John Calipari frustrated by FBI questions on “media day, not coach day”


Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts to a call during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional Elite 8 at FedExForum on Sunday, March 26, 2017 in Memphis, KY. Photo by Addison Coffey | Staff.

Chase Campbell

Thursday, the UK men’s basketball team held their annual mdia day, where reporters finally got to ask the team about the uncovering of the college basketball scandal by the FBI.

Several weeks ago, news was released by the FBI that college athletes were being paid to attend certain schools, to sign with a certain agent or to commit to a shoe company.

For nearly ten minutes of his 45-minute press conference, head coach John Calipari was asked about his opinion on the matter.

“I don’t want to come across as uneducated or dumb,” Calipari said, “none of us know where this thing is going.”

After several questions of a similar nature, Calipari began trying to wave off questions on that subject to transition to this year’s basketball team.

After a question about the likelihood of Rick Pitino being fired from the University of Louisville, Calipari said “look, it’s unfortunate, all the stuff that’s come down, but let’s talk about my team. Please. Does anyone here have a question about my team?”

As Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader asked a question on the topic of the FBI after that request, Calipari pointed to another reporter who had a question, signaling to get their question instead of the first one.

“This is media day, not coach day,” Tipton said when Calipari attempted to wave him off.

Calipari replied, “we haven’t been contacted, the NCAA hasn’t contacted us, we’re going about our business coaching this team. How about a basketball question, since it isn’t ‘my day?’”

The players were entirely confident that nothing was going to happen to them or the school as they went throughout the season.

“I’m just happy I’m not involved in it, or anything here at Kentucky,” forward Wenyen Gabriel said when asked what he thinks of the investigation. “That stuff happened over there, maybe there’s other schools that go through it, or might be going through the same things. Maybe some other people out there are worried right now.”

Gabriel, a sophomore, said that one of the benefits of being part of the basketball program at UK meant he wasn’t worried at all, because they can focus on what they need to focus on as a team.

As the rest of the nation looks on, the Cats are entirely unconcerned about their potential level of involvement in the issue, because according to them, there is none.