Kentucky's 'Camp Cal': early risings, hard work

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 07, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - MARCH 20: Coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats talks to his team during the second round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the New Orleans Arena on March 20, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By GARY GRAVES AP Sports Writer Kentucky coach John Calipari hopes ''Camp Cal'' yields a better-conditioned and more committed team. Two days in, the intense workouts have at least gotten the Wildcats' attention. With no early risers on the roster, Kentucky players have found it harder to awake for the 7 a.m. workouts than the exercises. Not that basic training has been easy, what with Wildcats strength coach Ray ''Rock'' Oliver screaming at them as they run. Then comes afternoon practice with Calipari, who instituted the routine after Tuesday's victory over Samford. Despite a rout of the Bulldogs, he was unhappy with the Wildcats' second-half effort and vowed to change their attitude and fitness. Kentucky's response on Saturday against Portland could determine whether Camp Cal lasts a few days or continues into the Christmas break.
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