I'm not interested in calling anybody a liar because that's such a harsh label. But there's no denying that coaches, by and large, aren't always completely honest when asked about their commitment to their current jobs and/or future plans. Mostly, they operate in non-answers. Coaches are asked about openings (or presumed openings) that have been publicly attached to their names, and they answer by saying they "plan" to stay put because they really "love" right where they're at, and I've forever rolled my eyes at that type of answer because, well, it's not an answer at all. For starters, plans can change at any time. So talking about "plans" gives everybody an out because a person can always say, "Hey, my plan was to stay put. But then something happened, and my plans changed. So I wasn't lying at all." Beyond that, professing love for your job isn't remotely the same as expressing a commitment to your job. For instance, I love my house, and I'm comfortable sharing that. But my publicly stated love for my house doesn't necessarily mean I wouldn't move tomorrow if, you know, I found a house I thought I could love even more, and that's why you should never care, one way or another, about how much a coach claims to love his job because that alone means very little. Which brings me to John Calipari, of course. For more years than I can remember, Calipari has almost always addressed speculation concerning his future with an approach either exactly like, or similarly to, the approach described above. He's a master with words, the best at delivering sentences that sound good but mean nothing, and the most obvious example is when he was asked about the opening at Kentucky two days after coaching what ended up being his final game at Memphis.
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