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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is mercifully over, and despite having the #1 ranked recruiting class in the country, Kentucky failed to make the NCAA Tournament, and were unceremoniously dispatched in the First Round of the NIT by Robert Morris. Hard to see things being any different in 2013-14. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Promises: Last Friday, Kyle Wiltjer announced his decision to transfer from Kentucky to Gonzaga. This is a huge blow for the Cats. Wiltjer takes with him 100% of the entire team’s Final Four experience and NCAA Championship Game experience. Also, losing a McDonald’s All-American is never easy to overcome, especially when you return exactly zero Burger Boys not including Alex Poythress. Also, one must wonder how close UK was to suffering a mass exodus. Luckily, it’s too late for any of Kentucky’s 9 incoming freshmen to transfer, or else they probably would have maybe. And you’d have to think Jon Hood and Jarrod Polson would join Wiltjer heading out the door, if not for the fact that they are seniors and only have one year left. So, I mean, what’s the point. The same logic applies to sophomores Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, who would certainly be transferring as well, if not for the fact that this would simply delay their inevitable trip to the NBA by a year. Tellingly, John Calipari has yet to post a web log entry on the computer inter-net site http://www.coachcal.com expressly denying the scenario laid out above. The silence is deafening.

*Hello Old Friend: Jeff Sheppard caused a stir when he told a group of UK alumni that he despises John Calipari. Specifically, he said that not only does not like the one and done rule, but that “I don’t think the Kentucky fan overall likes it.” He then suggests that the only reason Calipari still has his job is because UK backed into a title in 2012: “We’ve had to accept it… (w)e’re winning national championships — or at least one.” Notice the “at least one” line, which was presumably a mocking reference to the fact that Coach Cal only has half as many championships as Sheppard’s coach, Rick Pitino. Shep wasn’t done blasting Calipari, however: “I personally think maybe there’s a little bit too much emphasis on celebrating first-round draft picks. I’d rather be celebrating national championships.” Though this point was originally (and brilliantly) made by Rick Bozich, the fact is that while Calipari has produced 12 first round picks at UK, he’s only produced 1 national championship. Unfortunately, that disparity only figures to grow in 2014.

*Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself): On Monday, it was announced that the possession charges against North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston relating to his June 5 arrest have been dropped. This does not bode well for Kentucky. What this means is that Roy Williams and local law enforcement agencies in Chapel Hill (as well as Durham, and anywhere else a UNC player has run afoul of the law) will now be able to focus their collective attention on getting rid of the other legal entanglements facing the Tar Heels. This includes, but is not limited to, allegations of Hairston’s receipt of improper benefits, Hairston driving with a suspended license, Hairston possessing a firearm (with 9 rounds of ammunition), etc. This will also allow UNC as a whole to expend more energy ignoring the widespread academic fraud that has been going on at the school for years. For those UK fans who were hoping Hairston — UNC’s best returning player — would miss the Kentucky game in December just because of a little arrest, think again. Even though Calipari protégée Tony Barbee kicked a player off of Auburn’s team for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, Hairston will receive no punishment whatsoever for committing a much more egregious offense. The difference is that UNC, unlike Auburn, is serious about winning basketball games.

* On this date: On this date in 2018, Terry Rozier will be playing professional basketball in Kazakhstan.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

18 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. You know it
    2:44 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    FIRST!!!!!!!!!!



  2. Consistency
    2:47 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    At least these are consistently terfible and never funny. Keeps our expectations low. Why they continue to post these is beyond me. Its like an angry 9 year old pens down generic sarcasm weekly. Please stop, makes us look like idiots and makes this blog appear juvenile and contrite.



  3. CATscratchFEVER
    2:54 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    2 – I think that’s what they’re going for. Are you new to this site?



  4. theSkinny81
    2:57 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink


  5. Ralph
    3:04 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Where does this guy get his sources?? Jerry Tipton is an idiot.. He doesn’t take things in the right context. Someone needs to straighten him out.



  6. Hey Cranky
    3:04 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    2 you should’ve had a V8 today. man you’re cranky.



  7. #2 is terfible
    3:08 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Terfible.



  8. You mean...?
    3:08 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    #2 do you mean trite instead of contrite? Because I seriously doubt they r one bit contrite about these NJT posts.

    Adam Morrison is going back to Gonzaga to coach (random Wiltjer related news)
    http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/adam-morrison-returning-gonzaga-student-assistant-coach-all-american-no-3-draft-pick-2006-charlotte-bobcats-nba-bust-072513



  9. Thank You
    3:16 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    #2–Right on!!



  10. Matt Jones
    3:33 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky will be fine



  11. Amen
    3:35 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Usually i’m the only one bitchin about this horrible weekly article! Glad to see im not the only one that thinks this has run its course and its time to quit. It’s NEVER funny. For some reason (blind hope, stubbornness, or stupidity) i read this article every week thinking “maybe this one won’t suck”… WRONG



  12. theSkinny81
    4:21 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    11 – Whattya mean? The “On this date” portion of today’s post alone is pure comedy gold. It’s funny…. because it’s true!!



  13. Joe
    5:18 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Love not Jerry Tipton! The only thing better is usually there are commenters who think its real. This does not bode well for intelligence.



  14. TrailerTrash
    5:25 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    “Even though Calipari protégée Tony Barbee kicked a player off of Auburn’s team for possessing less than an ounce of marijuana, Hairston will receive no punishment whatsoever for committing a much more egregious offense. The difference is that UNC, unlike Auburn, is serious about winning basketball games.”

    More ‘funny because it’s true.’ Suck it, haters.



  15. bbn
    6:38 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



  16. JagCat
    6:46 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Eric Clapton was a great choice. Love notjerrytipton!



  17. Linda Taylor
    8:34 pm July 26, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, this was “cute” the first 10,000 times you did it, but now it is just old and tired (like many other KRS gags)



  18. Linda Taylor
    4:48 pm July 27, 2013 Permalink

    17 – While you were posting as me last night my husband and I were at a dinner party given by a friend. You see, unlike you, I have a life.