The NCAA, and the United States for that matter, is shook. The Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, is sweeping the nation and seemingly infecting thousands of people by the day.
In a time period where most are quarantined to their house, how can college athletes continue to use this time to their benefit? Well, they can continue to practice, continue to work, continue to get after it.
However, as a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show, head coach John Calipari went further than just players. He implied self-improved is a way everyone can take full advantage of the extra time at home.
“For all of us you have a chance to go online and improve yourself, do it. I can’t remember the last time I’ve had time like this to do this so I want to take advantage of it. You’re in a position to better yourself, don’t waste that time by worrying about what’s happening in two weeks. Better yourself,” Calipari said on The Paul Finebaum Show.
Calipari actually blew away Finebaum with the interview.
Blown away by our conversation just now with @UKCoachCalipari. So inspirational and poignant. Just stunning. https://t.co/7AsxmCQS3H— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 2, 2020
Coaching in Kentucky, Calipari’s home state has yet to see the worst of the disease, still having under 1,000 cases.
As people as working from home and non-essential businesses are shut down, full prevention mode has been put on the public, one reason for Calipari’s need to make sure that people are using this time to better themselves.
With even fall workouts in question and the 2020 NCAA Tournament having been cancelled for quite some time now, Calipari’s job has been cut short this season, but it’ll be back in full effect as one of the best recruiting classes of his tenure is set to come to Lexington this fall.
Speaking of, Calipari is staying optimistic about sports being played this fall.
"We may have a summer, we may not have a summer...but I fully expect us to be playing basketball in November." @UKCoachCalipari on with me earlier https://t.co/qfx9BlwCl4 pic.twitter.com/HAeKhLe9Rb— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) April 2, 2020
We can only hope.