After generally expressing that whatever results from the controversy should put the interests of student-athletes first, Calipari had a somewhat pointed exchange with Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones and the Lexington Herald-Leader's Jerry Tipton as the coach tried to shift the discussion to his team and the upcoming season. "You can then not answer it".
As Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader asked a question on the topic of the Federal Bureau of Investigation after that request, Calipari pointed to another reporter who had a question, signaling to get their question instead of the first one. Credit to Tipton for insisting on asking his question.
"You're acting like you know something that I don't know".
Then Tipton got the mic, and Calipari would go on to say neither he nor the school has not been contacted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Calipari: "Wait a minute".
Calipari: We don't know, what you're saying, if it's true.
Calipari: "Well, that makes it true". "So for me to really comment much on it, I mean I don't know where all this is going".
I think we all expected the barrage of Federal Bureau of Investigation questions considering that it was Calipari's first open press conference since the NCAA scandal started a few weeks ago.
After a question about the likelihood of Rick Pitino being fired from the University of Louisville, Calipari said "Look, it's unfortunate, all the stuff that's come down, but let's talk about my team. How about a basketball question, since it isn't "my day"?"
Federal prosecutors in NY announced last month that Auburn's Chuck Person, Oklahoma State's Lamont Evans, Arizona's Emanuel "Book" Richardson and USC's Tony Bland were among the 10 people charged following a three-year FBI investigation.
Since news of an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball broke on September 26, 10 people have been arrested, including four assistant coaches.