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Calipari ready to share with high school coaches

Posted on: September 8, 2008 3:50 pm
Edited on: September 11, 2008 1:42 am

You would think John Calipari might be hesitant to share his offensive philosophy.

But he's not.

Because it's helping in recruiting.

"We're involved with a kid in the West because his high school coach runs this offense," Calipari said. "The kid can absolutely play and everybody thinks he's going to (a Pac-10 school), but all of a sudden the kid is saying he wants to come here and it's all based on the offense. And there's a kid in the East who is the same way. His high school coach has adopted it and we're involved because the kid wants to run it in college. So I have no problem sharing because at the end of the day it'll come back to help us because kids want to play this way."

Though it has its critics, there is no denying Calipari's version of Vance Walberg's AASAA offense has helped turn Memphis into one of the elite programs in America. The Tigers have compiled a 104-10 record since adopting the high-octane attack. They made the Elite Eight in 2006 and 2007 before playing for the national title last season, and along the way they've developed a massive following among high school coaches interested in running what Calipari dubbed the dribble-drive motion.

That's why Calipari has scheduled the Second Annual Mid-South Coaches Clinic for Sept. 19-20 at the Grand Casino Tunica, a resort just south of Memphis that was recently renamed Harrah's Tunica. Prices for the two-day event range from $150 to $325, and other coaches expected to instruct besides Calipari and Walberg (now an assistant at UMass) are Tom Crean (Indiana), Larry Brown (Charlotte Bobcats), Trent Johnson (LSU), Dave Odom (retired from South Carolina) and former NBA coaches John Lucas and Mike Fratello.

More than 400 people attended last year's event.

"There will probably be five to six hours with the other coaches and then at least eight hours will be on the dribble-drive motion," Calipari said. "It's going to be really good."

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