Kentucky's John Calipari gets in heated exchange with reporter

Ruben Hill
October 13, 2017

During Kentucky's media day on Thursday, Wildcats head coach John Calipari said no one has contacted the school regarding the investigation.

Calipari's name so far hasn't surfaced in the controversy that cost Louisville head coach Rick Pitino his job.

"Jones: ". Will you miss the rivalry and coaching against him?" "Please. Does anyone here have a question about my team?"

That was when Tipton had his question.

Calipari: (Waving Tipton off) "Anybody have a question ..."

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute".

"This is a media day, not coach day". I am entitled to ask a question.

Calipari: "Ask it. OK. You can then deny or not answer, fine", Tipton shouted.

Calipari grew annoyed having answered several questions about the FBI investigation, which has not implicated Kentucky as of now.

He then reluctantly said this about any potential involvement by the University of Kentucky and Nike.

"You're acting like you know something that I don't know. If a fan would put 2 and 2 together ..."

"None of us know where this thing's going", Calipari said.

When Tipton reiterated the news had been "reported", Calipari responded, "Oh, that makes it true".

Would I talk that way to John Calipari? No. I mean, we haven't been contacted. We're going about our business coaching this team.

"How about a basketball question since it isn't my day". "Since it isn't my day".

Federal prosecutors in NY announced last month that Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland were among the 10 people charged following a three-year FBI investigation.

The FBI's investigation into corruption throughout college basketball will be the story of the season.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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