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Calipari: 10 years might be enough

LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari said being the coach of Kentucky is a 24-hour job and one he doesn't see doing for more than a decade.

"I'd like to live a life after I'm done coaching. I'd like to be alive and happy," Calipari said Friday. "What I don't want to be is a bitter, just a bitter old coach. … I want to be a guy that had a good run, took care of a lot of kids, a staff that all got jobs, everybody benefited by us coming together and my wife and I look back and say, hey, we've done good, we treated people right.

"And if that's the case, I'd be surprised if I'd be here longer than 10 years."

Calipari, 52, is in his third year with the No. 1 Wildcats and says he had a recent conversation with former coach Joe B. Hall, who mentioned that a long run at Kentucky would be 10 years. Hall retired after 13 seasons at age 57.

Calipari and the Wildcats (8-0) head to Indiana today. The Hoosiers (8-0) have won every game by at least 11 in their best start since 2002.

Northern Arizona: Coach Mike Adras resigned with the Lumberjacks 2-7 this season. He was 193-170 in 13 years.

UCLA: Reeves Nelson was dismissed from the team after having been suspended twice by coach Ben Howland for insubordinate behavior.


Pacific 78, UF 73: Jennifer George scored 14 but the visiting Gators (7-3) fell to the host Tigers (4-3), who got 23 from Erica McKenzie.

No. 2 UConn 70, Seton Hall 37: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Tiffany Hayes and Caroline Doty had 15 apiece as the visiting Huskies (9-0) prepped for a showdown with No. 1 Baylor on Dec. 18.

No. 20 DePaul 75, S.Ill.-Edwardsville 65: Anna Martin and Brittany Hrynko scored 15 apiece as the host Blue Demons (8-1) face No. 7 Tennessee on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.

Oklahoma State: Jim Littell, the interim coach since the Nov. 17 plane crash that killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two others, was officially named head coach.


Gators sweep: Kelly Murphy had 17 kills as host Florida (27-5) ousted Michigan (22-13) 25-21, 25-13, 27-25 in the NCAA tournament's region semifinals. The Gators will face third-seeded Illinois at 7 tonight.

Penn State falls: UCLA (27-6) swept four-time defending national champion Penn State (25-8) in its NCAA region semifinal in Lexington, Ky., to end the Nittany Lions' record 26-game postseason winning streak. The ninth-seeded Bruins won 25-20, 25-22, 25-21.

Men's soccer

charlotte in final: Charlotte beat Creighton in penalty kicks in Hoover, Ala. to advance to the NCAA final for the first time. The 49ers (17-4-3) converted each of their four penalty kicks, compared to one for the Bluejays (21-3). Charlotte faces the late North Carolina-UCLA winner in Sunday's final.

Calipari: 10 years might be enough 12/09/11 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2011 12:16am]
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