Now that Kentucky has won a national championship under Calipari, there is going to be craploads of people talking about "What this means for college basketball." Some will argue that Calipari had a sick recruiting class won on the back of a freshman national player of the year, but most will argue that Kentucky's questionable recruiting practices dis-interest in graduation rates are corroding the soul of college basketball, and all college athletics.
In my epinion, the NCAA has long traded the lives of these players in pursuit of more advertising dollars and final four ticket sales. Harvard and the Ivy League teams who decided almost a century ago that college sports should be about academics first and athletics paved the trail for what a real student-athlete focused university should loo like. The remainder of college teams have gone in the other direction and now have trouble fusing the words student and athlete while keeping a straight face.
Calipari has become a punching bag for those that hate what the NCAA has become, but in honesty, Calipari is probably the most vocal critic. He is upset that the NCAA takes money from the players and spent most of his bully pulpit leading up to the tournament talking with reporters about how the NCAA and the NBA should do right by young players. According to the Deadspin article he doesn't even use the word Student athlete because he knows that it is an oxymoron. I'm sure people can and will hate on him, especially some of those talking heads on the 4 letter network, but I think he might be the only one who has this whole thing figure out.