The most tense, difficult week of John Calipari's coaching career began with a question about Anthony Davis' knee, another about his net-cutting technique and a third about the one-and-done recruiting approach that has characterized his three seasons at Kentucky.
But something so much bigger than all that was hanging over Calipari inside an interview room at the Georgia Dome last night, something even the greatest salesman in sports is powerless to control.
Calipari is going back to his fourth Final Four this week and he's bringing a team that should win it all; a team that pounded Baylor yesterday in the South Regional final, 82-70, and looked every bit the part of a national champion.
But the journey to get there will include one more crucible that Calipari couldn't have prepared for, couldn't have wanted. To play for a national championship next Monday night, Kentucky will have to beat Louisville, Calipari will have to beat Rick Pitino, and the only guarantee now is that all h...