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.
The post-season carnival is loaded with fun rides, but none more fun--ever--than at the University of Kentucky. Ever since John Calipari hopped out of the cab in Lexington five years ago, annual speculation about his NEXT career opportunity has been rampant.
After Kentucky beat Michigan, after all the interviews, after all the guys and the coaching staff had climbed the ladder and cut down the NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional nets, John Calipari said this to his team in the Lucas Oil Stadium locker room:
Pass the salt. I'm eating crow for dinner and it needs a little jazzing up. And the reason, you may wonder, for my culinary decision sprang forth from Kentucky's 74-69 win over Louisville in Indianapolis Friday night.
It's a long-held belief that Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville Cardinals coach Rick Pitino hate one another. I've never really believed that; I've always thought the subtle jabs, if that's what they were, were for show.
I saw Kentucky look really bad in January when they lost to LSU in Baton Rouge. I saw Kentucky forced into overtime to beat LSU by one point at Rupp Arena in February. Then I saw Kentucky draw LSU for its SEC Tournament quarterfinal matchup.
Okay, so I think we can safely say that "meeting LSU for a third time in the SEC Tournament" is not on the Kentucky Wildcats' wish list. Not after the 'Cats barely edged the Tigers 77-76 in a Rupp Arena overtime classic.
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