Though it seems like he just arrived on campus, John Calipari has already been at Kentucky for nearly nine full seasons, and the question of how much he’s got left in the tank is already starting to surface.
On his radio show tonight, one caller brought up the question to the head man himself, asking him to stay on the Rupp Arena sideline for “at least” another 15 years.
“You’re the epitome of Kentucky basketball,” the caller said.
Before the caller could even finish up his question, the Kentucky head coach chimed in and tempered the Big Blue Nation’s expectations.
“I can promise you it’ll be before 15 years,” Calipari said with a laugh.
Coach Cal then told the caller that coaching at Kentucky is like coaching “in dog years,” saying his time here has aged him greatly.
“You have to understand coaching at Kentucky is in dog years,” said Calipari. “It’s seven years for every one. I want all of you to go back and look at the press conference, which was only eight and a half years ago, look at that picture, and tell me Obama aged more than me (during his presidency.) I don’t think so. You’ll look at it and say “What are we doing to this poor guy? Oh my gosh, look at him!”‘
But Calipari said the position has been incredibly rewarding, and if he and the entire basketball staff keep staying focused on the kids, it’s going to continue to thrive.
“This has been rewarding because you’re coaching a program that has such an impact,” said Cal. “You cannot go in the office and just sit, it cheats the position. Yes you’ve got to coach, yes you’ve got to be a recruiter, but you’ve got to be engrossed in all this stuff that’s Kentucky. You can’t be afraid of it. You can’t be afraid of losing, and you can’t be afraid of winning TOO much. If we stay focused on the kids, we’ll all have a ball.”