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

Thu, January 19, 2017 by Kari Wethington

NEW YORK – 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.

About John Calipari
John Calipari is the head coach of men’s basketball at the University of Kentucky. He led the Kentucky Wildcats to the 2012 national championship, and the team has been to a total of six NCAA Final Four appearances in his career, including four in a five-year period. He was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. Calipari is a New York Times Bestselling author and recently released his latest book, “Success is the Only Option.”

About Midroll Media
Midroll Media is a leading podcast content company, advertising network and distribution platform that is changing the face of digital audio. It is the parent company of the Earwolf network and its top-ranked comedy podcasts; popular podcast listening platform Stitcher; the Howl premium subscription service, available at and via apps for iOS and Android; and the Midroll advertising network, representing over 300 of the world’s largest podcasts. With offices in Los Angeles, New York City and San Francisco, Midroll was founded in 2010 and is a wholly owned subsidiary of The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP).

Media contacts:
Kari Wethington, The E.W. Scripps Company, 513-977-3763,

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