Here’s some news that won’t surprise you: John Calipari’s favorite rapper is Drake. You probably could have guessed that, but SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell confirmed it this weekend at the Nike Global Summit in Chicago. Inspired by all the fantastic rap music playing during timeouts and in between games, O’Donnell decided to ask all the college basketball coaches in attendance which rap artists or songs they like and don’t like.
Of course, Cal said Drake. “If I’m listening to anything, it’s Drake. That’s my guy,” he parroted. Duh. Did you hear that, 17, 18-year-old basketball players? Oh yeah, he might perform at Big Blue Madness this year!
The other coaches’ responses were much more entertaining because they were probably much more honest:
Tom Izzo, Michigan State: “It’s all fine to me. I just don’t like the language.”
Lon Kruger, Oklahoma: “You’re asking the wrong guy. Toby Keith is a big supporter of OU, so let’s say Toby Keith.”
Roy Williams, North Carolina: “I don’t really pay any attention to it. I’m more of a Marvin Gaye fan.”
I’m not really sure what to make of Roy Williams’ answer. In fact, the thought of Ole Roy just sitting around sippin’ Co’Colar listening to “Let’s Get It On” is pretty disturbing. Don’t get me wrong, Marvin Gaye is great, but that’s an answer I would expect more from Tom Crean than Roy Williams.