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Calipari Laughs At Job Rumors

Kentucky’s John Calipari met with a crew of in-state reporters today and naturally the topic of NBA rumors was broached.  New York papers have recently suggested the Knicks might be interested in hiring UK’s coach as their own new coach and GM.

While Calipari didn’t promise to stay put, he did blow off those reports by reminding the media types that he’s always been rumored to be heading somewhere else… pro or college in the past.

“Now it’s only pro jobs.  Part of it is to try to screw up your recruiting.  I laughed when the newest rumors came out.  I said, ‘You’re not going to screw up our recruiting; we’ve already got the kids signed.’”

Yeah, but would he consider a return to professional ranks?  “I’ve got a great job.  I’ve got one of the best in our sport.  I can’t stop the rumors; I just don’t deal with them.”

Of course, he could stop the rumors — or at least make Cat fans breathe a little easier — by saying flat-out that he’s not going to leave Lexington.  But such a statement would only undermine the coach’s leverage.  And he’s got plenty of that these days.


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