This morning the fire alarm at the team hotel went off three different times. When the first one went off around 3:30 a.m., Dominique Hawkins couldn’t believe it. “I thought I was dreaming.”
The players were forced to abandon their beds and exit the building. John Calipari had a much different reaction to the sound of the alarm.
“Let me give you guys a secret. Don’t tell anybody this. The fire alarm went off. I was on the third floor. The worst that was going to happen to me is I was going to jump out of that window and break my legs. I’m not gonna die from three stories. I never moved,” Cal said. “I put the pillow over my head. If I would’ve smelled smoke, I would’ve jumped out the window and broke both of my legs and told my wife, ‘It’s not all bad. I get to take the rest of the season off.'”
Isaiah Briscoe and the rest of the team followed their coach’s lead when the second alarm sounded off around 5:00 a.m. “I didn’t wake up for the second one. I stayed in bed,” Briscoe said.
Fans wanted to blame Alabama fans for the fiasco, but that was not the case. “People are thinking Avery’s over there pulling the fire alarm,” Calipari said. “The building had a problem.”
The players didn’t feel any jet-lag from the early wakeup. Isaiah Briscoe said the drama was nothing more than a nuisance. “No excuses.”