John Calipari responds to social media trolling from Louisville coach Chris Mack
It’s not quite college basketball season, but the Kentucky-Louisville rivalry on the hardwood is heating up.
On Tuesday, Cards coach Chris Mack posted a two-minute video directly calling out John Calipari’s Wildcats program over the date and venue of the UK-UL game:
“Cards fans, your fearless leader Coach Mack. I keep getting asked, ‘Coach, are we playing THE game? Are you scared? Are you a chicken? You won’t play Kentucky?’
“As for the UK series, here’s the thing: I want to do what’s most convenient for John and his program. You do believe that, right? That I want to do what’s best for John?
“Never mind the fact that we had a mutually agreed upon date of Dec. 12 to play the game, and never mind the fact that they backed out of the 12th, because they were returning from London on Dec. 6 after playing Michigan. Thought it was too close to the 12th. Never mind the fact that that Dec. 6 game got canceled—no trip to London. Can we play that game on the 12th? Never mind the fact that they scheduled Notre Dame in lieu of playing us on the mutually agreed upon date of Dec. 12. Never mind the fact that they called ESPN and tried to change one of our ACC games without our knowledge or permission.
“Never mind the fact that Coach [Mark] Stoops and his football program at the University of Kentucky honored that request in football, to move Louisville’s home game from 2020 to 2021. If you could do it in football, seems like you could do it in basketball. Never mind the fact that the University of Cincinnati asked us to do the same exact thing that we’re asking Kentucky to do, and we honored that request.”
How do you respond to a 2-minute rant filled with sarcastic trolling? Keep it short and sweet with an indirect reply on Twitter.
“See you December 26th. Can’t wait!” Calipari wrote, subtweeting Mack.
Hopefully, the game itself lives up to the media back-and-forth.