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UK's Calipari a daily headline, Joker Phillips expects more from 'Cats vs. Akron

Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been in the news recently on a daily basis
Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been in the news recently on a daily basis
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-With all the news surrounding the Kentucky Wildcats basketball program, now comes another story trying to justify that John Calipari—head coach for the ‘Cats—is bad for college basketball.

That is the opinion of Dan Wiederer of the Fayettesville Observer.

Wiederer wasn’t shy about his feelings towards Calipari saying,

The witty, ambitious and brilliant coach finds himself in the center of drama more than Glenn Beck and J-Woww combined. And this week, the Coach Cal scandal meter began shaking once again with a report in the Birmingham News revealing possible academic improprieties within the high school transcript of Eric Bledsoe, who was a standout freshman guard at Kentucky last season and has since moved on to the NBA.

First thought that came to mind was that Wiederer is much like everyone else around the nation who is trying to not only bring the Kentucky program down, but also its head coach.

Calipari is no stranger to these kind of comments having been involved with ‘sticky’ situations surrounding his former UMass team in the mid-90’s and his Memphis Tigers program just several years ago.

One thing is certain and that is that the Kentucky Wildcats will always be in the news with Calipari at the helm. Get used to it.

-On to some Wildcats football news and it comes in the form of head coach Joker Phillips wanting a more ‘mature’ stance from his football program.

Despite the love of his team’s focus thus far on the 2010 season, Phillips wants his team to come together and play a full 60-minute game something the ‘Cats haven’t done.

Kentucky’s victory over in-state rival Louisville was a nail-bitter with the ‘Cats giving up 190-yards rushing to the Cardinals, an aspect of the game that Phillips harped upon during post-game interviews.

During the Wildcats second victory, Western Kentucky was able to put up 28 points while giving up three touchdowns from the 1:15 mark of the second quarter until the end of the game.

Much of that has to with the defense and how the Wildcats have started strong, but ended the game on a poor note.

With Kentucky playing Akron this Saturday, it gives the ‘Cats a opportunity to refine their game and get ready for a matchup at Florida in two weeks.


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