John Calipari should know an internal scandal when he sees one.
In his first appearance with reporters since the FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball was revealed, Kentucky men's basketball Coach John Calipari faced a number of questions on the issue at the beginning of the United Kingdom media day press conference Thursday. I haven't been contacted.
Tipton: The FBI has reportedly expanding into looking at Nike. Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader wanted his voice heard and wasn't going to stop until it bellowed loud and clear. When Calipari tried to shoo him off and pick on another person in the crowd, Tipton announced his rights as a credentialed reporter. "This is media day, not coach day".
"I'm just happy I'm not involved in it, or anything here at Kentucky", forward Wenyen Gabriel said when asked what he thinks of the investigation. "You can then not answer it". Calipari was asked repeatedly about the FBI investigation that torpedoed rival Rick Pitino, until he grew exasperated and demanded a basketball question. Calipari likely sensed a rumor spreading and immediately shut it down.
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"None of us know where this thing's going", Calipari said.
Calipari: "Well, that makes it true".
Calipari said no one has reached out to Kentucky yet regarding the federal investigation. A recent Los Angeles Times report did suggest more arrests are coming, though.
But, if I was a member of the Kentucky media and had to deal with deflections in the midst of a massive, all-of-college-basketball-encompassing scandal, I would get frustrated, too. Under his watch, UMass was forced to vacate its record in the 1996 NCAA tournament when a player was found to have accepted $40,000 in cash and gifts from an outside agent.