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John Calipari’s first UK game, 2009

Posted on February 10, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

The University of Kentucky’s John Calipari talks to guard Eric Bledsoe during his first game as the head coach of the Wildcats, a 74-38 exhibition win over Campbellsville, Nov. 2, 2009. The setting for his first game as Kentucky coach warmed Calipari’s heart. “You know, it was neat to walk into an exhibition game and look up in the rafters, and it’s packed,” he said afterward. “I was, like, stunned.” Led by Junior Patrick Patterson and freshmen John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Bledsoe, Calipari’s first year at UK finished 35-3, falling to West Virginia in the NCAA East Regional Finals. Today is Calipari’s 59th birthday. Photo by Charles Bertram | Staff

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