John Calipari calls out players following Tennessee loss, but will they listen?

Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the first half against the Tennessee Volunteers at Thompson-Boling Arena. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

*UPDATE* Calipari back tracks on statements

The Kentucky Wildcats embarrassed themselves in the team’s first game without star center Nerlens Noel, who tore his ACL against Florida on Tuesday. Unfortunately, there is no other way to term a 88-58 loss to rival Tennessee.

In fact, if we sound harsh, ‘Cats coach John Calipari was his team’s own harshest critic following the blowout.

Kentucky forward Kyle Wiltjer finished with 18 points, but he only managed a subpar 5-of-15 outing from the field. The team finished 35.8-percent shooting from the field, compared to 58-percent on the dot for a Vols team that already has 10 losses on the season.

The defending national champion coach was embarrassed, calling out his players for being “not real coachable”.

Whether or not his young team can pick itself up off the ground, dust itself off, and make a run to close out the season remains to be seen.

After Saturday’s performance, however, Calipari would be the first to admit that the chances are not looking very good.

Do you think this is a result of recruiting “one and done” players? Sound off below!

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    The recruiting needs to get better at UK….They cannot continue to recruit “one and done” players and think they can be the KY program that everyone loves to get behind. If coach Cal is saying this group is not coachable, I have to ask: Was this thought about during the recruting process??


    • JS

      From 09-12 Calipari has had 14 players drafted (15 if you count Enes Kanter who signed a NLI but was ruled ineligible for receiving money). 8 of those 14 were 1 and done and they reached the elite 8, final 4 and won a national championship. His recruiting tactics seem to be working pretty well.

  • true blue

    Redshirt the mama’s boy’s in this group and keep the full ride scollarship’s for those committed to UK this comming year. Let them play themselves back onto the team or find a home somewhere else. If Cal can’t control the spoiled brats find someone who can, can’t hack it then pack it.

  • Ed Hopper

    I’ve been around professional most of my life. I’ve won Super Bowls!
    And when people ask me what dose it take to win? I tell them one word TALENT!!!
    You either have it or you don’t! If Bill Walsh did not have the players he had with the Forty-niners there would not have been any Super Bowls! If you don’t know that you don’t know Jack about sports!!!!!

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  • Gary Reynolds

    Last year was probably a “one and done” fluke. Successful college teams build programs that will continue to get better each year. And for what’s it worth I don’t have a clue what Ed Hopper is trying to say about the U of K basketball team.

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  • SB Curran

    Why in the heck would any of these McDonalds All-Americans and 5-Star recruits want to play for a back stabbing coach like him? His don’t give a crap about rules and regulations and his win at all costs puts the school on probation. Then he moves on to another school and drags them into the mud puddle. His way must be OK because there.ll be another school that will give him a big paycheck.