The University of Kentucky women's soccer team defeated Vanderbilt 6-1 Friday at the UK Soccer Complex in Lexington, Ky., to advance to next week's SEC Tournament in Orange Beach, Ala. Photo by Chet White
UK coach John Calipari put his team through an open practice and scrimmage Thursday afternoon. Just before the workout started Calipari talked about how the practice provides a way for his players to keep an edge during a week without a game.
“That’s the whole idea. It kind of mushrooms like everything else we seem to do around here. But it was only supposed to be an open practice. I want the students into it. I want our players alert and
focused and to not get numb through the week. Our practices are pretty consistent in how we goabout it and that’s what I was feeling. It turned into, ‘Why don’t we call (WKYT General Manager) Wayne Martin?’ and then its like, ‘Why don’t we call ESPN?’ and then its like, ‘I bet you it rates higher than games.’ It’s crazy. It’s Kentucky. That’s the Kentucky Effect.”
Calipari also commented on potential recruits viewing the practice...
“Unless they’re not in school, and that’s probably someone we don’t want, I would tell you that most of them won’t see it, but our fans will see it. They’ll see it around the state. It’s funny, when we did
the practice, the open practice, and streamed it, people went bonkers. And then they wanted it again. Right now, the response we’re getting, they’re getting mad that they couldn’t be here but there’s no parking. So, faculty would have gone bonkers if we opened it up, but they’re all wanting to see us practice. I don’t know what’s the big deal in this state about watching a practice but it’s a big deal. Like, ‘We’ll want to see how they practice and how you coach,’ and that’s what makes this place crazy. I would tell you, that this television will rate high. Let me say this, in this state it will rate high.”