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By LARRY VAUGHT
Why is it suddenly national news again that John Calipari is not a fan of the Maui Invitational?
When his second UK team played there, he made it clear he would not be going back. And nothing has changed.
What advantages are there for UK and Calipari? He’s won a national title without going to Maui. He’s had No. 1 recruiting lasses without going to Maui. He’s produced No. 1 overall draft picks as well as first-round draft picks without going to Maui.
It’s the same with overseas exhibition trips. Calipari took a UK team to Canada three years ago and my guess is likely will do that again in 2014 rather than taking a longer, more tiring trip to Europe.
Kentucky can get all the marquee games it wants in November or December without having to go to Maui at Thanksgiving and potentially wearing players out.
No doubt Maui can be fun for fans — and some teams.
But it makes perfect sense to me why Calipari said what he did three years ago about not going back and why I don’t get why anyone is surprised now that he has not changed his mind.