John Calipari channels Tom Izzo

June, 17, 2010
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Kentucky coach John Calipari was asked at his basketball camp about the decision by Tom Izzo to stay at Michigan State, and Calipari responded to Kentucky Sports Radio with a question of his own.
Calipari: “I am happy. Tom and I talked. But can you imagine if I did that? Could you imagine if I took two weeks? It would have been an absolute slam, a 'this guy is the worst.' Tom went through the process and I am happy about his decision because he is a friend. But it just makes me laugh.”

Even placing himself in Izzo's shoes brings up uncomfortable thoughts for Calipari, so Kentucky Sports Radio followed up and asked if he feels there is a double standard or that the media is out to get him personally.


Calipari: “I hope not. I don't believe that and I don't know why they would be. But what does happen is that you start to see agendas and I don't know if it's always been that way or what. But here is what I will tell you about coaching at Kentucky. It's like being in politics; our core fans in this state will love what we are doing. And if you sit in the seat I am, it's great because they love you. The other side, however, is trying to unseat you by any means, be it innuendo or rumor. They say things like ‘where there is smoke there is fire.’ And the guy is standing on the side with a billow, pumping smoke in there. But I guess that's the way it is and you have to live with it if you are coaching at Kentucky."

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