15 minutes of fame is short-lived, often ephemeral, media publicity or celebrity of an individual or phenomenon. The expression was coined by Andy Warhol, who said in 1968 that "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." The phenomenon is often used in reference to figures in the entertainment industry or other areas of popular culture, such as reality TV and YouTube. It is believed that the statement was an adaptation of a theory of Marshall McLuhan, explaining the differences of media, where TV differs much from other media using contestants.
I included that definition just to show how the world has changed since Andy Warhol made his famous statement back in 1968. Tonight John Calipari showed just how much it has changed. For 15 minutes the University of Kentucky was once again center stage in the world of college sports, and pretty much even sports in general. In short, Calipari got a free 15 minute infomercial for UK Basketball in primetime on ESPN during one of the slowest sports weeks of the year. That's several million home visits for John Calipari without even leaving the office. More and more I learn just how smart the man is.
Any other coach in college basketball get that? Nope. Any other school get the world wide sports authority to come to their institution and turn their cameras on to their students. just so they can say goodbye? Not even close. Ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, call your nearest Indiana relative and laugh. Then hang up. Then call back and laugh again. When they finally figure out what you are laughing about, next year's press conference will be on TV. That is how far behind they are. They are going to stay behind as long as John Calipari is at UK, too.
More and more we see just how innovative John Calipari can be. He has ESPN in his hip pocket, he has CBS singing his praises, and he has the rest of the world fighting over the chance to call him every ugly name in the book. And he is riding that horse just as far as it will take him. He proves to the rest of the world of college basketball that it is his sandbox, and everyone else is just playing in it.
How far is this thing going? The truth is that it just got started. But if there is one thing we have learned from John Calipari, it is that he doesn't like long goodbyes. And sometimes he doesn't like long hellos, either. The players are going in and out of UK faster than a New York Subway Terminal. And it just keeps getting sweeter everytime. UK now has sent more players to the NBA than any other school in the last 5 years. And they aren't going to sit on the bench either. We are sending #1 picks, big time players, and immediate contributors in our groups of young men. You hear that? GROUPS. We are a defacto NBA Farm team. And the sound of that no longer bothers me. Let's face it, this is the world we live in, and John Calipari is making his time in it count. Parents respect him. Players love him. Coaches loathe him (if they don't have any more sense), and the media, once his worst nemesis, is now eating him up with a spoon.
My only wish is that I could find a way to guarantee these kids success in their future endeavors. Because they have guaranteed UK success in it's future for sure.