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Cal shoulders the blame.

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NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Round-Saint Peters vs Kentucky Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats basketball head coach John Calipari has received a fair share of criticism over the last couple of days following his team’s first round exit from the NCAA Tournament.

After leading Kentucky to four Final Four appearances in his first six years, Calipari is 0-for his last six years (tournament was canceled in 2020). Despite having the likely Naismith Player of the Year and a team oddsmakers believed had the second-best odds of cutting down the nets, Kentucky found themselves as the first “major” upset of March Madness.

On Saturday afternoon, Calipari “shouldered” the blame in a statement he released via Twitter.

The UK media has been more than fair to coach Calipari over the last six years. Considering his early success at Kentucky, Cal had earned the benefit of the doubt. However, a new March Madness low has allowed certain questions to surface in regards to Calipari needing to change his philosophy and what the future of Kentucky basketball looks like.

With Skyy Clark decommitting from Kentucky, Shaedon Sharpe likely headed for the NBA Draft, and Oscar Tshiebwe’s future undecided, Kentucky’s lineup next season is concerning. Unless the unexpected happens, the Wildcats will take a step back in terms of personnel, and Calipari didn’t exactly put on the best coaching performance of his career this season.

Here’s to hoping for the best.

Tweet of the Day

Touching moment from the Big Dance.

Headlines

Princeton knocks UK WBB out of NCAA Tournament - Kentucky Sports Radio

First round exits for both the men and women.

Calipari has to own NCAA Tournament loss - Vaught’s Views

Will the legendary coach change his philosophy?

Why Kentucky would reach out to Fardaws Aimaq - Cats Illustrated

Sounds like a good idea.

Michigan upsets Tennessee to head to Sweet 16 - Yahoo!

You hate to see it...

LBJ passes Malone for second place on NBA scoring list - USA Today

But is he the GOAT?

St. Peter’s struts to Sweet 16 with win over Murray State - Yahoo!

Cinderella moves on.

Michigan’s David Ojabo ruptured Achilles during pro day - USA Today

Absolutely terrible.

Browns’ acquisition of Deshaun Watson proves one thing - Yahoo!

There’s no bottom for the NFL.