John Calipari isn’t budging.
The longtime Kentucky coach doesn’t want to play Louisville anywhere other than the KFC Yum! Center this season — even amid the COVID-19 pandemic and Louisville coach Chris Mack’s desire to play the game at a neutral site.
"Chris and I have talked and he expressed his concerns," Calipari said in a statement on Friday, via ESPN. "While I understand the difficulty and the complications created by the pandemic, we are prepared to come to Louisville to play this season under the previously agreed upon terms, and we fully expect Louisville to honor the agreement with a return game to Rupp Arena next season."
The NCAA approved a plan earlier this month to start the men’s and women’s college basketball seasons on Nov. 25 — something that was in jeopardy due to the coronavirus, which drastically altered the college sports calendar across the country.