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There will always be coaches who rant and rave.

They've been around since before the days of Bobby Knight, cursing up a storm and throwing chairs from the sidelines of the Indiana bench. Coach K (that's Mike Krzyzewski, if you really want me to spell it out) is no stranger to raising his voice and he's fourth on the all-time college basketball wins list.

And notwithstanding the recent examples of Rutgers coach Mike Riche and College of Charleston Doug Wojcik, who were fired for their belligerent ways, a feisty attitude is sometimes seen as a badge of honor among coaching circles.

So just consider John Calipari's decision to go off the lid at a popular New York radio host recently as just part of his evolution into a future Hall of Fame leader of men.

(Check out CBS Sports' Audio of the call here)

Sports radio host Mike Francesa - known for his "I know more than you" attitude about almost every subject - started an opening salvo by attacking Calipari's coaching prowess.

Francesa made it clear to all his listeners that he didn't appreciate Calipari's ability to dial up crucial basketball plays and schemes.

And then one of those listeners ringed him up.

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The Magician

That listener was "John from Kentucky." Yep, the very same John Calipari who Francesa had just been digging into.

After an awkward competition of who could talk over the other, Francesa says what he had said before: he likes Calipari except for his lack of X and O knowledge.

Which, as Calipari duly noted, is just about everything there is to being a coach on the court, once you really get down to the nitty gritty of it.

"That's basically saying I can't coach," Calipari said in response. "You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal, the Magician."

An abrupt ending

Francesa wasn't about to let up on his full-frontal assault of Calipari's abilities, for which the coach gets paid $5.2 million per year.

The talk show host first asked if Calipari believed there were any better strategists in the game than him. Like any self-assured man at the top of his profession - after all, he won the 2012 National Championship, made last year's title game and recruits the best players every year - Calipari said there was no one better.

Then, only a few seconds later, Francesa straight up hangs up on the guy, before preceding to continue laying on the insults on-air.

And you thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was cold.

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