Zion Williamson, Cal kind of blew a gasket and ended up on a tirade about socialism. He was referring to Duke’s pitch that Duke was a life decision rather than just a quick path to the NBA.

At least we think it was about Duke.

Recruiting hasn’t gone much better this season and the pressure is building. Take this article for example.

It’s fairly biting and unpleasant for Calipari. Yes it’s from the Louisville paper, but like every other part of Kentucky, there are more Kentucky fans in Louisville than Louisville fans and the paper tends to reflect that.

There’s more pressure to come as Penny Hardaway continues to muscle in and, soon, Archie Miller is going to start landing big time recruits.

If this keeps up, Drake may have to find a courtside seat somewhere else.

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