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Calipari issues ultimatum: “You either play with confidence or you’re coming out”

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As part of his “reboot,” John Calipari is demanding that his players play with confidence. In fact, he’s given assistant Kenny Payne the task of pulling players the minute they slip into hesitant, lackluster play.

“I like what Kenny [Payne] is doing, Kenny’s watching and if a player’s not playing with confidence either on defense or offense, he’s out. Kenny’s taking them out. So, you either play with confidence or you’re coming out. ‘What does that mean?‘ You play with confidence. You can miss a shot. You can miss a shot — confidently miss a shot, confidently play defense, but if you’re out there and you don’t breathe, you don’t breathe for four minutes at a time, you shouldn’t be out there. Be confident. Get yourself in practice, work on it, walk in that game knowing I want to play and I’m going to play confident.”

Calipari paid Derek Willis a compliment when he said he set up the play for Derek’s big three in the closing minutes of the Alabama win because he knew Derek could make it.

“I put Derek Willis in that play to give him that shot because I know he’s capable of making it. There are other guys I would not put them in that play because they’re capable, but I’m not sure they’re very confident they can make that play.”

Any guesses as to who those other guys are?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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26 Comments for Calipari issues ultimatum: “You either play with confidence or you’re coming out”



  1. FBI Informant
    4:04 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Genius!!!



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:10 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      FBI Informant October 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Yes. He is absolutely the best fit for the UK job. Nowhere else on earth can you find someone that spends every waking moment bloviating about their perceived greatness to a band of sheep who refuse to call him out for the fact that for all of the bloviating he hasn’t accomplished on the court nearly what his ego is telling himself he has. One Championship with all of this talent in 8 years. Big deal.

      FBI Informant August 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      17 points? I’ll take So Miss and give you 2 to 1 odds.

      They’re a better team. They may not win since it’s a road game but there’s no way in hell they lose by 17 points.

      FBI Informant August 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      Anyone that thinks 7 wins was going to happen is absolutely out of their freakin mind, over the top, blinders on.

      This team is a 3-4 win team against this schedule.

      The only wins are:
      NM St
      Austin Peay
      Possible wins:
      Southern Miss

      The rest are absolute losses with no questions about it whatsoever.

      And if there are a couple of injuries at certain spots it’s gonna be a 2 win season.

      Kentucky football is in the dumpster.

      FBI Informant June 29, 2016 at 11:04 pm | Permalink | Reply
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      I’m reaching? And UL isn’t my school. I’m a UK alum.

      FBI Informant December 8, 2015 at 1:32 pm | Permalink
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      You know what’s fun? When we post negative things about UL, knowing that UK has had their fair share of employees with run ins with the law, and UL fans are going to easily point all of them out with a 3sec Google search. It may be wise to not expose our own glass house.

      FBI Informant December 8, 2015 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
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      Uk is my alma-mater.
      But I live in Louisville. Unfortunately my alma-mater has a sports fanbase where the vast majority never went to college and therefore cannot conseptualize the difference between sports and real-life.

      FBI Informant June 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink
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      Well, we know that the BOT at UL had many UK fans on it, including the person that was leaking info to Matt. Now Junior Bridgeman is in charge of the hiring of the new BOT. Junior will certainly be putting together an Athletics Friendly Board and I can’t imagine that being a big UK fan will be finding themselves as part of the group. You think Jurich has had power before? Just wait till he lobbies his people onto the BOT. Facilities and money for coaching is getting ready to go through the roof.

      FBI Informant June 24, 2016 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
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      Why all the butthurt? Forde said Cal owned the draft, which is a huge deal for recruiting as was just stated. And then he simply made the true comment that owning draft day every single year doesn’t equate to National Championships. That’s a fact. Why are you all so sensitive about it?

      FBI Informant June 20, 2016 at 8:50 pm | Permalink
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      Wait… Rick isn’t allowed to use plausible deniability but Calipari is? At UMass they were cheating on grades to keep guys eligible which is an on campus issue, had agents buying HOOKERS and jewelry and giving cash to Camby ON CAMPUS, at Memphis he had Roses brother ON THE PLANE right in front of his face, and they had players busted for PROSTITUTES, and they had players busted for starting riots, and they had players busted for drugs, and on and on and on and on and on. But now Cal is not the same guy that had banners removed at two places? I’m confused.

      FBI Informant May 31, 2016 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
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      Look, another Pitino article, followed by awkward stalking story about eavesdropping on UL players at Foot Locker. Jeez this stuff makes UK fans look dumb. Seriously, who goes to Foot Locker since the Internet was invented?

      FBI Informant December 14, 2015 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
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      What did he say that was incorrect? Looks like his opinion is backed up by the facts surrounding Cal’s tenure at UMass. Like it or not, before he got to UK, Cal ran two completely rogue programs in UMass & Memphis. The amount of crime, NCAA issues, legal problems, drug problems, domestic abuse problems, etc, far outweighed the norm, and outshined the winning. Just bc it doesn’t appear that he runs the same type of program at UK, shouldn’t dismiss the pathetic programs that proceeded. Even our own Matt Jones called him out before the title game at Memphis, and he was completely justified in doing so.



  2. secrick
    4:15 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Yep , We have to many guys shooting the three when we have 3 or 4 great 3 point shooters. I want say who shouldn’t be but Willis, Mulder, Monk and Gabrielle should be.



  3. ukisgr8
    4:28 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    I think we are at the point of the season where he’s gotta start letting these boys go. I can understand a team like Vandy who decided they weren’t even going to try to offensive rebound but these games lately we have missed on easy chances by slowing it down. Gotta take advantage. I know he’s trying to keep them from peaking too early but it’s time to go



  4. CatBlue in LR
    4:51 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Derek = Jimmy Chitwood.



  5. AGSlater
    5:08 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Please stop cal with the play good or sit. Im sick of it. He only will pull certain players. Even if Briscoe/Fox/Monk/Bam are playing bad they wont get pulled unless foul trouble. He has said this every damn year.



    • syrin
      6:51 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Yep. He played the Harrison twins when they were HORRIBLE. Just look at who was on the bench during that Wisconsin loss. He even admitted after the season he messed up by playing them too much.



    • runningunnin.454
      6:54 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Spoken like true Crean fans.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:11 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK.

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
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      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
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      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
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      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
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      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



  6. maximumscott
    5:14 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    The thing is that we arent far from where we need to be. Once the tic tac stuff gets sorted growth will be exponential.



    • Beavis
      5:39 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      I have to get some of whatever it is your smoking. Run the clock down to 3 seconds and the only shot we can get is a contested three pointer by Briscoe ? Our half court O is awful.



    • AGSlater
      6:08 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      He def has the best in the commonwealth. Once defenses started sending back 3 really quick on defense we havent been able to run.



    • maximumscott
      6:26 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Thats the problem we only knew how to run. They are figuring out pure half court offensein college against good defense and game planers. Give them sometime to figure it out. When they do figure it out, what will the opposing teams gameplane be?!?!? There wont be bc this team will have strengthened its weakness. Furthermore, if they play like that, thenwe only have 2 people to rebound against. I hope all teams do that. Our run outs will come off misses and TOs. The reason we havent been running is bc we are letting the other team score and set up a defense. More misses and more TOs gives more broken transition plays. We are the best at transition on Offense.



    • maximumscott
      6:22 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      It all stems from lack of effort and consistent play. This team has the talent, no question. You act like the tourny is now. How many other teams are performing exceptionally well right now?!?!? 2 maybe 3. UL is cooling off now , FSU is not as hot as they were. KU has been consistent and I dont think they will get any better than they are. DUKE is struggling to get Ws, I mean they need 10+ 3s a game to get their wins. The list goes on and on and on. We arent the only team struggling. The difference is that we have been struggling and are coming out of our trance whereas these other teams are falling into their bad play. You can call me crazy, but all these things happened in perfect time for us. If you thought this team was never gonna have any problems this season, then the problem was your expectations. This team has plenty of time to turn it around and they will. I beat we hand UT and pretty nasty defeat tomorrow. 20 and we hold them to 38% shooting with 17 TOs.



    • AGSlater
      7:38 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Yeah, but even a mediocre team can beat Tenn by 20 at home. Yes they played some teams close, but they are bad. Its gonna take a lot more than a victory to a Bama team that played very badly to change my opinion on this team. Champion teams Don’t play like we are even in mid-season. Champion teams dont let a bad Georgia team almost beat them at home. We still have a shot, but this team hasnt shown it can beat good teams.



    • maximumscott
      8:48 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Fox didnt play against UGA amd Bam was in foul trouble the whole game. UGA doesnt count. UT played very well against us and we came out flat. UT is a decent team and have almost upset numerous top 25 teams. We caught them at ther best, even Rick Barnes admitted it. You’re wrong Champion teams do struggle midseason. Remember UConn w/kemba and napier? They didnt get hot until BE tourny. Hell, 2014-2015 we were playing Championship ball all year. What happened? Same result as the Randle year and Brandon Knight year… Final Four. Both the Randle amd Knight year we were playing worse than we are now with less complete roster. Get onthe bus or get off.



    • catsarerunnin
      8:09 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      Then why bother watching?



  7. TBW3011
    6:01 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    But Matt said Cal calling Willis’ number on that play wasn’t because he had confidence in him. And if I’ve learned anything it’s that Matt can’t possibly be wrong. 😉



    • AGSlater
      6:10 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      You also forgot only his opinions matter. You will be striketh downeth if you have an unworthy opinion



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:12 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      AGSlater July 18, 2016 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
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      Duke has been getting every player they want even over UK..

      AGSlater April 6, 2016 at 1:28 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Damn. They are stacked. Could go 40-0. Not a Duke fan whatsoever just being real

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
      Like It (1)
      When do they release NIT bracketology? That’s where this team is headed

      AGSlater January 18, 2016 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Not if, but when they lose to Arkansas they will be out of Top 25 for good. We don’t need to worry about rankings. Need to worry about missing tournament.

      AGSlater February 12, 2016 at 5:09 pm | Permalink
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      I think they will have 9-10 losses before selection day and be a 7-10 seed. No im not a Cards fan. Our resume is poor. 3-4 really bad losses and 1 decent victory. If more teams keep losing 5-6.

      AGSlater May 20, 2016 at 4:18 pm | Permalink
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      Our football program stinks and will always stink. Who would want to play for us? It gets old that kids say the school they decommit from is a top their list. Just shut up and say I will NOT be going to UK

      AGSlater September 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
      Like It (0)
      Here is a stat- we suck

      ag slater December 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm | Permalink
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      Here comes another 2-10 season everyone. I predict 3 straight seasons without an sec win. Next years team may even be worse than this team. Everyone thinks barker is the golden child savior. Hilarious

      ag slater November 23, 2013 at 9:17 pm | Permalink
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      We suck so bad in football I really forgot that we were even playing a game at all until about 9. We are pathetic in every way possible.From the coaching to the players this football program is pathetic. Can we just take football away from the university It is pointless to play. The only thing our football program is good at is making a bad name for the university and making any team look awesome, How sad is it when your team cannot even win a conference game in 2 seasons. Absolute joke. laughing stock of all of football



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:47 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      “striketh downeth”? LMFAO. You tried… What an idiot.



  8. mccullou
    6:16 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    Nothing inspires confidence like being told you will be punished for a lack of confidence.



    • maximumscott
      6:28 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

      So what have you Cal do? Watch them crumble?!?!?!? He is doing what needs to be done. He knows how to handle these egos of these kids. Let him work amd get out the way sorry a$$ fan.



  9. maximumscott
    6:26 pm February 13, 2017 Permalink

    You all are depressing as hell. Geeze.