Kentucky Football coach Mark Stoops enthusiastically defended his program following recent comments from Wildcats Basketball coach John Calipari, who called Kentucky “the basketball school” in an interview.
“No disrespect to our team. I hope they win 10 games and go on,” Calipari added.
Stoops responded on Twitter with the hashtag “#4straightpostseasonwins”, referring to the Wildcats’ recent success on gridiron, and retweeted someone saying Calipari’s comments were “offensive”.
Stop point build his opinion Saturday after practice.
“When you start talking about my show and the other shows we compete with – me, I don’t,” Stoops said, per ESPN. “I stay in my lane. So it’s to protect my players, to protect the work that we’ve done. And believe me, we want to keep pushing. But don’t take it for granted. often or distracted from the hard work and dedication and commitment that everyone has made to get to this point. I don’t need to apologize for that, and I won’t.”
Stoops also acknowledges his college’s long history of basketball success, with eight national championships in men’s diving.
“We understand history,” he said. “That’s great. I hug it and love it, our basketball history. I’m proud of it. I love it. I don’t have that history. We’re making it.”
On Monday, Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky athletic director and principal of SECOND athletic directors, got involved – and he wasn’t too pleased with the back and forth between his two veteran coaches.
“I have two coaches who have been with me – one has been for 13 years [Calipari]one 10 years [Stoops]” Barnhart said. “I hired them both. I gave them the chance to train here, their families come here, win championships here, go to bowl games here. I’ve been with both of them. the good and the bad. … And they’ve been given every opportunity to do what they want to succeed. That won’t change. As long as I’m in the chair, we will If that’s not good enough, coaches change a lot in today’s world.”
Calipari commented later on social media, saying he made the mistake of comparing Kentucky’s sports division to others and wanted to make it clear that he would continue to support the Wildcats.
Calipari said he contacted Stoops on Thursday and will keep trying, adding: “Now I’m going to do what I’ve been doing for 30 years: Coach my team and stop the mess.”
Calipari guided Kentucky to an eighth NCAA championship in 2012 but hasn’t made it to the Finals since 2015. The Wildcats were defeated by the 15th seed. Saint Peter’s in their NCAA Tournament opening game last spring.
Kentucky football is having its second 10-match season in four years under Stoops.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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