Last weekend, John Calipari dashed the hopes of fans wanting the Cats to travel to the Maui Invitational in 2014, saying that he wasn’t interested in playing in a tournament that would keep his team off-campus for three straight games. But, before you put down your ukelele or take off your lei, Calipari threw out another idea: let’s go, just not take the team.
In an interview with WKYT, Cal explained why he declined the Maui Invitational invite and proposed a fan trip to the Aloha State with him and his wife…while the team stays at home:
“It’s not just Maui, it’s any tournament that we have to be off campus three games, I mean we’re just not doing it. At this point, where we are as a program, we’ve got better ways of using our financial wherewithal.
And I would tell any of our fans that really want to go to Maui. Why don’t we do a trip, Ellen and I will go with you. We don’t have to bring the basketball team, Why have you got to bring the basketball team? We’ll go vacation out there, maybe we’ll go for four days, we’ll have a couple dinners, a couple functions and come back. We don’t need to bring the team with us.”