"He has demonstrated an ability to get to the dance (NCAA Tournament) with fewer resources than we have at Kentucky. I believe the time frame to contend nationally is now, not two or three years away like it was going to have been at best," former UK player Derrick Hord said. "He is a great fit at Kentucky, must more so than the previous coach. That's not knocking Billy Gillispie, but he just never seemed to get the position he held. Calipari appears to understand just by virtue of his comments during his first press conference and since then with the contacts he has reached out to and purposeful meetings he has had ."
Hord says it's easy for him to like Calipari, and he suspects current and future players will feel the same way.
"He has an appealing style of play. He is able to recruit and incorporate top players into his system. I am optimistic with his comments of inclusion of the past, something I think this program has been unexplainably missing," Hord said. "I have seen no utilization of what would have to be considered one of the programs' greatest assets and that is the former players and coaches that live in the area and are eager to lend support to the program. He has mentioned the history of the program and seems to want to embrace it."
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