Fathers coach common sons in college basketball, UK schedule


Kentucky's John Calipari, right, coached alongside his son and graduate assistant coach Brad Calipari in the Champions Classic against Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 9.  Brad also performed for his father in the UK.

Kentucky’s John Calipari, right, coached alongside his son and graduate assistant coach Brad Calipari in the Champions Classic against Duke at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 9. Brad also performed for his father in the UK.

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Question: How many college basketball teams have a father as a coach and his son as a player?

Answer: Enough so that you can have a top 25 poll for these teams only.

Of course, Kentucky is no stranger to father-son combinations. Adolphe and Herky rupp. Eddie and Sean sutton. Tubby and Saul Black-smith. Jeans and Brad Calipari.

This season in the UK, the Cats have played in the south, coached by the former Kentucky star Sean Bois, whose son DeSean Woods is part of the squad, even though he’s out for the season due to injury.

Their last opponent, Western Kentucky, is coached by Rick stansbury. One of his sons, Noah Stansbury, is part of the team.

Smith leads High Point against Kentucky next Friday. His eldest son, GG Smith, is the team’s associate coach and played for his father in Georgia.

On February 8, Kentucky will play in South Carolina, coached by Franck martin. His son, Brandon martin, is part of the team.

Then there are the Hurleys, who make the dynamic father-son multigenerational. Arizona State Coach Bobby hurley and UConn trainer Dan Hurley played for their father, Bob hurley, at St. Anthony’s High School in Jersey City, NJ Now, son of Bobby Hurley, Bob hurley, is part of the Arizona State team. Also, Andrew Hurley is part of his father’s UConn team.

With the holidays being synonymous with family reunions, now is a good time to ask yourself: why are there so many fathers training their sons? A suspicion would be that guilt is playing a role. Coaching takes so long that it’s a way of being with each other.

“No doubt,” said Ohio state coach Chris Holtmann, who doesn’t expect to train her only child, her 11-year-old daughter Nora Jane Holtmann. “I don’t think there is a question. I heard that from the coaches.

“I think they look at these opportunities and say it’s a great opportunity for me to see my son every day. This is a good thing.

Rick Stansbury hasn’t questioned the idea that wanting to spend time together leads fathers to have sons on teams. “I think it’s true,” he said. “I have always had my children with me.

The Western Kentucky coach meant that almost literally.

“Even when they were babies, they went to every game,” he said.

When he coached at Mississippi State, it was not uncommon for one or more of Stansbury’s three sons to sit with him at post-game press conferences or be on the team bench for the games.


“Because I spend so much time outside during the weeks, on match days, I want them with me,” he said. “It was something that made sense to me.”

Successes at Rupp

By beating Western Kentucky on Wednesday night, Kentucky avoided making the “wrong” kind of story. It would have marked the ninth time Britain have lost to the same program twice in a row at Rupp Arena. In their last game in the UK, the Hilltoppers won 64-52 to open the 2001-02 season.

The eight times Kentucky has lost back-to-back games at Rupp Arena to the same schedule have been against Florida twice (2005-06 and 2006-07, plus 1987-88 and 1988-89), Kansas (2004-05 and 2016-17), LSU (1978-79 and 1979-80), North Carolina (2005-06 and 2007-08), Texas A&M (1979 NIT and 2012-13), Vanderbilt (2005-06 and 2006-07 ) and Tennessee (2019-20 and 2020-2021).

Florida won 71-67 at Kentucky last season and will seek a second straight victory at Rupp Arena on February 12.

Tennessee can make history by beating Kentucky on January 15. If that happens, Flights will become the first visitor program to beat the UK three times in a row at Rupp Arena.

Regardless of the home court, only two programs have won three or more straight games in Kentucky. Georgetown College has won four in a row over Theodore Rooseveltthe presidency of (1903, 1904, 1905 and 1906). Tennessee has won three straight games: two games in three days in February 1920 and the third in 1923.

Free time

Improved competitiveness and increased dribbling-drive action were big lessons from Kentucky’s resounding victory over North Carolina last weekend.

But another change might have been overlooked.

After Kentucky’s loss to Notre Dame the weekend before, Jean Calipari guessed his decision not to request a time-out after the Irish took the 64-62 lead with 11.7 seconds left.

First-year student TyTy Washington rushed down and took a very contested shot that missed. Notre Dame’s festive buzzing dunk punctuated a 66-62 victory.

Against North Carolina, the UK’s 18-point lead had narrowed to 40-29 with less than a minute to go in the first half.

UK called the time with 20.5 seconds remaining on the game clock and 18 seconds remaining on the shot clock.

The resulting game was similar: Sahvir Wheeler barely made a very contested shot that missed.

Ahead of the game, Washington said they expected a time out if this type of situation arose.

The scramble in the dying seconds at Notre Dame started with Washington taking a pass back from Keion brooks.

“I looked directly at Coach Cal,” Washington said. “And he just waved his hand.”

Washington said he was – and is – comfortable with the charge ahead.

“I’ve been in this situation before…” he said. “I arrived at the edge (at Notre-Dame). … I wasn’t, like, strong going in there. I was going there trying to be fouled instead of just trying to finish the game.

Has it been fouled?

“There was a little bump,” Washington said. “But it wasn’t enough to call a foul. I just have to be stronger and play through it.

CM remembers

Alabama lost 79-78 to Davidson on Tuesday in the CM Newton Classic. Tide trainer Oats Nate greeted the end CM Newton, the former British player and later sports director between two coaching terms for Transylvania, Alabama and Vanderbilt.

Newton recruited the first black players for Transy and Alabama.

“Such a pioneer in the history of basketball in Alabama…” Oats said of Newton. “He did a lot of positive things.

Hall of fame ?

Valerie Still, the leading career scorer in British basketball history for both men’s and women’s teams, is among those shorted for entry into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame next year. She scored 2,763 points and averaged 23.2 points per game for Great Britain in the early 1980s.

Other people on the ballot include the former British aide (and now Florida State coach) Leonard Hamilton, retired referee John clougherty and Marcus Camby, who led Jean Calipari– coached UMass until the 1996 Final Four.

The Veterans Committee put three Kentucky Wesleyan teams (1965-66, 1967-68 and 1968-69) on the ballot.

The finalists will be announced on February 18. Members of the Hall of Fame class of 2022 will be announced at the Final Four in New Orleans. The induction weekend is September 9-10.

Injury update

7-foot-5-inch center of western Kentucky, Jamarion Sharp, collapsed on the pitch with 1:20 pm left in Wednesday’s UK game. He seriously sprained his ankle.

Coach Rick stansbury said Sharp is questionable about playing in WKU’s opening game at the US Conference: at Southern Miss on December 30.

Late congratulations

AT Gary Kidwell. The longtime member of the media covering UK sports was inducted into the Morehead State Alumni Hall of Fame in October.

Kidwell helped establish the Lewis County Little League program and revitalize the Lewis County High School football program.

In 2011, he was named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. Two years later, he was named to the National High School Athletic Coaching Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday

Coach to Western Kentucky Rick stansbury. He turned 62 on Thursday. … AT Hawkins Cliff. He turned 40 on Friday. … To ESPN analyst Jay bilas. He turned 58 on Friday. … To Northern Kentucky Coach (and graduate of Tates Creek High School) Darrin horn. He turned 49 on Friday. … AT Rodney Dent. He turned 51 on Saturday. … To the former Maryland coach Left Handed Driesell. He will be 90 this Saturday. … To the former Arkansas coach Nolan richardson. He will be 80 this Monday. … To the Kansas coach Bill yourself. He will be 59 this Monday. … To Coach Gonzague Mark little. He will be 59 this Monday. … To the former UK assistant coach Jim hatfield. He will be 78 this Tuesday. … AT Travis Ford. He will be 52 this Wednesday.

Jerry Tipton has covered Kentucky basketball from the 1981-82 season to the present day. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame.
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