John Calipari is in Los Angeles to be with Terrence Clarke’s mother as she grieves the tragic loss of her 19-year-old baby boy. Calipari dropped the many things happening around his program in Lexington the moment he heard of Clarke’s passing, and today through as long as it takes, he will be by Osmine Clarke’s side in L.A.
But first, Calipari turned his feelings into words for “Terrence Clarke was special”—a new blog post on CoachCal.com. “I want everyone to know the Terrence that I knew,” Calipari explained of his first written piece on his website in many years.
It begins with Calipari wondering if there is even anything he can do for a mother who just lost her son. “What do I say?” he asks himself. “What can I do? Can I be of any help in the face of the most unimaginable and devastating heartbreak a family can go through?”
Calipari then goes on to write about Clarke’s fun-loving spirit and his love for everyone around him. Here’s an excerpt:
His heart was overflowing with love for his family, his friends and his teammates. He was as caring of a person as I have ever coached. His enthusiasm and energy – not just for basketball, for life – are what we all hope to have in our journey. Terrence had figured that part out – that if you wake up every day with a smile on your face and a joy in everything you do, this life is beautiful.
I think that is part of the reason why you see unbelievable magnitude of heartache today from everyone across our game and our country. Terrence had that spirit about him that rubbed off on every single person that was fortunate to cross paths with him. He was the person everyone wanted to be around and the guy everyone gravitated to. [CoachCal.com]
There is also a heartbreaking part of Calipari’s piece where he admits to feeling the urge to check up on Clarke earlier this week, but never got around to it. “I have to live with that regret for the rest of my life,” Calipari wrote.
Read the entire thing on CoachCal.com: “Terrence Clarke was special.”
He sure was.