Published: Fri, October 13, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

John Calipari comments on FBI investigation into college basketball

John Calipari comments on FBI investigation into college basketball

In his first appearance with reporters since the FBI investigation into alleged corruption in college basketball was revealed, Kentucky men's basketball Coach John Calipari faced a number of questions on the issue at the beginning of the United Kingdom media day press conference Thursday.

The scandal has also led to Louisville placing both head coach Rick Pitino and athletics director Tom Jurich on administrative leave.

Finally, he just got fed up with the questions, but he picked the wrong reporter to deny. I am entitled to ask a question.

Calipari was asked about reports that the FBI has expanded its investigation into Nike, the shoe company that provides United Kingdom with millions in athletic gear. "What reassurance would you give your fan base, the Big Blue Nation, if they're anxious about what this could mean?"

"If the National Basketball Association is anxious about the National Basketball Association, if the NCAA is anxious about the NCAA, if each individual institution is just anxious about themselves and the last thing we think about is these kids, then we're going to make wrong decisions", Calipari said.

That was when Tipton had his question. I don't know where all this is going. We don't know what you're saying, if it's true. "None of us know where this thing's going".


However, Tipton makes a fantastic point when he says that he has the right to ask it even if Calipari refuses to answer. "I have no comment".

I think we all expected the barrage of Federal Bureau of Investigation questions considering that it was Calipari's first open press conference since the NCAA scandal started a few weeks ago.

"How about a basketball question since it isn't my day".

The press conference continued for another 35 minutes focusing on the upcoming season.

The FBI's investigation into corruption throughout college basketball will be the story of the season. Vanderbilt has been out after suffering a foot injury late last month.

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