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I don't really know what to say about this.
My butt hadn't been that sore since that time Eric Stovall and I tried to go to that club in downtown Louisville that turned out to be the kind of club we didn't want to be in. Actually we never went in, but Eric did have words with a patron on the sidewalk who was trying to lead us to the dark side. Ironically, Eric was sledding with us that day, but did not make the front page. He's not close to the kind of eye candy that the famed Vinson/Guffy combo can bring to the Times-Argus readers. What a load.
Before Barnhart would officially offer him the job, he told him he had to make Billy G tap out. Calipari did it.
He knows his audience, so Kentucky fans, listen up. Coach Cal wants you to know a number of things:
Douglas Jones/US PresswireCalipari has his share of detractors, but he also has won plenty of people over.
• Calipari cried when he made the decision to leave Memphis.
"I hate to say this for Kentucky fans, but your basketball coach cried," he said. "This was hard."
• Calipari was willing to take less money to coach Kentucky, even though it wasn't offered in that manner.
"I don't want you to tell Kentucky this, but I would have taken less money to go to Kentucky," Calipari said. "Because it's Kentucky. Don't tell them that, though."
He said he thought four or five private school coaches make more money, but he couldn't come up with a name. He said he and his wife will continue to be charitable in Memphis and now in Lexington.
"I don't need the job, because of what happened to me with my NBA experience," Calipari said of being paid millions when he coached the New Jersey Nets from 1996 to 1999. "I don't need the money. I could live a good life. I'm going to Kentucky to have fun. I want the players to have fun."
• Calipari, now 50, always dreamed of coaching at Kentucky.
"It came down to, could I live with myself three years from now, two years from now, if I didn't do this? Could I live with myself, or would I live to regret because maybe now I'm 58, and it opens again, and you know what they say? My dream job, [they would say] 'You're too old.' And I just said, 'You know what? I can't do it. I cannot live with that.'"
• Calipari wanted to leave only for a job that was considered the best in its league, meaning he wasn't really going to coach NC State or Arkansas after listening to both schools offering him positions in the past five years.
"I want to go to a league where the program I'm coaching is the best in that league," he said. "Now I walk into Kentucky, and it's the best program maybe in the country, not just the SEC."
• Calipari knows only that Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart admitted he made a mistake when he told him why he didn't hire him two years ago instead of Billy Gillispie.
• Calipari has no idea why Barnhart insisted on mentioning Calipari's commitment to compliance so early during Tuesday's news conference in Lexington announcing the hire.
• Calipari needs to rebuild the Kentucky brand.
"At Kentucky, you can recruit the best of the best," he said.
• Calipari no longer has to beg television networks to set up nonconference games for him in January and February.
"We used to fight for TV, and now I don't have to fight for it anymore," he said. "I'm at Kentucky now. North Carolina, Kansas, Indiana, Louisville we can have on the schedule. Ben Howland of UCLA, let's play."
• Calipari won an NCAA-record 38 games and took Memphis to the NCAA tournament title game last season, recruited some of the best players in the country and coached a No. 1 tournament seed two of the past four seasons. So what can he accomplish at Kentucky that he didn't at Memphis?
"You're in a different stratosphere," Calipari said. "Not taking anything away from what we did at Memphis, because it was one of the top five programs in the country. But Kentucky's upside is even greater."
• Calipari would never do anything to damage former UK coach Rick Pitino's reputation.
• Calipari said Kentucky underclassmen Patrick Patterson and Jodie Meeks should declare for the NBA draft if they expect to be lottery picks or to be selected early in the first round. But if they expect to go off the board afterward, they should come back to play at Kentucky next season.
• All Memphis signees should honor their commitments and play for the Tigers, Calipari said, although he knows that may be unlikely. The committed players aren't under the same obligation, he said. That means DeMarcus Cousins is a free agent who could soon visit Kentucky, then choose to play for the Wildcats.
• Calipari may need three to four years to return Kentucky to the elite. Doing so took four years at UMass and four at Memphis. "Maybe at Kentucky, it will take only three," Calipari said.
• He's not ruling out attrition on the current Kentucky roster but would honor a player's request to stay if he has loved playing at Kentucky.
• Calipari practiced the team for two days last week. He taught the players the dribble-drive offense to see how they fit in that framework. He said they had run more high-low under Gillispie but wasn't disappointed with the potential for them to play his style.
"In two weeks, we'll figure out if everyone is a good fit and is absolutely going to play," Calipari said of the two sessions. "If you're not [able to], then I want to be honest and tell you, 'Maybe you won't play here.' I expect that some will … come to me and say, 'I wasn't recruited to play this way.'"
• Calipari said the Memphis program won't wilt without him. The program didn't die during various times of transition and won't now, either.
"This program is about the city of Memphis," Calipari said. "It means so much to the community that they won't let it go down."
But he knows he's not loved by all. "Right now I'm a scoundrel to a lot of people there," he said.
• Calipari won't be a stranger on campus. He said he won't stay in his office and avoid interacting with the other coaches or teams. He plans on attending football, baseball and women's basketball games as well as other sporting events.
"It's not going to change," Calipari said. "I'm going to be who I am. I'm just going to be me."
Andy Katz is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
Now that the man is signed, sealed, delivered, and ours, we can move on from the wonder and get to basketball. Coach Cal was on the Jim Rome show yesterday and said he was flying to Lexington to have his first practice. I tend to believe it will be more like a tryout. There are some players on the team who I think won't stick around. If the departures from the team are anything like the recruits, we will see several members of this past season's Cats move on to other destinations. I think some players will thrive in the new system with the freedoms it provides. Galloway, Miller, Liggins, and Meeks immediately pop into my head as Calipari kind of players. I know he recruited Galloway and Liggins pretty hard when he was at Memphis, so he must like them. From what I've heard, Matthew Pilgrim has the skills to excel in the new system as well. However, there are rumblings of academic problems with both Liggins and Pilgrim. I hope that's not true. We could have a very interesting couple of weeks here as Cat fans. Who will leave? Who will come in as new recruits? There's so much excitement now. Think of where we were 2 weeks ago. We were hoping we could get to the NIT finals and questioning every move our coach made. We were watching Rick and the filthy Cards get the #1 seed in the NCAA tourney. Now everything is different. Everything is positive. We have a coach who has united the entire fan base. For several years now, even back with Tubby, the fans were divided on whether they liked the coach or not. They were divided on whether or not the system could win. I'm sure they're out there, but I haven't spoken to one fan who isn't ecstatic that we have John Calipari leading the Cats now. People are confident. Confident in his system, his ability to recruit, his ability to represent the university and the state, and his ability to lead us back to the top by winning ballgames. Confident in pretty much every category that caused so much division for most of the last decade. Plus the Cards lost:) I really believe great days are ahead.
Update: I just went to a couple of websites to get some practice updates. The team practiced for an hour and a half. They went through several drills focused on ballhandling and layups. Calipari stressed that the offense was designed to get as many layups as possible. That makes hitting layups extremely important. Apparently the Cats missed several in this practice. By the way, I'm giving you this information from the official ukathletics.com website. There was a blog written by a guy from UK media relations. Just didn't want you to think I'm quoting "joe blow" from catspause who could have made all this up. Anyway, the writer thinks Miller will flourish in Cal's system and said he looked good during the session. They will practice for a short time again tomorrow. Calipari said they must get much better at dribbling the ball. I could have told him that before practice. Could have told him about the layup missing thing too. I also saw where one guy posted on kentuckysportsradio.com that Calipari seemed to be most impressed with Liggins, Meeks, and Pilgrim. This guy said Calipari praised Miller at one point and then seemed pretty upset with him later for not being aggressive. I always thought Miller was too passive. That's all I got for now. I heard a rumor that the gay cops were planning another video. Possibly to be released this weekend. What will they talk about next? Place some ideas in the comments and I'll make sure they get to the officers.
Coach Cal mentioned several players during the press conference, but my favorite quote was about Richie Farmer. "They tell me Richie Farmer is the Sec. of Agriculture here now. Wow! He was scoring baskets against us and now he's gonna be governor?"
Is the former Cat above gonna become an assistant coach? Many folks close to the program are promoting Mr. Padgett for a job. I have heard that Calipari had an awesome staff at Memphis that will likely come to UK with him, though. Nice to see Bobby Perry lurking in the background and Matt May asking the questions to Padgett. Catspause.com readers will recognize the name Matt May. He's one of their main writers. Maybe even a senior writer(that joke is for Tom).