Kentucky coach John Calipari wished he had a foreign trip this summer to prepare for what could be an unprecedented season with a seven-player recruiting class — so far — that rivals any collected recently. But the Wildcats went three years ago, which is within the once-every-four-years allowable time period. So, just in time, here comes the NCAA board of directors with a chance to provide more practice time for the Wildcats when they need it most.
If the proposal goes through, teams will essentially be allowed to practice 30 times in a 42-day period before the first game on Nov. 8. They could start those practices as early as the last week of September or first week of October.
“I like it,” said Calipari, who added he wouldn’t change his Midnight Madness date of Oct. 18. “What we’re about to undertake has never been done before — to bring in a group like this. They recruited each other. We’ve got a great staff, but they recruited each other. It took the Miami Heat two years to do what they did. We’ve got to do it in three months. We’ll have the summer, but we could have used a foreign trip with this group.”