LEXINGTON - Coach John Calipari continually is amazed by the enthusiasm of University of Kentucky basketball fans.
"I thought I knew how crazy people in this state were for basketball, but I really didn't," said Calipari.
He has over 530,000 Twitter followers. He recently started a Facebook page to help promote the new UK Web site he was instrumental in getting started. That has already attracted hits from 80 countries.
"This Big Blue Nation is nuts. That's what it is. I did the Facebook to gear stuff to the Web and all of a sudden there are 45,000 to 50,000 people there. It is nuts, but it is good in a way, for all of us to do all this stuff to bring everybody together to know what we are thinking. I think that is good, but the enthusiasm of the UK fan is amazing," Calipari said.
That's why Calipari is not surprised by what he sees as unreasonable expectations some already have for his first Kentucky team that returns six players off the squad that won two games in the NIT last year.