John Calipari: Don’t stop believin’

In case you missed it, with 24 hours to think about it, John Calipari backed off some of his comments about his team’s lack of fight and players being “uncoachable” after UK’s drubbing at Tennessee on Saturday, the biggest loss (by way of margin) a Calipari team has suffered since his first year at UMass.

At, Calipari posted a Journey-type piece in which he basically sang, “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

An excerpt:

I refuse to believe they don’t have the fight in them to do this. I refuse to believe they aren’t coachable. I refuse to believe either one of those because we’ve got good kids.

There has to be a reason why guys are walking out of timeouts and not doing what they are supposed to. I may say publicly they are “uncoachable,” but I refuse to believe that because I believe in these guys and I believe they can change. I say it to get them to change, to prove to themselves and others that they can do this.

We shall see Wednesday. Vanderbilt comes to Rupp for the start of a three-game UK homestand.

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  1. Mark Liptak says:


    I understand why Cal is doing what he did, he still has games to play this year and an outside chance of making the tournament. But I suspect his real feelings came out during and immediately after the Tennessee farce.

    This team is “uncoachable.” Guys are soft physically, soft mentally and some are selfish.

    That’s OK…either they will have learned a real lesson next year when they return to UK (since they sure aren’t going to the NBA, not the way some of them played) or they’ll be sitting on the bench having been passed by the new recruits.

    Plus as I’ve said before Cal is somewhat to blame for this situation only in the fact that he has no other options…that was his choice, not to recruit a full team of players, instead opting for two or three walk-on’s who simply aren’t the same caliber of athlete.

    Mark Liptak