This is old news, but I just saw it. Jerry Tipton’s quote from his article Sunday on Gillispie to Oklahoma State rumors:
Like many people (blush), the elder Miller found a Kentucky-to-Oklahoma State move hard to understand.
“Why go backwards?” he asked.
It should be noted that Oklahoma State has a rich basketball tradition and usually contends for the Big 12 championship. Since 2000, Oklahoma State’s 10-6 record in the NCAA Tournament is comparable to Kentucky’s 14-9. The Cowboys’ .625 winning percentage is better than UK’s .609.
Way to go Jerry….pick a random time frame to argue that Oklahoma State is potentially on par with UK. Why not include 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, etc? Why start with 2000, which includes a Final Four trip by Oklahoma State, but not include the Cats late 90s success? Also why only look at the tournament record and not regular season? Or why not point out that part of the reason Oklahoma State’s percentage is better is that THEY MISSED THE TOURNAMENT THREE TIMES. Oklahoma State has a better program than most think and Henry Iba in its past….but it is 19th all time in tournament wins and has two tournament titles in 1945 and 1946. If that qualifies as a “rich basketball tradition,” then Florida has one too. You make the determination.
Jerry writes a lot of strong pieces. He is a good writer and asks generally good questions. But his mentality of attempting to make Kentucky look negative at nearly every potential opportunity is ridiculous. He showed earlier this year with his “I hear Mike Williams was kicked off the team” blog post, that he, like the rest of the print media, has had to change his sources standard and they no longer can claim to follow a higher standard than those of us in the blog world. I try to take up for and like Jerry….I really do. But “it should be noted” that when I try, articles like this come out….