The Richmond Register

June 16, 2011

Coach Cal comes to Richmond

By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor

RICHMOND — University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari entertained an energetic group of more than 200 people Wednesday at the Telford YMCA in Richmond.

Calipari was the featured speaker at the YMCA’s annual fund-raising dinner.

“I just want to thank all of you for being here,” Calipari said. How many of you went to the YMCA as a kid? Raise your hand. To be able to come down here and be a part of this is special for me.”

Prior to taking the stage, Calipari signed autographs and posed for pictures for more than an hour. After diner he spoke for more than a half an hour and took questions from the crowd.

The coach touched on my different subjects, including his family, a possible contract extension, one-and-done players, the fanatical Kentucky fan base and even the possibilities of playing Duke in the future.

“They will not play us,” Calipari said when asked about Duke.

Tickets for the event were $125 each or $1,000 for a table of event.

For more about Calipari’s visit to Richmond and more photos, check out tomorrow’s edition of the Richmond Register.