John Calipari saw an opening to be the better man when Chris Mack went on a podcast and complained about Louisville having to play Kentucky without fans in 2020. Cal quickly took the side of the rivalry, leaving Mack to appear weak and afraid of playing the game.
Now Mack is firing back and the rivalry is officially back on.
It began when Mack asked, “Where is the equity of Kentucky coming here in front of no fans and then having to go back to Rupp Arena in front of 21,000 fans?”
Once Calipari got word of Mack’s comments, he quickly came forward to say Kentucky expects to play Louisville as planned.
Mack has now taken things to another level by releasing a video saying he will do “what’s most convenient for John and his program,” a backhanded agreement to play on Calipari’s time. He lists several instances of Louisville working around Cal in the past:
To Cardinals’ fans everywhere…. pic.twitter.com/vBMgnduWaD
— Chris Mack (@CoachChrisMack) September 29, 2020
“As for the UK series, here’s the thing: I want to do what’s most convenient for John and his program,” Mack says in the video. “Never mind the fact that we had a December 12 mutually agreed upon date to play the game. And never mind that they backed out of the 12th because they were returning from London December 6th after playing Michigan. They thought it was too close to the 12th. Never mind the fact that that December 6th game got canceled, no trip to London. Can we play that game on the 12th?”
He goes on.
“Never mind the fact that they scheduled Notre Dame in lieu of playing us on the mutually agreed upon date of December 12th. Never mind the fact they called ESPN and tried to change one of our ACC games without our knowledge or permission.”
Mack also notes Mark Stoops’ football program moved the date of its trip to Louisville from 2020 to 2021 (he failed to mention it was a league decision, not UK’s). “If you can do it in football,” Mack says, “seems you can do it in basketball.”
Coach Cal is not going to like this. Not one bit.