At least, that's what the interview started out as. But when Calipari said he thinks his team has been lucky with balls bouncing the right way this year, ESPN's John Buccigross brought up Calipari losing the NCAA title game when he was head coach at Memphis. And then the exchange suddenly got tense.
Here's the video, courtesy of Buster Sports:
And here's the transcript:
Buccigross: "You talk about luck and bouncing the ball, and certainly had you had that against Kansas, certainly your Memphis team could have been a national champion."
Calipari: "Now why would we bring that up? That was two years ago, John. What are you trying to bring up memories of a three that goes through a rafter? And 'Why didn't you call a timeout?' And 'You should have fouled earlier.' I thought we were going to talk about Kentucky.
Buccigross: "Let's take a 20-second timeout."
Calipari: "You must be from Western PA, John. Where are you from?"
Buccigross: "Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
Calipari: "OK, so you're a jagoff. Basically, you're a jagoff."
With that, Calipari laughed, Buccigross changed the subject, and the interview went on.
I'm not sure if "jagoff" is a word you're allowed to use on TV (for that matter, I'm not sure if I'm allowed to use it here at FanHouse), but that's what makes live TV so interesting. I'll be sure to watch the next time Buccigross interviews Calipari.
UPDATE: Shortly after the appearance, Calipari tweeted, "John Buccigross & I go back 10 yrs. We're both from Pitt. It's a term of endearment & we went back n forth using that term b4 we went on-air."