Kentucky Wildcatsmen's basketballcoach John Calipari on Thursday said his recent comment that college coaches should be aware of what happens with their team on campus "wasn't intended" as a shot atLouisvilleand he apologized to Cardinals coach Rick Pitino if he misconstruedthe message.
"The stuff is blown up more than it should be, and if he took it wrong, I apologize," said Calipari, who was a guest host on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike.
Earlier this month on "The Mike Lupica Show," Calipari said, "If it happens on your campus and it happens with your assistants and those people, you probably have a good idea of what's going on."
Calipari's comment was interpreted in the media as being about Pitino, although he didn't specifically mention the NCAA investigation into a sex-for-pay scandal at Louisville that led the school to self-impose a postseason ban in 2015-16. Earlier this week, Pitino said he planned to ask Calipari about the comments when their paths cross this season.
On Thursday, Calipari said his comment "was a general statement."
"The thing I said specifically, about Louisville, if it happened, it's not good [for] any of us and it's not good for college basketball," Calipari said. "I said: 'I don't think their coach knew. I just can't believe that,' and that's what I said. And I haven't changed my opinion of that."
Calipari said the rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville is strong on the court but that he doesn't have time to get into a war of words with Pitino.
"We're 90 miles from each other and we're trying to rip each other's throats out when we play, but other than that, I don't have time," he said. "I've got to coach my guys, he's got to coach his guys. We both got our own things going. I respect him as a coach. He's a Hall of Famer!"