Going to Memphis: Beware of Cal haters, eat at Gus’s Fried Chicken

John Calipari still has “haters” in Memphis. (Jeff Houchin Photo)


During a Kentucky game in Rupp Arena earlier this year, I met a fan from Memphis who was at the game.

Knowing Kentucky was coming to Memphis this weekend to play in the NCAA South Region, the fan reached out to me. Kentucky plays UCLA Friday night and if it wins will play either North Carolina or Butler Sunday.

“I wish I could be there however the tickets are not in my budget at this time, I suffered a stroke and a heart attack a year ago so I am literally getting back on my feet in all aspects of my life. I am planning on coming to the open practice (Thursday). I wanted to make sure you are welcomed in the city,” the fan said.

She also knew that UK fans might want to know special spots to eat in the downtown area.

“Make sure you try Gus’s Fried Chicken and the Rendezvous for barbecue. There are also some excellent places on Beale Street,” the fan said.

Others have also told me about Gus’s Fried Chicken — so I am sure Keith Taylor of Kentucky Forward will eat there several times.

But the fan also had a warning for UK fans.

“Beware of the Coach Cal haters, there are some people still bitter that he left University of Memphis for Kentucky,” the fan said.

Why bitter after such a long time?

“We just had so much faith in Coach Cal, he broke our heart leaving,” the fan said.


  1. It’s been 8 or 9 years since he has left, Memphis fans needs to get it over it. Like our cat fans need get over the Lattener scenario that happen back in 1992. Lets move on and enjoy the present.

  2. Anyone going to Memphis and not eating at Gus’s Fried Chicken is not only unAmerican but is also missing the best chicken in the country. Don’t know how or what they do to the bird but they are unique in preparing what appears in front of you.

    1. If you crave fried chicken, Uncle Lou’s is the place to be in Memphis, and the prices are great too.

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