By LARRY VAUGHT
Brad Calipari had to know there might be times being on the Kentucky basketball team coached by his father, John, might cause some uncomfortable moments.
However, I certainly didn’t expect any Kentucky fan to be already complaining about Brad Calipari coming to UK as a walk-on addition.
Yet that is just what apparent long-time fan Darrell Gross did with a letter to the editor in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
He didn’t like the “gall” John Calipari had to let his son join the team even though Liberty and East Tennessee State were the only schools that had showed “real” interest in Brad Calipari. Of course, that usually is the case with walk-on players or they would not be walk-ons.
Then Gross said with Calipari having so many friends in coaching, surely at least one would have given his son a scholarship. Say what? Gross is saying Brad Calipari is not good enough to be a UK walk-on but another school should have used a scholarship on him.
But here is the paragraph that really got me: “If Brad Calpari plays even one minute as a walk-on freshman, it would be the absolute worst of the worst for his father, and prove that the coach’s name means more than UK — $7.5 million more.”
I don’t get it. What’s the harm in having Brad Calipari on the team? What’s wrong with a father wanting a chance to have his son with him, especially with as much time as the coach had to spend away from him coaching at Kentucky?
I just hope most Kentucky fans let father and son enjoy their time together.