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NEWS FLASH! People Hate Kentucky Coaches. A Lot.



As the saying goes, “you hate us cuz you ain’t us”– and a list by the Orlando Sentinel shows that sentiment exactly when it comes to Kentucky. The Sentinel counted down the Top 50 Most Hated College Coaches of all time, and six Kentucky coaches had the dubious honor of making the list:


50. Eddie Sutton

“After the NCAA found Kentucky paid a player during Sutton’s watch, the school was hit with a two-year postseason ban and other penalties.”

48. Billy Gillispie

“Gillispie’s odd behavior led to relatively quick terminations at Kentucky and Texas Tech.”

(“Odd” seems like such a euphemism)

28. Hal Mumme

“Mumme resigned after he was accused of a long list of NCAA rule violations, including paying players.”

21. Rick Pitino

“Few offend opposing fans in college basketball ranks more than Pitino, who has often been called a liar and a cheater.”

20. John Calipari

“Calipari has had two Final Four appearances vacated due to NCAA rules violations, adding to the perception he breaks rules to win.”

10. Adolph Rupp

“Former Kentucky players were arrested in connection with a point shaving scandal during Rupp┬┐s tenure. The Wildcats later had to cancel an entire season after the NCAA found Kentucky players were getting paid. Rupp also has been accused of racism, a charge many at Kentucky adamantly deny.”


The number top three, for those of you who are curious, were Bob Knight, Nick Saban, and Urban Meyer. My take? When it comes to former Kentucky coaches on this list, it appears that rules violations are the main offenses, rather than unpleasant personality traits. Also, it’s interesting to note that only one of our six most hated was a football coach. Just another reflection of our state’s focus on basketball rather than football. And finally, I’d be very interested to see the poll breakdown within our state only. Any thoughts on how the list would be rearranged?


Want to vote on the top ten yourself? Click here.



Article written by Kristen Geil

23 Comments for NEWS FLASH! People Hate Kentucky Coaches. A Lot.

  1. LeaveBritneyAlone!
    2:40 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    The 1953 season was canceled as a direct result of the point shaving scandal, not because players were getting paid.

  2. Alan Cutler
    2:46 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    This is Alan Cutler

    I want to thank Ryan for turning me on to Body Shapes Medical

    After undergoing their proprietary testosterone therapy for only a few short weeks, I have been reborn.
    I can now chase down any recently fired coach again and stick a microphone in his face

    Remember to call a doctor if an erection lasts more than four hours

  3. kybigblue
    2:53 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Urban Meyer is at the top in part because this article came from the Orlando Sentinel. It is almost a list of coaches with the most wins. People don’t like coaches that win a lot unless they coach their favorite team.

  4. Wow
    2:57 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Alright Kristen, congrats! You’ve wrote seven articles in a row

  5. TracyArflin
    3:21 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    1. Bob Knight (the commentator)
    2. John Thompson
    3. Dale Brown (liked a lot more now that he’s retired than when coaching)
    4. Steve Spurrier (just cause he’s owned us)
    5. Bobby Petrino (While at Lousyville and now WKU…why not)
    6. Clyde…(he was embarassing)
    7. Bob Knight (the coach)
    8. Dean Smith (4 corners is enough reason)
    9. Denzel Crum (see #3 above)
    10. Bob Knight (the person)

  6. Geil the Snail
    3:22 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    4. I wouldn’t use the term “wrote”, more like “barfed up” seven articles in a row.

  7. Rigged
    3:24 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    here’s the list when you click the “vote” link:

    >>Poll: Most hated college coach of all-time

    Who is the most hated college coach of all time?

    Woody Hayes
    Lane Kiffin
    Bobby Knight
    Mike Krzyzewski
    Jimmy Johnson
    Urban Meyer
    >> Adolph Rupp

    What, no Steve Spurrier? He has friends all of a sudden?

  8. old man
    3:29 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t mind Kristen sitting a bunch of articles. Considering it is a Saturday during the summer, it’s not bad. It’s not like there’s breaking news on the weekend usually. I’d much rather see this stuff than bachelor running diaries, tweet beat, or almost anything TT produces. For the younger crowd and constant following of certain recruits, TT is great, but for those of us that just want news, Kristen is just fine.

  9. old man
    3:30 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Stupid auto correct. Not sitting, I mean writing.

  10. G
    3:45 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    People don’t hate Kentucky coaches, they just hate Kentucky in general.

  11. Really?
    3:51 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Can’t believe Mumme is that high up. The man changed college football, and the violations were more the people around him. Sure he was an enabler, but would you blow the whistle on the people around you, often time the people writing your paychecks?

  12. Melvit
    4:13 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky fans deny that Rupp was racist because there is proof that says he wasn’t.

  13. Othel
    4:18 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    In that picture it looks like Cal is light in the loafers

  14. Jen
    4:33 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    What? Rick Pitino has been called a liar? I’m shocked- just shocked.

  15. Why you diss the weekend poster
    4:33 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    The weekend poster for KSR can’t win.

    Big new story breaks and the regulars come out of their weekend and stamp on the Duty KSR person.

    The weekend poster, Tries to keep you entertained without the Big story, and gets raked for doing so. WTF

  16. katzrjamers
    4:38 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    @12 – there is also little to no proof that says he was. Very, very long article from the early days of internet postings, but informative. for readers with attention spans <1 min, not for you, but if anyone has the time, give it a look. Thanks, and Go Cats!

  17. ok-cats-computer
    5:28 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    My vote would go to Bobby Knight, but I suspect he would take great pleasure from winning a most hated contest.

  18. bung
    6:36 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    opposing fans dislike Rupp….look at their record against him…no wonder…

  19. Gallup
    7:45 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    4 of the 6 are on the list solely due to UK fans voting for them.

  20. Hoof hearted
    8:49 pm July 13, 2013 Permalink

    5. Coach k
    4. Bobby knight
    3. John Chaney (former temple coach)
    2. Bobby pitrino
    1. Prick pitinio

  21. ChemEN3
    8:15 am July 14, 2013 Permalink

    Tubby Smith: He won a national championship with someone else’s team, then led us to the longest final four drought in Kentucky history!! His rode the recruiting wave of 3 championship games (winning 2) in a row to get major talent, which he then wasted. How many players left UK with more skills than they had coming in under Tubs? His last two teams were so out of shape that we went & got a lunatic like Billy Clyde to whip them into shape. Even BCG got more out of Crawford & Bradley in one year than Tubs did in three!!

  22. Ed Watkins
    3:20 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    It could be because you deserve to be hated. Just sayin’.

  23. Ed Watkins
    3:29 pm July 14, 2013 Permalink

    WKU’s record against Rupp is 1-0. So it might be because you deserve to be hated. You deserve it because you’re arrogant, ignorant assholes. The rest of the country laughs at you. You’ve proven you will do ANYTHING to win and that you have nothing else to do but worship UK. They don’t admire you. They laugh at you, and they should.