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June 29, 2009

Calipari still speeding through summer

John Calipari doesn't like to slow down, which is a good thing given how he's slammed the gas pedal to the floor board in his first 90 days as Kentucky's basketball coach.

The newly anointed prince of UK's regal program appeared on the Southeastern Conference summer basketball teleconference on Monday, discussing a variety of topics in his 10-minute segment with reporters.

Calipari reiterated how fast and furious his early days with the Cats have been but stressed he wouldn't have it any other way.

"These 90 days are the most important of any other than game days," Calipari said. "They are vital to get off running and do so many things, one of which is just learning - about campus, about the SEC, evaluating the facilities, the schedule, recruiting, the office set up, implementing everything and your plans to do what you need to do.

"You have to set the tone within the program of what's acceptable and throughout everything you do. They've been hectic and exciting. I've had a lot of fun with it. It's been an absolute whirlwind."

Calipari has spent an extraordinary amount of time connecting with UK's rabid fan base, staging meet and greets all over the Commonwealth - and country - in an effort to gather good will and promote the future. It's been an eye-opening experience.

"I've found out the fans are raving fans - in a good way," Calipari said. "Our Twitter has over 300,000 followers and I'd imagine it'd be a million by the time the season starts."

As for the speed as which things have come, well, that's just fine with Calipari.

"We won't slow down," Calipari said.

For more notes and insight from Calipari's appearance on the SEC teleconference, CatsIllustrated.com subscribers can read more on The House of Blue.

Matt May is the basketball beat reporter for The Cats' Pause. If you have questions or comments about the Cats e-mail him here.

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