By LARRY VAUGHT
After Kentucky won at Ole Miss Tuesday, coach John Calipari revealed that freshmen Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson both had apologized to him for their part in UK’s loss at Tennessee last week.
“They want to do well. One of them apologized to me for something that was said and the other one apologized for not playing better,” Calipari said.
Even though he didn’t say which one did what, Herro and Calipari seemed to have a verbal confrontation during the Tennessee game and Johnson simply could not make a shot against the Vols.
“I said, ‘I’m not worried about you apologizing for play. It’s your attitude.’ Everybody has to grow up. And I said to them ‘when you’re a child you act like a child. When you’re a man you leave all those child things behind. Now you’re either a man or you’re a child. How do you respond to this stuff?’” Calipari said.
The Kentucky coach said he understands how hard it is for players to play at Kentucky.
“Every game is someone’s Super Bowl. Every game is sold out. Every game is the biggest game and if we lose a game oh my God the world ends. And then you also have the clutter about you’re the best player, you should take the most shots — and they’re all hearing it,” Calipari said.
“And they’ve gotta deal with all that and they’re 19-year-olds. Most of the time we have four freshmen on the court. Most times we had five freshmen. I told them yesterday I respect what these guys deal with because I couldn’t have dealt with it as a 19-year-old. No way. No.
“And then perform and then play to win and not worry about losing like they did at the end of this game. They played to win. I’ve got a good group of kids.”