During a Final Four press conference Friday ahead of his team’s national semifinal game against Wisconsin, Kentucky coach John Calipari offered this quote after he was asked about possibly rephrasing “one-and-done.” The following was Calipari’s response.
“It’s the elephant in the room that we don’t need to talk about. Every player that I’ve recruited, and they will tell you, I say the same thing, Don’t plan on coming to school for one year. You make a huge mistake. But if after one year you have options, that will be up to you and your family. You plan on being in school
two or three years. But if after one year you have options, that’s up to you and your family. Enjoy the experience, enjoy the college environment, because the rest of it is work, it’s not about family, it’s about business. So enjoy it. But, the one year, if you have options, that’s up to you and your family. So that’s what we have talked about. Now, I was hoping we could do it and I still may do it, but again, the connotation that’s been built around one-and-done is so ridiculous to make it a bad thing, it’s a negative thing. It’s not used in other sports, it’s not used in other areas of life where people stay in school a year and leave. So
the thing that we have been talking about is succeed and proceed. Succeed and proceed. You cannot proceed until you succeed. Succeed and then proceed. It will be on T shirts, so. …”