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Mike White on John Calipari: “He’s a really, really smart guy.”

John Calipari (Jeff Houchin Photo)


Just a few minutes after Kentucky beat Florida, the Gators got a ringing endorsement from Kentucky coach John Calipari about their NCAA Tournament status.

“Florida is an NCAA Tournament team. They won at LSU,” Calipari said. “They have had like three (tough) losses. You’re like, how did this happen, you have to watch the tape.

“Mike’s done a great job.

I looked at their roster, their starters, and they start three freshmen. You talk about a young team that he’s done a fabulous job with, but they are an NCAA Tournament team and I told our guys from here on in, that’s all you’re playing.

“Every team is an NCAA Tournament team and you can’t have lapses like we had in the first half.

The 66-57 loss to Kentucky Saturday dropped the Gators to 17-14 going into the SEC Tournament where the Gators, 9-7 in SEC games, will play Thursday afternoon against Arkansas.

What does Florida coach Mike White think about Calipari’s NCAA projection for his team?

“I’ll say, the (NCAA selection) committee needs to really respect John Calipari’s decision. That’s what I would say,” White said. “I mean, he’s a really, really smart guy. I’m not going any further than that.

“I’m going to break down this film, figure out some things we’ve got to do better, ask my staff who we’re playing next, and start preparing.”

1 comment

  1. Yep, Mike is right. Who else could be paid all of the money that Calipari has been paid over the past 10 years and only have one national title to show for it? He’s not much of a coach and is slipping as a recruiter, but he knows how to work the university and enough of BBN to keep his job. Yep, I would say he is a really, really smart guy and just forget the other 4 national titles he should have won.

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