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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,Sun Staff Writer | February 25, 1994
PHILADELPHIA -- March Madness arrived five days early at McGonigle Hall.A Massachusetts-Temple game doesn't need any buildup, but it got plenty last night, thanks to the outburst Owls coach John Chaney directed at Minutemen coach John Calipari Feb. 13 in Amherst.Last night, Chaney didn't appear on the floor until five minutes before tip-off, and after a raucous recognition of his senior stars, he threaded his way through a sea of minicams to the UMass bench. He shook hands with Calipari and the two shared what appeared to be a half-hearted hug.They weren't friendly when they met at UMass.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
I've always described Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon as a glass half-empty kind of guy, but he seems to be changing his message to the media and his approach with his team during his second season in College Park. Coming off the team's most one-sided defeat of the season -- a 20-point loss to then No. 1 Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday -- Turgeon said that he thinks the Terps are “on schedule” going into Wednesday's game at Florida State. “We've got to hate losing more than anything.
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April 16, 2008
Memphis freshman Derrick Rose announced yesterday that he is jumping to the NBA on the same day coach John Calipari agreed in principle to a contract extension with the school. Rose capped his spectacular first season by leading the Tigers to the national championship game, which Memphis lost to Kansas in overtime. The 6-foot-3 guard from Chicago averaged 20.8 points in six NCAA tournament games and is likely to be taken with one of the top picks in the draft. "My only regret is not winning a national title for the University of Memphis," Rose said.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2012
Say what you will about John Calipari. Call him a sleaze-bag (he's been called worse) for his recruiting methods. Rip him for the vacated seasons and Final Four appearances at Massachusetts and Memphis when players and agents did questionable things on his watch. Mock him for how oily and unctuous he can sound in interviews.  But the man can coach. Anyone who watched Kentucky win its eighth national title last night -- 67-59 over Kansas -- and anyone who watched the Wildcats dismantle opponents all season long knows that.
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By From Sun news services | April 1, 2009
John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge - and riches - of returning Kentucky to glory. Calipari, 50, will receive an eight-year, $31.65 million deal plus incentives, the university said, eclipsing the $3.5 million average salary of Florida's Billy Donovan to become the highest-paid coach in college basketball. The school, which fired Billy Gillispie on Friday after two seasons, also will pay Memphis a $200,000 buyout. The Tigers offered a more lucrative package than Kentucky's to lure him to stay, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2004
As a redshirt sophomore two years ago playing his first season in Division I, Antonio Burks watched much-publicized freshman DaJuan Wagner lead Memphis to a 27-9 record that was highlighted by a run to the National Invitation Tournament championship. "He put us on the surface of the map," Burks said earlier this week. Wagner's departure to the NBA after that season left the Tigers without a big name aside from coach John Calipari, but Burks and underrated freshman Sean Banks are helping Memphis find its way back to the map, if not the spotlight.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Staff Writer | March 26, 1995
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Depth has been a Massachusetts trademark all year, especially the past six weeks. Since coach John Calipari dismissed guard Mike Williams -- the team's three-point specialist -- the Minutemen have gone 11-1 to roll into today's NCAA East Regional final against Oklahoma State.The Minutemen will be tested further today. Guard Edgar Padilla, who limped off the floor midway through the first half of Friday's regional semifinal win over Tulsa and never returned, most likely will not play.
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By From Staff Reports | March 24, 1993
Former Dunbar basketball teammates Keith Booth and Donta Bright could meet as opponents next season when Maryland plays in a Christmas tournament at the University of Massachusetts.UMass coach John Calipari said yesterday that plans have been made -- though no contract has been signed -- for the Terrapins to play in the tournament. The teams would not meet in the opening round, but could meet in the final."The other two schools aren't set, but Maryland is coming," Calipari said yesterday from Amherst.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN REPORTER | March 22, 2007
If Joey Dorsey feels a sudden urge to stroll the River Walk in San Antonio, Memphis coach John Calipari will be a happy man. The Tigers meet Texas A&M in the South Regional semifinals tonight at the Alamodome. Sunday in New Orleans, as he made the rounds before his game against Nevada, Calipari bumped into Dorsey in the lobby of the Tigers' hotel and got a good feeling. "I knew we were going to be OK when I saw Joey in the lobby," Calipari said. "He said, `I just went for a walk.' He was excited about playing Nevada, and he played that way."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | March 28, 1996
Like three fraternity brothers at a reunion, Kentucky's Rick Pitino, Massachusetts' John Calipari and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim waxed sentimental about their long-standing relationships yesterday in a teleconference involving the Final Four coaches.Then there was Richard Williams, the former math teacher and little-known coach who has taken Mississippi State to its first-ever Final Four.Did he feel like an outsider in the midst of all these old friends?"Not really," Williams said. "I think we'll be playing in the same arena they're playing in."
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 31, 2012
The sniping between Kentucky's John Calipari and Louisville's Rick Pitino has been put on hold this week, much to the disappointment of the fan bases of their respective teams and the media assembled for the Final Four in New Orleans. It picked up in October, when Calipari talked about Kentucky's stature in college basketball. “It's a unique thing,” Calipari said at the time. “There's no other state, none, that's as connected to their basketball program as this one. Michigan has Michigan State, California has UCLA, North Carolina has Duke.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 18, 2011
Maryland confirmed it will play Kentucky next season at the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The arena, scheduled to open in September 2012, is to be the home of the NBA's Nets. The Terps-Wildcats game on Nov. 9 will be among the first college basketball games at the venue. The Terps will be bolstered by a 2012 recruiting class ranked by many in the top 25. The game will be a reunion of sorts for Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and Kentucky coach John Calipari.
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December 19, 2009
Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn't agree with Bobby Knight that college basketball lacks integrity or that he is proof there is a problem. Calipari refused to get into a war of words Friday when asked about the pointed criticism from Knight that Calipari's continued employment proves the game has a problem. Instead, Calipari said he remains a "big fan" of the former Texas Tech and Indiana head coach. "I don't agree with what he says, but it doesn't change how I feel about him," Calipari said.
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November 22, 2009
Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins saw Rider's Brandon Penn pull up from well behind the 3-point line and stretched every last inch of his 6-foot-11 frame in an effort to get a hand on the ball. Guarding an opponent 22 feet from the basket isn't something Cousins does often. And he plowed into Penn as the ball clanged off the rim, but Cousins' effort was perhaps the surest sign that Kentucky coach John Calipari's message to his team that it needed to get serious about defense had come through loud and clear.
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By Glenn Graham and Glenn Graham,GLENN.GRAHAM@BALTSUN.COM | June 7, 2009
Lake Clifton forward Will Barton, The Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year, and his brother, Antonio, the Lakers' starting point guard, have made oral commitments to play college basketball at Memphis. The Bartons chose Memphis over Xavier, Miami, Virginia and Syracuse, which all recruited both brothers. "It was always our plan to go to school together, but we were ready for anything, [even] if it was to split up and go to different schools," said Antonio Barton, who was in Memphis along with his brother for an elite camp.
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By From Sun news services | April 1, 2009
John Calipari agreed Tuesday to leave Memphis and the dominant program he built and take on the challenge - and riches - of returning Kentucky to glory. Calipari, 50, will receive an eight-year, $31.65 million deal plus incentives, the university said, eclipsing the $3.5 million average salary of Florida's Billy Donovan to become the highest-paid coach in college basketball. The school, which fired Billy Gillispie on Friday after two seasons, also will pay Memphis a $200,000 buyout. The Tigers offered a more lucrative package than Kentucky's to lure him to stay, the Memphis Commercial Appeal reported.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Staff Writer | December 9, 1994
AMHERST, Mass. -- College basketball teams often pick up a cause in the course of a season. Something to bring the players closer, something coaches can use as a motivational tool as the NCAA tournament approaches.When Arkansas won last season's national championship, Nolan Richardson and his Razorbacks spoke about what they perceived to be a lack of respect. In their minds, it didn't come until they had beaten Duke in the NCAA final.Massachusetts is trying to become this season's Arkansas on the court, and the fifth-ranked Minutemen have taken on a similar us-against-the-world persona.
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By Mike Downey | March 1, 2005
WHAT COULD HAVE possessed 73-year-old John Chaney to do what he did? To send a student into a basketball game with instructions to give students from another school a lesson in how to act like a bully, a strong-arm enforcer, a thug. "I'm sending a message," Temple's coach said after a game last Tuesday night against Saint Joseph's, a rival Philadelphia university. "I'm going to send in what we used to do years ago ... send in the goon." Put yourself in the place of Nehemiah Ingram, a 22-year-old Temple senior.
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By From Sun news services | March 31, 2009
The University of Memphis gave Kentucky permission Monday to speak to John Calipari about the Wildcats' head coaching position, then made a final push to try to keep the coach. Some of Memphis' key boosters met with Calipari on Monday. One booster expects Calipari to go to Kentucky, though the person, speaking to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity, acknowledged the coach was torn between the two great opportunities. The Wildcats had a short meeting at their practice gym Monday afternoon.
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By GLENN GRAHAM | December 16, 2008
Among those in attendance for host Walbrook's 73-66 win over D.C.-based Cesar Chavez, Friday night was Memphis coach John Calipari, who watched the Warriors' Roscoe Smith score 35 points, grab 11 rebounds, block eight shots and dish out three assists. Smith is one of the most highly touted juniors in the nation, and he's drawn interest from most of the major college programs. Calipari was in the area because his Tigers were playing at Georgetown on Saturday afternoon. ( For more, go to baltimoresun.
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