"In my mind, when I got off the plane (from the meeting) and was driving home, I called my wife and told her it was a done deal," Pratt said. That was last Sunday. Even though Calipari was not officially introduced as UK's coach until Wednesday, Pratt knew it was going to happen because this was "Cal's dream job" and that wasn't going to change.
While others worried that Calipari might be waffling on his decision when he met with Memphis players, school officials and boosters Monday and Tuesday, Pratt remain convinced UK was getting Calipari. But he couldn't tell anyone. "I couldn't tell anybody anything. It was like being in witness protection," Pratt said. He drove to Nashville the day after the initial meeting with Calipari to check on former UK standout Mike Casey, who is awaiting a heart transplant. He says his cell phone "blew up" and he had 15 or more messages on his home phone when he got back.
"People were coming out of the woodwork to see what was going on," Pratt laughed and said. "Everybody, including former players, wanted to know and thought I should tell him. I couldn't talk about Cal. I couldn't talk about any other coaches. But I knew Cal was coming," Pratt said. Why?
"After playing, coaching and watching as I have, you get a feel for some things. It's just like when you are recruiting a player. You have a feel for what kids you are going to get and I had that same good feeling about Cal," Pratt said.