LEXINGTON, Ky. – John Calipari would prefer not to talk politics, at least publicly.
Asked Thursday whether he’s discussed Donald Trump’s upset victory in Tuesday night’s presidential election with his Kentucky basketball team, Calipari said no, then cracked a joke.
“There was an election?” he said, grinning.
OK, Nick Saban. Alabama’s football coach (absurdly) told reporters Wednesday that he didn’t even know there had been an election the day before. Calipari did him one better.
“Who is Nick Saban?” he joked.
So you’d just rather stay out of politics then?
“In this state, yes,” Calipari said, shaking his head and raising his eyebrows.
He once drew the ire of some Wildcats fans when he posted a picture of himself in a No. 44 Kentucky jersey with “Obama” on the back, which he planned to send to the current President.
Kentucky voted overwhelmingly for Trump and saw control of its state House seized by Republicans for the first time in 95 years on Tuesday night. Last year, Matt Bevin became just the second Republican governor of Kentucky in more than four decades.