In the wake of Kentucky’s loss to Connecticut in the NCAA national championship game on Monday, the daughters of Wildcats coach John Calipari took to Twitter to defend their father against Internet trolls.
Led by star guard Shabazz Napier’s 22 points, UConn defeated Kentucky 60-54, just one year after they were banned from participating in the NCAA tournament. After the game, Megan Calipari, John’s daughter, tweeted a strong defense of the Kentucky coach and his team’s performance.
“Could [sic] be more proud of this team. This season was amazing,” Megan Calipari wrote. “Also couldn’t be more proud of my dad. People may say you’re the worst coach but you’re the best dad. (You’re also actually the best coach.)”
— Megan Calipari (@MeganteCalipari) April 6, 2014
Erin Calipari, another of the Kentucky coach’s daughters, responded to Megan’s tweet with a further defense of her father. “People actually say “your the worst coach” you are giving them too much credit for proper use of you’re,” she wrote.
On the way to the game. Take two. pic.twitter.com/uIVAUatCNl
— Erin Calipari (@TheErinCalipari) April 7, 2014
Despite his status as one of college basketball’s most successful coaches, Calipari has frequently been criticized for his recruiting habits. The 55-year-old is known to pursue “one and done” players who are viewed as locks to enter the NBA Draft without finishing their college degree.
Rumors that Calipari will leave his job at Kentucky to coach in the NBA appear annually. During the national championship game, Rex Chapman, a Kentucky alum and NBA executive, tweeted his belief that the coach may be headed to the Los Angeles Lakers.
“Take your pick [about] Cal.’s future,” Chapman wrote. “One, he’s gone to LA. Two if they call – he’s definitely listening. Both very credible soures.”
Erin Calipari responded to Chapman’s tweet, defending her father and accusing the former NBA player of “trolling.”
“Stop trolling the Internet. And Internet, please stop attacking me,” she wrote. “I have no idea what [Chapman’s] taking [sic] about.”
@rexchapman stop trolling the Internet. And Internet, please stop attacking me. I have no idea what he's taking about.
— Erin Calipari (@TheErinCalipari) April 8, 2014
At his postgame press conference, Calipari personally addressed his rumored departure. “The Lakers have a coach. Kentucky has a coach. I have the best job in the country,” he said, according to the New York Daily News. “I’m not even going to dignify that stuff.”
[h/t Larry Brown Sports]