Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal has a fascinating article, complete with interactive maps, on how the use of private jets was utilized in reeling in their respective recruiting classes.
How much does success cost might you ask? A. Lot.
According to flight records obtained by The Courier-Journal, Calipari and football coach Mark Stoops combined to take $450,000 worth of chartered flights just for recruiting purposes during the 2013-14 fiscal year.
But is this all necessary? Calipari thinks so:
Coaching at Kentucky allows certain opportunities, one of which is to be able to coordinate our busy recruiting schedule and team practices. Because of access to private planes, I am able to get out and see the kids I need to see but make it back in time to be with my team.
I won’t share anymore details so that you can read Kyle’s article for yourself, but it’s filled with all sorts of cool tidbits on when and where Calipari and Stoops have been flying, who they may have been seeing, and some jet and recruiting-centric quotes from Coach Mark Stoops and Deputy Athletic Director DeWayne Peevy.