Tom Izzo's Trash-Talking of John Calipari is Already in Midseason Form

By DJ Byrnes on November 11, 2013 at 1:05p
MSU Coach Tom Izzo

Michigan State and Kentucky play tomorrow night in a highly-anticipated early season match-up. John Calipari has lamented it's "not fair" that his young Kentucky team has to face Michigan State's oldheads so early in the season.

Yesterday, Izzo responded that if Calipari thought that was true, Kentucky was more than welcome to forfeit. Today, Izzo dropped this at his press conference:

*chalks this round up as a W for Izzo*

Source: @MikeWScout

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Earle's picture

It's really hard not to like Izzo.

Have you tried Not Your Father's Root Beer?  It tastes just like the real thing, but it packs a punch (5.9%ABV).  It's a little sweet for me though.  Two is my limit.

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Which is unfortunate ... because hating the other coaches is fun.  See Bo Ryan and Tom Crean.

Yeti's have feelings too.

mh277907's picture

I've always said that if I was ever good enough to play D1 basketball, Izzo would be one of the guys that it would be hard to say no to.


Bolt's picture

I fully agree. He's a hell of a coach, seems like a good guy and has a good sense of humor. This is probably about as low as he's ever willing to sink but he's not a petty d-bag like Tom Crean and he's not a full on psychopath like Bo Ryan.

buckeyeEddie27's picture

Pleeeeeeeease don't Spart this one. 

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

pcuzz1's picture

I agree. It is difficult to not like Izzo. Also, dantonio after seeing him bust out those moves post scum win

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AndyVance's picture

I think Michigan State is increasingly becoming my "other" B1G team to root for, because I really like Dantonio and Izzo. In a battle of wits, Coach Cal seems overmatched here.

btalbert25's picture

I love Izzo, but can't stand the Spartan football team.  Hope they win out til the B1GCG but other than that I have no use for them.  They take too many cheap shots and play too dirty for my liking.  

Kaceybrown's picture

Absolutely agree. Last year when they hit BM way out of bounds he was laying there hurt while the stadium chanted "get up pussy," I decided that they belong up near the top of my most hated teams. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

I totally agree about Dirty Sparty. I'll begrudgingly root for Dirty Sparty to finish the regular season 11-1, but my hate meter will instantly go to 11 leading up to the Big Ten Championship Game.
At least Dantonio hasn't destroyed any of his own RBs this year, but that's only because he didn't have a featured RB to run into the ground. It looks like Dantonio is trying to make up for lost time with Langford, though. By the end of the season, he'll have that kid tote the rock 35 times in a game . . .

Haybucks's picture

Sparty could change it's name to Chippy with all the cheap hits and dirty moves. They double it up on teams that are dominant, ttun knows how that is too.
Izzo is likable when NOT in a game.  He's quite the whiner when calls are not in his favor.

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


Nutinpa's picture

I agree.  But then again, no wits needed.  
Certainly none on the UK bench.  No wits needed....just ballers.  And it's amazing how smart they make the coach look!

RedStorm45's picture

Calipari is a whining, cheating, slime-ball.  Can't believe I'm saying this, but Go Sparty!  B-1-G...something...
He's also incredibly stupid (Cal that is).  It's "unfair" you somehow, magically landed SIX McDonald's All-Americans?  Don't run a program that brings in kids with questionable test scores, pays players (but magically you're never punished), etc.  if you want to make it a "fair" game.  What a crock.

luckynutz's picture

Just a question...when has it ever been said that his recruits have received money to play for him? By anyone other than bitter fans who hate the fact he's taken a system that is fundamentally flawed and using it to his advantage? I haven't ever heard of it myself. The one and done isn't an ncaa rule...its an nba rule. Cal didn't create it...he just uses it to get top talent. Hes proven he can get these kids to the next level. Why wouldn't they want to play for him?

RedStorm45's picture

Marcus Camby was paid.

OSU BUCkS's picture

By an agent not calipari.

I_Run_The_Dave's picture

It's because Calipari keeps talking about his team going 40-0 like it's a foregone conclusion.  Except they are all freshman and they lost to a 16 seed in the first round of the NIT this year.  It's pathetic that you can go from that to preseason #1 with a bunch of unproven freshman.
Calipari is upset because the freshman haven't had the chance to gel and are going to get steamrolled, whereas if the game takes place later in the season, it is likely to be more competitive.  As long as Sparty doesn't Sparty...

btalbert25's picture

I can't understand how they rank UK number 1 last year despite losing basically their whole national title team, but Louisville returned a huge chunk of their team and don't get the nod right off the bat.  Seems like pretty much every year the team who won the title the year before gets ranked in the preseason top 3 whether they deserve it or not. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Izzo is one of the best coaches in the country. He wins and does so with less talent than most of the other elite programs. I give him a ton of credit for that. Often I think college basketball coaches get more credit than they should. If you bring in top talent, more times than not, you will have success. Roy Williams, who has had a ton of success both at Kansas and North Carolina, jokingly said something like "It's a good thing I've had great players over the years because it makes up for the fact that I'm not a very good coach." 
I have more respect for a guy like Izzo who takes what he's got and gets everything he possibly can out of them, than Calipari who brings in the best players and complains about how young and inexperienced they are and how he has to manage their egos and the expectations of the fan base and on and on. 

jkrk's picture

Roy Williams was joking, but I think everybody else knew better.

Alice in Aggieland's picture

My favorite Izzo moment: I worked for the OSU yearbook my sophomore year, and as an editor I got to photograph a couple of varsity sporting events, including the Iowa football game and the MSU men's basketball game. I camped out in the corner next to the visitors' bench, and a couple minutes into the game, Izzo started laying into the ref, bitching about missed fouls and the like. The ref calmly checked his watch, looked up at the scoreboard, and said, "You made it a whole five minutes, coach," and walked away.

BucksfanXC's picture

This is one of the things Izzo does, that you if watch a game in person you will no doubt notice. He lays into refs, never fails, every game. He does it for many reasons: motivates the team; brings things to the refs attention; and believe it or not, it forms a bond with the refs, because you apologize after the game and they get used to it, they remember you and they subconsciously like you and make calls go your way when the times comes, not necessarily on purpose, but it happens. Hey, it works for MSU, the proof is in the pudding as they say.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

mc22's picture

Follow the job bouncing Cal.
Calipari to Umasss  questionable eithics and admissions.. but they do well ....Cal leaves... then Umass heads to probation - NCAA final four appearance vacated
Cal jumps to the NBA..has something like a 39% winning % is fired then
Calipari to Memphis ..see same tactics and results...then Memphis heads to probation - NCAA final four vacated
Calipari to Kentucky...ummm see above.... BUT Kentucky is in SEC so there will be no probation because they are basketball royalty and make too much $ for the NCAA and CBS.
Go Sparty

bergy22's picture

Great points
Curious as to how Kentucky's APR is in regards to all of those freshman/sophomore players declaring early. Didn't OSU have a similar situation with Coach Matta in his second or third year due to players transferring, dropping out of school, leaving early etc?
If anyone has any insight about this, I'd appreciate it!

tennbuckeye19's picture

Supposedly UK's APR is good. Take a look at this. The thing that most people don't realize is that, while players leaving early can knock your scores, it's all about if the kid was in good academic standing when they left, if they withdrew from school properly and etc. 

ChazBuckeye's picture

MSU beats KY. How does KY go from out of the top 25 and loses in the NIT last year, to ranked #1 this season?

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

tennbuckeye19's picture

It's one of the dumb things about preseason polls. I wouldn't put them #1. I'd put them top 5, but like most preseason lists and rankings, it matters very little. Some teams are ranked based on what they did the previous year, while others are ranked based solely on potential and hype. 

avail31678's picture

Did I miss something?  If you don't think it's fair, why'd you schedule the game?  Sure this game could have been scheduled a while ago...but...but...I've just never heard of a coach saying something like this.  Wow.

Doc's picture

Izzo = Class Act.

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mc22's picture

The men's basketball team posted a multi-year APR score of 963, above the Division-I average of 952.
"I’m extremely proud of what our players continue to do academically," John Calipari said in a release. "Today’s APR scores are another example of the hard work they put in to succeed both on the court and in the classroom. We’re expecting our APR to jump even higher next year with the academic success and graduations we had this year."
It marks the continuation of high scores for teams under Calipari. Since the first two years of the APR, when Calipari's Memphis teams were under the national average, his scores have been above (and usually well above) the mean.
He really means...."'I'm not making that mistake again - I'm hiring the best test takers...I mean tutors $ can buy".

Idaho Helga's picture

But think about it, he keeps getting the One-n-Done Freshman.  Who will take THE EASIEST 100 level crap they can schedule.  They have no intention of graduating with a Kentucky diploma.  All they need are good grades in crappy courses to keep the numbers high.
Meanwhile, we have Aaron Craft, Craig Krenzel, need I go on?

shortbus20's picture

Greg Oden, Mike Conley, Daequan Cook, Kosta Koufos, Byron Mullens. Do these ring a bell?

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buckeyestu's picture

My lady is a UK grad and of course a big basketball fan. Her opinion of this one and done stuff and Calipari, is this: this hatred for Calipari is nothing more than jealousy. As far as i am concerned he cheats. I would not be surprised if the NBA gives him a bonus check to recruit all the one and done players that he can get. Imo UK is nothing more than a minor league team for the NBA. I hope Izzo and Sparty stomp some UK ass.

OSU BUCkS's picture

Calipari only made that quote because Izoo originally said it was difficult to prepare for UK this early. It's joking between the two

btalbert25's picture

One thing I'll say about UK is, that Randle kid is a freak, better than any of the great Freshman from last year, and possibly even better than Davis 2 years ago.  Add to it that they had several other great recruits and guys like Poyntress and Cauley-Stein returned and they have a pretty nasty team. 
Don't think they deserve to be #1 though when a team like Duke had a huge recruiting class and snagged the transfer from Hood that we wanted.  That team is loaded.  As I mentioned before, the defending champs return a ton of talent and experience plus added a couple nice freshman.  Then teams like MSU and Ohio State have a bunch of great talent and experience returning.  

bergy22's picture

Just hope you have enough depth on the front line to keep fouling Randle and co. Calipari's teams' strong suit haven't been free throw shooting.