Congratulations, member M.T.S.! You are the only member in the 2nd Annual Ricochet NCAA Brackets competition to pick the Final Four teams correctly. What oracle did you visit? Pretty amazing, if you ask me.
Next weekend in New Orleans, Kentucky plays Louisville, and Ohio State faces Kansas. The coaching matchup of Rick Pitino versus John Calipari is the storyline that everyone will be talking about in the coming week.
Before he was the Louisville coach, Pitino coached Kentucky. He quickly became a Bluegrass Blueblood despite his roots in the Northeast. He left to coach the Celtics in 1997 before returning to Louisville in 2001.
Calipari coached at the University of Massachusetts before leaving for the Nets of the NBA. Both Calipari and Pitino have had their share of shady dealings. For Calipari, see the lengthy "controversies" section of his wiki page. Pitino's issues were more personal. Do I make too much of such soap operas? Perhaps.
Member David Knights wrote this in a comment on an earlier NCAA thread after I asked about Pitino's current reputation in the state of Kentucky:
Pitino is both loved and hated by UK fans. He is still very popular in Louisville despite his legal/sexual troubles. He is still a fine coach but he doesn't have quite the fire that he use to. Everyone is speculating on when he will retire.
And here's a tidbit about Calipari's genius. Like Pitino, he is an intense, charismatic coach with NBA coaching experience:
Calipari, in his third season at Kentucky, just keeps recruiting the best high school players in the land, molds them into a top team, then sends most of ‘em on to the NBA before they’ve barely had time to find their way to class.
Then he starts the whole process over again.
I'll be watching. Will you?