(SP) – University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari today announced today that Amazon has agreed to place its new headquarters with his program, giving the highly-regarded recruiter perhaps his most sought-after commit yet.
Amazon had been courted by most every major city and state in recent months to be the home of the corporation’s new headquarters, but it was Calipari’s pitch that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said really stood out.
”We got so many great pitches and I appreciate everyone who worked so hard on trying to get Amazon,” said Bezos. “But Coach Cal just really made me believe in what he was offering. I’m a 5-foot-7, 53-year old, yet after having Coach in my living room, I really believed I could play in the NBA one day. I’m ready to give my all for the Wildcats.”
The decision to place Amazon’s headquarters in the small city of Lexington, Kentucky, sent the company’s stock into free fall in late trading today, as did the apparent shift in corporate goals from worldwide retail giant to Bezos trying to make the NBA.
But Calipari says Amazon can thrive at Kentucky.
“First off, I honestly didn’t know it was a company,” he said. “I just heard everyone wanted Amazon Headquarters and figured it was the name of some big recruit. But whatever, we’ve got it now and we have a business major at Kentucky so they can do whatever with that. But I’m really excited about what the corporation can do for our basketball program. I hear they have an army of drones. I can have them hovering outside of every 5-star recruit’s house starting tomorrow morning.”