If UK president needs PR help, call coach Cal

| May 11, 2011

President Cap, meet Coach Cal.

If Dr. Eli Capilouto, the incoming president of the University of Kentucky, needs any tips on how to squeeze precious news attention from all forms of media for UK, he could take lessons from his men’s basketball coach, John Calipari.

For instance, when one of his University of Memphis stars, Derrick Rose, was presented his NBA Most Valuable Player trophy in Chicago, Coach Cal was there. Did everyone notice? Of course. And Coach Cal didn’t miss a trick. He didn’t talk with The Associated Press, but the wire service didn’t have to go to the trouble. The AP just picked up a Coach Cal quote from his website.

Said Cal, who coached Rose one year at Memphis: “It’s just amazing to think how hard Derrick worked to get where he is and to see his dreams come true.”

If you want to know how to say the incoming UK’s president’s name, here’s how:

Please let me be perfectly clear about this because I am against all forms of cheating, which Rose allegedly did when someone else took his college entrance exam. But Rose and his family – and society – are much better off because he got the chance to play at Memphis and in the NBA. He came from one of the toughest neighborhoods of Chicago. Now he can support himself and his family.

Many other basketball players have had help on entrance tests. I seem to remember when the test was administered by a college-friendly high school football coach in Lexington. But don’t tell Bobby Knight because he is smart enough to put two and two together and come up with the college for whom the help was given to the test-taker.

Rose is the youngest NBA player ever to be MVP.

You can rest assured that Coach Cal will make sure that recruits know about the most recent honor for one of his players. And he will be sure to remind them that he sent a whole starting team of first-rounders to the NBA in 2010.

Miami unbelievables

Just when I think I have seen everything that can be done on the basketball floor, along comes Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat. Did you see that embarrassing move he put on Boston’s Kevin Garnett? And if you pay close attention to Le­Bron James, he will show you some fabulous moves too.

It’s obvious that LeBron and Dwyane saved their best for the playoffs.

Did you see that Miami Heat President Pat Riley was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year? That honor for the former Wildcat and Laker star shouldn’t surprise anyone. The classy Riley is one sharp cookie.

The Times on sports

Numerous people ask why I spend $700 a year to subscribe to The New York Times. There are several reasons: It is the best newspaper in the world. It is delivered to my doorstep each morning by my Courier-Journal delivery person, usually between 3 and 3:30 a.m. If you want to know what’s going on the world, The Times is your best and most complete source.

The editorials? I pay just as much attention to them as I do those in The C-J and The Lexington Herald-Leader. And I love both of those papers, both my alma maters. I just don’t like their politics.

I take The Times for not only its comprehensive news, but also for its sports columnists. If you don’t believe me, ask Rick Bozich of The C-J how good they are.

Also, The Times has the resources to dig more than the NCAA does into the misdeeds in college athletics. The paper has uncovered more unsavory situations than the NCAA has.

Ask Auburn specifically and the SEC. The Times usually is light years ahead of the NCAA’s so-called investigators. The Times does a lot of the NCAA’s work. Colleges should be more concerned when The Times comes calling than they are when the NCAA visits.

Triple Crown?

Will there ever be another Triple Crown champion? You know, one horse wins all of the Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and Belmont.

Thoroughbred racing should be so lucky. Nothing excites race fans more than a great horse. Even better: Two or three great horses. Competition creates fans.

We haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

The other 10:
1977 – Seattle Slew.
1973 – Secretariat.
1948 – Citation.
1946 – Assault.
1943 – Count Fleet.
1941– Whirlaway.
1937 – War Admiral.
1935 – Omaha.
1930 – Gallant Fox.
1919 – Sir Barton.

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Earl Cox, Sports Columnist

Earl doesn¹t just write about sports legends, he counts many of them as his
friends. A member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been writing
about sports for 60 years. Incidentally, that¹s about how long it’s been
since he¹s cleaned his desk but he knows where everything is.

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