By LARRY VAUGHT
Because of UK’s recent losses — and Florida, not Kentucky, dominating the Southeastern Conference — there has been more and more criticism/questions about UK coach John Calipari recently from national media members.
Apparently Calipari has been paying attention to those critics and doesn’t want them impacting UK fans based on what he said on his weekly radio call-in show tonight. Here’s what the coach said:
“They’ve been doing that my whole career. You got guys waiting in the wings waiting for anything. And all of sudden, the story comes out, and it’s like, where was this build up and venom in this story? That’s part of it. I mean, you just say, ‘Hey, I do what I do.’ I know why I do it for kids. I’m comfortable in my skin doing what I do. I’ve made it very transparent how I do my job and what I feel about my job. I love coaching here, and all of the stuff that goes with it. Again, we lose a game and it’s an international incident. They’re talking about what’s wrong with me and the program on First Take (on ESPN). While yet other teams lose three or four games – ‘oh they’re fine.’
“That’s just being at Kentucky. It’s what it is. They know they can tweak you fans. So they tweak you, and you go bonkers. I love it though. So then I don’t have to say anything — it’s like you’re an army for me. All they do is tweak me or tweak the program or tweak a guy and all of a sudden it’s like army ants coming at you and there’s no end to them. They come and they just keep coming.
“But, some of it they do to get your eyeballs on their site. Don’t do that. Don’t give ‘em your eyeballs now. Some of those people, those nasty dudes, don’t give ‘em your eyeballs. Paste it, and everybody read the paste if you want to read it, but don’t give ‘em your eyeballs. The guy will be in a soup line in another six months. Don’t give him the eyeballs. Selling pencils ain’t a bad deal either. That’s why I go to church every day, because that’s how I feel sometimes.”