It’s not every day that the coach of your favorite college basketball team goes to visit your favorite football team at training camp. Today happened to be that day for me, and with the combination of a lack of major news and the NFL-itis I’m getting with the Bengals’ first preseason game less than a week away, that visit is making it into a post.
Coach is officially a Steelers’ fan due to his Pittsburgh roots, but is good friends with Marvin Lewis and was on hand to see the Bengals beat ladies’ man Ben Roethlisberger and his filthy steel squad last year in Cincinnati. Today he took in TO and co. on the field at Georgetown College, and was escorted around the grounds by Kentucky’s professional hard ass strength trainer Rock Oliver, who formerly worked with the Bengals. Here’s a rundown of Cal’s visit to the Orange and Black from Bengals.com.
University of Kentucky strength coach Rock Oliver, a former Bengals guru, provided the escort Wednesday for Wildcats coach John Calipari, his old boss with the New Jersey Nets. Calipari, a Pittsburgh native who loves the Bengals (yes, he follows the Steelers, too), almost got taken out on a sideline play. And in Kentucky, the basketball coach is bigger than the governor and both U.S. senators.
“If I don’t take him back with me, I’m looking for another job,” The Rock said.
Calipari offered a seasoned scouting report on what he saw and came away raving about the talent.
“People talk about my teams being long,” he said. “I just saw a long, long, long football team. Terrell Owens has the body of a 25-year-old. He looks like a superhero if you put (a cape) on him. Everybody knows what Chad Ochocinco can do. Carson Palmer has to be 6-6, 6-5.
“It’s got to be nice going to practice every day knowing you’ve a chance to play for the world’s championship. You don’t mind practicing, the food tastes better, everything is better.”
When Calipari and The Ocho traded pictures for their Twitter feeds, cyberspace must have shook.
“I told him I’ll send it to my million followers and he said, ‘I’ve got a million, too,’ ” Calipari said. “I just checked. I’ve got 50,000 more than Chad.”
If this is the first step in an Ocho sighting as the ‘Y’ in Rupp this year, there’s at least one person writing this post who’s all for it. And, since I’ve bored you with a post only loosely relating to anything relevant, here’s a (possibly NSFW, depending on your work, so be careful) link to some hot girls.
Go Who Cats Dey.