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Calipari Shoots Down Knicks Rumors Via Twitter

We must be closing in on April.  There’s more daylight each day.  My allergies are making me wheeze.  And John Calipari is being mentioned in connection with an NBA job.

Talk about a story getting old.

Today, Mike D’Antoni resigned as the head coach of the New York Knicks.  Each and every April it’s suggested that the Knicks — regardless of the status of their coach or GM — are about to make a run at Kentucky’s coach and offer him both roles.  Calipari’s ties to agent William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley and — by extension — to Wesley’s big name NBA clients make it a natural fit.  All in the Big Apple, basketball’s biggest stage.

But Calipari — as we say each and every spring — has to only look at Rick Pitino’s life to realize that he’s got it as good as it gets in basketball.  Pitino left UK for the Boston Celtics, his dream job.  That job turned into a nightmare, Pitino returned to the Bluegrass State as Louisville’s coach, and now he plays jester to the guy who’s currently seated on his old throne.

Coach Cal should know better than to leave Kentucky — where he’s the star — to move to the NBA where everyone on his roster would make more cash than him.  Besides, he’s practically coaching an NBA team now.

The Wildcats coach took to Twitter today to let it be known that he’s not looking for any new challenges:


“As I’ve said before, I have the greatest job in basketball at any level.  Why would I be interested in another job?

I love being the coach of the commonwealth’s team.  To that #BBN & all the recruits that are coming or want to come, I will be at Kentucky.”


Coaches lie about jobs all the time, but in this case, we’re buying what Calipari’s selling.

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SEC’s Richardson, Mathieu Among Heisman Finalists

When the Heisman Trophy ceremony kicks off in New York on Saturday, the SEC will account for 40% of the candidates.  Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu are among the five finalists for this year’s award.  (Ah, but is it a major award?)

Also heading to the Big Apple are Baylor’s Robert Griffin III — who has gone from “guy with little pub” to favorite based solely on his highlight reel skills — Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.

Preseason favorite Kellen Moore of Boise State didn’t garner enough votes to receive an invitation.  Neither did Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley or Houston’s Case Keenum.

The SEC has won the last two Heismans (Cam Newton and Mark Ingram) and three of the last four (tossing in Tim Tebow). 

In the early days, most media members saw games from the East and Midwest.  That’s part of the reason the SEC had just four winners from 1935 through 1981 (not counting South Carolina’s George Rogers).  But the explosion in televised games has aided the SEC.  The league has captured six trophies from 1982-2010.

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SEC: Vols play big in Big Apple; Pelphrey problems

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