Apr 6, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari speaks at a press conference during practice before the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari compares the NCAA to the Soviet Union

It seems more and more lately like there just aren’t a lot of supporters left of the NCAA, except Mark Emmert and the guys that work inside the offices in Indianapolis themselves. While Kentucky head coach John Calipari may not be one of these people vigorously against the NCAA and their actions, he definitely doesn’t see much hope for the organization going forward.

In his recent book, due out April 15, when talking about the state of the NCAA, he likened it to the fall of the Soviet Union, according to the Wall Street Journal:

“The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in its last years,” Calipari writes. “It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist.”

Lately, you can see the NCAA will either need to change, or they will be just a distant memory. This is evidenced by the recent NLRB decision involving the Northwestern football players and the idea of unionizing.

Time will tell whether or not they want to be proactive, or if they’ll just be content dying because of their own arrogance.


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