Kudos to UK…and the Madness

Posted: April 3, 2012 in NCAA
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Kentucky deserved to win the NCAA basketball championship. The Wildcats were clearly the best team in the country, especially after injuries hit North Carolina.

Coach John Calipari deserves a lot credit for the championship. He not only recruited the best group of players, but he managed to convince them to play unselfishly. That’s not easy to do in this age of look-at-me athletes – especially athletes who obviously are using college as a one-year stopover on their way to the riches of the NBA.

For the record, I have no problem with Calipari for his one-and-done philosophy. The rules allow it and he takes advantage of those rules. I don’t have a problem with the one-and-done athletes. In fact, I don’t understand why they aren’t allowed to go straight from high school to the pro game.

I do have a problem with the University of Kentucky, which makes an even bigger mockery of the term student-athlete than already exists. And shame on the NCAA for making such a rule.

Overall, March Madness once again lived up to the hype. The early rounds were highlighted by mega upsets. Norfolk State beating Missouri? Lehigh beating Duke? That’s the stuff dreams are made of. There were plenty of close games. There were several unbelievable comebacks.

In the end, the two winningest programs in major college basketball history played for the title and the best team won.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

 

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