Calipari Should Make Sweet Music in the Bluegrass State


Published: April 1, 2009


... major college basketball program in the country.

Faster than DeMarcus Cousins could sign a letter of intent or Xavier Henry could utter the words “open” and “recruitment” in the same sentence and definitely faster than Billy Gillespie expected, John Calipari has been hired as the new Kentucky men’s head basketball coach.

It’s not exactly a surprise that Calipari, who has been known to make news around this time of year, normally for taking his teams deep into the NCAA tournament, was tapped as Gillespie’s successor.

He is one of only a handful of coaches plausible for the job, as he is cut from a similar mold of past Kentucky coaching legends Rick Pitino and UK alum Pat Riley who played under Adolph Rupp. Calipari is a masterful rebuilder having lead both UMass and Memphis from obscurity to the Final Four. 

Aside from the University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan, who won back to back NCAA titles in 2...

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