Please explain: How is perfection not enough for Coach of the Year?

03/25/2015 11:37 AM

Apparently, being perfect isn’t good enough — at least not when it comes to winning Coach of the Year in college basketball.

Despite leading Kentucky to the first perfect regular season by a power conference school in nearly 40 years, Kentucky head coach John Calipari did not receive the United States Basketball Writers Association’s Coach of the Year honor. The USBWA instead chose to go with Virginia’s Tony Bennett.

Now to be fair, Bennett had a great season with the Cavaliers. Winning the ACC regular-season title and finishing with a 30-4 record is a great accomplishment, but how is that better than perfection?

Cal and the Cats not only won the regular-season title in the SEC, but also claimed the SEC tournament championship, received the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament, and are still dancing in the Sweet 16. Bennett and Virginia, on the other hand, are already back home on the couch after losing to No. 7 seed Michigan State in the Round of 32.

No matter how you spin it, everything points to coach Calipari as being the top coach in college basketball this season.


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