Coach Cal's third Final Four is his first

His last two trips vacated by the NCAA, Calipari swears it'll be different with UK

Updated: March 29, 2011, 7:38 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- The academic who interviewed and hired John Calipari, who took the most polarizing man in college basketball at his word, was standing amid the East Regional revelry when he nodded toward a circle of Kentucky basketball players cutting down a Prudential Center net.

"It was a three-hour conversation," Kentucky president Lee Todd said, "and then he convinced me that this banner won't come down."

That's how Calipari got the job, by whispering sweet somethings into Todd's ...

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