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December 14th, 2018

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Hall of Fame Coaches Typically Struggle at the End

Let me start this post by saying I am not suggesting that John Calipari should retire from coaching.  And I think he has earned enough goodwill in his first 10 years at Kentucky to get more wiggle room to struggle from season to season.  But it would be incredibly naive and require blinding yourself from reality to not say that something seems off with the program right now.  Recruiting has taken a slip for sure.  But Calipari seems less confident in himself and his teams.  I felt it last year and if not for a nice SEC Tournament and the draw opening wide for the NCAA Tournament, we would be coming off a highly disappointing season followed by a very disappointing beginning to this year.  That follows a stunning Final Four loss, a 2nd round exit, and an Elite 8.

Are we still the gold standard in the college basketball?  Probably not.  But what should concern us more is how it becomes the gold standard again.  Does John Calipari still have the “juice” to get us back into the elite fold of college basketball.  Because if I asked you right now which is more likely, a return to the Top 10 or dropping out of the Top 25, I think many would say a drop.

Which brings us to this very difficult point.  John Calipari is a Hall of Fame coach.  He is also 60 years old this February.  Coaches to win national titles after 60 in the modern era: Roy Williams (2017), Coach K (2015, 2010), Jim Calhoun (2011), Dean Smith (1993), John Wooden (1975).  That’s it.  Five titles out of the last 55 titles won by guys over 60 years old.

Calipari is a legend at Kentucky, really no matter how things ends (beyond probation).  And I don’t see Calipari hanging on if his program becomes some mediocre, .500 level program, like John Cheney or others did.  But John Calipari has a 77.0% winning percentage for his career.  In the last season plus, that dips to 71.0%.  Still very good but this season could end up going a lot of ways.  Last year, that team went 26-11.  Could this team lose 11 games?  Not out of the question.

There is a lot of precedent that Hall of Fame coaches don’t always leave the game in the smoothest way possible.  Here are nine coaches that I found WITH LITTLE EFFORT who had winning percentages 10 points lower in their final 3 years of coaching than for their career winning percentage:

Henry Iba (Career Win%: 68.9%)
Last 3 Years: 46.8% (Zero NCAA Tournament Appearances)

John Cheney (Career Win%: 70.4%)
Last 3 Years: 52.2% (Made NIT in Final FIVE seasons)

Don Haskins (Career Win%: 67.0%)
Last 3 Years: 51.2% (Zero NCAA Tournament Appearances)

Denny Crum (Career Win%: 69.4%)
Last 3 Years: 54.3% (Zero NCAA Tournament Wins)

Nolan Richardson (Career Win%: 71.1%)
Last 3 Years: 56.5% (Zero NCAA Tournament Wins)

Bob Knight (Career Win%: 70.9%)
Last 3 Years: 56.3% (Zero NCAA Tournament Wins, Just 1 Appearance)

John Thompson (Career Win%: 71.4%)
Last 3 Years: 58.1% (Zero NCAA Tournament Wins)

Jerry Tarkanian (Career Win%: 79.5%)
Last 3 Years: 68.3% (1 NCAA Win)

Phog Allen (Career Win%: 73.9%)
Last 3 Years: 63.0% (0 NCAA Tournament Appearances)

Now, this doesn’t mean there are not exceptions to the rule.  There are a handful of coaches who did go out performing at the same level as their career numbers:

John Wooden (Career Win%: 80.4%)
Last 3 Years: 92.3% (Won 2 National Titles in Final 3 Years)

Al McGuire (Career Win%: 73.9%)
Last 3 Years: 85.2% (Retired After Winning National Title)

Dean Smith (Career Win%: 77.6%)
Last 3 Years: 76.2% (2 Final Fours in Final 3 Years)

What’s the point BTI?  The point is John Calipari has had a Hall of Fame run here at the University of Kentucky and for his entire career as well.  That doesn’t mean that this all ends with sunshine and parades.  It actually normally means that it ends with a thud.  We haven’t had that thud yet, or really anything close to that thud, but I hate to wonder if the cliff isn’t getting closer as our coach passes 60.  And will he, and this fanbase, recognize it before it’s too late?


KSR Show Thread 12/14: Sky’s the Limit in Elizabethtown

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang is at Sky’s the Limit Indoor Trampoline & Adventure Park in Elizabethtown (3026 Ring Road). Come on out to bounce around and listen to the gang preview tomorrow’s game vs. Utah.

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Today on KSR: Josh Allen makes history (again)

Happy Friday, everyone! The weekend is almost here, and we’re excited to help you through the finish line today.

We’ll start with the biggest news from last night:

Josh Allen is a consensus All-American

The University of Kentucky announced last night that Kentucky star pass-rusher Josh Allen was just one of eight consensus All-Americans this season, earning honors from American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press, Football Writers Association of America, The Sporting News and Walter Camp Foundation.

With the prestigious honor, Allen becomes Kentucky’s first consensus All-American since wide receiver/kick returner Derek Abney pulled it off in 2002. He was also the first unanimous selection since defensive lineman Art Still in 1977, with those two being the only Wildcats in history to accomplish that feat.

Here is the list of Kentucky’s consensus All-Americans:

  • 1950 Bob Gain, T
  • Babe Parilli, QB
  • 1951 Babe Parilli, QB
  • 1956 Lou Michaels, T
  • 1957 Lou Michaels, T
  • 1965 Sam Ball, T
  • 1977 * Art Still, DE
  • 1998 Tim Couch, QBm
  • 1999 James Whalen, TE
  • 2002 Derek Abney, AP/KR
  • 2018 * Josh Allen, LB

Allen was also named a First Team All-American by Sports Illustrated, TheAthletic.com, ESPN, College Football News, USA Today, CBS, and Athlon.

Vince Marrow is trying to steal Louisville’s entire recruiting class

Louisville’s recruiting class is down to just three players, but Kentucky recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow is looking to bring that number to zero by the time National Signing Day rolls around.

Yesterday afternoon, the Big Dog was in Louisville to see three-star athlete and Cardinal commit Aidan Robbins at Dupont Manual High School.

The Wildcats are also making a push for Louisville offensive tackle commit Zach Williamson, a three-star out of Huntington, West Virginia.

That would leave just one commitment for the Cards: three-star offensive guard Ty Murray.

Go big or go home, Big Dog. Go for the trifecta and try to flip them all.

Brandon Knight makes his season debut

After tearing his ACL in July of 2017, former Kentucky guard Brandon Knight made his season debut last night for the Houston Rockets.

And after sitting out an entire season, he was just a little bit rusty from the jump.

Nonetheless, Houston head coach Mike D’Antoni is excited to see Knight work his way back to the All-Star caliber player he finally became in Milwaukee:

In four minutes, Knight finished with zero points (0-2 shooting), one rebound, and one assist.

Jacob Tamme represents the University of Kentucky with the Players’ Tribune

The Players’ Tribune hosted an SEC Championship Party with several former stars in the conference, and former Kentucky tight end Jacob Tamme was selected to represent the Wildcats.

In his brief interview, Tamme talked about his passion for Kentucky and why he’s so proud to bleed blue.

Take a look:

John and Ellen Calipari kick the kids out of the Christmas card

Remember back in June when cameras caught a “John Calipari hates puppies” sign in the audience at the Today Show?

He immediately set up a meeting with the Kentucky Humane Society to prove the sign wasn’t true, but apparently it wasn’t enough…

Yesterday afternoon, Coach Cal took it one step further by sending out a Christmas card with him, his wife, and his pets. His three children, Erin, Megan, and Brad, were nowhere to be seen:

You also might notice Coach Cal pulling off his best Tyler Herro impression with the short-shorts…

I think it’d only be fair if Erin, Megan, and Brad created their own Christmas card and left out their parents.

Los Angeles Chargers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs on a two-point conversion

In non-Kentucky news, the Thursday Night Football game between the Chargers and Chiefs was an instant classic.

Down by seven with 2:37 remaining, Phillip Rivers led Los Angeles down the field on a game-winning touchdown drive, capped off with a gutsy two-point conversion for the upset victory.

It’s even better with the Titanic music:

After the game, Kansas City fans threw beers on the field while Los Angeles player Michael Davis taunted them for the loss.

It was quite the scene:


Get through one last day of work/school, BBN. I have a feeling this weekend is going to be better for us than last.

Go Cats.


December 13th, 2018

MORE THAN A BAKERY’S Top 10 Tweets of the Day!

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That means that we provide opportunities for growth, benefits for stability, and community outreach to show just how much we care.  Visit www.morethanabakery.com for more information.


#10 Mission Chaos

Whoops.

#9 Roy Combs

Rock on.

#8 Jamie Stogsdill

Bummer this fat head will go to waste.

#7 Tyler Brandenburg

That was a fun one.

#6 UK Alumni

If you can’t be in Lexington, these are some of your next best options!

#5 Corey Price

Heck of a Christmas present.

#4 Amanda Wiseman

Saturday needs to get here already!

#3 Keith Peel

A great group.

#2 Tim Meredith

A more accurate headline.

#1 Kenny B

Blue gets in. Enjoy your vacation and go Cats!


@MaggieDavisKSR


Noah Talks Basketball Recruiting on Hey Kentucky!

Kentucky’s always on the hunt for the top recruits in the country and who better to help John Calipari determine who’s elite and who’s not than Hey Kentucky! producer Noah Day?

That’s right! The popular “Noah Talks Sports” segment is back. Watch below as Perrin Johnson and Noah break down film and Noah hands out his own star rankings.

See the full episode below or at HeyKentucky.com.


Lynn Bowden calls Drew Franklin out on promise to get Lynn Bowden neck tattoo

Usually when we post a Lynn Bowden tweet, it’s to figure out whether he’s talking about his future at Kentucky or his favorite song lyric, but today, the sophomore phenom used the Twitter machine to call out one of our own.

After Bowden’s punt return for a touchdown vs. Missouri, Drew Franklin tweeted that he was going to get a Lynn Bowden neck tattoo in his honor. A month and a half later, Bowden wants to see that ink.

Who wouldn’t have been willing to get a neck tattoo after that play? Bowden’s 67-yard return was a career first and sparked Kentucky’s comeback. We all remember CJ Conrad’s game-winning catch, but it wouldn’t have been possible without that return.

Here’s what Drew will look like once he follows through on his promise:

Drew, you’re on the clock.


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UK Hoops schedule change – Plus, watch UK vs. UofL in style

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The Kentucky women’s basketball team has made a change to their schedule: the No. 18 Cats will now take on the Sacred Heart Pioneers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 11:30 a.m. inside Memorial Coliseum. The game was originally scheduled for 1 p.m.

The time change means fans will be able to watch the Kentucky-Louisville men’s game, which is slated to tip at 2 p.m., directly after the conclusion of the women’s game. The rivalry game will be shown on Memorial Coliseum’s enormous (1,800 square foot) LED video board. Coach Matthew Mitchell and his wife, Jenna will be providing free pizza to fans who attend the WBB game and stay for the watch party. It’s a nice gesture by Coach and the perfect way to watch both match-ups.

Tickets are $10 in reserved seating areas, while general admission tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children (ages 6-18) and seniors (age 65+). UK students get into all WBB games free with a valid student ID, and UK faculty and staff can receive free admission for themselves and a guest to all WBB games with a valid employee ID.

Mark your calendars for Dec. 29 and get ready to support your Cats.