Coach Cal continued his whirlwind tour of the media this morning with a very entertaining stop over at the Dan Patrick Show. The pair discussed a number of things including Patrick’s chances of making this year’s UK squad, the proper pronunciations of “Pike-vull” and “Puh-du-kuh”, Rick Pitino and the expectations of UK fans this year, which Cal continues to spin into a positive. Today, he said UK fans were both “crazy” and “hungry” and said the if he struggles to win games, the should put For Sale signs in his yard.
The conversation, however, was not jovial the entire time. Patrick questioned Calipari about the Memphis situation and the NCAA rulings and, despite not commenting directly because of the lingering appeal, Coach had this to say (via Patrick’s site):
“I think the University has a good case,” Calipari said.
Calipari was not apologetic about his program in Memphis.
“I sleep with a clear conscious,” Calipari said. “I know how we run our programs. I’m proud of our kids.”
Calipari’s reputation, though, is continuing to take hits nationally. Today, as he prepares to speak at UMass with former player and current Minutemen coach Derrick Kellogg, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe (also known as the most handsome man in journalism) blasted the school for allowing Calipari back on campus and celebrate what he called “his sorry legacy”. Ouch.