Put your DVR to good use today and try to count the number of guys in collared shirts on the Kentucky bench. There are 10 Wildcat players, and I’m pretty sure they are outnumbered.
Everybody who is anybody hires a lot of managers and a director basketball operations. Kentucky, not surprisingly, takes staffing to another level. Before yesterday’s game against Washington, a stream of fans approached assistants and helpers to get a picture.
Former Wildcat and NBA player Tony Delk is the assistant director of basketball operations. Former DePaul star and NBA player Rod Strickland is the special assistant to the head coach.
Call it big business, or call it excess, that’s where college basketball is. Coach John Calipari is CEO of an athletics empire with an intense fan following unsurpassed around the country. Wildcat fans, in a wide array of blue, are everywhere in Maui.
I’m developing a theory – not one I’m prepared to live and die for, but a theory: Big, bold words on a T-shirt reveal insecurity. If you’re a Wildcat fan, we don’t need to read “The best tradition in college basketball” or “Envy our past, Fear our Future” on a shirt.
Kentucky basketball. We get it.