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Givens: Calipari made Joe Hall relevant again

Joe Hall (Vicky Graff Photo)

Joe Hall (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

There are a lot of reasons that former Kentucky All-American Jack Givens likes current Kentucky coach John Calipari.

“One of the first things he did when he came here is that he went to coach Joe B. Hall and asked what do I need to do to be successful and what do I need to know to really expect here at Kentucky,” said Givens.

Of course, Givens played for Hall and helped Kentucky win the 1978 national title.

“He made coach Hall felt relevant again and that is important for a guy about to turn 80 or so. He took it right to coach Hall,” Givens said. “Whether he listened to a word or not from coach Hall, for coach Hall it meant the world.

“Only thing coach Hall tried to talk into that he didn’t buy was playing that 1-3-1 zone that we did. Coach Cal is not a zone guy, but even at times I think it would be a good thing just like coach Hall does.”

2 comments

  1. TrueBlueJohn

    When I watched the first press conference when Cal was introduced, the first thought that crossed my mind was “This guy really gets it.”. He understood the scope of the job, and the history of the program. From the git-go, he made the former players welcome, and also Joe B. Hall which was important to BBN. Joe understood the job and all that went along with it. You would be crazy not to take advantage of that. I think that the only thing that Cal underestimated was the passion of BBN. I believe that surprised him a little.

  2. Cats79

    Had we had a healthy Sam Bowie, Joe Hall would have had 2 or maybe three NCAA Championships to his credit. Some people say that he couldn’t coach but could recruit good players. That’s hogwash he brought the physical style to the game at the present time.

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