Time was the Blob was willing to give no one the benefit of the doubt in the IU-UK basketball series train wreck. A pox on both their houses was the general run of my thinking.
Of course, that was until this.
Now it's time to call a spade a spade, or at least to call John Calipari what he is: The Chicken of Lexington. Indiana not only offered Calipari everything he wanted -- neutral site games -- but even offered to split the cost to UK of having to cancel a game with Portland on the date that UK and IU traditionally play.
Kentucky's response was an unequivocal, "No way."
OK, first off: Portland? Really?
Can't imagine why Calipari would rather hang onto that obvious moneymaker (insert eye-roll here) rather than resume one college hoops' traditional rivalries. Except that, oh, yeah, it's Portland, a rubber-stamp "W" for the Wildkittens. Indiana, on the other hand, figures to be a preseason top-five if not No. 1, and can actually play with Kentucky again.
No wonder Calipari wants no part of the Hoosiers all of a sudden.
You could make the case, and I did, that both schools were ducking each other when IU athletic director Fred Glass announced a month ago that the series was dead. Now, though, it's obvious that all the ducking is happening south of the Ohio River. The bald, unspinnable facts are that Indiana put a perfectly reasonable compromise on the table, and UK ran from it like Carl Lewis.
Come on, Coach Cal. Grow a pair, will ya?