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Archie Goodwin wants you to expect a championship

There is a new video up over on of Archie Goodwin discussing how he is adjusting to college and what he wants from fans at Kentucky. The video is part of a series introducing UK’s five newcomers: Julius Mays, Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Goodwin.

So what did Archie say he wants from Big Blue Nation?

High expectations.

“I want people to expect us to win the championship… a national championship… or multiple championships, depending on who stays or goes,” he told “With that pressure on me, it means you have to perform and there are no other explanations for it. There are no excuses.”

Eric Lindsey’s article on Goodwin also includes an amusing story from when Kentucky was recruiting him. As he tells it, when Coach Cal called him for the first time, he thought he was talking to John Pelphrey.

“I didn’t know who it was at first because there were two Coach Os I was in contact with at the time — Coach Orlando (Antigua) and Coach O (Tom Ostrom) from Arkansas, so I thought it was the Coach O from Arkansas,” Goodwin said. “He was on the phone and I was listening and he said he was going to put Coach on the phone. I didn’t know he was talking about Coach Cal. I thought it was Coach (John) Pelphrey, who was the coach at Arkansas at the time.

“And so when Coach Cal was talking, I was listening and he was going on and on and then I heard him say, ‘We just had five players taken in the draft.’ That’s when I was like ‘Oh snap, this is Cal and that was Coach Orlando that called me.’ That was the first time that I had talked to him, and from there he came to watch me play a few times and we just got it going from there.”

With all due respect to Pelphrey, I imagine there is quite a difference in talking to him on the phone about Arkansas and talking to John Calipari about Kentucky.

Watch the video at

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Archie Goodwin wants you to expect a championship

  1. jaxcats8503
    10:37 am July 27, 2012 Permalink


  2. Bob Sugar
    10:45 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Well I’m glad he’s on the same page as the rest of BBN. I hope no one out there expects anything less.

  3. I'm no Jax Teller
    10:48 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    So, I am not a favored commenter, and my opinion won’t be voiced by Matt Jones, but I like Goodwin. No shrinking violet here. Faces his expectations head-on, and says “I’ve got this”. That’s what UK needs. He understands what UK is all about.

  4. I'm no Jax Teller
    10:50 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Also, is it just me, but that picture of Tyler Thompson at the top is awesome. Wow, she is fine.

  5. GoCats2
    11:03 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    No offense to our boy Pelphrey but Archie probably had the phone sitting on the counter on speaker while he was doing other things until he realized it was Cal.

  6. MoneyintheBank
    11:25 am July 27, 2012 Permalink


    11:32 am July 27, 2012 Permalink


  8. I Say
    11:34 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Our offense will be just as good if not better than last years, Archie and poythress can both really fill it up

  9. Mr. Donovan
    11:36 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    What am I suppose to say after he makes a basket? brrr

  10. I Say
    11:36 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    7 your ass must still be sore from that whipping we gave you in the sweet sixteen.

  11. I Agree
    12:01 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    #10-You are right on the money. Give it up about being scared, IU fans.

  12. NBA league pass
    12:31 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    7) national champs. Go cry.

  13. lisamarieky
    12:41 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    i think its hilarious that the kid says ‘i was listening to him go on and on’ i guess coach cal is always quite the talker

  14. please
    12:48 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Gotta do something on the mississippi gulf coast ad. if the cursor goes over the add, the pop up comes up with some damn sea gulls chirping. Thought you had to click on it to view?!