Saturday, May 21, 2011

Calipari says Butler-VCU success puts pressure on coaches

John Calipari says the success of Butler and Virginia Commonwealth in this year's NCAA Tournament with both reaching the Final Four puts tremendous pressure on coaches at non-BCS schools.

The Kentucky head coach was in town to attend the Dick Vitale Gala as an honored guest. He talked about how much the Gala along the Jimmy V Foundation has raised money to fight cancer and how his mother died last November from the dreaded disease.

After showing his emotion, Calipari asked a bunch of reporters, "can we talk some basketball now."

Calipari said he didn't think the success of Butler making two straight Final Fours and VCU getting there this year signals a trend. But it does make things tougher on coaches from the non BCS schools.

"I hate that that happened for anyone who coaches at a school like VCU or Butler because now every coach at those levels (will hear) 'well VCU did it, Butler did it back to back why can't you.'

"I was at Massachusetts and Memphis. To get a Final Four when you are a non-BCS school is extremely, extremely, rare and difficult so I don't see a trend

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