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“That’s the team I wanted to play.” Calipari was excited to coach against his son

(Photo: Instagram/@brad_calipari)

(Photo: Instagram/@brad_calipari)

Today was originally set to be a game day for the Cats as the new basketball season had Kentucky scheduled to play Detroit Mercy in the second of three games in the Bluegrass Showdown. However, a support staff member within the Detroit program tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, thus canceling the game in Lexington while the Titans went into isolation back in Detroit.

BREAKING: Detroit Mercy officially pulls out of Bluegrass Showcase

No ordinary game, it was supposed to be Brad Calipari’s homecoming in Rupp Arena, a shot at his old man and his old team—and a way for Ellen to get him home for Thanksgiving dinner.

“Brad was coming home, Brad was going to play in Rupp Arena,” said John Calipari. “I was looking forward to having my son on the other team, coaching my team and cheering for him.

“Listen, there are four or five other teams I would say I would be happy for them to have to cancel, but not Detroit. That’s the team I wanted to play. Not because I thought we could win—Mike (Davis)’s kid may have gotten 50 and Brad may have gotten 30 and we may have lost—but it was my son.”

The father-son game will still be played, Calipari announced Wednesday night, with a tentative date in mind for mid-December.

Maybe the Calipari family can get an early Christmas out of it?

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

1 Comment for “That’s the team I wanted to play.” Calipari was excited to coach against his son



  1. U22JBK
    5:09 pm November 27, 2020 Permalink

    Coach Cal should be drug tested. No way we should be playing Detroit Mercy. Too tough of a team and program. Rupp season ticket holders live, sleep, and breathe for games like that. But our young team doesn’t need to be subjected to that this early on. Hope he doesn’t reschedule.