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UK’s Calipari Has Heard Enough About His New Scheduling Plans

If you’re tired of people talking about Kentucky’s decision not to play Indiana… and John Calipari’s decision to start scheduling as a “non-traditional” program, you’re not alone.  Coach Cal himself seems to be getting tired of the feedback.

According to The Louisville Courier-Journal, Calipari responded yesterday to a question about the IU/UK series with “a 585-word rant.”  The coach said he hears from fans who say, “Schedule for America!”  His reply?  “I’m not scheduling for America, I’m scheduling for us.”

And there was more.  Much, much more:


“So what we’re doing is what’s right for our program.  (Indiana coach) Tommy (Crean), move on.  It’s done.  We’re good.  I’m good.  You’re good.  You have your schedule.  We have our schedule…

‘Why don’t you play each other?’  Because.  ‘What do you mean because?’  Because, because, because.”


Question: If another program refused to play Kentucky on its terms and that coach’s rationale was “because, because, because,” how do you think Wildcat fans would react?

But I digress.

Eventually, Calipari turned the conversation toward his decision to play more games at neutral sites and fewer as home-and-home series.  “Well, why would you do that?” he asked rhetorically.  “Because we can and no one else can.”

He then went on to say — according to The Courier-Journal — “he has some wild ideas that would make some people ‘very angry’ and prompt others to wonder, ‘When did they have the time to think this stuff up?’”

Like the men’s basketball / women’s basketball / football tripleheader he spitballed last week?  Yep.

“I want to play a tripleheader so bad,” Calipari said.  “You have no idea how I want to do a tripleheader now… and just overrun a city.”

We’ll just say what we said when Calipari first claimed a couple of months ago that he basically wanted to turn Kentucky basketball into a college version of the barnstorming Harlem Globetrotters — What’s wrong with playing games on campus?

Calipari has been a terrific boost for Wildcat basketball and the SEC as a whole.  He’s part Bill Veeck and part PT Barnum with a pinch of the best recruiter the world’s ever seen mixed in for kicks.  Even so, at some point a Kentucky fan or two might just get tired of “overrunning” other cities and decide that UK needs to care of its hometown ticket buyers, too.



With the exception of one NIT game, Kentucky hasn't played on campus in Lexington in 35 years.


As a fan of Coach Cal when he was at Memphis and now much more that he is at my Kentucky Wildcats, I say GO Cal and keep doing what you are doing.   I only get to see the Cats on TV so where ever they play I'm happy.  When i was working and wearing my KY gear I had people say to me "Hey I'm a KY fan". and  I might be in Calif. , New Mexico, Fla. or a lot of different part of this U.S.  I know it upsets people that Cal has brought KY back and won a  Championship in only three yrs.  But to them I say  GET OVER IT.

Fern Creek Rick
Fern Creek Rick

 Personally, I toatally agree with CAL. Why should UK be the only team in America who's schedule is dictated to them by the entire country? We have the #1 program, and we are the current NCAA #1 team. Why doesn't UK get to dictate everyones schedules to them? Looks kind of bassackwards to me!

#2 I'm totally down w/ CAL finding things that UK can do that no one else can. I think it's wonderful, and I say YOU GO COACH CAL!

#3 Note to Author, John Pennington...THIS UK fan won't be one of the "1 (one) or 2 (two)" UK fans that get tired of overunning other cities until I'm one of the last "1 (one) or 2 (two)" remaining UK fans alive, OR their are no more cities to overrun. Tuck in your  children tightly tonight! The KENTUCKY WILDCATS are coming to a city near you!

 #4 And, NO you can't tell them who to play!

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Personally, as a Wildcat fan, I am more concerned about the SEC schedule and lack of rivalry games.  We're giving up UT and Vandy twice a year for what?  To play Auburn, Ole Miss, and LSU more?  bleh.  Let us keep our conference rivals and develop a new one with Mizzou in the meat of the schedule rather than worrying about the appetizer.


I see Cal's point about wanting more large arena exposure.  Personally, I live out of state and am more likely to get to see the Cats in Atlanta than Lexington.  He's probably going too far, but it is not without merit and it is certainly reasonable. 

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