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John Calipari thinks handshake lines will become a thing of the past

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

We don’t know when sports will return, but when they do, John Calipari believes the coronavirus will have a lasting impact on our gameday behaviors and rituals. For instance, handshake lines. During one of his many Zoom appearances this week, Calipari said there’s no reason players and coaches should continue to shake each other’s hands before and after games.

“Probably shouldn’t shake hands after a match anymore, after a game,” Cal said on yesterday’s BBN Live with UK Rifle Coach Harry Mullins and ESPN’s Marty Smith. “Wave. [Say] ‘Good job.’ Don’t need to shake hands. Before the game, in the NCAA Tournament, the national anthem, play it right before tipoff. Not 12 minutes where we go out and shake hands and touch and talk and spit and cough. Right before tipoff.

“The game ends, you point. ‘See you after.’ Call the guy on the phone. These kids stay in touch anyway. You don’t need to do it. It’s all, ‘Well, it’s what we’ve always done.’ It’s not done anymore. Let’s stop. That’s just one thing that should change and probably will change.”

Calipari also opined about how life in general will change. The pandemic forced schools across the world to send students home and switch to virtual learning, but Calipari said that once all of this is over, in-person classes and experiences are still important.

“Don’t tell me you can do everything online. These young people need the interaction. They need to be with other students learning as much socially and the interaction and in the company of experts and mentors and professors. So don’t tell me all of it will be online…I think again, it’s going to push what we do ten years ahead in the next two.”

For now, Calipari encouraged everyone to do their best to maintain a positive attitude.

“Each day that goes by, when you wake up in the morning or when you go to bed, you’re saying to yourself, we’re one day closer. Not, ‘Geez, we’ve got another day, how many more days? I’ve got to have 25 more days of this.’ Because if we get a vaccine, it will end in a week. We don’t know. That could be it. But it’s got to be we’re one day closer to fixing this.”

If you’re curious, that beard is still growing. You can see it and the entire conversation with Calipari, Mullins, and Smith below.

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Posted by Kentucky Wildcats on Thursday, April 9, 2020


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17 Comments for John Calipari thinks handshake lines will become a thing of the past

  1. CrystalBall
    2:25 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Never saw a reason for the line, anyway. Completely unnecessary.

  2. Jpcat15
    2:55 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Called sportsmanship- can’t completely change who we are as a country off of 1 overblown event. You can hand check and sweat all over each other during a game but then you can’t shake hands? That is preposterous.

  3. jukeydpt12
    3:10 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    So they are going to lean on each other all game but can’t shake hands after the game. That is just a stupid thing to say cal

  4. Wilfred Smith
    3:30 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Will they need to clean and disinfect the ball after every pass? Every change of possession?

  5. Jpcat15
    3:33 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Exactly- Cal certainly didn’t think before saying that. Guys are all over each other for 2 hours, sweating on each other, showering together, and sharing the same ball but can’t shake hands. Cal’s liberal tilt shining through.

  6. NOLAcat
    3:33 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Ya, that’s a stupid take.

  7. a21CATSfan
    3:39 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Coach K should love this idea…

  8. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    4:24 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Not only are they leaning and sweating on one another, but busting each other in the chops and bleeding on one another (I know they have to out if they’re bleeding, but that’s once it’s actually seen). That’s not to mention breathing and coughing heavily on one another, and isn’t that the main concern with this virus?

    This is nonsensical.

  9. recliner coach
    5:20 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Think the point is not all players play, and the kids that do play don’t necessarily touch all kids playing for other team, not shaking hands eliminates a bunch of necessary touching.

  10. jukeydpt12
    5:40 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    They high five there own teammates and slap hands every time they come out of the game so the ones not playing still have contact.

  11. Scootercat
    6:06 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Not to mention how the vaccine talk becomes an immediate red flag considering Bill Gates is chomping at the bit to be able to inject a trackable vaccine into the world’s population. ID2020….. Thanks but no thanks.

  12. Skooms
    7:01 pm April 10, 2020 Permalink

    Ummmmmm, no. Total sportsmanship all the way. And half the time, the coaches are telling opposing players to keep their heads up, how good they played, etc. That actually means something to some of these players. You can’t take that away! Do elbow bumps if it bothers you that much, I mean seriously, do away with the lines??? No way.