Calipari and Payne share laugh at Kentucky Chamber Annual Dinner

The UK and UofL basketball coaches brought down the house with one exchange
John Calipari and Kenny Payne
John Calipari and Kenny Payne(WKYT)
Published: Sep. 15, 2022 at 12:17 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - John Calipari and Kenny Payne spent a decade together on the UK basketball bench guiding the Wildcats to a national championship and four Final Four appearances.

In Louisville Wednesday night at the Kentucky Chamber Annual Dinner, the two were together again had a laugh when UofL coach Kenny Payne said, “This is a basketball state. It’s the best of the best.”

When Coach Cal uttered the word “careful” which brought down the house.

Calipari was referencing his recent back-and-forth with UK football coach Mark Stoops about Kentucky being a “basketball school”.

Payne responded with, “I said state. I’m not getting into that!”