Coach Cal goes on Mike & Mike

Kentucky head coach John Calipari called into “Mike & Mike” on Friday morning to dispel a report that came out Thursday evening stating he had intermediaries reach out to the New York Knicks to express interest in their president of operations position that is currently open.

Before going on the popular ESPN radio show, Calipari, who is currently in Cairo as the head coach of the USA Basketball Men’s U19 team that is competing in the 2017 FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup on Saturday, shot down the rumor by tweeting “NO ONE” has contacted the Knicks on his behalf.

Coach Cal began the interview by talking about visiting the pyramids in Egypt, riding camels and playing in a pair of scrimmages.

He was then asked about the report and again reiterated that nobody has reached out to the Knicks on his behalf.

“There is no one on my behalf who called the Knicks,” Calipari said. “There might be a college coach who inquired, but it wasn’t me. I called my wife and asked, ‘Was it you?’ ”

“The reality of it is, I’m coaching at Kentucky. Come on,” he said later in the interview. “In my mind, I’ve got the best job in the country. It’s been a great opportunity for young people to come in and better themselves and better their lives. It’s an unbelievable stage to challenge them in so many ways. I just can’t see anything out there that I would want to leave for.”

The interview later turned toward the one-and-done rule, which has been a popular subject over the past few weeks. Calipari reiterated what he said on the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball summer teleconference on June 26, which is that he would be fine with allowing kids to go directly to the NBA, but only if they are, in fact, going directly to the NBA – not the NBA G League – and being paid what they deserve to be paid.

You can listen to his entire interview on Mike & Mike below.