25 years after news conference fracas, Calipari wishes 'friend' John Chaney happy birthday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Time heals wounds for many coaching rivals, and Kentucky head coach John Calipari shared kind words toward legendary Temple head coach John Chaney nearly 25 years after a heated dispute at a news conference.

Calipari, who was coaching at UMass, was confronted by Chaney in February 1994 after a 56-55 victory for the Minutemen. The New York Times reported that during Calipari's news conference, Chaney appeared in the back of the room and criticized Calipari's handling of the officials. <

It escalated to Chaney storming toward to podium before being separated.

"I'll kill you!" yelled Chaney as he was restrained.

"I know everyone still remembers when I tried to choke him — or wait, did he try to choke me? I can’t remember. LOL," Calipari tweeted in his birthday wish. "A true Hall of Fame basketball coach but even better at developing young men. I miss our battles. Happy birthday, Coach!"

Chaney, now 87, won more than 500 games as Temple head coach. He would lead the Owls to the Elite Eight five times.

The video of the 1994 incident below has strong language.





 
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