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SEC commish loves Calipari’s ‘creative thinking,’ but . . .

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey said John Calipari’s idea to move the league tournament to November did not receive much discussion during this week’s SEC meetings.
Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey said John Calipari’s idea to move the league tournament to November did not receive much discussion during this week’s SEC meetings. AP

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey had a polite and proper reaction to Kentucky Coach John Calipari’s suggestion that the SEC move its league tournament to November.

“I remember it vividly,” Sankey said Friday when asked for his initial reaction to Calipari’s suggestion. “It was, I love creative thinking. It makes other people think. He’s a creative thinker, in case other people hadn’t noticed.”

Sankey held a news conference at the end of the SEC Spring Meetings.

When asked if he believed Calipari was serious about moving the SEC Tournament to November, Sankey said, “I always think John is serious.”

In trying to get a sense of how seriously SEC officials took the suggestion, a reporter asked if Calipari’s idea got about as much discussion in meetings as the proposal for Auburn to move to the SEC Eastern Division in football.

“Close,” Sankey said.

It was believed that SEC officials did not discuss a move by Auburn.

Calipari, an unabashed non-fan of the SEC Tournament, suggested the event be moved to November in order to generate attention. He also lamented that the tournament did not help SEC teams improve their chances of getting an NCAA Tournament bid.

Jerry Tipton: 859-231-3227, @JerryTipton

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