John Calipari ditches basketball practice for dodgeball, but are his players “coachable” now?

John Calipari’s basketball coaching tactics have not worked this season, so he went the dodgeball route instead. (Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports)

What do you do if you’re John Calipari, the head coach of the reining national champion Kentucky Wildcats, and your basketball coaching tactics are not getting through to your players? You scrap the bball practice for some good old fashioned dodgeball.

That’s right folks, Calipari has taken the Patches O’Houlihan route and brought dodgeball to team practice.

Following Kentucky’s recent abysmal loss to Tennessee, Calipari called out his players, stating that they were “un-coachable”. He later backtracked on that statement, but the damage had already been done.

In order to ease the tension on the team, and help the players realize they can have fun on the hardcourt, Calipari held a dodgeball game between the players and coaches on Tuesday night.

“This isn’t life or death or we’d have died twice already,” he said in a clip that appeared on

The ‘Cats topped Vanderbilt the very next night, 74-70.

Whether or not dodgeball had an effect on the outcome is still up in the air as Vandy is one of the worst teams in the SEC — a terrible basketball league as a whole this season, save for Florida.

The good news for Calipari and the ‘Cats, they can always enter dodgeball tournaments when they get left out of the NCAA Tournament this season.

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