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Kentucky newspaper had shocking error with John Calipari headline

John Calipari at the podium

Mar 28, 2019; Kansas City, MO, United States; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari speaks during a press conference for the midwest regional of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

John Calipari is not the most popular man in Kentucky after the Wildcats fell victim to a stunning NCAA Tournament upset, and a headline in the local newspaper added insult to injury.

The Lexington Herald-Leader had a stunning error in the print version of its publication on Monday. The front-page headline of the newspaper featured an article about Calipari in which the coach’s name was spelled “Kalipari.”

It almost seems intentional for a mistake that egregious to make it to print. The article was written by longtime columnist John Clay, who obviously knows how to spell Calipari’s name. Clay was arguing that Kentucky should not fire Calipari and pay his massive buyout.

So how did this happen? Former Herald-Leader reporter Josh Moore noted that the publication has not had a local copy desk for several years due to budget cuts. The headline was probably written by someone in another part of the country or possibly even outside of it, according to Moore.

Whatever the case, the timing of the blunder was brutal. Calipari is facing serious scrutiny after 3-seed Kentucky lost to 14-seed Oakland in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week. There are already plenty of people in Wildcats country calling for Calipari to be fired. Now the local newspaper is butchering his name on top of it.

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