The John Calipari era kicked off in grand style this weekend with UK’s Big Blue Madness, which attracted thousands of crazed fans to Rupp Arena for a night of pomp, pageantry and a little bit of basketball.
The ceremonial event, which represents the first official practice of the new college hoops season, featured celebrity cameos (rapper Drake), former UK standouts (Tayshaun Prince, Kenny “Sky” Walker) and a team scrimmage. Festitivies kicked off with this highlight video.
No part of the night was more show-stopping than Coach Cal’s rousing introductory speech, during which he exhorted the Wildcat faithful and promised to get Kentucky “back to its rightful place atop the mountain.”
One of the most interesting questions going into the season will be how Calipari handles the expectations and how long the honeymoon lasts. On the heels of a Twitter-induced fan frenzy and vows to get the program back into elite standing, admiration for coach Cal has reached Beatlemania levels in the Commonwealth.
There is only one way to placate this kind of enthusiasm…and it involves hanging a banner.go back