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Bill Haber, Associated Press
Kentucky head coach John Calipari cuts down the net after the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game against Kansas Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans. Kentucky won 67-59.

NEW ORLEANS — Kentucky coach John Calipari hits the road Friday. This time, he's carrying national championship credentials.

For all of his success recruiting players and prepping them for the NBA, the 53-year-old's system of recruiting the very best players and never making excuses about his methods had never paid off with an NCAA title — until now.

Calipari's 'Cats played a brand of basketball he'd preached all season by sharing and creating for each other in a 67-59 victory over Kansas on Monday night for Kentucky's eighth title in school history.

Calipari says he's glad he finally won a championship: "I can just coach now."