Posted: Jan 22, 2004 8:18 pm
The following was mailed in the guise of a "challenge" by my Michigan State-lovin' boyfren...thought you'd grumble a bit, Sherman.
Olive Branch ,MS: : Coach Cal, I am a big time Tiger fan and you are doing a GREAT job!! Please forgive my SOuthern brothers and sisters for wearing their emotions on their sleeves. My question is that there are a few big guys that rank in the top 10 on the JC level. Are we going to try to recruit one? Also, remember hearing that we are in talks with Maryland and Michigan State, etc. Hows that going? We love ya coach!!! GO TIGERS!!!!!
John Calipari: We've got feelers out to a lot of people, Maryland and Mich State included. As far as the Junior Colleges go, we're talking to a big guy right now that I think wants to come here. What I really want to talk about in your comment is the emotion that you speak of ... THe greatest thing about being the coach here at Memphis is that people are so passionate about this team. If you win, they are so passionate, and so excited and the praise flows and they are happy. Accepting that, you have to take the flip side, too. If you lose, they are still passionate. Fans will say things while they are in that emotional state. As a coach you must take with both sides. The good with the bad. That comes with the passion. Do you want to coach somewhere where you take less heat because people don't care? I certainly don't!