Hey Coach Cal, Kentucky isn’t only a basketball college anymore

Take it easy Cal

Take it simple Cal
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Standing up in your program and athletes is commonplace for a university head coach, particularly one with the pedigree of John Calipari. Teaching one of many royal bluebloods of school athletics in Lexington, with a lifetime contract no much less, actually skews his view of issues from the mountaintop. A loss to St. Peter’s within the NCAA Match gained’t tarnish this system’s or Cal’s private status. The one factor stopping the momentum of Kentucky basketball could be from inside. Enter the previous Memphis and UMass head coach’s feedback from Thursday.

In making an attempt to get cash for a brand new follow facility to deal with the one-and-done manufacturing unit, Calipari known as longtime UK beat author Kyle Tucker, now scribing for The Athletic. He defined the horror behind stopping a current offseason exercise, with the season greater than two months away, as a result of the roof was leaking on the Joe Craft Heart, solely constructed 15 years in the past.

Calipari ultimately blurted, “This can be a basketball college. It’s all the time been that. Alabama is a soccer college. So is Georgia. I imply, they’re. No disrespect to our soccer group. I hope they win 10 games and go to bowls. On the finish of the day, that makes my job simpler, and it makes the job of all of us simpler. However it is a basketball college. And so we have to maintain transferring in that course and maintain doing what we’re doing.”

Enter Wildcats’ head soccer coach Mark Stoops, who has turned Kentucky’s soccer program from irrelevant and a doormat for the Southeastern Convention — sort of what Vanderbilt is now, however worse due to potential — to a constant winner. UK soccer won’t ever be Georgia or Alabama, however they’ve separated themselves from the center pack of the SEC and are constantly ending only some steps behind the convention’s elite.

It took Stoops only a few hours to post a response to Calipari. While Cal’s frustrations might’ve been mainly with Kentucky’s administration, which I assume is indirectly responsible for the roof leaking because of rain and not Poseidon himself, throwing a stray at a beloved colleague was an unneeded low blow.

And if there’s one period of Kentucky’s history where football has outperformed the Rupp Arena regals, it’s right now. Over the last four years, Wildcat football has won four bowl games and 33 overall contests, averaging out to more than eight wins per year. That’s pretty solid in the hardest football collegiate league to play in. SEC basketball is improving, but nowhere near a juggernaut. Yet, Cal’s minions have only won three NCAA Tournament games in that same span.

Will this be a big deal for a long time? No. I’d be shocked if Calipari hasn’t already placed the obligatory, “I’m sorry you read my accurately reported words” phone call. It should be water under the bridge. Yet, it could make for some fun trolling down the line.

Kentucky basketball is an iconic brand. Maintaining that image at the expense of another team within the athletic department was such a dumb thought. I don’t believe the game has passed Coach Cal by, but maybe the aura of Kentucky being just a men’s basketball school has. After all, Wildcat women’s basketball has been really good for a while. They defeated national-champion South Carolina to win the SEC Tournament. Maybe Calipari missed that bitching about other needless things.

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