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SEC Network analyst Laura Rutledge apologizes to John Calipari for halftime question

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By LARRY VAUGHT

With Kentucky ahead by one point at halftime, Missouri students chanted, “Cal, you suck,” during his halftime interview with SEC Network analyst Laura Rutledge.

Her second question to Calipari was what did he think of the Missouri students. Calipari walked away — and most UK fans thought he should have.

After the game, Calipari said Rutledge apologized to him.

“Folks, she came over to apologize after the game. I’m like, ‘I don’t even know what you’re talking about. I have no idea.’ If the other team, if I walk in the building and they’re not cussing me, booing me, I will retire. It’s time to retire,” Calipari said.

:If I walk in an opponent’s court and they’re cheering me, either you should fire me or I should be retired. She looked at me and said, ‘I apologize.’ ‘What? I don’t even know what you’re talking about. We just beat Missouri, I’m happy as heck. Beat it, you’re good. Don’t worry about me.’ ”

Calipari sort of apologized himself when asked about the technical foul he got with about eight minutes left to play in Tuesday’s game.

“I can say this: I did not swear, but I did deserve it. I did deserve it, I’ll just say that. But I did not swear. I don’t swear,” Calipari said.

“I was at mass this morning with all of the kids at the Catholic church, begging forgiveness knowing I was going to get a technical tonight. Please, in advance I’m asking for forgiveness.”

1 comment

  1. TrueBlueJohn

    I am glad that she apologized for asking that question, because I told my wife when Laura asked it that it was the stupidest question that I ever heard. Cal did exactly the right thing by not answering. I am not a great fan of the coach interviews to begin with.

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