On the eve of Matthew Mitchell's 40th birthday, the police had to be called to his house.
It wasn't because the coach was having a raucous party, it was because several of his Kentucky players sneaked into his quiet neighborhood and set off firecrackers in front of his house to celebrate.
"They were bad, it was very, very frightening," Mitchell said of the team prank, tongue planted firmly in cheek. "I felt like I was under siege."
Several players also decorated his black Chevy Tahoe with phrases like "40 is the new 20" and "Honk, I'm 40!"
It was the second straight year that UK's players have pulled a prank on Mitchell in time for his big day.
Freshman Jennifer O'Neill, one of the culprits who was later invited in for hot chocolate by the coach's wife, Jenna, said it was fun.
"It was exciting, like an adrenaline rush, you didn't want to get caught, but you wanted to see his face," she said. "We just wanted to do something special for him."
Mitchell said if his team wanted to do something special for him it could have practiced harder on Thursday.
"They were more excited about my birthday than they were about practice," he told the media. "They wished me a happy birthday, but they could have practiced a little better for me."
The coach said it's unlikely there will be any punishment for the pranks, but there might be some for the lack of effort in practice this week.
"There could be some suspensions, but it's not going to be about the fireworks," he said. "If they don't start practicing better, there could be some suspensions."