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The death toll continues to rise amid heavy rainfall and flooding across eastern Kentucky, flooding also hit Las Vegas and St. Louis.Several communities in eastern Kentucky are nearly underwater after historic flooding hit the region this week.
There's some drama brewing in Lexington, as the University of Kentucky grapples with a question any non-biased party could answer: Is it a football or a basketball school? © Provided by Sporting News
John Calipari started off the "debate" as he talked about UK's need for a new basketball practice facility. In doing so, he made no bones whatsoever about where the athletic department should be allocating its money.
"This is a basketball school. It’s always been that,” Calipari said, per The Athletic. “Alabama is a football school. So is Georgia. I mean, they are. No disrespect to our football team. I hope they win 10 games and go to bowls. At the end of the day, that makes my job easier and it makes the job of all of us easier. But this is a basketball school. And so we need to keep moving in that direction and keep doing what we’re doing.”
Flooding in central Appalachia kills at least 8 in Kentucky
JACKSON, Ky. (AP) — Torrential rains unleashed devastating floods in Appalachia on Thursday, as fast-rising water killed at least eight people in Kentucky and sent people scurrying to rooftops to be rescued. Water gushed from hillsides and flooded out of streambeds, inundating homes, businesses and roads throughout eastern Kentucky. Parts of western Virginia and southern West Virginia also saw extensive flooding. Rescue crews used helicopters and boats to pick up people trapped by floodwaters. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear tweeted Thursday evening that the state's death toll from flooding had risen to eight.
In July 2016, Kentucky opened the Joe Craft Football Training Facility, a $45 million football complex. Its basketball facility, opened in 2007, has not held up, and Calipari wants to take it upon himself to raise money for a replacement.
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One part of what Calipari said, however, isn't sitting well with his Wildcat brethren. In saying "this is a basketball school," Calipari caught the attention of football coach Mark Stoops, who took issue with the assertion.
While it's true Kentucky football has arguably enjoyed more recent success than basketball -- it's won the Citrus Bowl, the Belk Bowl, the Gator Bowl, and the Citrus Bowl again whereas basketball has topped out in the Elite Eight -- it would be disingenuous to say Kentucky isn't associated with basketball before football. Either way, Calipari likely didn't expect blowback when he made the statement.
Kentucky may assuage this situation behind closed doors, and it likely ends with Calipari acknowledging he spoke out of turn. Nevertheless, it's not a great look having one coach at your university calling out the other.
One month later, Kentucky flood evacuees weigh cloudy future .
PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (AP) — Nearly a month after deadly flooding engulfed their houses, some eastern Kentuckians sheltering at state parks continue to wrestle with the same life-defining question — whether to rebuild at the place they call home or start over somewhere else. Ivallean Smith, who awoke to rising floodwaters when her chihuahua licked her hand, hopes to return to the parcel of land she owns and loves. If she stays put, she says she'llIvallean Smith, who awoke to rising floodwaters when her chihuahua licked her hand, hopes to return to the parcel of land she owns and loves.