John Calipari has experienced the highs of coaching an elite college basketball program. Right now though, Coach Cal is going through a bit of a rough patch.
Kentucky finished the 2021-22 season with a respectable 26-8 record, but losing to No. 15 seed Saint Peter's nearly erases all of that hard work. And to make matters worse, the program is losing former four-star recruit Bryce Hopkins to the transfer portal.
On Thursday, Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio called out Calipari on Twitter. He believes it's time for the Wildcats to start winning at a high level again.
"If I could give Calipari 1 piece of non-basketball advice: Stop being cute. Stop the 'you people are crazy,' 'we are the gold standard' and ESPECIALLY 'I haven’t seen him' nonsense," Jones tweeted. "Just show us you are passionate and want to win HERE above all else. Then BBN goes to war for you."
This post from Jones received a ton of responses on social media. Most people agree that Coach Cal's act is getting old.
"Catch phrases wear thin after a dozen years even if you’re winning big," Dan Wolken of USA TODAY Sports. "When you’re not…"
"I completely agree with this," one fan replied to Jones' tweet. "The act has gotten stale. Cal is the perfect coach for UK, but he needs to quit being cute and come across different to the most loyal and sometimes difficult fanbase in the sport."
"Dang," another fan said. "Cal really is catching that heat with BBN. It’s definitely warranted."
Kentucky has not made the Final Four since the 2014-15 season.
Perhaps all this pressure being applied on Calipari will spark a strong run from the Wildcats in 2023.