Coach Cal turning up heat in practice ahead of final exhibition

John Calipari - photo by Chet White | UKAthletics.com
John Calipari – photo by Chet White |

has a very simple objective for his players each season.

The individual awards, the team success, being selected in the Draft, those things are all nice, but they are nothing more than a byproduct of his central aim.

“My goal, as I coach, is to have people watch a player play from his hometown or his family and have them say this: I cannot believe that’s the same guy,” Calipari said.

Coach Cal’s players arrive on campus with remarkable gifts. They have high-school All-America credentials, mock-draft hype and games that have made them fodder for countless videos. They’ve been showered with attention for eye-popping statistics and highlight reel plays, but by the time March rolls around, Calipari wants them to be known for a very different set of reasons.

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