UK Men's Basketball

Calipari launches Web site, Facebook page

University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari continues his venture into the technology age.

Calipari's Web site, CoachCal.com, was unveiled Thursday afternoon, about the time the coach started the official John Calipari Facebook page.

The Web site, which Calipari and the UK athletic department have been teasing for months, contains biographical information about the coach and his assistants, a blog maintained by Calipari and the site administrator, a direct feed to Calipari's Twitter account, a store with Calipari and UK merchandise and several other features.

CoachCal.com also features a version of the site in Chinese. Calipari visited China this summer and has repeatedly stressed the importance of the country to the future of basketball in the United States.

The site was launched at noon Thursday. Calipari said on his Twitter account later in the day that there were 20,000 page hits in the first 15 minutes.

The Web site is free to all users but can be upgraded to include exclusive access to UK game day content and free merchandise.

Fans can also search and "friend" Calipari on facebook and get the latest on the UK head coach.

Facebook is a free social networking Web site that allows people to add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves.

As of 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Calipari had 3,656 "fans" on his facebook page and 490,097 readers following him on his Twitter account, www.twitter.com/ukCoachCalipari.

ETSU extends Bartow

Murry Bartow has been given a two-year contract extension as head basketball coach at East Tennessee State University.

The school said in a news release Thursday that his contract now runs through the end of the 2013-14 season.

Bartow, in six seasons at ETSU, has a 118-72 record. He led the Bucs to conference championships in 2004, 2007 and 2009, along with trips to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 and 2009, and a berth in the NIT in 2007.

He's the son of longtime college coach legend Gene Bartow.

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