It is about a six-hour drive from Memphis to Lexington. John Calipari will never find that out because he most certainly will make the trip by private jet. The time frame is significant, though, because that’s about how long it will take him to turn Kentucky basketball into a championship contender.
He is that good. Kentucky is that ready.
This is why:
1. Calipari is an extraordinary coach. In the past 14 years, six teams have reached the Final Four from non-BCS conferences. He coached two of those teams, 1996 Massachusetts and 2008 Memphis. When he got to UMass, it was one of the poorest Division I programs.