University of Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari gave some forewarning in regards to tonights ESPN All Access UK, by tweeting about how UK fans shouldn’t think he is a mean or cruel coach, but rather a coach that wants to push his team so that they will be where they need to be come game time. Calipari tweeted earlier today:
#AllAccesshow is going to include more practice footage, I imagine they’ll be some screaming and yelling by me.
Understand I’m harder with them now so that I can be easier later. At some point this has got to be their team and not mine.
Forgive me if I come off too mean tonight, but I’m just being loud.
The ESPN All Access UK airs its second episode tonight at 7 pm ET on ESPN and will reair at 10:30 pm on ESPN, 11 pm on ESPN2 and 11:30 pm on ESPNU.
In other news, Sports Illustrated writer Alex Wolff wrote an article ranking the most influential college basketball teams, the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats and the 2008 John Calipari coached Memphis team both made the list.
It appears that, with Austin Rivers sitting out with a right ankle sprain, that former Kentucky Wildcat fan favorite, and my personal favorite player of recent years, Darius Miller, will be getting the start tonight in the New Orleans Hornets preseason game against the Houston Rockets.
It appears as if Rick Pitino is taking the high road in the “Coach Cal vs. Coach Pitino” battle that everyone makes such huge deal about, but never really surfaces. This video shows Pitino discussing his relationship with Calipari, never mentioning any dislike to Coach Cal, but mentioning respect and pride.
In football news, the Courier-Journal reported that Patrick Towles is back in practice for some limited action, but offensive coordinator Randy Sanders says that Towles isn’t back to 100% yet, saying that Towles is “Uh, rusty. Really, really rusty.”