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Calipari making scheduling changes

    UK coach John Calipari talked scheduling on his website CoachCal.com.  Calipari says he wants to create experiences not just games.  He wants experiences for the fans and he wants experiences to benefit his players.

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 talked scheduling on his website CoachCal.com. Calipari says he wants to create experiences not just games. He wants experiences for the fans and he wants experiences to benefit his players.

"The thing about Kentucky basketball is it's passed down from father to son. I want to schedule events that grandfathers and grandsons will be talking about 25 years from now. That's part of what Kentucky basketball is about; part of what has made this place so unique. Those experiences mean our fans can go to those games in addition to another 20,000 fans that never get to go to the games.

We also want to create experiences for our players that prepare us for our 18-game Southeastern Conference schedule, which includes the addition of two NCAA Tournament teams in Missouri and Texas A&M. With that being said, we want to have a tough nonconference home game and a tough nonconference road game every year."

Cal says North Carolina will be back.

" We are adding North Carolina back to the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The game will be played opposite of our Louisville series (when we play Louisville at home, we'll play North Carolina on the road, and vice versa). Roy Williams and I both agreed this was a good year to take a break. We both look forward to continuing this series in 2013-14 for two more years and beyond."

Duke will be on the Cat's schedule this season and in the future.

"I am currently in conversations with Coach K of Duke for a multi-year, neutral-based series that will be played around the country in the best facilities. The games would take place on the same weekend every year and would be THE GAME to watch. Obviously we're playing Duke this season in Atlanta in the second year of the Champions Classic, as well as Maryland in the brand new Barclays Center.

And Calipari will pull off what he's calling an "Only at Kentucky" moment with Baylor.

"In 2013-14, we're going to pull off another one of those "Only at Kentucky" moments when we do a first-of-its-kind doubleheader with our women's program at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Matthew Mitchell's team will play Baylor, who won this year's national championship, in the first game, and then we'll follow it up with our game against Baylor's men's team, who we had to get past last year in the Elite Eight to make the Final Four.

Baylor will return the game to Rupp Arena this season on CBS. We will also be going on the road to a Big East opponent this season.

Let me be clear: It is important that we play in at least one if not two football stadiums every year to prepare our players for NCAA Tournament venues. Not every program can play a regular-season game in a stadium like we can. The NCAA Tournament plays half its regional games and the entire Final Four in those venues. Who do you think will be in those domes and stadiums? It will be us. I'm convinced we would have won the title two seasons ago if we would have played in a dome during the regular season. Our guys weren't prepared for it."


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