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CRAWFORD | Calipari urges Kentucky fans to lay off Louisville allegations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — Kentucky coach John Calipari didn’t really want to talk about it, but he was asked about the allegations facing the University of Louisville basketball program at the end of his news conference Thursday, and about how he’d like to see Kentucky fans react when the Cardinals visit Rupp Arena on Saturday at noon.

Calipari said, “I haven’t even thought about the allegations,” after being asked about them. And made a point to note that he only addressed the subject because reporters brought it up.

“I would hope our fans – and again, you bring that up; it has not entered my mind. I’m watching tape,” Calipari said. “I think they’re doing a great job. I think Rick (Pitino) is doing a great job with his team. And I would tell our fans enjoy the game. Don’t be bringing in banners. Don’t be bringing in posters. Don’t. You don’t need to do it. Let’s just enjoy the basketball game. Let’s be classy. We have the classiest fans, and I would expect that’s how they would be during this game.”

The Cardinals have enjoyed a relatively quiet month or so as investigations by the school and NCAA into allegations by Katina Powell, a former Louisville escort, that she provided strippers and prostitutes for Louisville recruits and was paid by Andre McGee, a former basketball office employee.

ESPN brought up the allegations during Louisville’s first nationally televised game on the network, at Michigan State, and CBS is likely to mention them, in Louisville’s first appearance on the broadcast network this season.

But Calipari said he hopes they don’t get any fodder from Kentucky fans. When Louisville visited Rupp Arena while Pitino was dealing with an extortion scandal, the school confiscated signs that some fans and students brought into the arena.

“Let’s just play basketball,” Calipari said. “We don’t need to relish in anyone’s struggles.’ I’ve always been that way. The stuff we do is very hard. Not everybody handles it that way. Some of them encourage that stuff. I’m not one of those guys. Let’s just have some class. Let me just tell you, we need to worry about how good their team is and how well they’re being coached; not anything that happened five years ago. Let’s just play ball.”

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