The difference between Tom Izzo and John Calipari

PHOTO: Michigan State football coach Mel Tucker and basketball coach Tom Izzo prior to a Spartans' game. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN John Calipari’s comments that Kentucky is a basketball school at the expense of his school’s improving football program not surprisingly drew an angry reaction from Wildcats’ coach Mark Stoops. It’s not that Calipari’s statement isn’t true. Kentucky has long been considered a basketball school. The problem is Calipari uttered a smarmy, self-serving comment.…

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NBA experience prepared Davis to guide his NIL players

PHOTO: Hubert Davis Visit my website's homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN The Name, Image and Likeness one-year anniversary is upon us. It was July 1 last year when the NCAA threw in the towel on holding back against public sentiment, state legislatures and looming court rulings permitting college athletes to cash in. NIL’s impact continues to evolve rapidly entering year two, but looking back, North Carolina basketball coach Hubert Davis may have been best positioned to handle the…

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Davis puts to rest the Heels-Devils handshake controversy

By TOM SHANAHAN PHOTO: Hubert Davis. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN There apparently won’t be a Round II in the handshake line if North Carolina and Duke meet in the ACC Tournament this week in Brooklyn. North Carolina coach Hubert Davis was asked in his Tuesday media session on Zoom about the kerfuffle that developed after the Tar Heels won Saturday at Duke. A video circulated that showed Duke assistant coach Chris Carrawell blowing past…

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