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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
Seems like I've heard a lot of that crap before.
05-14-2009 04:17 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
He will still have to "sell" tickets.

All college coaches do.

Even the older traditional programs have mausoleum like environments-especially ky. They will be juiced at first with the new coach and with what they hope will be teams close to as strong as we had here...after that...despite the internet bravado- ky will need winning and similar motivation.

We responded to winning. Like everyone else. Gillespie got fired for not selling the program. ky coach is already acting like he has all the answers- but I thought the point was that a place like ky already had them.

They did not.

We provided $$ and fans and goodwill and arenas and passion. The rest is bs and he is once again---throwing red meat to his audience. They will eat it until next year, when they are not as good as Memphis.
05-14-2009 04:43 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
This article confirms my suspicion: Cal was tired of constantly pushing the ball up the hill with regards to defending our lame conference, going on the Best Damn Sports Show Period talking up us (no problem) and C-USA (how many times can you defend UAB/Tulsa/UCF as 'up and coming' programs?....even for Cal that's got to be hard work!), battling with Britton Bonehead (at his wonderful decision to move the C-USA BB tourney to El Paso!?!?! and Tulsa), working out the schedules, schmoozing with other coaches so as to maintain connections for TV purposes, etc.. His son is getting up there in age and I think that all the extraneous stuff he had to do here caught up with him. He's 50, his son is 10-12 (not sure the exact age) and one of his daughters is already in college. I think he just said to himself 'I want to win it all, but don't want to kill myself in the process, here's my window of opportunity'. Kentucky is probably an easier job - in terms of total hours - than the Memphis job. In terms of expectations, fit, etc.. the Memphis job was much better for him. However, Cal looked very tired by the end of this season....so I think that's what went through his head.

In the end, I think Cal made a monumental mistake. He was FAR more likely to win a NC here in the next 5 years than at UK. I will be shocked if Cal can pull off a NC at UKY in the next 5 years. I EXPECTED one here in the next 5 years...especially 2010 had Cal stayed.

To be very honest, there's not much that can be done about this. Our conference affiliation REALLY played a much bigger part of this than we thought.
05-14-2009 05:18 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
No question- more likely to win a title here with no changes the next five years...

But despite the thoughts that things are easier to accomplish at a ky- I am not buying it...they must win as well...
05-14-2009 05:39 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
I've never been more of a Mississippi State fan until now.
05-14-2009 05:54 PM
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What you all are forgetting is that Cal is going to say what the people around him want to hear. He did that here and we all ate it up. All KY cares about it coaching and recruiting from him so thats what he is going to tell them..............
05-14-2009 07:08 PM
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(05-14-2009 03:39 PM)herkermer Wrote:  Really? I guess calling Fred Smith to buy the last 300 upstairs tickets... so he could get his bonus for another sold our season ticket campaign was just too tough for him. what a self indulging prick he has turned out to be... OK, I feel better!

Agree. Calipari is the poster child for total lack of class.
05-14-2009 07:11 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
WHAT?!?!

The ex coach admits to scalping tickets????

Shocking!!

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05-14-2009 07:22 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
To illustrate the point, Calipari recalled the impression made when a Kentucky coach entered a recruiting venue. "It's like, Oh, man," he said. "... I'd walk over and ask, 'Do you really want this guy?' If they said, yeah, I said, 'OK, have a nice day.'

"And I walked (out of the gym)."

Sounds like the finch story he would always tell...Just changed the names
05-14-2009 07:30 PM
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RE: Insight into why Cal left????
Cal is full of blarney.
05-14-2009 07:34 PM
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