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Befitting A Champ: UK Getting Major Upgrades To Rupp Arena Locker Room
Published October 19, 2012
GOING HOLLYWOOD: In N.Y., Zach Braziller noted ESPN premiered "All-Access Kentucky" on Wednesday night at 7pm ET. The show will air the next two weeks and will "chronicle the lives of the Kentucky’s men’s basketball team and Calipari." After the first three episodes are shown, the network "will decide where to go from there." ESPN VP/Original Programming & Production Jamie Horowitz said, "The fun thing when you do a documentary-style series is you don’t know the answers. We’re gonna cover whatever happens. We’re really just observers; what happens is what ends up in the series." Horowitz "felt Calipari and the Wildcats were the ideal subject, concerning the rabid support the program gets and the animosity it receives from detractors" (NYPOST.com, 10/17). In Kentucky, John Clay wrote for the "most part, the first 'episode' of this behind-the-scenes look inside the Kentucky basketball program was exactly what I thought it might be, a promotional video for the Kentucky basketball program." High school recruit Aaron Harrison following his commitment to attend UK next year said, "Coach Cal can make our dream come true faster than the normal coach." Clay: "Whatever six-figure check the school wrote for that laser light show at Big Blue Madness last week pales in comparison to the priceless promotional punch of that quote" (LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER, 10/17).