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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN MARSHALL AP Basketball Writer In his first season as Kentucky's coach, John Calipari led the Wildcats to 35 wins and a trip to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament.
Coach Cal's first season was a bit of an anomaly; most coaches don't have that kind of success right after taking over a team.
Calipari did have an advantage. It was Kentucky, after all.
It usually takes a little longer for coaches to put their imprint on the program by getting their own players and their own philosophies in place.
Many don't get very long to do it, either, which is why there's so much turnover seemingly every year, including more than three dozen before this season.
Some of the new coaches have had decent starts at their new homes, while others have labored.
Here's a few that have had varying degrees of success so far:
Larry Brown, SMU. Brown was 71 when he was hired and hadn't coached in college since leading Kansas to the 198...
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When the Kentucky Wildcats, college basketball’s all-time winningest program, have a legendary year like last season when they go 38-1, win a national title and lose seven key players, then come back and stock up again with so much freshman talent, everybody on the outside just expects these kids to put on the blue jersey and repeat the effort. Friends, it’s not that simple....
There are many Division-1 college basketball coaches use Twitter to praise their team and fans. They use it to market their programs, to give off the “cool” vibe to recruits and to check the 411 in the NCAA hoops world.
Of the prominent coaches that are active on Twitter are Indiana’s Tom Crean (@TomCrean); Kentucky’s John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari), Xavier’s Chris Mack...
Joins us tonight on KentuckyScout as John Calipari takes his Wildcats down on the Plains to take on the Auburn Tigers.
John Calipari has made no secret that this team will not “whomp” on teams like we are accustomed to seeing. After being handled at home by Texas A&M, the ‘Cats welcome lowly Tennessee into Rupp. While the ‘Cats still struggled with the Vols, Kyle Wiltjer had a breakout game. The ‘Cats may need another one from #33 at Auburn.
After having a minor procedure done to his...
Kentucky got another strong performance by sophomore forward Kyle Wiltjer and saw Nerlens Noel overcome foul trouble to stuff the stat sheet once again as the Wildcats, contrary to John Calipari's predictions, finally "whomped" an opponent.
If No. 10 Florida needed something to keep it from overlooking Texas A&M, senior Elston Turner provided it on Saturday. The starting guard for the Aggies posted 40 points as they handed Kentucky its first conference loss in Lexington under John Calipari. The Gators will now play in front of a charged crowd, with the football team honored at halftime, in College Station on Thursday...