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Jeff Sheppard does not like the “one-and-done” system

Video courtesy of cn|2

Over the weekend, Jeff Sheppard spoke at the annual UK convention in Franklin, Ohio about his time at UK and his thoughts on the current staff. It turns out he’s got a lot of the latter. Check out this video from cn|2 in which he discusses his distaste for the “one-and-done” system of which Cal has become emblematic in college basketball:

“I don’t like it. I don’t think the Kentucky fan overall likes it. We’ve had to accept it and it’s working because we’re winning, and we’re winning National Championships–or at least one–and so it’s the way that it is.”

You know who also doesn’t like the one-and-done system? John Calipari. Over the past few years, Cal has become increasingly critical of the rule, which he says is a lose-lose situation for schools, players, and the NBA. But, the media being the media, the one-and-done rule is mostly spun as a win-win for Cal.

Jeff also says that while he doesn’t want to take anything away from Cal’s success at UK, he believes “there is maybe a little too much emphasis on celebrating first round draft picks.” In addition, he went on to say that he still feels a closer bond to his former coach Rick Pitino than to Cal, whom he jokingly calls the “enemy” because he coached at UMass during his playing days:

“When a new coach comes into the university that you didn’t play for, it’s different. As crazy as it sounds, I can walk into the University of Louisville’s basketball offices and feel more comfortable there because Coach Pitino is there.”

Oh boy.

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176 Comments for Jeff Sheppard does not like the “one-and-done” system

  1. Wedding Planner
    1:03 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    bad, bad move Jeff

  2. BigBlue
    1:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes sharing your thoughts is a bad idea.

  3. Cotton Mash
    1:05 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Pitino must be in his Zija downline.

  4. Jeff Sheppard Is Bi polar
    1:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think he missed his morning Pills

  5. dude
    1:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ruh, roh…jeff is about to feel the wrath

  6. Well ummm
    1:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I honestly agree with everything he says

  7. mattchu da man
    1:09 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    your either with us or against us!!!

  8. Duuuuuude
    1:09 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff’s feelings are Jeff’s feelings. If we did not want to know, we shouldn’t have asked. I like what Cal is doing, but Jeff has some points.

  9. bigblue
    1:09 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Love Shep… one of the greats and could really dunk the basketball, had a good jumper, and gave 100%. I just think he got caught up on the topic and felt the need to elaborate on his thoughts. He may have needed to insert his foot in his mouth at some point, though.

  10. Alamo_CatFan
    1:10 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    6 – Yeah, well, there are some thoughts that are very true but lead to bad consequences if they are passed through vocal cords.

  11. Joe
    1:13 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff, you gotta know better. That’s like tellin your wife she looks fat

    1:14 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, boy. Don’t care. He is obviously butthurt about something. I don’t like the one-and-done thing, but I am for watching exciting, winning basketball, and in today’s basketball climate, having player good enough to leave early is the way you win. I’m not for having 10 years of mediocrity in hopes that you’ll get enough ok talent and pieces to go together to make a couple championship runs. That isn’t fun, especially if you can’t pull it off in the end (see Tubby smith).

  13. Linda Taylor
    1:14 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a good thing Shep didn’t play for Joe B. because he sure wouldn’t have been welcome back at UK under Pitino’s reign. Now at least he is welcome under Cal’s rule.

  14. Dre'
    1:16 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’m starting to dislike Jeff Sheppard.

  15. Fight
    1:17 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you are so ignorant. What did he say that was wrong? He doesn’t like 1 and dones. Neither does Cal, neither do I. He is more comfortable around the coach that recruited him and that he played for. Duh, so what is the problem there? Lol, so what. Go Shep. You bleed blue, you played here, you were on 2 title winning teams, and you are a Final Four MVP. Damn right you can go ahead and speak your mind. You earned it!

  16. bloobloodcat
    1:18 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who feels even a modicum of need to criticize one of the greats from the 90’s on saying what makes complete sense needs to check their BBN card at the door. I have some disagreements with what Shep said but totally understand it and guess what: I am a fan and he is a Wildcat legend! Also, I have little doubt Cal would suffer Jeff for anything he said and as Tyler mentions, he agrees with a majority of it. The need for conformity to party line is the downfall of most all great organizations/countries/etc. and turning on your own, especially someone like Sheppard, is simply ridiculous…unfathomable….don’t even whisper think of it kids. That is all. Let’s go back to drooling over our defensive line and dreaming of one shining moment with the twins…wink

  17. tltaworl
    1:18 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    WAS my favorite player.

  18. Wedding Planner
    1:18 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Why would anyone be opposed to the Cal model? Do you all realize UK is the talk of the basketball world? We bombed last year but no one would trade the first 3 years for anything.

    Same people complaining about the Cal model would complain if we were losing like in the later Tubby years.

    I hope we have 7 1-and-dones this year

  19. Enemy # 1
    1:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I forgot my old coach I can see anytime is coaching our #1 Enemy rival……….. my bad

  20. Jake from State Farm
    1:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry Sheppard, but you have to play with the cards that you are dealt. That is exactly what Coach Cal is doing.

  21. Al/in/Indy
    1:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Shep has some valid opinions, but with opinions and elbows….you know the rest. Sometimes they should just be thought, instead spoken. Especially about the Pitino reference.

  22. Jen
    1:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    We are in the conversation for every elite basketball player. We’re doing well in the classroom. There’s been zero off-the-court misbehavior under Cal. We’re projected to be the top team in the nation on the strength of the greatest recruiting class in the history of recruiting classes. I think the state of the program is pretty strong, Mr. Sheppard.

  23. FrogWilson
    1:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. Wrong move bro

  24. LexCathCat
    1:21 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Go walk on at U of L then, Jeff. We don’t need you.

  25. LeX
    1:21 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow, line in the sand statement.

  26. notbillyg
    1:22 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #3 for the win!

  27. Eastkygal
    1:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Not the smartest comments in the world from someone making a living off of KY fans. And, Cal has certainly done a lot to promote the events Shep has sponsored. I can’t imagine he would feel uncomfortable in the KY Basketball offices. As the commenter above said…he probably should have stuffed his foot in his mouth.

  28. lol
    1:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    So basically he wants Cal to recruiter inferior talent.

    Cool. No thanks, Jeff. Love ya, but think about what you’re implying. For every four-year good ol’ boy like Darius Miller we bring in, we’ll get a Jon Hood.

  29. Mack
    1:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It wasn’t so much that he liked UK over ul he liked Pitino over Crum and now he feels the same about Pitino over Calipari. I favor the CATS over any other college basketball team but I have been around for a few years and can never imagine that will ever change for me.

  30. Brian
    1:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well, the man isn’t incorrect. There is a bit of a hired mercenary feel which isn’t as fun as watching Darius Miller for 4 years, but hey, what else are you going to do?

    If Cal recruited some say, 3 star guys, that were going to be around for 3-4 years it could create some stability and prevent seasons like the last one. If you don’t get one guy you think you will (Bazz) and whiff on a couple of 17/18 year-old kids (Goodwin, Poythress) then you open the possibility of totally shitting the bed in embarrassing fashion.

  31. lol
    1:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink


  32. shields eyes
    1:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Should have pulled the red shirt and played him after Derek Anderson went down. Maybe he can get an L tattooed on his back.

  33. wsflwildcat
    1:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff needed to be more diplomatic with his answers. Not saying he was completely right or wrong, just needed to smile and and give a politically correct answer.

  34. El Guapo
    1:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink


    Seriously, what did he say that you have a problem with? He doesn’t like the one and done rule? Who DOES like that rule? Cal makes it work for him, but if the rule changed to two years, or no years, he’d probably still recruit just fine. He’s right about the draft picks. This is not the goal of a basketball program. The goal is to have a great team that can win championships every year. Having draft picks is nice, but it certainly is not the goal, and it definitely isn’t the “greatest day in the program’s history.” We have had precisely eight greatest days in the program’s history, and a loss in the Elite 8 (and getting horribly out coached in the process) is not one of those greatest days. And he didn’t play for Cal. He played for Pitino. Hey, all you guys used to like Pitino a lot too, didn’t you? And how much did you like Cal before he came to Lexington? Yeah. Exactly. This program sold its soul to win champions hips. I’m a fan too, and I love to win those things…but come on, admit it. It’s not the most savory system ever, with teams full of single season mercenaries who probably couldn’t find Lexington on a map before they visited.

  35. I shoot 4s
    1:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well, hate to see you go, Jeff. I understand the loyalty to Pitino, but you should know better then to voice a negative opinion about anything BBN related

  36. rainman
    1:26 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    What does it say about someone who feels more comfortable around LIARS?
    I thought you were smarter than that Jeff!

  37. tltaworl
    1:26 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    What did he say wrong? Ummm, you are at a UK convention, and you say that you feel more comfortable in the UofL basketball offices? If you are a UK fan, stepping into the city of Louisville should make you cringe much less the basketball offices. Secondly, the comment about draft picks is clearly Cal’s point. He puts the emphasis on the player, not the program. So Shep believes it should be the other way around. Just drawing a line between the two when Cal is rallying for support of the Player’s first strategy. So while I don’t think Cal really cares, it was certainly a few comments unsupportive of UK and the Cal program.

  38. turkeyblue
    1:27 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Agree with #15. Not I will add an opinion since Jeff did. Time to take down the Pitino jersey since he got the Loserville tatoo. Can’t stand him anymore. He is not welcome.

  39. Kool-Aid
    1:28 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Do you guys ever listen to yourself? A former Kentucky great speaks to his allegiance to the coach that provided him the opportunity to have played at one of the greatest basketball programs in the country and from one comment is immediately vilified for his views on the trends in the game today. Keep drinking that kool-aid.

  40. robbie
    1:30 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hey Jeff,, go root for UL

  41. Kristen Geil's Abs
    1:31 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t he making a bunch of money setting up signing sessions for Cal’s former players? Just a dumb business move on his part. He’ll be selling insurance soon.

  42. Musehobo
    1:31 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I know this might seem silly. But I need one bit of small, but important piece of info to judge how I feel about this. What was the question asked to Jeff?

    “How do you feel about the one-and-done rule?”

    “How do you feel about the one-and-done system”

    One of those is something that Cal can’t help, and dislikes. The other one is how Cal deals with the rule. Cal recruits the best players regardless of when they’ll go in the draft. If Shep has a problem with how Cal handles the rule, well then I think he’s wrong.

    Furthermore, with the Pitino/Cal thing: It’s obvious that Cal goes to long lengths to make previous players welcome. Maybe he doesn’t have the relationship with Shep that a former coach would have. But Shep making that comment makes it look like Cal doesn’t like him, which we all know is BS. I don’t dislike Shep for saying it, but I get the feeling like he doesn’t like Cal. Odd.

  43. Wild Blue
    1:31 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Bad, bad, move Shep. Thought you were smarter. Cal is not the enemy now, Pitino is. Accept it.

  44. Steve
    1:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    And the rest of BBN disagrees with you Jeff. If you are more comfortable around people who lie, cheat, and abort then Pitino is just your cup of tea. Give me Cal any day of the week and 50 times on SUNDAY.

  45. real life
    1:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I must have missed the part where he said he hates UK. He expressed some valid points. I am ok with him having a greater bond with the coach who ACTUALLY coached him. Some of ya’ll are just…something.

  46. Emory Worldwide
    1:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Yikes! Love Jeff, but this was a little much.

  47. KentuckyHouse
    1:34 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Someone on Twitter said it best. Shep isn’t upset over the one and done thing because of what it’s doing to UK Basketball or college basketball in general. He’s mad that because of it, he can’t go parading former UK players around the state for his own financial benefit.

  48. Coach over School
    1:35 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Obviously Jeff cares more about Pitino than UK. Hit the road down I-64 West and don’t come back.

  49. lol
    1:35 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    34. You’re an idiot if you think the Calipari era is when we “sold our soul”. We’ve endured a point-shaving scandal and flirted with the death penalty in the 80s, genius. There is no “soul” to sell when snooty bluebloods like Duke, Michigan State, and Kansas are trying to recruit the exact same way as us.

  50. BBNinClearwaterFL
    1:36 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Your loyalty should be with the institution that awarded you a scholarship and degree and not one of it’s employees.

  51. UKBlue
    1:37 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Shep just pissed because his TV investment went bankrupt! Jeff if you’re more comfortable at UL, then by all means knock yourself & stay at UL; see where that gets you.

    These old basketball guys need to get with reality, the old ways of doing business is over. Unless the rule changes, one & done is here to stay, and now all the other coaches are embarrassing Cal way.

  52. msnthrop
    1:38 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #30 I’m not sure Cal can get 3 star guys, who might be able to contribute in their junior or seniors years, to actually come here….those same guys can go to innumerable other schools and play right away, and they would also have to expect that even when they were juniors or seniors that they would still be recruited over…that’s a pretty hard sell to make to an 18 year old kid…I don’t expect to ever see another senior at UK who plays major minutes and is an important part of the team as long as the one and done rules remain the way they are.

  53. Wedding Planner
    1:39 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It was nice to see 4 years of Darius Miller but I would take one year of Anthony Davis, MKG, John Wall, Boggie etc a million times over.

    Anyone that does not understand this is stuck in the past. Thank God UK is not..

  54. Uknation
    1:40 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff’s company made money last year off of Siva and Geng and he can’t do that with our players…..end of story…. Bad move by Jeff!

  55. corns
    1:41 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    He touched on the celebration of the “first round draft picks” , people need to realize this is done for marketing to these young men looking to play here, it is what they want to hear and see at the elite level.

  56. Musehobo
    1:42 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Although I question some of Shep’s choices of phrasing, one thing that is obvious, more people like what Cal is doing with the program then do not. On that matter, Shep is flat out wrong.

    Also, after reading this again, the draft pick quote comes across as snarky. He really seems like he’s upset with Cal. Odd.

  57. J in Orlando
    1:43 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    unless Jeff is talking about running, jumping, shooting, or playing defense, his opinions are no more valid or informed than someone you meet on the street. who cares…

  58. UKFan
    1:44 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Go on down the road, Jeff. Join the other traitor, you know, the one who cheated on his wife. THAT one.

  59. Linda Taylor
    1:45 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t help but wonder if Shep’s feelings come from an inner knowledge that if he was a high school player in this day and age he wouldn’t make it onto Cal’s radar and would not be offered a scholarship to UK.

  60. tltaworl
    1:46 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    55 & 56, you are both correct.

  61. Wedding Planner
    1:47 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #59 – Dominique Hawkins disagrees

  62. lol
    1:48 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    56. It probably isn’t a coincidence that Jeff was an undrafted scrub who peaked at two points-per-game in the NBA.

    Fantastic college player, one of our best of the decade, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s bitter about UK celebrating its NBA ties.

  63. wkcatsfan
    1:48 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Shep certainly has a right to his opinion and there likely is a large contingent of fans who don’t care for all that goes along with the “one and done” situation, but he had to know his comments would create a stink.

  64. Catscatscats
    1:49 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    It amazes me that people still find room to complain after we won a national championship and are actually relevant in college ball again. People are frustrating, they need to check their priorities. If UK basketball was not their proprity then I think they could relax. Maybe the complainers need to go spend some time being fan of another team. Stop complaining and be loyal, it’s not that difficult.

  65. cm punk
    1:49 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow another former pitino guy that I have lost respect for. He’s more comfortable at ul?? Stay there then jeff stay there. Just bitter cause you couldn’t make the NBA. GO BIG BLUE!!!

  66. Mack
    1:50 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Will he be invited back to Franklin?

  67. wow!
    1:51 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Love shep! God I cringe at this comment section. Some of you so called fans are so far from reality its concerning. Get a life, and a little perspective for once!

  68. shut up
    1:53 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff sheppard can say what he wants. He has done more uk then any of you delusional dumbasses!

  69. bloobloodcat
    1:54 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think I just found out why most all the comments are negative. Apparently, if you try to make a sane comment counter to the ravenous zeitgeist of the board, your post gets “moderated”. I’m hoping this is not what we have come to on this site to generate traffic and…low information buzz. Disappointed….:/

  70. JEp
    1:54 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff Sheppard is a complete moron.

  71. Linda Taylor
    1:55 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    61 – Shep wouldn’t have played in the Sweet Sixteen in Rupp as he was living in GA. It took Hawkins’ fierce determination and will to win that he displayed during that tournament run to win Cal over. Shep would not have had that vehicle to display his abilities, nor was he an instate kid. You have to understand that being an instate kid bumps you up automatically and will get you a scholarship offer over an out of state kid of equal talent.

  72. AdamWilson
    1:56 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t bite the hand that feeds you Jeff.

  73. It Amazes Me
    1:56 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    that the commenters, here, would disrespect a former UK player who: Knew how to win a NC without being a player with “with all star” status.
    Some of Cal’s UK teams could have listened to him and done better.

  74. J in Orlando
    1:57 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    This is a perfect depiction of the way Pitino runs a program…Its about Rick, and only Rick…Pitino’s ego and “I am above the program” attitude is reflected in the vast majority of his players

  75. Rockfield, KY
    1:58 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think we should all stop listening whenever our sports heros start to speak. Appreciate them for what they did on the court and then turn the TV and Twitter off. I finally realized this truth when I saw a tweet from PPat about Trayvon Martin. It was an ignorant statement and really made me disappointed in Pat. I guess it’s our own fault for thinking these guys are more than just athletes. Makes me respect Mashburn more and more every day.

  76. uhhh ok
    1:58 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    65) who the hell are you? How many games did you suit up in the blue and white? How many championships did you help win???? Shut up. You’re the definition of an ignorant ass fan! Smh

  77. Mack
    1:58 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky basketball is a religion, I have heard than many times!

  78. James K
    2:01 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The thing about the coaches I understand. These guys bond with the coaches and you get used to a certain regime being in power. I know that when I graduated high school, we had a coaching change the very next year and I just didn’t feel comfortable coming back. If my coach had remained in the program I probably would’ve visited more, but with the new coach it was just awkward.

    With the one and done — I mean, c’mon, Jeff. You deal with it and move on. Sure, I wish we could keep these guys three and four years every time, but that’s just not the way it is anymore. We get the best players every single year, and I don’t really think I can complain about that.

  79. tambodia
    2:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    agree 100%. If he wasn’t our coach I would still hate call as much as I did march, 30 2009.

  80. Jeff Sheppard
    2:05 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    University of Kentucky guard (1993—1998), I was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Tournament in San Antonio in 1998. I played on two national championship teams at the University of Kentucky under Rick Pitino in 1996 and under Tubby Smith in 1998.

  81. Mack
    2:05 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Mashburn was a very special player and person, he would have made it no matter where he had played but his choice was the CATS and he continues to give to UK and makes us all proud.

  82. joecrawfordsfoot
    2:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Gosh get off the guys back, just because he didn’t answer the question the way u wanted it answered and 90% of u all get but hurt. Some of you probably don’t remember the 98 team so should automatically trump u from speaking your peace on this. The Guy only helped bring us our 7th national title, and you throw all that out the window just because he spoke his mind and answered the question. This is the 2nd time I’ve got on this site and some writer starts stuff about a former player and witness the mass backlash from us fans.(and BTW Sean woods comments about that team were correct). I be darn if I’m gonna forget all the good those former players were apart of just because they speak their mind. I love Cal and the job he’s done but if u don’t understand where Jeff is coming from about following certain players all 4 years and watching them develope has no business even being on here

  83. Dixie Chicks
    2:09 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    And we thought we caught h**l for expressing an opinion.

  84. lesigh
    2:10 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t have a problem with what Shep said. He built a strong bond with Pitino, as did many of his players. This is why Walter could coach at UL, Walker can work at UL summer camps, and Delk’s kin can suit up for the dirty birds. It makes sense. The players are rarely as vitriolic as fans (unless they used to be fans). I understand questioning why Shep felt necessary to express his opinions openly, but I do not understand the knee-jerk sports hate that some fans express when it’s perceived as “us vs. them.”

  85. L1C4
    2:11 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff is a L1C4 fan!

  86. Bobbum man
    2:11 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    What are you’ll whining about? All he said was he’s more comfortable with pitino, not surprising since the guy recruited and coached him. Not like he’s saying he is now a UL fan, and cal and most UK fans agree with his thoughts on the one and done rule, but if course out come the UK fans that make the rest of us look bad

  87. Diehardcatfan
    2:12 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Couldn’t agree more with Post #15…………

  88. Bobbum man
    2:13 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    85- u book ur ticket to see Siva this year? Louisville First Czechoslovakia Forever!

  89. J in Orlando
    2:13 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    79 Whether you wanted to admit it or not, you hated Cal because he won. Personally I wanted Cal to be our Coach since his 3rd or 4th season at Memphis after comparing his energy in recruiting to Tubby’s lack thereof.

    I think it’s interesting Shep doesn’t mention Tubby, the coach that ACTUALLY developed him into a Tourney MOP…but that’s just the massive Pitino ego at work…Jeff does work involving UL, so he has been sworn to feed the Pitino ego.

  90. tltaworl
    2:14 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If Jeff feels that way, fine. But he is flat out wrong about the “Kentucky fan overall”. He came off as a Pitino lover. Right or wrong, that is the perception now.

  91. tltaworl
    2:18 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    90. Tubby developmed Shep into a Tourney MOP. hahahahahahahahahah…..hahahahhahahaahaaaaaaahhahahaah. I am sure his 4 years under Pitino did nothing for his 2 months under Tubby before the season started.

  92. Ugly muffin
    2:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If he would’ve said he was closer to Pitino because of their time as coach-player and left it at that then it wouldn’t be a big deal. To say that he feels more comfortable in the UL basketball facility then at UK does make it a snarky comment toward Cal. I guarantee Jeff is treated like royalty around UK and around UL they wouldn’t even know who he is. Just a really, really dumb thing to say since the only reason he’s made a good living is based on the fan base he just alienated. Straight dumb, Jeff

  93. Jeff Sheppard
    2:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I got 2(TWO) NCAA Championship Rings With 2(TWO) coaches at Kentucky.

  94. L1C4
    2:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    YUM! Center is the Gold Standard.

  95. Dale in Orlando
    2:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I guess bankruptcy makes you lose your mind. What was he thinking. Lot of crickets being heard during that speech.

  96. BigBlue
    2:22 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    He can voice his opinion without doing it the way he did.
    It was obvious he was directing criticism toward Cal for some reason…also, the comment of about being more comfortable in the UL offices was just uncalled for.

  97. L1C4
    2:23 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #88, Bobbum, u do know that Czechoslovakia is not a country, right?

  98. Jeff Sheppard
    2:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    That’s 50% of all the NC rings any player could win as 4 year UK BB player.

    2:24 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Trade in that UK shirt for a Loserville if you feel so much more comfortable there!

  100. Randal
    2:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I would rather see Anthony Davis play one year at Kentucky and win a NC than to see Anthony Davis play one year at another university. What is so hard for Jeff Sheppard to understand about that?

  101. aged hard
    2:26 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    man he has aged hard. He is my age but could pass for my grandfather

  102. (Not really) Jeff Sheppard
    2:30 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I speculate that I may be one the former UK players, Coach turned his back on for some reason.

  103. Todd
    2:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff is a legend and is entitled his opinion. But use the K.I.S.S. philosophy. Keep It Simple Stupid. Answer the question and don’t elaborate, it’s in the elaboration that generally stick your foot in your mouth.

  104. Gotta agree
    2:35 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeffry should have swallowed his feet. To associate yourself with that a$$hole fiftino and the ghetto U athletics, it’s not a good look for you my man. Cal has been more than welcoming to players PAST and present, totally ignorant comment by Shepard.

  105. checks pool room
    2:37 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink


  106. zabisco
    2:37 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Really hope Coach Cal cuts off this ungrateful traitor

  107. jpgott2
    2:37 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    He does not like the 1-and-done system, but neither does Cal! He plays players that can play, and UK usually has quite a few multi year talents. Shepeard is just stating that he feels more comfortable at UL because he played under Pitino, his coach!

    He should have expressed himself differently, for his structure of words is what is getting some frowns.

    94. hahaha, the YUM Center was brought to fruition by a UK fan (Jim Host) who wanted to see the commonwealth get an NBA team. Instead, the city gave UL the right to dictate tenants, so UL through that plan out. The funny thing is, the YUM Center is hemorrhaging money, and having problems paying off its massive debt.

  108. Mack
    2:39 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    97) That was his point.

  109. Linda Taylor
    2:40 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I would personally like to ask Shep how he feels about his teammates who spent four years at UK but didn’t graduate under his old coaches getting the opportunity under Cal to finish their degrees and get started in a career in coaching. There are so many that didn’t finish their degrees even though they were here four years I can’t help but wonder what was going on academically in the program during Pitino’s and Tubby’s tenures. We are at least seeing the kids that aren’t being drafted by the NBA graduating every year under Cal.

  110. Basteballer
    2:40 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I have no problem with Jeff expressing his dislike for the “one and done” rule. And I have no problem with him expressing love for the guy who gave him a scholarship and coached him. But I have a very BIG problem with his negativity toward the current coach.

    He should have stopped with: “… it’s working because we’re winning, and we’re winning National Championships—or at least one—and so it’s the way that it is.”


    As far as Coach Cal having been “the enemy” for coaching at UMass… perhaps he didn’t notice that Pitino is CURRENTLY coaching the REAL enemy.

    He can say whatever he wants, but he should know that any remarks that could be perceived as negative toward the our beloved current coach would not be received well. And, just as he has the right to say anything he wants, we (the fans) have the right to not like it and think less of him for saying it.

  111. Richie
    2:44 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I have some cool videos from that era.

  112. Mack
    2:45 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    110) Thought out and well stated.

  113. rabble rabble rabble
    2:47 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    jesus christ, people. Jeff can have his own opinion. Did he call Cal a cheater? A scum bag? NO. Everyone needs to chill the F out.

  114. For Real J Tipton
    2:49 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow just wow! The first UK player to reject the current model at UK. The castle is about to come down!

  115. Angry Sean Woods
    2:50 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach P is my coach?

  116. Cordia HS Coach
    2:51 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach P is my coach.

  117. Players First
    2:51 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Cal made it very clear he does not like the one and done. But he is going to recruit the best of the best. Jeff just put himself in the UK dog house. Go put on your UofL shirt then, and go get lunch with Karen and Rick … Or how about this. Shut the hell up…

  118. Hot Seat
    2:53 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If coach Cal does not go 40-0 and win the NCAA, he should be fired.

  119. gottodoit
    2:54 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff has been away from the game too long.

    He’s forgotten the tradition of which he is a major part.

  120. Toothless Temp
    2:54 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I blame Obama for the 1 and Done rule.

  121. ShepDog
    2:54 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Coach Caloooooopari! One and DONE! Smelling the DRAFT! Get me a SPAGHETTI AND A STROMBOLI BOYS I JUST GOT ME ANOTHER FIRST ROUNDER!!! Jeff Shep slam dunkarooni!

  122. J in Orlando
    2:55 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    91 lol Always easy to find the UL fans

  123. Booyakasha
    2:55 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Shep is dead to me. He was a jerk off the court while I was at UK and I lived with it. Now that I know where he stands today, EFF him.

  124. sunnycat
    2:56 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    The “one and done” has never ever been a problem for UK until Cal came to town. But it’s a great problem to have OR go back to the days of top notch talent going everywhere but UK. Face it Cal is the ONLY reason we are getting the “best of the best” and when the day comes and Cal steps down it could very well go back to Pre Cal days.

  125. AJ
    2:57 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    JEFF, I understand what you are trying to say…BUT you said it very wrong. Makes it sound like you are bashing Cal for Using UK for Kids to get to the NBA. Therefore Not Being true to KENTUCKY!!!!! Yet YOU Say you feel more Comfy at Louisville with Pitino? Does that sound very KENTUCKY?????? Sure Dont.
    Until the NBA does something about the One and Done then it will always be this way, Look at all the other schools starting to do the same.
    Very dissapointed in your Comments.

  126. CatsFanFrankfort
    2:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #110 & #112. Somewhat thought out, but yes, well stated. I am wondering if many of the people who commented on this even WATCHED the video or just read the comments chosen from it in the post. Sheppard was obviously joking when he referred to Cal as ‘the enemy’. He is laughing as he says it and says that ‘they have fun with it’. Of course he would JOKINGLY refer to Cal as the enemy, since there were two well-known games in ’96 against Cal’s UMass team.

    You shouldnt have a BIG problem with this. The man was clearly joking. He is comfortable with his former coach, as many players would be. Im totally fine with the Pitino-hate as a fan, but as you said, there should be no ill will towards him for having a bond with his former coach. You cant reasonably expect players cutting ties with a former coach just because he coaches at a rival school.

    But you are correct, he should know that the BBN will overanalyze anything said or written in reference to our BBall team, and probably should have chosen different words for how he phrased his relationship with Cal. But after watching the video, it is very plain that it was meant in jest, since it is a fact that Cal coached a high-profile rival team for that season. He probably didnt expect that it may be perceived as negative since it WAS said in a joking manner. (though Im sure he knows now, with a bunch of idiots probably tweeting stupid things about Louisville at him for the past 2 hours).

    And yes, we as fans have the right to think anything we want about anything we want. Im just suggesting that we should not be so hasty in condemning Sheppard for a 2 minute clip where he talked about a couple of basketball coaches he knows

  127. bluemanchew
    2:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    i don’t care what he thinks. somebody is going to have a different opinion than you. now the pitino comment is disturbing ( but i dont like pond scum) to each his or her own. now please stop posting this on twitter. its my whole TL

  128. Ace
    2:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Like Pitino, it took Shephard about 15 seconds to hurt his relationship and profiting from UK fans! LOL!

    I don’t understand Sheppard because Cal has been great to him. Didn’t Cal let Sheppard be the promoter for the Christian Laettner thing at Rupp Arena??? Sheppards profiting from UK fans will be hurt by this. Maybe Sheppard should move to Louisville or Georgia if he is unhappy.

  129. IRONY
    3:00 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    IIRC Matt had the same thoughts about the “greatest night in UK history” remark by Cal. When BBN eats its own it just reinforces your stature as #1 in Haterdom.

  130. Wedding Planner
    3:01 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Imagine the fodder this is giving to UofL fans..

    Really need to cut Sheppard off..

  131. garric
    3:02 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Everyones entitled to there opinion!! And every fan is entitled to react how they want..He clearly not only didnt say anything good about our coach or UK but he gave shout outs to Coach P and his staff.. ANd then offered that he knows theres UK fans that agree… In all honesty i wont do anything that would put $$ in his pocket… this wasnt a quote on twitter or caught offgaurd. it was a speech so he planned on saying these things.. MY 2 cents is screw him!!

  132. Lori M
    3:03 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I haven’t heard of Jeff Sheppard making any great contributions to UK in the last 15 years while he certainly is living off it’s notoriety.

  133. Musehobo
    3:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle Tucker caught up with Sheppard after his comments. Hate the CJ, but it’s relevant

    Still don’t think he relizes what he’s started.

  134. preacher tim
    3:07 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    If a “student” accepts and signs to play at a D-1 college or university then they are committed for 3 years, not 2 years, THREE! If they break that contract or leave early they refund the university for books, tuition, and lodging. No cost to the taxpayer or the university.

  135. IRONY
    3:07 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    @ #131 So if it was Twitter you’d cut him slack ? Laughable BS.

  136. garric
    3:07 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    News Flash #129 i like and support about 99.9% of UK players but if one acts like a AHOle i dont have to support him..its not a contract im a fan lol

  137. Wildcat 1
    3:08 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I agree, everyone is entitled to thier opinion, but, there is a time and place for everything, this was not the place to vent. I have always admired Sheppard and his playing days at Ky, but , he most likly he has messed up.. Live and learn.

  138. Hear No Good, Speak No Good
    3:09 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the mantra of #132?

  139. garric
    3:12 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #135 Yes if he posted it on twitter then took it down and said he maybe didnt say it correctly .. I would cut him some slack and if he still says that i would but i also have no problem saying that if he stands by it i wont support him.. lol like if a former U of L player right now insulted Rick and your basketball program u would totally be fine with that.. Give me a break and arent there U of L sites?

  140. (Ican't believe I am saying this)
    3:14 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    the CJ article linked by #133 is worth a read.

  141. Bravo 2
    3:15 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    He lives in my hometown. He’s an entitled jerk who lives on his time playing for uk. I really don’t care what this embecile thinks. He’s a self promoter who hasn’t accomplished anything post uk . L

  142. Miss Manners
    3:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth closed.

  143. TroutHead
    3:23 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Gee, it sure doesn’t bother him to buddy up to Cal’s one and done players when he charges elementary kids $20 for UK player autographs.

  144. garric
    3:23 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Read the article linked at #133 actually made it worse he had many chances to clarify or take a step back and he didnt he basically said the same thing again.. If thats his opinion thats his opinion but baffles me that he doesnt think its negative..

  145. silverado
    3:25 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    One thing I can’t stand is when someone tries to tell me how to be a UK fan. The idea is laughable. You bozos who insist that if you don’t like the one-and-done system, you’re living in the past, don’t know what it’s like to get to know players over time, growing up idolizing players year after year. It’s a shame, because after a while, you won’t even be able to pick some of our one-and-done out of a lineup. Being a CAT fan is more than just counting trophies. If you didn’t go to UK, you may never understand it. Shep is a good guy. He didn’t say anything wrong. He is loyal to both his UK coach and to UK. He earned the right to say that.

  146. Jeffbacker
    3:26 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Everything he says is 100% correct. He is a guy that has played and had success. He has no vested interest other than he wants what is best for the fans and the kids. Our fans lap up everything that Cal says because he wins. He is everything that is bad with college athletics. He is out for only himself and is a good enough salesman to pull it off. He is money hungry and a attention whore. Is he the only coach that is that way no. But calling it your job ole boss don’t make it right. I for one would much rather see a group of young men stay here and grow and play at least 3 years. If we win a national championship great. We went years without winning and we still are a top ball program. The one and done goes against everything that college is about or should be. This is the prime example that college athletics at this level has zero to do with student athletes. Its about money and is a business. Ask Kyle W.

  147. KentuckyHouse
    3:28 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    75) Rockfield, KY, the only reason you were disappointed in PPat’s tweet about Trayvon Martin and thought it was an ignorant statement is because it didn’t fall in line with your beliefs. If you were like me, and believed Trayvon Martin was profiled because he was black and followed because he was black, then you would’ve felt the opposite about PPat’s tweet (the way I do…I thought the tweet was great).

    That’s the problem with this country…people like you calling others “ignorant” when they simply don’t have the same beliefs you do. It’s fine for you to feel the way you feel…I’m not faulting you for that. But tone down the “ignorant” comments, huh? We don’t all have to think the same way.

  148. garric
    3:31 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wait , Did he get paid to speak to UK fans at this event? LOL if so theres no defending what he said..All the sheppard defenders plz answer that was this a paid event for UK fans?

  149. Wildcat Wille
    3:33 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wow….I’m not gonna disown shep for this but I am very disappointed. He’s not a home grown ky boy but he’s always felt like one, and he’s made his living off UK fandom. This does come off like he’s not a Cal fan and the statement about feeling more comfortable at UL than he does at UK will hurt his business. Even if thats the case you NEVER say that out loud lol. Not a smart move Jeff, sometimes it’s best to keep your thoughts to yourself. If you are true blue and didn’t feel betrayed when Pitino took that job at UL you are just a different kind of fan really. Jeff knows that better than anyone by now.

  150. Wildcat Wille
    3:34 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if Jeff had a Ron Burgundy moment there after that clip, “uh oh, I might be in trouble for that one”.

  151. Al/in/Indy
    3:53 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    146, Really? An attention whore, AND money hungry? Good lord man, go find where Clyde’s hiding and urge him to go back into coaching if you’re wanting to win 2 out of every 3 games. But there again you’re most likely a Uvel troll and happy just to win a championship every 28 years.

  152. Wilbur
    4:43 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff is half right and half nuts all rolled up in one. Pitino don’t live here anymore. Cal has reached out to all Kentucky players including Jeff. Cal deserves better than that. Wise up Sheppard.

  153. Tampa Satchel
    4:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    147-Well said. It’s a shame people can’t just agree to disagree without the over-the-top insults.

  154. mrhtuoln
    5:06 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    the ricky lover needs to stay out of rupp and up ricky s —!

  155. UK#1
    5:11 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    BAD MOVE JEFF. BURN YOUR BRIDGE WITH ME. Go pull for loserville now Jeff. You suck now.

  156. Jeff is the new Kyle Macy
    5:18 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve known Jeff Sheppard for about 7 years now in the basketball world. The one thing I know about Jeff is about promoting Jeff. He also has no loyalty to program or former teammates. One example is his teammate Anthony Epps was up for an Assistant Coaching role in 2008. Jeff went behind Anthony’s back & said some pretty bad things about him & ultimately Anthony didn’t get the job. He & Macy are so much alike. Use the Kentucky name for their benefit for financial gain.

  157. Jeff is the new Kyle Macy
    5:20 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve known Jeff Sheppard for about 7 years now in the basketball world. The one thing I know about Jeff is “Jeff is about promoting Jeff.” He also has no loyalty to program or former teammates. One example is his former teammate Anthony Epps was up for an Assistant Coaching role in 2008. Jeff went behind Anthony’s back & said some pretty bad things about him & ultimately Anthony didn’t get the job. He & Macy are so much alike. Use the Kentucky name for their benefit and financial gain.

  158. Judy
    5:29 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like Jeff would better serve himself and relocate to Louisville so he can feel more comfortable with a coach that has no morals. Very disrespectful to UK and especially Coach Cal.

  159. mrhtuoln
    5:35 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    u r the enemy ul jeff go ride slimy ricks back and stay away from rupp arena

  160. Dude
    5:36 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Take that UK shirt off Jeff. Go support your boy Pitino and put on a red and black shirt. You play for the school/university/fans not just the coach ass. Lost all respect, sometimes it’s smart just to keep your mouth shut.

  161. Season Never Ends
    6:01 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff has been as good an ambassador for UK basketball as any former player could be. Probably shouldn’t have said all that he said, but so be it. He still represents UK VERY well. #BBN

  162. Say what?
    6:04 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff is a moron!!! I suspect he will learn to really regret this totally unforced turnover. Maybe Little Brother will adopt him now. For me (and I suspect a large portion of BBN),…Sheppard is no longer a part of the BBN family. He’s a traitor,..and an idiot. Jmo.

  163. IRONY
    6:17 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #141 If you’re going to call someone an imbecile you should probably know how to spell it….oh, I get it; you’re an expert and that’s part of your bona fides. Well played. ( Hey Bravo 2, that be sarcasm )

  164. RahRah
    6:36 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Ehhh, who cares what he says? Reminds me of old folks saying Twitter is bad and won’t last. You gotta be ready to change with the times or be left behind. Coach Cal gets it.

    Wondering if Sheppard is trying to get a job on Pitino’s staff?

  165. KevinM
    7:32 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well, just glad to be 165.

    Shep should talk about something else. He has just angered too many with his statements.

    Good luck tomorrow Matt with the interview. He’ll be back tracking a bit.

  166. Larry linebeard
    7:40 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink


  167. Larry Werdhall
    7:53 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Keep your thoughts to yourself – and go back to Georgia.

  168. wildcat t
    7:58 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Jeff you seem not to mine the one and dones when traveling the state when the nba was locked out!im sure you made some money to! this is 2013 not 1996 SAD TO SEE A FORMER PLAYER TALK THAT WAY!

  169. special eddie
    7:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Wonder if ol’ Jeff secretly roots for Loserville?? Too bad… He WAS one of my favorites!

  170. Topcat
    7:59 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sheppard needs to go to louisville and be with patino, birds of a feather should be together.

  171. special eddie
    8:01 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Probably won’t even listen tomorrow…Already heard enough!

  172. CATfish
    9:19 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Here’s where I stand on this, this whole shebang has to do with the players, if they were so concerned about staying in school as we are, they would stay and not go early! I think people should stop worrying about what decisions kids make to better their future if that’s what they want to do. No one is forcing them to stay, so let them make their decision for themselves! It’s not about you and what you want, it’s about the players and what they feel like they need to do. Cal runs a players first program and I’m totally with it.

  173. Wildcat Mark
    10:11 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds like Jeff will back in da Ville next summer peddling autographs of former Cartnil greats at the local public elementary schools. Next time he makes it back to Little Ricky’s office he can see how many players from the Denny Crum era stop by and feel welcome, my guess is none! Is he about the school or the coach, sounds like the coach!

  174. blitzedanddazed
    11:01 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    #75 is right with his comments. I would just like to add one additional comment. The people of London Ky
    have gotten to know the “real” Jeff Sheppard.

  175. 96 Cats
    11:39 pm July 22, 2013 Permalink

    Sheppard is right. Cal is the enemy and us TRUE UK fans have said it since day 1. As soon as the NCAA finds out about Davis, they’re going to tear down #9. Don’t say I didn’t tell ya. Free Travis Ford!

  176. Jordan
    2:54 pm July 23, 2013 Permalink

    Bc we’ve won 9 titles haven’t we. How can we tear down something we don’t have?