John Calipari is adamant that he doesn’t look back.
When asked about it, sure, he’ll reflect on the various stops across his nearly 40-year coaching career, from turning lowly Massachusetts into a national power to being a few agonizing seconds from a national title at Memphis to his current post at Kentucky, where he has helped lead the Wildcats to an NCAA championship and three additional Final Four appearances.
Larger questions of legacy, though? The Western Pennsylvania native doesn’t have time for it.
“All my Pittsburgh friends probably are amazed I’ve done as well as I have,” Calipari said in a phone interview Thursday with the Post-Gazette. “The main reason is they know me. I’m a regular guy from Moon Township. That’s who I am.”