Calipari will coach for his first national championship Monday night against Bill Self and Kansas, which denied coach Cal of a title in his last trip to the finals with Memphis four years ago.
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"But right now that's the way it is, and you can't blame the kids," he said. "When there's millions of dollars laying out there for them to get if they go pro, it's pretty hard to say no to that."
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