Louisville men’s basketball coach Chris Mack responded on Tuesday to John Calipari’s claim that the Cardinals don’t want to play Kentucky this season, releasing a video on Twitter that ended with him announcing the rivalry match. will actually be played.
“I keep asking myself, ‘Coach, are we playing? Are you scared? Are you a chicken? Won’t you play Kentucky?'” Mack said in a sarcastic video. “As for the British series, here’s the thing: I want to do what’s most convenient for John and his program.”
Mack then proceeded to go through the back and forth scheduling that the two schools had to plan for this season’s game.
Mack said it was originally scheduled for December 1
Mack also accused Kentucky of attempting to change one of Louisville’s ACC games without the knowledge of the Cardinals.
He added that Louisville asked Kentucky football manager Mark Stoops to change the school football game that was to be played on the Cardinals’ home field in 2021, and Stoops agreed to that request.
“If you could do it in football, it looks like you could do it in basketball,” Mack said.
He concluded the video by saying Louisville will play the game against Kentucky this season.
“I don’t want to stand in the way of college basketball’s best rivalry. Whatever is most convenient for Coach Cal, we’ll do it,” Mack said. “See you at Yum! Center! Go Cards.”
Calipari was brief in his response, tweeting later Tuesday: “See you December 26th. Can’t wait!”
See you on December 26th. I can not wait!
– Giovanni Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 30, 2020
Mack recently said he didn’t know if this season’s Wildcats-Cardinals game would be played, as it was scheduled to be held at KFC Yum! Louisville Center – where there may be frequency restrictions due to COVID-19.
“Where’s the Kentucky equity that comes here in front of no fans and then has to go back to the Rupp Arena [in 2021-22] in front of 21,000 fans? “Mack said Podcast “The Full Court Press”.
Calipari responded by releasing a statement, making it clear that he expected the game to be played this season in Louisville.
“Chris and I talked and expressed his concerns,” Calipari said. “While we understand the difficulty and complications created by the pandemic, we are ready to come to Louisville to play this season on previously agreed terms and expect Louisville to honor the deal with a return match at the Rupp Arena next season.
“We have a contract to play Notre Dame and a Big 12 opponent for the SEC / Big 12 Challenge in Rupp Arena this season and we are honoring those contracts even if he is with few or no fans. It is no one’s fault that we are in a pandemic. . We cannot predict the future with this virus, whether it be this December or next December. My hope is that they are not trying to end this series because it is important for this state that we play in. “
Calipari reiterated his willingness to get involved during a video conference on Tuesday morning.
“I’m not going to tell you what they’re thinking or what they’re doing. I just know the terms of the contract, let’s go there and come here next year,” he said. “What do you say, does anyone really know what this virus is going to do? I mean, what if we’re in the next year and we’re in the same boat? Then we have them at home with no fans. We don’t. You know. This virus is running into us. “We are not running this virus. And so, you know, you should talk to them. My hope is that we play the game this year, but if we don’t we are prepared.”
“I think that game is good for our state. It should be played … I’m not telling any other program what they should or shouldn’t do.”
Kentucky has been 2-0 against Louisville since Mack took over in 2018. The Wildcats are 11-2 against the Cardinals under Calipari.