In defense of Harrellson, Calipari's comments during the press conference could be categorized as a back-handed compliment to say the least.
"Can Josh do this for 15, 20 minutes a game?" he asked. "If he can go in there and grab rebounds, then do it. Either we're the worst offensive rebounding team in America or he's gotten better, one of the two. I haven't figured it out. We'll watch the tape and figure it out."
Instead of marching into his coaches office and voicing his opinion, Harrellson turned to his Twitter account to respond to Calipari.
For his actions Harrellson has been punished. No, he won't be benched or anything that draconian. Harrellson has just been forced to shut down his Twitter account – for the time being."'Either we are the worst offensive rebounding team or he had gotten better'!!! Just amazing to me I can't get a good job or way to go"
"yes he has been working hard this off season... It is just amazing to me but I look past it and keep trucking! You can't stop this train!!!"
Here's where the story gets interesting.
Calipari could have also taken the high road here and had this conversation in private with Harrellson. Instead, he turned to Twitter, just as Harrellson did.
My question is, who is going to tell Calipari he needs to shut his Twitter account down? Weren't his comments just as ill-advised as Harrellson's? How can he turn around and respond via Twitter and at the same time punish his player for doing the same thing? At least Harrellson is only guilty of using the wrong channel to display his displeasure. Calipari -- who should have been smarter and much more mature about the situation – is possibly a hypocrite, and definitely guilty of one-upping his player."Please don't fault Josh. He's never dealt w/ how to handle success. I promoted him to the 1st team & told the team to applaud his effort."
"I'm looking for consistency in practice, scrimmages & games. He won't be tweeting until he's responsible enough to handle success & failure."
While I am not a fan of telling anyone they have to shut down their Twitter account, I do think someone in the Kentucky athletic department needs to sit down with the athletes and explain to them (probably again) what the school considers "frowned upon" Twitter behavior. Coach Calipari should probably listen too.