Poor Jerry Tipton. Despite being labeled as The Good Doctor, the oldest man in journalism still can’t seem to shake the whole curmudgeon label bestowed upon him by thinking Kentucky fans for the past twenty years or so. Some people think it’s unfair for the Hall of Famer to catch so much flack, but it’s things like these that make you wonder if he doesn’t seem to like the labeling a bit. Because there is no logical explanation for this otherwise.
In his college basketball notebook in Sunday’s Herald-Leader, the PhD of Positivity kicked things off with a little look into how UK might not be doing what the NCAA wants in terms of having Kanter as an assistant and why you are wrong for being upset over the Kanter decision. Whatever. Nothing new there. But, Jerry does something that seems weird even for him. He then devotes five paragraphs to a Bleacher Report story about the 25 “sketchiest” programs in the country, which placed UK at #3. A story written by the guy above. A sophomore at UNC. A sophomore Biology major at UNC. Umm…what?
Here it is:
The NCAA ruling on Enes Kanter was not the only bit of negativity to rain down on Kentucky on Friday.
UK figured prominently in the Web site Bleacher Report’s listing of the 25 “sketchiest” programs in college basketball. Writer Luke Dykes ranked Kentucky No. 3 in his top 25 behind No. 2 Michigan and No. 1 Baylor.
“The Kentucky Wildcats have a rap sheet almost as prolific as their successes …,” Dykes wrote. “It all started under Adolph Rupp.”
Dykes noted the point-shaving scandal of the late 1940s and early 1950s, the NCAA ordering UK not to play in the 1952-53 season, the public reprimand for failing to launch a serious investigation of the program in the 1980s and the $1,000 sent to the father of recruit Chris Mills in the Emery Air Freight envelop that forced the resignation of Eddie Sutton and his coaching staff later that decade.
“There haven’t been any other sanctions on Kentucky since then, but the hiring of John Calipari has me sitting on the edge of my seat,” Dykes wrote. “With his record, it may not be long before something happens in Lexington. Technically, none of the things he’s done in the past have been his fault, but lots of things have gone on under his watch, so it wouldn’t surprise me if something else did.”
And that’s it. No commentary on it. No connection between this and the Kanter portion. Not even an attached picture of him flipping you the bird. Nothing. Just a few paragraphs from a site that we wouldn’t even quote taking a few shots at the Cats. It’s truly the strangest thing I’ve ever seen. It’s like someone hacked his column with some internet goober with an awful picture. And it wasn’t even Drew Franklin. That’s just turrrible, Jerry.
Of, course, to be fair, it’s not like his UK basketball beat had very many other things to write about Sunday, right?