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Louisville Coach Rick Pitino talked for 10 minutes about the impact of shoe company affiliations on college basketball recruiting during a press conference last week.
On Thursday, UK Coach John Calipari got a question on the topic:
“When I first got started, my team was in Reebook. Then, we went to LA Gear. All I asked was, ‘Please don’t have us in the light-up shoes.’ They were very heavy. But we wore them. Then, my team went to Adidas. When we went to Adidas, I was somewhere and a guy looked at my shirt and it said ‘Adidas.’ (He said), ‘You’re with Adidas?! I didn’t know that.’ And I said, ‘They don’t either — know that we’re with them.’ And I’m with Nike. All I can tell you is it’s not had an effect on how I’ve done the job. So … I would even like to tell you I was with the PF Flyers, but you know I’m not that old. I may have even been with Converse. I’m not sure it has (an effect). I don’t think it does. But people have their opinions it.”
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