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Joe B. Hall to John Calipari: “You were born to coach at Kentucky”

Joe B. Hall is one of the most recognizable and most beloved members of the Kentucky basketball family. After 13 seasons as the head coach plus time as a player and an assistant, Hall has been involved with the Wildcats for decades. But Tuesday night against Missouri, John Calipari recorded his 297th victory as a head coach, tying Coach Hall for second-highest wins by a head coach in program history.

After the game, Calipari said he wished he hadn’t tied the record, but Coach Hall has something to say about that.

“Go ahead and break my record. It’s there to be broken and I’m proud that it’s you,” Coach Hall said in a heartwarming video by Kentucky Athletics. “John, I would never, ever regret that you came here. You were born to coach at Kentucky.”

Hall’s message comes near the end of the video, which begins as a highlight reel of Calipari’s time so far at Kentucky. From his first press conference to 2K for UK, from photobombs by Karl Towns to forehead kisses for DeAndre Liggins and from a National Championship trophy to beating No. 1 Tennessee, the video lets the BBN relive the best of the best.

Chills. I like my coaches.


Article written by Maggie Davis

14 responses to “Joe B. Hall to John Calipari: “You were born to coach at Kentucky””

  1. bigbluebanana

    Yeah, but who cares what Joe B. Freaking Hall says, what does he know? Obviously bigolblue and mashburnfan are FAR more qualified to comment on what Cal is to Kentucky. Let’s leave basketball coaching and UK history to the experts okay Mr. Hall?

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door


    2. BallDontLie

      Just fyi. Your trolling of the trolls on nearly every post is getting quite annoying as well.

  2. mikeintn

    Joe B is just great, and I like my coach!

  3. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Love Joe B! I wish I could meet him and shake his hand.

    1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

      And Cal too of course.

  4. Natureboy42

    Got to meet Joe B. When I worked at a car dealership several years ago. As nice and down to earth as he seems on TV he’s even more so in person. Truly great coach and even better person.

  5. kentuckybackupplayer

    Lucky to have Cal. Enjoy it while it lasts.

  6. Ridge Runner

    Joe B with a witty and classy line yet again. Awesome.

  7. BeejeCat

    Coach Hall is pure class.

  8. Fitz

    I recall being at the NCAA championship game in 76 against Duke and UK fans were wearing “Joe B Gone” buttons. I was amazed that there were so called supporters who wanted to get rid of a coach who had taken their team in the championship team.

    1. PAPA


    2. Fitz

      Thanks…mabeit was 76 when Joe B Gone jerks began their crusade to run Coach Hall out of town.

  9. kyinsider

    Coach Hall is a legend and Coach Cal is well on his way to being a UK legend to. Cal has the confidence but is still humble and is able to find the perfect balance. So much success in ten years. He’s going to be missed after he’s gone