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Coach Cal takes a shot at a certain ‘bitter old man’

May 30, 2012, 2:56 PM EDT

John Calipari

John Calipari and Bobby Knight have what you could call a contemptuous relationship.

The latest round of hostility began last April, when Knight said during a speaking engagement in Wabash, IN, that “Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA tournament games that had not been to class that semester. That’s that one and done philosophy”,video of which managed to find its way onto youtube and go viral.

Besides the fact that the statement was inaccurate, it was a point on contention given that Knight’s current job is as a college hoops commentator for ESPN. His distaste for Big Blue Nation became more obvious during the season as he refused to mention Coach Cal or the Kentucky team during the season.

Clearly, Coach Cal was not happy hearing any of this. And in typical Coach Cal fashion, he found a way to not-so-subtly take a shot at Knight.

Kentucky managed a team GPA of 3.12 during the spring semester, which includes the grades of the five players that left school early for the NBA Draft. In a statement released on Friday, Cal said “all this stuff bitter old men say that they don’t go to class, it’s not true.”


When I picture Cal saying this, he’s giving Knight the finger while wearing his national championship ring.

Now only if he wasn’t afraid to play Indiana at Assembly Hall … (the streak continues!)

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. cranespy - May 30, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    10 years from now which one of these two will be spoken of with more disdain….Coach Knight for his infamous bombast, choke holds and player intimidation OR It’s NEVER been about me Coach Cal and his penchant for leaving a stench in the room after he departs??? (see Memphis or UMASS). My money is on the latter. (Help me Billy Donovan you’re our only hope!). Now hold on all my fellow Cat fans… need to get testy….lets just enjoy the ride…we are certain to be in the conversation for at least one or two more titles in the next few years…let’s just hope we can hold on to them.

  2. packhawk04 - May 30, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    Good for coach cal. Only destroyed two programs. Good for those kids passing their real, legit college courses which im sure they were. Shut that bitter old man up. He could NEVER beat the real cheaters like u cal!

  3. imforbigblue - May 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    Funny that you think UK is scared to play IU at home. How many years has UK been going to IU beating that ass? They get lucky last year with last second but stormed the floor like morons, but UK sent Them packing with a ass whooping in the turny for #8

  4. arlingtonsynn - May 31, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Coach Knight has more rings than Cal.

  5. imforbigblue - May 31, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Wow good come back cal also never got fired for being a dick hitting players or choking them or throw chairs like a cry baby. Also if you think cal is done winning titles at UK your wrong!

    • arlingtonsynn - Jun 5, 2012 at 7:28 PM

      And Bobby Knight never had 1 let alone 2 Final Four appearances vacated.

      Remember…. this UK title has a 5 year cooling off period. If you make it 5 years without the NCAA taking it away, you can talk smack.

  6. pastabelly - Jun 1, 2012 at 5:49 AM

    Cal personifies sleaze.

  7. csdanvilleman - Jun 2, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    ALL the haters are going to hate.They are just intimidated by CALIPARI and BIG BLUE NATION!!!!!GO BIG BLUE!!!!!

  8. cranespy - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Too bad he dodges Huggins during the regular season……Hugs OWNS Cal.

  9. dexterismyhero - Jun 4, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Coach Knight says: Calipari is inevitable, so sit back and enjoy it………….

    Oh and csdanvilleman, no one is intimidated by Calipari or Ky.

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