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”: