Calipari talks up GSU basketball

While he’s in town, Kentucky coach John Calipari may not be satisfied with leading the Wildcats to the SEC championship. He may also try to fill Georgia State’s basketball coaching vacancy. Not with himself, mind you.

“There’s a couple guys I’ll probably call them, say, ‘Hey, you need to consider this, that and the other,’” Calipari said, referring to the Panthers job, open since Rod Barnes was fired Feb. 27.

Calipari, who wouldn’t identify possible candidates, said he loved the potential of the job because of its location in Atlanta (”a great city”) and its membership in the Colonial Athletic Association. With teams such as George Mason, VCU and UNC-Wilmington, all of whom have won in the NCAA tournament in recent history, Calipari said the potential to do likewise exists at Georgia State.

“It’s kind of like when I went to UMass,” he said. “They said, ‘Why did you like the job? It’s the worst job in college basketball.’ We’re in a league with Temple. And they were No. 1 in the country and if they can be No. 1, we can be No. 1.”

The Wildcats practiced at Georgia State Thursday.

“I think it’s a heck of a situation,” he said.

My $.02 – Calipari acknowledged one drawback – “I know where the school is different than some of the others,” referring to its downtown location. And, certainly, when I asked him about it Friday night, it’s not like he was going to say, “Georgia State? Are you crazy?” particularly considering the school had just let his team practice in its gym. And, really, he was judging mostly on two things that aren’t necessarily about the school – its location and its conference. Still, he was effusive in his praise, and, I would certainly agree, those two factors – location and conference – aren’t to be discounted.

Whatcha think?

17 comments Add your comment


March 11th, 2011
10:32 pm


March 11th, 2011
10:34 pm

Paul Hewitt will be looking for a job. I wish he would stay at the trade school tho forever.

GSU Men's BB Fan

March 11th, 2011
10:43 pm

C’mon Calipari put in a good word for us!


March 12th, 2011
2:08 am

Doesn’t hurt at all. He didn’t have to give us praise he could’ve been cordial. Call your friends Calipari. I hope they can recruit like he can.


March 12th, 2011
3:41 am

It can’t harm…

very shrewd

March 12th, 2011
7:33 am

if GSU can recruit what would have been UGA talent, AUB talent, SC talent, UT talent… it makes it easier on his Wildcats


March 12th, 2011
3:38 pm

Tremendous unsolicited advertising for the program from a great head coach. Thanks Coach Cal!


March 12th, 2011
3:55 pm

Great advertising for the program. I think there is a lot of potential if the right guy takes the position. I hope Levick makes the right choice.

Ken Sugiura

March 12th, 2011
10:01 pm

well, to be completely accurate, it wasn’t unsolicited – i asked him about it. but, regardless, it’s a nice endorsement.
i’m going to guess that paul hewitt is not in the mix, AtlMike.
odd that three division i schools in metro atlanta (all three? am i missing someone?) fired their basketball coaches in the same year. i’m going to guess that’s never happened before.
maybe they should just rotate coaches. it’d save on moving costs.

Ken Sugiura

March 12th, 2011
10:05 pm

obviously, i’m not counting uga.


March 12th, 2011
10:29 pm

Is Athens really metro Atlanta?


March 13th, 2011
12:18 pm

Is Athens really metro Atlanta? No, it is Athens. However the throw away journal treats like hometown when it comes to sports. The real home town teams are regulated to footnotes.


March 14th, 2011
8:24 am

I believe Ken was talking about Georgia State, Tech and KSU. Still amazing that only 1 Division school in the state finished 2010-11 with a winning record. Unreal.

GSU Men's BB Fan

March 14th, 2011
9:01 am

Was that really Ken with the above comments? Usually the comments from the AJC bloggers have blue backgrounds.


March 14th, 2011
1:57 pm

relegated, not regulated.


March 16th, 2011
9:05 am

One Name will change it all for GaState…Dip Metress

Chester Purifoy

March 19th, 2011
3:02 am