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Editor’s note: Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari will be featured in a 60-minute interview with FOX Sports South. This release gives details on when the show will air and what it will be about.)
FOX Sports South today announced the debut of In My Own Words: John Calipari, a 60-minute interview special spotlighting the University of Kentucky menÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball coach, one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA basketball history.Ã‚Â In My Own Words: John Calipari debuts on Tuesday, December 22 at 9 p.m. on FOX Sports South.
In My Own Words: John Calipari chronicles CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s upbringing in western Pennsylvania and West Virginia and his early introduction to coaching, when as a high school student he coached grade school teams to gain a better understanding of the game.Ã‚Â In the FOX Sports South original program, which is interspersed with footage of Calipari on the practice court and fans camped outside of Memorial Coliseum for tickets to Big Blue Madness, Calipari talks about the coaching journey that brought him to the hallowed basketball grounds of the University of Kentucky and the legacy he hopes to leave not only with the WildcatsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ program but also with the game of basketball.
In My Own Words: John Calipari has additional airings on FOX Sports South on December 23 at 3 p.m. following the WildcatsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ game against Long Beach State at 1 p.m.; December 28 at 9 p.m.; and December 29 at 9 p.m. (southern Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina) and 11 p.m. (Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi and northern Alabama).
On Kentucky basketball fans –
Ã¢â‚¬Å“These people are crazy.Ã‚Â And I say it in a loving way, but theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re crazy.Ã‚Â What I found out is they live and breathe this basketball program.Ã¢â‚¬Â
On his future with Kentucky –
Ã¢â‚¬Å“All I know is IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to do the best I can; IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to go at this as hard as I can.Ã‚Â DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell me IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going too fast; donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t tell me slow down.Ã‚Â What I say is get out of the way then.Ã‚Â IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to stub my toe sometimes because when youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going that fast you say and do some dumb things and youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to apologize.Ã‚Â If I say something to my players that I shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t say, I later come back and say in front of the team I apologize.Ã‚Â If IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve really been mean, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll walk over and kiss the kid on the forehead and say I shouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have been that way.Ã‚Â So IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m going to stub my toes as I go at this pace.Ã‚Â But IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been put here for a reason. WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll figure that out about ten for 15 years down the road why I was put in this seat to coach this team, the winningest program in the history of the sport.Ã‚Â Maybe itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s to catch UCLA, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t know, but weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to figure out over a period of time why it was.Ã¢â‚¬Â