John Calipari has opinions.
He's not shy about sharing them.
When it comes to the current one-and-done rule, he's professed his disapproval for years at frequent intervals.
And now, as a newly appointed member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches board of directors, he has a new forum for his voice.
“What I want to do is, how do we make sure we’re looking after these kids?” Calipari told Sporting News. “You talk about protecting the game, but first of all protect these kids. What are the ways, what are the ideas, that can make this a better experience and a better situation for these kids? And then protecting the game: What we’re trying to do, how we’re trying to do it. And a big part of that is the one-and-done rule.”
Will it make a difference? Maybe. It could increase the number and magnitude of voices advocating a change in the system -- although it's the NBA that has total control over that. At most, it seems like Calipari could perhaps strengthen the push for change, but no matter how effective he is on the board of directors, they have no actual hand in the matter.
Other members of the board include Bill Self, Bo Ryan, Jim Boeheim, Mike Brey and others. The full list can be seen here.