Apparently, Dick Vitale didn’t encounter any rude fans in Bloomington on Saturday, but has since been disgusted by some members of the Big Blue nation on Twitter. Last night, Dickie V. enlisted the help of King Rex to encourage Kentucky fans to stay classy, stop making excuses, and let the Hoosiers enjoy their win:
— Rex Chapman (@rexchapman) December 13, 2011
However, despite the Cats’ loss and the apparent behavior of a few rotten apples, Vitale tells Larry Vaught he still believes in the Cats:
“I still think (coach) John Calipari deserves more credit for everything he’s done at Kentucky,” Vitale said. “Not many coaches in the country can change personnel every year and immediately blend them together to play as a team. He has done it three straight years with major, major changes on his roster. To do that and have all the stars put their egos behind them to suddenly be the third, fourth of fifth options, that’s so, so special. That equates to great coaching.
“I am still impressed with Kentucky. Calipari is perfect for that job. Not many guys can handle the pressure of being at that level where the expectations are unbelievable. (Rick) Pitino was one who could. Pitino and Calipari are similar in so many ways when it comes to dealing with athletes and getting the most out of people. They both know how to put a team together. They take superstars and all of a sudden show them how to play a role. That’s why that Kentucky-Louisville game is going to be so special this year. Both teams are really good.”
Does this mean we can finally shift gears and start talking about Louisville yet? Please?