John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 8)

#1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 3)

By Kory Carpenter

Sunday, April 1, 2012

More

New Orleans, La. — Bill Self’s start in coaching is probably well known by now. A guard on the Oklahoma State basketball team, he worked at a Kansas basketball camp one summer led by then-coach Larry Brown. He suffered an injury in a counselor’s scrimmage and feeling bad, Brown told Self to ask him if he ever needed anything.

Self wanted to coach, and there was an opening on Brown’s staff. A young coach by the name of John Vincent Calipari just left to become an assistant at Pittsburgh.

photo

Photo by Chris Neal

Kentucky’s Head Coach John Calipari takes the ball away from Doron Lamb during Saturday night’s semi-final game against Louisville.

A few years prior, Kansas coach Ted Owens offered Calipari the chance to volunteer with the team. He lived with an assistant coach, served food to campers at Jayhawker Towers and survived on those meals after the campers had made their rounds. He even met his wife at Kansas and says he has great memories of Lawrence.

Both coaches can trace their humble beginnings back to 1651 Naismith Drive, but the roads taken since then have seemed so different.

Self methodically climbed up the college coaching ladder while Calipari sandwiched a stint in the NBA between head coaching jobs at mid-majors. He recruited well at Memphis and has gotten even better at Kentucky. Self called him the best salesman in the sport.

Now their paths cross in the National Championship again, fours years after one of the greatest championship games of all time.

“I said after they beat us in 2008, if there was going to be any coach or school that was going to beat us in that venue,” Calipari said Sunday. “I would have said, let it be Kansas.”

He hasn’t seen the tape of that game, though. Its shattered remains were left on the side of the road after being hurled out of the Memphis bus on the way to the San Antonio airport. Self, on the other hand, once watched the game 50 straight days while working out.

Four seasons later, Calipari’s Wildcats are the best team in the land. Self leads a squad that wasn’t supposed to be playing in April this season and Kentucky is favored by more than a few buckets.

“If we play like we did last night in the first half,” Self said Sunday of his semifinal victory over Ohio State. “It probably won’t be a good deal for us.”

The Jayhawks have lived on the edge the last month with a rotation of seven upperclassmen.

Kentucky has dominated college basketball since November with some of the best underclassmen in years. Some have thought they could compete with an NBA team and the Kentucky players said they believed they were this good since the beginning of the season.

Self and Calipari’s roads from Lawrence to New Orleans were anything but similar. But here they are, two completely different storylines playing out at the two winningest schools of all time.

“I think it’s going to be special,” Self said. “The bluest of blue bloods.”

— Edited by Pat Strathman

#1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 4)

Related posts:

John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 5)

Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD) The same matchup as 2008 coming tonight. Is John Calipari truly the villain against Bill Self? Rob Dauster Apr 1, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT Leave a comment Over the coming two days, one of the story lines that will be the most intriguing to follow is [...]

John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 4)

Memphis’ epic collapse at the end of the ’08 title game opened the door for a Kansas championship. (AP photo) Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD) #1 Kansas vs #1 Memphis National Championship 2008 (Part 1) After the collapse in the last 2 minutes of the game by Memphis, Kansas went [...]

John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 3)

Memphis Tigers John Calipari Interview 2008 Basketball Final Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD) Knoxnews.com reported: Calipari (and Kentucky) get Kansas again for title NANCY ARMOUR – AP National Writer (AP) Posted April 1, 2012 at 12:18 a.m., updated April 1, 2012 at 3:04 a.m NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Well, this [...]

John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 2)

_____ Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD) What happened last time Calipari and Self faced each other in a national championship game? KMBC reported: San Antonio, TX — (Sports Network) – Mario Chalmers hit the tying three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation and Kansas rallied from a nine-point deficit late [...]

John Calipari versus Bill Self for National Title Act 2 (part 1)

Kansas vs. Memphis – 2008 NCAA Title Game Highlights (HD) Associated Press breaks down second national championship game between Calipari and Self: NEW ORLEANS (AP) A look at Monday night’s national championship game: KENTUCKY (37-2) vs. KANSAS (32-6) KENTUCKY ROAD TO THE TITLE GAME No. 1 Kentucky beat No. 16 Western Kentucky 81-65; No. 8 [...]

Related posts:

John Calipari’s religious views

Today I read an article that quoted John Calipari using the Buddhist term “karma” and it got me thinking about what his religious views are. Here an excerpt from the Lexington paper that got me thinking this morning:  On several occasions this season, Kentucky Coach John Calipari counseled fans not to root against any other [...]

Did Rick Pitino help John Calipari get his first head coaching job?

Seth Davis discusses the question: “Did Pitino help Calipari get UMass job?” Published on Mar 27, 2012 by CBSSports CBS Sports Network college basketball analyst Seth Davis joined the Tim Brando Show to break down the matchup between Kentucky’s John Calipari and Louisville’s Rick Pitino as they prepare to face off this Saturday in New [...]

“Satisfaction Guaranteed” sermon by Brandon Barnard of Fellowship Bible Church (3-11-12)

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / U2 The Rolling Stones Satisfaction (rare) If you want to see the path that Kerry Livgren and Dave Hope of the rock group Kansas took to find true satisfaction then listen to their song “Dust in the Wind” and then read their testimony at this link [...]

________________

2012 Press Conferences with Pitino and Calipari

John Calipari Pre-Louisville Press Conference Uploaded by uknationofblue on Mar 27, 2012 Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari talks about the upcoming game with Louisville in the Final 4. ______ Related posts: Calipari’s been to 4 final fours and his record is 1-3 so far March 26, 2012 – 9:35 am > Kentucky Wildcats head coach [...]

People have been counting UL Cardinals out all along, Pressure on Calipari to win

  Over and over in the 2012 NCAA Tournament the Louisville Cardinals have been counted out.  Now John Clay has counted them out again. (Wally Hall of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is picking Kentucky.) The tables are now turned. Calipari’s program has the advantage in tradition, fan base and, in this case, talent. To whom much is [...]

___________

The movie “The Grey” and the answer to nihilism

Uploaded by gwain30 on Jan 29, 2012 A review of the new Liam Neeson film, the grey, as iI say there may be some minor spoilers but nothing too drastic, enjoy and dont forget to comment, rate and subscribe ________________ Uploaded by ClevverMovies on Dec 5, 2011 http://bit.ly/clevvermovies – Click to Subscribe! http://Facebook.com/ClevverMovies – Become [...]

Steve Jobs’ view of death and what the Bible has to say about it jh55

(If you want to check out other posts I have done about about Steve Jobs:Some say Steve Jobs was an atheist , Steve Jobs and Adoption , What is the eternal impact of Steve Jobs’ life? ,Steve Jobs versus President Obama: Who created more jobs? ,Steve Jobs’ view of death and what the Bible has to say about it ,8 things you might not know about Steve Jobs ,Steve [...]

_______________________

Calipari’s been to 4 final fours and his record is 1-3 so far

> Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari celebrated with the team after the University of Kentucky defeated Baylor University in the NCAA South Regional final played in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga., Sunday, March 25, 2012. This is second half action. UK won 82-70. Charles Bertram | Staff HERALD-LEADER Buy Photo Calipari is going [...]

____________

“Woody Wednesday” Will Allen and Martin follow same path as Kansas to Christ?

Several members of the 70′s band Kansas became committed Christians after they realized that the world had nothing but meaningless to offer. It seems through the writings of both Woody Allen and Chris Martin of Coldplay that they both are wrestling with the issue of death and what meaning does life bring. Kansas went through [...]

SEC gets one in final four: Kentucky

We came close to get two in but only Kentucky got in. Calipari’s wife and son can be seen in this picture below:     > Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari hugged his son, Bradley, and his wife Ellen after the University of Kentucky defeated Baylor University in the NCAA South Regional final played [...]

“Woody Wednesday” Allen is searching for satisfaction in wrong place jh17

Coldplay – 42 Live Coldplay perform on the french television channel W9. In 1992 Woody Allen took up with one of his adopted kids and lived in with her. He was given over to the pursuit of pleasure. Actually he has made that a major focus of his life. In the latter part of his [...]

Brian Jones’ futile search for satisfaction (Part 3 of series on 27 Club)

Brian’s Blues, Brian Jones on guitar in the early stones years. unreleased track Brian Jones died at age 27 just like Amy Winehouse did. I remember like yesterday when I first heard the song “I can’t get no satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. I immediately thought about Solomon’s search for satisfaction in the Book of [...]

A Christian response to Papa Roach’s song “The Last Resort” (Part 1)

Papa Roach – Last Resort (Censored Version) Amy Winehouse died at the young age of 27 and she had lived a life filled with drug and alcohol addiction. This series on Papa Roach is meant to provide answers to those who feel trapped. Hopefully it will people to avoid  troubles like Amy Winehouse experienced.  Today I [...]

Insight into what Coldplay meant by “St. Peter won’t call my name” (Series on Coldplay’s spiritual search, Part 3)jh61

Coldplay seeks to corner the market on earnest and expressive rock music that currently appeals to wide audiences Here is an article I wrote a couple of years ago about Chris Martin’s view of hell. He says he does not believe in it but for some reason he writes a song that teaches that it [...]

Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 116 other followers

%d bloggers like this: