Calipari’s ’30 for 30′ to air April 13 on ESPN


Kentucky coach John Calipari yells at his team at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky., on Sunday, November 13, 2016. Kentucky beat Canisius 93-69. Photo by Joshua Qualls | Staff

Kevin Erpenbeck

Get your calenders out Kentucky fans. UK head coach John Calipari’s 30 for 30 documentary piece is set to air April 13 on ESPN.

The two-hour film, titled One and Not Done, will make its television debut 11 days after this year’s NCAA National Championship game. It will be produced and directed by Jonathan Hock, who has won multiple Emmys as a producer and director and was also involved in other 30 for 30s, like The Best That Never Was (2010), Unguarded (2011), Survive and Advance (2013) and Of Miracles and Men (2015).

Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch reported the air date of the film and interviewed Hock about the piece in his latest story. It was announced back in May that ESPN was working on a 30 for 30 piece about Calipari and his success.

“I think the most important thing the film does is embrace the antipathy to Calipari as part of who he is,” Hock said in the interview with SI. “You can’t be John Calipari without the haters. I have had more fun filming Calipari than I can remember having following any team. He is so unfiltered and entertaining and real when you are embedded with him. He has been wide open. Making the film has been a really great experience.”

Ratings for the film are expected to be extremely high, given how many avid supporters and haters Calipari has accumulated over the years. 

The film will chronicle Calipari’s life, both before and after he took the UK head coaching gig. It will also feature interviews with players drafted No. 1 overall in the NBA after being coached by Calipari, including Derrick Rose, John Wall, Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns.