I’ve heard of some weird superstitions in sports, but John Calipari’s may take the cake. Calipari recently did an interview with Graham Bensinger in which he reveals some of his odd game day quirks, like collecting bobby pins, not letting his players get game day hair cuts, and eating oatmeal, but not if it has raisins.
“Any coach out there that wants to lose, you make sure they put raisins in the breakfast oatmeal,” Cal warned. “You’ll go down, don’t worry about that.”
The Sporting News has more from the interview, in which Calipari says he once threw a bowl of oatmeal at a wall because it had raisins in it.
“We were 27-0, I walk in and there’s raisins in the oatmeal. [I] literally grab the oatmeal, throw it against the wall …”
“You did not,” the host said, stunned. “What?” Calipari responded, shocked the host doesn’t believe him.
“Threw it against the wall and we lost the game – at home. We had a 50-game winning streak and we lose the game. I knew we were going to lose. I think I got thrown out of the game. For not saying anything.”
I think Cal may be off on his numbers a bit, because he’s only had one team that’s gone 27-0, and I don’t remember Kentucky losing last season until game #39. He’s had two teams get to 26-0 at UMass and Memphis. Regardless, if anyone serves oatmeal with raisins, he’s leaving. He will not eat f****** oatmeal with raisins!
The full interview will air on WKYT this Sunday at 4:30 a.m., so set your DVRs (for local listings, click here). Here’s a preview: