By LARRY VAUGHT
Cameron Mills knows the perception is that coaches John Calipari of Kentucky and Rick Pitino of Louisville hate each other.
“I don’t know, but I’ve never thought that was accurate,” said Mills, who was on UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship teams. “I thought they were competitors. They do not send each other Christmas cards as they say. They compete in games. They compete for recruits. But I don’t think they can’t stand the sight of each other.”
Calipari announced this week that Pitino would be a guest on one of his podcasts. The two have already taped the podcast and Pitino said this week he had fun doing it.
“I think coach Pitino being on Cal’s podcast shows where their relationship is,” Mills said.
Mills recently worked with Dick Gabriel and Jason Epperson to put out a documentary on the 1996 national championship team (one is already in the works on the 1998 team).
“We were working on the documentary and found some footage from 1995 of Cal speaking to Kentucky fans about Rick. He was telling them not to go on the radio shows and tell Rick what he was doing wrong because he was the best in the business and would figure it out,” Mills said. “I thought that was gold and we had to use that in the documentary.’
However, with the perception many fans have of the two coaches, Mills wanted to make sure Calipari had no problem with him doing that. Mills said Calipari’s answer was to “absolutely” use it.
“There is also a big false perception that Cal does not like the 1996 team and the 1996 team does not like Cal,” Mills said. “That’s a bunch of garbage, too.”