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LANE | No Suspension for Willis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- University of Kentucky senior forward Derek Willis will not miss any games after his arrest in June for public intoxication.

That was one of the topics John Calipari touched on during a Thursday press conference in Lexington.

"You guys know I don't throw people under the bus," said Calipari.  "You guys know how I am and we deal with every situation in its own right.  We gather information and Derek knows he's under a different eye now than he was.  But I'm not going to tell you specifically what we did and didn't do.  I'm not gonna write your stories and do all that stuff but obviously he and I have talked a few different times."  

Police found Willis lying on the ground just outside the driver's door in the middle of the road on Mountain Laurel Way, near Rice Pike, in Union, Kentucky, just before 4:30 a.m. on June 11.  He was given a diversion program, allowed to perform community service or take part in some other court-ordered program to get the charge dismissed and erased from his record.

For Calipari, it was another example of the pros and cons of being a UK basketball player.

"These kids know.  They're' under a microscope," said the coach.  "But I tell them that's the downside to being here.  The good thing about being here is that you're at Kentucky and everybody wants to be here and you're here.  You're having the opportunity to do this and you've got to deal with the other side of it."

The Wildcats open the regular season November 11th when they host Stephen F. Austin.

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