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By LARRY VAUGHT
This time even the NCAA will have a hard time finding a way to bench Joe Hall.
After ruling that the former Kentucky coach could not be the honorary coach for a group of ex-UK players now playing in the NBA for an exhibition game Aug. 15 in Rupp Arena against the Dominican Republic national team coached by John Calipari, the current UK coach came to the rescue Hall will assist Calipari and help with practices and the game according to the announcement on Calipari’s Twitter account Friday.
“Coach Hall has international experience and brings a lot to the table and I’m glad that I finally have the chance to coach with him,” Calipari tweeted.
Still hard to imagine that Hall, 82, could be the center of controversy. He retired in 1985 after coaching UK for 13 years and winning one national title. He has conducted overseas clinics and coached a U.S. all-star team in 1978. But the NCAA just couldn’t let it go and let him enjoy a moment on the bench with former Cats like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo and others.
Congrats to Calipari for finding a way again to beat the NCAA.