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Is Calipari done with the Dominicans?

Four days ago, Coach Cal nearly coached the Dominican Republic to its first Olympic berth. But was that the last time we’ll see him on the sidelines for the Dominicans? The team will have one more opportunity to punch a ticket to London in another qualifying event next July and it’s unclear if Calipari will be leading the team when that day comes around. Coach Cal told Andy Katz that he is undecided on his future as head coach of the Dominicans.

“Whether I’m coaching this team or not, I’ll help them in any way I can,’’ Calipari said. “The dates may not work out. It may not be something I choose to do. But the appeal is to get them to the Olympics.’’

I believe Coach Cal genuinely cares about this group and wants to see them qualify, but he’ll have to devote all of his time and energy to Kentucky basketball next summer. This was just a one time ploy to get in some work with Eloy and host two the two exhibition games. Calipari can’t afford to step away from Lexington again.

Regardless of who is coaching when the Dominicans continue pursuit of the Olympics next summer, they’ve made a lot of fans in Kentucky and many of us will still be cheering for them, with or without Calipari.

Go Jack Michael Martinez.

ESPN | John Calipari undecided on D.R. future

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

11 Comments for Is Calipari done with the Dominicans?

  1. catnuts
    6:32 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    Losing Edgar Sosa killed them. I think they may have made it if he hadn’t got hurt.

  2. Rick Pitino
    6:45 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    The DR should hire Travis Ford or John Pelphrey and they will be fine.

  3. coco
    7:17 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    they should give del harris the head coaching and antigua as the assistant coach…

  4. Cal'sGut
    7:27 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    That’s good news. Cal will have more time to feed my bloated, swollen gut.

  5. BeerCanChicken
    7:36 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    Looking for a new UK Sports Forum? is still the best place for quality, civil discussion of all things UK. We’re family friendly, and Wildcat crazy!

  6. UKGoBigBlue
    7:41 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    Cal gotta need a nap; this will also give Cal more time to eat Orange Leaf.

  7. test
    7:46 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    comments never show on this two bit site.

  8. blue ink
    8:39 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    lol @ 2

  9. wildcatfan
    8:47 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    And why can’t coach Cal coach in the summer? Seems to me he can do it very well and still handle the Kentucky program.

  10. Han
    10:54 pm September 13, 2011 Permalink

    9) It’s a matter of recruiting and having time off.

  11. t
    8:41 am September 14, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, but if Cal doesn’t coach, WHY in the hell would I want Loserville and Florida ex-players to win? Not at all. Thanks.