Last week I featured an article from the New York Times about Kentucky basketball in which Calipari takes the blame for his team’s mediocre season. I was impressed by the coaching tactic of accepting responsibility for the team’s troubles.

But curious about his prediction that if they won the next game all would be solved.

It seemed too easy.

They did indeed win the next game. But then they lost the first round of the SEC tournament to Vanderbilt.

Today they were not included in the NCAA tournament. Last year they won it all.

On another note, you have to be impressed with Miami’s Jim Larranaga, who has only been at the school two years, but was voted ACC Coach of the Year and led his team to an ACC Tournament championship.

He gets his teams focused and prepared:

“This league is so good, that your next opponent is always very, very good, so you have no choice but to stay focused,” Larranaga said. “If we worry about our win streak or rankings, or gloat on our last victories, our minds won’t be focused on the present task. So far, we’ve been very focused no matter if we’ve been home or away, and that makes coaches very happy.”

They are a number 2 seed in the NCAA tournament and on a path to meet Indiana should both teams play as predicted.



Marcia McDermott

Marcia McDermott

Former college and national team athlete who made a career coaching college, pro and international level. Now I coach the coach and am committed to coaches and leaders building high performance teams.

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