It was no surprise to see the media room at Memorial Coliseum filled on Tuesday afternoon while waiting for John Calipari to arrive and kick off the 2019 Media Day for Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball team. Also, no surprise was Coach Cal preempting any questions about the law just passed in California about college athletes.
Let me address this before we get started. Five days of, five practices in three days, I
traveled yesterday on the plane last night. A guy said to me, hey, that California law passed and I’m, like, what California law? And he kind of told me. I have not looked at it, read it, haven’t spent any time, don’t have a full view of it so I’m not really going to say anything. And I really don’t have an opinion yet because I haven’t really got to digest what they’re trying to do. So I would say to you, I really don’t know yet.
Of course, there were plenty of the usual questions about specific players, how Cal’s recruiting philosophy has changed over the years, and what expectations would be for this team.
Cal was in an upbeat mood and threw in a few one-liners. One that got the biggest laugh was regarding his wife Ellen and her emergence on social media this past year. A reporter asked Calipari if he had gotten the automatic trash can that he had tweeted about and his response was classic Cal:
The automatic trash can, it was unbelievable, you just see this thing go right down and
then it goes and parks and it opens. It’s unbelievable. And I also, when we were at UMass, just so, you know, she was — it snowed. So she was shoveling and we had gravel. So I blacktopped it so that she could shovel easier (smiling).
You have to think of your wife. I mean you have to.
Speaking of Mrs. Cal, she made her “media debut” today and was spotted interviewing players in the Joe Craft Center.
Tina Cox and Michele Brown were on hand to speak with all of the players, so be watching for some special videos soon!
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