But this little factoid rose above the noise last week: John Calipari is boys with Jay-Z.
This is nothing new, but it enjoyed some renewed press as Kentucky pressed deeper into the tournament. The Dan Le Batard Show pointed out just how ridiculous this friendship is, and Le Batard commented "why isn't Jay-Z friends with Roy Williams? It's equally absurd." The whole thing is absurd, to be certain, but I don't know that every coach being friends with Jay-Z is equally absurd. Calipari makes a lot more sense than some others do. Let's take a look at who the most irrelevant and un-cool coaches are. How bad would these guys be as Jay-Z's friends?
5. Steve Wojochiechowski - Marquette
|The only rapper Wojo is boys with is Mike Posner. Wojo thinks he's cooler than nobody|
4. Steve Fisher - San Diego State
In the early '90s you couldn't find a college basketball coach who was closer to coolness than the coach of Michigan's Fab Five, Steve Fisher. Now, though, he's just basketball's resident old dude, hanging out on the sunny shores of San Diago and chastising the NCAA.
3. Mark Few - Gonzaga
What with all the Washington stuff, he just seems like more of a Macklemore guy.
2. Tom Izzo - Michigan State
Even though "H to the Izzo" would have a great new meaning if he and Jay-Z became boys, I just can't see it. In many ways, MSU has been the anti-Kentucky in terms of sustained success with 3 and 4 year players. That, and he dances worse than Elaine.
You'd probably lump Thad Matta and Bo Ryan in with Tom Izzo in terms of un-cool-ness. But LeBron loves Ohio State, and has had a connection with their basketball team for years. To a lesser degree, Bo Ryan is loosely connected to Aaron Rodgers, J.J. Watt, and Russell Wilson. I'm definitely grasping with Ryan, but it's enough to keep him off this list.
1. Jim Boeheim - Syracuse
"If Eeyore was a basketball coach, he would be Jim Boeheim" -John Feinstein, Washington Post
Does this look like the face of #RocLaFamilia ?