Opponents of the one-and-done rule have pointed out that athletes really only have to perform in the classroom during the fall semester if they decide to play just one year in college.
The spring semester? Well, they will be busy with March Madness and preparing for June’s NBA draft – and not have to deal with the specter of remaining eligible.
That culture didn’t seem to permeate Kentucky, which announced that its national champion men’s basketball team – with five players expected to be selected in the first round of next month’s draft – posted a 3.12 grade-point average for the spring semester of 2012, according to Kentucky.com.
Said coach John Calipari in a statement on Friday, according to the website: “All this stuff bitter old men say that they don’t go to class, it’s not true.”
We don’t want to put words in Calipari’s mouth, but Bob Knight’s ears must be ringing.