When Bill Bowen, a UK grad and Cats fan in Hilton Head, passed away earlier this month, his daughter Julie never expected to hear from John Calipari. But that’s exactly what happened this morning when Coach Cal called Julie’s personal cell phone to offer his condolences.
She told KSR this morning that her father’s death was completely unexpected and it happened immediately after Kentucky’s win over Wisconsin in the Final Four. They talked by phone after the game, as they did after every UK game, when Bowen told her he couldn’t breathe. At first she thought he meant from the excitement, she said, but then realized something was wrong. He died moments later.
That story somehow got back to John Calipari — she said she has no idea how — and he gave her a call today.
It’s stories like these that show what John Calipari truly means to Big Blue Nation and they probably happen more often than we’ll ever know.
Julie said she is clueless as to how he got her cell phone number.