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Calipari Opens Up About Schedule, Record And Expectations

John Calipari was in a talkative mood yesterday, covering a number of topics with the Bluegrass State media.  Not surprisingly, the issue of his vacated wins was on the agenda:

“This is a players-first program.  It’s about our players.  It’s not about me.  They don’t have to put my record anywhere, for all I care.”

Calipari then touched on whether or not his new team might be selfish with the basketball:

“It seems to play itself out.  If you’re teaching them to be good teammates and you’re teaching them to be good basketball players, that doesn’t become an issue.  Especially when you recruit like we are.  We’re recruiting good kids.”

He also talked about the expectation level in Lexington this season:

“We’re supposed to win every game by 30.  That’s OK.  I’m fine.  I’ve had teams that have been underrated.  I’ve had teams overrated.  We’ll become a good defensive team.  We’ll share the ball.  We try to take good shots.  We’ll try to play harder than the opponent.”

And he even shared his thoughts about possible changes that could be coming to the SEC’s conference schedule:

“They should never go to 22 (conference games).  It’d be a disaster at 22. … Sixteen should be fine.  Eighteen is OK.  I’d rather not have it, but if it’s best for the league, I’d say fine.”

Commissioner Mike Slive seems to be in favor of an 18-game league schedule — and as we learned at the recent SEC meetings in Destin — what Slive wants… he usually gets.



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