LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When he touches the knee, John Calipari has to know what is going to happen.
He has lived in Kentucky, one of America’s redest states since 2009.In the November presidential election, Donald Trump gained 62 percent of the vote in the state and won 118 out of 120 counties. The only exceptions are the two largest states, Jefferson and Fayette. Which is home to the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky respectively. Jefferson is probably the only county in most non-fan-base states in the UK, and even here Big Blue is huge.
In other words, it is the reason fans who actively follow Calipari̵7;s team are overwhelmingly conservative Republicans. And conservative Republicans disagreed with athletes kneeling in protest during the national anthem, particularly college athletes, and also had Cal joined the Kentucky player with one knee before the Wildcats played in Florida when. Saturday, three days after the deadly riots in Washington, D.C.
“It’s just a peaceful way to protest and raise awareness… of the things that happened recently,” Kentucky center Olivier Sarr said this week.
Calipari said the players wanted him to join them, so he did, “I knelt with them because I supported them,” he later said, likening it “might not be a really good moment” for the team to catch the knee.
It is time to make a statement Risk and all Perhaps this will be an eternal battle in which Cal chooses a new battle – against his own constituency.
During that time, the coach with approval points dropped after the start of seasons 1-6, the worst for Kentucky in more than a century. In the authoritarian world of college sports, some coaches might object to the idea altogether.Others might try to keep their players from making a statement at the time of the bill.Others still approve, but don’t participate.
Cal joined them, making him on the list of knee-high college coaches during the pre-game national anthem. The major sports program is so intimidating with the anthem debate that many people don’t even have a player on the pitch or pitch when playing “Star Spangled Banner”, the classic game of College Sports Inc. In fact, Kentucky has a basketball team in their lockers this season when the track is played at home games, according to The Courier-Journal in Louisville.)
Calipari went there and his players admired it. “I think the really powerful thing is the coaches do for us,” said Sarr.
It takes some courage.Cal has to use his constant “first player” mantra to perform actions involving anything other than trying to recruit the next talent.
Then came the hysteria. Kentucky gave the Gators their best performance this season and barely registered. There is some support to make sure and not all the opposition is supreme. But some of the sentiments were equal and contrary to Kentucky’s frenzied love of basketball.
John Ruth is a sheriff in Laurel County, where Trump received more than 77 percent of the vote for November. He posted a video on Facebook featuring warden Jamie Mosley in which they threw a UK basketball jersey into the fire barrel. You’ll be able to keep them under control and lead by example, ”Root said in the video.
Mike Mitchell is a Judge Administrator in Knox County, where Trump received 83 percent of the vote. Introduction to the Resolution: “A call to action condemning the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team and coaching staff for refusing to stand during the US national anthem.” This action is disrespectful to the veterans serving our country. ”
As the Commonwealth heats up, Kentucky plays the next game on Tuesday night, the Wildcats are sent home by Alabama, 85-65 down to 4-7.It’s Calipari’s worst loss in the Rupp Arena and is. Worst entry since 1988 and now Cal has been ruined from all sides for everything: victorious, grumpy, and not winning Patriots.
One thing to keep in mind Calipari: An independent registered person can be a political chameleon, depending on what suits his needs. There was a joint shoot with Bill Clinton and John Kerry, but also winger former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin. Long ago, he worked with donors Trump and Big Blue supporter Joe Craft, who named the program’s wealthy workplace.
Regardless, he is a defender who always cherishes his players, especially the black players. (Sometimes it’s a launcher) Whether he is inspired by what he believes is right or a permanent recruiting standpoint is open to speculation. But as the music controversy continued to simmer on Thursday, Cal’s all-capitalized tweet was in line with who he was: “ I stand up for and by my players. There is always and always will! ”
Longtime Kentucky observers believe fans’ reactions to controversy and losses are separate, many of whom are still angry at the Calipari despite his team being 11-0. Others believe the gasoline kneeling on the fire set on fire from the loss, as one fan placed on a Kentucky fan message board Thursday: “This is like the time you have. A bad relationship with someone and the little things they bother you. That’s the relationship between Cal / girlfriend right now. ”
Is the relationship close to an end? Maybe, but it would be a financial taboo for the school to settle the deal. Mitch Barnhart, another thriving Kentucky sports director, Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky Athletic Director, gave Calipari a “lifetime contract” in 2019 as a “lifetime contract”. 10-year deal with salary raised from $ 7.6 million to $ 8.6 million, with options to make it even more. Cal caught his eye at UCLA and Kentucky responded remarkably.
That is, even if the return fell during Calipari’s UK tenure, when he adopted a one-off recruiting philosophy in Kentucky and sold it as a way of the future, a fanatical fan base imagined. To the dominance of Saban sports It hasn’t happened yet
There was one national title in 2012, the final was in 2015.Since then, the seasons have tended to follow the same disruptive rhythm: the cats will kick off very well, then go into the end of the year.
More Kentucky fans want to win every game. Giving the season arc that includes early adversity is a tough sell. Every November and December, fans swear they’ve had enough of Cal’s recipes and will be greatly improved later. But the payoff does not include a long last weekend of season play due to the standards Calipari helped set in the first half of Lexington’s tenure.
It has started slowly and then has its current collapse. The decision of the Calipari employees was roasted. His offense was listed as the old one. But the crux of the problem hasn’t changed over the years: Cal put together a constantly turbulent roster filled with youngsters in an era where the more experienced teams took the title. (As one longtime observer said on Thursday, “Fans love one match as long as he gets to the Final Four. It’s been a while.”)
“Old before old” is the charm of sports today. But not in Lexington
Being a Kentucky basketball coach is a great job. But a difficult task Since Adolph Rupp’s 42-year tenure came to an end in 1974, it has been a long time since then. Since 1972, six coaches are on average with eight seasons on average. Calipari at Year 12 has been above average.
Perhaps the anthem controversy is the battle he needs to keep himself going. Choosing a battle during a losing streak is a risky strategy. But it is also a rewarding show of support for his players, although many red-state fans hate it.