There’s nothing we love more than media wars here at KSR, and this afternoon brought us a pretty good one. Eric Crawford, formerly of the Courier-Journal and now with WDRB, posted an article this morning previewing UK’s trip to the Bahamas with quotes from Calipari’s media opportunity yesterday, which included this line about the recent practices the Lexington media has been invited to watch:
There’s nothing new in the hype coming out of UK’s pair of practices opened to select media this week. First, nobody was invited who wasn’t going to report enthusiastically. Second, what is there to not be enthusiastic about? The Wildcats are the No. 1 team in the nation, and bring in the top recruiting class in the nation.
That line in bold caught the eye of current Courier Journal reporter Kyle Tucker, who tweeted the following to Crawford this afternoon:
Now, I agree with Kyle on one thing: the media invited to the practices this week was anything but biased. Kyle, Jerry Tipton, and Alan Cutler were among the reporters there, and we’ve seen in the past that none of them have issues writing negative things about Kentucky. In fact, coming from Crawford, who you could argue is as biased as they come when it comes to Louisville, that’s actually pretty hypocritical.
However, Kyle’s dig at Eric about using quotes from a media opportunity he wasn’t at is a bit petty; after all, Calipari’s press conference was streamed online AND UK sent out typed-up transcripts of all the quotes to all of the media on their mailing list, which undoubtedly includes Crawford. Even further, they were posted on CoachCal.com. Come on, man.
Crawford’s been at Valhalla today, aka the black hole of cell reception/wifi, so it’ll be interesting to see his response later on.