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Calipari calls Kentucky a ‘school of basketball’, riling Stoops


John Calipari’s push to improve his Kentucky basketball team’s practice facilities drew a yank from Wildcats football coach Mark Stoops on Twitter after the Hall of Fame coach called the university of “basketball school” in an interview.

Ahead of the second of four Wildcats exhibition games in the Bahamas, Calipari noted recently approved improvements for other programs at the school, The Athletic reported. Stating his desire for similar improvements for his highly successful program, he said, “It’s a basketball school. It’s always been that. Alabama is a football school. So is Georgia. I mean, they are. No disrespect to our football team. I hope they will win 10 games and go to bowls… But it’s a basketball school. So we have to keep moving in that direction and keep doing what we’re doing. »

Steps responded to comments on Twitter and said, “Basketball school? I thought we were competing in the SEC? He ended the post with the hashtag “#4straightpostseasonwins,” referencing the Wildcats’ recent success.

Calipari guided Kentucky to its eighth NCAA championship in 2012, but hasn’t reached the Final Four since 2015. The Wildcats were fired by No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s in their tournament opener of the NCAA last spring. Kentucky football is coming off its second 10-win season in four years under Stoops and has earned all four wins in six straight playoff appearances.


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