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Kenny Payne on John Calipari and the Kentucky-Louisville Rivalry

Louisville coach Kenny Payne joined Jon Rothstein’s podcast earlier this week where he discussed his relationship with John Calipari and the rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville. Payne spent ten seasons with Calipari at Kentucky, including six as the top assistant on staff. In those ten seasons, the Wildcats appeared...
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Kenny Payne talks about John Calipari and the UK vs. Louisville rivalry

The Kentucky Wildcats are going to see a familiar face this December when they face off against the Louisville Cardinals with Kenny Payne as their head coach. Payne is a former Cardinal who spent ten seasons with John Calipari in Lexington. Will that relationship and the feelings BBN has for Payne change the tone of the rivalry? Both coaches believe that will be the case, at least for 364 days a year.
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Kenny Payne on John Calipari, future of Kentucky vs. Louisville rivalry

When Louisville and Kentucky square off in December, it will mark a new chapter in one of the biggest rivalries in sports. With Kenny Payne, a former Cardinal who spent ten seasons as John Calipari’s right-hand man in Lexington, now at the helm of his alma mater, are we in for a kinder, gentler Cats vs. Cards? For at least 364 days of the year, both coaches say yes. Payne appeared on Jon Rothstein’s podcast yesterday and shared a story Calipari told him shortly after he accepted the Louisville job.

If John Calipari Could Do It Over Again (BTI's Rants and Ramblings)

The first six years of the John Calipari tenure could go down as the best stretch of basketball in school history. Not only the memorable games but the amazing talent that rolled through Lexington can not be matched. Obviously, the wins were tremendous, one national title and 4 Final Fours were accomplished, and dominance in the SEC was returned to Kentucky. But since 2016, the program has shifted in and out of relevance as conference foes have caught up, tremendous NCAA Tournament opportunities have slipped by, and recruiting has dipped from the first 6 years. It culminated in a losing season followed by the biggest NCAA Tournament upset in school history. It’s safe to say Cal’s tenure has not been at a lower point.

John Calipari likes his roster, but does Kentucky basketball need to add another transfer?

LEXINGTON — With the passage of the NBA draft early entry and transfer portal deadlines, the Kentucky basketball 2022-23 roster has begun to stabilize. Five returning scholarship players are confirmed for next season, as are four additions to the group. Two scholarship players have transferred, and another has announced plans to stay in the NBA draft. Of the three Wildcats testing the NBA draft waters while maintaining their college eligibility, only junior forward Jacob Toppin is expected back.

Wednesday Headlines: John Calipari Offense Criticism Edition

NBA Draft expert Jonathan Givony and fellow ESPN colleague Kevin Pelton are lending criticism towards Kentucky Wildcats basketball head coach John Calipari and his offensive system. This isn’t the first and probably won’t be the last time, either. The latest criticism came from Pelton, admitting he “missed” on his pre-draft...

John Calipari, Rick Pitino mentioned in new Jack Harlow song

Jack Harlow’s new album, “Come Home The Kids Miss You,” dropped this morning, and we’ve got another Kentucky Basketball reference to pass along. In the track “I’d Do Anything To Make You Smile,” the Louisville-based rapper — who cheers for the Cards — mentions both John Calipari and Rick Pitino.

John Calipari looking to 'add value' in replacing assistant Jai Lucas

Kentucky suffered a setback last week when it was announced assistant coach Jai Lucas would be leaving Lexington after two seasons for a spot on first-year head coach Jon Scheyer's staff at Duke. Lucas served as the lead recruiter for 5-stars Cason Wallace, Shaedon Sharpe, TyTy Washington, and Daimion Collins...

John Calipari discusses his views on NIL

College Athletics is in uncharted waters. With the transfer portal and Name, Image, and Likeness now all part of the college athletes’ lives, coaches and fans are all having to adjust to the new world that is college sports. John Calipari might be at the top of coaches in...

John Calipari responds to criticism after key Kentucky departures

Following a shocking loss to St. Peter’s in the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament, Kentucky suffered several considerable blows to both its roster and staff. The latest was the departure of assistant coach Jai Lucas, an ace recruiter who left Kentucky to join Jon Scheyer’s inaugural staff at Duke. All of this led to a fair bit of criticism for Kentucky coach John Calipari from some parts of the fan base.

John Calipari slams NIL demands with transfer portal targets

Kentucky head coach John Calipari supports the transfer portal. It’s how he’s landed players such as Oscar Tshiebwe, Kellan Grady, Sahvir Wheeler, CJ Fredrick, Davion Mintz and Reid Travis in recent years. Name, image and likeness, though, has made the portal complicated this offseason. Rather than available options...

John Calipari clarifies his stance on Name, Image, and Likeness

John Calipari’s comments about name, image, and likeness (NIL) have been a hot topic in the Big Blue Nation in the past 24 hours. As NIL becomes more and more prevalent in recruiting, Calipari wanted to make it clear that Kentucky Basketball will not guarantee NIL compensation for recruits and transfer portal prospects, which is illegal under state law and NCAA legislation; however, Calipari also wants to make it clear that he supports NIL and believes Kentucky is doing it the right way.

John Calipari comments on Jai Lucas leaving for Duke

Kentucky head coach John Calipari released a statement this afternoon about assistant coach Jai Lucas leaving his staff to join Jon Scheyer’s staff at Duke. Calipari said he fully supports Lucas doing what he believes is best for his family. Check out his full statement:

John Calipari releases statement on Jai Lucas leaving for Duke

The Kentucky Wildcats are in the market for a new assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Today, it was revealed that Jai Lucas accepted a position with the Duke Blue Devils coaching staff, ending his UK career after just two years. It came as a major shock, especially after Duke had...