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Calipari tells all on 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 1, 2013 @ 10:08 pm In NCAA,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Kyle Tucker, USA TODAY Sports
To quote UK football coach Mark Stoops after his offensive line allows two uncontested sacks: “Merry Christmas.” It’s midnight (or if you’re a normal human, some hours later when you woke up) on Oct. 1, which means the embargo on preseason basketball interviews has lifted and I can post a bunch of stories and videos and this mammoth: an 8,834-word Q&A with coach John Calipari. He pretty well covers it all here, and there are enough of his words to get through that I won’t bore you with any more of mine. So Merry Christmas, and enjoy.
Editor’s note: This interview occurred on Sept. 5, so any references to recent events are roughly a month old. Also, the questions are not exactly as asked; they’ve been worded for brevity and clarity.
What did you learn from last season and the 2012 team about coaching young teams that you can apply to this one?
“No. 1 thing is you have to have – you can’t do what I did last year and have eight kids on scholarship. You just can’t. What happens is, you know, people want to talk about just the competition – and it’s true; you can’t save these kids from competition. I can’t save my own children from competition. That’s the United States. That’s what we’re about. So, what I tried to do was like, ‘It’s his turn, it’s his turn. We just won the national title. I don’t want bring (too many new) kids – you know, let these (veteran) kids …’ You can’t do it that way. We had no competition.
“But more than that, there were guys that needed to be out of the game, and they knew it. Like Alex (Poythress) at times. So it’s kind of like you’re playing golf and it goes south so you try to play 27 more holes and it just gets worse. Your best bet is: when it started, go home, have a beer, laugh about it and then go out tomorrow and you play better. Well that happens if you have enough players. So it’s not just the competition. There were … [For more on John Calipari tells all on the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats, click here.]
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