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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky recently announced that it was allowing ESPN to have total access to the program for a series of shows it would have on the UK program. Calipari said UK initially said no because Kentucky did not need the additional exposure.
“I don’t mind sharing. We have a lot of guys, and I’m not saying they’re wrong, but I’m not sharing what I do with anybody. This is our secret. I’ve never been that way in my life. If you walked into my practice, I’m not hiding anything. I’m not embarrassed about how we do our jobs,” Calipari said. “I’m not embarrassed about our kids or how we coach. And look at me, I sleep good at night. I sleep like a baby at night. So I’m not worried about people being here. It doesn’t matter to me.
“Then it was like, okay, we’ll be good for our kids, and we decided, you know what, let them come in for a while and see how it plays out. Again, look, once something happens, we’ve got people 24/7, how can I find, what can I do? How do I? Well, whether ESPN’s here or not, if something happens, what? They’ll be here in two hours. So I feel comfortable with what we’re doing and how we do it.
‘We’ll let it go. Everybody’s going to be mad. I know. Did I do it just because of that to aggravate people? Might have. I may have said that. Let’s aggravate everybody and do this.”
Calipari said ESPN has already been to his house and his wife, Ellen, was even involved.
“They’ve been around my wife which is very unusual. She’s very private,” Calipari said. “I did not want this to be about me. But I said from day one, this is not about me. It’s about the program, the kids, the staff.
“What they want to see is how in the world does he get a young group to play that hard and be that unselfish in that period of time? s that right? Now if you’re not curious that way, it’s just like you want to see nasty stuff. Well, fine, look at something else. But that’s what I hope comes across that this is a good group of kids. They come together. They shared sacrifice.
“They know they’re going to give up stuff. They work hard. They go to class. They do what they’re supposed to. Good kids who are good students and trying to chase their dreams in under a magnifying glass that’s ridiculous.”