Three guarantees in life: death, taxes, and John Calipari making headlines in the offseason. Cal spoke at a coaches clinic yesterday, and according to USA Today’s Josh Peter, told a group of 200 coaches that he elected to keep Andrew and Aaron Harrison in the Wisconsin game at the end out of loyalty:
“Now you may say, ‘Why didn’t you have Tyler and Devin in at the end of the Wisconsin game? You probably would have won,’ ’’ Calipari said during his hour-long talk. “Because I was being loyal to those other two who led us to a championship game a year ago and they deserve to be on that court. That’s why I did it. I knew who was playing well and who was struggling. You think I wasn’t sitting there watching?
“But I owed it to those two (the Harrison twins) to do it.’’
Peter notes that the Twins missed seven of their final eight shots from the floor as Wisconsin slowly pulled away with the win. Peter goes into it a little more in-depth, but honestly, I don’t feel the need to keep rehashing terrible memories. I wish Cal felt the same on this one.
UPDATE: That didn’t take long. Cal just posted this response on social media…
Let me make this clear: The twins dragged us to a Final 4 in 2014 & led us to 38 straight wins & a Final 4 in 2015. I LOVED coaching them. It never entered my mind to sub those two in that game or any other game late. Those two had come through for two years in critical moments. My loyalty was based on results.