Mack jabs Calipari, then says Kentucky-L’ville on
Louisville coach Chris Mack fired again Tuesday at John Calipari’s assertion that the Cardinals do not need to play Kentucky this season, releasing a video on Twitter that ended with him asserting the annual rivalry recreation certainly can be performed.”I preserve getting requested, ‘Coach, are we enjoying the sport?’ Are you scared? Are you a rooster? You will not play Kentucky?'” Mack stated in a video heavy with sarcasm. “As for the UK collection, this is the factor: I need to do what’s most handy for John and his program.”Mack then proceeded to undergo the scheduling back-and-forth the 2 faculties have needed to plan this season’s recreation.Mack stated it initially was scheduled for Dec. 12, however Kentucky backed out as a result of it was anticipated to return from London on Dec. 6 after enjoying Michigan there. The London recreation towards the Wolverines finally was canceled, however Mack stated Kentucky scheduled Notre Dame for Dec. 12, as an alternative of enjoying Louisville on the unique date.2 RelatedMack additionally accused Kentucky of attempting to alter one in every of Louisville’s ACC video games with out the Cardinals’ information.He added that Louisville requested Kentucky soccer coach Mark Stoops to alter the colleges’ soccer recreation that was scheduled to be performed on the Cardinals’ residence discipline to 2021, and Stoops acquiesced to that request.”If you happen to may do it in soccer, looks like you would do it in basketball,” Mack stated.He ended the video by saying Louisville will play the sport towards Kentucky this season.”I do not need to stand in the way in which of faculty basketball’s finest rivalry. No matter is most handy for Coach Cal, we’ll do it,” Mack stated. “See ya within the Yum! Heart! Go Playing cards.”Calipari was temporary in his response, writing on Twitter later Tuesday: “See you December 26th. Cannot wait!”See you December 26th. Cannot wait!— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 30, 2020 Mack lately stated he did not know if this season’s Wildcats-Cardinals recreation can be performed, because it was scheduled to be held on the KFC Yum! Heart in Louisville — the place there might be attendance restrictions on account of COVID-19.”The place is the fairness of Kentucky coming right here in entrance of no followers after which having to return to Rupp Area [in 2021-22] in entrance of 21,000 followers?” Mack stated on “The Full Court docket Press” podcast.Calipari responded by releasing an announcement, making it clear he anticipated the sport to be performed this season in Louisville.”Chris and I’ve talked and he expressed his considerations,” Calipari stated. “Whereas I perceive the problem and the issues created by the pandemic, we’re ready to come back to Louisville to play this season underneath the beforehand agreed upon phrases, and we absolutely anticipate Louisville to honor the settlement with a return recreation to Rupp Area subsequent season.”We’re contracted to play Notre Dame and a Massive 12 opponent for the SEC/Massive 12 Problem in Rupp Area this season and we’re honoring these contracts even whether it is with little or no followers. It’s nobody’s fault we’re in a pandemic. We can not predict the long run with this virus, whether or not that is this December or subsequent December. My hope is they aren’t attempting to finish this collection as a result of it is necessary for this state that we play.”Calipari reiterated his need to play the sport throughout a video convention Tuesday morning.”I am not gonna inform you what they’re considering or what they’re doing. I simply know that the phrases of the contract, we go there and so they come right here subsequent 12 months,” he stated. “How about, does anyone actually know what this virus goes to do? I imply, what if we’re in subsequent 12 months and we’re in the identical boat? Then we bought them at residence with no followers. We do not know. This virus is working us. We aren’t working this virus. And so, you realize, you’d have to speak to them. My hope is we’re enjoying the sport this 12 months, however we’re ready if not.”I believe that recreation is nice for our state. It ought to be performed … I am not telling another program what they need to or should not do.”Kentucky is 2-Zero towards Louisville since Mack took over in 2018. The Wildcats are 11-2 towards the Cardinals underneath Calipari.