John Calipari calls Mike Francesa’s radio show to defend John Calipari

Well, it was magical when John Calipari and Kentucky won one of these… (Chris Graythen / Getty Images)

A funny thing happened after Mike Francesa interviewed Kentucky Coach John Calipari on his WFAN radio show, and, afterward, opined that Calipari isn’t a “classic” Xs and Os coach.

Francesa’s assertion that Calipari is a master at recruiting and motivating players caused a phone line to light up and, suddenly, “John from Kentucky” was on the air for a spirited debate.

“Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that while I was sitting next to you?” Calipari said with a laugh.

He went on. “You said, ‘he’s not not too good.’ That’s basically saying I can’t coach. … You know what they call me? The magician. ‘Cal the magician.’”

A little later, Calipari got in the last word:

It’s fairly amusing August entertainment.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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