Kentucky coach Calipari says coronavirus could lead to changes in college basketball

Jerry Tipton, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Basketball

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- While holding court for a nearly hourlong teleconference Tuesday, Kentucky coach John Calipari sat in his office at home. Reporters hooked in via computer or telephone.

The change brought on by the coronavirus pandemic -- stay at home and avoid close contact with others -- was self evident.

Calipari began the teleconference called to review and wrap up UK's 2019-20 basketball season with the now-familiar cautions of the time: Wash your hands regularly, stay at home, etc.

He also advised exercise, reading, watching movies with your family and ordering meals for delivery or pick-up.

Calipari acknowledged the significant change in lifestyle.

"I haven't been in my home this many days," he said. "You can only clean the garage so many times. I'm, like, should we do a yard sale?"


Calipari said he is enjoying the extra time to read. He added that "no recruiting, no travel, I'm fine with that."

That might sound odd given the Big Blue Nation's seemingly constant preoccupation with recruiting. But, when asked how restrictions on recruiting might impact UK's ability to sign more players, Calipari said, "Thank goodness, we're ahead of the game. We're in pretty good shape."

Then, he used the restrictions on recruiting to revive an idea he said he had been voicing since he coached for UMass in the 1990s.

"Why are we recruiting in the summer?" he said, adding that recruiting should be confined to April and May, and then September.


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