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.”
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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.