Former UK great Mike Pratt on Calipari

Pratt says no coach with the possible exception of Roy Williams at North Carolina "lives in the glass bowl that is UK basketball."

Pratt says no coach with the possible exception of Roy Williams at North Carolina "lives in the glass bowl that is UK basketball" and that impacted the search for a new coach after Billy Gillispie was fired.

"There are a lot of good coaches out there making maybe $1.5 million (per year) that are not in a glass bowl. They think, ‘Do I want to go to Kentucky and double my salary and have everything I do reported on?' That means a lot to coaches not to be in that glass bowl," Pratt said.

At times, Pratt felt like president Lee Todd and athletics director Mitch Barnhart were trying to make "an impossible hire" because so many people had different ideas about what the "perfect" coach for UK would be.

"I heard about a million things to look for in the coach," Pratt laughed and said. However, Pratt knows UK got the "right guy" in Calipari when he agreed to leave Memphis for Kentucky.

"He relishes living in the huge glass bowl. Two years from now he may change his mind, but today he loves it," Pratt said. "I've always been a Cal fan. He genuinely likes people and in this job that is very important. It's also why he can recruit so well. Kids like him and know he is a sincere guy."


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