Behind The Scenes

Calipari reflects on ESPN’s growth, impact on his college basketball career

As we posted last week on Front Row, the second-ranked Kentucky Wildcats used ESPN’s new gym as a practice facility Friday.

The Bristol, Conn. campus played temporary home to the Wildcats before they played two games in nearby Uncasville, Conn. in the Naismith Hall Of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

On Sunday the young Wildcats — they start three freshmen and two sophs — rallied to beat fiesty Old Dominion 62-52.

On Saturday, Kentucky beat Penn State 85-47.

In the video above, Wildcats head coach John Calipari spoke to Front Row’s David Scott before the Friday practice.

Calipari reminisced about how much ESPN has helped frame his rise through the basketball coaching ranks: At one point, a cable television subscription trumped purchasing furniture.

We don’t think that’s been a problem recently, but his storytelling is always entertaining.

Editor’s note: Front Row’s David Scott spent the past two years serving as John Calipari’s social media and business manager at UK and has a relationship with Coach Calipari dating back to their days at UMass in the 1990s. David co-authored Calipari’s book, Bounce Back, released in 2009.


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