You’ve gotta give John Calipari this: when his teams struggle, he doesn’t hesitate to shoulder the blame. After Kentucky’s humiliating loss to Duke, Calipari took to social media this afternoon to tell an upset Big Blue Nation this loss is on him.
“I’ve been in early season games like this one and been on both sides,” Cal tweeted. “Duke deserves a lot of the credit. They were outstanding. Having said that, we weren’t prepared physically or mentally as I thought we would be, and that’s on me.
“I can assure you this has humbled our team and our staff. I can also assure you that I wouldn’t trade this team for anyone and I can’t wait until we start clicking collectively. When players try to establish themselves, that kind of game is usually what you get. One unit, one heartbeat, and it’s always a process.”
The 34-point loss was the worst of Calipari’s tenure at Kentucky, which Jeff Goodman was all too happy to point out in the postgame press conference.
“I think, I’m not sure, but I think it is the worst loss of your career–” Goodman started.
“Is it? So why would you be the one to remind me? It would probably come from you,” Cal quipped.
Last night, Cal said he’s giving his guys today off before regrouping. Interestingly, he’s also giving them tomorrow off from media duties. Usually, two players meet with reporters to preview the next matchup before or after Calipari’s regular pregame remarks, but not tomorrow. On the heels of Reid Travis being the only Kentucky player at the postgame presser (there are usually two), it appears the younger guys are getting some time to lick their wounds.