Pratt: Cal knows players win champonships

Calipari made one statement that excited Mike Pratt during UK's search for a coach.

Calipari made one statement that excited Mike Pratt during UK's search for a coach.

"He said, ‘Guys, over the last few years when Kentucky came in a gym (to recruit), nobody was afraid. I used to leave when Kentucky came in to recruit. When I walk in as Kentucky's coach, people are going to walk out and we are going to go back to Kentucky being Kentucky.' I knew then how much he had done his homework and that he wanted the job even more than I realized," Pratt said.

What Pratt wouldn't do is guarantee that UK would win a national championship this season, or any time in the next 10 years.

"Cal understands players win championships. My coach, Adolph Rupp, used to say, ‘Boys, donkeys don't win the (Kentucky) Derby. Cal knows that," Pratt said. "In the next five to 10 years here, it's going to be a lot of fun. We are back in the (championship) conversation and that's the way it should be at Kentucky."


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