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John Calipari: The NCAA is like the Soviet Union

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John Calipari has just coached his University of Kentucky team to the Championship Game of the NCAA Tournament.

But he isn't exactly impressed with the state of college basketball just now judging by his recent comments.

As reported by ESPN, Calipari had some strong words of warning for the NCAA in his new book:

"The situation reminds me a little of the Soviet Union in it's last years.

"It was still powerful. It could still hurt you. But you could see it crumbling, and it was just a matter of time before it either changed or ceased to exist," the coach explained.

Calipari has been in charge at Kentucky since 2009 and claims that he has made several suggestions to the powers that be on how to improve the state of college basketball during that time, but feels he has had little support to date:

"I think we could have gotten somewhere with me as the point man, but the NCAA was not interested in my help," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"The message I got, between the lines, was, 'No, not you. Not Calipari. We don't want him involved."

NCAA basketball is under scrutiny at present, with issues ranging from player's earnings to the desire to keep young prospects in the college game longer than a single season amongst the issues being debated.

And in his new book, entitled 'Players First: Coaching From the Inside Out," Calipari reveals how he feels the system can improve - this includes allowing athletes to accept loans up to the value of $50,000 and permitting players one round-trip flight home per year.

With rumors linking the UK coach to the Lakers job in the near future, maybe Calipari can escape the NCAA sooner rather than later.

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