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John Calipari is unsure if Kentucky will still play in London

The fate of Kentucky’s 2020-21 international road trip remains in limbo.

The Wildcats are not strangers to neutral-site games. This marquee event is unlike any other. In February UK announced details for the London Showcase, pitting the Wildcats against Michigan at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 6, 2020.

Weeks later the emergence of coronavirus put the plans in jeopardy. In Monday’s edition of “Coffee with Cal,” international travel came up in the conversation with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald. While Calipari admitted his fascination with historic European sites from World War II, UK’s head coach revealed that his future travel plans to Europe are uncertain.

“We’re going to be ham-strung on travel for the time being,” he said. “We were planning on a game in London. We’re trying to figure out if that’s going to be able to happen. We’re walking through that right now because I’d really like to meet the Queen.”

Calipari provided no further details on alternatives if the game cannot be played as planned across the pond. The London game still appeared on an updated 2020-21 schedule released by UK last week.

At this point, the game’s fate has yet to be determined. If you planned on making the trip, it’s probably wise to hope for the best and prepare for the worst.


If you needed another reason to believe the game in London will not happen, today the NFL announced it has canceled its international series, five games that were set to take place in London and Mexico City.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for John Calipari is unsure if Kentucky will still play in London

  1. JT55
    12:05 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Who knows if there even be a season this year. Unless they add another big man or two, it’ll be a long year regardless.

    • Bluehender
      3:19 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

      Why did you even add the first sentence? The second one is what you always say..

  2. ukyelecteng
    12:22 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    Ain’t happening

  3. Han
    1:04 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll just be thrilled when we get sports again at all.

    I know a lot of people, especially round these parts, have been calling BS on the whole pandemic and lockdowns, but there’s a real chance we’ve got a lot more trouble ahead of us by reopening too soon. Very few countries have handled this well and we’re not one of them, and countries dealing with it before us still haven’t started reopening the way people here are pushing, so you have to think we’re shooting ourselves in the foot for “Freedom!” But even if not, even if the high death numbers we’re still seeing day after day do drop and we get treatments/antibody tests soon, there’s still the chance this virus acts like the flu in the sense of coming back every year. People testing positive again have been false-positives per South Korea, but that doesn’t mean they’re permanently immune. By the time fall rolls round, it’ll be very important to have answers to those questions. I would be surprised if colleges are ok sending teams overseas in just a few months, if governments even allow it. And if they’re not playing with fans yet anyway, there’s no point in playing the games there.

  4. tdub
    2:10 pm May 4, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll be glad to see them play but don’t care at all about the London game. JMO