Championship All About Calipari

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The second net was hanging by just a few final strands, but the ceremonial cutting was briefly put on hold as the familiar chords of "One Shining Moment" started to spill from the Superdome's speakers. John Calipari, his first national championship firmly in his possession, stood off to the side of the lane, looking up at one of the giant video screens on the stadium's back wall, taking in every glimpse of the special moments that briefly made the Lehighs and Norfolk States the story of this tournament.

Suddenly, his own budding superstar, Anthony Davis, was briefly staring back at him from the screen before a new moment quickly erased him from view. It was a perfect encapsulation of both the moment and the underlying message of this Kentucky program: Players are above the coach, and they're gone in a flash. Yes, Calipari's going recruiting on Friday.

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