Calipari shoots down Dominican Republic rumor

John Calipari's daughter Megan asked him if he was coaching the Dominican Republic's basketball team. The coach's response to his inquiring daughter, "What are you talking about?" Calipari spoke of those rumors at his Winthrop press conference today.

Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke of the rumors circulating that he has an interest in coaching the Dominican Republic basketball team.

"My daughter came downstairs last night, racing downstairs, Megan, and says, ‘Are you coaching the Dominican team?' I go, ‘What are you talking about?' ‘Well, it's all over (Kentucky Sports Radio).' And I go, ‘I don't know what you're talking about.' So, my comment to everybody, including my daughter, I have not been contacted by anybody. It would be an honor to be considered for something like that, but I don't know the timeframe. I don't even know if I could do it. So, where that got started, or whether they're considering me, I don't know, you'd have to talk to them. There's been no contact."

Would Calipari consider coaching the Dominican Republic if an offer were forthcoming?

"I don't even know the timeframe, so I can't even tell you that. But it's an honor that another country would say we would like you to coach our national team. The great thing that I was doing with China was that same kind of deal, you're working with those guys and you're teaching so it's kind of neat, but I'm worried about beating Winthrop, you guys are worried about the Dominican Republic. Again, with (current UK assistant coach) Orlando (Antigua) on the staff, I coached a kid, Rigoberto Nunez, who was Dominican, you can see where that stuff got started, but it's not (true)."

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