John Calipari

  • Aired:  04/23/14
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University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari shares insights from his book "Players First" and weighs in on whether college athletes should be paid. (6:22)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK MYGUEST IS AN ACCLAIMED COLLEGE

BASKETBALL COACH.

PLEASE WELCOME JOHN CALIPARI!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)COACH, HOW ARE YOU?

>> DOING GOOD.

>> Stephen: THANKS FORCOMING ON.

>> THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

>> Stephen: NOW EVERYBODYKNOWS YOU'RE THE HEAD COACH

AT THE UNIVERSITY OFKENTUCKY, MEN'S BASKETBALL

TEAM, LED ONE TO A NATIONALCHAMPIONSHIP, HELPED 29

PLAYERS MAKE IT TO THE NBAAND YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK HERE

CALLED PLAYERS FIRST,COACHING FROM THE INSIDE

OUT.

PLAYERS FIRST?

DON'T WE HAVE TO START WITHTHE COACH?

(LAUGHTER)YOU PUT THE-- YOU'RE BEING

TOO HUMBLE, SIR, YOU PUT THETEAM TOGETHER.

WITHOUT YOU IT'S JUST FIVETALL GUYS STARING AT THEIR

SHOES.

WHY PLAYERS FIRST?

>> WELL, YOU'RE TRYING TOBRING A TEAM TOGETHER.

YOU'RE TRYING TO TEACH THEMSERVANT LEADERSHIP.

>> Stephen: WHAT THE HELL ISTHAT?

>> WELL, SORRY.

>> Stephen: YOU'RE EITHER ASERVANT OR YOU'RE A

LEADER.

THE LEADER LEADS THESERVANTS.

>> YOU'RE TRYING TO MAKETHEM UNDERSTAND IT'S MORE

ABOUT THE OTHER GUYS THANTHEMSELVES.

WORRY MORE ABOUT YOURTEAMMATE THAN YOURSELF.

>> Stephen: WHAT ARE YOUTALKING ABOUT.

GIVE ME THE BALL, I'MSHOOTING.

>> AN IF YOU DO THAT, THEONLY WAY THEY'LL DO THAT IS

IF THEY KNOW I HAVE THEIRBACK AND I MAKE IT ABOUT

THEM, NOT ABOUT ME, NOTABOUT ME-- IT'S ABOUT ME AND

OUR STAFF AND ALL OF USBEING THERE FOR YOU.

>> Stephen: WHAT DO YOU DO?

YOU'RE CRITICIZED SOMETIMESFOR HAVING A LOT OF ONE AND

DONE GUYS, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN,ONE AND DONE AND CAN THAT BE

CURED WITH VIAGRA, WHAT ISTHAT?

>> MY, I DON'T LIKE THECONNOTATION ONE AND DONE.

WE SAY SUCCEED AND PROCEED.

WHEN THEY'RE READY TO MOVEON-- .

>> Stephen: IT ALSO RHYMESSO IT MUST BE TRUE.

>> IT'S NOT BAD.

BUT THE WHOLE ISSUE FOR MEIS IF THEY'RE READY IF THEY

HAVE A GENIUS AND THEIRGENIUS IS BASKETBALL, THEIR

ATHLETICISM AND ARE READY TOMOVE ON AND TAKE ADVANTAGE,

LIKE STEVE JOBS, LIKE BILLGATES OR TIGER WOODS OR-- .

>> Stephen: NONE OF THOSEGUYS PLAYED BASKETBALL.

>> BUT THEY'RE ALL ABLE TOUSE THEIR GENIUS AND NOT

FINISH COLLEGE AND MOVE ONAND DO SPECIAL THINGS.

>> Stephen: OKAY, OKAY,OKAY.

DO YOU THINK IT SHOULD BEONE AND DONE, DO YOU THINK

PLAYERS SHOULD STAY MORETHAN A YEAR?

>> I WOULD LIKE THEM TO STAYTWO, BUT AGAIN, THEIR

GENIUS DICTATES, IS IT TIMETO GO.

RIGHT NOW WE HAVE TWOPLAYERS ON THIS TEAM DECIDE

THEY'RE GOING TO THE NBA,JAMES YOUNG AND JULYIANCE

RANDALL, TWO GREAT KIDS,GREAT STUDENTS, GREAT

BASKETBALL PLAYERS.

BUT IT'S TIME FOR THEM TOMOVE ON.

WE'RE WAITING TO HEAR FOR ACOUPLE OF OTHERS.

A BUNCH OF OUR GUYS SAIDTHEY ARE COMING BACK.

FOR THE FIRST TIME I HAVEHAD A COUPLE GUYS COME BACK,

BY THE WAY.

>> Stephen: FOR THE FIRSTTIME.

>> YES, THEY ALL LEAVE.

>> Stephen: WHAT IS IT ABOUTYOUR LEADERSHIP THAT MAKES

PEOPLE WANT TO LEAVE.

>> I THINK THEY DONE LIKEME.

AND I ALWAYS SAY THAT.

THE OTHER COACH, DO THEYLIKE THE OTHER COACH MORE

THAN THEY LIKE ME?

THEY ALL STAY BUT ALLGUYS ALL LEAVE, I DON'T

UNDERSTAND.

>> Stephen: NOW IF YOU COULDGET THEM TO STAY FOR TWO

YEARS THIS MIGHT HELP YOU.

HERE IS ANOTHER RHYME, TWOAND TOOTALOO, ALL RIGHT?

I CAN GET A LITTLE TASTE OFTHAT IN CASE THAT WORKS OUT.

>> WELL, I WOULD LET YOUKNOW HOW IT DOES.

>> Stephen: I WILL SEE YOU INCOURT.

>> ALL RIGHT.

>> Stephen: DO YOU THINKTHAT PLAYERS, WE'VE TALKED

ABOUT THE UNIONIZATION OFCOLLEGE PLATERS WITH SHABAZZ

NAPIER SAID AT UCONN.

DO YOU THINK PLAYERS SHOULDGET PAID?

>> WELL, FIRST OF ALL, THEYTALK ABOUT UNIONS, UNIONS

AREN'T NECESSARY IF YOUTREAT PEOPLE WITH DIGNITY

AND TREAT THEM FAIR.

THAT'S ONE.

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT PAY,IT'S A COST OF ATTENDANCE.

FOR A YOUNG MAN OR A YOUNGWOMAN TO BE ON A COLLEGE

CAMPUS, TO BE ON SCHOLARSHIP,BUT NOT BE ABLE TO LIVE THE

SAME LIVES AS EVERYBODY ELSEON THE CAMPUS IS A TOUGH

DEAL.

SO THE COST OF THATATTENDANCE WHICH CHANGES

FROM SCHOOL TO SCHOOL.

>> Stephen: SO DO WE PAYTHEM?

>> YOU GIVE THEM A COST OFATTENDANCE, YES.

>> Stephen: AND THAT IS PAIDIN WHAT, CHESTNUTS AND

RABBIT PELTS, WHAT?

DO WE GIVE THEM MONEY, THEGREEN STUFF.

>> YOU WOULD GIVE THEM THATSTIPEND WHICH DOES NOT MAKE

THEM PROFESSIONAL.

>> Stephen: UH-HUH.

>> THAT IS-- .

>> Stephen: DOES IT HAVEPICTURES OF PRESIDENTS ON

IT?

>> I'M NOT LETTING YOU GO ONTHIS ONE.

>> IT COULD BE IN HUNDREDS,QUARTERS, IT COULD BE IN A

CHECK, YES.

>> Stephen: OKAY, GOOD, HOWMUCH DO WE GIVE THESE GUYS,

YOU JUST OPENED UP A CAN OFWORMS, MY FRIEND.

IF YOU-- WHY NOT JUST GIVETHEM LIKE A SNICKERS BAR IF

THEY'RE HUNGRY.

ISN'T THAT ENOUGH, BECAUSEYOU'RE NOT YOURSELF WHEN

YOU'RE HUNGRY.

>> WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TOGIVE THEM SNICKERS BAR.

WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO GIVETHEM ANYTHING EXCEPT A BAGEL

AND IF WE PUT PEANUT BUTTEROR JELLY ON OR CREAM CHEESE

ON THE BAGEL, WE WERE GOINGTO JAIL.

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND,YOU COULD GIVE PLAYERS A

BAGEL BUT NOT CREAM CHEESE.

>> RIGHT.

>> Stephen: WELL, BECAUSETHAT IS HOW YOU GET A

SLIPPERY SLOPE IS BY PUTTINGCREAM CHEESE ON THE SLOPE, IT

LEADS TO LOX, MAYBE THINSLICED ONION, CAPERS.

>> IT'S RIDICULOUS.

AND THEY CHANGED THAT RULE.

IT HADN'T BEEN PASSED YETBUT THEY SAY UNFETTERED

FOOD.

NOW WE CAN FEED THEM SIXTIMES A DAY OR FIVE TIMES A

DAY, WHATEVER AN ATHLETENEEDS.

>> Stephen: HOW ABOUT THEYCAN EAT. WE CAN FEED THEM

SOUNDS LIKE THERE'S ATROUGH.

YOU ARE JUST POURING-- TIMETO FEED THEM.

EVERYBODY DOWN.

I SAW YOU ON WITH MY HEROBILL O REILLY, OKAY.

AND I WILL ASK YOU THE SAMEQUESTION.

WHAT ARE WE GOING DO WITHTHE YOUNG MEN WITH THE RAP

AND HIP-HOP AND CHAINS ANDTATTOOS?

WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DOABOUT THESE GUYS?

WHAT CAN WE DO TO CONTROLTHEM?

>> IT ISN'T-- THESE YOUNGPEOPLE HAVE NOT CHANGED.

>> Stephen: BUT THEY HAVETHE HIP-HOP AND THE RAP AND

THE CHAINS AND THE TATTOOS.

>> ITS MUSIC HAS CHANGED BUTTHE CLUTTER HAS CHANGED

AROUND THEM.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND ALL THOSETHINGS.

WE JUST HAVE TO KEEPEDUCATING, KEEP LEADING

AND-- I DON'T THINK-- .

>> Stephen: TELL THEM TOKNOCK OFF THE HIP-HOP, AND

RAP AND TATTOOS, RIGHT.

YOU HAVE TO TELL THEM TOKNOCK IT OFF.

>> MY SON LISTENS TO THESAME THINGS AND I TURN OFF

WHEN I GET IN THE CAR BUTHE LISTENS TO IT I DON'T

THINK IT'S MADE HIM ANYWORSE.

>> Stephen: YOU KNOW WHAT ITHINK THOSE KIDS SHOULD DO?

READ THIS BOOK.

JOHN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FORJOINING ME, JOHN CALIPARI,

THE BOOK IS PLAYERS FIRST.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)>> Stephen: WE'LL BE RIGHT

BACK.

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