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John Calipari Very Frank About His Goals at Kentucky

Earlier this year, I was listening to a talk show on which UK head coach John Calipari was the guest. What he said about the goal he spelled out for the 'Cats at the beginning of last season seemed to be something that Big Blue Nation could take the wrong way. Maybe.

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Are a John Calipari Contract Extension and a New Orleans Pelicans Coaching Vacancy Connected?

Maybe the headline says it all. The University of Kentucky Athletic Department just ponied up another $8 million for coach John Calipari's services to extend through, at least, 2022. Meanwhile...

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John Calipari Expects 5 to 7 UK Wildcats to Head to the NBA

 

After Saturday night's Final Four loss to Wisconsin, the Kentucky Wildcats have been fielding a lot of questions. Many of them revolve around the NBA Draft.

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John Calipari Wants Eight UK Players to Be Drafted…But Does He Mean Something Else?

 

I absorb as much information as I possibly can about college hoops during its 5-month-long season. Seriously, I'm no casual fan. I'm the guy who'll finish up the Gonzaga/BYU game if it's playing into the wee hours. (And they often do.)

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John Calipari Weighs In on Freshmen Ineligibility and the ’2-and-Through’ Rule

 

So something really idiotic is being floated around in college basketball. I mean...stupid. Incomprehensible. It's a practice that hasn't been in play in decades. And it should never return.

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John Calipari Fields Questions in Pre-Kentucky/Kansas Press Conference [VIDEO]

I think the platoon system is a nice idea. But I feel that, more than anything, it simply represents what a deep team Kentucky has. You'd have to have EVERYTHING go exactly your way to do five-in/five-out during the entire length of a game.

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John Calipari Receives Apology from Louisville Courier-Journal

First of all, this needs a little set-up. Recently, Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim mentioned that UK coach John Calipari had complained about a recruiting edge Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had gained coaching USA Basketball.

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UK’s Coach Cal Is A Genius

University of Kentucky Basketball Coach John Calipari pretty much does things his way. He's known for his non-apologetic acceptance of  "one and done" basketball and even recruits players with that mindset. Now, along with helping young kids reach their dreams of playing in the NBA, he's giving them an incredible opportunity.

Hosting an unprecedented scouting combine for NBA personnel prior to the season is crazy, right? Nope... it's just Cal and it's genius.

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John Calipari Appears on Talk Show and Is Then Criticized by Host as Soon as He Leaves

"If you have something to say, say it to my face."

Yeah, I put it in quotes but I don't who or if anyone said it. Surely, someone must have at some point.

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John Calipari Remembers His Mother in New Jimmy V Foundation Public Service Ad [VIDEO]

 

In John Calipari's five seasons at the helm of the University of Kentucky basketball program, the coach has been through quite a lot, professionally. But also, personally.

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ICYMI: Watch John Calipari’s Appearance on The Colbert Report [VIDEO]

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John Calipari has been making the rounds in support of his new book Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out. His Tuesday stops in Owensboro and Bowling Green were followed Wednesday by a trip to New York.

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John Calipari Is a Great Coach…and a Very Efficient Book Signer [VIDEO]

I've never been to a book-signing before, but if any author out there is approaching such an event for the first time or hasn't quite gotten the hang of it, talk to UK coach John Calipari.

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