Calipari eager to see new Ole Miss arena

Murphy Holloway last week told us he wouldn’t change a thing about Tad Smith Coliseum.

Well, John Calipari has different ideas.

It’s easier to be happy after you’ve won, so the Kentucky coach was in a good mood last night.

He praised Marshall Henderson, and he praised the way Ole Miss has played this season. He said last night’s game was “nothing (about) Ole Miss. We played well.”

So he was probably most pleased with the idea that his team took a step forward.

As jovial as he was it seemed for a time that Calipari was moonlighting with the UMAA Foundation.

“I said, ‘Andy, you want me to mention something about building you a new building?’ They’re 17-2. Would you please build the guy a new building. The locker room we’re in is like, I’m looking for squirrels in there. You’ve got to be kidding me. You’ve got all these football facilities. This campus is gorgeous. This campus is like none other. This is one of the nicest college campuses in the country … except for this building. This is the only bad building on the whole campus.”

Calipari said he asked Kennedy if he wanted him to mention Tad Smith in his postgame comments, which means the comments were scripted to some degree. He came in with a plan. He didn’t tell us what Kennedy’s response was.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • The Ghost of Col. Reb

    Calipari is scum. I wouldn’t want him speaking on my behalf. I always thought he was a great basketball coach, now I know he’s just a thug, like DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is the reason the Kings are so unsuccessful. The NBA doesn’t allow his kind of street ball. He is a terrible person on and off the court. Promised a make a wish girl he’d sign her basketball after the game, only to tell her as he left the floor after the game, “I didn’t say after which game.” POS

  • Joe Blackburn

    Hey Ghost, who cares! When a national championship winning coach is hoping he can at least say one thing to help your program, people listen.

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