Speaking like a man who’s had his share of run-ins with the NCAA — well, at least two programs he was coaching have had run-ins with the NCAA — Kentucky’s John Calipari is predicting that organization’s eventual demise. Calipari told Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News (hat tip: John Clay of The Lexington Herald-Leader) that the NCAA’s days are numbered:
“They’re not going to be around long. The NCAA will not. Before I retire from coaching, they will no longer oversee college athletics. They will, but it won’t be the four power conferences—they’ll be on their own. And the main thing is, do you really care about these kids? They’ll get mad that I say it. The NCAA Tournament, for example. It’s more about the selection committee getting on TV, everybody getting their tickets on the aisle, down low, all the parties they go to, the traveling. But we don’t take the parents of the participants. But they take their kids and their families.
The officials will get better hotels than some of their teams. And I know it for a fact. The decisions they make on the $2,000 (expense allowance for student-athletes)—it should have been $4,000. It’s a stipend. It’s not salary. It’s not ‘pay-for-play.’ It’s a stipend. It’s expenses. And then schools vote against it. All this stuff piles up to where people are going to say, ‘Enough’s enough.’”
While Calipari rails against the NCAA in the piece, he also takes time to point out that he’s got what he believes to be “maybe the best job in basketball.”