John Calipari’s ‘Cal Cast’ podcast features conversation with rival Rick Pitino


In a new episode of the “Cal Cast” podcast, host John Calipari, University of Kentucky men’s basketball head coach, talks with rival head coach Rick Pitino.

“Cal Cast” is a weekly show featuring conversations between Calipari and top personalities from sports, business and entertainment.

Pitino is the head coach for men’s basketball at the University of Louisville, and, like Calipari, is an inductee in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His impressive coaching career includes two NCAA national championships and seven appearances in the Final Four. Pitino is one of only two coaches in history (Calipari is the other) who has taken three different schools to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Division I Final Four.

In the episode, Pitino talks about his perceived rivalry with Calipari, how he got his start as a coach, the greatest mentor in his life and his view on responsibility and accountability as a head coach.

“My conversation with Rick was great,” said Calipari. “Everyone is shocked that we sat down and had this conversation. Even my wife couldn’t believe it!”

The episode is available now via iTunes, Stitcher, SoundCloud, Google Play and other podcast platforms. New episodes of “Cal Cast,” which is produced in partnership with Midroll, are available each Thursday.

FedEx is the presenting sponsor of “Cal Cast.” In addition to FedEx, the series is supported by exclusive advertising partners: Papa John’s, Blue Apron and ZipRecruiter.