Paul Finebaum reacts to 'public relations disaster' at Kentucky
Kentucky has been in the news a lot lately with the controversy surrounding basketball coach John Calipari’s comments, which weren’t received nicely by head football coach Mark Stoops after he called the program a basketball school.
The situation escalated quite a bit and has become a very public issue that a lot of people have chimed in on. ESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum offered his thoughts on what has transpired in his appearance on “McElroy and Cubelic in the Morning” on WJOX.
“This has been a public relations disaster,” Finebaum said. “You can point to many different aspects of it… you mention Mitch Barnhart first. What he needed to do was get on it immediately and put an end to it and instead he went old school AD… he’s considered the best athletic director in the SEC but he’s still old school, meaning he’s not in touch with the minute-to-minute social media storm that was brewing out there.”
Finebaum elaborated further, saying he thought there was too long of a wait in the way the situation was addressed.
“He waited too long and at the end, I think you saw some personal grievances thrown onto the fire… at the end of all of this, Calipari made a critical mistake and Mark Stoops got there and said ‘do I be graceful about this? Do I be a gentleman? Do I do what I’ve always done and turn the other cheek or do I punch back?'”
It will be interesting to see how this situation continues to play out, but there’s no doubting there will be a little tension around Lexington for the time being.