My staff – everyone from the assistant coaches to our strength and conditioning staff, our trainers, our media relations staff, our managers and so forth – is instrumental in what we do here on a daily basis. It takes a village to do this job right, and without them, we couldn’t do what we do here at Kentucky.
John Robic filled in for John Calipari on the weekly Southeastern Conference coaches’ teleconference Monday morning because of a dental procedure he had done. Here are his comments along with Mark Fox, whose Georgia team hosts UK on Thursday.
To lighten the mood and get his team smiling again, John Calipari surprised his team with a game of dodgeball after the team’s pre-Vanderbilt walkthrough on Tuesday. What happens when you get a bunch of 18- and 19-year-old kids matched against a team full of coaches and staff? Watch and find out.
In the latest CoachCal.com Mailbag, John Calipari talks about the Big Blue Nation’s support in good times and in bad, AAU basketball, what his players say to him after they have left college, and who the best player is on the coaching staff.
Each and every game, CoachCal.com will talk with assistant coach John Robic about Kentucky’s plan of attack. Coach Robic is responsible for scouting the opposition. Without giving away too much of the game plan, Robic will tell us his keys to the game, an X-factor and who Kentucky has to watch for on the opposing team.
Lane Goodwin, a die-hard Kentucky fan and native of Beech Grove, Ky., was the source of a viral Facebook campaign – “Thumbs Up For Lane” – to raise awareness for pediatric cancer. The campaign lived on Monday in Lane Goodwin’s memory through his father and family. A series of unlikely and heart-touching events brought George Goodwin to Lexington to serve as an assistant for the Kentucky basketball team for a day.
In secret, unbeknown to anyone outside his inner circle until now, Lanter has been practicing with the UK basketball team. Two weeks ago, just two days before Big Blue Madness, Lanter got confirmation he could join the team as a practice player. That Saturday morning after Madness, he practiced with the team for the first time.
After watching his team get outrebounded, “outhustled” and “outworked” in the second half of doubleheader nightcap, a hot and irritated John Calipari said this letdown loss simply came down to toughness. One team (Baylor) had it. The other (Kentucky) didn’t.