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Eloy put a smile on Calipari’s face

After last night’s win over Northwood, Coach Cal told media members at the post-game press conference about a text message he received from a former player earlier in the day.

“One of the greatest texts I’ve had since I’ve been a coach here,” he said of the message. “It wasn’t from John Wall. It wasn’t from DeMarcus. It wasn’t from Brandon or Eric Bledsoe. I talked to Michael Kidd today because he plays tonight; wasn’t Anthony; Darius and I talked three or four days ago, but none of those guys; not Derrick Rose.”

The text message he received didn’t come from any of the millionaires Calipari created through coaching. It came from a player who barely saw time on the floor but still wanted to think Cal for everything he has done for him on and off the court.

The text came from our boy Eloy and this is how it read:

“I want to wish you luck and I want to thank you for everything you’ve done for me. I know I didn’t play a lot, but all the things I’ve learned, it’s helped me to where I’m trying to go, and I just want to thank you.”

“That means something,” Calipari said of Eloy’s heartfelt message. “That means he knows, yes, I want him to play more, but we care about him, that this is more than just the guys who are playing. I want Jon Hood to feel that way. People around him might be mad he’s not playing more. That’s how it is.  But I want him to know we care and that we’re trying to make him better.”

We occasionally joke about Calipari’s “It’s not about basketball for me, it’s about helping families” quote, but stories like these put it into perspective. Cal really isn’t just creating more millionaires than a Wall Street firm, he’s changing the lives of everyone who walks through that door and gives it their all for him on the basketball court.  It’s one thing for Anthony Davis or John Wall to thank Calipari, but like he said, it is just as meaningful (if not more) when a guy like Eloy Vargas thanks him for the impact he made on his life.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

9 Comments for Eloy put a smile on Calipari’s face

  1. grammar police
    11:42 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    He wanted to thank Cal….not “think” him.

  2. police for the grammar police
    11:45 am November 2, 2012 Permalink


  3. Bob Sugar
    11:45 am November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Eloy Vargas was a substandard wildcat, and his lack of playing time, while tragic, probably helped Kentucky win.

  4. Hyperbole Police
    12:14 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    “substandard”? “tragic”?

  5. Not Jack Nicholson
    12:33 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Police……Sugar makes reference to my eloquent lines from “A Few Good Men”…..

  6. James
    12:36 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Wow, we have some really low rent fans. Cough #3

    This story is awesome.

  7. Cat89
    1:02 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! Not the kind of reaction I was expecting when I chose to view the comments. I have done a bit of work with young people throughout my life, no where near the level of coach Cal nor do I imagine having his impact. But I know on a much smaller level what receiving thak kind of message must have ment to coach Cal. It truly means more that all of the other types of accolades that are so important to everyone else. Well done coach and the very best of luck to Eloy in the future.

  8. Yab
    1:08 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    3)- Too funny. You want Eloy on that wall. You need Eloy in that classroom…to improve the APR.

  9. BravoBigBlue
    1:23 pm November 2, 2012 Permalink

    Comments like #3 just show that not all Wildcat fans are created equal. We really have some “substandard” fans among BBN and that is somewhat “tragic”. But knowing that I am far superior to #3 will allow me to sleep better at night. That was a very heartwarming story about Eloy’s apprecation of what Cal has done for him. If you don’t get that, you truly are one of the 5% or so of idiots that unfortunately are UK fans.