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Part Three of The Sporting News’ series on Calipari deals with the media haters


Earlier today, we shared Part Two of The Sporting News’ five-part series on John Calipari with you, which dealt with Cal’s success as a recruiter. With all due respect to Mike DeCourcy and TSN staff, I think Part Three is much more interesting.

Part Three, entitled “John Calipari: The Target,” dropped this afternoon, and explores Calipari’s sometimes tumultuous relationship with the media, or specifically, the haters in the media. No, Pat Forde’s name isn’t mentioned, but several others were. This quote from 2012 at the end is all sorts of Swaggy Cal:

“If I think a guy’s wrong, I’m going to tell him. If I think a guy’s being a jerk, I’m going to tell him … And he’s not going to be treated like a friend,” he told Sporting News in 2012. “The way I grew up: You come at me, I come back at you twice. If you let him come at you, he comes back at you again and he keeps coming.”

Go read it and thank me later.

[John Calipari: The Target]

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6 Comments for Part Three of The Sporting News’ series on Calipari deals with the media haters

  1. RealCatsFan
    3:20 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

    IMO, the most accurate passage in the whole article: “Calipari does not appreciate that so many deride him for NCAA penalties assessed to his teams at Massachusetts and Memphis that were not applied similarly at schools which had players accept outside money that corrupted their amateur status or were retroactively discovered to be academically ineligible. “Strict liability” seems only to apply to Calipari’s programs.”

    We are talking about YOU, Duke and UNC!

    • J-Dub421
      3:45 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, that still makes me angry. The NCAA and the media both pick and choose who to go after and let other slide when ever it suits them. The hypocrisy is galling.

  2. BtownUKFan
    3:49 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

    I’m not a big Mike DeCourcy fan, he’s taken some cheap shots at Kentucky fans and Calipart but I like what I”ve read so far. The Tony Barbee quotes are the best. La Famiglia.
    GO CATS !!

  3. BigBlueSkyDog
    5:20 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

    Cal’s animosity toward the media makes him even more endearing to Cat fans. We finally have a coach who will hit back and those thin-skinned hacks can’t take it.

  4. Ukeheyhey
    6:26 pm September 2, 2015 Permalink

    Didn’t Cal cuss out a reporter in New Jersey way back when?

    • Dude
      12:18 am September 3, 2015 Permalink

      Yep. 19 years ago….

      Hey. Didn’t Pitino bang a broad on a restaurant table and pay her abortion fees plus hush-money?