February 12, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts against the Florida Gators during the first half at the Stephen C. O

Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: John Calipari Thanks the Big Blue Nation



In what may be one of the darker hours of Kentucky basketball since the program came off probation in 1991, the Cats have just learned that for only the second time in the past three decades, UK won’t be dancing in the NCAA Tournament. But don’t expect head coach John Calipari to hid and sulk. He’s already taken to twitter to thank the Big Blue Nation for being the greatest fanbase in the land, and how this year, while challenging, was a humbling experience:




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  • nickc1

    Yes Kentucky suvks this year. I will not be watching to not. This team is an embarrassment to Kentucky and the program. They have no heart and the tent to match. Now just hurry up and lose to Robert Morris and end this horrible season. Can’t wait for the realtalent to get here next year

    • disqus_aT72tcdMiH

      This is not a true ky fan. We do not think or speak that way. I am not happy about the NIT bid …. but hey…. it happens to the best. The Cats just hung another banner last year. GO BIG BLUE

    • Ukcats

      True KY fans bleed blue all the time, not just the up years. Love the Cats. Really am disgusted with the fair weather fans like you. Get a grip. You can’t make an “I” player a “Team” player. We had more than enough of those this year. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  • Paul Jordan

    Thats true. Winning the title last year calmed me down a great bit. We had a down year. All teams do. No need to be embarassed

    • Dale_Rogers

      I guess you’ve not paid close attention to some other Division 1 teams if you believe that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1584055844 Michael Turley

    The coach can only do so much then it’s up to the players. This group just didn’t have the court sense and TEAM mentality of previous teams. They need more time to mature. None of these kids are ready for the NBA. They need education and maturity. As for the season. No big deal. That’s why you play the games. That’s why we support the ‘Cats. That’s what makes us Big Blue Nation, The Wildcats will be back! We’ll be back! Next year for the NCAA. Hey, not a bad idea to try to hang an NIT banner in Rupp. After all the NIT tournament is the grand-daddy of basketball tournaments. GO ‘CATS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.mcghee.79 Bob Mcghee

    this is the worst coach in college basketball. These are boys playing the game, not men, and he treats them like a stock broker treats stocks. He is the worst thing for college basketball regardless of his skill level. I would not be proud to have him coach my team. He is the nick saban of bball. and ugly ugly man. and as far as the best fan base? That is like having a pro football team out of a prison. who are we to respect? Kentucky basketball is the leader in making college bball as ugly as the pros. Let’s get back to larry bird and magic johnson days.

    • Username__already__exists

      What a complete jerk you are. UK fans follow their team through thick and thin. They are patient with down years to an extent. No one is patient forever. Calipari is the biggest humanitarian in the game but I bet you don’t know about his charity work raising millions for causes and spending time with children in hospitals. You don’t have a clue about UK basketball sir. Not a clue. You’re just jealous is what your problem is. Either that or you’re an IU or UL fan. I suppose you missed all the cheating going on at UNC. And no doubt you missed the free ride the NCAA gives to favorite teams. Do you know who Corey Maggette is? How many times has Duke played tournament games in the state of NC in the time that UK played 2 tournament games in KY? Keep in mind that some of those games Duke played were 11 minutes from their campus. They played in NC 27 times to UK’s 2 times in KY. And you think it’s UK that is dirty? Compare Maggette to Enes Kanter. Compare the “African Studies” department at UNC to any school’s course requirements and then check to see how many basketball players took those classes. You live in a dream world and it’s a bad dream. Just remember UK has the best recruiting class in history coming in next year and that a lot of the current players will return. There won’t be a short bench next year. And UK could sign several more top players including Wiggins, Gordon, Randle, etc.. Cal can’t play the game for his players but the team last year looked as good as any “team” I’ve ever seen. Deal with that. Try not to cry so much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pskie Pete Ice

    Wont have this problem next year