John Calipari Ejected for Arguing with Officials vs. South Carolina

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

Kentucky head coach John Calipari during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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Kentucky head coach John Calipari didn't stick around long for his team's game against South Carolina, as he was ejected less than three minutes into the first half. 

As video from SportsCenter shows, Calipari looked like a man possessed going against the officials after he was tossed from the game:

Kentucky still managed to win the game 89-62. Calipari commented on the victory after the game:

Calipari does have a touchy history at South Carolina, previously getting ejected during a 2014 game in which the Wildcats lost 72-67. 

Per Scott Gleeson of USA Today, during the game two years ago, Calipari was frustrated when officials didn't call a foul when it appeared Alex Poythress was fouled. 

The scene in 2014 was very different than the one that took place Saturday. Calipari merely stepped onto the court to object a no-call, the official gave him a second technical and he got in a final word before casually walking into the locker room. 

Saturday was Calipari's frustration hitting another level, though's Jeff Goodman did point out the foul called prior to his ejection was actually against South Carolina.

This has been an unusual season for a Calipari-led Kentucky team. The Wildcats have not been in the national conversation since November, though they entered play Saturday ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 with an 18-6 record. 

Calipari's ejection is just the latest wrinkle in a season for Kentucky that's seen more peaks and valleys than a roller coaster at Disneyland. Sometimes coaches can try something unusual to light a fire under their players, though Calipari's actions seemed wildly over the top merely to make that happen.