John Calipari should have been National Coach of the Year

John Calipari - photo by Walter Cornett |
– photo by Walter Cornett |

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett was named the USBWA Coach of the Year on Monday.

The Cavaliers had a terrific season, going 29-2 in the regular season before bowing out North Carolina in the ACC tournament and, on Sunday, No. 7 Michigan State in the Round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

Now, if we’re going to be fair — which a lot of people haven’t been — the Cavaliers lost their all-american wing and best three point shooter, Justin Anderson, to both a fractured finger and an appendectomy in February. With him, they were arguably the best non- team in the country. Without him, they were still good, but their offensive droughts eventually did the Cavaliers in.

That’s not Bennett’s fault, unless you blame him for an ill-timed case of appendicitis, but it was his doing turning a team that did not include one top 50 recruit into a legitimate national title contender.

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