‘I’m Not Giving Up’- Kentucky Wildcats Coach John Calipari Gets Emotional While Talking About Season Struggles

Published 02/14/2021, 10:32 AM EST
Feb 6, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts after guard Brandon Boston Jr. (not pictured) misses a dunk during the second half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports


The Kentucky Wildcats look to be out of the running for March Madness for the first time since 2009. It will be only the second time with Calipari that the Wildcats are not in the running for the tournament. Calipari was quite introspective and spoke about how this season reflects on him, but also refused to give up.

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“I’m not making any excuses. Our record tells what we are and what I am as a coach this year. I’m not making excuses. All I’m saying is I’m not giving up, and if anybody wants to give up. I’m fine. I’m not going to be mad. If anybody wants to take off on them or me, that’s fine. I’m not mad. It’s what it is. I’m not talking down to anybody. I’m not.

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Coach Cal added, “All I’m saying is my job is not to deal with that. It’s to look at these 12 kids and say, ‘How can I make sure I’m looking after someone’s child? How do I help them play their best?’ I’m with them every day. I know who has got the confidence to go in there when things are going bad and who doesn’t.

Kentucky Wildcats: A season of doom and gloom?

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The Kentucky Wildcats are not looking good this season. They are already past the point of salvaging a positive record with their remaining games. A historically cold start doomed the Wildcats early, who went from being ranked in the AP Poll to being as far away from the 25th spot as possible.

Feb 9, 2021; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches from the sidelines during the second half of the game against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Rupp Arena at Central Bank Center. Mandatory Credit: Arden Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Coach Calipari has to take a lot of the blame. He had multiple issues through the season accepting the way his team was playing. While he does seem a lot more level headed now, his words could be considered inspiring in the locker room.

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Calipari has had possibly his worst season as the coach of the Wildcats. With many of the players on this team moving to the NBA next, it will be interesting to see how the Wildcats play next season.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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