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Report: John Calipari wants Eddie Sutton to attend Kentucky practice

May 30, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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At various points throughout the college basketball season a head coach may invite an inactive coach to campus, allowing him to take in some practices and offer feedback from an “outside” perspective.

According to Jimmy Tramel of the Tulsa World, Kentucky head coach John Calipari issued an invite will likely turn some heads amongst the Wildcat faithful. The recipient of the invitation: former Kentucky head coach Eddie Sutton.

Calipari, who will be the keynote speaker at the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards in Tulsa on Monday, expressed his admiration for the former coach in a phone interview with Tramel.

Calipari said they talked about hiring and Sutton’s advice was to forgo “yes men” in favor of assistants who are strong in areas where the head coach is weak. Calipari joked he would need to hire “about 18 guys.”

“But coach Sutton is one of those guys that when you sit down and talk to him, basketball-wise you just get nuggets,” Calipari said.

“It gives me great enjoyment to sit down with veteran guys who just can leave you with so many things. … Every time I am with him, there are a couple of things he will give me just as we converse that I am, like, ‘Wow.’”

Sutton put together quite the resume as a head coach at the college level, winning 804 games as a Division I head coach at Creighton, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma State and San Francisco.

But his four-year stint in Lexington was anything but smooth, as the Wildcats would eventually land in even more hot water with the NCAA due to the violation of multiple NCAA rules.

With that in mind, how will Kentucky fans react to the possibility of Sutton being back on the UK campus? Does time truly heal all wounds?

Kentucky basketball went through a very rough stretch in the years that followed, as they had to deal with penalties such as a two-year ban from postseason play and a television ban for the 1989-90 season.

The young players who went through those lean seasons would eventually come to be known as “The Unforgettables,” with their 1991-92 season coming to a painful end in the East regional final.

While names such as Farmer, Feldhaus, Pelphrey and Woods will never be forgotten by the fans, it’s likely a safe bet that they don’t want to revisit the years prior to that.

The question now is whether or not that further delays Sutton’s return to Lexington.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. prov1x - May 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up!

    Coach that has two final four appearances vacated after he leaves those schools invites former coach of current school, who put said school on probation, to observe practice. Priceless.

    Is Eddie going to help with the hidden $1000 handshakes? How to lease Escalades secretly? How to avoid publicity and jail after numerous DWI stops?

    This may keep me laughing for a week.

    • kingghidora - Jun 1, 2013 at 4:39 AM

      Actually that’s exactly what happened. Ask the NCAA. They said it was made up. Ask Emery who had to pay the coach accused of sending that money a gigantic amount of money for libeling him. You believe in fairy tales friend.

      I’d love to see your source for this information since none of it actually happened. If you want an even bigger joke read the story on how Eric Manuel was railroaded by the NCAA for copying 1100 answers on his ACT test with only 2 people taking the test on opposite sides of a table with THREE proctors in the room at the time. You’d think that at least one of those proctors would have noticed Manuel copying 1100 answers. The NCAA was out to get UK and nothing would satisfy them except to do just that. If you think they don’t do such things refer back to the Jerry Tarnkanian lawsuit in which he won a giant settlement against the NCAA for the way they treated him.

      So keep laughing funny boy. And people who actually know what happened will keep laughing at you.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 1, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Lay off my man Eddie. He is a good dude that had a few problems. Plus his wife just died. RIP Patsy

  2. imforbigblue - May 30, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    O sorry thought you was talking about coach self and Kansas

  3. blancosblog - May 31, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    Reblogged this on blancosblog.

  4. kingghidora - May 31, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Gutless lying scumbuckets. I hope Casey sues YOU.

  5. kingghidora - May 31, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    Google this article (since I can’t post a link) and read what it says. It’s time you learned your lesson.

    “Dwane Casey Didn’t Do It, the Cautionary Tale of a Post Gone Wrong”

  6. cranespy - Jun 1, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Cue the ticking clock……….

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