John Calipari is no stranger to coal country.
He told reporters Wednesday that his grandfather died of black lung and that his mother's family comes from West Virginia.
Calipari seems to have won over fans here in Eastern Kentucky both for his personal background, and his track record of success.
Coach Calipari says, "I just want you to know that ... I'm not the emperor. That's not what I want to be nor do I choose to be that. We're regular people."
David Napier says, "You could see in the thing that it hurt him to leave those kids because he's got a good rapport with them, and that's a big part of coaching."
David Sandlin says, "I liked what he said about his offense, that he wanted players that could really drive to the basket."
Bill Gorman, Jr. says, "I hate to say, last year I there were a lot of games that I didn't even watch because, you know, it's crazy but I'd get so upset ... but I'm real excited about the future."
Oramious Napier says, "He just has a way, motivation, that's what it's all about."
Megan Parks says, "Kentucky is basketball ... You know that's the first thing on people's minds, everyone's dressed in their blue today."
Oramious Napier says, "People don't understand it in other areas of the country but it is so important for us in Kentucky."
Gary Lynn Franklin says, "I think the real story is everybody's happy now, but we'll see how everybody feels at the end of season one."
Many fans say they do not expect a miracle next season, but they do think UK basketball is taking a turn for the better.