By LARRY VAUGHT
The more you see the things John Calipari does, the more you understand why so many high-profile players want to play for him.
The Kentucky coach wants former UK coach Eddie Sutton, who is in the College Basketball Hall of Fame, to come back to UK and watch his team practice. Sutton has coached at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State and led all to NCAA Tournament berths. Of course, he was also in charge at UK when the Cats went on probation and need Rick Pitino to come in and revive a program that nearly hit rock bottom.
Sutton was 90-40 in four years at UK, but resigned e in 1989 after a 13-19 season amid allegations of NCAA wrongdoing(although he was not cited in any charges).
Calipari has invited Sutton back to Lexington and hopes he will come.
“I said, ‘Come on in, man. Come on in to practice.’ I’m not into all that other stuff. My whole thing is Eddie Sutton has been great for the game of basketball and great for college coaches and has helped many, many programs. Like many of us, you have hiccups along the way. I’m not judgmental in any way,” Calipari told Jimmie Tramel of the Tulsa World.
“All I’m saying is I would love for him to come to my practice and evaluate what we are doing and be a set of eyes for me. He and (former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall, who watches practices) can sit there. If I was allowed to, I would let him coach my team. I have got no problem with that. But I would love for him to come back and spend time, and I think he likes the idea.”