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Calipari calls out negative fans, agenda-driven media

During his Monday night call-in show, John Calipari went off on a short rant about UK’s naysayers — both the negative UK fan and the negative national media alike.

First about the critics in his program’s own fan base, Calipari told Tom Leach and the show’s listeners, “There’s a group of people that think I should have eight Kentucky players, and they will never change. It doesn’t matter what we do. We could win nine national championships in a row, and they’re going to say, ‘Where’s Richie?!’ They’re going to be that, and the minute there’s a raindrop, you know they’re going to come out. But the rest of you — and that’s like 98.8 percent — the rest of you were with these guys, and if anybody tried to go after them, you said something… and I want to thank you.”

Then there was his comment about all the media that piled on Kentucky when times were tough. “Do you think it’s their hope or their opinion?” he asked. “It’s their hope. Then they get caught because they’re so agenda-driven, saying something stupid, and then having to eat those words later. Because it wasn’t their opinion; it was their hope it would happen.”

And if you must be unhappy, or even if you’re on the fringe of being unhappy, Cal asks that you be unhappy with him, “not these kids.”

Listen to Cal’s full comment about the fans and media, including praise of the fan base as a whole, which he calls “the best”:

Article written by Drew Franklin

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100 Comments for Calipari calls out negative fans, agenda-driven media



  1. plumloopy
    3:46 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    The “Where’s Richie?” comment is more than a reference to fans wanting Kentucky native players… my gut says, *white* Kentucky native players.

    I haven’t heard that one for a while and it’s funny to hear it from a coach three coaches removed from when Farmer played.



    • shelby
      5:13 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      If that’s true it would be an extremely small percentage of fans; every uk fan i’ve ever met only sees 2 colors when it comes to the cats—blue and white.



    • Rembrandt
      9:06 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      The lame attempt to falsely invoke racism is inexcusable. Go back to the UL board.



    • Luether
      3:45 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      You must be a Democ Rat…



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:46 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

      UK should play more whites



    • BigBlueNationDude
      5:11 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

      True. You like trump? Btw he is still president. You dems attempts at whining and crying isnt working.



  2. Underdog
    3:54 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Is there a way to view KSR without the incessant and ubiquitous ads? This has gotten ridiculous. The ads are interfering with browsing.



    • ClutchCargo
      3:57 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Download Adblock Plus.



    • cjruk1
      4:35 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Adblock Plus is not as good as uBlock Origin. If you are using Chrome, it can be found here:

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    • RealCatsFan
      4:40 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Does uBlock work on an Android device? I use AdBlock on my laptop, and it works, but have not found a solution for my phone.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:25 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Here’s an idea, not sure it works, but don’t use google chrome, use Firefox instead.



    • Luether
      3:46 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      What Clutch said…



  3. rcope58
    3:56 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Pay for it and the ads go away



    • Commissionersteele
      4:59 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Right-it’s not hard people



    • shelby
      5:14 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I can wait 5 seconds; rather do that than pay for anything.



  4. ClutchCargo
    3:58 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    “Where’s Richie??” lmao!



  5. footblue
    4:01 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Here Cal takes it to the other extreme. I don’t think we should have 8 or 9 KY kids. If we did we would not make tourney but you can’t tell me 1 or 2 are not good enough. That is BS and I don’t care if they are black or white.



    • unbridled
      4:22 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Serious Clark? The hands down best player in the state of Kentucky this past season is CJ Fredrick. He is an amazing basketball player! I’m also a fan of Covington Catholic, great school and staff. I’d love to CJ Fredrick in a Kentucky uniform….but sorry, UK requires and deserves a higher caliber player. There are only so many scholarships to go around and they need everyone of them to ensure success. Placating fans stuck in the 1950’s is not a priority.



    • RealCatsFan
      4:22 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      If you haven’t been around here for the past 8 or 9 years, I’ll fill you in – Cal is the master of the hyperbole. Kind of like “facts are optional” on this site, in the “most ridiculous manner possible”. 😉



    • shelby
      5:16 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Why do people automatically assume the state’s best players want to come to UK and sit the bench for 3 yrs? These kids might want to actually see the court as freshmen. To play for Cal, u better be damn good.



  6. big cat
    4:06 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Why even write a column about this anyway….aren’t things going well at the moment….the whole fact that Drew even posted this is sort of what Cal is saying….did someone poke the bear again…LOL. Go Cats. Oh, BTW, back in the day (like decades ago), the news only came on TV twice a day and not 24/7 in your face negativity. I’m really trying not to be negative, but come on, really? Post an article like this during March Madness. Someone is insane…..TOTALLY.



    • Big Meech
      5:29 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is just saying “I told u so”. Not u personally but there were a ton of fans saying cal has lost his touch. Duke getting all the players, our struggles with youth, and so on. How many people were bashing Diallo, Richards, Knox when they struggled or are struggling. If we lose then they will be on here saying it all over. He’s sitting in a good spot now to make a final 4(we hope) and he’s kind is saying “I got this”. Pumping his ego which all coaches do it in their own way, he just is blatant about it



  7. catsarerunnin
    4:12 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Proud to be part of the 98.8%!



  8. lexslamman
    4:15 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I’d like to see collegiate athletics be returned to student athletes. That’s my biggest beef with Cal and his system. Otherwise, I love seeing Kentucky win.



    • unbridled
      4:23 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      That makes no sense but ok.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:25 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      It’s not Cal’s system.



    • lexslamman
      4:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I would like to see an end to the one-and-done rule and a ban on all athletics scholarships.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:30 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Well the one-and-done may be coming to an end;but athletic scholarships are the only way some kids can get the education, and some appreciate it…unlike the guys at UNCheat that didn’t appreciate the opportunity.



    • unbridled
      4:34 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      If they abolish athletic scholarships….they need to do away with academic scholarships and collegiate athletics in general.



    • JerryDamage
      4:40 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      You do know that these kids go to class and graduate right? Even after they leave they are coming back to go to class during the summers in order to get their degree. John Wall is coming back this summer to take classes. If you take away scholarships are you going to pay the players? If not then what incentive do the kids have to play sports for their school?



    • madarchitect
      7:05 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Totally. Bring back TUBBY!!!



    • BigBlueNationDude
      7:32 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Tubby 1 title. Cal 1 title



    • catsarerunnin
      9:14 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Pitino 1 title and 1 title lost.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:13 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Look Slater created a new name, only he’s not smart enough to be an architect.



    • madarchitect
      8:03 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      …or someone is just too slow to get sarcasm.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:24 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I got the sarcasm, guess you’re new here and didn’t get the Slater reference.



    • madarchitect
      12:50 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Wow. Ha.



  9. bluecrowe
    4:16 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I love Cal. 🙂 Did anyone else watch the UNC game when the announcer mentioned Pinson from UNC and how he just sat staring at his uniform in his locker before their first round game? He was overwhelmed by the thought it could be his last time wearing it. Can it effect you the same way as a probable one and done player? I am not sure it is really the same. I like this team.



    • RealCatsFan
      4:24 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I would say ask Karl Anthony Towns. Or John Wall. Or DeMarcus Cousins. ALL of those guys have said in public that playing for the Cats were some of their fondest memories. There are others for sure.



    • ClutchCargo
      4:48 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Your last game is your last game. Does it matter whether you are out of eligibility or if it only makes sense to enter the draft?



    • Kevin C
      5:16 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      The saddest part about that, especially for a guy like Pinson, is he not only chose the wrong school….as in, his diploma isn’t worth the paper on which it will be printed…but he also will never get that all-important 2nd contract in the NBA. He’ll wind up playing “pro” ball in some war-torn part of the world, wishing he’d taken some foreign language classes,besides Spanish.



    • Bobbum Man
      5:31 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I don’t think fox and Bam last year took it any easier when they spent their post game report crying their eyes out



    • henderblue
      6:34 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Yes. I was reminded of that when Pinson was brought up



  10. lexslamman
    4:18 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Also, Cal should remind the racists out there that “Richie” went to prison. I’d rather see more people like Brandon Knight, Anthony Davis and Karl Anthony Towns – yes, they’re astronomically talented one-and-dones, but they’re smart, strong and ethical individuals who are (mostly) excellent representatives of the school. Doesn’t matter what state (or country) they were born in or what color skin they have.



    • RealCatsFan
      4:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Well, to be fair, I was also a big fan of Kentucky boys like Dominique Hawkins, Darius Miller, etc.



    • runningunnin.454
      4:36 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I go back a ways; but, others come to mind, Tim Stephens, Dwayne Casey, Fred Cowan, James Lee, Ronnie Lyons, Larry Stamper, G.J. Smith, and Jack Givens.



  11. kentuckybackupplayer
    4:23 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I want the best players available regardless of where they are from. Cal calling out slater and bigbluenationdude is awesome.



    • unbridled
      4:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed! PREACH!



    • RealCatsFan
      4:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Yep, glad to see we “sunshine pumpers” have Cal’s support. 🙂



    • 4everUKblue
      6:22 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      I’m glad someone besides me said it. You’ve got to be outside your mind to want to get rid of Cal.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      7:04 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Yep. Whats your point? 1 title



    • catsarerunnin
      9:15 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Slater would hate being a Kansas fan.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:07 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Point is you’re still an idiot, still raising the bar for stupidity, topping you’re own stupid comments.



  12. runningunnin.454
    4:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is right; too many people bashing a kid just because he’s not performing up to their expectations.
    And, you know who you are.



  13. secrick
    4:28 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    They are both card fans and no one gives a sh** what they say.



  14. CoachCat
    5:02 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Pretty sure we’ve had players on the team from Kentucky that we’re both black and white so I don’t see how race has anything to do with it. Derrick Willis worked out nicely for team. So did Hawkins who was Mr. Basketball in our state if I’m not mistaken



  15. brassnux66
    5:04 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Love Cal, but as usual this is a lot of hyperbole. 8 kids from Kentucky? No. One kids from Kentucky is not an unreasonable expectation. We only have 10 kids on scholarship this year out of an allotment of 13. Cal rarely uses all his schollys, so having a Kentucky kid on scholarship to provide continuity isn’t taking a scholly away from a potential 5 star kid. Stop it with this ridiculous excuse.



  16. Commissionersteele
    5:09 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is right on point. We all need to remember that these players are just kids. Young and impressionable. If you want them to succeed so the team will succeed, then support them. Dont attack them, which can break their spirits. Remind them that being at UofK means they must be some of the best of the best so it’s ok to play like it ?



  17. wadl5592
    5:59 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I’ve been happy with Cal and these kids all year, they are my team??



  18. bluecrowe
    6:03 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Cal is the only man for this job. 🙂



  19. 4everUKblue
    6:24 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    There is no coach I want other than Cal. PERIOD! It’s going to be tough when he decides to leave.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      7:04 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah they will be ok.



    • 4everUKblue
      7:05 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Speaking of the very person Cal was talking about….the village idiot.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      7:32 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      You would sob like a baby if cal left



    • 4everUKblue
      8:22 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Slater give up, you’re not my type, I don’t date dudes so stop stalking me. I know you got a thing for me but it’s never gonna happen, go back to your boo, he probably is sobbing, because he’s a loser just like you.



  20. mhoward61
    6:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    I for one have had a hard time watching this team this year, due the immense amount of “Bad” basketball they played. They flash 5 mins of good spacing, ball reversal and running and screening on the baseline and then flashing to the SEC logo and then it’s back to the lazy basketball waiting for their shot.
    That is the frustration for me most every year agonizingly watching kids learn how to play basketball on national TV. Upper classmen teach the lessons they have learned, its called leadership.



    • henderblue
      6:42 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      So how you feeling about them now? Sounds like you’re still bashing them. They’ve had to learn how to be a team. But now that they have, they’re beating a few upperclassmen.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:49 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      And how did it work out for MSU’s, Virginia’s and UNCheat’s upper classmen? Was that the leadership you were talking about? Then there is always the option to NOT watch them.



  21. henderblue
    6:42 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Relax and enjoy the show.



  22. BigBlueNationDude
    7:31 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Me? Obsessed



  23. Alleykat16
    7:34 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Lets just all get along and one together as fans of a great program that we have. When the time comes there will be some Kentucky born and breed players on the team until then lets just all get out mojo warmed up and get this win against this Kansas St. team Thursday night. GO BIG BLUE!



  24. CoachCat
    7:48 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Lol. Well last year it worked out pretty good for UNCheat



    • 4everUKblue
      8:30 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Funny how well things work when your program is not held accountable like everyone else.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:18 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Lol, I don’t remember asking about last year. The question pertained to this year and included MSU and VA. Try reading before you answer a question.



  25. CoachCat
    7:51 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Well. Last year I’d say it worked out pretty good for UNCheat



  26. Speakonit
    8:13 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Funny how he’s always talking titles but only has 1 to brag about. 1 title 9 seasons and he wants to talk about the fans? Needs to check his ego cause I’m not counting players in the NBA I’m counting banners in rupp and I only see 1 that says national champs. Now he’s cocky over lady luck striking and giving us a path to a final 4 and if that doesn’t happen then what??



    • 4everUKblue
      8:31 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Slater that you?



    • BigBlueNationDude
      9:26 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Nope. Im not the only one who thinks he is an underacheiver. You are just too obsessed with Cal to ever doubt anything he does. You act like their isnt tons of people out there on my side you are just trapped in the blue kool aid world.



    • GummyBear
      10:23 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

      Don’t be THAT guy! What Coach has had a better run the last 9 years? None! Coach K has 2 titles but also 2 Round of 32 losses. He also has fewer wins over that time and Cal has him head to head over that time. And he’s the only coach you can even compare. Of the 400-500 other coaches that have coached Division 1 ball the last 9 years, not one even comes close.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:09 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      For all you banner counters out there, here’s the bottom line….there are only 2 coaches who have more than one banner in the Calipari era. If you like their coach and their programs better than Kentucky’s, no one is going to miss you if you jump from one bandwagon to another. Personally I like my team and my coach. Or if you’re like Slater, you can keep drinking the hater-ade.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:11 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Thank you Gummy, but no need trying to talk sense to BBNDouche/Slater, he’s devoid of any intelligence.



  27. kingme
    8:47 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Everybody know Cal love the kids



  28. bluecrowe
    11:07 pm March 20, 2018 Permalink

    Remember if all he truly cared about were the kids then he would still be at Memphis or even UMASS. He wants to win championships and that is why he came here. We should have at least 3 more titles with Cal, but the tournament is not just who is playing the best, but includes a lot of luck. The NCAA for some reason wanted UNC to win last year. The officiating in their Tournament games was beyond questionable in every single game. Yes, we all care about the kids, but life is not just about creating millionaires. It is about NCAA banners. 🙂



  29. Wade
    12:10 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    8 titles ain’t a lot since we’ve been playing for like a hundred years so getting guys to the league is next best thing we def have more than 8 of them in the nba and I’m sure they reciprocate back to the program for that carte Blanche check cal has,But we have had some fd officiating who has ruined our experiences as fans and chances and should have won 1 more for sure. Can’t take that out on cal and be salty. Nc game was crap and Wisconsin game we were hosed by roofer man and woulda faced dook in a epic match that woulda been lit like a cigarit. I don’t think it’s luck in the tourney sometimes but maybe a loophole for shoe companies to pay of refs or something like that jk ???conspirocy theory’s here, I’ve had a few bourbons tonight. So I leave you with my final thought( jerry springer) whatever it was… oh yea go cats f the haters I like my team.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:29 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is a good coach. People here think he is a god though. He should have more titles. Ppl think that I think he is worthless.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:15 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

      Most everyone, if not everyone on this site thinks you’re worthless Slater and again, there are only 2 coaches who have more than one banner in the Calipari era. If you like their coach and their programs better than Kentucky’s, no one is going to miss you if you jump from one bandwagon to another. Stay negative Slater, it’s the ONLY thing you’re good at.



  30. bluecrowe
    12:32 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    I agree Wade. Speaking of conspiracies, I think Billy Gillespie being hired by UK was the only way the Boosters thought the fans would allow Cal to eventually be hired. Billy was the worst possible coach for UK. He had issues with alcohol and young co-ed waitresses. He was unstable and ran his teams into the ground. He said it himself as he was chased through the parking lot the day he was fired, “I was brought here to lose”. Enter Cal the savior. And he was..:) It was absolutely brilliant.



  31. rebyrules
    6:56 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    dean smith was at carolina for 40 years and won 2 titles…izzo hasnt won a title in 10 years and has under achieved year after year in the tourney…but people arent happy with 1 title and 4 final fours in 9 years?..yes bring back ten loss tubby who just got fired and lets get a bunch of sure fire four year players that we can all get to know and hate for losing.times have changed and to all the morons out there cal didnt make the one and done rule he just trail blazed a rule put in place by someone else.



  32. Speakonit
    9:26 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    I count banners, I’m a fan of the university of kentucky and if you’re a player on the team I cheer for you because you play for the kentucky Wildcats. Not the pelicans not Sacramento or whatever other NBA team you want to throw out there. I don’t follow players into the NBA because I’m a fan of the university of kentucky period. Everybody wants to compare what cal’s done to puke and I don’t care if puke has lost twice in the round of 32 they still have 2 chips to our one and there now spanking cal’s ass at his own game by snatching up every top player in the last few years. Even if they don’t they still have a nice mixture of upper classmen to mold with a few decent 5 stars something we rarely have. People use to call tubby 10 loss tubby, well cal’s had seasons we lost 8,9 or this year so far with 10 losses but people who are on his jock so hard forget all of that because we make a final four then flame out. 1 chip with the talent he has had doesn’t add up y’all can live in denial but if puke wins it this year then turns around and wins it next year then what?? And please don’t start with he can’t coach the 5 star players cause he’s got as many with them as cal and for everyone that’s going to say yeah but we got 80 NBA pros I could careless!! There not going to put a banner in rupp or continue the legacy any further while in the NBA. People hang there hats on that instead of looking at these other teams steadily catching us in chips, all time wins, and final 4 app.



  33. Speakonit
    9:30 am March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Also this isn’t Slater, who ever that is. Just like big blue nation dude said there are other people out here that isn’t in denial or not to busy chewing on cal’s jock to speak on it!



  34. futrelljr
    1:18 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    Damn! When bigbluenationdude calls you out!



  35. Speakonit
    5:22 pm March 21, 2018 Permalink

    He’s just glad I gave his ass a break from all the backlash he usually gets, it’s that or he’s salty I’m getting his attention lol!!