Head coach John Calipari is changing his tune in a big way.
Calipari was ejected during Saturday’s game against the University of South Carolina as a result of his second technical foul, which was issued for arguing with officials.
He adjusted his coaching style on Tuesday, acting noticeably calmer in UK’s game against the University of Alabama.
Calipari did not jump around and out of the coach’s box, as has been his custom this season.
And he announced Tuesday that he now has even more reason to be less active around the bench.
Calipari complained publicly about hip problems earlier in the season, and said after Tuesday’s game that he will need a hip replacement sometime in the future. He also said that he took painkillers for four days before quitting his dosage early this week.
Senior guard Jarrod Polson did not know about the ailment, but is not surprised that Calipari has coached through the pain.
“He’s a tough guy. He doesn’t like to show pain at all,” Polson said.