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February 6, 2016: Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Caliparishoots during the 2nd half of the NCAA basketball game between the Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats at Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY. Kentucky defeated Florida 80-61. (Photo by David Blair/Icon Sportswire)

John Calipari, Papa John’s announce deal for Louisiana relief aid

University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari is getting the word out for Louisiana relief efforts through pizza. The coach announced on Sunday that the pizza chain, Papa John’s, would be offering a large two-topping pizza for $10, with 10 percent of the proceeds on each pizza going to his foundation, which would intern allocate the money back to those affected by the widespread flooding in Louisiana.

This has not been the first display of intra-conference love shown between SEC conferences members: last season, when South Carolina was afflicted by extreme flooding as well, LSU sent relief packages, ahead of the football game the two were scheduled to play in South Carolina was moved to Louisiana.

In a return show of respect, just a few weeks ago, the Gamecocks sent two truck loads of relief down to Baton Rouge. 

But as Kentucky coach John Calipari has shown, the warmth between schools is not mutually exclusive for just LSU and South Carolina. The University of Vanderbilt also sent supplies to Louisiana just a few weeks ago, in addition to the efforts made by Kentucky and Coach Calipari.

Back in 2005, LSU was forced to move a game originally slated as a home contest, out west to Arizona State due to flooding from Hurricane Katrina. They would go on to win that game 35-31 on the shoulders of quarterback JaMarcus Russell.

It may seem trivial in the grand scheme, but the Tigers home schedule opens on Saturday night, Sep. 10 with a matchup against Jacksonville State. The team opens the season on Saturday in Green Bay against Wisconsin for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff.

John Calipari, Papa John’s announce deal for Louisiana relief aid

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