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Calipari Opens Up About Losing His Mother

Posted: Dec 1, 2010 12:12 AM by Mary Jo Perino

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John Calipari did not speak to the media after the win over Boston Tuesday night, but did record and audio tweet on talking about his mother and expressing his appreciation for all the fans and his team.

"I want to thank our team for wearing black socks in her honor and I really want to thank the students and others that wore black jerseys in her honor. I called my dad and told him that it was going to be done and I'm not sure she would have wanted it, but it was a great honor for our family that our fans and big blue nation would think enough of us to mourn with us," Calipari said on Lexy.

"My mother, the dreamer and the driver of our family. She would push and hug, she was the driver. She was also a dreamer. My parents grew up in the Great Depression. Neither one had a lot, broken homes, hard deal," said Calipari.

Cal's mother, Donna, had a long battle with cancer and lost that fight on Sunday. Cal is grateful for the time he got to spend with her.

"In the end, the cancer got the best of her, but she fought. She was 74 years old. She died with my father and my sister right there. I had been to the house probably three times in the last month and spent time with her. She knew how we all felt. In the end that last month she just wanted to sit and talk and look and say that she loved you and did the best she could. She was a great mother but she was tough."
Calipari said it has been tough, but he knows his mother is in a better place.

"I'm going to miss her dearly but the memories are with me. Let me thank all the big blue nation for what you did today, for our players and how they honored my mom."

Topics: Kentucky basketball, John Calipari