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Listen: John Calipari Called Out Rival Coach In Cocky Rant After Cheating Allegation, According To Gary Parrish

If you spread a rumor about Kentucky head coach John Calipari, expect to hear about it when it gets around to him. During his radio show on 92.9 in Memphis, CBS Sports college basketball writer Gary Parrish recounted an amazing story about that exact situation. According to Parrish, who says he's heard this story from multiple sources, a recruiting rival began spreading a rumor about Calipari cheating to land a recruit after picking him up after one trip to watch him play. Calipari confronted this coach in Las Vegas and basically turned the rival coach into his personal Meek Mill. Listen to the story here, around the 38-minute mark:

Kentucky Sports Radio transcribed the story:

“100% true, John confronts this guy in Vegas, because he heard the guy was yapping. He confronts him. Cal approaches the coach and says something like ‘Listen, I know what you’ve been saying’

‘No, I haven’t been saying–‘

‘I know you did, I know you said what you said. I’ve heard it from enough people, but I want you to understand one thing. Yes I am the type of guy who can come in at the last minute and take any player I want from you. You can spend your whole life recruiting a kid and at the end of the day, if I want him, I’ll get him. If we want him, we’ll get him. Don’t ever get that confused. Be appreciative every time I don’t come in and get your guy. Don’t accuse me of cheating when I do.

‘I didn’t say–‘

‘Yes you did say that. And it’s fine, but just understand, nothing stupid went on. It’s just that I’m me, and we’re Kentucky and we can come in and get that kid whenever we want.”

We're going to assume the opposing coach wasn't Mike Krzyzewski, but based on the last seven years of recruiting, it could be pretty much anyone else.