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Dan Dakich takes shot at John Calipari: “[He] makes it about him all the time.”

ESPN’s favorite Hoosier, Dan Dakich, is back at it again, this time taking a shot at UK head coach John Calipari.

In the middle of ESPN’s broadcast of Western Kentucky vs. West Virginia in the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic Championship, the notorious Kentucky hater and king of hypocrisy called out Calipari for “[making] it all about him all the time.”

Yes, that Dan Dakich called someone else out for liking attention a little too much.

“What do you think about John Calipari’s comments that he might have scheduled a little too hard for his youngsters?” ESPN’s Rich Hollenberg asked with a touch of sarcasm.

“He needs to just stop. It doesn’t need to always be about the coach,” Dakich responded. “Urban Meyer and I had a great conversation about it, Calipari makes it about him all the time. It’s about the players. Just stop with it, you’re at Kentucky. Play people, who cares?! You know who doesn’t do that, schedules tougher teams? [Gonzaga coach] Mark Few.”

Check out the full clip:

The jab comes after Calipari told reporters that he “did [his team] a disservice” by putting together a schedule that includes upcoming non-conference games against preseason A-10 favorite Richmond, Kansas, Notre Dame, Louisville, and Texas, among others.

And that’s not even counting the complete SEC slate set to begin December 29.

“I did these guys a disservice, I did my team a disservice,” Calipari said. “But I thought Keion [Brooks Jr.] would be playing. So I thought, you know what, we got some veterans, we’ll be fine. Without Keion, it makes this schedule totally a different deal, and basically not really fair for these guys. No one’s doing what we’re doing. … We didn’t have an exhibition to get going, we didn’t have some games, three or four or five games that we should have. And then we start and we play those five — no, no, we got nine games and seven of them are ridiculous. And so it’s going to be a tough road.”

After putting the team first and taking the blame for giving a team featuring nine new scholarship players and one returnee from the 2019-20 rotation a loaded non-conference schedule, he again asked fans to be patient with this young group.

If you have gripes, direct them toward Calipari, not the players.

“Don’t you be mad at these kids. Don’t be mad at them. Be mad at me,” he said. “Then you start saying, all you out there, ‘We want a stronger schedule. Why don’t we play everybody?’ Okay, now we’re playing everybody and you’ll see the result.

“… Instead of being tested for corona, I should have been tested for drugs or something.”

Looking at those comments, do you genuinely think Calipari is going out of his way to put the spotlight on himself, or is he looking to take away the negative attention his team may receive if things go south in the coming weeks?

Also, giving credit to Mark Few? The same Mark Few who coaches a team in the West Coast Conference featuring juggernauts such as Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara?

Few has no choice but to add challenging games to the non-conference schedule, Calipari doesn’t have that luxury.

Beyond the specifics of his broken argument, an attention-seeking individual calling out someone else for seeking attention is ironic, to say the least.

Pot, meet kettle.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

42 Comments for Dan Dakich takes shot at John Calipari: “[He] makes it about him all the time.”



  1. Gogh Big Bleu
    2:46 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Know what Dakich doing? Getting attention… for himself.



  2. bbn606
    2:52 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Gee, he must not understand Cal has a players first program.



  3. Headhurts
    2:54 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    We hear ya Danny boy your coming in loud and clear 10-4.



  4. BLUEVADER
    3:00 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Thats Funny DAN!! It’s all about Cal huh!? He us just leading the nation of putting players onto the next level and not trying to convince them to stay like coach K! RIY Williams Bill self etc… Pretty funny Dan when all he does is put his players first and do right by them. Dan is an Idiot!!



    • peaches76
      4:08 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Top 3 recruiting class every year he’s been here. 1 title. We put put the most guys in NBA. Something doesn’t quite add up if you take a realistic look at it. And bad as I hate to admit it, Cal does make it about himself way more than some want to admit.



  5. mashman 93
    3:01 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Dan, Mark Few schedules tough out of conference games because he plays in a crap league mostly.



  6. thecatster
    3:43 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    The wannabes always know a better way



  7. ukkatzfan
    3:43 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Danny boy must really believe that Keion’s 2.3 min and .6 ppg last year really qualifies as veterans returning from last season. Even Cal don’t believe what comes out of his own mouth. He is just trying to deflect away from how good the team will be. Danny on the other hand is trying to grab some Big Blue spotlight for himself. BBN attention is more than he gets at any other time.



    • lecantrell
      8:34 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t care for Dan, but this time he is spot on!



    • ukkatzfan
      10:12 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      No. He just wanting attention from bbn.



  8. GACAT
    3:59 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    He is absolutely correct, it’s all about Cal and his $8 million dollar ego. I can’t wait for him to leave and take his one and dones with him



    • Bluenblood
      4:14 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Go away troll. Dakich should be named Dickless and yeah Urban Myer is the freekin second coming??? Soo many Buckeye fans cant stand him. TWO DRAMA QUEENS!!!!!!!



    • itsfootballtimeinthebluegrass
      3:36 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      ur a cuck



    • CATandMONKEY
      9:04 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      So you DON’T want the best players?
      Maybe a team full of 4-year roll players? That will light things up on the court.



  9. BobbyBlue
    4:04 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Dan Jockitch is just envious and looking for hits



  10. peaches76
    4:09 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Censored again for pointing out facts. Geez guys.



  11. IndianaSucks
    4:25 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    I feel like that picture of Dakich is what he constantly looks like… Always whining about something.



  12. kyle heavy
    4:50 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    I don’t disagree with him. What did he say that wasn’t true?



  13. Cats79
    5:00 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    GaCat go cheer for someone else if gonna cry



  14. dcforuk
    5:03 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Both he and Cal are both correct. Does Cal do it for attention a little bit? Yes; however, He does that and says those things because he believes them. Do you not remember Evansville? Coaches believe those things for a reason because it’s such a fine line and bad things can happen quickly. If you don’t think that you can lose to teams like Evansville, then that is when you will lose to teams like Evansville! So, Dan is a little bit correct but cow does those things for a reason to motivate both he and his teams because if he does not then those Evansville type losses can pile up quickly!



    • dcforuk
      5:04 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      “Cal” now “cow” lol. Siri is as good a listener as me and the rest of you knuckleheads.



  15. UKFanSC
    5:34 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Arguably the most obnoxious voice in all of organized sports



  16. neat1ky
    6:17 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    GaCat must love the days of tubby and Gillespie winning one title with Pitino’s players no final fours in 12 years but the title only a few pros and hardly anyone talking about us, yep that was fun. Sounds like GaCat should cheer for Georgia, don’t have worry with all the attention



    • dcforuk
      7:53 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

      Yes. My response to him above was censored



  17. kurofmi
    6:57 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Cal is the quintessential narcissist. But he’s Our Narcissist.
    I dated a doctor once. She was a heffa. But she was My Heffa.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:00 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Hey, do doctors know more about sex than, you know, regular people?
      Wink, wink…yeah, we do.



  18. Jester
    8:28 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    I mean, it’s no secret that with Calipari it’s definitely not about UK basketball tradition or winning championships. His only concern is how many players he can claim he puts in the NBA. But we don’t need some scrub from Indiana to tell us about it.



  19. GACAT
    10:46 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Neat 1 ky and Cats 79 keep drinking Cal’s kool aid



  20. eyebleedblue
    11:02 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Cal should say ‘I make it about my players unlike Dan who watched Bobby Knight choke players and did absolutely nothing about it’.



  21. snoopjdawg
    11:21 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Dan says these things to stay relevant. 75% of his fame is spouting off about UK and firing up the fan base.

    Last I checked Coach Cal is averaging 30.09 wins in his first 11 years. Multiple SEC titles and a National Championship. Endless draft picks and more players in the NBA than anyone.

    This year’s team is VERY good.



  22. ClutchCargo
    3:20 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Nothing to see here. Cal is a big boy and can take up for himself.



  23. Irish son
    6:49 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Everything he said is true. I like Cal, but he tends to make things about him, his coaching etc



  24. CATandMONKEY
    9:01 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Name dropping Urban Meyer- though one should receive negative points for associating with that piece of feces.
    Hypocrite is a bit mild a label for Dan.



  25. runningunnin.454
    10:07 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Y’all just jealous of Mr. Dakich’s .525 collegiate coaching winning percentage. And, I’ll have you know, he coached two guys who signed professional contracts.



    • BobbyBlue
      11:44 am November 28, 2020 Permalink

      Folks in Florida changed Urban Meyer’s name to —- Urban Liar, so he and Jockitch make a real team !



  26. StuckinLville
    3:00 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    For those saying Cal makes it about himself, you clearly havent been paying attention over the last 10 years. If it was about him, he wouldnt have been recruiting all these one and dones and telling his players to go live out their dreams. He would do like Coach K who runs players off to make room for better ones and lie to his players like he did Wendall Carter. If Cal was about himself, he would be more concerned about championships than changing the lives of families. To say Cal makes this about himself is like saying Dan Dakich is a quiet person. Dan is an idiot who likes to poke the BBN for attention and you guys let it happen.



  27. robman181
    3:29 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    He right. Cal typically plays a crap schedule. This season it’s better and he’s whining about it. Dakich is just saying don’t whine about it, you’re Kentucky. If you don’t want to play the best, don’t coach Kentucky.



  28. wyatts1
    10:43 pm November 28, 2020 Permalink

    Dan, have fun swinging form those boulders between coach Cal’s legs and maybe learn a thing or 2. Don’t get me wrong, if he critique cal’s inability to win championships with all that talent, then he would have a valid argument. But to say he isn’t about putting these players first (ahead of the school that pays his record breaking lifetime salary, and gave him a chance to be legendary in the coaching game of basketball) he has been completely about the one and dones. To a fault many says. And by the numbers the nah-sayers have a point. However, unless maybe mark few, or Rick pitino, I dont believe anyone else could do a better job then coach Calip.ari