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Calipari promotes Justus to assistant coach at UK, Robic becomes special assistant

Joel Justus, who joined Kentucky two seasons ago as the director of analytics and then special assistant to the head coach, will move to one of the three assistant coaching positions for the 2016-17 season, coach John Calipari announced Friday. John Robic, who has served as an assistant to Calipari at three different schools since the late 1980s, will move into the special assistant to the head coach...

Keith Taylor: Mitchell, Barnhart mourn Summitt’s passing; UK’s heralded freshman class on campus

Pat Summitt made an impact in the coaching profession and fought Alzheimer’s disease with the same passion she exhibited on and off the basketball court. Summitt, 64, battled Alzheimer’s for five years before her battle with the brain disease ended Tuesday in Knoxville. During her 38-year coaching career at Tennessee, Summitt won 1,098 games in her career and stands as the most victories...

Keith Taylor: UK focused on making ‘winning plays’ going into showdown at Arkansas

Kentucky coach John Calipari has pinpointed a reason behind his team’s inability to put teams away this season. “Most of it is young guys not understanding winning basketball at that crunch time — that juncture of the game,” he said earlier this week. “But that’s what we gotta work on and that’s why it’s a process, and the only way you get through it is experience. But veterans...

Kentucky’s expectations evening out
as SEC season enters its final third

Aaron Harrison said Kentucky’s problems are “fixable.” (Photo by James Pennington)   Twenty-five games in to what was supposed to be the dream season, dreams are still alive. The dreams now are different than they were in October, of course; you remember people printing up T-shirts with “40-0” on them, and other people buying T-shirts that people printed up with “40-0”...

Kentucky's expectations evening out as SEC season enters its final third

Aaron Harrison said Kentucky’s problems are “fixable.” (Photo by James Pennington)   Twenty-five games in to what was supposed to be the dream season, dreams are still alive. The dreams now are different than they were in October, of course; you remember people printing up T-shirts with “40-0” on them, and other people buying T-shirts that people printed up with “40-0”...

John Robic pre-Ole Miss quotes

Assistant coach John Robic was available for interviews in UK’s typical pre-game presser Monday, this time in preview of Tuesday’s trip to Ole Miss. Questions are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** Opening statement: Just to let you know, obviously coming off the game on Saturday night, yesterday was a really, really good day for us as a program. Everybody from the players to the...

Kentucky still fighting through slow starts nearly two-thirds through the regular season

Texas A&M is the only SEC team with a win over John Calipari in Rupp Arena, and the Aggies visit Lexington on Tuesday. (File photo by Jon Hale)   Somehow stammering in the first five minutes of games lately hasn’t cost Kentucky a game—not directly, anyway—and even though the No. 14 Wildcats long since identified that slow starts are one of their biggest problems, they haven’t quite...

John Robic on the SEC teleconference

John Calipari is out recruiting today, so John Robic took his time on the SEC teleconference. His appearance was short, but here’s what he had to say about UK’s game tomorrow night against Texas A&M. Questions are in italics and paraphrased for clarity. ** Opening statement: Well, we’ve got two home games coming up this week—Texas A&M on Tuesday and Georgia on Saturday....

John Robic, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and James Young on UK's win over Mississippi State

John Calipari didn’t do a news conference following Kenucky’s 85-63 win over Mississippi State on Wednesday—he left after the game to go to the hospital to see his son, Brad, who had surgery yesterday to repair a torn ACL. So assistant coach John Robic did the interview in his place. I wish we had the opportunity to talk with him more. He’s fantastic in breaking down basketball...

While projections may have UK on tourney bubble, Cats not using bid as motivation

By the time the actual NCAA Tournament bracket is released in just less than two weeks, UK fans may be able to consider themselves experts on things like RPI, strength of schedule, quality wins and bad losses.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] With the Wildcats placed firmly on the tournament “bubble,” the bracket projections from national pundits have become daily must-reads...

John Calipari signs new contract, bringing
yearly compensation to at least $5.2 million

UK head coach John Calipari will be coaching for the first time next season as a national champion, and he’ll also be working with a new contract.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Friday, UK announced Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year contracts with the university.   “It’s rare, in this day and age,...

John Calipari signs new contract, bringing yearly compensation to at least $5.2 million

UK head coach John Calipari will be coaching for the first time next season as a national champion, and he’ll also be working with a new contract.   [widgets_on_pages id=”Jon”] On Friday, UK announced Calipari and assistant coaches Orlando Antigua, Kenny Payne and John Robic have signed new multi-year contracts with the university.   “It’s rare, in this day and age,...

Coach Cal’s camp, full of basketball heroes, was dream-come-true for boys, dads

Commentary By Judy Clabes judy@kyforward.com This is an as-told-to story. The guy who lived it is on the disabled list, recuperating from multiple aches and pains and star-struck euphoria associated with the best Father’s Day experience ever – the Coach John Calipari Father-Son Basketball camp at the University of Kentucky. The camp is just one of a series of summer camp options offered through...