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John Calipari admits he deserved late technical but he’s had enough and has “got to stand up” for his players

John Calipari believes an official should just “take it” from a coach if he misses a call or doesn’t make a call. (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

With just over a minute to play Tuesday night and Kentucky leading Mississippi State by 10 points, UK coach John Calipari got hit with a technical foul.

During the 80-72 win, the Cats shot 36 free throws — including 12 in the final two minutes — to just 21 for State yet Calipari got the technical after an offensive goaltending call on Nick Richards. Calipari admitted after the game he deserved the technical.

“My thing is real simple. If an official — this is just my belief. I may be wrong in this. But if you miss a call and don’t make a call, it don’t matter what the coach does. Take it. Take it,” Calipari said.

“And so, you know, in that case, I did enough to deserve it. But I’m just — we’ve had a couple games now, I’m getting kind of up to in here now and so I’ve got to stand up for these kids. I can’t let stuff happen, or it’s okay to — I’m not going to let that happen.

“Now, this crew tonight did a good job on this game I thought. I mean, if they called a foul down here, they called a foul down here. You can’t take the last 10 fouls they fouled us on purpose. You have to eliminate those. But you know, it was a physical game. They were physical. And guess what? We were physical.”

2 comments

  1. I saw the goal tending video rerun and it was goal tending. The ball was mostly on the rim when touched. I’m not as sure on what occurred just prior to the call that may not have been called. I don’t know how Cal does it. His energy level is just off the charts. Leading by 10 with just over a minute to play. I know finishing the game when you are ahead has been a concern. Is he “modeling” the behavior he wants to see from his players in terms of intensity and focus? He may believe he has a final four team especially if a couple more of these guys can come on and develop their game like Montgomery. These kids have come a long way in the past two months.

  2. It’s nice to see so many voices calling for more accountability from game officials. It seems to be in every conference . Of course the same officials call games in multiple conferences

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