By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky coach John Calipari was feeling a bit swaggy Saturday after his team’s win at Louisville just one week after the Cats had knocked off North Carolina.
During his postgame press conference, he joked about bandwagon fans and poked a little fun at the angst so many UK fans had felt after the season-opening 34-point loss to Duke. That even prompted UK freshman Ashton Hagans to comment on how fans got upset too easily.
None of that went over well with Sarah White of Nashville. She’s an avid UK fan who normally attends Calipari’s Women’s Clinic annually as well as the SEC Tournament with her husband and two daughters. She’s all-in with Calipari — and always has been — but she did not agree with his postgame comments and shared this letter with me in hopes it could find its way to Calipari, who said after the Louisville game that he didn’t have email or read Twitter or Facebook.
Here’s the message White wants to share with Calipari:
First of all, I love you as our coach, and I love you as a great promoter of all things UK. Secondly, I love how you get the players to come together as one against the others.
But, your over reaction about the minority of fans bothers me. It basically concentrates on the very few – not the masses. And, now it has worked its way down to the players. Ashton was even quoted about these “fans.”
I have hundreds of friends across the state and across the nation that are UK fans. I also have UK season tickets and lots of UK friends surround us each home game. I can’t tell you how many fans we run into at stores here in Tennessee that yell “Go Cats” if you have on anything UK.
Anyway, I want you, the coaches, and the players to know how much we are behind them and how proud we are of them. Ignore the haters; they will always hate. Embrace us, the average fan. We know you will have ups and downs. We know we will have good days and bad days. We know these are young kids. I have never felt a single person went into a game wanting to lose. Please let the guys know how the mass majority of fans feel. And, Go Big Blue.