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John Calipari Visits Connecticut High School


Photo from the New Haven Register

John Calipari visiting a high school basketball program is certainly not a rare occurrence, however he’s usually there because of a player he’s recruiting. However, when Calipari spoke at the St. Joseph Cadets’ end of the year banquet on Wednesday, it wasn’t through ties with a current recruit. Instead, it was his recruitment of a player almost 25 years ago that served as the catalyst to his return to Stratford, Connecticut this week. Ever since Calipari missed out on St. Joseph’s product, Chris Watts, in the late eighties while he was at UMass, he’s remained in touch with Cadets head coach, Vito Montelli. After Montelli’s team won their second straight Connecticut state championship this season, he called Cal and asked him if he’d be available to speak at the banquet. In typical Cal fashion, he said that he hopes some of the Cadets’ back-to-back championship magic might rub off on the Wildcats next season.

John Calipari wasn’t the only big name in attendance either. Seth Davis served as the master of ceremonies. He’s a friend of Montelli’s from his time covering boy’s basketball for the New Haven Register in the early 1990’s. Calipari took some time to talk with the media and couldn’t resist getting a jab in regarding the way his team has been dissected during his tenure at UK, “All this stuff bitter old men say that they don’t go to class, it’s not true,” Calipari said. “The hard thing for me is I have to start all over each year.”

The New Haven Register has a video of Cal’s comments that you can check out below and the full story can be found here.

Article written by Matthew Hays

11 Comments for John Calipari Visits Connecticut High School



  1. kaboom
    8:02 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Love being a Wildcat!



  2. Quotey McQuotey
    8:05 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    love that quote … bitter old men indeed



  3. Walden Schmidt
    8:22 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Humm, bitter old men. Wonder who he’s talking about.



  4. bluetooth
    8:25 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    did cal just take a shot at u know who?

    wow , cal doin good works … u awake thamel-toe ?



  5. Bledsoe's Biceps
    8:27 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Love it. Once again Cal gets in a shot without saying the name of the person it is directed toward. But everyone knows who it is.



  6. Mudcreekmark
    8:30 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Knight=Grumpy old men. I just wish Cal would call him out. He ought to kick his ass as a pay back for Joe B. Hall.One time I would love to see the bully get called on his bullshit and get the shit stomped out of him, and trust me that would be alot of shit because he is full of it.



  7. Ridge Runner
    8:52 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Bitter Old Men… MUHAHA

    Love it.



  8. Ridge Runner
    8:54 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    Umm where’s Jim Calhoun?

    Oh…..yeah……….right.



  9. Duuuuuude
    9:10 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink

    The guy in the middle looks like Abe Vigoda.



  10. ColoradoCat
    9:20 pm May 10, 2012 Permalink


  11. Rhinopartner
    6:39 am May 12, 2012 Permalink

    The guy in the middle is the 92 yr. old Legendary Howie Garfinkle, founder of “5-Star” basketball camp. Calipari worked there as a teenager.