Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack responded on Tuesday to John Calipari’s claim that the Cardinals did not want to play Kentucky this season by posting a video on Twitter ending with him, announcing that the annual rivalry would indeed be played.
“I’m constantly asked, ‘Coach, are we playing the game?’ Are you scared? Are you a chicken? You’re not going to play Kentucky? Mack said in a video, heavy with sarcasm. “As for the British series, here’s one thing: I want to do what’s most convenient for John and his program.”
Mack then went through the schedule back and forth that both schools had to plan the game this season.
Mack said it was originally scheduled for Dec. 1
Mack also accused Kentucky of trying to change one of Louisville’s ACC games without the cardinals’ knowledge.
He added that Louisville had asked Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops to change the school football game, which was to be played on the Cardinals’ home field until 2021, and Stops agreed to the request.
“If you can do it in football, it looks like you could do it in basketball,” Mack said.
He finished the video by saying that Louisville will play the game against Kentucky this season.
“I don’t want to interfere with the best rivalry in college basketball. Whatever is most comfortable for Coach Cal, we will do it,” Mack said. “I’ll see you at Yum! Center! Go cards.”
Calipari was brief in his response, writing on Twitter later on Tuesday: “I’ll see you on December 26. I can’t wait!”
See you on December 26. I can not wait!
– John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 30, 2020
Mack recently said he doesn’t know if the Wildcats-Cardinals game will be played this season, as it was supposed to take place at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville – where there may be restrictions on attendance due to COVID-19.
“Where is the capital of Kentucky, which comes here without fans and then has to return to Rupp Arena [in 2021-22] in front of 21,000 fans? “Mack said in the podcast” The Full Court Press. “
Calipari responded by issuing a statement stating that he expects the game to be played this season in Louisville.
“Chris and I talked and he expressed his concerns,” Calipari said. “Although I understand the difficulty and complications created by the pandemic, we are ready to come to Louisville to play this season on pre-arranged terms, and we fully expect Louisville to abide by the rematch agreement at Rupp Arena next season.
“We have a contract to play Notre Dame and an opponent of the Big 12 for the SEC / Big 12 Challenge at Rupp Arena this season and we are fulfilling those contracts, even if there are few or no fans. No one is to blame for us being in a pandemic. predict the future with this virus, whether it’s this December or next December. I hope they’re not trying to end this series because it’s important for this state to play. “
Calipari reiterated his desire to play the game during a video conference Tuesday morning.
“I will not tell you what they think or what they do. I just know the terms of the contract, we go there and they come here next year,” he said. “What do you say, does anyone really know what this virus will do? I mean, what happens if we’re next year and we’re in the same boat? Then we have them at home, without fans. We don’t know. This We are not using it, so, you know, you will have to talk to them, I hope we play this game this year, but we are ready, if not.
“I think this game is good for our country. It has to be played … I don’t tell any other program what they should or shouldn’t do.”
Kentucky is 2-0 against Louisville since Mack took office in 2018. The Wildcats are 11-2 against the Cardinals at Calipari.