July 28, 2014 - August 3, 2014
LEXINGTON, Ky. – It seemed impossible that University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari could be in so many places in so little time.
During a frenzied stretch last week, Calipari was in Los Angeles watching incoming freshman Karl-Anthony Towns be honored at the ESPY Awards one day, then in Augusta, Ga., to see a new crop of recruits the next. When NBA superstar LeBron James showed up in Lexington to watch his son play in a basketball tournament, Calipari suddenly appeared there, too — but only for a couple of hours. He was back evaluating recruits at Peach Jam in Georgia the same night.
How does he do it? Apparently the “gold standard” at Kentucky that Calipari often talks about includes all but unfettered access to private jets. According to flight records obtained by The Courier-Journal, Calipari and football coach Mark Stoops combined to take $450,000 worth of chartered flights just for recruiting purposes during the 2013-14 fiscal year. That doesn’t include their occasional commercial flights, boosters offering free use of jets in a pinch, hotels, car rentals or the almost exclusively commercial travel for their assistant coaches, who spent untold hours on the less-glamorous side of recruiting.
The Cats’ head coaches private-jet-setting is “really more out of necessity for us than it is a perk,” said deputy athletic director DeWayne Peevy, who noted that Calipari juggles recruiting nationally, which most programs cannot do, and being on campus to work with his current team.
The jet money comes out of the football and basketball programs’ recruiting budgets, although Calipari’s has to “maintain some flexibility,” given how wide a net he can cast in a given year. And he gets what he needs.
Calipari took $97,618.33 worth of chartered flights last July and had $102,590.23 in jet trips last September. During one three-day period, he flew from Lexington to Washington, D.C., to Milwaukee, Wis., back to D.C. to Dallas to Las Vegas and back to Lexington.
Calipari took a private jet far more often ($342,713.91 worth total in 2013-14) than Stoops, largely because the basketball program recruits from coast to coast.
Hey being the best recruiter in college basketball and getting the #1 class year after year doesn’t come cheap. Say what you want about Cal but one thing you can never, ever say is that he doesn’t get the job done snagging top talent. Flying cross country all day every day posted up in private planes picking and choosing which superstar 18 year old he wants to coach for one year then send to the lottery. Not a bad gig. Honestly surprised it isn’t more than 343K. And I seriously doubt a single soul in Lexington has a problem with that figure. Basically you bring the guy on board, hand him a blank check, turn your eyes away a little bit, pray he doesn’t get caught violating anything then watch as your program gets stronger and stronger.
Got to pay the cost to be the boss.
It’s getting physically painful to do this job every day with the recent influx in sorority themed posts. The Tumblrs, the Instagrams, and now videos on top of videos. You think this shit is easy? Watching 3 minute videos of the hottest college girls in the country and analyzing each one closely in slow motion and taking screenshots and making GIFs? Shit is a grind. An awesome but deeply depressing grind.
According to the video uploader, this Chinese firefighter was using “indigenous methods” of CPR to bring the girl back to life and I guess I shouldn’t be shocked it worked. They’ve figured out how to fix a human body by jamming sharp objects into it, goes without saying that they’d be able to bring a woman back to life by bouncing her up and down on a guy’s head and then jogging around with her like someone who won the Stanley Cup. I bet the first fu manchu guy wearing the hat Raiden has in Mortal Kombat who figured this one out during the Ming Dynasty was pretty confused. He was probably just trying to steal some unconscious woman and bring her back to his hut Chinese caveman style then all of a sudden the woman was back to life and asking questions like “Who are you” and “Where are you taking me?” and “How are you running so fast while taking your pants off?” Huge scientific breakthrough but also a real cold hard look in the mirror moment for that man.
I do feel bad for this girl for reasons even beyond than the whole almost dying thing though. When she wakes up and notices a throbbing soreness in her crotch along with bruises on her inner thighs surrounded by a group of clapping and high fiving Chinese dudes, I’m going to wager she’s going to have a whole lot to ask before embracing this guy as the hero he is.
SO CUTE. Love this couple. Well I love Kelly Hall mostly – former Barstool smoke, big time Instagram dominator and all around cool chick. That’s what we in the smokeshow biz call the total package.
Anyway I think all things considered they handled the engagement pictures pretty well. Romantic, cute, little bit corny, great butt shot. All areas covered. 4.5. Second best batch of engagement shots I’ve seen in the past couple years.
Texas K Nick Rose with a strong early lead on best headshot, 2014: pic.twitter.com/ejqREl23pn
— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 29, 2014
Ok I think I jumped the gun with the last Kliff Kingsbury post. Maybe he doesn’t have the sole rights to owning college football. Maybe Texas kicker Nick Rose has a little piece of that pie. And the thing is you know this bro absolutely slays too. That’s a big swingin dick haircut if I’ve ever seen one. Chicks love the whole goofy quirky thing, then add that Longhorns jersey into the mix? Lights out for all the ass in Austin.
Hey Bieber you just got your look upgraded and facialed dude. What’s up?
Ok it’s official, Kliff Kingsbury owns college life right now. Not every season you say that about a coach instead of a player but facts are facts. Every week it’s something new and even more awesome than the previous week. Dougie’ing at practice, bringing ice cream trucks packed full of girls to practice, flirting with recruit’s moms, popping champagne in Vegas, hanging out poolside with Mavericks cheerleaders. Hey Coach save some abs for the rest of us.
All I can say is poor Larry Fedora. Guy thought he was going to sneak in the hardo tweet that would be the talk of college football social media yesterday:
Larry Fedora, w/daughter, on his 6-pack abs secret: “No beer, no cardio, lift weights 45 minutes 4 days/week” pic.twitter.com/9LgqEGPEcy
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 28, 2014
Only to have Kliff come right along and curb stomp him through the pavement. Cute daughter Larry but make way for King and his professional NBA cheerleaders please.
Introducing Danielle from ASU. Arizona State back in the house!