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By LARRY VAUGHT

John Calipari spent some time Thursday at the SEC Media Day again sharing his views on conference realignment and that gave him an opportunity to stress how powerful the SEC compared to other conferences.

“Do you know what the buyout is in the SEC (for a school that wants to leave the conference)? It’s zero. If you want to leave, beat it. You will be replaced in 45 seconds. It’s zero. That’s the buyout,” Calipari said. “Our league right now in basketball, we have three teams in the top 10. You have two others in the top 20, 25. But the other guys (n th league) have also moved it up.

“I don’t know if the whole league has been as strong as this. But the bottom has moved. Teams that were rebuilding have moved up also. It is a hard league because there are so many terrific athletes and coaches in all these sports that it makes it hard.”

3 Responses to Calipari: “If you want to leave it (the SEC), beat it”

  • LindaS says:

    I like that, you don’t like it, beat it. Good philosophy for a lot of things. I just wonder if SEC is going to start doing the buy out thing like other conferences have done? BTW I see where that ‘other’ school didn’t get in the Big 12. What was that all about after little slick quick rick griped about the two teams leaving the Big East. Does he talk with forked tongue, again? Two faced? What a jerk! Go Cats!

  • CAT_FAN_IN_CT. says:

    I AGREE WITH LINDA, LARRY AND COACH CAL. IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT BYE BYE. YOUR CONFERENCE MUST BE SEVERELY MISMANAGED IF YOU HAVE TO CHARGE A TEN MILLION DOLLAR FEE TO KEEP TEAMS IN IT (BIG LEAST). YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO BE THE BASKETBALL POWER CONFERENCE. IMAGINE BOISE STATE TRYING TO GET INTO STORRS FOR A BIG MONDAY GAME AND THEN BACK TO CLASS BY WEDNESDAY. WHAT A JOKE.

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