Calipari on birthday: 2 years were vacated, I’m 51

Kentucky coach John Calipari says Friday he’s a couple of years

younger than he feels on his 53rd birthday.

”Two years got vacated, so I’m 51,” he deadpanned.

Calipari, along with former Kentucky and current Louisville

coach Rick Pitino, are the only two men to lead three different

programs to the Final Four. The NCAA later vacated the Final Four

runs by the Calipari-led teams at Massachusetts (1996) and Memphis

(2008) for rules violations.

The top-ranked Wildcats (24-1, 10-0 Southeastern Conference)

play Vanderbilt (17-7, 6-3) on Saturday.

Calipari says he got breakfast in bed for his birthday, which he

called a family tradition.

”Oatmeal,” he said. ”You have to do it presidential – coffee,

two Splenda and cream and a napkin.”