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Chester questions UK’s priorities in one of his best calls


Kentucky Sports Radio’s most passionate caller has a problem with the University of Kentucky’s commitment to academics and how it is affecting attendance at athletic events. Chester believes sports should come before all the research, as he calls it, being done on the university’s campus. He says there is too much emphasis about UK being a research place.

But isn’t school a place for education, Chester?

“That’s bull, that’s bull, well, it’s true.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

98 responses to “Chester questions UK’s priorities in one of his best calls”

  1. Wow

    Wow….just, wow.

  2. Moron

    What an idiot

  3. UpperSectionStudent

    Man, I really thought he was gonna make a good point. But naw.

  4. Brad in Portland

    Chester is a moron.

  5. Professor from some other country

    They told me to expect this before I came to UK to do my research.
    This state is full of Chesters and that is why most of Kentucky is more like some developing country
    Soccer is the sport I follow every four years
    Go Starvinia

    1. NYC Wildcat Alum

      If you don’t like it at UK, feel free to leave. If you’re a professor at UK, I find it interesting that you have no trouble taking their job and their pay, yet take “potshots” at the university while hiding behind your screen name.

      I’m a UK alum, and a proud Platinum K Club Member. If you don’t like it then get the hell out. We don’t need professors like you.

    2. derp derp derp

      Apparently they didn’t teach you not to feed the trolls while at UK. Stand down, Big Blue.

  6. CHECK IT OUT

    LADIES AND GENTLEMAN THAT JUST HAPPENED!!!!!

  7. Elwood Blues

    My word.

  8. Pierre Derriere

    Chester est Kentucky et le Kentucky est Chester cloaque arrière d’ordures consanguines

  9. Kristen Geil's Abs

    Balance.

  10. inlinefor9

    Funny, but so embarrassing for the state of KY.

    1. CUR

      It is only embarrassing for UK, not the rest of the state of KY.

  11. DH

    Let’s hope the national media gets ahold of this… Yee haw

  12. @cincinnatilex

    This is the hardest I’ve laughed in a long time. Almost ran off the road.

  13. Rich

    Honestly, Chester is a moron, although funny. That sad thing is that he truly believes the nonsense he says. It isn’t’ an act.

  14. Hoot

    Chester is either a fake that calls the show for comedy or is one of the biggest idiots on the planet. He is awful.

  15. Rich

    Should say “The sad thing…” above. Typo.

  16. lol

    Get this guy out of the gene pool by any means necessary.

  17. Taylor

    I am from Kentucky and have also graduated from UK. While Chester’s opinion does not help promote the image of UK as an institution of higher learning, in the absence of a professional franchise in-state, the high cost of attending UK (or any college or university, for that matter), and the state of education in the state should we really be surprised at his statements? I’m not.

  18. hmmm...

    if you’ve gone to college you can complain about it. If not, SHUT UP! The students have lives, unlike most “backwoods” Kentucky fan. Their focus is not basketball games. Deal with it. I’m a fan, but our fan base is disturbingly obsessed about this thing that really doesn’t matter at all.

    1. Fellow UK Student

      You are not a UK basketball fan/don’t get it if you describe it as “something that really doesn’t matter at all.”

    2. hmmm

      Embarrassing.

    3. Daniel

      Did you really just call Kentucky Basketball “this thing” wow… to be honest it is that to you or someone else normal… but Kentucky Basketball Fans are not Normal when it comes to that.

    4. Fellow UK Student

      Chester’s argument is obviously irrational and is not representative of the viewpoint he was trying to present, but the culture that UK students are too good to care about the basketball team is pathetic.

      And if my perspective is embarrassing to the University, they wouldn’t have given me the Out-of-State Presidential Scholarship.

    5. DH

      All he/she said was his/her focus isn’t on basketball as a college student, which it shouldn’t be. I don’t recall reading that UK students are too good to care about basketball. The comment could have been worded differently, but, what I got out of “hmmm” saying “”this thing that really doesn’t matter at all” is that in the grand scheme of things, sports are not life or death. I AM a UK basketball fan. I look forward to game days. I watch every game and hate it when we lose, but I don’t change my plans if it happens (though I have been known to change plans so I can watch a game..). My daily routines don’t change if we lose. I think sometimes we just need to put things into perspectve. Losing a job, or, heaven forbid, a loved one can be life-changing. Your favorite team losing a game shouldn’t be. Believe it or not, when we lost to UL last year I still went out and had drinks with my friends some of which are UL fans. I’m sure to a lot of you that makes me not a real fan, though..

  19. Mark

    Is this the same moron who blamed us missing the NCAA tournament on the liberal agenda? It’s fans like him that make the entire country believe that we have one of the dumbest fan bases in the country, like in Clay Travis’ article.

    1. GP

      Yep.

    2. KT

      I thought that was John. Chester usually makes goods points, he stutters a lot but is seemingly intelligent. John from Kroger is the one that blames everything on liberal agenda, lol. I like listening to both of them though and I don’t think either of them is stupid despite what some people on this board have said.

  20. bthendren

    Kentucky State Education Program = Fail!

  21. GP

    Chester is probably the worst thing to happen to the UK fandom coming from KSR, because now I guarantee this audio will make the rounds and make us all sound like a bunch of backwards idiots like him.
    I turn the radio down every time I hear him babbling nonsense to Matt or Ryan.

  22. UK professor

    After grading 100 exams, I gave an A+ to the 101st exam paper that was blank
    Chester has nothing to worry about

  23. Rogerwaters

    We don’t need no edumocation Hey teacher leave those kids alone!

  24. RandyB

    Amid the outrageousness, Chester has hit upon a pet peeve of mine.
    UK’s emphasis should be on educating students rather than hiring professors
    who do nothing but research and lecture to an occasional graduate group.
    The teaching at UK is done too often by graduate assistants who barely speak English.
    This has been going on for 40 years or more. And the reason for that is money.

    If UK were trying to be a Top 10 Educational School, instead of vainly trying to become a Top 10 Research Institution, students might become smart enough to do their work and attend ball games as well.

    1. eaux

      Well, this isn’t just an issue at UK. Every major university has shifted its focus to research. Professors are expected to bring in grant money and publish a target number of articles a year, so research responsibilities become a priority. The motivation may be money – grants and patents, for example – but it’s also true that research universities attract the best professors, who bring in the best graduate students, and all of this elevates the quality of the student body and prestige of the degree. The best public universities in the United States are, what, UCLA, Cal Berkley, Michigan, UNC – all top tier research universities.

      Chester should be glad that UK is seeking to improve its research rankings. It’ll ultimately do more good for the state than bad.

  25. bill todd

    they tirrrkk errrr JERRRBBSS!!

  26. Rick Roy

    Chester just got his UK Fall Class Schedule:

    MWF: History of the UK Basketball Program
    MF: The Art of Breaking a Press
    TTh: The Human uk basketball player Body
    TTh: Some Other Countries and Things

    No RESEARCH

    1. Thursday is R

      I’m guessing you didn’t go to UK because the UK class schedules us R for Thursday instead of Th.

  27. lol

    24. Shut up. Chester’s anti-intellectualism and xenophobia should not be tolerated. Every credible school has GAs from other countries teaching math and science.

  28. jpg

    Just wow!!! Chester, you always surprise me, even when I know I should not be. Talk about a fan that gravely influences the perception of UK fans. Wish KSR would not promote him.

  29. Figment

    I think Chester ia a plant. Too much proper pronunciation with some hillbilly thrown in. ie He and I as opposed to Me and him gonna go do something.

    1. JR

      You wish. He is one of your finest. Just drank a little too much from the river. Go IU !!

  30. CATSCATSCATS

    I could be wrong but I’m guessing this guy never went to college or UK for that matter. His idea of the University of Kentucky exists only on his television on Tuesdays and Thursdays for about two hours. Why give this guy the exposure, KSR? The sad thing is that he is the voice of a huge population of backwoods Kentucky fans. The state of Kentucky (sorry, “Commonwealth”) would sink into a depression if the University of Kentucky were to just all of a sudden disappear, especially Lexington. This moron doesn’t realize what an economic and political giant that UK is to the state.

  31. Willie Blondie-Stein

    This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard.

  32. Turner the Burner

    That is classic. According to UK, 1% of the student body came from another country…. or roughly 180 students.
    Also, non-resident students are roughly 25% or 4,500 or so…. It is the 4,680 students that are bringing down the attendance, according to a lot of UK fans…. Not just Chester.

  33. Chester fan

    I agree somewhat with Chester on this. Look at the student body that come to the games now. Best one is referee dude. They have alot less passion for the games than uk fans as a whole are used to. Like Chester said, ” pretty much a bunch of nerds “. You can be a smart student without being a nerd.

  34. James K

    I think Chester’s passion is pretty charming at times, but this is everything that is embarrassing about our fan base. I would keep these thoughts to yourself, Chester. Sorry man.

  35. Alumni Drive

    Chester’s not doing a lot to make our state look like an educated place. But I bet he’s not alone in thinking this way (you probably get similar points of view in Alabama and West Virginia re. their football programs, or in Indiana re. basketball, though IU is a good academic institution). The problem is, for a long time UK was known only for basketball and not education. The truth is still, in the national view, it’s still that way, though it’s slowly improving academically. However, it still has a long way to go to becoming a first-rate public university, on par with Virginia, say. As an alumnus, I hope it does, so that people can be proud of it for reasons other than sports. I think Chester’s wrong to imply that the university should be in service of the basketball program, but in a way he’s right because (and I say this as a UK alum) it was this way for a long time.

    1. Alumni Drive

      I don’t mean that everything at UK used to be geared toward the team (resources-wise), but that for years it didn’t have selective admissions (for reasons that were initially good–to allow any Kentuckian with a high school degree to get a college education–only to be bogged down by a largely-mediocre enrollment) nor did it put more than a minimum amount of funding toward its academic programs, which meant that its only real point of pride was the basketball program.

    2. Stuck

      Can we discuss your opinion of IU as a “good academic institution”. They’re the fourth best school in the state, maybe 5th (Purdue, Notre Dame, Rose Hulman, Butler).

    3. UKinIndy

      @35ii: IU is 4th or 5th in its owns state bc the academics in Indiana are some of the best in the country. I’m a UK fan that is from KY (proudly born and raised my whole life) but I live in Indiana, but Indiana as a state has better academics.

  36. Chester is the man

    Chester is the man! So funny reading all these responses…you people are so uptight it’s hilarious! Never read so many “stupidest” and “moron” written about someone. Everyone has an opinion and can voice that! Can’t believe so many of you go after this guy and don’t just listen for the entertainment factor! Obviously UK is a school first and sports come second. Lighten up BBN and have some fun!

    1. jdawg32

      hahahahahahahahahhah that UK is a “school first” hahahahahhahahahahahahahha

  37. Jon

    1. I was just on the show
    They had me wait for 35 minutes, then they hung up on me cause they thought I was playing a joke. Then I waited again for 30 minutes. Then after I was on, Matt hung up on me again, after I got one comment out. I had three more quick questions and he hung up?

    Here were my questions Matt:
    How good do you think Luke Kennard will be? Will he be a starter?
    You seem to know a lot about music, what is your all time favorite artist/band?
    An NBA analyst said Kentucky’s offense was like a ‘windshield wiper’. That there was no penetration to speak of…….that Andrew just raced down court, stopped at the top of the key and passed around the perimeter. If he can’t drive then he can’t dump off or dish out. What say you?

    Oh,

    And Phil OH men nah is actually pronounced, Phil la MEE nah,

    Phil OH men nah sounds like a cancer

  38. Carter

    If they are looking for comedy there’s no comparison to Finebaum’s most favorite callers. The two women Paul had left me in stitches. I don’t remember their names but they were classics.

  39. Catlogic15

    Excuse me for a moment, Chester, while I remove my shoes and dust off my corn cob pipe.

    There, feel better?

  40. Jon

    Hey Matt,

    On the show today, it was said of you that you were the nicest guy ever! That you would bend over backwards to help people.

    I am a writer and devout UK hardboot living in Durham NC. Please give me a job at KSR. I wrote this a few years back about KY.

    Its been a rough year for me so if any of you out there like this, pass me an encouraging word.

    Yeah, We Got’em!

    We had a Sheppard who could leap for days and days!
    We had a Meeks servin’ J’s & Trey’s on trays!
    We were born to shine
    You were poised for pine.
    We hangin’ banners like its wash on a clothes line!
    We droppin’ three’s good and plenty, rockin’ Rims like Kenny.
    We got the jets in our bounce like our name was Bennie

    We got the best fans ever in every pew.
    The BBN is in your house and it’s packed with blue!
    The throng is strong yo, the crew’s sensational!
    Cat-lanta, the Maui Invitational!

    You go against Kentucky and it’s an Aft-Climb!
    You’re dead and buried and it ain’t even half-time!
    So hang anutha blood-letting in the win column.
    If yer lookin’ for the team with the most, yeah we got’em!

    We in your brain ‘til it wanes and waxes numb.
    Your little team is tucked under Kentucky’s thumb!
    We was kickin’ and clawin’ and ballin’ at birth!
    Now we’re all-in like a flood that blankets the earth!
    If this world is a stage then Rupp is the best!
    We gonna see which posse can dance the best!
    We droppin’ wins like our fingers were covered in grease.
    The Godfather of the game and you’re just the niece!
    Our fate is eight and then it’s nine while you rock the bottom.
    If you wanna see stars in the light, yeah we got’em!

    We had a Kevin Grevey and a Cotton Nash.
    And a Winston Bennett and a Monster Mash!

    We had a Jorts and a Jones and a Dirk and Mills.
    We had a Prince and a Knight and a King for realz.
    And a Tony and a Walt and a Derek and Toine.
    And a Nazr and a Mark, Jeff, Wayne and Ron!

    It’s like this ya’ll
    It’s like that ya’ll
    We had an Issel for a Pistol and a Pratt ya’ll!
    It’s like that ya’ll
    It’s like this ya’ll
    We had a Rex and he was King and he could ball ya’ll!

    We got the Goose
    We got the Wall
    We’re Unforgettable.
    You’re not at all!
    We’re getting’ eight
    Then getting’ nine!
    We push ahead
    You lag behind.

    We got the Davis
    And Michael Kidd
    We on a run boy
    You on a skid!
    We got the Darius
    He’s gonna carry us!
    We got the Teague
    Best in the League!
    We got the Three Goggs
    We got the Kyle
    They tickle twine so much it makes the rim smile!

    We’re getting’ eight
    Then getting’ nine!
    We push ahead
    You lag behind!
    We are the mist
    That drives the nail.
    You come to Rupp
    You get the L!

  41. Daniel

    I’m here to defend Chester and his passion… I Love his passion.. he might have been wrong but who cares and who cares if its embarrassing it isn’t to me

  42. jdawg32

    It’s cute that you guys think that the athletes((no, not “STUDENT ATHLETES”) and EVERY SINGLE ATHLETIC COACH at UK doesn’t feel the same way. As reflected in numerous instances…

  43. Mind=blown

    Either this dude is a comedic genius, and did this on purpose, or he’s quite possibly the biggest idiot I’ve ever had the misfortune of listening to.

    1. jdawg32

      Haven’t met many people that attended UK obviously, then…

    2. Mind=blown

      I go here.

    3. jdawg32

      Should be used to it then…

    4. jdog32

      jdawg if everyone here is so stupid, why are you here? I guess it’s where you belong.

  44. Mind=blown

    Only person I’ve ever listened to even close to this stupid is stone cold willow.

  45. bung

    as a proud stoopid backwoods moron may I say that many Kentuckians have become too proper to be good fans…also the team needs to stop pretending they are going to run and practice on finishing it…we have a poor low scoring offense that doesn’t generate much enthusiasm among fans or players…

  46. tom

    Why does KSR give people like this airtime. It is just moronic.

  47. Oh my

    I can’t believe how butt-hurt people are getting over a fan who wants people to get excited about basketball at UK. And by the way, Eli has been hearing it from donors about how he needs to embrace and understand the importance of athletics at UK. It isn’t just the Chesters of the world that care about this stuff. It is a major way that alumni stay connected and it is a money-maker for the school both directly and indirectly.

    Also there is no reason that an undergraduate student needs to do schoolwork 24/7. I had a 4.0 at Kentucky while working 15-20 hours a week and still went to a ton of games. If you are taking 15 credits you end up in class about 12 hours a week. Add another 18 hours to do work/study and you are still doing a lot better than people in the real world. Wait until you are working a job 50-60 hours a week and have kids, then you will know about balancing priorities.

    1. Listen man,

      I don’t know how long ago you went to UK but, from the perspective a senior with a science major that lives across the street from the university, your comment hold no water.
      I grew up a UK fan my entire life. Hell, one of my first baby pictures is of me in UK gear holding a sign basketball. But my life as a student doesn’t allow me the luxuries of going to sign up for a chance to win a chance to sit for 1-4 hours to possibly purchase a decent ticket at the student lottery. I do not have that kind of free time.
      The economy is garbage, and I come from a lower middle class family. As do, I would imagine, a lot of other UK students. My parents can’t afford to pay for me to go to college and, even with the modest scholarship that I earned, I have been racking up thousands in debt for the slim possibility of getting a job earning enough to pay those debts back.
      I work 18-24 hours a week to pay rent/insurance/food/bills at low paying job because it fits my school schedule, so that right there takes up more than the allotted time that you gave me to both work and study. And if I’m studying a major that’s worth a damn, I’m going to need another 8-10 hours a week for studying.
      So, coming from a fan that grew up in the middle part of the Tubby era and sat watching nearly every televised game from the Billy Clyde disaster as well, the notion that I owe it to my university to watch a team that I love dearly play in person at 6+ games per year, let alone every game, can kiss my ass.

    2. UKAlum

      I agree 100% with Listen Man! I graduated from UK 3 years ago with a B.S. in Biology and I can tell you first hand that most science and engineering students don’t have the time to spend 10+ hours a week going to games/waiting in line for tickets.

    3. Oh my

      I was at UK during the Tubby years. Like I said, I took school very seriously, had a 4.0 and got into a good graduate school. And like you, I worked. About 15-20 hours a week. Between work and school was about 50 hours a week (ten hours M-F) which leaves six waking hours every day and the whole weekend to do whatever I want. I’m not saying that you owe it to the school. I’m saying that the excuse that you want to go, but can’t because of school and work is usually BS. I know people who went to games while pursuing a doctorate or going to law/med/pharm school. And trust me, the work load only gets worse.

      But like I said and let me say it again: you don’t owe it to anyone. I wish I’d gone to more games. Between the flight/hotel/tix I now spend ~600-800 for each game I go to unless the team happens to travel to somewhere close to where I live.

  48. Jesse Kennedy

    And you wonder why Louisville fans laugh at us..Chester go back to kissing your cousin and get off the radio..idot redneck

  49. Why?

    Why, as a UK fan and graduate, do I care if students go to games? Is it that important? Or, is it just something for people who like to bitch to bitch about?

    These are the same people that, if KY were to have gone 40-0 this year that would have complained that Derek Willis didn’t play enough or that we should have won each game by 25 rather that 20.

    Our fans are our greatest strength and our biggest weakness.

  50. Sean

    Chester called in a couple years back to say his wife was pregnant…even though he’s had a vasectomy. He couldn’t connect the dots on that one. That’s the level if intelligence we’re dealing with here.

    1. UKAlum

      This comment made my day.

  51. Big Jim Thomas

    Hey Chester — don’t let these libbies and losers get you down, man. UK is basketball first, education second. You made your points and you made ‘em well, man. Without fans like you UK basketball would be just like Loserville basketball — no heart.

    And Matt Jones — keep the politics out of our basketball.

  52. peck

    them researchers don’t do diddly squat!

  53. bleed big blue

    These people who are trashing Chester drive me nuts. Why be so insecure and so concerned with our image. I am very highly educated and I have a very high paying job and I absolutely love it when Chester calls. He is radio gold. If you are so insecure that you can’t enjoy the passion that Chester brings maybe you should worry about your own insecurities and not so much about Chester. Like Sergeant Hulka would say “lighten up Francis”

  54. UKAlum

    We need to slowly run these hill jack fans, like Chester, out of the fan base. All it does is present a horrible stereotype which inevitably gets picked up by national media. People like Chester are the reasons those of us who left KY and are trying to make something of ourselves, get automatically lumped into the same group as Chester.

    Side note: As for Chester’s politics,I respect my the conservative argument but I am pretty sure Chester couldn’t make a rational argument as to whether the sky is blue or not.

    1. GP

      Nah man, sky’s blue ‘cus God loves Kentucky.
      And ‘Murica.
      Go Cayuts.

  55. Heisenberg

    Man, I would love to hang out with Chester just for one night, get a 12 pack for him and let him go to town. Who knows what other crap he would talk about, and I am sure he would have a lot to say. He would probably talk about conspiracies, aliens or some other off the wall crap; it would be hilarious. Lighten up people, who cares if what he is saying is ridiculous, but I am sure he would be a lot more fun to hang out with than the people on here. I am proud to tell people I am from Kentucky, regardless if they have that stereotype of me living in a trailer; nothing is going to change that person’s impression of KY. I learned to get over that crap a long time ago.

  56. Nottherealsteveeyl

    As an IU fan, I completely approve of Chester.

    But then, I can read books real fast…

    What an A5s

  57. InbredMorons

    Chester is giving us all a bad name.

  58. Rick m

    I didn’t know Coach Cal could talk with that accent! Matt I would be embarrassed to air this.

  59. dwildslex

    The saddest part of this whole issue to me is that SO MANY people think Chester is dumb, an idiot, embarrassing, stupid, blah, blah, blah, blah…come on…EITHER Chester was “planted” by Matt OR Chester is getting the last laugh..Not for one minute do I believe an idiot would have said, “they have indoctrinated…” #deadgiveaway #funnyashell #CHESTERISBRILLIANT whoever he is…One of the funniest things I’ve heard on KSR.

  60. Bob ferguson

    Satire at its finest. If you don’t understand or appreciate it, then you are a real Chester…absolutely brilliant!

  61. Hook, line, and sinker

    So many on here are so uptight. Pure comedic gold by Chester. Can’t believe that so many on here think that he is being serious.

  62. hoisierhoops

    Thanks Chester,laughed so hard had tears,guess breaking down a zone gets you a degree at UK #sad#IUBB

  63. John

    Chester is a crybaby and a moron. Quit calling the show you buffoon. However, I don’t blame Matt for putting him on…he’s such an idiot it makes good radio to hear him whine and say something of zero value.

  64. ChesterSeemsRIGHT

    Let’s see…

    UK cares more about academics than UK Sports: TRUE
    Many professors & acadmeic leaders probably wish there was not Basketball Program: TRUE
    Academic skills are more highly valued than athletic skills: TRUE
    Randell and other athletes would likely never be given special attention publicly in an English classroom or Science classroom for their abilities and talents on the court: TRUE
    UK is crazy about promoting the school as a research institute: TRUE
    The culture among the faculty and staff influences the attitudes and opinions of the students: TRUE
    There are more students at UK today than ever before that do not understand the game of basketball (and football) because it is not a common sport in their home country: Probably TRUE as well.

    What’s the problem here? You may disagree with him that this is the reason that students are not coming to games, but seems to me that his assertions are probably all true.

  65. Mike

    Dear God, dude, please do not reproduce. An institution of Kentucky’s caliber is a RESEARCH facility, and that’s the reason it was founded. To find a cure for cancer, to find new formulas to make awesome new things. To figure out what the world is becoming, etc. Athletics are an important part, true, but they should take a backseat to research. Just my opinion.

  66. Mike

    This guy is obviously joking. I live in Kentucky, his accent and opinion are contrived. Funny guy who calls into KSR all the time. Quit overreacting people.

  67. Culp

    If Kentucky focused any less on academics, they would be a high school. I’m embarrassed for the entire state; luckily none of them can read this.

  68. VanPastorMan

    “Daddy, I got an A on my math test”. “Shut up son, and get out there and practice your jumper.”

  69. bleed big blue

    If you want Chester gone becuase you are afraid he makes us look bad, then you my friend have some major insecurity issues.

  70. bleed big blue

    I even used some bad spelling and grammar to show that its not the end of the world to have someone think you are ignorant.

  71. Student

    As a student i completely agree with Chester
    There is too much school and not enough sports
    I would love to be able to go to more sports and have less school, because taking 15-18 hours a semester doesnt allow me to make every single basketball game

  72. Robert

    Ironically, Chester’s call emphasizes WHY PEOPLE NEED AN EDUCATION.