John Calipari issues statement on status of Kentucky-Louisville game following comments from Chris Mack
If you missed it, Louisville coach Chris Mack recently cast some doubt on playing a Kentucky-Louisville game next season, citing the unfairness of potentially hosting the Wildcats this season without fans present then turning around and playing in Lexington the following season.
Keep in mind these two have played 52 times and every season dating back to 2008.
Why the Louisville coach is concerned about this issue now, given the fact it’s not Kentucky’s fault this is happening, is certainly odd.
On Friday, John Calipari issued a statement in response to Mack’s comments suggesting Kentucky plans on playing the game as scheduled and is not interested in changing things up to suit Louisville:
“Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns. While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville to play this season under the previously agreed upon terms, and we fully expect Louisville to honor the agreement with a return game to Rupp Arena next season.
“We are contracted to play Notre Dame and a Big 12 opponent for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge in Rupp Arena this season and we are honoring those contracts even if it is with little to no fans. It is no one’s fault we are in a pandemic. We cannot predict the future with this virus whether that’s this Decembers or next December. My hope is they are not trying to end this series because it is important for this state that we play.”
If you missed Mack’s comments on the matter, they can be found below:
NEW: I asked Louisville head coach Chris Mack if the Cardinals will face Kentucky this season. His response: pic.twitter.com/p54nrkSCFE
— John Fanta (@John_Fanta) September 23, 2020