The results are in and John Calipari won in a landslide.
Calipari, hired more than six months ago as men's basketball coach at the University of Kentucky, has been touring the state from one side to the other getting to know his new friends and neighbors. He's made appearances at several functions and has been promoting his new book. In between the meet and greet sessions, Calipari assembled one of the top recruiting classes in the nation that has fans hyped for an immediate return to glory instead of a steady climb to the promised land.
The freshman class includes the guard tandem of John Wall and Eric Bledsoe, along with big men Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins. Also included in the crop of newcomers are reigning Kentucky Mr. Basketball Jon Hood and sharpshooter Darnell Dodson.
If you didn't know he was coach of the Wildcats, he might have been mistaken as the new politician in town. Calipari said his whirlwind tour of the state resembled a political race during the team's annual media day Thursday at the Joe Craft Center and Memorial Coliseum.