Cal preaches unity on Rupp Arena renovation

Kentucky Coach John Calipari struck a non-confrontational note Monday when asked about the Rupp Arena renovation project.

In recent weeks, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray suspended the project after having hired architects and a construction firm. The suspension came after the Kentucky legislature declined a funding request.

UK president Eli Capilouto and Lexington Center Corp. chairman Brent Rice exchanged letters that disagreed about the reasons why funding for the project had not been forthcoming.

Calipari, who has been noticably quiet about the project, mentioned on an SEC coaches teleconference that he had been out of town during the latest developments in the project. He had been recovering from hip surgery. He said he received a “little overview” from UK Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy.

“I just hope everybody gets together and does what’s right for the city and the university,” Calipari said.