John Calipari was a guest on WFAN with Mike Francesa on Wednesday. Calipari joined Francesa in his studio, and Francesa waited until after Calipari left to give his honest opinion of the Kentucky coach. In short, Francesa said that Calipari is one of the best recruiters and motivators in college basketball but that he is not one of the top “X’s and O’s guys.”
Since Calipari was no longer in-studio to defend himself, he decided to call into Francesa’s show and argue with him. The exchange was fantastic.
“This is John Calipari. What are you saying, I can’t coach,” Calipari asked. “Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that when I was sitting there next to you? … You changed your tune.”
“You know what you’re like — you’re like a caller who doesn’t listen,” Francesa fired back. “What I said to (the caller) is you’re a master recruiter, you’re a master motivator and you’re not a great X’s and O’s guy, which you’re not. … Are there better X’s and O’s guys than you?”
“You think I believe that?” Calipari said. “I will pass a lie detector test and say no. What are you talking about?”
Francesa then dumped Calipari like he would any other caller. And that, my friends, is exactly what you get when you take two self-absorbed, opinionated middle-aged men and put them in a classic sports talk radio setting. Fantastic.
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