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What do you think of Kentucky’s televised practice? Any surprises?


The Kentucky Effect was on full display for today’s open practice at Memorial Coliseum by UK coach John Calipari’s No. 1-ranked Wildcats.

Obviously, with ESPNU also showing UK for two hours, the message about Kentucky basketball got spread to a lot of recruits and their parents. They all got a first-hand look not only at UK’s practice, but Calipari’s demeanor and teaching techniques.

But it was also great for UK fans to either get to see the practice or set the DVR to watch it later tonight after work.

It was a win-win for UK and fans.

But now I want to you to share your reactions to the practice. What did you like best? What impressed you the most? Did anything surprise you?

Let us know and share those thoughts so we can all compare what we saw.

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    Will watch after I get off work tonight. I think it is a great marketing tool.


  2. LindaS

    I missed it, I was contemplating jumping off the 2nd St. Bridge. I picked up my taxes today and my tax guy made a mistake on the previous 3 years. I should have gone to H&R Block. And I still had to pay him for doing mine this year and I owe for the past 3 years. You can send donations in care of Larry, he knows where I am.
    However, back to the practice, I am really sorry I missed it. I want to know if Cal lies awake at night or has dreams about these things just to get under botox mark and his band of merry men’s skin? I just can’t imagine what those fools are thinking. This is the second practice he has shared with fans.
    The more I see Cal and the more I hear him speak the marketing degree shows through and through. botox mark and his band of merry men should have hired Cal to embellish their images! LOL
    I think this is a good thing for the program and the fans. It makes the boys and Cal more human.
    I read this today and wanted to share it. “…if you consider the breath-taking number of far more serious scandals that have rocked college sports in the last year alone,
    Calipari’s violations look like small potatoes indeed. He’s one of the most honest coaches in the sport, which is probably why so many dislike him.”
    I can’t believe all the love Cal and Kentucky have been getting lately. Of course, if you run into booby nightmares cousin, like I did, you would think Kentucky is the devil. With all this love for Kentucky, I think the Mayan’s may be right, it will be the end of the world in 2012. At least we will have banner 8 before that time!
    Go Cats. Livin’ Blue & Lovin’ It.
    Here is a link to the story from which I stole the quote.
    I hope the link works.

  3. Jim Boyers

    I enjoyed the practice immensely, but I was really confused by one thing: I saw Cal roll the balls out to the players, but then SOMEONE kept yelling at them and trying to instruct them on the proper ways to rebound, fight through screens, defend, etc., etc.

    Who the hell was THAT?

    1. Tom

      Dick Vitale?

    2. larryvaught

      Nice Jim, nice

  4. grant

    yep jim, thats all he has to do , just roll’em out there… lol.

  5. LoveSECFootball

    Did Digger show up to lecture our fans again?

    1. LindaS


  6. Karen Sprinkle

    I watched it last night after I got home from work. I enjoyed it, but I got ticked off when Dave Baker and Matt Jones kept talking while Coach Calipari was instructing the team. I didn’t want to hear their “insights”; I wanted to hear what Cal was saying even if it was just encouraging his players to shoot, defend, etc. I do have to say that Coach Strickland did a nice job explaining why they do certain things in practice (although I wished he had waited until Cal wasn’t talking to do so).

    1. Jim Boyers

      Wait a minute…Cal was on the court? At the same time as the players? Instructing them? Methinks you are mistaken Karen.

      But seriously, I said the exact same thing to my kids as we watched it. The times we actually did get to hear him were pretty good stuff.

      1. Karen Sprinkle

        LOL, Jim.

  7. Jim Boyers


    in reference to the whole Dave and Matt talking thing: They made a comment, early on, that there was going to be a part of the practice that they weren’t allowed to show because Cal wanted it kept off the air. I don’t remember any prolonged break in the coverage of the players on the court. Do you know anything about what that cryptic little statement was referring to?

    1. larryvaught

      do not Jim. thought it was all on the air

  8. Sarah White

    I was a little uneasy when Anthony Davis said that sometimes he wishes he hadn’t chosen KY or something to that effect. I was proud of Cal. He only said shhh 2 or 3 times. Love that Sandy Bell was there to defend her cubs if anyone tried to say anything about the practice.

  9. Shinny

    I was a little concerned about “tired legs” from the Joe Hall days. But after watching them run and run and run don’t think so. Liked the drill of putting pressure on the 3 because if we were to get beat at Fla or in the tourny that could be the killer. You just know they are going to pair us up against teams that love to shoot the 3’s.

  10. taylor

    is there a replay of the practice on tv or online?

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