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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


It’s that time of week again. Time to take an unbiased look at what’s happening with Coach Cal, World Wide Wes, and the overly-hyped freshmen who seem to comprise the UK roster each year. This season, the team hopes to make the NCAA Tournament, obtain a favorable draw, and a relatively simple path to the Final Four. They also hope against hope that unlike the previous Final Fours in which John Calipari has coached, this one will stick. For those who want to stay informed and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton.  Here’s the weekly notebook:

* Meanwhile Back in Memphis: When then-Memphis coach John Calipari accepted the job at Kentucky, he immediately tried to convince several of his Memphis commits to join him at Kentucky. Two of them — DeMarcus Cousins and Darnell Dodson — eventually caved in to the pressure applied by Calipari, and reluctantly decided to accompany him to Lexington. Calipari’s behavior was widely and understandably viewed as bush-league and unethical. Recently, former Arizona head coach Lute Olson joined in the criticism of Cal, describing the actions as “very unprofessional.”  Frankly, it seems difficult to disagree with this assertion. For one thing, these players had no choice in the matter. They were apparently forbidden by Calipari to stay and play at Memphis, which was presumably a lifelong dream for each of them. For another, it seemed a particularly unfair thing to do the young coach who succeeded Calipari at Memphis, Josh Pastner. This was his first head coaching job, and he would be starting off with almost no players on his roster. Looking back, had a player like Dodson been allowed to remain at Memphis, it is entirely possible that Memphis would be a national title contender this year, rather than unranked and irrelevant.  When a player commits to a college to play basketball, he commits because of the school, not the coach. “Very unprofessional,” indeed.

* Try A Little Tenderness: After the UK/Alabama game, John Calipari caught a lot of heat when cameras showed him cussing out star freshman Terrence Jones. In response to all the criticism levied at Coach Cal, many Kentucky fans have predictably attempted to explain away the behavior, arguing that such language is commonplace in modern big-time athletics, especially in the “heat of battle.” In fact, some have asserted that coaches such as Duke’s Coach K and Louisville’s Rick Pitino frequently employ that kind of language, the implication apparently being that if elite coaches like Krzyzewski and Pitino talk that way, then ordinary coaches (e.g., Calipari) should be able to conduct themselves likewise.  However, I cannot seem to recall the language of Coach K or Rick Pitino being featured on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption or Around the Horn the way that Calipari’s was. As such, I think it’s fair to assume that they don’t talk that way. And while it’s true that most Kentucky fans have dutifully defended their beloved coach, not all of them have exhibited such blind allegiance. Reader Hubert Pinkerton, who admits to being “ate up” with the Cats, did not approve of the outburst: “I Jest Dont Thank a Gentel Man Speeks Like Thataway to his Playrs on His Teem and so it Jest aint Good and I Dont Thank Coach RUPP or Mr Bill WILD-CAT Kitely or Caywood Wood do that and Stuff and so GO BIG BLUE win..”

* Don’t Know What You Got Til It’s Gone: Recently, some UK fans have bemoaned the toughness — or lack thereof — of this UK team, especially after it got physically manhandled by Georgia and Alabama in embarrassing losses. These fans may have short memories. “Toughness” was a common theme of one Billy Gillispie, the much-maligned former Kentucky coach who was fired by the university just two short years ago.  If “toughness” (which was indeed a hallmark of Gillispie’s teams) is such a valuable commodity, one thinks that Gillispie would still be the coach at Kentucky today. In fact, this writer wonders whether more than a few UK fans regret the decision to terminate Gillispie so quickly, especially — as one reader has pointed out — in light of the fact that both Gillispie and Calipari had the exact same SEC record after 21 league games: 17-4. In light of the fact that Gillspie’s salary was much more reasonable than Calipari’s, I’m guessing that it’s not just the Kentucky fans that regret the firing of Gillispie and hiring of Calipari. It’s quite possible that at this point, the UK administration has come down with an acute case of buyer’s remorse.

* Don’t Come Around Here No More: Heading into this season, it was the opinion of Kentucky fans that their Wildcats had the top recruiting class in the nation, a class which consisted of Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and Enes Kanter.  At the outset of the season, Kentucky fans were optimistic that the NCAA would somehow overlook the fact that Kanter was a professional back in his native Turkey, and that he would eventually suit up for the Cats. However, the NCAA correctly ruled Kanter permanently ineligible, which means he will never play a second at UK. With that in mind, the question now becomes whether the 2011 NBA Draft will be a repeat of the 2010 Draft, which saw four UK freshmen drafted in the 1st Round, which resulted in Calipari controversially and laughably labeling that night “the greatest day in the history of Kentucky basketball.” The latest projections from regarding the 2011 draft have Kanter being selected 5th, Jones 6th, Knight 19th and Lamb not at all. What this means, of course, is that the one player who was never coached by John Calipari is going to be drafted before the players who were. Is there a cause-and-effect relationship at play here? How long before rival recruiters astutely point out the fact that kids who don’t play for Calipari are likely to be drafted sooner — and paid more money — than those who do? This is definitely a situation that bears watching in the future.

* Dre Day: Recently, several members of the Kentucky basketball team have been photographed with oversized, cumbersome headphones, which are a brand known as “Beats by Dre” headphones.  This is apparently top-of-the-line audio equipment, which retails for an average of approximately $300.  Of course, one may wonder how college students are able to afford such an expensive item, given the fact that they presumably also have to pay for gas, entertainment, clothes, etc. When this reporter was in college, for example, he was barely able to scrape up enough money to purchase a used tape player and a Jethro Tull cassette, so it does seem a little hard to believe that each member of a basketball team can afford such a pricey accessory. Could this possibly have something to do with the fact that the team associates with rap singers like Drake and Bun B?  It does make one wonder, even if there has not been any conclusive proof of wrongdoing. Yet.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

57 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. RidgeRunner
    12:09 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I still think 1 of his eye glass lenses is larger than the other 1. **sigh**…still wishing my first name wasn’t jerry but damn it….it is.

  2. Chuck Hayes jockstrap
    12:10 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This was beautiful. Well done

  3. GoodLord
    12:10 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Haha God I love these Not Jerry Tipton posts. Keep ’em coming!

  4. RidgeRunner
    12:11 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’d give credit to who generated this post but….

  5. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:11 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    There should be a favorite blogger do-over. Not Jerry Tipton is completely killing it. Watch your back Drew Franklin.

  6. MCStayUpLateâ„¢
    12:12 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    funny stuff. bravo

  7. shadowboxer
    12:13 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Go get ’em, Not Jerry! You level headed and non-biased approach is refreshing. I am sick of these cheerleader sites like this one. The world needs more reporters like you who suffer from chronic constipation.

  8. RidgeRunner
    12:14 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Author needs to at least place his initials at the bottom of the post (as a secretary does after compliling a letter for a boss).

    NotTipton the boss would ok that I’m sure…

  9. Chuck Hayes jockstrap
    12:16 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Now if we could just get a not-Pete Thamel and/or Pitino I would have no need to ever go to any other websites.

    Real Jerry doesn’t know what a Drake or a Dun B are though

  10. supremecats
    12:24 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    2 for 2, hahahahah, another home run!

  11. dane
    12:26 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    wow, only took 2 posts for this to go from funny to tired. bravo.

  12. One Gripe
    12:28 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is definitely not Jerry Tipton because not once was the term “Kiddie Cats” used, Jerry go-to clever nickname this season.

  13. HoofHearted
    12:36 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Nice! This is exactly how Tipton thinks… and this is exactly how Tipton is perceived (gasp!) by UK fans.

    Quote from Tipton’s UK Basketball Notebook:

    “Writer Luke Dykes is a college student at (gasp!) North Carolina, which led to assumptions that his comments on Kentucky were invalid. Why? Does being a UK fan automatically disqualify someone from commenting on North Carolina?”

    Now you know why UK fans can’t stand you Tipton.

  14. BlueToo
    12:36 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    8) Runner, good point.

  15. BlueToo
    12:36 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    8- good point. smiley face was an oops.

  16. John Wall Breaks Ankles Then Heals the Lame
    12:40 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious but also somehow painful to read at the same time…

  17. Bigdog
    12:42 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why would we ever want to read this type of negativity, to ever give someone any acknowledgement or wealth from putting down Kentucky Basketball. Kentucky basketball is at an all time high no thing is bigger.

  18. Mr Schwump
    12:48 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Like you know like wow man that’s like you know wow man some good sh!t man.

  19. Tyler Durden
    12:51 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    ^^^…and the guys from Magoffin County still don’t get it.

  20. Markedman
    12:52 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not convinced that this isn’t the REAL Jerry”the mouth” Tipton. The stories are too real.

  21. big blue
    12:53 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’d like to file a motion to have Not Jerry Tipton replace BTI or Will Lentz…Will is too busy with watching half naked teenage boys play in water anyways….

  22. Al's IndiCats
    12:58 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    NJT, should be followed along with NPF and NPT. 17 this is sarcasim at it’s perverbal best. Not only do I agree with 10, but NJT knocked it outta park and broke a windshield. This is quickly becoming my favorite read….BRAVO my good man, BRAVO!

  23. BlueinMemphis
    12:59 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the Worldwide Wes discussion that was promised?

  24. Longtime
    12:59 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    While it is fun we all express rage toward Tipton, he actually serves a purpose: _____________________ I haven’t figured out what it is yet though. Still pondering that.

  25. Sarcasm...Damn Near Killed 'Em!
    1:12 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, this guy is worse than BTI. How could KSR let this knd of stuff on the site. I don’t come here for this. I would rather see political talk. FREE ENES.

    1:12 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink


  27. oldcatfan
    1:16 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink


  28. i don't really think it is that funny
    1:19 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is the kind of humor that tries so hard to be funny but really is just a thinly vieled attempt at self-promotion…if you are from Ashland, it reminds of Justin Ross’s and Mark Melvin’s sense of humor in high school (98 represent)…it just isn’t all that funny.

  29. bmt22033
    1:23 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I love it! More Not Jerry Tipton, please!!!

  30. angered
    1:27 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    geez… THIS is why I can’t stand Tipton. What an a hole…..

  31. Runnin'Ramel
    1:30 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    If you can’t read this and at least smile or chuckle, you are probably a stiff with no sense of humor who doesn’t belong on KSR in the first place. Was it drop-dead hilarious? Nah, but it made me smile. Perhaps those hating on this don’t read Tipton’s columns, or know much about his general negativity on all things UK. If so, my bad, I guess. But something tells me you’re the type to complain about ANYTHING.

  32. Catsfan
    1:31 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Who cares? Acknowledgment only empowers the critic.

  33. let down
    1:32 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    after last week, I expected much better

  34. Musehobo
    1:43 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    1. This is the funniest thing I’ve read on here since Loserville Facebook.

    2. If you don’t think it’s funny, that’s your opinion, but it’s obvious that many people find it hilarious, so don’t make that big a deal about it.

    3. I couldn’t help but think while I was reading this—I wonder what Tipton would actually think about this? In my mind he’s saying “Yep that’s a good point….mmm…yep that one too. How is this supposed to make fun of me?” That’s how far out of touch this guy is.

  35. kentuckyjoe
    1:46 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    this post is pretty jerky if you ask me. I’m not smiling or chuckling, just scratching my head about why we need crap like this.

  36. Cats100222000
    1:53 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Never trust a man who has a mustache

  37. Dennis
    2:27 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This guy is a hater and always has been. He loves UK to be smeared anyway he can and is a disgrace to the Lexington leftest Leader to even be in the newspaper. I have NO regard for him or his opinions.

  38. Champ
    2:27 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    35 nobody asked

  39. BigBlueFan31
    2:30 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    34. I echo everything you said, including the part about Tipton. I have read both of these and each time I have wondered if someone he knows might have let him know this is on here. That would be icing on the cake if he does and he has read this.

    The only thing I do not like about this is the headphones talk. Sure, their parent could buy them, but no need to draw the NCAA here for any violation!

  40. Not funny
    2:34 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I have to agree with #17. I understand the sarcasm but I still can’t find the humor in this! It’s the same shit Jerry would say, just has not in front of his name! Once again I completely understand it’s sarcasm but if I really wanted to read some negative bullshit I would go find the real Jerry! So where’s the humour in all of this??

  41. JimmyB
    2:37 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Jethro Tull? Jerry, we know you’re still clinging to Perry Como on reel-to-reel.

  42. Yep
    2:43 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    40. Single, no friends, find a date tonight on adult friend finder. People like this are the worst Americans in the world.

  43. I shoot 4s
    3:01 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 40 and 17

  44. Kenny Banya
    3:04 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink


  45. drewsster02
    3:31 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    I, for one, have enjoyed the Not Jerry Tipton articles. We know that the real Jerry seems to turn every positive UK story into a negative one or at the very least make a negative statement in the article. For those of you still clueless, these made up posts are not meant to be negative toward UK but actually employ clever sarcasm and expose the false logic and negativity of the real Jerry Tipton. So two thumbs up for to “Not Jerry Tipton” and two middle fingers to the real one.

  46. blitzmr2
    4:54 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    46 said it all. Nothing more needs to be said.

  47. C.A.L.9000
    5:47 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Wonderfully done…I had trouble telling it from the real JT except I laughed, whereas real JT makes me foam at the mouth.

  48. kentuckyjoe
    5:49 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, please come back. This site has jumped the shark.

  49. Catlanta91
    6:06 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This post was the shite! Note to the three people who didn’t like it, you are squarely in the minority. Just scroll down, don’t read it if you don’t like it! I’m sure BTI has something nice and non-challenging for you.

  50. AFBlue
    6:21 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ran into Mr Wildcat one night in Chedders and told him it was an honor to shake his hand. Told him I had to shake Hillary Clinton’s hand while on a deployment that she later told everyone she was shot at in Bosnia while running for President. No one was shooting at her but Mr Wildcat starting shooting his mouth off with more “F bombs” and how much GWB screwed things up. I had just got back from a deployment to Iraq when the war started. I was disappointed but it was my fault for bring up Clinton. Just tried to point out how much more important UK basketball was than politics. Thanked him for his service in the USMC and moved on. We should not allow people to disappoint us but understand we all disappoint someone from time to time.

  51. bob
    9:54 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    why, jerry, why.

  52. Katbluefan
    10:56 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Just another hollow bunch of BS from Jack8ss Jerry Tipton. Jack8ss Jerry ever gets his head out of his 8ss and write something that is worth the time it take for him to spend working his shallow mind to come up with then maybe we can say it’s better than the crap that Pat Forde put out. But until then both are Bush Leauge writers

  53. Sheeeeeeiiiit
    11:32 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    Not Jerry is good stuff. It really brings out the sensitive fans though. Some folks just cant handle people having fun…especially like this. It’s very politically incorrect to be critical in a sarcastic way these days and that is sad. Personally I love movies and jokes like this. If you don’t like it or it bothers you that’s fine and saying you don’t like it is fine too. But just let us enjoy it and respect the fact that we may actually be having fun reading it.

  54. C'mon...
    11:40 pm January 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is awesome. Best thing on KSR in a while. Keep ’em coming. Hopefully Jerry’s reading too.

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  56. blueblood
    11:02 am January 29, 2011 Permalink

    hilarious. love the NJT articles. keep ’em coming. i had just about quit reading the real thing in the hl, but will go back just to see what a jerk he really is.

  57. rk
    1:21 pm January 29, 2011 Permalink

    tipton you sir are a total uk hater and a ‘scumbag’..its obivous you want to be a clone of pat forde , rick pitino and pete thamel.find something else to write about’ asshole’..