In all seriousness here's the list on his site. http://www.coachcal......-coached/ Of those UK guys Goodwin, Teague, Lamb, and Orton are the only ones who left too soon. Cal told Teague and Lamb they needed to come back to improve, Goodwin I don't know what convo they had, and Orton flat out quit going to class. All the other freshmen, despite the misinformation out there, completed their second semesters.
If just Teague returns last year, we don't disintegrate down the stretch after Nerlens goes down. If Lamb came along, we're looking at another Final Four last year. As the roster was, we probably don't go past Sweet 16 with Nerlens healthy.
This years meltdown is obviously our own overblown expectations from this class. Cal shares some of the blame for those expectations, but if they return, we'll judge them further down the road when their time here is complete.
I wouldn't say this year is just a result of overblown expectations; I'd say there's been a pretty obvious shortcoming at the hc position.
Cal keeps talking about what he expects the players to do for themselves without his assistance, and then when they lose, he says, "Well, they're freshmen and that's what freshmen do.".
Uummm, coach, if the players are expected to do all those things for themselves, like subbing at the right times as just 1 example, then what are you getting paid to do?
Players don't have the right attitude. Well, coach, that's your job to instill it in them.
Players aren't ready to go to start games and we come out slow. Well, coach, that's your job to get them in the right frame of mind.
Players have no passion, heart, or fire. Well, coach, that's your job to provide incentive where none exists.
Players keep making the same mistakes over and over; that's what freshmen do. Well, coach, that's your job to eradicate those avoidable, repeated mistakes.
Players don't shoot FT's well. Well, coach, that's your job to make sure they can in practice all week so they're second nature come game-time.
Players don't exhibit any leadership qualities. Well, coach, teaching leadership is in your job description.
I mean, c'mon, every single excuse/reason I've heard from Cal this season is an example of what other coaches in every sport refer to as "coachable moments", opportunities to teach the game to players.
You don't expect kids from hs programs and often disorganized, unstructured AAU ball to already know what it takes to compete in top-level college ball. You may get lucky as a coach and occasionally get some players who do; but you'll know pretty damn quick if they don't.
And when they don't, it's the coach's job to teach them all those things; that's what he gets paid for, teaching. If you expect players to learn all those things on their own through experience, and the players only typically stick around for 1 year, that sure makes for some rough seasons for UK fans as one freshman class after another learns on the job while the coach just watches the implosions and then blames the losses on shortcomings of players he recruited and that are entirely preventable with even a modicum of actual coaching.