You probably don’t yet know the man with the spiky hair above, but Kyle Tucker is his name and reporting is his game. He is the new UK beat writer for the Louisville Courier Journal and he comes to Lexington having worked a similar gig following Virginia Tech. I have only met Kyle once and he seems like a good guy with excellent hair (he has eschewed the spiky ensemble above for a more free flowing look…think Oscar Combs during Woodstock). While his time in Lexington thus far has been short, he is already making an impact on the UK scene. According to Alan Cutler’s best source (aka his mustache), Tucker and UK Offensive Line Coach Mike Summers were “going at it” at practice today during the media session. Cutler wrote that Summers didn’t like Tucker’s line of questioning concerning the offensive line performance against Western Kentucky and the two were apparently “testy.”
I admit that I am somewhat surprised that Cutler broke the Reporter Omerta that has for so long been prevalent the UK media world. When KSR first started attending UK media functions, we would tell the inner UK media secrets (aka Tipton always asks the first question, Cutler interrupts, Vaught wears Jacob Tamme jerseys, Gabriel’s goatee has a mind of its own, Matt May refuses to look anyone directly in the eyes, John Clay sits by the door in case there is a restroom emergency…you know the important stuff), but we were shunned for revealing these important factoids. But now Cutler is putting front and center a dispute between a new young reporter on the scene and the veteran Offensive Line coach in the trenches. Such disputes aren’t common, but they do happen…it just normally never gets talked about. Now our friend Alan has become a trailblazer, seeking to be this generation’s Perez Hilton, all the while giving the UK writer gossip in the most Cutleresque manner possible.