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Best Buddies

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Last night John Calipari tweeted out this picture of him and Mark Stoops hanging out on a Saturday night at their friends’ Joey and Jennifer Palumbo’s house. As you can see, both men are just hanging as good friend would do, wearing denim and enjoying a Saturday night BBQ. But the picture is also representative of the two men’s growing relationship with each other as both have become close in the last few months. Mark Stoops has utilized John Calipari as a recruiting weapon, taking most of his top recruits to meet the coach when they are in town for visits and Calipari has been very generous with his time on those recruiting trips. But the two men have also become friends, socializing together and working on projects to help the overall UK Athletics community. As Mark Stoops recently said to me on radio, “we have one of the best to coach any sport on our campus. I would be silly not to try and work as closely as possible with him.”

In five years, if Mark Stoops does what we want him to do here and John Calipari has added a couple more banners to the walls, this picture will be one to remember.

Article written by Matt Jones

21 Comments for Best Buddies



  1. DrSayre
    5:01 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    I heard they were getting together to watch Matt’s dance video



  2. Ukclassof93
    5:03 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like cals going with the distinguished gray look!!



  3. ky
    5:09 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Cal loves taking pictures with fans



  4. UKJosh
    5:09 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Neither of their shirts are tucked in. Are you listening Ryan Lemond?



  5. Reed
    5:10 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    What’s on Stoops’ shirt? Did Pitino have a quick visit too?



  6. cameraman
    5:12 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    What’s that wet spot on the driveway?



  7. ushouldno
    5:30 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    There is a very good chance, better than 50% that Cal adds a walk-on guard in the fall.



  8. Dave
    5:31 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    What BBQ do they like



  9. Sito
    5:33 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Did Cal drive his Vespa



  10. MJP
    5:34 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    5. He got squirted with a water gun.



  11. HicksPickSix
    5:47 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t know what’s blotchier in this pic: Stoops’ complexion or his shirt (any guesses as to what the stains are?).



  12. Chaz
    6:03 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    All too often there have been barriers and jealousies between BB & FB at UK. Glad the coaches are building a friendship, but Coach Stoops, please don’t ask Cal to borrow WCS for a season if we’re short on WR’s.

    On a more serious note, what kind of cell phone is Cal using? Erin C may know. It occurs to me a millionaire who duct tapes his toaster oven, drives himself from place to place, carries a homemade lunch on recruiting trips, and organizes fund drives from Haiti to West Liberty may use a phone as described by the Walmart link below. It sure looks like what’s in his hand and it’s named BLU. Anybody know for sure what phone Cal uses? Asking a question like this is what some what some fans do in the summer while waiting for the fall semester.

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/BLU-Samba-JR-Q53-GSM-Cell-Phone-Silver-Unlocked/21281006



  13. JP
    6:18 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    #10 – your answer lies in #5.



  14. Louisville1Cal4
    6:56 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    @11
    Pretty sure that it’s a IPhone 4 or 4S.



  15. Aja
    7:02 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops will not be smiling when academic eligibility for the fall roster is compiled.



  16. Calvary
    7:03 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    That’s definitely an iPhone.



  17. Beer4Me
    7:05 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops looks like he either had a beer explode on him or he is sweating like a pig.



  18. raekwon
    7:14 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    never realized he was a ginger.



  19. NostraDanis
    7:59 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    The spots on Stoops’ shirt are from rain drops; and of course, we all know that rain knows better than to fall on Cal.

    Seriously, I’m thrilled to have the two programs helping each-other.



  20. MacGruber
    8:51 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    LOL for 5.



  21. MadTex
    9:04 pm May 19, 2013 Permalink

    Too bad Adolph Rupp and Bear Bryant couldn’t get along this good……………