LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The NCAA introduced a new wrinkle in its two-day out news conferences this year. Instead of individual press conferences, it is having opposing coaches conduct a news conference together.
Kentucky's John Calipari and Wisconsin's Bo Ryan found themselves discussing the one-and-done phenomenon, experience and talent, and managing the hype surrounding a Final Four experience.
The Q&A exchange:
QUESTION: For both of you, there's so much attention these days paid on what's next for college players and going forward, are we losing sight of what a great college player is all about, just valuing a kid for what he's doing in the moment while he's in college, or just maybe being only a great college player?
BO RYAN: Well, here's all I got to say to Cal is when somebody asks me about one and done, all I remember is when my mom would give me a pork chop or a piece of meatloaf and I would ask for another piece and she would say, No, one and done.
So when you say about college athletes and what's made of this and what's made of afterwards and how many years and all that, there's a lot to be discussed. We're both on the Board of Directors with the NABC and we have talked about this quite a bit. I'm sure there's something coming down the road that's going to alter that. But all we know is we just want our players to get the most out of the experience and I think we both are coaching guys that understand what that's all about, so I think we'll be okay.
JOHN CALIPARI: First of all, does a player have to be here four years to be a terrific college player? The last four years our grade point average has been a 3.0. Our APR is as high as anybody in the country. They're college students, they're just not college students for four years, in most cases, but in some they are.
We don't talk about it and I imagine you don't either, we don't talk about NBA. We're worried about winning college games and being a great college team. Losing yourself in the team, doing less which ends up being more, losing yourself in the game.
So I don't think the kids are thinking all those things. The issue one and done has now become a bad connotation. So we're going to break out something new this week to get you guys off this one and done so that we can think about in another term, which is trying to help these kids do what they're trying to do as college students, as where they want their careers to go.
The NCAA also held a news conference with one player from each Final Four team. The representatives were Scottie Wilbekin of Florida, Niles Giffey of Connecticut, Ben Brust of Wisconsin and Kentucky's Julius Randle.
Of playing at home in Texas, Randle said, "Yes, it's definitely home. I'm just excited to be playing. It doesn't matter if it was in Dallas or wherever it was. Just to have the opportunity and blessing to play in the Final Four is all that really matters to me. It's kind of been emotional for my family, all that the team's been through this year. They're just really proud of where we came from. But at the end of the day we're just excited to get out there and compete and have another opportunity to play the game."