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Coach Cal: “Don’t let anyone steal our joy.”

With NBA rumors flying all over Twitter from beat writers most of you have never heard of, there is only one person you need to be listening to on the subject. His name is John Vincent Calipari and he is the head coach of the University of Kentucky Wildcats.

From CoachCal.com:

Big Blue Nation, breathe. Relax. Calm down. Enjoy the championship.

I just talked to Mike DeCourcy and Andy Katz and they asked me if I was going to jump to the NBA. What?! We just won the championship a day and a half ago. The only three things I’m trying to decide on is when I’m going to go see a few recruits, how I’m going to get through all these voicemails and when do I get a chance to get some sleep.

But for those of you that need to hear it again, let me repeat what I told Andy and Mike: I’m not going anywhere. I have the best job in the country. Why would I leave after we’ve just won a national title? We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks. I’ve got more money than I’m ever going to need or my family can spend, so I don’t have to make a decision based on finances.

Let me assure you that you will see me at NBA games this summer … to watch our former players. I’m not going to give up my lifestyle based on a few rumors, and I will continue to go to NBA games to see my family, friends and former players. I’m even going to a game tonight.

But relax, Big Blue Nation. Sit back and enjoy this special time. We’ve waited 14 years for this, so let’s not let anyone ruin this for us. No one’s stealing my joy or my players’ joy. Don’t let them steal yours.

Boom.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

115 Comments for Coach Cal: “Don’t let anyone steal our joy.”



  1. everyone in college basketball not UK
    2:18 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    NNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!



  2. gawdi
    2:18 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    1st?



  3. meistro
    2:18 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    That is all.
    So it is written, so shall it be.



  4. gawdi
    2:18 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    doh!



  5. Floyd The Barber
    2:19 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    There it is…………..



  6. RodneyfromMcKee
    2:19 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bang!!



  7. Blue Iris
    2:19 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    That. Just. Happened.



  8. Megan
    2:19 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Exactly, he probably read my comment on how leaving would be idiotic and was convinced. For real though, he isn’t dumb and the NBA isn’t even a coaching job as much. It’s a marketing/business job with some coaching on the side. He likes to teach and I don’t know that NBA stars really want intense lessons.



  9. Kate
    2:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Financial comment will come back to haunt him.



  10. Troy
    2:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Well there you go. It doesn’t get much more clear than that.

    Now, let’s hope Calipari has more integrity than Nick Saban who said similar things before he made the jump.



  11. gawdi
    2:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Trying to catch UCLA. I like the sound of that



  12. Krista
    2:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    And there you have it. Can I get an AMEN?!?!



  13. reminder
    2:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    just remember he said the same thing at memphis



  14. Troy
    2:21 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Shabazz. Exactly what will you gain by goingto UCLA, not getting any better, and being lucky to make the NCAA tourney only to get bounced by UK in the first or second round?



  15. Tomcat
    2:21 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    AMEN!



  16. UofL fans
    2:21 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Damn…



  17. Wall2Cousins
    2:23 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    there you have it….this was posted awhile ago….something you gotta know about New York….writers create rumors so people will speculate and the writers name gets mentioned



  18. You know what?
    2:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    In Cal We Trust



  19. Ehh
    2:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Im in Love



  20. VACATER
    2:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    vacate



  21. SexnNursinHomes
    2:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Chicken Littles and Trolls. The only people who believe this shit.



  22. UKRULES1
    2:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Memphis is not KENTUCKY and Saban wasn’t coaching the KENTUCKY BASKETBALL TEAM. Which is second to none when it comes to BASKETBALL. However if he leaves and I don’t wnat him to Kentucky Basketball was around before he got here and it will be around when he leaves. I mean RETIRES!



  23. nkyukfan29
    2:26 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Amen.



  24. HOO HOO
    2:26 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Darn. Now we are really screwed!



  25. SexnNursinHomes
    2:26 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    20- Ha! yeah, that is about as likely to happen as seeing tits on a fish.



  26. CoachCalResume
    2:26 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *2012 National Champions

    *vacated



  27. Ehh
    2:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    HE HAS COACHED MORE TALENT IN 3 YRS. @ KENTUCKY THAN ANYBODY IN BASKETBALL, ANYWHERE.

    His legend is growing. This is not lost on this smart man.



  28. InbredJed
    2:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    25 – That’s about as likely as you seeing your sister/wife’s tits.



  29. DHo
    2:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    First it was Cal can’t with one and dones… Don’t go there…… DEBUNKED
    Then it was… Can cannot win the big one….. Don’t go there…….. DEBUNKED
    Only thing left….. cal to NAB, Cal to NBA, Cal to NBA……. Don’t go there. If they say it enough people will start to believe it. Only time will debunk this one.
    Like I said, it’s the only thing left to try and slow him down.



  30. *CoachCal4FinalFours
    2:29 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Four Final Four appearances

    *vacated



  31. SexnNursinHomes
    2:29 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    28- not before I see your sisters/wife’s tits first. Which I have, and your wife smells like NY city sewer trash. Made me vomit going down on her



  32. meistro
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    As long as Cal is at UK these types of rumors and statements are going to run rampant. Haters gonna hate. Get used to it BBN, this type of stuff is to be expected from the media. Moving on now.



  33. Laughing out Loud
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    26 we are ky. you dont have to bend rules when you are at kentucky with the resources we have. we are college basketball. the haters in the media have been searching everyday and cant find anything. WE ARE COLLEGE BB!!!



  34. DEBUNKED
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *DEBUNKED

    *vacated



  35. Azubuike's Bicep
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think it’s funny that the trolls no longer represent a certain team, because we have the trump card of a National Championship. Now they are all people talking about vacating #8. Cowards. If you are going to be a troll, atleast have some pride and represent your team.



  36. 00BBN00
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal sleeps? Huh, learn something new every day.



  37. Laker Cat 18
    2:30 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    9. On state?



  38. Laughing out Loud
    2:31 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    33 dont you mean we “is” ky? that’s what boogie cousins says.



  39. Bobby Knight
    2:32 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    He won’t leave. UK’s the best job in the nation. That banner will be hanging forever and is a testament to Coach Cal’s coaching ability. UofL, IU, and other fans from other fanbases are just being pouty, whiny, and jealous. I’ve never seen jealousy so transparent in my life. I think it’s time for the haters to grow up and brow down.



  40. Team Vacate
    2:32 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m on Team Vacate.



  41. fake random guy
    2:33 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Number one, the haters posting “vacated” are the same clowns that complain that UK has the worst fans in the nation, and they come here and post shit like that.

    Number two, I take Cal at his word. We gotta catch UCLA!



  42. Team Vacate
    2:34 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    The unibrow will soon be vacated.



  43. UKBlue
    2:34 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    If Cal hadn’t already gone to the NBA I’d be scared, but thank God he has already gotten that out of the way. The NBA isn’t a great coaching job, and Cal has already figured that out, by his words lowest part of his life. UK isn’t a regular coaching job, and when you’re doing the things Cal is doing at UK, going to the NBA is a backwards move.



  44. Jorts
    2:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Jorts

    *vacated



  45. Guck Foodman.
    2:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    He’s exactly right. No one is stealing my joy; haters and UL fans can hope he leaves all they want. I hope he stays another 5-6 years, but even if he leaves I’ll still be wearing my 2012 championship shirt and having a good time.



  46. BobKYCats
    2:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    43: That’s right. It’d be like leaving Arkansas-Pine Bluff to go coach at UofSmell.



  47. lexslamman
    2:35 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Trolls can’t beat Calipari, so they come to UK message boards to try to provoke UK fans. U mad?



  48. UKBlue
    2:36 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Let haters come out, the Championship isn’t getting vacated. We don’t have to cheat to get recruits, these kids want to go to the NBA, and the best & fastest way to get there is thru Cal & UK.



  49. Rafters at the Yum! Center
    2:36 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    It’s cold up here with no fabric to warm us…



  50. Tim Couch
    2:36 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *2012 Championship Shirt

    *vacated



  51. SexnNursinHomes
    2:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    45- They have to troll, they got nothing else left. What sucks for them is knowing that they have no chance for a Championship while Cal is at UK. Nada, Nil, Zilch, None. At all.



  52. tanya
    2:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why do haters come to a site to post ugly stuff? Do you have a job? Do you have family? What is the point of wasting time like that????? Must be Loserville fans, for real. Team Vacate: Really no one here cares about what you have to say. CoachCal4FinalFours: Go back to the Rick Pitino blog and talk about how you wanted to fire your coach just 4 weeks ago. LOSERS=HATERS



  53. ChampionshipShirt
    2:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Your 2012 Championships have a strict no return policy when the title is vacated.

    *vacated



  54. Kelvin Sampson's cell phone
    2:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Messages received, dialed, missed

    *Vacated



  55. Rixter
    2:38 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jim Rome said it best: why would he leave UK, where he has 4 – 5 first round picks every year for an NBA job where he only gets one first round pick yearly?



  56. BobKYCats
    2:39 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Oh hell, let the trolls troll. 30 years from now, when the banner is still hanging (along with who knows how many more Cal will win) and they’re still living in their parents’ basements, they’ll still be trolling, still be hoping, still be crying…



  57. Jim Rome
    2:40 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Jim Rome

    *vacated



  58. BigBlue1976
    2:41 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I was talking with co-workers yesterday. Some are UK fans and many aren’t. They ALL agree that despite UK fans reputation as worst fans or whatever, it is the haters and the trolls that are the hypocrites. They act ten time worse than UK fans ever do. They antagonize until they get a reaction and then use said reaction to blast the UK fan. If it’s been said once, it’s been said a thousand times – DO NOT REACT TO TROLLS, IGNORE THEM and you rob them of the satisfaction they seek!!!!!!!!



  59. Rixter
    2:42 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I love this SO much! Until now, haters had ‘you can’t win the hardware with one-and-dones’

    Now, the best they can come up is ‘it’s going to be vacated’….LOVE IT! Hate on, hate on



  60. MNCat
    2:42 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    That is the most definitive denial of these types of rumors he’s ever given. Plus, I’m sure he’s putting this out there as part of the recruiting process, too. Shabazz, Noel, and the rest are much more likely to come if they know Calipari is staying. I can’t help but wonder how much of these rumors are seeded by others in the hopes of getting these kids to other programs.



  61. Your Comment Is Awaiting Moderation
    2:43 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    “We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks.” KABOOM !



  62. NBAJam
    2:43 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Boom shocka locka



  63. kybigblue
    2:43 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Haters: The old saying really applies: Wish in one hand and spit in the other hand and see which one gets full first. I spend my time supporting my team rather than putting down another team and their fan base. Really feel sorry for fans that get their kicks putting others down. You must be really miserable.



  64. MiseryLovesCompany
    2:45 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Misery loves company

    *vacated



  65. Rick Pitino
    2:45 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I “Vacated*” myself in 15 secs!!! I vacated* my child for 3 stacks!!! I vacated* Peyton Siva’s career!! #UofLOL



  66. SexnNursinHomes
    2:46 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    54- Kelvin, how you doing? Remember when you were cheating for those shitstained hoosiers? Remember how you all were on probation for what seemed like an eternity? remember all that cheating that tom crean did while on probation (illegal contact with Gary Harris)? remember that? remember the cheating that iu has done with the current iu commits through bogus aau teams????



  67. Al's IndiCats
    2:48 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    DAMN SnNH….I mean why would you even go there? If a woman can smell through a pair of panties, a depends, (or two) and a pair of jeans, she’d be closer to be an onion than a human being. Hell, I would lose the urge if I had to go through all that for something that most likely has an echo ringing out of it anyway. Besides 28’s mother has only 2 clean places on her…..and that would have to be her ta tas….Thats where she lets #8 nurse on before he hits his classes in the morning….



  68. Mack
    2:49 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    4 more NC’s Coach!!!!



  69. stuckinFlorida
    2:50 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I just want to tell Coach Cal…. “I LOVE YOU MAN!!!” you think he’ll give me his Bud Lite?



  70. *vacated
    2:51 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I suck donkey balls



  71. Guck Foodman.
    2:51 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Besides, who the hell wants to coach the knicks? Everyday saying, “No carmelo, we aren’t going to play a 2-3 zone. You are going to have to guard someone.”



  72. SexnNursinHomes
    2:52 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    67- hahaha! Classic!! (clap clap)



  73. PhilCC
    2:53 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    To think that Cal will stay until Kentucky catches or passes UCLA in championships make me all tingly inside. How wonderful would it be to be sitting in front of a TV on a Monday night in April sometime in the not so long away future and hear the CBS crew say Kentucky wins it’s 12th Nation Championship. Man, would the haters be roasting in the belly of the Sloar that night I tell ya…



  74. BobKYCats
    2:54 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    73: On behalf of everyone here, thank you for the Ghostbusters reference. Post. Of. The. Day.



  75. BPsycho
    2:55 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t even need to reply to the trolls SnNH and IndiCats has them in check lol

    I would, like to be the first to say this: ” Billy Donovan to The Orlando Magic! Part Deux “



  76. NotSatire
    2:55 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yay! I think 12 is a good number…:)



  77. UKBlue
    2:56 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    What is more important to a guy like Cal: surpassing UCLA 11 titles, going down as the coach to surpass UCLA, Cal being able to say to the haters F you, being in a place where he is a king or going to the NBA? The NBA isn’t a great job even if it’s in NY where the media is beyond ridiculous. Pitino leaving UK for the NBA and then being stuck at UL & Cal getting to see how that turns out afterwards may go down as one of the best unnoticed things to ever happen to UK. Once someone leaves UK, you have no where to go but down; Pitino, Tubby, & Billy G are just classic examples. Cal doesn’t want to join that list.



  78. Mack
    2:57 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    The march to 12.



  79. stuckinFlorida
    3:00 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    The trolls replying “vacated” are probably the same trolls dressed in UK attire starting choas in the streets Saturday and Monday… just saying



  80. UKBlue
    3:00 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I love the tard trolls and their vacate nonsense. It means they are scared. UK owns their ghetto commuter school and their pitiful existence. While we hang banners their coach pays to abort fetuses.



  81. redundancy
    3:01 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *vacation comments

    *vacated



  82. SexnNursinHomes
    3:02 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    75- haha, we got these trolls. what these trolls don’t understand, I have more patience than Death. I’ll sit here and haggle with these trolls ALL day long.



  83. SexnNursinHomes
    3:03 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Where is Shabaka Lands these days? Is he helping another school cheat like he did for ul in his 3 month stay with them?



  84. Warren Oates
    3:04 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    to all haters….suck it beeches!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  85. Al's IndiCats
    3:07 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    EXACTLY 78, When you’re at the TOP of anything, the only other direction is down.



  86. the brown eye
    3:08 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone think it is Howland, Bo-heem, K, Thompson or whoever the hell coaches Vegas now leaking these rumors?

    It is SO nice not to have to worry about recruiting anymore



  87. FJT
    3:10 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    “…this does not bode well for Kentucky.”



  88. Coma since 2009
    3:10 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    i just woke up. How did we win a title with Dakota Euton, Vinny Zollo, Marshall Tucker, KC-Ross Miller and GJ Villaneuva? Boy that Clyde must be a helluva coach.



  89. N.Noel
    3:13 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Well that makes my decision a no brainer now!



  90. Al's IndiCats
    3:14 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    And Bpsycho I’m retired watching grand kids, hell I call wrong numbers 5 times a day just to hear an adult’s voice, so messing with trolls have become somewhat of a hobby.



  91. SexnNursinHomes
    3:16 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    90- hahaha-



  92. ukupay1
    3:19 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Before Cal said he “probably” had the best job…Today he says HE DOES HAVE THE BEST JOB….Getting this first NC is huge and now he wants more…Cal is fired up and ready to GO! Look out college BB, Here we come!



  93. BnClay
    3:20 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I said it on another thread, but it is worth repeating, a single NBA owner might want Cal, but NBA owners collectively should want him to stay in NCAA and keep developing players quickly and putting them in the draft.

    The comment about ‘I have so much money’ is probably true, but you know what they say about how much money is enough money… Just a little bit more. UK could probably out bid several NBA teams because lower level teams wouldn’t pay top NBA $ for an unproven NBA coach. But the Knicks, they don’t care, they would out bid Kentucky.



  94. TigerDNA
    3:21 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    88 that’s hilarious



  95. Wise Sagraves
    3:24 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    There is one reason the trolls are here:
    We. Hang. Banners.
    And it pisses them off.



  96. DC
    3:34 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    If Cal leaves it would be for money. But he has already stated that “he has more money than he or his family can spend.” Also consider that coaching the Knicks may not be a pay raise. The cost of living in NYC is a lot higher than the cost of living in Lexington. 5 million in Lexington may go a lot further than 8 million in NYC.



  97. Am I crazy?
    3:41 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Or does the fact that Pitino left UK for the NBA and came back to the State after a second stint in the NBA enough for me to think that Cal does not want be Rick Pitino’s clone anymore? He’s staying.



  98. BravoBigBlue
    3:43 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal has Kentucky back where we were when Pitino left for the Celtics. Biggest mistake of his career, according to Pitino himself. Cal will not make that mistake. He is going to stay right here and build a dynsaty. For now, I’m going to enjoy #8. It’s starting to sink in. What a year!



  99. CODY ZELLER
    3:57 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I heard Cal is taking the IU job. Much better fans.



  100. GraspingForStraws
    4:03 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Vacated (hey, it’s all I got)



  101. JealousOfTheCats
    4:04 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    *Vacated



  102. Rixter
    4:06 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    When Cal wins his 4th National Championship at UK, I think we should take the Pitino banner down and replace it with a Coach Cal banner! At that point, Rick will be a mere asterisk, anyway



  103. Megan
    4:25 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    While these morons are saying ‘vacated’ I have something I’ve always wondered. Derek Rose screwed up in high school (not denying that). The NBA rule makes him go to college for a year. NCAA clears him to play 3 times before the year and then he plays and the NCAA reverses itself and vacates that teams season. So no matter what the NCAA would have vacated some teams season, just whichever team he went to. And he had to play for a year because of the NBA rule- it’s insane, they turned a player into a hot potato and people still try and smear programs and a coach about it. I want the NCAA committee to AGAIN come out, and 1 clear Cal and 2- APOLOGIZE because if they had determined he could play they shouldn’t have changed their minds and vacated a season. All of this whiny crap from jealous fans is BECAUSE the NCAA committee was vague and bureaucratic and someone is being slandered repeatably because of it. If they were men of integrity they would do something.



  104. I hate knight
    4:28 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Syracuse covered up drug tests 2001 thru 2010 *vacated, Uconn cant graduate anyone 2013 *vacated, UCLA outta control 2009 thru 2012 *vacated, Syracuse changes name from The Orangemen to the Fighting Phedophiles still vacated,



  105. Uh...What?!
    4:34 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    #103–Well, Megan, there’s the problem: The words “integrity” and “NCAA” just don’t go in the same sentence!



  106. Tony Greene's Spleen
    4:37 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    That Isola guy from the NY daily news is a whiny bitch. Sorry you made something up and it got shot down really quickly.

    Lil bitch.



  107. Dane Brammage
    4:53 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Favorite JVC quote of the day:

    “We’re trying to catch UCLA, folks.”

    Awesome!



  108. Catcounsel
    4:59 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    This man deserved the job back when Barnhart and President Todd fell in love with Billy Gillespie, heaven forbid, and both Kentucky and Calipari could be going for number 3 championship by now!

  109. 106. I take great joy in calling being a little bitch. Nice work.

  110. 109 ment calling people little bitches. Stupid auto correct



  111. Chicago Chris
    5:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t they require registration on this site? Too easy to troll.



  112. BigBlueSkyDog
    5:41 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Cal. Enjoy the off season



  113. Roy Williams
    7:00 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    “I dont give a sh!t about North Carolina’



  114. stevie
    8:27 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    This is for the greatest basketball program of all time. At the moment UNC is leading UK 30% vs. 29%. Go and vote for UK. And, pass it on to all UK fans. Lets go BBN.

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/mensbasketball/story/2012-04-01/top-college-basketball-programs/53937004/1



  115. CAUKFAN
    9:38 pm April 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m gonna cry tears of shear happiness! UCLA, watch you back.