Calipari now has championship credentials

By Colin Fly

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, April 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

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."

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