Tuesday, May 31, 2011

John Calipari Speaks at SEC Spring Meetings


University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari spoke at the SEC Spring Meetings in Destin earlier today.

Here are some notes from his interview:

On the progress he’s made at Kentucky in his two years as coach…Calipari: We haven’t won a national title yet. It’s a different kind of job, but I’m enjoying it. The challenge of it is high, but so is the support, the fan involvement and the passion we all want as coaches. The problem that goes along with all that stuff – the sellouts, going on the road for everyone’s Super Bowl – is the high expectation of winning and not only winning, but winning league championships and national championships every year by 20. It can’t be an eight-point game.

On discussions about re-seeding SEC tournament and improving NCAA chances…Calipari: You always have to look at it and says, ‘How do we make our league better? How do we get more teams in the (NCAA) Tournament? How do we make sure our best teams have high seeds?’ You look at league’s across the country and that’s what people are doing. How do we get our best four teams to get the highest seeds they can possibly get to the win the national title? It’s not about bringing those teams back to the pack, it’s about the SEC winning national titles.

The other side of that is, how do we get six, seven or eight teams into the NCAA Tournament? What’s the best way for us to do that? I don’t know the answer. I’ve been through this a few times now (in other conferences). I’ve lived what Alabama just went through. The whole time I was saying, ‘One division, one division, one division’. The bottom line is I would like to think everyone (in the SEC) wants to play us twice and get us in their building. Well, the only way that happens is if there is something rotating (in the schedule).


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