December 10, 2015 |
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.
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.
March 10, 2016 |
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.
April 11, 2016 |
"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...
March 10, 2016 |
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.
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.