Louisville Cardinals coach Chris Mack recently expressed his thoughts about potentially playing the Kentucky-Louisville game in Louisville with no fans in the stands.
John Calipari came out today and officially said that the ball was in Louisville’s court (no pun intended) if the two schools are going to play this season. Calipari said that the date and time have both been set, but said if the two schools don’t play, Kentucky has a backup team in place. There was no word on who the backup team would be, but it would presumably be another power-5 conference opponent.
John Calipari says Louisville game date and time is set, up to them to decide if they’re going to play.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) September 29, 2020
If Cardinals back out, Calipari says Kentucky has backup team in place.
“I’m not going to tell you what they’re thinking or what they’re doing,” Cal said. “I just know the terms of the contract. We go there and they come here next year. Does anybody really know what this virus is going to do? What if we’re in next year and we’re in the same boat? Then we’ve got them at home with no fans. We don’t know. This virus is running us. We are not running this virus. You’d have to talk to them.”
Calipari said the game is good for the state and he believes the game should be played.
So if the two schools end up not playing each other this season, just know that someone was scared to play Kentucky with no home-court advantage.