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Coach Cal will take UK's national title trophy on a tour across Kentucky beginning on Thursday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics) Coach Cal will take UK's national title trophy on a tour across Kentucky beginning on Thursday. (Britney McIntosh, UK Athletics)
Number eight might be coming to a town near you.

John Calipari announced on Tuesday night that he and his staff will be taking Kentucky's 2012 national championship trophy on an nine-stop tour across the Commonwealth. The Men's Basketball National Championship Trophy Tour presented by Verizon Wireless will begin on Thursday, April 12 and conclude on Saturday, April 14.

Fans will have the opportunity to pose for pictures with the trophy at each stop, first in Eastern Kentucky. The trophy will be on display in Ashland, Pikeville and Hazard for an hour each on Thursday afternoon. The tour will then resume on Friday as the staff boards a train at 10:30 a.m. in Lexington at Buchanan St. off W. Main St. near Rupp Arena. The train will depart for Frankfort, the first of four Friday destinations, followed by Elizabethtown, Owensboro and Paducah.

At each stop on Thursday and Friday, Coach Cal will address the fans in attendance and take questions from the crowd.

The tour will conclude with stops on Saturday in Lexington and Louisville, but only the trophy will make those trips.

Here is complete information about each of the destinations on the tour, including times and locations:

Thursday, April 12th
Ashland, Ky.: Kroger (12:00-1:00 pm ET)
711 Martin Luther King Blvd.
Ashland, KY 41101
606.325.8231

Thursday, April 12th
Pikeville, Ky.: Expo Center Main Street Plaza (2:30-3:30 pm ET)
Billy Johnson Stage
126 Main Street
Pikeville, KY 41501-1144
606.444.5500

Thursday, April 12th
Hazard, Ky.: Perry County Park (5:00-6:00 pm ET)
354 Perry Park Road
Hazard, KY 41701-9522
888.857.5263

On Friday, the staff will board a train in Nicholasville, Ky. that will take them through Midway, Ky. at 11:05 a.m. and arrive in Frankfort, Ky. at 11:45 a.m.

Friday, April 13th

Frankfort, Ky.: Old Capitol Annex (11:45 am-12:45 pm ET)
300 West Broadway
Frankfort, KY 40601

Friday, April 13th
Elizabethtown, Ky.: Kroger (2:30-3:30 pm ET)
111 Towne Drive
Elizabethtown, KY 42701
270.737.1710

Friday, April 13th

Owensboro, Ky.: Kroger (4:00-5:00 pm CT)
2630 Frederica Street
Owensboro, KY 42301
270.684.9411

Friday, April 13th
Paducah, Ky.: Kroger (7:30-8:30 pm CT)
3141 Park Avenue
Paducah, KY 42001
270.444.0596

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th

at Verizon Wireless
Lexington: Hamburg (10:00 am - 2:00 pm ET)
1895 Vendor Way
Lexington, KY 40509
859.264.9582

(TROPHY ONLY)
Saturday, April 14th

at Verizon Wireless
Louisville: Old Brownsboro Crossing (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm ET)
4830 Norton Healthcare Blvd.
Louisville, KY 40222
502.339.4949

ALL TIMES ARE TENTATIVE AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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6 Comments

Will Cal be signing autographs??

is john calipari and the crew going to give autographs?

For those of us who had their picture made with Coach Cal, is there any way of viewing those or getting a copy?

Skipping over Northern Kentucky again. I guess you think we have no Kentucky fans up here.

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