May 5, 2015
Calipari on platooning: ‘It’s not the way I like to coach’

There was a lot of talk prior to the 2014-15 college basketball season about Kentucky coach John Calipari using platoons to manage his wealth of talent. Many thought it wouldn’t work, but the Wildcats finished the season 38-1.

Regardless of his platooning system and its contributions to what was almost a perfect season, Calipari says he would prefer to never use it again.

Calipari posted a blog today on his website, CoachCal.com, reflecting on the season and how he used his players.

Here is a passage:

Never in my life did I think that I would platoon, but most people didn’t think we would ever win 38 straight to start the year, set a record for wins in a season and have seven players drafted. It’s amazing people could try to use that against us, but I guess you have to come up with something.

If you ask me if I’m ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO. Last season was an absolute outlier. It’s just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again.

The entire blog, titled “We may never platoon again, but players will always come first, can be read in its entirety here.

Calipari on platooning: ‘It’s not the way I like to coach’

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By Kevin Hoffman, Managing Editor

There was a lot of talk prior to the 2014-15 college basketball season about Kentucky coach John Calipari using platoons to manage his wealth of talent. Many thought it wouldn’t work, but the Wildcats finished the season 38-1.

Regardless of his platooning system and its contributions to what was almost a perfect season, Calipari says he would prefer to never use it again.

Calipari posted a blog today on his website, CoachCal.com, reflecting on the season and how he used his players.

Here is a passage:

Never in my life did I think that I would platoon, but most people didn’t think we would ever win 38 straight to start the year, set a record for wins in a season and have seven players drafted. It’s amazing people could try to use that against us, but I guess you have to come up with something.

If you ask me if I’m ever going to platoon again, my answer is NO. Last season was an absolute outlier. It’s just not the way I like to coach. I would rather play seven or eight guys because I believe that gives us the best chance to win. I think we wrote the book on platooning this year, but I hope we stick it on the shelf and never have to use it again.

The entire blog, titled “We may never platoon again, but players will always come first, ” can be read in its entirety here .






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