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Bob Huggins introduces John Calipari for NABC Metropolitan Award – Man of the Year

John Calipari took home the NABC Metropolitan Award for Man of the Year at the Final Four in San Antonio tonight. To our surprise, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins volunteered to present the prestigious honor to the Kentucky head coach.

Huggins opened the introduction with a story about an interaction between Nike President Phil Knight and Coach Cal back in the day. Knight supposedly thought Cal was a bus-boy and told him to carry his luggage up to his room, and without correcting him, Cal did just that.

It was a funny and heartwarming story about Calipari’s servant heart and just how long he has had it, and it fit perfectly with the celebration.

And then, Huggins just couldn’t help himself…

In biblical times, when an ass could speak, they called it a miracle,” said Huggins. “And I want to introduce a miracle. Come on up, Cal.

Immediately, Calipari fired back with a jab of his own.

“Only Bob Huggins could do that,” Cal said. “Thanks for getting dressed up for this too, Bob.”

And then John Calipari continued to do what John Calipari does.

“It’s crucial, at this stage, we do what’s right for these kids,” he said. “The game will be fine. If we do what’s right for these kids, everything will work out. What’s right isn’t always popular, and what’s popular isn’t always right. We’ll do whatever we can to continue to speak for those young coaches and player, who it’s a little bit harder to speak for themselves.”

Check out the entire clip below

After the event, Calipari caught up with former Maryland head coach and Hall of Famer Lefty Driesell:

Once again, congratulations to John Calipari for this incredible award. Keep making us proud, coach.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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5 Comments for Bob Huggins introduces John Calipari for NABC Metropolitan Award – Man of the Year



  1. KYFAN4LYFE
    1:20 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    The one thing I hate about this, is that Nike is attached to it. It just makes me feel uneasy about it, given the current climate of college sports.



    • UKinIN
      6:40 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      It’s sponsored by UPS, not Nike. Nice try though.



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      11:25 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Are you deaf AND blind? Or is it the INdiana part of you that’s just making you so stupid? Watch the video, and tell me Cal doesn’t thank NIKE….NOT UPS…near the beginning of his speech. Not to mention, the whole NABC Metropolitan Award PRESENTED BY NIKE up on the TWO screens behind the podium, and shown in the video itself, PLUS in the first 5 seconds she introduces Eric Lautenbach (we don’t see him, because this is a heavily edited clip), who just happens to be the Senior Director-Basketball Sports Marketing at N-I-K-E.

      Jesus H. Christ there are some real dumbasses on this site…



  2. Alleykat16
    9:43 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Haters will always hate. And winners will always win. GO BIG BLUE!



  3. KYJelly
    10:46 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Why is it “to our surprise” that Huggins volunteered to present the award? Him and Cal are like besties