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Calipari Thrives Despite High Expectations

John Calipari has spent the offseason trying to convince Kentucky fans and the rest of the world that this year’s Wildcat club won’t be the equal of last year’s Wildcat club. 

Most folks aren’t listening.

But as Paul Daugherty of writes today, Calipari continues to thrive anyway.  Year in, year out, high expectations or not.

We’ll share one anecdote that Calipari told to Daugherty… and it’s a pretty good one:

Two weeks after last season, which ended with a loss in the Elite Eight, the coach is sitting in a coffee shop.  “Guy taps me on the shoulder,” Calipari says.

“Tough year, Coach,” he says.

Calipari pauses.  “Sir, can I tell you what is tough?”

“New job, new staff, new team.  Bring in lots of new players.  You win the SEC.  You win the SEC Tournament.  You go to an Elite Eight.  If you don’t start that game 0-for-20 from three, you probably win the national title.

“Then, you’re sitting in a coffee shop two weeks after the season and a guy taps you on the shoulder and says, ‘Tough year, Coach.’”


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