The overall theme to the opinions on Calipari's hiring is, in short: woo hoo. Among those saying Kentucky made the perfect choice, count ESPN's Andy Katz, SI.com's Seth Davis, Fox Sports's Jeff Goodman and CBS Sports's Gregg Doyel, who goes so far as to award the next several national championships to Kentucky.
With all the discussion about his contract, his leaving behind a good team, his moving from a city he enjoyed and his arriving in one of the pressure-cookers in sports, Calipari knows his future depends on three things: "Good players, good players and good players."
ESPN Coaching the Wildcats brings an extraordinary amount of attention, responsibility and pressure, which Billy Gillisipie either couldn't or wouldn't handle during his two short years in Lexington. Since Rick Pitino left for the NBA in 1997, Kentucky fans have longed for a coach who could not just hold the job but own it, someone who would win big, play an entertaining style, charm the commonwealth and turn every interview an event. Calipari has a long way to go to fulfill all those roles. But he had a smashing debut in his first morning as the state's most powerful employee.
Of course, not all of it was positive. You can click this link to hear what a Memphis radio show host had to say:
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Chris Vernon from 730 AM in Memphis says John Calipari is full of it. "Calipari saying he deals in truth is like Dom DeLuise saying he deals in physical fitness," Vernon said. Vernon also had an issue with Calipari saying he runs a straight ship. Vernon said half the Memphis team was involved in some sort of police report. But with all the wins, everyone was willing to look the other way. Vernon thinks that Calipari will melt down in Kentucky and he certainly won't run a straight ship.