LEXINGTON, Ky. – Moments after Wednesday’s practice at the Joe Craft Center, new Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari stepped into an elevator, leaned his head against the back wall and sighed.
“You have no idea how good that just felt,” he said, smiling wearily. “You have no idea.”
Indeed, for the first time in nearly three months, it was all about basketball again for Calipari. It was all about Kentucky.
The talk about the messy situation at Memphis, where his former team had its 2008 Final Four appearance vacated by the NCAA last week for using an ineligible player, was pushed aside. The newspaper columns questioning his character and ethics were muted.