Outside the Lines on Calipari forcing out players

Submitted by echoWhiskey on January 6th, 2010 at 11:34 PM

Didn't see this mentioned elsewhere. ESPN OTL has a piece on the shady practice of forcing out scholarship players to make room for new ones. It focuses on Kentucky, but also mentions Michigan basketball (Yeah, Beilein forced everyone out so he could go something like 7-20 his first year).

Anyway, it's a good piece and speaks to a topic that comes up frequently around these parts.

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4782616&categoryid=3286128C

Comments

The Other Brian

January 7th, 2010 at 3:16 AM ^

They've been in hibernating for a long time, but Kentucky basketball fans are some of the most obnoxious, irrational, homerish fans in all of sports. If you don't worship the ground that the Squid (Calipari) walks on, you're just a hater who's jealous of the Final Four/National Championship banners Kentucky's going to be hanging soon (until they have to be pulled down in shame, that is).

GOBLUE4EVR

January 7th, 2010 at 10:18 AM ^

i once ran into a UK fan in a yahoo college basketball chat room, it was either 98 or 99... since my handle is GOBLUE4EVR i got a instant message from someone saying "UK bball rules!!!" thinking i was a UK fan... i told the person that i was a michigan fan, and away it went... the person just starting going off how lucky michigan was in the final 4, the fab 5 was shit, and so on and so forth... i finally said it happened in 1993 so get over it and move on with life...

Zone Left

January 6th, 2010 at 11:48 PM ^

That practice isn't uncommon anywhere. It's just more public/prevelant in certain cases--I'm looking at you title game participant Alabama. For shame, I'm sure your guilt is punishment enough (according to Bama fans).

umchicago

January 7th, 2010 at 3:08 AM ^

it really disturbed me that espn lumped beilein's situation with calipari and saban. those two guys force scholarship athletes out of the program.

convince me that beilein forced out 3* and 4* players like udoh, price and morris to play two walk-ons and a 1* and 2* frosh.

espn journalism at its finest.

SysMark

January 7th, 2010 at 8:35 AM ^

I know who some are - Udoh for example was wanted and left on his own. I would be interested in a list of the six players referred to if anyone has it. To lump Beilein in with what Calipari did is simplistic, lazy reporting.

GOBLUE4EVR

January 7th, 2010 at 10:27 AM ^

is one of the kids that ESPN is referring to, then its complete horse shit... how many schools did that kid commit and decommit from before he decided to go to michigan??? and then he leaves because JB was going challenge him to be a better player....umm wasn't his speciality shooting 3's??? i think he would have worked out just fine...

GOBLUE4EVR

January 8th, 2010 at 11:29 AM ^

gave him the chance to come back as a walk-on(which would suck so i understand his issues with that)....there is an article out there that makes it seem like baker didn't want to put in the work to stay at michigan, something alongs the lines that JB told him that he was to short to play in the 1-3-1... i find that funny because grady, merrit, and lee were all 6' and under and baker was a better shooter than all 3 of them... he just came off like he had some sour grapes over the whole thing...