By LARRY VAUGHT
Beating Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday gave Kentucky its 600th win in Rupp Arena, a huge milestone for the Cats. However, Kentucky coach John Calipari made sure again everyone understood what a small role he’s had in the winning tradition.
“This started with Coach (Adolph) Rupp. He never really got to coach in this building, but everybody who has followed him has won a national title — just about everybody,” Calipari said. “Everyone that’s followed him has probably won 90 percent of their games in this building. It’s not just me. It’s like everybody. He set that base.
“I brag on coach (Joe B.) Hall all the time because who would want to follow that? And he did and went to Final Fours and won a national title and had all the stuff in the league everything and that he did.”
Calipari said he is “blessed” to be coaching in such a unique place like Kentucky.
“How did I get here and what happened for me personally, I don’t know. But this university, you know, even now, I mean, what’s happening in all the sports. Let’s go volleyball. They have got to win today (in the NCAA and it did),” Calipari said Saturday.
“But whether it’s softball, baseball, whatever it is, our cheer, dance team — think about it. And the pride, all 50 states, 100 different countries, every county in our state represented here, $3 billion in buildings, academic entrance exams, our scores have never been higher in the history of this school. We’re like on that kind of climb.
“I’m just happy that I could be a part of it, and you know, I don’t know how many we’ve won in this building — how many, whatever that. But you know, I’m glad that we’ve played a part of it.”