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Alex Poythress also deletes Twitter account

In case you missed it last night, Willie Cauley-Stein, Kyle Wiltjer, and Julius Mays deleted their Twitter accounts over the weekend, and now, Alex Poythress has followed suit.

The move comes after a handful of fans sent the players negative tweets following the Notre Dame and Baylor losses. While there is no confirmation that is the reason they deleted their accounts, Willie Cauley-Stein tweeted this on Friday:

The players may also be eliminating unnecessary distractions, but if that were the case, you would think it would be a team decision, and Nerlens Noel, Jon Hood, Archie Goodwin, Twany Beckham, and others still have their accounts active. Nerlens tweeted this on Saturday night:

Twitter is a wonderful way for fans and players to connect. Just think of the things we’ve learned about these guys through segments like “Tweet Beat.” However, when abused, it can seriously damage the psyches of young players. And for what reason? So someone can feel big behind a computer?

Stay classy, UK tweeters.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

111 Comments for Alex Poythress also deletes Twitter account



  1. geez people
    10:53 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    People, seriously. Don’t pitch a twitter fit. If you’re that bad at the internet, just stop concerning yourself with all athletic programs for our university.



  2. POPPSCHMIDTY
    10:54 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    What idiot would send a bunch of kids negative comments over Twitter. THESE ARE KIDS! Let’s not forget that. Sure, they’ve been thrown into the limelight that is Kentucky Basketball, but they are still kids. Some people are just flat out stupid.



  3. Z
    10:54 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Gets to a point where you wonder if the ridiculous negative backlash from fans will have any impact on recruiting. It’s really sad that people think its okay to criticize players through twitter, etc. These are 17- and 18-year-old kids folks. I realize that criticism is part of the deal, particularly at UK, but so many fans take it too far and by effect undermine our own passion.



  4. Probably These Guys
    10:56 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    A collection of Idiots!

    1. Old_school Says:
    December 1st, 2012 at 9:43 pm
    I’ve been thinking about Tom Crean’s experienced team a lot. A whole lot.

    1. Truth Says:
    Cal needs 5 to 7 NBA players or he is inept.

    1. UK Freshmen Says:
    There is not a leader/manager in business that doesn’t have the responsibility for employee moral and attitude. Our coach is no different. If they don’t have the “will to win”, it is his fault. Quit blaming a bunch of 28 yr old kids. Do your job, Cal.

    1. Hulk Says:
    How’s that harrow/mays/Goodwin point guard thing going dumbasses?

    2. UK Freshmen Says:
    Hey, Cal? If you like your team and you have good players, but the team sucks….then don’t you suck?

    1. Claw Says:
    December 1st, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    Won’t waste another minute watching this team. No heart. Don’t even know the fundamentals.

    1. Sad But True Says:
    December 3rd, 2012 at 10:45 am
    12 — Its sad, but Tubby has put together a better team at Minnesota this year than CAL has assembled at UK. Im still glad that CAL is our coach, but he could learn a few things from Tubby.



  5. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    10:57 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    This just in, while Poythress was deleting his twitter account Archie Goodwin ran over and took the internet away from him and shot it, missing badly.



  6. H.A.Milton
    10:59 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Not that people don’t have a tendency to go overboard online (internet thugs, you all need hugs), but if these guys are preparing for a career in the NBA, this is the kind of thing they are going to have to deal with. Deleting a Twitter account is equally overboard to me…How about you just don’t look at it for a while and put up some extra shots instead?



  7. Clint Eastwood
    11:00 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Says the person that stalks their twitter and then post them on KSR for all to see, Kinda Ironic you think ?



  8. Joe
    11:01 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    This is why I hate social media. What a bunch of pathetic spoiled fans we have. Sickening! Most uk fans are awesome but damn, some of y’all really suck



  9. Hey Eastwood
    11:02 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Those all came off of KSR.



  10. RUPPS_rhetoric
    11:03 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    7) Actually no, it’s not ironic at all. Try again.



  11. true blue fan
    11:03 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Really is sad some of the immaturity fans are having towards these KIDS………We as fans and as a big blue family should support these KIDS they will get better and much better probably quicker than most think…….



  12. catty
    11:04 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I am a HUGE UK fan, but too many UK fans suck.



  13. #POSING AS A UK FAN ON TWITTER
    11:04 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hope this is just something the players are doing to keep the distractions away. If this is due to fans being idiots or louisville fans posing as UK fans tryn to make us look bad! Really BAD look either way, and u would really half to have no life to be like that! #IAM A FAN NO MATTER THRU GOOD TIMES AND IN BAD! GO CATS!!! #THIS IS WHAT THE REAL UK FANS R!



  14. #POSING AS A fake UK FAN ON TWITTER
    11:06 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    GET THE FAKES OF TWITTER THEY R MAKING THE REAL UK FANS LOOK BAD!



  15. People
    11:07 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    This whole twitter drama thing is playing right into the enemy’s hand, Congrats Ksr



  16. H.A.Milton
    11:08 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Support, yes. Giving the top basketball players in the nation a pass because they are a particular age, no. Kobe Bryant was in the NBA at this age, and so is MKG. Its all a part of the game, people. They’ll feel better in a year when they get their million dollar checks. that being said, its all about delivery of the msg. as much as the msg itself…(e.g. Kanye West)



  17. UKeith26
    11:09 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Can anyone start a facebook page showing the players that its a small majority of UK fans who are doing that, and in general, we are all backing them 100%? I would, but I’m at work and am not allowed on facebook



  18. bigbluejon
    11:09 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The same people were showering these players with love while they were being recruited to UK are now the haters. Sad, some of our fans are too extreme and thats why we have the negative perception nationally. I wonder if this will affect the Harrison Twins, Randle and other recruits, knowing how quickly BBN will turn on you after a few bad games. We need to learn LOYALTY, people.



  19. Blue
    11:09 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I think every fan that has “jumped ship” or even shown the least bit concern needs to chill out. We’re 8 months removed from winning a championship, have one player that played any minutes at all returning from that group, and have played the first three weeks of the season a man down. We’re going to be fine. I just wish people would stop and think before they say and do things.

    Do what I do after a Kentucky loss…Avoid the internet for at least 36 hours so you can actually think rationally. It’s a young team that played well enough to win minus the horrendous shooting. We’re going to be fine.



  20. Sad But True
    11:11 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    4 – Sorry, but your the idiot if you think CAL has put together a great team for this season. I still support CAL, but Tubby knows more about how to utilize your 13 scholarships and how to get more out of your bench. A lot of CAL’s success has been driven by players he didn’t recruit.

    Also, I wasn’t the one slamming our team, but I don’t see why we can’t send messages to UK players on Twitter. Most of them sign up for accounts to interact with fans so we can send them tweets after the game.



  21. huntin chickens
    11:14 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why do grown-ups treat these kids like crap? i mean c’mon they aint perfect and no one expects them to be.



  22. AWAT
    11:15 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Elite 8, Final Four, and NCAA Champioinship…….somehow Cal is a bad coach because of a couple of games??? Give the guy and the team a break. It’s much easier to be against something, than for something. Some of these fans must not remember where we were 5 years ago. We are very lucky with what we have in Calipari. This team will be fine by the end of the year. Stick by your coach and players.



  23. Tim Gray
    11:18 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to set up a fake twitter account (little birdie 15 seconds) And follow all the UL players and trash them after a loss. I would guess some of these fans are UK fans but surely to goodness if these are going to all the players like this, no way can they be UK fans. I can understand going after a player who played bad(on second thought, no I can’t but for the sake of humoring, I’ll play along) but who would go after THEIR teams best players? Not many UK fans are like this, less than 1% I would guess but 1% is a lot of people when talking UK’s fan base. IF, I had any gripes, which I don’t, I would direct them towards the leader of the team, the coach. But while this recruiting style can produce championships it can also produce rough starts. It happened with Wall and crew but so far one constant is always there, by the end of the year, we are very good. If you are a UK fan trash talking 18 year olds, just go away. Let the rest of us, and the players, enjoy the journey of the season.



  24. I Wish They Would
    11:19 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I wish any player that received negative tweets would send out the tweet so we could see who sent it… People talk a big game in private behind their twitter handle… Let’s see how they feel when people know they have harrassed one of our players and people are blowing them up…
    GO CATS!



  25. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:19 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Archies whailing at the basket is hard to watch. The process of learning I guess, someone has to make some offense.



  26. White Castle Sliders
    11:19 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Takes a few jackasses to make the rest of the fan base look stupid.



  27. #4
    11:20 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #20. Thanks for proving my point. Go root for another team!



  28. Goose
    11:21 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It is funny.. Twitter is what it is. Cal’s got his work cut out for him. Did we really think he could keep up with recruiting and players abilities while being in another country? We all knew UK would eventually struggle with High School Kids playing against men. They will improve and life goes on.



  29. statman
    11:22 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #19, you stole my thunder. We just won a Championship and lost our top six players, and our fans can’t understand that we have a young team that will get better. Some UK fans are just complete idiots.

    #20, are you serious? A lot of Cal’s success had been driven by players he didn’t recruit??? I guess Tubby recruited Jones, Lamb, Davis and Gilhrist. Tubby is a great coach, but he’s the one whose success has been driven by players he didn’t recruit.



  30. Hey #20
    11:24 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    How many final fours has Tubby gone to since 1998? How many has Cal gone to? After eight games Cal has not put together a great team for this year. Eight Games? Idiot? Yes you are!



  31. Bigcat76
    11:24 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    20. YOU’RE the idiot



  32. theWilkman
    11:25 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sad But True says, “A lot of CAL’s success has been driven by players he didn’t recruit.”

    That’s probably the most ignorant statement ever made in the KSR comments section. Congrats!



  33. iBleedBlue
    11:26 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The best news is… at this point, none of these kids are going pro… and Cal might get a 40-0 season next year.



  34. Dr. Mantis Taboggin
    11:28 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Said this earlier and its so true. Poythress / Goodwin = Prince / Bogans. The two never got along and couldn’t play together because Bogans wouldn’t concede that Prince was the superior player. Same exact thing here, Goodwin won’t concede that Poythress should be the guy and the same thing will happen to this team as all the years they fought one another. That thing is not winning.



  35. Balack Obama
    11:29 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky loses, KSR spins it and calls out fans. Too predictable. Who cares about Twitter. Toughen up and move forward.
    GO CATS!!



  36. Sad But True
    11:29 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    29 – Without CAL, we wouldn’t have won a title last year. I know this and he is a great coach, but none of these teams have had only CAL recruits in the 6-man rotation until this years team.
    2010 team – Patrick Patterson, Liggins, Miller
    2011 team – Liggins, Miller, and Harrellson
    2012 team – Miller

    I’m sorry, but if you act like the above players didn’t contribute to CAL’s success than I’m not the one who is crazy. I know that CAL walks on water and some of you drink everything he puts out, but this years team is the first team that is a true “CAL-team” and you can see the results. If he keeps not utilizing his 13 scholarships and pushing kids out the door early than you can expect more seasons like this one in the future.



  37. Jughead
    11:30 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    What is twitter?



  38. ukfaninohio
    11:31 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder what percentage of our fan base is idiots sometimes.Just won a championship and now were doing this?After cal leaves i think we could be in big trouble word will get out about the inbred portion of our fan base and five star recruits don’t like being yelled at by a 35 year old who lives with mommy.



  39. Some Guy
    11:31 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Wonder if everyone realizes that fans from other teams have also been known to pose and cause havoc to UK players posing as UK fans. This is not the first time I have seen that either. Not saying some UK fans are idiots, but dont overlook rival fans either.



  40. Sad But True
    11:32 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    People get offended when you say anything negative about CAL even when they are factual. The fact is most of our fans are too in love with CAL to think he has any faults.



  41. Hey Sad But True
    11:32 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Proving the point again. We do not need you as a fan! Please go somewhere else! More season like this one? IT IS DECEMBER 3RD YOU IDIOT! Are you Nostrodomus?



  42. Jughead
    11:32 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I live to hate online. That is my only existence. I think people actually listen to me. And, I hate them too.

    Hate makes my life complete.



  43. Big Blue Coming at You
    11:34 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #1 thing you do after a loss is stay off the internet. Only bad things will come of it. Take a day or two to cool off. Fans shouldn’t be communicating with players anyway. Voice your frustrations on here, message boards, call-in shows, whatever. Just don’t say something directly to the players. It only makes things worse and makes us all look bad.



  44. Big Blue Fan
    11:37 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Following Billy G NIT run Cal has sent us to elite 8, final four and championship. For any UK to bash players or Cal is a pure Idiot for having 1 down year after losing EVERYTHING. Next year UK will be back on top again but some people are just morons.



  45. Wow
    11:37 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure of lot of it came from UL fans posing as UK fans but it’s still ridiculous!

    Some BBN fans need to be beat to death, which is the case for all fan bases really though!

    Whoever tweets these kids negative stuff are just morons!



  46. Craig McKinney
    11:38 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    This is what all of the BBN haters out there have been waiting for. For the classless part of our fanbase (each fan base has plenty of this) to start with the statements of I am not watching this team anymore, I can’t believe this team, can’t wait till next year, player bashing. The fans of other programs want us to implode. They hate that so many of the recruits they would love to see at their school decide to come to Kentucky and they do it so enthusiastically. They hate that our coach is winning at such a high level and all of the glam he brings to our program (See ESPN All Access). They want us to go against the players they wanted and the results Coach Cal has had. The vast majority of BBN knows that with youth comes growing pains and that the real expectation is for KY Basketball to be an elite program (which we are) – not to win every game. Unfortunately, the ones speak the loudest often know the least – and also unfortunate is that the media will feed stupidity to get these outlandish reactions (see 5 and 20 above). KSR – help the real fans of the BBN by not feeding the stupidity. Let’s keep the articles classy with true fan insight.



  47. Danny Mac
    11:38 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    33. Thats why they don’t have the draft now though, as of right now we shouldn’t be worrying about this team. Facing diversity early in the year may actually help them grow as a team and build chemistry. If we lose multiple times to teams ranked lower than us in mid-January on, then by all means panic. I wouldn’t assume any single player is coming back after this year.



  48. H.A.Milton
    11:39 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    @Sad But True, last year’s team wasn’t a ‘Cal’ team because of Miller? Its Dec. 3rd, what kind of season is this one, swami? On a post talking about the fans turning on the players and the program, you are really demonstrating the problem, and its NOT Cal’s methods. Its really crazy to me, that there is this much discussion as to the cause of the problem. Try taking the QB away from any elite football team and see how successful they are. That is what has happened to this UK team. For them to compete with Duke without a floor general shows heart, and they are exactly where they should be considering…



  49. Man in the Mirror
    11:40 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we, as fans, are partly to blame for the Baylor loss. Why can’t the fans in Rupp yell and be loud the WHOLE game, like they do at other places (IU, Notre Dame, etc…). Those places are crazy from start to finish. Most of the people that go to Rupp sit down and say nothing. How about let’s create a unique ATMOSPHERE for the kids to play in, instead of just relying on the history of name “Rupp” to intimidate opposing teams…



  50. Bledsoe's Biceps
    11:42 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sad But True – Just keeps talking and validating his/her stupidity.

    H.A.Milton – An shining example of the type of fan UK (or any school) does not need. These players are not professional athletes. There is absolutely no justification for any “fan” (I use the term loosely) to vent directly to any of these guys via Twitter, just because YOU believe they need to hear your opinion. Sounds like he/she was probably one of the offenders.



  51. Syrin
    11:44 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why do the authors here assume that the tweets are from UK fans?

    DID YOU ALL EVEN LOOK AT THE FORUMS AFTER THE LOSS ?!?!?! How many trolls did we get? Hoo and his gay love for Sweet 16 Crean was ALL over the forums here Saturday. I bet most of those tweets came from feral IU “fans”.



  52. kingrex
    11:44 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I just want to say the only thing I have a problem with in terms of Cal’s system is when kids leave who do not yet belong in the NBA. I think sometimes Cal might be reticent to tell a kid he could do better by staying another year for fear he will not get the next recruit. That being said, I do not understand why Teague is gone. This to me is absolutely shocking. His brother sat on the Atlanta bench for years before getting a shot and he was much better than his brother. How he could not return this year when obviously money was not an issue is bizarre to me. I thought Harrow had the point guard spot nailed down and maybe that is why Teague left with the rest of the guys, but now I cannot imagine this is the case. In this system, there have to be one or more guys who stay past their Freshmen years to make it work. Period.



  53. Wow
    11:44 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    @20,

    You’re an idiot



  54. #36 I see you
    11:45 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #36 The point you miss in listing those players is that it doesn’t matter who recruited them. Gillispie did and he absolutely ruined them all. One more year of him and Patterson, Liggins, Harrellson were definitely leaving. Calipari significantly helped improve ALL their games. I see a little bit of what you are saying. My complaint with Cal is that during the season, he doesn’t find minutes for players not in the 1-7 rotation. I believe he needs to find a schollie or 2 each year for a 3/4 star kid that will stay around and provide some leadership. The risk with this one and done “system” is losing early while the team gels. It is what it is. Withhold your judgment until after the season. In 3 years, so far, Cal has proven it works. Don’t dis it until it is proven it doesn’t. Its early. Biggest problem is PG. Sh!t happens. Betcha he won’t be needing a PG again for a long time.



  55. Syrin
    11:47 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    SadButTrue has to be the example of a child left behind. I tell you what idiot. Post pictures all those Minnesota Final Four Banners that Tubby has hanging from the rafters up north. What a douche bag AND a dumb ass. Double major.



  56. Syrin
    11:49 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #36, I’ll tell you what. You take that ENTIRE group of players listed, then remove Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb, MKG, TJ and tell me how far last year’s team goes.

    Yeah, what a dumb ass.



  57. Sad But True
    11:49 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    48 – I understand that part of the problem is no PG, but Cal has had a year with Harrow in the program. He had to think Harrow was capable of a lot more than he has shown. My question to CAL is why didn’t he go out and get another PG to lead this team. Last years team was CAL’s team and he deserves credit for the title, but this is the first team with all CAL players in the rotation. Just pointing out the truth and getting slammed for it.

    50 – They may not be professional athletes yet, but that is what you have to be prepared for when you come to UK. None of our players should be surprised by fans interacting with them on Twitter. If they had gone somewhere else maybe, but UK is different.



  58. Devil's Advocate
    11:53 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sure they’re won’t be the same public outcry for “leave them alone” when in less than 330 days Noel lets his man go up and dunk on him for the game winner in Portland or Archie gets his pocket picked in Chicago.

    As our own coach said, This place isn’t for everyone…and that might just include people currently on the roster.



  59. Andrew
    11:53 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Some people are just so sad.



  60. Rob
    11:53 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why does everyone always assume that it’s actually a uk fan that saying stuff on twitter to these kids. Anybody can get on a computer and claim they are a fan of a certain team



  61. Sad But True
    11:56 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    56 – Look in the mirror my friend. If Cal had managed our scholarship situation better than this year wouldnt be happening. What do you think Alabama fans would do if Saban only used 60 of 85 scholarships since CAL only uses 9 of 13? They definitely wouldn’t be giving him a pass because they won the title last year. Im not saying I think Tubby is better than Cal or that I would trade any coach in the country for him, but I don’t think we should lower the standards of our program just because we won a title last year.

    CAL is better than any coach in America at assembling talent 1-5, but when it comes to the bench, CAL is probablty one of the worst in the country. I would still take this over Tubby, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t be critical of how Cal builds a roster.



  62. FrankTheTank
    11:58 am December 3, 2012 Permalink

    You don’t have to go any further than the comments section of this site to truly find out what kind of idiots UK fans can be. The majority of you are intelligent and rational. Unfortunately it’s that old saying where 10% of the people cause 90% of the problem. These kids should all delete all social media accounts and they should not read the papers etc. Their best chance for success is to focus on the team and their coaches. I’m still very confident good things are to come from this team.
    Ironically I loved Noel’s tweet “tough times don’t last but tough people do”. Unfortunately some of our fans don’t handle adversity very well and they have access to computers.



  63. Sad But True
    12:01 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    56 – Under Cal’s current setup, if any projected starter gets injured or doesn’t pan out than we get screwed becasue in general he neglects the bench.

    The problem is that if most of these guys go to the NBA after this year like Noel, Poythress, Goodwin than we might not win a title next year.



  64. FrankTheTank
    12:02 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    61 – you are a great example of how not to handle adversity. Things aren’t going your way so you’re gonna take your ball and go home!! You sound really critical of a coach that has taken YOUR team to the Elite 8 or better for 3 years in a row. The most successful coach and basketball program over the past 3 years by far and you want to be super critical. Why aren’t you coaching D1 somewhere since you’ve got all of the answers?
    The season isn’t over yet. So how dumb are you gonna feel when they turn things around?



  65. Facts
    12:03 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Pu$$ies….they want the praise but not the criticism. Let’s just ride this year out and hope that next year’s class has a few players with balls in it.



  66. Obstacles
    12:03 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    “Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goals”

    Blame whatever you want… in the end YOU are either focusing on your goals or you aren’t.

    Getting rid of distractions doesn’t solve the problem of you looking at them (or finding more).



  67. RuppsTattooStand
    12:05 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not going to believe our fans have already given up. It’s fans of other teams posing as Kentucky fans complaining. The real BBN is bigger than that.



  68. TR
    12:07 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    There has always been a part of me that is somewhat ashamed in being a Cat fan when I have to be associated with some of these goons. I see how we poke fun at the line beards and poop tooths and the ridiculous Bama fans and the Ohio State idiots but are we really that much different. I support BBN… as a fan and with my $$$ and I always will but I can see how fans from other schools hate us even when we don’t compete with them. They hate because of these goons. I laugh at you because you have nothing in your life but this… this is your world. If we aren’t on top then your world is a wreck. I spend 45 minutes a day on this site because it’s first class and it’s supported by the biggest fan of them all. You call yourself a fan but it’s conditional of the results of it’s programs. Now get back to your playstation and pick up your room so your mom can make your bed… and be sure to complain about the recruiting class when they go south and east.



  69. Oogie
    12:07 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Know what would be fun? If every post had a scoreboard on it that kept track of insults hurled by the geniuses in the comments section. For example, for this post we would have:

    Idiot 13
    Dumbass 3
    Moron 2

    Make it happen KSR!



  70. Coach Cal
    12:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s home since Julius and Kyle deleted their twitter, they get back in the gym. I would think me not-so-subtley calling them out in my postgame radio show would have a more constructive result then some radical fan on twitter.



  71. FrankTheTank
    12:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sad but ignorant says:
    I know Cal is the most successful coach in the nation by far over the past 3 years. And I know UK is reigning National Champions. But UK has already lost 3 games and the 55 game home winning streak has been broken.
    We should all just be super negative and try to spin as many negative angles as possible.
    Dude, the jig is up. You’re not a UK fan and if you are, just shut up and go back under the rock you came out from under!!



  72. Will S
    12:10 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    College of Charleston > Kentucky?



  73. Supa
    12:10 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It’s probably UofL fans posing as UK fans doing this.



  74. Coach Cal
    12:12 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    They pooped in our icecream… get over it. We’ll call this one Rocky Road but you’ll like it in the end. Just watch. I like my team.



  75. Joe
    12:13 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m torn….on one hand I agree; there’s no need to abandon all hope and turn on the players, and at this stage it IS foolish, in the extreme. HOWEVER, UK is fantastic opportunity for these players, and the hi demands of the fan base are the “flip side” of that. The fans expect great things from the team. If you want the NBA contract and the adulation; you’re going to have to perform better and even then, put up with the occasional crank. They go hand-in-hand.

    Bottom-Line: If the tweets were obscene, or racist, or threatened violence I’d drop my account and/or report them. Beyond that, it’s the cost of doing business at UK. You don’t get the support simply because you were a Kentucky uniform, you’re not “entitled” as a former player so famously put it.



  76. MANIA
    12:14 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    “STAY classy”?



  77. Yep
    12:14 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I JUST CREATED A TWITTER ACCOUNT POSING AS A UL FAN!

    Everyone should do it. If you can’t stop em join em. I’m tweeting all of the UL players and coaches and saying stuff like “if you dont win that ship you gunna be nuttin” and “if y’all do be beatin FL den imma sell my season ticket”

    It’s easy to troll, that’s why so many UL fans do it



  78. I Just Realized
    12:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I got about 40 posts into this discussion, and realized how stupid I’m being, sitting here
    reading this. It means absolutely NOTHING in the real world. Twitter accounts
    cancelled. Back to basketball. Rival fans making up Twitter accounts etc. etc.
    wow. Are we all in 8th grade? I’ma go tell someone in my family I love them,
    write a letter to one of my friends, and go for a walk. KSR is getting crazier
    than usual these days.



  79. Men
    12:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    In 1 year, when these boys go to the NBA, they will have to face the music.

    I guess they still want to be protected like children.



  80. 3cats
    12:17 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    any so called fan that would tweet bashing players for any reason are total idiots!! Get a F—ing life. Someone find out who they were and let bash them until they stop tweeting…this crap really help BBN. Really makes the players glad the pick UK,so we lost 3 games, big sh-t.



  81. MN CAT
    12:22 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    A few idiots in the fanbase can do a lot of damage. Since they can’t be reasoned with, the best the non-idiot majority of the fanbase can do is to counteract the damage done by the idiots by going out of our way to show support for this young team while they are struggling and still trying to figure things out.



  82. Jughead
    12:23 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I miss Alex Legion.



  83. ToVaX
    12:24 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I hope the players understand that only the idiot fans would attack a player on twitter for playing a game. If you did that, you’re an idiot. Break your phone and/or keyboard.



  84. Joe
    12:30 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Mayhap this is a part of growing up, for the players. You create a “social media” account that allows you to interact with “the public.” It’s not one-way, like a publicist or a media interview, it’s two-way. And suddenly they discover that not all the “public” likes them.

    *WOW* Who could have seen that coming? I don’t “tweet” who cares what I think or where I’m having lunch. It seems the height of hubris to think anyone cares about my opinion, even here. It would appear that the UK players are learning a valuable lesson, two-way communication is TWO-WAYS, not just you to them, but them to you…and the “them” aren’t always going to like what you do or say. So the players need to make the decision to accept or reject that communication and feed-back, but they really ought to have seen it coming. UNLESS, they are so naïve/arrogant to think that only fans would interact with them.



  85. Lcat
    12:32 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    after hearing about these players dleting their twitter accounts because of bad tweets bu OUR fans, I ashamed to be a UK fan. You “fans”(fair weather) really suck;you all can eat shit and die



  86. Joe
    12:41 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    yeah you fanz, how dare you criticize Poythress!? Sure, Matt Jones can or Mike Pratt, but not YOU!

    Sure all the folks running around here acting like the sky is falling is over-reaction, but if the fans point out, like Matt did, that 6 points from WCS or Poythress is UNACCEPTABLE, is not.

    Again, these guys had a pipeline to the fans, the downside is the fans have a pipeline to them. You cannot have it both ways, you cannot have the “Attaboys” without the “Aw Sh!ts”, even if some of the Aw Sh!ts are unjustified.



  87. bluefan
    12:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Honestly wish our fans, UL fans, IU fans, Duke fans and media including ksr, sorry, would ALL stop the criticism of these kids.
    Hope Andrew Wiggins is missing all this. Sheesh.
    Even on an article about how ugly this is, a lot of the comments are still nasty. These kids can read, people.



  88. Jarvis Redwine
    12:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The vast majority being critical (99%) are obviously fans of other programs trying stir stuff up.



  89. bluefan
    12:44 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Oh yeah and Karl Towns can read too and is very active on Twitter.



  90. RealCatsFan
    12:46 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I would bet my last dollar that 80%+ of these tweets are coming from fans of rival programs masquerading as UK fans in an attempt to make us look bad. Just like some of the trolls that jump on these message boards. Just look at the idiots that got hold of DeMacus Cousins’ cell phone number a few years ago. Similar thing is happening here. IMO, Cal should severely limit the whole team’s access to social media during the season.



  91. Seriously
    12:51 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand the fascination with Twitter. There certainly isn’t any value in reading some random person’s one-liner “thoughts for the moment” as they occur? Is it entertainment? US culture has completely gone to hell…



  92. Jughead
    12:52 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I think it is grown up to base your entire life on college basketball.



  93. mudcreekmark
    1:06 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’m as disappointed as anyone one here about the last 2 games. If we look back, we almost beat a very good DUKE team on a neutral floor. The Notre Dame game is the worse one of the three. I don’t know if they were shell shocked by the hostile environment or what but they did not look good at all. There was no hustle no teamwork and no heart shown by most of the players. That was disappointing. Against Baylor, I thought we competed much better. Not last year competitive but much better than the ND game. Wiltjer will never, and I mean never, miss that many open shots again. As a team, I can’t see us missing that many shots under the basket again either. Teams have bad games such as our game against WVA a few years back or the Georgetown game way back. I’m just glad it happened in November and not March like the two I mentioned above. Maybe that game is our awful shooting game and we got it out of the way early this time.



  94. statman
    1:12 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sad But True, are you seriously gonna pin Cal’s success at UK on Patterson, Harrelson, Liggins and Miller? Nothing personal to them, but what were those guys before Cal showed up? Patterson would be the only one in the NBA if not for Cal. And how many of them played on last year’s National Championship team? Say it with me – National Championship team. Dude, you are on some serious drugs.



  95. bmt22033
    1:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately, the pseudo-anonymity that the Internet provides makes it possible for anyone to claim they’re someone that they’re not. I’m sure there are some UK “fans” out there who took to Twitter to express their frustration directly to the players. But I’m sure there were also a lot of other people who took the opportunity to masquerade as UK fans, as well. For all the great things that the Internet has brought about, it has also given a mouthpiece to stupid people.



  96. Commish
    1:18 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I sure hope the players don’t listen to the extreme fringe UK fans or posers….the majority BBN have got your back win or lose. Play hard and try to have some fun…the results will speak for themselves. Go CATS!!!!



  97. CatSinceBirth
    1:33 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Blame all this crap on Cal not the kids. He very rarely has his teams ready to play. Seems like they always got to climb out of a hole. Cal has always been one heck of a recruiter, but his coaching ability has been respected by his fellow coaches (No, I don’t mean UK fans either). This crap is solely on him. A few retards get on here and other sites and makes the total fanbase look like horses arses. If the government would take the SSI away so that they couldn’t afford the internet, the overwhelming majority of the netativity would cease. I only hope by the players deleting their twitter accouts, the recruits in waiting don’t look in another direction.



  98. CatSinceBirth
    1:35 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Meant to say “never been respected by fellow coaches”.



  99. Bob Loblaw
    1:41 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It’s too bad that the few have to ruin it for the many.



  100. uk_fan 1
    1:44 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    In Cal I trust!!! Go big Blue



  101. gottodoit
    1:48 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Some Kentucky fans (you know who you are) should be ashamed. Turn in your Kentucky citizenship for crying out loud. You all will be the death of the program.

    You want to win every game and shutout the opponent each time? Stupid, stupid and more stupid. The more I write this the angrier I get – so, one last time – you all are STUPID, STUPID AND MORE STUPID.



  102. m
    1:51 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    If deleting their twitters is whats gunna solve their problems, then I’m all for it



  103. sunnycat
    2:03 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I like seeing the top players in the country coming to UK. But those rankings in high school mean nothing. Top ranked players dont always pan out at the next level whether it be college or the pros. A recent example Harrison Barnes was supposed to be UNC’s savior and he never lived up to the hype after two years. With Cal we will always have the best talent in the land but it may not always work.



  104. Buckets
    2:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Any one sending negative tweets to these kids is a pathetic piece of human garbage.



  105. nightfly859
    2:25 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s back up a couple of years when Daniel Orton complained about UK fans:
    “nightfly859 Says:
    May 22nd, 2010 at 1:37 am
    I think the players should stay OFF public Twitter and Facebook accounts where fans can write them so easily.”



  106. harryjohnson
    2:35 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I’d love to see the players just retweet anyones BS nasty comments, then let the BBN loose on these low lifes that do this, these people could be fans of any program trying to get to the kids.

    Realy would love to see the twitter accounts managed by BBN staff, like Cal, kids never see it…



  107. Sy Robertson's Beard
    2:38 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey! Hey! Typical kids…fight/flight.. they shouldn’t have to deal with the ignorance but that comes with the territory. The passion that makes us great when we are winning also makes us bad when we are loosing. I think typically 80% of UK fans understand we have a hell of alot of potential and then we have 20% in the bi-polar lunatic fringe who either are too high or too low on our team’s performance. The sad part is the other 20% go on the attack and make things personal with these kids. But hey, that comes with the territory. They knew that when they come in. Now we will have to hope that they will buy into Cal’s system and play with effort and intensity something we have been severly lacking in the last 2 games. I think even when I was a stubborn know-it-all 18-19 year old I would push my ego and attitude aside for a million dollar check guaranteed for 3-4 years. Basically if you are a top high school player and you buy in to Cal’s system and play with intensity and effort you will get drafted in the first round and be a millionaire after about 7-8 months work. Wouldn’t you buy in and work your tail off?



  108. sunnycat
    2:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    86. Good point. Can’t have it both ways.



  109. Pass The Buck
    3:25 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    So the reaction to this is, fans from other teams blamed for the twitter uproar, so kentucky fans deceide to do the same to other teams players. While not realizing its the kentucky fans that are the cause of this. Most of bbn is pissed that Cal cant cash the checks their mouth has been writing.



  110. Dirty Water
    5:29 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It’s sad when some fans make all of BBN look bad. At the same time, these fans who say they’re die-hard are quiet at Rupp Arena. Seriously, I was screaming at my T.V Saturday, not because we were playing less than stellar, but because Rupp was QUIET! Our team is young, so Rupp needs to really step up. It’s not enough for tiny “E-Rupption Zone” to be going crazy, everyone needs to. I’m also sick and tired of the elderly telling me to sit down when I act like a fan. Instead, stand up and make some noise, or leave because that’s what I’ll be doing the entire time.



  111. Chill Out!
    10:20 am December 5, 2012 Permalink

    The same idiot radical fans that gave up on the Brandon Knight final four led team is giving up on this one. That small minority of our fan base is what gives us a bad name. We are the best fan base in the country and we deserve a good product but I would be willing to say Coach Cal has delivered that thus far. Let’s give him some time to work this only school without a returning starter into the mix. First year we had Patterson and Miller, next year we had Miller and Harrelson, then Miller Jones and Lamb. We will be OK! bashing the play of the young Freshmen to the point they delete their twitter accounts is not how we sale ourselves to new recruits.