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Hoops Coaches: UK’s Calipari and UF’s Donovan Tops Among Rule-Benders

Bend, but don’t break.

In the latest installment of’s multi-part survey of anonymous college basketball coaches, the question was simple: “Which coach is best at bending the rules but not breaking them?”

Unfortunately for Mike Slive and his ongoing attempts to clean up the SEC’s reputation, two of his conference’s coaches topped the list — Kentucky’s John Calipari was named by 13% of the “nearly 100 coaches” polled while Florida’s Billy Donovan was mentioned by 11%.

Sean Miller (Arizona), Tom Crean (Indiana), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Roy Williams (North Carolina), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and Josh Pastner (Memphis) all were mentioned by at least 5% of the respondents.

One coach said of Calipari: “Everyone says he cheats, but when has he been caught?”  Wildcat fans will be quick to shout that that might just mean he doesn’t break or bend rules at all.

As for Donovan, one unnamed coach stated: “Billy is, or at least he used to be, the best.  He’s the one who came up with the idea of elite camps.  He’s just really smart.  He knows how to get things done.”

Naturally, this isn’t a list most coaches would want to make.  But it’s better than making a rule-breaker list.

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