Vols Hope to Continue Home Magic Against Kentucky


Vols coach Rick Barnes hopes to continue his home mojo against Kentucky Saturday.
He has never lost to the Cats in Knoxville.
Kentucky coach John Calipari on the other hand, has a less than stellar mark at Thompson Boling Arena.

Reporter:”You’re 3-6.”
Said Calipari:”Wow. Not great.(laughter) Better than 0-9. So it’s. It’s. Anytime I’ve been in that building. It’s packed. And it’s like a game. It’s a significant game. And this one will be. They’re a physical team. They play well. They’re well coached.”
Reporter:”Why do you think you’ve had Kentucky’s number in this building?:”
Said Barnes:”I’ve said before. I don’t think there’s a better place to play basketball than Thompson Boling Arena. Our fans are just terrific. But this rivalry has gone back way before all of us. That’s been a big part of it.”
Said Calipari:”Rick. You guys know how much respect I have for him. Not only as a coach. Obviously as a coach, he and I have been doing this a long time. But as a man and a person. He and I talk throughout the year. I know Tennessee fans will be so mad at this. Something happens, I’m calling him. He’ll call me. I mean we’ve been friends for longer than him coaching there and me coaching here.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.