Calipari denies taking shots at Pitino and Louisville

Kevin Erpenbeck

Kentucky head coach John Calipari is spending most of NBA Draft Day on ESPN’s campus in Bristol, Conn., making his rounds on the scheduled shows. 

Calipari’s first stop was co-hosting with Mike Greenberg on the sports-talk radio/telecast show Mike & Mike, where he addressed comments he made earlier this week that appeared to be him taking a shot at Rick Pitino and Louisville.

“The thing I’ve said about specifically Louisville, if it happened, it’s not good for any of us and it’s not good for college basketball,” Calipari said. “But I said I didn’t think their coach knew. I just can’t believe that. That’s what I said. … I respect (Pitino) as a coach, he’s a Hall of Famer. I know how good he is. The stuff is blown up more than it should be, and if he took it wrong, I apologize.”

While making an appearance on the “Mike Lupica Show” on Tuesday, Calipari said, “If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what’s going on.” While not directly referring to Louisville, the comment appeared to be directly related to Louisville and its sex-for-pay scandal that is under NCAA investigation. 

When asked about Calipari’s comments, Pitino said he didn’t have time to figure out what Calipari meant by the statement.

“If our paths cross this summer, I’ll ask him,” Pitino said.

The two schools are scheduled to play their 50th meeting with each other before Christmas this year. The game will be held at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.