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USA Today has a TON to Read on John Calipari

Coach Cal already ruffled some feathers earlier today with a statement on the Harrisons in a story by USA Today’s Josh Peter.  Well, that wasn’t the only story Peter has on Cal.  In fact, it was the first of four.

Peter went with Calipari to Loyola Marymount University to speak at the Coaching for Success Academy, a clinic put on by his friend and fellow Hall of Famer, George Raveling.  Cal was very candid, cracking jokes and even cursing a little (GASP!).

In the first article, Calipari doesn’t shut the door on returning to the NBA, but he doesn’t sound too eager to leave Kentucky.

“Right now I can feel and see that I’m making a difference,’’ said Calipari, who was 72-112 with the New Jersey Nets before getting fired 20 games into the 1998-99 season. “Could I do that in an NBA job? Because I don’t need to go to the NBA and make all the money or win the championship for the owner of the team. That’s not what creates joy for me.’’

He also discussed how his coaching career would end, not hesitating to speculate he could stay on the court for 15 more years, into his 70s.

“Did you see Pat Riley at the Hall of Fame? He was one of my presenters. I said, ‘You look great.’ He said, ‘This basketball keeps you young.’ That’s what he hit me back with.

“I’ll know and everybody else will know when it’s time for me to stop doing this. … When I’m done, it’ll be because there’s nothing left in the tank.’’

In the second article, Coach Cal admitted to being technologically illiterate, despite being Twitter’s most popular coach.

“I don’t do email. You want to talk to me, call me. If you need it to be private, we’ll go in the bathroom and turn on the water. You Italians know what I’m talking about.’’

In the final article, Calipari told Peter about the extra steps taken to ensure his players’ security, just in time for BBM Campout insanity.  Cal employs three security guards when they travel, but does not always give his players a curfew.

“I tell these kids, ‘If you want to drink, smoke, chase (women) or club, you can’t come to Kentucky,’ ” he said. “You can’t. It’ll be a ticker (headline). They’ll do a 30-for-30 movie on it.”

It’s a lot to take in, but every USA Today article is worth a read.

John Calipari on NBA vs. college, need for more fouls, how long he’ll coach

John Calipari employs extra security to protect NBA prospect players

Social media star John Calipari doesn’t ‘know how to turn on a computer’

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for USA Today has a TON to Read on John Calipari



  1. D.Marshall
    10:16 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

    UK got what they deserved. That’s what happens when you roll through a sorry A$$ conference and when you play a good team they get beat. What makes the loss even better is they lost with four count them four lottery picks! Proof positive that Cal isn’t a coach he needs to out talent every one. Heck any poster on here could have coached the team he had this year to the final four. The guy is just a good recruiter that’s it. Heck he’s probably getting help in that area too. I mean Drake and WWW aren’t in the locker room for their health. Lol!!!!



    • Dude
      11:24 pm September 28, 2015 Permalink

      “Heck any poster on here could have coached the team he had this year to the final four.”

      The fact that you and your ilk actually believe this is a testament to your mental retardation.



    • theWilkman
      10:34 am September 29, 2015 Permalink

      The SEC isn’t great, that’s true, but Cal usually tries to schedule tough out of conference games to help the team prepare. Too bad he’s contractually obligated to play the trash team from Louisville though…they sure don’t help our RPI!



  2. D.Marshall
    7:36 pm September 29, 2015 Permalink

    When somebody doesn’t agree with UK fans on their beloved big blew you guys call it hate. The reality is you have a coach that has to out talent everyone just to even compete. He assembles monster NBA talent and for the most part chokes. He did this with Wall, Cousins and Bledsoe too and choked!! He won with Anthony “freaking” Davis despite his coaching deficiencies. Don’t get mad at posters because you have a guy who can’t coach. Hell, you and I could have coached last years team to the final four with the 4 lottery picks they had.