John Calipari met with the media today at the SEC meetings and dropped a line that was the next logical progression in the “What will Cal do next?” series. Calipari threw out the idea of wanting to play a triple header in a football stadium with a men’s and women’s basketball game, followed by a football game. The basketball double header would take place on Friday night with the football game to follow on Saturday. Calipari wants the same opponent for all 3 games, all in 1 stadium. The idea sounds a bit farfetched in theory, but does anyone doubt that Calipari will try to make this happen in the near future?
The biggest question mark would likely be which team would fit the criteria for all 3 programs: men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football. Baylor was a perfect fit for both basketball programs. Football proves a bit trickier though. With the race to get to 6 wins to become bowl eligible, when Kentucky already plays in arguably the toughest conference in college football, the non-conference opponents (you would have to assume the opponent would not be from the SEC) outside of Louisville are usually teams that Kentucky is expected to beat.
The chance to play in an event of this magnitude, the first ever triple header featuring basketball and football, might change the non-conference strategy for football. Would Kentucky be willing to play a tougher opponent in football to take part in such an event?
Is such an event even really possible? Calipari is constantly pushing the envelope, throwing out new ideas and creating new experiences for players and fans. This would certainly be the most innovative of any of his ideas yet.
Which teams might fit the criteria for a triple header with men’s basketball, women’s basketball and football? In which major stadium would this event take place? Will it actually happen? Or perhaps a better question, when will this actually happen?
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