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The New York Times profiled John Robic and you should read it

Beth Hall-USA Today

Marc Tracy of The New York Times wrote an excellent profile of UK assistant John Robic and it was released to the world yesterday. Tracy, who also wrote the Dominique Hawkins piece for The Times, explains the successful dynamic between Coach Robic and his longtime boss, John Calipari. The two have been together for 17 seasons; they’re exact opposites; and it’s a perfect match.

Tracy writes, “Calipari is extroverted and boisterous; Robic is introverted and dry. Calipari’s expressions are dynamic; Robic has a steady gaze. Calipari has carefully slicked-back black hair; Robic has a mop of blond and gray.”

“The division of labor is partly strategic. If Calipari had tried to do it all, he might not have led Kentucky to three of the past four Final Fours or to a 36-0 record this season entering the N.C.A.A. tournament’s round of 16.”

It’s something we’ve witnessed since the two landed in Lexington in 2009. We’re big fans of Robic, as you know, and he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for the work he does behind the scenes, while Cal works the spotlight.

Give Tracy’s work a read — if for nothing else, do it because this photo of Robes is incredible.

That’s a D-III All-American handling the rock right there.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 Comments for The New York Times profiled John Robic and you should read it

  1. jonthes
    2:40 pm March 26, 2015 Permalink

    After Cal got tossed last year during the South Carolina game, Robic took over, ran some screens, the Harrisons hit threes and UK nearly pulled it out. It was the beginning of the turnaround.

  2. ReverendBlue
    3:43 pm March 26, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Robic is being defended by a young Luther Vandross as well. Two celebrities in one picture!

  3. TheMeff
    4:00 pm March 26, 2015 Permalink

    Looks like Andy Dalton’s Dad!

  4. dcgirl
    5:01 pm March 26, 2015 Permalink

    FYI — apparently that pic isn’t of Robes — NYT has corrected in the article.

  5. Leuther
    7:55 pm March 26, 2015 Permalink

    Good article on Coach Robic! Thanks for the link, Drew!!