Everyone tuned into John Calipari’s press conference hoping he would say something about the Yahoo Sports report that dropped this morning, but with the help of Deputy Director of Athletics DeWayne Peevy, Cal stuck to the script. Peevy prefaced the media opportunity — held every day before a game — by saying that the school has no additional information regarding the report other than the statements they released this morning. As you might imagine, that didn’t stop reporters from trying.
Here’s a transcript of the first few minutes, followed by a video:
Peevy: “Coach Calipari is here today to talk about tomorrow’s game vs. Missouri. If you don’t have any questions about that, we can let him go to practice. Once again, we don’t have any additional information other than what we provided to you earlier in the statement. We’ll make Coach Calipari available for you now.”
Kyle Tucker: “Is there anything you can say about the story, your reaction?”
Calipari: “I know nothing more than what you guys know and that’s why there is no reason for me to speak on it. You guys know what I know.”
Reporter: “Is there any concern about eligibility?”
Calipari: “Not –“
Peevy: “As I said, we have no additional information other than what we shared. If we have anything more, we’ll make sure we communicate that to you.”
Alan Cutler: “Cal, without saying what you can’t say — [Cal looks at Peevy] Hang on, just give me a second.”
Calipari: “Go ahead, go ahead. Run me down. Go ahead.” [If you didn’t catch that, it was a reference to Cutler chasing down Billy Gillispie]
Cutler: “Without saying what you can’t say, just emotionally speaking, you have to be disappointed with this crap coming out.”
Calipari: “I mean, yeah. For all of basketball, this stuff. Yeah. But again, the statement I made is from me, where we stand on this and how I feel about it.”
Reporter: “Have you had a chance to talk to Kevin about this?”
Peevy: “Do you have any questions about the game tomorrow, Missouri?”
Reporter: Will Kevin play tomorrow?
Calipari: “At this point, I believe so. If there’s something I don’t know” [Looks at Peevy]
Peevy: “Like I said, once again, there’s nothing additional to what you already know.”
Lyndsey Gough: “Is this a distraction for your team?”
Calipari: “I don’t even know. I haven’t met with them yet so I don’t know.”
Reporter: “When you see this kind of attention –“
Calipari: “Any Missouri questions?”
It was hard not to notice how sweaty Calipari was, to the point he brought it up himself a few minutes later.
“I just got done working out, guys. That’s why I’m sweaty.”
Watch for yourself below: