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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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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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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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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]
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February 26, 2005 | By Mike Jensen INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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?
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April 2, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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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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February 16, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The NBA is trying to find a way to ease the wear and tear on its players. League officials have been discussing the issues of playing games on back-to-back nights and four games in five nights. "We are hoping to . . . come as close as we can to eliminating four games out of five nights," commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday night. "It's a math formula at the end of the day in terms of the number of days in a season and the number of games we play. "But we think we can make a dramatic reduction there.
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December 24, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
GIVEN THAT all the superpowers know they will be in the tournament before the season ever begins, regular-season games are rarely must-watch anymore. Kentucky at Louisville on Saturday is must-watch. The teams will arrive at the KFC Yum! Center, hard by the Ohio River in the 'Ville's downtown, with combined records of 23-0 and rankings of No. 1 (Kentucky) and No. 4 (Louisville). Rick Pitino's Cardinals team lost most of the key players from the 2013 national champs and last season's Sweet 16 team, which was knocked out by Kentucky.
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November 15, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to the constant annual movement of college basketball teams to new leagues, Mount Rushmore is now located in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Mount Rushmore of college basketball coaches, that is. The repositioning of Louisville as the ACC's 15th team brings in Rick Pitino as the conference's fourth Hall of Fame coach, joining Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, and North Carolina's Roy Williams. Four of the five active Hall of Fame coaches (Larry Brown of Southern Methodist is the fifth)
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April 4, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
DALLAS - The favorites at this Final Four could not have been built any differently. Florida starts four seniors and a sophomore. Kentucky starts five freshmen. Therefore, Florida coach Billy Donovan must stand for truth, justice, the American way and, of course, academic integrity while Kentucky coach John Calipari must be gaming the system, having his school act as a station stop for players taking a few classes on the way to the NBA. To accept the narrative, you must also believe that the revenue-producing college sports are about something other than revenue.
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April 1, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
DUKE COACH Mike Krzyzewski can't deal with it. North Carolina's Roy Williams has been bitten in the rear by it. Kansas' Bill Self is soon to loathe it. But Kentucky's John Calipari, well, he has no problem with the one-and-done syndrome that has become a staple of college basketball. While other top programs have struggled in dealing with recruiting top-flight prospects who only make a quick pit stop on campus before bolting to the NBA draft, Coach Cal has turned managing it into a Final Four art form.
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January 17, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
YOU HAVE to wonder about any place that would have a picture of me hanging on one of its storied walls. A much younger picture of me. Just for doing my job. The truth is, I probably should have paid for the privilege. I didn't really know much about the soul of the Palestra until I started covering college basketball games there. You can only get so much as a kid watching on TV. But to be even a small part of it was totally my pleasure. And honor. I'm sure the many colleagues who share that piece of history with me would heartily concur.
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