Obama thanks Calipari, offers prescient advice

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Obama thanks Calipari, gives prescient advice

President Obama called John Calipari on Tuesday to thank the Kentucky men's basketball coach and his players for their help in raising more than $1 million in the "Hoops for Haiti" telethon.

Then the country's No. 1 college basketball fan cautioned the Wildcats not to let their new position atop the polls go to their heads.

Obama said Kentucky should stay focused after taking over the top spot in the rankings this week. Sure enough, the Wildcats suffered their first loss of the season hours later, 68-62, at South Carolina.

Calipari and his players crowded around a white phone at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C., when the president called.

The University of Kentucky raised more than $501,000 during the "Hoops for Haiti" telethon. Matching funds pushed the total past $1 million. . . .

Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley had minor arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist. The university said the surgery was intended to relieve stiffness in Barkley's wrist and clean up inflammation. . . .

A person familiar with the negotiations says Cornell has hired Mississippi offensive coordinator Kent Austin as its new football coach to replace Jim Knowles, who resigned in December to become defensive coordinator at Duke.


Armin Mahbanoozadeh, 18, of Great Falls earned a spot on the U.S. junior world championship team by finishing eighth in the men's event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash., which featured 11 skaters from Washington Figure Skating Club.

Kristine Musademba, 17, of Silver Spring was forced to withdraw from the women's event because of an ankle injury. Haley Dunne of Alexandria finished 13th. In novice ice dance, Danvi Pham, 11, and Vu Pham, 12, of Silver Spring finished second; Kristina Rexford, 12, of Silver Spring, and Michael Parsons, 15, of Derwood placed fourth; and Lorraine McNamara, 10, of Germantown and Quinn Carpenter, 13, of Wheaton were sixth.

Rachel Parsons of Derwood and Kyle MacMillan of Washington, both 12, won the gold medal in intermediate dance at the U.S. junior national championships in December in Strongsville, Ohio, while Elliana Pogrebinsky, 11, and Ross Gudis, 14, of Chevy Chase took the bronze.

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