Calipari 'can't stand orange,' Pearl fires back

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari said he “can’t stand” the color orange.

Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl said the road to the SEC championship goes through Knoxville — again.

It was obvious by the conclusion of the SEC Media Day on Thursday that rivalries between Tennessee and Kentucky as well as Pearl and Calipari are alive and well.

Calipari was the opening act and said as much when the curtain went up on the event.

“How is the rivalry different than when I was at Memphis?’’ said Calipari, who left Memphis following last season to join the Wildcats. “It will be just as crazy. It will be their biggest game. It will be crazy. ESPN put it on GameDay.’’

As for the animosity between him and Pearl, Calipari said it stems from prior recruiting battles and competition.

“He was trying to take over the state, and I wasn’t going to let him,’’ said Calipari. “I conceded the rest of the state other than Memphis.

“I’m not recruiting Knoxville, you’re recruiting Memphis; that’s why I didn’t want to play him in a home-and-home (series),’’ Calipari said, his audience swelling as he spoke. “What good does it do for me to go to Knoxville, other than to play in front of 22,000 people in orange ... I can’t stand the color.’’

Pearl, who opened the afternoon media session, seemed to enjoy Calipari’s remarks.

“Why would he like orange? I think that’s great,’’ Pearl said. “I said when I took this job I wanted Kentucky to be my rival. If we’re not competitive, it’s not a rivalry.’’

Pearl said he’s proud to be the first coach in SEC history to finish ahead of Kentucky four consecutive years, but in the next breath he added, “unless you’re winning more than you’re losing, you’re not happy with the rivalry.’’

Kentucky is the only SEC school with a winning record against Pearl. The Wildcats are 5-3 versus the Vols since Pearl took over, including two double-digit wins last season.

Kentucky center Patrick Patterson, this year’s preseason SEC Player of the Year, said playing Tennessee presents a challenge.

“If you can get past their full-court defense, you’ll be fine,’’ Patterson said. “It’s about finishing and keeping your composure.’’

Calipari, 2-2 against Pearl while at Memphis, said his teams haven’t needed to scheme outside of their normal preparation for Pearl’s “Controlled Chaos” press.

“Most cases, we’re not even messing with it,’’ Calipari said. “We just dribble through it.’’

Tennessee senior forward Tyler Smith said he was asked by more than one reporter about the Calipari-Pearl feud.

“They asked me if Coach Pearl and Coach Cal like each other,’’ Smith said. “I said, ‘I don’t think it’s about that. It’s about the teams, because we’ll be the ones who will win or lose the games.’”

Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said he’s not necessarily a fan of either coach’s style.

“I don’t agree with all the things Bruce does, or John will do ...’’ Stallings said. “I don’t want to be out there publicly feuding with other coaches.

“If John and Bruce want to square off and have a 12-rounder, I’m sure people will pay attention to it. A little bit of that is probably good for the league.’’

Calipari summed up his thoughts on Pearl near the end of his presentation.

“We’re competitors,’’ he said. “I’m never going to paint my body.’’

But it was Pearl who got the last laugh. When told of Calipari’s body paint comment, Pearl was asked if there was anything Calipari does that he wouldn’t do.

Pearl paused for effect, smirking at the media before answering and drawing raucous laughter: “I don’t know all the things that he’s doing.’’

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jhayes0926#638474 writes:

I think Pearl's reign in the East is over.

bugman (Inactive) writes:

calipari is a cheater!! BAMMM sue me NCAA!!!

we3vols#281863 writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I think Pearl's reign in the East is over.

Yo, jhayes...shitz in one hand and think in the other....Do inform as to which one fills the quickest....LOL....Love the Orange...Go Vols!

allvol9 writes:

Cal is obnoxious....but it makes for an even more intense rivalry. Glad he can't stand the color orange....we must be on his mind. Go Vols!

we3vols#281863 writes:

in response to bugman:

calipari is a cheater!! BAMMM sue me NCAA!!!

That scum bag, test takin' cheater..IS at home in Kenphucky. Go Vols!

we3vols#281863 writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Yo, Brains....Did you miss the SEC winning 2 NC's while CBP has been at UT? Go Vols....Shine the Big Orange light on these fools (or liars)!

GahLee writes:

This is only going to get better folks, these 2 men hate each other.

I love the last line that pearl delivered " I don't know all the things he's doing "

Lord if that ain't the truth, he is the biggest cheater there is.

Kentucky is going to be better, but he had much better talent at Memphis, much better and he only had a 2-2 record against us.

Pearl will have his guys ready to play this year, I think that past few years have left a bad taste in his mouth.

I sometimes wonder what might have happened if Chaney would have gotten his hands on Cal back in the day.

tenndave writes:

Well haven't times changed. Who would ever believe that KY spends all that time talking about Tennessee Vols. I love ORANGE!!!

VolPowers writes:

Calimari will win big, he will go to Final Fours, maybe even when a National Championship. And then Kentucky will have to vacate the wins, the Final Four, and possible a title. How do I know?

BECAUSE THAT'S HAPPENED EVERYWHERE CAL HAS BEEN IN COLLEGE!

Botetourtvol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I think Pearl's reign in the East is over.

It's just getting started.

kkempf#226833 writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Florida's teams never improved enough to play worth a lick against us. Billy Donovan went to a school that already had a Final Four appearance but was down-and-out. In his 4th year he had them in the National Title Game. In his 10th year, after having not made it past the round of 32 for 5 years, he got his national title. If you're going to compare Pearl and Donovan, at least compare them on a level scale.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

If that's true, then Cal will leave for UCONN in 3 years.

golfballs03 writes:

Calipari is a squid. slimy.

doctorvol#211700 writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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what is pearl's record vs Fla in the two yrs they won national champioship? 3-1, I believe.

troken writes:

Da Vols will spank the cats and I hope Cal gets the phooey beat out of him in K'ville!!! I hope Bruce body slams that idiot!!!

hillsborovol writes:

in response to VOLstuckINky:

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Why do you think it will take that long???

volball7222 writes:

He hates orange? AH..........he has a red neck with a yellow stripe down his back...and that makes orange! He must hate himself.

798orange writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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You been on earth the last few years? We beat Florida 3 times in their NC years.

VOLoom writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Give me a break, this win the NC or you aren't doodie is just stupid. Pearl's teams are always entertaining and have got us talking BBall around here for a change.

798orange writes:

To quote Calipari,

“We’re competitors,’’ he said. “I’m never going to paint my body.’’

Maybe not, but his history has shown that he might be willing to sell it.

golfballs03 writes:

Calipari:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Tj63w...

He shows up at the :50 mark

dvols writes:

i dont think these guys relly like each other very much.....

Bearwuzacheater writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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take the WE out of your comments, you are either a troll or one of the legions of the miserable... either way you're not needed nor wanted in the Orange family.

Ironcity writes:

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I thought Morristown was was in a dry county.

Ironcity writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Morristrown have you ever watched a basketball game? I know you never played the game. I know you don't understand the game. Are you even a fan of the game?

FatherVol writes:

My two favorites coaches squaring off. I love it.

txvolsfan writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I think Pearl's reign in the East is over.

Who cares what you think?
Not me
TXVOLSFAN

798orange writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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We won the conference championship in 08 with a record of 31-5. We have won the SEC East 3 times in Pearl's 4 years. We have made the Sweet Sixteen twice. This year we have a chance to do even better. What did we do for many years before he arrived here?

Slystone writes:

Not a UK fan and the way Cal played Memphis and the recruiting class only shows his wicked side. However, I still feel this Vol team will finish 2nd or 3rd in the East behind Kentucky. This team needs a quality point guard and I'm not sold on Maze or Goins.

txvolsfan writes:

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You two deserve each other
loser1 and loser2
Why not get on another site
TXVOLSFAN
Pearl Rules!!!

cc623 writes:

Morristown is just mad CBP stole his coaches job I guess.I guess he will have to find another team to root for since CBP will be here a long time...

Sad that he(morristownvol)gives such a great city such a bad name by including it in his name.

txvolsfan writes:

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They just improve every year and are always playing their best ball at the end of the year!!!
Watch the team before you comment on it you
freaking idiot!!!

murrayvol writes:

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I think Pearl's reign in the East is over.

I don't.

murrayvol writes:

in response to CatScratchFever:

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Without question.

BTW how is that "eligibility question" going w/Wall?

chad_t31 writes:

Hey calamari, the feeling is mutual. Congrats on signing john wall. Now watch him go play pro ball overseas for a year then off to the NBA. What happened? Couldn't get derrick rose's bud to help you out again?? Couldn't have happened to a better man. On your way to being 3 for 3!

mbible1utk#324980 writes:

i say when kentucky comes to tennessee this year, we pelt Calipari with oranges. It'd be worth the technical, but it would only work if we ALL did it... if just one person does it, then that one person gets thrown out. That, and we should wear all orange tee shirts...and we should paint the entire visiting locker room orange.

Truth is Calipari knows Bruce Pearl has his number.

Cash writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Eddie Munster !!!
That is hilarious !!!
Now I see it.

volsunited writes:

Cant stand orange huh! wonder how he feels about probation lol i mean really b4 the season starts! at least this way kentucky when wall is inelgible you wont have to vacate all ur wins like memphis

xvolx writes:

Pearl painted his body for the lady vols program. He cares about the institution, not just himself. Watch out Ky.. You're about to go on probation for a long time.

DownTheField writes:

Kentucky got a grease-ball coach. What a joke.

tennezz writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Don`t say we you azzhole. Your not any part of we! You are a third class troll!

MTSUVOL writes:

What is this? Mr. Slive scolls Kiffin for taking jabs at Myer, and now Clapari takes jabs at UT and Pearl and we haven't heard a peep from Mr. Slive!!!! That's double standard B.S.

Seems to me, Mr. Slive needs to call Cheatapri into his office and counsel him,as well as set him straight.

Vols033 writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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I bet you watched plenty of basketball when Buzz was here, right?

cloudodust writes:

Calipari is more the color of 'Cheat'...Kind of a color cross between Booster Money Green and Low GPA Will Play Anyday. Can find it at Home Depots, no kidding.

kkempf#226833 writes:

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Donovan's teams lose against Tennessee early, then lose against them late, often during a late game swoon. It's not accurate to say that Donovan's teams improve. They're really streaky, and he really relies on his players to have the mettle to take over when every game counts. For two years now they haven't even been able to make the NCAA tournament after relatively strong starts. You haven't presented any points to support your argument. I know you think you are right, but let's see if you can convince me.

kkempf#226833 writes:

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Last year we saw Pearl work with a team trying to integrate 5 new players, only one of whom (Negedu) was ready to do the running necessary to play Pearl's style. Given the late-season depth issues we'd seen the previous two years, it wasn't too odd for Pearl to look to reduce the physical toll on the guys earlier in the season in order to keep from overwhelming the new guys. Obviously it didn't work, but it's not like it made no sense to try a different strategy in a new situation (recall that his first two teams were dominated by veterans).

volsunited writes:

Please donovans teams get better are u serious! The team was better because they stared 3 legitimate pros not because of donovans coaching. Coaching is overrated sometimes especially in college, championship teams have 1st round nba picks period!

chrisw2967 writes:

Calipari is the scum of basketball and I guess ky wants to win at all cost and its starting now with Walls.The difference between last year to this year is mempuss is now ky with the same type of players and the same style.So its not going to be anything Pearl hasnt seen before.Pearl can beat him in the sec just as he could in conf. usa.

eduardo writes:

Take that kenlucky!! Of John Wall, that's for steering Josh Selby away from us!!

orangevolz writes:

in response to MorristownVOL:

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Please take the "Vol" part out of your screen name. You are not fooling anyone.

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