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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."
Barbee has a track record as an assistant for successful programs like alma mater UMass, where he played and coached under Calipari. He also spent six seasons with the current Kentucky coach at Memphis. Calipari says Barbee is "like a son," and predicts he'll have success at Auburn even if it doesn't happen immediately.