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Let’s revisit that John Calipari/Tom Izzo pregame interview

Now that we’ve all watched the clip of Tyrese Maxey’s three 78 times, let’s revisit another classic moment from last night’s Champions Classic. Just before tipoff, Holly Rowe interviewed both John Calipari and Tom Izzo, which was both really awkward and really awesome.

Obviously Izzo and Cal are friends or this wouldn’t have worked at all; did you catch Cal’s playful jab about Tyler Ulis, who picked Kentucky over Michigan State back in 2014?

“He’s got a point guard [Cassius Winston]. I had a kid, Tyler Ulis, for a little while, you got the same guy. They kind of make coaching a little easier, don’t they?”

Izzo nodded slowly, smiling.

“If it gets bad, let’s you and I go outside,” Izzo quipped after Calipari lamented about his team’s youth.

Not that it would ever happen, but if it did, all of my money is on Izzo.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Let’s revisit that John Calipari/Tom Izzo pregame interview



  1. Caliparty09
    4:01 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    I randomly thought about the Tyler Ulis pregame comment this morning. Like….didn’t we steal him from Mich. State at the very last minute? Lol!



  2. nocode96
    4:15 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    I respect the hell out of coach K, Ol Roy, and Bill Self as coaches, but I don’t like them a bit. I respect, and really like Izzo. He’s good people.



    • Ridge Runner
      4:58 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      I still have reservations from the sexual assault scandal for me to fully endorse respecting him. I’ll just say I hope he is telling the truth in all of that.



    • nocode96
      6:11 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      You bring up a very solid point that I completely overlooked when making my last statement. I hope he’s being truthful as well.



    • ClutchCargo
      5:00 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      Same here, RR.



    • RealCatsFan
      5:22 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      I feel the same way. Some people you can see right away that they are real, genuine, down to earth. There is nothing more difficult for me to tolerate than someone who has no sense of humor and takes themselves too seriously.



    • 4everUKBlue
      6:14 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      You mean like mashbum, the liar?



  3. ibescootch
    4:31 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    But would Tom Izzo poop in the Alaskan woods, and feel good about it? I don’t think so.



  4. Larkin123
    5:10 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    Izzo walks with three legs….



  5. RealCatsFan
    5:18 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    I didn’t think he meant they would go outside to duke it out, I thought it was more like, “let’s get the hell away from this bad basketball and grab a beer.”



    • 4everUKBlue
      6:13 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      That’s how I took it too.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      6:26 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      Actually Izzo did add in there something about just hanging out but of course it was removed to completely destroy the context.



    • Big Sexy
      8:36 am November 7, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, that’s what he was saying.



  6. KYjellyRoll
    7:16 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    These guys respect one another for sure. Two of my favs in the coaching world



  7. makeitstop
    7:16 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

    I agree – it was let’s go grab a drink and let ‘em play. There’s an Opry near Times Square not more than 5 minutes, they’d feel right at home. Well, Cal would.



    • makeitstop
      7:20 pm November 6, 2019 Permalink

      Actually Mrs T would too – Nashville goes to the Big Apple. If ur at MSG it’s a little slice of “home” close by.



  8. terwilliger
    8:34 am November 7, 2019 Permalink

    Fail to see how this was “really awkward”. TT with the hyperbole again



  9. terwilliger
    8:35 am November 7, 2019 Permalink

    And yes, TT completely misinterpreted what Izzo said.