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December 10, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari's office in the $30 million Joe Craft Center is tiny, smaller than the old office Phil Martelli had at Saint Joseph's. A new, larger office is being constructed behind a false wall, just steps away. The Craft Center, which houses the Kentucky basketball offices and a practice court, is attached to Memorial Coliseum, where Adolph Rupp's teams played. It is surprisingly less extravagant than some of the hoops palaces that have been built on other campuses.
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January 6, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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March 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 16, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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March 31, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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April 11, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
"I gotta get this under control. " That would be difficult, even for him, particularly given the 72,000 screaming people and the flashing lights and the fireworks and the confetti blizzarding to the floor of the basketball court and his players dogpiling each other and his assistants grabbing him and Roy Williams shaking his hand, saying Roy Williams-type, deep-meaning stuff, but Jay Wright had to get this thing under control because - didn't anyone...
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December 17, 1999 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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June 8, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
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...
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February 18, 1994 | by Mike Kern, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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July 31, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
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.
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June 23, 2016 | By Ed Barkowitz, STAFF WRITER
IT SEEMS such a foregone conclusion that Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will go 1-2 in the draft that Thursday's intrigue won't begin until the Celtics are on the clock with pick No. 3. This will be just the fourth time Boston has had a top-three in the last 50 years. They hit on two of those selections, but tragedy intervened before the other could start his career. As trade talks heat up and rumors swirl like waterspouts during a hurricane, here are 25 things to know about Thursday's draft.
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April 11, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Columnist
"I gotta get this under control. " That would be difficult, even for him, particularly given the 72,000 screaming people and the flashing lights and the fireworks and the confetti blizzarding to the floor of the basketball court and his players dogpiling each other and his assistants grabbing him and Roy Williams shaking his hand, saying Roy Williams-type, deep-meaning stuff, but Jay Wright had to get this thing under control because - didn't anyone...
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March 10, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
I've suggested jobs for Bruiser Flint before that he had no interest in taking, so let's do it again. This job, admittedly, is a bit off the wall, since it doesn't actually exist. Czar of Philadelphia hoops. Flint, whose time at Drexel ended Monday, already counts, by anyone's educated estimation, as one of the leaders of Philly hoops. He's a connector to virtually every part of the local basketball community. So how could that be more official? Those people who are hoping to raise $25 million to build a sports and education complex on the Logan Triangle - put Flint in charge.
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March 10, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 10, 2015 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari's office in the $30 million Joe Craft Center is tiny, smaller than the old office Phil Martelli had at Saint Joseph's. A new, larger office is being constructed behind a false wall, just steps away. The Craft Center, which houses the Kentucky basketball offices and a practice court, is attached to Memorial Coliseum, where Adolph Rupp's teams played. It is surprisingly less extravagant than some of the hoops palaces that have been built on other campuses.
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September 13, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The red carpet leading up Symphony Hall's steps Friday night was better-suited to celebrity presenters like Charles Barkley, James Worthy, and Julius Erving than to the 11 new inductees in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Several members of the Class of 2015, formally inducted during televised ceremonies at this Springfield landmark, spent most of their careers on the spotlight's edges: Dikembe Mutombo made his name as a shot-blocking dynamo. Talented and versatile, JoJo White was often overlooked in the Celtics team concept.
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April 8, 2015
THE UNIVERSITY of Kentucky's near-perfect season crashed with a loss to the University of Wisconsin, followed by punk behavior by Kentucky players - plural. Having their 38-game winning streak snapped was bad, but the Wildcats' reaction was worse. At a post-game news conference, Kentucky guard Andrew Harrison, with his hand over his mouth (but sitting before a live microphone), muttered "F--- that n-----" directed at Wisconsin forward Frank Kaminsky. Harrison is black, Kaminsky is white.
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April 3, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Here are my suggestions as you get set to watch Kentucky try for 40-0 at the Final Four. Ignore the slogans: "one and done," "succeed and proceed," "players' first program. " Forget what you remember of John Calipari at Massachusetts. Don't get caught up in the morality play that some of these players are not really students or at least not for long. Look at college basketball at the top levels in 2015 the way it should be looked at - as a big business. The Kentucky coach recognized that when he got the highest-pressure job in the game and created a model that is built for short-term students and long-term success.
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March 17, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
Most emotional March story? Albany's Peter Hooley hit a game-winning three-pointer against Stony Brook to get his team into the NCAA tournament, then explained: "When you have angels watching you, anything can happen. " Hooley called it the best moment of his life. He had missed eight games during the season to be with his mother in Australia. She died of colon cancer Jan. 30. Name the only coach in the NCAA tournament whose father was an usher at the Palestra. That would be Fran McCaffery at Iowa.
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February 26, 2015 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Columnist
It's been obvious for a while now. The race for NCAA top seeds, and even the jockeying among No. 2 seeds, comes with a subtitle: HOW TO STAY AWAY FROM KENTUCKY. You think Villanova wants to face John Calipari's outfit before the Final Four? Even if we'd argue that 'Nova actually is one of the teams that might have a chance against UK on its finest shooting day, that doesn't mean the local Wildcats want to see the other Wildcats a step short of Indianapolis. Here's the good news for 'Nova: It's not likely to happen.
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