January 6, 2004 |
It may not be a homecoming of sorts, but John Calipari feels at home whenever he ventures to the Philadelphia area, a place he briefly called home. The University of Memphis men's basketball coach will bring his team to the Wachovia Center tonight to face Villanova (8-3). It will be his first time back coaching in the area since Memphis played at Temple during the 2001-2002 season. The Tigers beat Temple, 64-54. Calipari served as an assistant on the 76ers staff for most of the 1999-2000 season.
May 16, 2012 |
ON FRIDAY NIGHT, as Dick Vitale likes to say, Sarasota will become the toast of the sports world, as ESPN's voice of college basketball hosts his seventh annual Gala at the Ritz-Carlton to benefit The V Foundation for Cancer Research.. Celebrities will be all over the place, from John Calipari and Greg Schiano to Ricky Watters and Gary Sheffield. This year's three honorees are Lou Holtz, Gary Williams and, well, some other guy. "Yeah, right," said Villanova coach Jay Wright.
March 31, 2009 |
The University of Memphis gave Kentucky permission yesterday to speak to John Calipari about the Wildcats' head coaching position, then made a final push to try to keep the coach. Some of Memphis' key boosters met with Calipari yesterday. But one booster expects Calipari to go to Kentucky, though the person, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing negotiations, acknowledged the coach was torn between the two great opportunities. The Wildcats had a short meeting at their practice gym yesterday afternoon.
December 17, 1999 |
John Calipari has fielded this type of telephone call before. Because of his success as coach at the University of Massachusetts, because of his high profile as coach of the New Jersey Nets and because of his current job as an assistant coach with the 76ers, it is not unusual for his phone to ring when another job is available. This time, it's the University of Memphis, where Johnny Jones has been the interim coach since Tic Price resigned last month. This time, it's Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson - a former Temple athletic director - checking with a onetime Atlantic 10 Conference opponent.
June 8, 1996 |
John Calipari didn't get the Rick Pitino treatment from the New Jersey Nets, but the former Massachusetts coach was offered enough to take his first NBA coaching job. The Nets formally announced the hiring of Calipari - for five years at a reported $15 million - at a well-attended news conference yesterday at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J. Not only will he coach the woeful Nets, but Calipari also carries the title...
February 18, 1994 |
Massachusetts basketball coach John Calipari says he is satisfied John Chaney's apology for Sunday's profanity-laced tirade against Calipari was sincere. And, like the Temple coach, Calipari wants to put the matter to rest. Calipari spoke with Chaney by telephone yesterday for about 15 minutes, their first conversation since Sunday's outburst, which followed the Owls' 56-55 loss at UMass. "This will be the last comment about the whole issue that will come from my mouth," Calipari said yesterday from the interview room at Mullins Arena, the same place Chaney went after him. "So if you ask questions about it, you are also going to be wasting your breath.
July 31, 2013 |
RYAN BRAUN'S loss is the Brewers' fans gain. Last week, the Milwaukee slugger was suspended for the rest of the season without pay for violations of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Braun will miss the final 65 games of the season, so the Brewers stand to save about $3.4 million. Yesterday, the team announced it was offering fans $10 vouchers to attend games in the month of August. The team did not officially say the vouchers had anything to do with Braun, but when you're last in your division and you lose one of your best players, well . . . you've got to do something to get fans in the seats.
April 20, 2011
THE PHILLIES have another ace in their lineup. Forbes magazine has rated the Phanatic the most popular mascot in sports. The green whatchamacallit supplanted the Chicken for this year's top spot. The Phanatic, No. 2 last year, was selected in a survey conducted by the Marketing Arm's Davie Brown Index, which according to Forbes, "measured pro sports mascots on four key attributes: awareness, appeal, entertainment value and team identification [the degree to which consumers are able to associate a mascot with the team it represents]
February 26, 2005 |
John Calipari, an old sparring partner of John Chaney's, had heard all about yesterday's news. "My comment is pretty simple," Calipari said last night about Temple's announcement that it was suspending Chaney for the rest of the regular season, but not the playoffs. "I'm kind of disgusted with Temple. How they would deal with him at this stage - he's been this way for 30 years. He hasn't changed. He's the same guy he was 10 years ago, 15 years ago. Why all of a sudden are you taking a stance?
April 2, 2009 |
John Calipari thought he'd pop up on Kentucky's radar 2 years ago when the Wildcats were looking for Tubby Smith's replacement and Calipari was coming off a 33-win season at Memphis. He spent a week constantly asking his wife Ellen whether Kentucky's number had finally popped up on the caller ID. "I called my wife every day for 6 days. Did they call? Did they call?" Calipari said. "Then I kind of figured out: They're not calling. " Two years and 2 days later, Calipari's phone finally rang.