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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
John Calipari wants space from UK fans

By Diamond Leung

Kentucky coach John Calipari knows Big Blue Nation is going to invade Houston later this week, but as Wildcats fans celebrate the team's first Final Four appearance in 13 years, he also hopes for some relative peace and quiet.

In other words, please, Kentucky fans, for the good of the team, no autograph and photo requests in Houston. No mobbing of Brandon Knight or Terrence Jones or asking Josh Harrellson to sign your jean shorts. He needs his players in tip-top shape going into Saturday's semifinal game against Connecticut.

Calipari sent the message out under the headline, "Coach Cal Requests Space on Business Trip to Houston" on his website, CoachCal.com.
"If we take care of our business, there will be plenty of time to get autographs and personal photos beginning next Tuesday," Coach Cal said. "We have the greatest fans in America and we want to reward them with our players’ undivided attention, focus and peak physical condition."

"You can scream at them, cheer for them in the open practice and take pictures from afar -- but in order to make sure they -- and our staff -- doesn't get worn down by thousands and thousands of requests at the hotel and in public, I'm just asking that you'll give us all our space while we're in Houston," Coach Cal said. "I mean no disrespect at all and I know you all understand that we take pride in being The Commonwealth's Team. But this is a business trip for these young men and our program. Let's take care of business first and then we can have some fun later."