Posted on: April 16, 2009 10:42 am
Edited on: April 16, 2009 12:12 pm

Of course there's already a rap about Cal at UK

I'm not sure what took so long, but nearly two weeks passed between the day John Calipari signed to be Kentucky's coach and the time the first rap video celebrating his arrival was produced by a Kentucky fan.

Come on, Big Blue Nation.

You're slipping.

Seriously, click this link and check it.

I think my favorite verse is as follows ...

Twice Coach of the Year/He's gotta be our future

Dribble-Drive offense and he's the best recruiter


Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 8, 2009 5:09 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2009 5:14 pm

The Memphis class continues to fall apart

First Xavier Henry asked for a release from his national letter of intent with Memphis.

Then DeMarcus Cousins decommitted from Memphis and committed to Kentucky

Now Nolan Dennis wants a release from Memphis, too.

"We just want people to know that we are not going to attend Memphis because we were going to attend Memphis because of (John) Calipari," Carol Dennis, the mother of Nolan Dennis, told Scout.com's Evan Daniels on Wednesday. “We are going to wait and see what we are going to do from here.

"I think Nolan wants to go to Kentucky; I’m not for sure," she added. "But I know he’s not going to go to Memphis."

Just last week, Memphis had a five-player class some considered the best in the county, but Calipari's departure has killed any chance of it materializing. Junior college standouts Will Coleman and Darnell Dodson are the only Memphis recruits who haven't publicly decommitted.

Meantime, Josh Pastner isn't sleeping.


The new Memphis coach has not slept in days.

"I haven't slept since I got the job (on Monday)," Pastner told me this afternoon. "I've been up 48 hours straight."


Pastner said he plans to be in bed by 10 on Wednesday night, get a solid six or seven hours of sleep and be ready to hit the road recruiting Thursday. He'll start in the Memphis area, where Class of 2010 star Joe Jackson (of White Station High) is a clear priority.

Posted on: April 8, 2009 1:16 am
Edited on: April 8, 2009 1:27 am

Calipari takes Cousins to UK

DeMarcus Cousins will follow John Calipari to Kentucky.

"I just committed tonight,” Cousins told Scout.com's Evan Daniels late Tuesday. “I’m going to UK.”

Cousins had spent the past month committed to Memphis, where Calipari coached until he left for Kentucky last week. At the time of Calipari's departure, Cousins did not officially decommit. But it was clear the McDonald's All-American probably wouldn't sign with Memphis regardless of the next coach, and that became public knowledge late Tuesday when Cousins -- who is rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Class of 2009 -- committed to Kentucky.

Now to the questions ...

1. What does this mean for Daniel Orton?

There has been speculation that Orton -- the 12th-best prospect in the Class of 2009 who signed with UK under Billy Gillispie -- would ask for a release if Cousins committed to Kentucky because Orton and Cousins are both big men, and if Patrick Patterson were to remain in school UK would have a crowded frontcourt. However, sources close to the Kentucky program told CBSSports.com that Calipari is working to keep Orton on board, and the ideal scenario would be Orton and Cousins enrolling together.

2. What about Xavier Henry and John Wall?

At least one media outlet reported that new Memphis coach Josh Pastner would hire Henry's father, Carl, in an attempt to keep the McDonald's All-American committed to Memphis, but industry sources told CBSSports.com that's simply not going to happen. Thus, Henry will re-open his recruitment and probably choose between Kansas and Kentucky. As for Wall, the nation's top point guard prospect remains uncommitted. But Kentucky is very much involved, meaning there is a chance that Cousins, Orton, Henry and Wall could play together for Calipari at Kentucky, although it's unclar whether that's a likely scenario or merely a possibility.

Wall is the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2009.

Henry is the No. 4 prospect in the Class of 2009.


Posted on: March 31, 2009 5:52 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 5:57 pm

Calipari and staff leave Calipari's home

A three-car convoy featuring John Calipari just left Calipari's home without comment.


It could be to grab an early dinner.

It could be to go to Wilson Air and jump a plane to Lexington.

But let me say this: There's no way three cars of people -- including all the assistants -- would board a plane to Lexington. That's not how this stuff works. So speculation that the complete convoy is aimed for the airport is incorrect.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2009 3:25 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 3:32 pm

Calipari about to meet with staff

John Calipari's staff is on its way to meet at an undisclosed location, where a final decision on Kentucky will be made, a source close to the program told CBSSports.com on Tuesday afternoon.

According to the source, Calipari still hasn't given the power-brokers at Memphis or Kentucky a definite answer to the question of whether he's staying or going, but multiple sources around both programs believe this is merely a matter of Calipari "pulling the trigger" and informing his players that he will be the next coach at Kentucky.

A decision should come within hours, if not minutes.

Either way, Calipari is set to be the highest-paid coach in the country.

Assuming Calipari leaves, multiple sources told CBSSports.com that Memphis will target Missouri's Mike Anderson. In fact, third-party representitives working on behalf of Memphis have been gauging the possible interest of Anderson for more than 24 hours, and it's probably worth noting that Anderson is represented by super-agent Jimmy Sexton.

Sexton is based in Memphis.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2009 12:44 am
Edited on: May 18, 2009 9:24 pm

Calipari drama will carry into Tuesday

Eventually, John Calipari will choose between Kentucky and Memphis.

But it won't happen until at least Tuesday.

Everything in CBSSports.com's earlier report remains true -- that UK officials believe Calipari will be their next coach, that some Memphis players and recruits would likely follow him, that he could be introduced at Kentucky on Tuesday or Wednesday. But Calipari spent Monday night visiting with prominent Memphis boosters and keeping in touch via phone with UK officials, and a source told CBSSports.com that Calipari still hasn't officially "pulled the trigger" on the deal despite UK officials telling multiple industry sources that it's "pretty much done."

Either way, this much is true: Calipari will be the highest paid coach in the country when this is over.

Sources said UK offered a contract of $35 million to $40 million spread over seven or eight years.

Separate sources insist Memphis can and will match any offer.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 30, 2009 4:14 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2009 4:19 pm

Calipari pushing Barbee as possible replacement

John Calipari is scheduled to meet with a prominent Memphis booster late Monday afternoon, at which time he is expected to make a pitch for UTEP coach Tony Barbee to succeed him at Memphis if Calipari indeed leaves Memphis for Kentucky, a source close to Calipari told CBSSports.com.

The source said Calipari would promise to help Barbee keep parts of the team and recruiting class intact.

Barbee played for Calipari at UMass and assisted him at Memphis until taking the UTEP job in 2006.

He's 53-43 in three seasons at UTEP.

A source close to the Memphis program said Calipari assured Barbee last offseason that if he pulled out of the UMass search and cleared the way for Memphis assistant Derek Kellogg to land that job that Calipari would push Barbee as a possible successor at Memphis. Barbee quickly pulled out, Kellogg got the UMass job, and now Calipari is making good on his word, trying to help Barbee at Memphis.

Posted on: March 30, 2009 3:04 pm

Kentucky officials are waiting on Calipari

Kentucky officials expect John Calipari to accept an offer to become their program's next basketball coach, a source close to the school told CBSSports.com on Monday. The source said UK believes it could introduce Calipari within the next 48 hours, that athletic director Mitch Barnhart is merely waiting for the "Yes" he believes is imminent, barring an unsuspected hang-up in the final stages of negotiations.

"It's close, but it's not quite done," one source on the Memphis side told CBSSports.com. "Kentucky is pretty sure it's done, but you know Cal, he could change his mind at the last minute."

A source said Calipari has the guidelines of the offer in place, and that "his people are reviewing it." The source said the offer would make Calipari the highest paid college coach in America, though details remain sketchy. A separate source said the Memphis assistants are already touching base with recruits to make sure they'd jump to the SEC with them, and a different source said Memphis freshman Wesley Witherspoon would likely follow Calipari to Kentucky.

Assuming Calipari leaves, expect Memphis to target Missouri coach Mike Anderson or USC coach Tim Floyd.

An industry source said Anderson will listen.

Floyd's possible level of interest is unclear.

Category: NCAAB
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