By LARRY VAUGHT
Having the highly publicized “lifetime contract” at Kentucky is not changing anything for coach John Caliipari going into this season.
Again, why would it?
“Here’s what I would say. I’ve been here 10 years. Kind of thinking back, it’s been a pretty good run,” Calipari said.
Pretty good? I would say it has been darn good even if some UK fans are upset that the Cats have let a national title or two slip away.
“This is the second tour, let’s see what happens now. That, what happened for those 10 years are done. Final Fours, national champion, all the stuff, it’s done, league. Now what happens in the next 10? How do we grow as a program? How do we keep getting better as a staff?” Calipari said.
“As a coach, how do I keep leading better, communicating better, what do I do and forget with that. Let’s move to this next tour. This next 10. So that’s been my mentality.”
Calipari admits that some “people kind of attack how we recruit” because the coach says he is “transparent” in what he does and says.
“So now it’s, okay, what do we do that’s a little bit different in our approach. So but I’m looking forward to it, I’m excited, I feel refreshed,” Calipari said. “I like this team, great group of kids, a little bit thin. Nine guys on scholarship playing.
“Dontaie (Allen) would be 10. I mean, I know we have 13 (scholarships) , but I usually don’t give 13, but we usually have enough to practice with, we’re a little light. But some of the best teams I’ve coached weren’t full rosters and guys. You have to be in the game and it helps them, their own mentality, especially young kids.”