Centre College men’s basketball coach Greg Mason can’t imagine undergoing the scrutiny and living under the microscope Kentucky coach John Calipari has to endure on an almost daily basis.
“Every day there’s something new. With the Internet and everything, there’s always something new. Seems like after a while it would wear you out, that kind of lifestyle,” Mason said this week during the Centre College Basketball Camp. “But the $4 million wouldn’t be bad.”
And like most UK fans, Mason is amazed at the job Calipari has done hauling in the nation’s top recruiting classes for two straight seasons.
“It’s amazing just the energy he’s put back into the program. When (Billy) Gillispie left, you know, hope was gone. And now you’ve got a guy who, next year his recruiting class is going to be the best in the history of college basketball,” Mason said. “I’ve never met him, but my friends at Memphis says he’s a ‘Hey, let’s go have a burger’ type of guy. And recruiting-wise, he’s the best ever.”