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Coach Cal talks to the media in Louisville

Probably recruiting

Coach Cal talked to the media today at Louisville Christian Academy, the site of one of his satellite camps. Here are some random notes from that media session compiled by Eric Lindsey on the UK Athletics blog:

– Calipari said he doesn’t view Thursday’s stop in Louisville as a chance to plant “the Commonwealth’s team” in Louisville. No matter what Calipari does or says, he believes someone is going to make a big deal out of it or get offended. Bringing his camp into UK’s rival’s city is just another example. “When you throw a bone in a pack of dogs or a rock, the one you hit in the head starts yelping,” Calipari said. “I speak in general terms. I’m not worried. We are the Commonwealth’s team. That’s what we are. Whether it’s this city or another city, we try to move around. (We’re) not trying to make anyone feel bad, but we just take care of our own business and what we’ve got to do.”

– If you didn’t hear it earlier in the week, Calipari again brought up what he’s terming “The Kentucky Effect,” a noticeable value to playing at UK. Calipari said it adds 20 percent to what you really are. “Sometimes you’re taller, you’re faster, you’re quicker, you shoot better, but also, your draft position is better, your shoe contract is better, your marketing dollars are better. I don’t know, but it’s like a 20 percent hit you get being at Kentucky. Guys like DeAndre and Josh have benefitted by it. Now, they’ve played well and they deserve to be in that position, but I think the opportunities they’re going to get because they were at Kentucky will be more so than if they went somewhere else.”

– After talking about the Kentucky effect, a reporter told Calipari that it sounded like a recruiting pitch. Calipari smiled and said, “I’m never recruiting. I’m here running basketball camps.”

– In regards to Kentucky’s current roster and the possibility of future additions, Calipari said, “Right now, we’re sitting where we are.” Calipari acknowledged that he still has a couple of scholarships to use should he choose to, but he said he would probably use them for the walk-ons.

– Calipari will hold a mini-camp at the end of the recruiting season in New York for the Dominican Republic national team. Players trying out for the team will be on UK’s campus in early August and Calipari will work those guys out for 16 to 17 days.

– Dominican Republic native and UK senior-to-be Eloy Vargas figures to make the squad after Calipari’s comments Thursday. “It’s important because he’s going to be going against Charlie (Villanueava) and Al (Horford). Now, let’s see what you are, let’s see what you do. This year, for him, it’s a big year. He’s got to prove himself. I don’t play just to play people. … There’s no way he shouldn’t be a lot better. You look at a Josh Harrellson. Change your habits, change your skill set, change your body – change, change. If we see the same thing, you’re going to have the same results.”

And if you’re still itching for draft stuff, here’s a video from Cat Scratches in which Cal described himself as ‘excited, but nervous’.

Article written by Matthew Hays

14 Comments for Coach Cal talks to the media in Louisville

  1. BPsycho
    3:16 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    ““When you throw a bone in a pack of dogs or a rock, the one you hit in the head starts yelping,”

    -John Calipari

  2. Charles
    3:21 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Calipari once again shows why he is the absolute best coach for Kentucky and college basketball for that matter. the “Kentucky-Effect” is another brilliant tool that sets him apart from all others.

  3. CATastrophe
    3:26 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Can someone spell Genius for me?

  4. AKA cold buckets
    3:27 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    anyone know if there will be a live blog tonight?

    3:43 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Did coach say BONEr in a pack of dogs? After a bottle of wine Karen was starting to look a lot better. Hindsight is always 20/20 or is it 15/15? Why does Cal continue to throw rocks at me?

  6. cats
    4:10 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink


  7. AML
    4:11 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    As a Marketing major, I have to say, Cal is one of the best in the sports world. The “Kentucky Effect” is a nice term, it can hardly be proven, but it’s a great tool to have in your bag when talking to young prospects.

  8. Jimmys Swag
    4:48 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Raise your hand if you are the only coach in the history of earth to have two vacated Final Fours.

  9. startingline up
    4:58 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    there is a live blog on coach cals facebook site

  10. murraycat
    5:00 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Raise your hand if you’re a Louisville fan getting pelted on the head with rocks.

  11. BravoBigBlue
    5:06 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    I am glad that we have a coach that is just as proud of what Kentucky basketball means as the fanbase is. Quick Rick was a lot that way, Tubby not at all, and Gillispie just didn’t get it. And the thing is, Cal has backed it up, with an Elite 8 and Final 4 in the first 2 years, the #1 recruiting class 3 years in a row, 5 1st round draft picks last year, and more to come this year. I would rather have him as our coach than any other. And the fact that he has so many detractors makes it even better as Kentucky basketball has always had its detractors and always will. Jealous much, other collge programs and national and local sports media?

  12. bung
    5:39 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    ywp, hope Cal gets up there with Adolph and Joe B…

  13. justsaying
    5:49 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

  14. Jimmys Swag
    5:55 pm June 23, 2011 Permalink

    Oh come on Murraycat. If you’re gonna talk you should make sure you talk about my coach at least. Hint: he wears ugly, baby blue ties. Now spend the rest of your day on message boards defending your scandalous coach.