Kentucky’s John Calipari Reacts To NCAA Tournament Cancellation
Kentucky head coach John Calipari reacted to the NCAA Tournament getting cancelled on Thursday. Naturally, he was pretty disappointed by the decision. More than anything else, he felt bad for his players. According to him, they really wanted to participate in March Madness.
“In no uncertain terms – because I asked them – they wanted to play,” he said.
“They wanted to play in the NCAA Tournament, they wanted to play in the conference tournament. I asked them, ‘Do you want to play?’ Yes. They all looked at me like I was crazy.”
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Now they will not have the opportunity. The NCAA Tournament was officially called off on Thursday afternoon following similar decisions by the NBA, NHL and MLS.
“It’s no one’s fault, but it just happened to this group of young people,” Calipari continued.
“It isn’t fair, but fate does this sometimes. Only by the grace of God that the three of us talking here aren’t homeless, that it’s not us out there. Fate intervened in a good way for us. In others, it intervened in a bad way.
“Dealing with all this stuff – dealing with the good too but also dealing with the bad – is part of life. They’re learning, but I just wish (we could) give them another lesson, not that one.”
According to Calipari, at least four to five of his players had interest in seeing what opportunities awaited them in the NBA next year. It remains to be seen how many actually leave, though.