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Joe B. Hall to John Calipari: “You were born to coach at Kentucky”

Joe B. Hall is one of the most recognizable and most beloved members of the Kentucky basketball family. After 13 seasons as the head coach plus time as a player and an assistant, Hall has been involved with the Wildcats for decades. But Tuesday night against Missouri, John Calipari recorded his 297th victory as a head coach, tying Coach Hall for second-highest wins by a head coach in program history.

After the game, Calipari said he wished he hadn’t tied the record, but Coach Hall has something to say about that.

“Go ahead and break my record. It’s there to be broken and I’m proud that it’s you,” Coach Hall said in a heartwarming video by Kentucky Athletics. “John, I would never, ever regret that you came here. You were born to coach at Kentucky.”

Hall’s message comes near the end of the video, which begins as a highlight reel of Calipari’s time so far at Kentucky. From his first press conference to 2K for UK, from photobombs by Karl Towns to forehead kisses for DeAndre Liggins and from a National Championship trophy to beating No. 1 Tennessee, the video lets the BBN relive the best of the best.

Chills. I like my coaches.


@MaggieDavisKSR

Article written by Maggie Davis

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14 Comments for Joe B. Hall to John Calipari: “You were born to coach at Kentucky”



  1. bigbluebanana
    9:29 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Yeah, but who cares what Joe B. Freaking Hall says, what does he know? Obviously bigolblue and mashburnfan are FAR more qualified to comment on what Cal is to Kentucky. Let’s leave basketball coaching and UK history to the experts okay Mr. Hall?



  2. mikeintn
    9:37 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Joe B is just great, and I like my coach!

  3. Love Joe B! I wish I could meet him and shake his hand.



  4. Natureboy42
    10:22 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Got to meet Joe B. When I worked at a car dealership several years ago. As nice and down to earth as he seems on TV he’s even more so in person. Truly great coach and even better person.



  5. kentuckybackupplayer
    10:58 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Lucky to have Cal. Enjoy it while it lasts.



  6. Ridge Runner
    11:58 pm February 20, 2019 Permalink

    Joe B with a witty and classy line yet again. Awesome.



  7. BeejeCat
    12:21 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Hall is pure class.



  8. Fitz
    7:29 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    I recall being at the NCAA championship game in 76 against Duke and UK fans were wearing “Joe B Gone” buttons. I was amazed that there were so called supporters who wanted to get rid of a coach who had taken their team in the championship team.



    • PAPA
      8:10 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      78



    • Fitz
      9:09 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

      Thanks…mabeit was 76 when Joe B Gone jerks began their crusade to run Coach Hall out of town.



  9. kyinsider
    11:52 am February 21, 2019 Permalink

    Coach Hall is a legend and Coach Cal is well on his way to being a UK legend to. Cal has the confidence but is still humble and is able to find the perfect balance. So much success in ten years. He’s going to be missed after he’s gone

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