Calipari Says Kentucky Offered to Play Indiana – Twice

John Calipari says he offered to play Indiana twice — and Hoosiers coach Tom Crean said no.

“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana, and they said no,” Calipari said, adding that one of the offers was to play twice in Lucas Oil Stadium. “I said we offered to play them two years in Indiana, and they said no. We played Baylor, where did we play them? Neutral court. So, we move on. Our schedule’s one of the best in the country. And we’ve got other stuff coming up.”

Kentucky and Indiana used to play each other annually, but the series was discontinued before the 2012-13 season. The question about the series arose after Kentucky played Baylor in Texas in Friday and then had difficulty getting home because of the weather there.

“(Indiana) won’t do it. What do you want me to do? I can beg them, ‘Please! We’ll play in your state twice!’ They don’t want to do it, it’s OK. They’ve got a great program. Tommy [Crean] has done a great job. We’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program,” Calipari said.

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3 comments
juneswoon
juneswoon

We conceded to come up with the proposal above but Calipari did not want to bend.  The reason? I leave that up to you.   


Impressive that you were part of the decision making process for such an important matter!!!

Jacob Roberts
Jacob Roberts

I love how heartbroken Indiana fans are about not playing this game.   It is outstanding. 

As a UK alum (and most other UK fans I know feel the same), do not care about the UK vs IU game being played (or not played).  Don't care about it but one-tenth as much as IU fans do.    

Robert Gongora
Robert Gongora

Zags you are misleading the public with this post.  What Indiana offered was two years at neutral sites (one year in Indiana and the other in Kentucky) and the next two years at Assembly Hall and one in Kentucky's stadium.  That way the students would be able to see them play at least once during a four year cycle.   I think that's very reasonable, and it's Kentucky's coach who wants no part of IU.  Negotiations are exactly that, negotiations.  We conceded to come up with the proposal above but Calipari did not want to bend.  The reason? I leave that up to you.