ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. — John Calipari has long been critical of the NCAA’s grad transfer rule, but that hasn’t stopped the Wildcats from being linked with Stanford All-Pac-12 forward Reid Travis. Still, the Kentucky coach is opposed to the rule.
“My history, everybody knows,” Calipari said at a camp stop in Elizabethtown, Ky. “I’ve seen the coach at Drexel get fired. I’ve seen the coach at Cleveland State get fired. And I’ve said that this isn’t right. It’s not right for the game, and it’s not right for those coaches.
“In the same sense, I have a responsibility to this university. It’s not a rule I developed. If we take advantage of it, it will be a rule I developed. But it’s not a rule that I’m even in favor of. My job is to make sure that this program is in the best position it can be.”
Bruiser Flint, a former assistant under Calipari, was the Drexel coach Calipari was talking about. Louisville landed Drexel grad transfer Damion Lee after the 2014-15 season and Flint was fired a year later after a 6-25 season.
Calipari was asked if his views about the grad transfer rule would change if a Power 5 player, such as Travis, transfers to another Power 5 school rather than a bigger school taking advantage of a smaller school like Drexel.
“It’s easier for me to swallow, but again, I look at this the same way,” he said.
Travis would be immediately eligible to play next season as a graduate transfer. He averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds as a junior last season at Stanford. He ranks 16th on Stanford’s career scoring list and 10th on its career rebounding list. He was named All-Pac-12 first team in his sophomore and junior seasons.
He reportedly will visit Kentucky and Villanova after graduating later this month.