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John Calipari says Kentucky sometimes has to ‘beat eight,’ hints at unfair officiating

In an appearance at The Rotary Club of Lexington on Thursday, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari told the audience that he feels the Wildcats get “no breaks” from referees throughout the season and that his team has to “beat eight” at times.

“What do you do about referees that seemed to be biased against Kentucky or the Kentucky coach?” an individual from the audience asked Calipari on Thursday evening, per Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

“Did everybody hear that?” Calipari responded. “I think we get no breaks. None. Not one break. Everyone else thinks we get all the calls. And I’m, like, sit in my seat and see if we get calls.

“There are times we’ve got to beat eight,” the UK coach continued. “You know what? Let’s beat eight.”

Calipari then added that referees go out of their way to make sure Kentucky doesn’t “deserve” any more advantages on the floor.

“The advantages we have, (the referees) say, ‘They don’t deserve any more advantages; you have all the advantages,’” the UK head coach said.

After the appearance, Tipton reached out to retired referees Don Rutledge and John Clougherty, who said Calipari’s comments were “dishonest” and “bizarre.”

“He’s a little paranoid, probably,” said Rutledge, who worked six Final Fours as an official. “He was that way at Massachusetts. He was that way at Memphis. And he’s that way at Kentucky.”

“He’s letting his fan base believe referees are conspiring against them,” Clougherty, another official with Final Four experience, said of Calipari. “That’s bizarre.”

Clougherty then told Tipton that he would recommend that the supervisor of officials get in contact with Calipari about his comments.

“If I’m the supervisor of officials, I’m making a call to (Calipari),” said Clougherty, who added that the SEC’s Coordinator of Men’s Basketball Officials, Mark Whitehead “has got to be on the phone. First of all, Mark Whitehead calls the commissioner and says, ‘My next call, commissioner, is to John Calipari.’”

(Herald-Leader)

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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64 Comments for John Calipari says Kentucky sometimes has to ‘beat eight,’ hints at unfair officiating



  1. Youngcat25
    12:03 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    If you actually watch the games then you know that Cal is right



    • 4everUKblue
      12:18 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Yes but you can bet there will be at least two so called “fans” who criticize Cal every chance they get to comment here. One is the worst liar, phony, fraud and wannabe on the entire site. The other uses caps a lot, you can count on at least one of them to show their ignorance here.



    • JPhelps
      12:32 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      (Raises hand)

      You talking about BigOlSlaterMedic, Mashburnfan1 and VMI?



    • 4everUKblue
      12:42 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Bingo! And KYCAPSLOCK4EVER.



    • Nugget01
      1:57 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      It’s funny to watch the dweebs line up to persecute anyone whose opinion doesn’t align with theirs. These winners no longer even wait for the unpopular opinion to be voiced, but now persecute in anticipation. I’m surprised it took 18 minutes for the sheriff to arrive. The internet connection must be slow in mom’s basement today.



    • 4everUKblue
      2:26 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Nugget if anyone would know about mom’s basement it would be you. What jock sniffer.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:43 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      1Nugget is what VMI gives him.



  2. StuckinLville
    12:07 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Because he is right. Look at the UNC elite 8 game, the Wisconsin final four. Look how UNC was given that championship because of all the obvious bad calls or no calls. If the officials don’t see that, then it’s obvious they are being paid or something.



  3. kjd
    12:09 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Waaah, waaah!



  4. kentuckybackupplayer
    12:11 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    players and coaches are accountable for their behavior but not the refs. they do what the want with no repercussions. when was the last time an sec ref was in the news for the league telling them they suck at their job? hell one roofin ref got an award a couple years ago who is terrible!



  5. Saul T. Nuts
    12:13 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Clougherty and Rutledge? These terrible refs are just big babies who need their diapers changed.



  6. StuckinLville
    12:16 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    My question, why is Tipton such an a hole? Always has to start drama



    • JPhelps
      12:29 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Jerry Tipton is that guy in high school, that would talk smack, and hope his big brothers saved his a** from getting beat up over it. We all remember that dude. He still talks about what a hard a** he was in high school to this day!



    • magimae
      1:50 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Tipton was one of the reasons I know longer take the Lexington Herald, got tired of his constant negativity.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:48 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Tipton was that guy that would get smacked in the mouth for saying the totally wrong thing. He’d go down in one hit but by the time his family heard the story one hit was all the guy got in before Jacka$$ Jerry whooped him. Why do you think he went into anti UK journalism? It gave him a chance to keep making $hit up.



  7. Angelo
    12:27 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Impeach him ????



  8. JPhelps
    12:27 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Notice how Clougherty jumped straight to, “I think he should get a call from the head of officials over that comment.” And that if he were Head of Officials, that’s what he’d do.

    Why John C? Don’t like Cal? You think he should get in trouble? Most officials feel the same way about him. That’s the problem. Shut your mouth.



    • tncatrn
      1:16 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Clougherty always was a crap ref especially in UK games…Jerry knows how to pickem…prolly the only ones willing to talk to him



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      2:49 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      He probably had others talk to him but they said something positive about UK so he burnt the interview tape.



  9. EK
    12:33 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Comments coming from two of the worst referees that ever did call a college basketball game



  10. UKFanSC
    12:35 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Tipton is a meddling jackass you tries to compensate for his lack of substance by rattling as many. Ages as possible. I didn’t even realize Clougherty was even alive ! But as an ACC guy his comments didn’t surprise me.



    • UKFanSC
      12:45 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Damned spellcheck sucks.



  11. Guitarteacher74
    12:42 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Nothing will ever change about that. But it isn’t just Kentucky that gets the bad calls.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:11 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      You’re right, as bad as I hate to say it, Auburn got a bad call at the end of the championship game. UCF got totally screwed in the game against dook, UCF should’ve one that game had the officials not overlooked the two back to back fouls on Zion and then called it on Taco Fall for his fifth foul.



  12. Bruce Dickinson
    12:44 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Kentucky fans don’t need Cal to tell us that we got cheated in games. The refs try to be sneaky, but they can’t pull it off.



    • 4everUKblue
      12:58 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      They’re probably still pissed they couldn’t keep us from winning in 2012. They sure as hell kept us from winning the championship game with Arizona. Arizona shot 34 free throws to our 17 and didn’t score a field goal in the last 2 minutes of regulation or in OT.



    • J-Dub421
      2:50 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      41 free throws to our 17, and AZ shot 17 free throws in overtime alone.



    • 4everUKblue
      3:04 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      You’re right J-Dub, my bad, I just rechecked the box score and it was 41 to 17.



    • J-Dub421
      4:21 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      AZ made 34 free throws. It’s really easy to look at the wrong column.



  13. 4everUKblue
    12:48 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Clougherty and Rutledge were bad but not as bad as the Rooferee. And for two to have called some of the most bizarre calls to call anything Cal says is bizarre is just bizarre.



    • 4everUKblue
      12:51 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Just as one example of a missed call that was really bizarre and maybe even calculated was the missed shot clock violation in the Wisconsin game. It wasn’t even close.



    • CrystalBall
      1:07 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      4everUKblue. Another good example of a missed call was the offensive goaltending against LSU last season.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:15 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Yep that’s an excellent example CrystalBall.



  14. Lori M
    12:48 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    “He’s a little paranoid, probably,” said Rutledge, who worked six Final Fours as an official. “He was that way at Massachusetts. He was that way at Memphis. And he’s that way at Kentucky.”

    So it is against Cal and not UK!



  15. StuckinLville
    12:52 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    The fact that officials bad calls or no calls against us has led to rule changes should back his statement.



    • J-Dub421
      2:54 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      More than one rule change too.



  16. Wade
    12:57 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Just watch that Wisconsin game



  17. michaelb
    1:00 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Every coach that battles for a nation championship feels this way , not just cal. Truth is we get SOME bad calls , from what I’ve noticed is the ball bounces our way more than not in my estimation (throughout the course of a season ) . He’s prob saying this with the LSU game in mind and couple other instances in his past . He’s holding on to the important ones , which makes him say this – like the blown calls at the end of the reg season and in the ncaa tourney .



    • 4everUKblue
      1:03 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      Show me an example of K getting a bad call. I would think he would be talking about the Wisconsin game.



    • 4everUKblue
      1:05 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      The difference is a lot of coaches think that but Kentucky has a history of bad calls. Then there’s the championship game against U-Con.



  18. Harlanian
    1:05 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    With a few exceptions, (Like the UNC game in the tourney) I think the refs have been somewhat fair. Louisville OTOH are undefeated in games not influenced by the refs, that is, according to their fan base.



    • VirginiaCat
      2:15 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

      No question that Kentucky has gotten some atrocious calls over the years, but that is true of most teams. The belief that officials are part of an anti-Kentucky, anti-Cal conspiracy borders on paranoia.



  19. ukkatzfan
    1:35 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Some roofarees are that way.



  20. Ned T.
    1:42 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Why do referees all wear those high-waist, black, strrrrretttchy pants?



  21. mashman 93
    1:59 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Cal is right but he shouldn’t say it because Kentucky sure as hell will not get any breaks now.



  22. JASUN74
    2:09 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    If I was Cal I’d never answer another question from that rat face Tipton. Going straight and telling his little buddies what Cal said. He’s a piece of trash!! You get them clicks Jack. Don’t you have anything about him kicking a dog or anything?



  23. Bluehender
    2:19 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    I think Cal was playing to his audience. And maybe trying to incite Mr Tipton. Cal is the best..



  24. BobbyBlue
    2:26 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Along with a bunch of my family and close friend’s, I discontinued the Lex Herald because of Jerry Tipturd.
    Letters to the Herald were not even acknowledged. Course Tipturd was the heir apparent to the Heralds cheap shots at UK going all the way back to Billy Reed and DG Fitzmaurice. Now the news paper is nearly dead but Tipturd now into his 70’s constantly tries to stir in this sort of journalism.



  25. J-Dub421
    2:45 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    John Clougherty was one of the worst refs in the history of officiating. His opinion means nothing.



  26. TOMCATS1990
    2:51 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    You reckon!!!



  27. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:56 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    I hereby formally request that any KSR writer who post something about Tipton simply call him Jaka$$ Jerry from now on.



  28. serdi
    3:37 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    It has always been amazing to me that the Southeastern conference goes all out to promote support the Alabama’s and the LSU’s and the Georgia’s in football but when it comes to basketball they go out of their way to minimize dismiss the greatness of Kentucky basketball to the SEC



  29. makeitstop
    4:46 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    To quote Jerry Tipton is “bizarre” in and of itself. He should never be quoted except for bulletin board material. As for these two refs? Apparently they missed the Rooferee games and yes, saying “he was like that at UMass..” indicates a bias against Cal by the Thin Skimmed Zebra species.



  30. ScoggDog
    5:06 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Thank you John Calipari for having the stones to say this. I’ve just about quit watching basketball – because the officiating decides most of these games. And not just in the SEC. It’s become horrible to watch – and the refs really enjoy being part of the show.

    Good on ya’ John. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched these games and wished somebody would do a Bobby Knight and just pull the team off the floor.



  31. TomKat9698
    5:46 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Just telling it like it is and John Cloughtry was and looks like still is a clown. Terrible official, right there with a majority of the SEC officials.



  32. Hot Stuff Eddie Gilbert
    5:57 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Cal is correct. But at the same time he sounds like a puss. And no one is going to feel sorry for a coach that has at least 8 five star players on every team.



  33. kuhlkat
    9:34 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    The 2 worst refs in SEC history and the worst beat writer of all time. No one should be shocked by their comments



  34. grammarpoliceUK
    9:50 pm October 4, 2019 Permalink

    Jerry just thinks he’s going to get another Pulitzer for trying to bring down UK again.