John Calipari just wrapped up a segment on “SportsCenter” from SEC Tipoff in Charlotte, and couldn’t avoid being asked about the Louisville scandal. Cal tried to defer when Jay Crawford asked him about it, bringing up how focused he is on his squad right now:
“The biggest thing for me right now is I’m focused on my team. I put in dribble drive for two days. I’m not worried about what’s going on in the political world, I’m not watching Donald Trump, I’m not watching Hilary Clinton, I’m not watching Ben Carson. I’m worried about my team playing dribble drive as balls are hitting off the scoreboard and you’re asking me about an issue? Please.”
Chris McKendry tried a different tactic, asking Calipari how much a head coach should know about a program the magnitude of Louisville. He finally gave in, bringing up the NCAA’s strict liability policy that vacated Memphis’ 38 wins back in 2008:
“We’re responsible for everything. We are. In 2008, strict liability, we became accountable for everything. That’s a harder deal. We have to be responsible. Especially if it happens on our campus with our staff, the staff that we’re responsible for, but there are my things that we’re going to be held responsible for which we understand that’s just hard that we’re held accountable for.
And I’m going to say this. In 2008 when they came up with strict liability and all of us coaches accepted it, now it is what it is. We’re not only responsible, we’re held accountable.“