By Dr. John Huang
University of Kentucky Basketball Media Day is coming up tomorrow. I can’t wait.
It was just two short years ago since we witnessed one of the greatest reporter-to-coach exchanges ever to take place at a media event–perhaps ever in the history of sport. For those who may have forgotten, let me set the stage.
The FBI probe into the allegations that NIKE was paying certain recruits had just come out. U of L was getting ready to give Rick Pitino the boot. The Lexington media were circling like sharks, and wanted to hear directly from Coach Cal about any repercussions the fallout would have for UK.
In fact, the first five questions of the press conference targeted the issues surrounding the FBI investigations. The UK coach kept trying to deflect them, and pleaded with reporters to ask questions about his basketball team.
Calipari was exasperated when Matt Jones of http://kentuckysportsradio.com/ asked about Pitino. Then when Jerry Tipton of https://www.kentucky.com/ delivers the haymaker, the look on the UK coach’s face was priceless. It’s the only time I’ve ever seen him truly flustered. I was ready to follow up with another question about “how much Cal knew, and when did he know it.” But I didn’t have the guts…I felt kind of sorry for him, subsequently caved, and asked him some mundane question about his team.
Here it is for your viewing pleasure–the greatest exchange in the history of UK Media Day.
It’ll be hard to top this tomorrow…or ever.
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