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Sunday, April 1, 2012
Plenty at stake for UK’s John Calipari

By Gene Wojciechowski

NEW ORLEANS -- Final Four washout or first-time champion? Overpaid or underappreciated? One-and-done specialist or dynasty builder?

There is no middle ground for Kentucky coach John Calipari. He either wins a national title against underdog Kansas or he doesn't. And if he doesn't, then the doubts and questions will begin to bubble to the surface throughout Big Blue Nation.

Calipari will leave the Superdome in the wee hours of Tuesday morning as a failure or as the guy who led UK from the desert. Kentucky hasn't won one of these things since 1998 and Wildcats fans are tired of Final Four dry mouth.

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