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Sports Kentucky's John Calipari fires back at Louisville's Chris Mack in video: 'Out of his mind'

22:27  08 october  2020
22:27  08 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — What was designed as a voting PSA has turned into the latest development in the back-and-forth between Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville coach Chris Mack.

Seemingly in response to Mack's Twitter video alleging Calipari and Kentucky were leaving out key facts in the debate about whether the annual basketball rivalry game would be played between the two schools this year, Calipari tweeted a video Wednesday evening that starts with him saying, "I know you've been waiting for me to talk, because there's all kind of important things to talk about."

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Coach Chris Mack and John Calipari meet at mid court before the game at Rupp Arena.December 28, 2019 © By Michael Clevenger/Courier Journal Coach Chris Mack and John Calipari meet at mid court before the game at Rupp Arena.December 28, 2019

The video is then sped up so fast that his words become impossible to understand while he gesticulates wildly behind his desk before slowing down in time for Calipari to say, "Now, if you want to be heard, Vote! And please, put your mask on."

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The (Louisville) Courier-Journal downloaded Calipari's video and slowed it to 25% speed, revealing the content of the middle part of video. As expected, Calipari appears to reference Mack and the Louisville rivalry.

Calipari starts by pointing at a sheet of paper on his desk and referencing his former players' performance in the NBA finals. Then, he turns to the feud with Mack.

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"Scheduling, the guy down west, he's nuts, he's out of his mind," Calipari says.


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The video came just more than a week after Mack took to Twitter to respond to Calipari saying Kentucky had prepared a back-up option in case Louisville backed out of the contracted rivalry game this year due to concerns about having to play a home game in front of few or no fans during the coronavirus pandemic.

Calipari had previously said in a statement he hoped Louisville was not trying to end the rivalry series after Mack initially expressed concerns about playing the game this season.

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In Mack's video, the Louisville coach said Kentucky had backed out of a previously agreed upon Dec. 12 date for the game because of the Wildcats' originally scheduled trip to London, England during the first week of December. Even after the London game against Michigan was postponed due to the pandemic, Mack said Kentucky would not play Louisville on Dec. 12.

Mack also said Kentucky called ESPN to try to move one of Louisville's ACC games without U of L's knowledge or permission. He argued the Kentucky-Louisville football series being pushed back a year was proof the same arrangement could be made for basketball, though he did not acknowledge the football series was postponed only after the Southeastern Conference went to a conference-only schedule for 2020.

"Listen, I don’t want to stand in the way of college basketball’s best rivalry," Mack said. "Whatever is most convenient for Coach Cal, we’ll do it. See you in the Yum Center. Go Cards."

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Calipari tweeted a few hours later, "See you December 26th. Can't wait!"

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky's John Calipari fires back at Louisville's Chris Mack in video: 'Out of his mind'

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