Q&A with John Robic - Part 3
ROBIC: "Recruiting here will be different. You should definitely be able to recruit the best of the best. Some at Memphis like Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans could have played anywhere, but there were others there that we had to develop. We have had a good run these last four years and now time to move on here and establish ourselves here." Question: How did you first meet Calipari? Robic: "It was working at the Five-Star Basketball Camp back in Pittsburgh a long time ago. We are both from that area. He is a few years older than me. His first job was at Kansas as a volunteer. When he left Kansas and went to Pitt, I went to Kansas. I was at Kansas from 1986-88 and worked for coach (Larry) Brown. Then Cal got the UMass job and I was a GA for coach Brown and I interviewed for UMass job and we went there together. I was there for the entire eight years he was there." Question: How did you exactly go from Division III player to assistant under Larry Brown and become part of a national championship team? "I worked the Kansas basketball camps and was fortunate that a friend of mine was an assistant there at the time. They had an open GA position and coach Brown liked the job I did at camp and he said come on. That was the break of my life right there. I am forever indebted to coach Brown and then to Cal twice. He took me the first time and helped me get the Youngstown job and when I got fired from there he called me the next day and says you are coming to Memphis. I am starting my 13th year with him now."
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