John Calipari rated top first-year coaching performance since start of the 2000-01 season

Cousins, Calipari and Bledsoe laugh it up at Harrellson's expense
Cousins, Calipari and Bledsoe laugh it up at Harrellson's expense - photo by Walter Cornett | WildcatWorld.com

When Calipari arrived at from Memphis, the nation’s all-time winningest program was coming off season in which they had finished .500 in competition and had settled for an appearance. Calipari quickly transformed into one of the nation’s most feared programs again with his prowess. Before he ever coached a game for Kentucky, Calipari had made his presence felt by signing a recruiting class that featured future lottery picks John Wall, and Eric Bledsoe.

 

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