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"I've coached in two leagues - the A-10 and the CAA," he said. "Both of those leagues have sent teams to the Final Four. There hasn't been another A-10 team since I left the league, but there's been two teams in the CAA since I've been in the league. I must be the good luck charm."
And Calipari has done arguably the most impressive job of his coaching career.
"Unquestionably," said UMass coach Derek Kellogg, who played for and coached under Calipari. "It's been unbelievable to watch some of these guys that never played before like Harrellson, Miller and Liggins almost turn into stars."
Calipari had Marcus Camby the first time he went to the Final Four with UMass in 1996. He had Derrick Rose at Memphis when he lost to Kansas in the national title game in 2008.
This team has talent, but there's no Camby or Rose on this roster.
"Those guys have just come together," Kellogg added. "They do what they need to do to win."
"The thing that people don't understand is that he loves the job. It's a dream job for him," said Calipari. "He wants to build it. He wants to raise his family there. It's what he wants."
As John Calipari prepared to speak to reporters in the Craft Center on Monday, Auburn Coach Tony Barbee walked by on his way to Kentucky's practice. Huh?
Isn't Kentucky playing Auburn on Tuesday night?
"I told him he's welcome to stay," Calipari said. "It seems like we're running about the same thing. It's not like we're going to confuse him."
Barbee stayed for less than an hour. Then he had to leave to get to Auburn's practice later in the afternoon.
"I don't think it'd make a difference whether I was at (Kentucky's) practice or not," Barbee said.
"We're about helping each other," Barbee said. "I'm running what he's running. He's running what I'm running. Tomorrow when his team calls a play, our team will know what it is because we run the same thing."
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - University of Kentucky basketball coach and former UMass head coach John Calipari has been nominated for the inaugural United Nations Nongovernment Organization Positive Peace Awards in the coach category.
The group Celebrate Positive said Wednesday that Calipari was nominated by a charity called Samaritan's Feet that provides shoes to the needy around the world. Calipari helped bring shoes to children in Haiti and Detroit.
Samaritan's Feet marketing director Todd Melloch recalled Calipari appearing in bare feet during the national anthem at a Kentucky basketball game to encourage support of the group.
The award nominees are judged by organizations including Rotary International and Sister Cities International. Winners in the sports categories will be announced this month.
"I have great memories here, and entering the Hall of Fame is a great honor,'' he said. "Now I'm in the Hall of Fame with (former teammate) Lou Roe, John Calipari and my idol, Julius Erving. It's overwhelming.''
"I've followed it every year. I wish we could get back to the level we were at when I was there. Playing on these different NBA teams and being around these different players from other schools, I haven't had much to talk about at tournament time," Camby said. "I'm happy that Derek (Kellogg) is the head coach and that we have one of our own there running the program. Him being involved makes me want to be part of the program even more now."
"I feel fortunate to have made the NBA and to have made the amount of money that I have, and have the opportunity to give back. I've always been about kids and giving back," said Camby, who still wants to put his education degree to use. "Hopefully I'll be able to fall back on my education and become an elementary school principal."
In reference to only having 10 scholarship players for the UK trip, Calipari stated: "The best team I ever coached was the UMass team that beat Kentucky to open the season and we played six guys."