I TEXTED John Calipari not long after I heard that Drexel had told Bruiser Flint he was out as coach Monday morning. I asked if he wanted to talk about his longtime friend and colleague. The Kentucky coach got back to me Monday night, but I missed the call. He left a classic 80-second voice mail, an impassioned defense of Flint and a call to get rid of the graduate-transfer rule that allows players who have graduated with eligibility to go to another school without having to sit out a year. Here is a transcript of Calipari's message:
"I'm hoping I get to talk to you, but the biggest issue is that you're talking about a good man who's great for that university, probably never told anyone no if they asked him to do something, loved Drexel, loves Philly, the same thing with the city of Philadelphia and our profession.