- Strong quake hits Japan, triggering tsunami
- Sniper heaven: Pentagon’s self-guided bullets leave enemies nowhere to hide
- Violent gang taking advantage of immigration crisis, using border as recruiting hub
- Medicaid enrollment continues to soar under Obamacare, administration says
- Michelle Obama to Latinos: ‘We cannot afford to wait on Congress’ for immigration
- White House urges GOP to act ‘urgently’ on $3.7 billion request for illegal immigrants
- Politicians, criminals using ‘right-to-be-forgotten’ law EU courts forced upon Google
- Combat fatigue: elite special forces troops are ‘fraying,’ Gen. Joseph Votel warns
- German foreign minister to meet Kerry to discuss spying claims
- Florida police spokesman tells citizens: ‘Get yourself some firearms’
Calipari sticking with one-and-done approach
Question of the Day
“If I have a choice between a talented team and an experienced team, I’m taking talent every time,” he said. “I can try to figure out how to get them to defend, how to play together, all of those things.”
Though he’s the most accomplished coach when it comes to attracting one-and-dones, he’s hardly alone in the pursuit of potential one-year phenoms. Ohio State rode freshmen Greg Oden and Mike Conley to an appearance in the national title game in 2007. Kevin Love took UCLA to the Final Four in 2008. Kevin Durant played just one season at Texas. Same for Michael Beasley at Kansas State.
The sight of players treating college as a 12-month way station between high school and the NBA doesn’t sit well with NCAA president Mark Emmert, though he is powerless to stop it.
“I would very much like to not have that become the image of intercollegiate basketball, even though there are some that do that,” Emmert said. “I’d certainly like kids to stay in college and prepare themselves for the rest of their lives.”
That’s fine. He didn’t make up the rules. He swears he’s just trying to play by them.
“My (best) option is to recruit the best players we have, the best students we can recruit, and then coach ‘em and get ‘em to believe in themselves, get ‘em to reach their dreams,” Calipari said. “If that is done after a year, then I’ll deal with it.”
AP Sports Writer Lynn DeBruin in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.
By Robert N. Tracci
Congress must use its appropriations power to secure the border
- Violent gang MS-13 taking advantage of immigration crisis, using border as recruiting hub
- Pentagon's self-guided bullets leave enemies nowhere to hide
- A 'new Cold War': China's top paper warns of 'slippery slope' towards conflict with U.S.
- PRUDEN: 'Dirty Harry' Reids increasing eccentricity
- Michelle Obama to Latinos: 'We cannot afford to wait on Congress' for immigration
- Obama calls GOP lawsuit over executive overreach a 'political stunt'
- Hamas orders civilians to die in Israeli airstrikes
- Florida police spokesman tells citizens: 'Get yourself some firearms'
- Dead body falls out of coroner van, lands in road
- AP ANALYSIS: Obama stays in campaign mode, then complains of gridlock
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq
World Cup's sexiest WAGs