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March 28, 2009

Arizona Loves Calipari

Filed under: Uncategorized — Greg Gaston @ 12:43 am

Greetings from the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix Arizona. We are wrapping up our coverage of the Tigers in the NCAA Tournament and are heading back to M-Town Saturday Morning. I know there’s plenty of talk about Coach Cal and the possibility of some interest from the Kentucky Wildcats after Friday’s dismissal of Coach Billy Gillispie. As I have always said Cal is going staying put. R.C. Johnson is working on finding more money and an extended contract for the Tigers Coach. It’s not that he needs the moola, but raises are ways of showing coaches they are appreciated.

As I ate dinner Friday night I spoke with several Arizona fans. Yes, technically Phoenix is Arizona State country, but let’s be honest, with Tucson two hours away, this is Zona country as well. In fact, the Wildcats have a broader fan base and a much better history. Anyway, these fans went goo-goo over Calipari. In fact they were giddy whenever they said his name. They tell me that Cal is high on the Arizona wish list and they want Assistant Josh Pastner back as well.

To be honest this is a great area of the country, but it’s not for John. He’s not that much into Golf, and the only Italians out here are buried somewhere in the desert. (Just kidding, I’m Italian too). Arizona will land a top tier coach, and sooner than later they will be back in an NCAA Title game. It just won’t be Cal. It’s nice to be wanted and John Calipari is more wanted than Bonnie and Clyde were some 80 years ago. Only this type of wanted is the good one.

Thank you Arizona for your hospitality, your weather, your cactus and that giant UFO called University of Phoenix Stadium. Unfortunately Tigers fans won’t let you have their coach, but there’s always Slick Rick to fall back on.

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