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Dan Dakich takes a cheap shot at John Calipari

“[He] makes it about him all the time.”

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Maryland Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats are off to a 1-0 start to the 2020-21 season after their win over the Morehead State Eagles on Wednesday night.

After the game, John Calipari commented on the tough non-conference schedule that his team faces going forward.

“I did these guys a disservice, I did my team a disservice,” Calipari said. “But I thought Keion (Brooks) would be playing, so I know what, we got some veterans. We’ll be fine.

“Without Keion, it makes this schedule totally a different deal, and basically not really fair for these guys. No one’s doing what we’re doing.”

Calipari followed that up by asking the fans to blame him instead of the players if things take a turn for the worse in the early stages of the season.

“Don’t you be mad at these kids. Don’t be mad at them. Be mad at me,” Calipari stated. “Then you start saying, all you out there, ‘We want a stronger schedule. Why don’t we play everybody?’ Okay, now we’re playing everybody and you’ll see the result.”

There is Cal trying to put his team first and avoid them getting any of the blame if they struggle early on since this team returned ONE player that played any significant time for the Cats last season.

Fast forward to Friday, in classic hypocrite Dan Dakich fashion, the ESPN announcer took a shot at Calipari claiming he tries to make everything about himself.

In the middle of the Western Kentucky vs West Virginia matchup on ESPN, Dakich was asked about Cal’s comments from ESPN’s Rich Hollenberg.

Dakich responded, “He needs to just stop. It doesn’t need to always be about the coach. Urban Meyer and I had a great conversation about it. Calipari makes it about him all the time. It’s about the players. Just stop with it. You’re at Kentucky. Play people. Who cares?!

“You know who doesn’t do that, schedules tougher teams? (Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach) Mark Few.”

Dan Dakich calling someone out for wanting attention is hilarious on its own but then to praise Mark Few who plays the gauntlet of Loyola Marymount, Pacific, Pepperdine, Portland, Saint Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco and Santa Clara in his conference every year makes it even better.

You can check out the full clip of what Dakich had to say below:

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