On Friday afternoon, John Calipari stepped to the podium for his customary pregame question-and-answer session. It was just like any other such press conference, only everything was turned up a notch.
Barely 24 hours before Kentucky’s annual rivalry matchup with Louisville, the horde of reporters surrounding him was bigger than normal. There were a few extra cameras and the dais was packed with microphones and recorders. Even Coach Cal’s comments were somewhat exaggerated.
He typically praises the Wildcats’ upcoming opponent, breaking down the problems his team with which his team will be faced. When it came to talking about the Cardinals, Coach Cal was downright effusive.