In real life, they are supposedly the best of friends, but there seems to be a major problem brewing in the Tom Crean/John Calipari bromance. And that is the status of the Kentucky/Indiana series:
The Kentucky-Indiana series contract is over and the two sides are discussing renewing. But the two schools are at a major impasse. Indiana coach Tom Crean said Friday that he wants to play the series as a home-and-home. Kentucky coach John Calpari said Friday that he wants it to be a neutral-site game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis tickets split down the middle. The series was last played at neutral site in 2005 (prior to meeting in the Sweet 16 in Atlanta). “We can do it in Louisville, Lucas Oil, both teams benefit,” Calipari said. Crean rebutted saying, “It’s got to be a two-way street and taking it off campus isn’t anything that people here are excited about or behind.”
To be honest, I really don’t care what the people of Indiana are interested in. The Kentucky/Indiana series has been played at a neutral site many times in the history of the game and if paired with a Louisville/Purdue or Butler game could be quite an annual event. Just like it used to be. I really don’t think Kentucky is being unreasonable and that Tom Crean really has two options: take it or leave it.
I can understand his anger. Think about how mad the rednecks are in those “Wrong Turn” movies are when someone escapes and multiply it by 45,000 or so. Welcome to Bloomington.