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Friday, February 25, 2011

John Calipari Reportedly Considered by Dominican Republic National Team

Fresh on the heels of Rick Pitino accepting the head coaching job for the Puerto Rican national team, Kentucky coach John Calipari is rumored to be interested in the same position for the Dominican Republic.

All of the information on this matter is conjecture, but a source told a Puerto Rican basketball blog (via Zagsblog), "the Federation is seriously considering this. The fact of the matter is it makes all the sense in the world. Coach Cal and you bring in Coach Orlando Antigua (who is Dominican and a Calipari assistant at UK). Coach Cal is a proven winner and there is no question about his ability to communicate and get the most out of his players."

Four NBA players -- Francisco Garcia, Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva, and Trevor Ariza -- hail from the Dominican Republic, as well as ex-Louisville point guard Edgar Sosa.

So, apparently another team is trying to get Calipari to step into Pitino's turf, this time in the Caribbean?

Calipari or Kentucky have yet to comment on what is thus far speculation of interest only from the Dominican Republic's side.

Source: NCAA Basketball

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