Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski lead two of college basketball’s top programs, so it’s inevitable that they’re going to face off on the recruiting trail from time to time. Monday, Coach Cal appeared to take somewhat of a shot at Coach K about his current recruiting pitch.
As ESPN’s Myron Medcalf notes, a few weeks back, five-star player Hamidou Diallo told the Louisville Courier-Journal about the differences in recruiting tactics between the two coaches. Diallo told the paper that Coach K told him that if he comes to Duke, he’ll be “set for life.” Coach Cal’s pitch was more about the NBA.
Well, it looks like Coach Cal thinks that Coach K’s pitch sends the wrong message. In a blog post today on his website, Calipari dropped a few sentences that appear to be a direct shot at Krzyzewski.
I refuse to go in a home and paint a picture saying things like, “If you come with us you’ll be taken care of for the rest of your life by the program and by our alums” even though you may only be in school for a year or two. How preposterous does that sound? What if I say that same thing and the young man decides to transfer for one reason or another? Does that still hold true that we’re going to take care of them the rest of their lives? Our approach is to give them the fishing rod and the lures to help them catch fish, not to just give you the fish.
Calipari isn’t one to hold back, but rarely does he go after another top coach in this fashion. It’ll be interesting to see if Coach K responds.