Calipari departure is all that can slow UK

Kentucky has reached the Final Four three times under John Calipari. Thomas J. Russo/USA TODAY Sports

ARLINGTON, Texas -- With a coach as successful and high-profile as John Calipari, the rumor mill seldom stops churning. And regardless of the credibility of the rumor, the specter that Cal could someday turn away from the Kentucky Wildcats for another opportunity is enough to keep 'Cats fans on edge.

The latest rumor began on Twitter courtesy of former Kentucky guard Rex Chapman just an hour or so prior to the national championship contest, suggesting a departure to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Calipari denied it to ESPN's Jeannine Edwards after his team lost the national title game to Connecticut. That should give some comfort to Kentucky fans who came close to hanging another championship banner in Rupp Arena. But so long as Calipari stands on the sideline, the Wildcats will almost always have strong odds to add more hardware to an already well-stocked trophy case. In truth, Calipari's departure is the only thing that can slow down Big Blue Nation.