Kentucky head coach John Calipari is coming off the worst loss of his tenure.
Since turning Kentucky into a powerhouse, Calipari has had few losses in the early rounds of March Madness. But this year, they ran into one tough Cinderella.
In an OT thriller last week, the small school of Saint Peter’s was able to take down John Calipari and the Kentucky juggernaut.
DOWN GOES KENTUCKY!!! MARCH MADNESS!
Saint Peter’s 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/B0lSvcPYyj
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) March 18, 2022
John Calipari is set to address the loss on his podcast this week.
But this episode is going to be different. Instead of doing the show live and answering questions on the fly, this show will be pre-recorded. This means a moderator will have the opportunity to censor questions asked to the head coach.
.@UKCoachCalipari will be on the road recruiting tonight.
That means the @UK_HealthCare John Calipari show will be recorded this afternoon.
Tweet in your questions now for @tomleachKY to ask the @KentuckyMBB Head Coach. pic.twitter.com/BUD4ryO0bP
— UK Sports Network (@UKSportsNetwork) March 21, 2022
Fans immediately called out John Calipari for refusing to answer the normal questions.
What a cop-out. You make $9 mil per year and can’t be bothered for an hour to face your failures and hold yourself accountable by answering to the ones who make your lifestyle possible. Seems like I remember somebody writing a book about embracing failure to make yourself better.
— CW (@CW_KNTKY) March 21, 2022
@tomleachKY i would like to know why a man who gets paid $9 million to coach at the “gold standard” program of college basketball is dodging the fanbase after the most embarrassing loss in this program’s history.
— Trey Scott (@treyscott30) March 21, 2022
— Todd McEuen (@ToddfromKY) March 21, 2022
I have appreciated all that @UKCoachCalipari has accomplished at UK, but HIS 2021 team had a disastrous season followed by a humiliating tournament loss in 2022. A leader owns the loss, shows up for his radio show, and answers hard questions. #unacceptable https://t.co/kJS3ipy7hW
— Craig Parker (@bigbluecraig) March 21, 2022
I know this is radio but the optics here are bad… https://t.co/oCRbrqSOjt
— Big Blue Insider (@bigblueinsider1) March 21, 2022
John Calipari spoke on his disappointment following the loss to Saint Peter’s.
“I’m disappointed for our fans,” Calipari said. “They were shell-shocked like we were. We’ve got the greatest fans – we hate letting them down. I do as a coach, and I know these players do. This was really disappointing. Devastating.”
While Calipari expressed remorse to his fan base, it appears as though a majority of them would want their head coach to face the music a little bit more.
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