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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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Now, the offseason. And while there may not be any more games to played, there is always excitement surrounding the Kentucky basketball program, whether it’s which freshmen (or juniors) will declare for the NBA before they’re ready, which player will be implicated in a New York Times story, or which NBA job John Calipari will actively seek this summer. To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Livin’ On A Prayer: On May 25, it was revealed that Ryan Harrow was transferring to Kentucky from North Carolina State. Surprisingly, UK fans seemed to be pleased by this. On one hand, it has not yet been explained how a player who apparently couldn’t cut it an ACC bottom-feeder like NCSU was going to excel at Kentucky. On the other hand, the ACC is an infinitely better league than the SEC, so maybe the youngster figures if he can’t succeed in Raleigh, he can do so in Lexington. That said, it should be pointed out that Harrow was only the 5th ranked point guard in the class of 2010, and — lest we forget — the top ranked point guard in that class voluntarily left the UK program after just one year. If #1 couldn’t make it, how will #5? And if an apparent lack of ability isn’t enough, it was announced on Twitter by the notoriously unbiased Jeff Goodman that the young man has an attitude problem. With all these factors working against Harrow, it’s no wonder that Rick Pitino elected not to sign him.

*Don’t Dream It’s Over: On May 21, it was revealed that Luke Hancock was transferring from George Mason to Louisville. This was a huge get for Rick Pitino, as he will be adding an experienced player to his roster, one that’s already proven that he can compete at the highest level of college basketball. In addition, the fact that Hancock has to sit out a year will only help, as he will benefit from practicing with a borderline top 25 team for a full season before he plays in a game. It looks like those who said Pitino was washed up after a salacious sex scandal and consecutive 1st Round embarrassments in the NCAA Tournament will be eating their words, as the Cards figure to be a top 5 team (in the Big East) for the foreseeable future. Also, by adding a zero star prospect who was unranked by the recruiting services, Pitino — who recently promised he would never recruit players who could possibly leave early for the NBA — once again proves that he’s a man of his word.

*With Or Without You: There has been talk that UK is considering offering a scholarship to former Wake Forest big man Tony Woods. Woods is probably best known for pleading guilty to assaulting his girlfriend, who also happens to be the mother of his child. Given the scrutiny that surrounds the UK program, it seems questionable why Calipari would want Woods on the team. So if Cal does offer a roster spot to Woods, it will be clear that he has no problem with having criminals on his roster. On the other hand, if he decides not to offer a scholarship to Woods, it will be equally clear that he doesn’t care about kids, that he’s not capable of forgiveness, and that he has no interest whatsoever in giving wayward young men a second chance.

* On This Date: On this date in 1989, Rick Pitino was announced as the new Kentucky head coach. It would take him almost 3 years to win an NCAA Tournament game.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

25 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Rockfield, KY
    12:09 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Gold Not Jerry!!!!



  2. Joe Smith
    12:11 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    This was dead on accurate



  3. charles
    12:11 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    hahaha!!! yeah i hope the no.5 pg in 2010 class washes out just like the no.1 did…classic post by far my favorite to read on this site



  4. Pokey Chapman
    12:42 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Great points on Harrow. With his track record I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up grousing about his lack of playing time this fall. (NJT is the best!)



  5. Cracker
    12:43 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Thats some funny sh!t right there.



  6. Cracker
    12:48 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    We may not get anymore youtube videos on this site, or any other site.
    http://www.infowars.com/embedding-youtube-videos-may-soon-be-a-felony/



  7. Manbearpig
    12:49 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Walsh is out as GM of Knicks and speculation that D’Antoni may not be back either, so prepare to hear the Cal-Knicks rumors….



  8. TSlone08
    12:56 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    I get that this is satire, but did Goodman really say that about Harrow? I’ve talked to Harrow some already, and he seems like a pretty cool dude. Down to earth.



  9. blitzmr2
    12:56 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    These posts never get old.



  10. Al's IndiCats
    12:58 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    NJT, I chuckled so loud I almost woke my grandkids up from their naps…I’ll bet in one of his lives, NJT went out west in the mid-1800s and struck it rich….for this is pure GOLD!



  11. MtnCat
    1:00 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    I sure enjoy sticking it to the LHL with Captain Oblivious NJT.



  12. ZombieLibrarian
    1:25 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Never go anywhere, NJT. You are so friggin’ funny and you make the presence of the actual Jerry Tipton tolerable. I can put up with his junk because I know you’ll make me laugh about it later.



  13. Brandon
    1:36 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Awesome rebound from your last entry, NJT!



  14. bluesince66
    1:38 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    This one is back on track. After the last one thought it might be time to give NJT a break, but this one is great.



  15. Not funny anymore
    2:02 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry the not Jerry Tipton thing has run it’s course for me too much of a good thing



  16. DonInFlorida
    2:33 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Good. Stuff.



  17. billy
    2:54 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Strange how some things a person does in society is classified as a criminal act and some terrible things done are not criminal only misdemeanors. If Woods would have attempted to kill his girlfriend I would understand that is was a crime. But just to physically abuse her one time I do not think it is a crime even though the law says it is. Just take those people who continue to abuse people even men included.
    So it is alright for men to get into physical fights as long as one of them does not get killed? Is physical abuse by children a crime or do they have to be a certain age?
    Can it be possible that someone who has abused some female be sorry that he did it later?
    Look at the way some Jews wanted to kill Jesus and Jesus asked his father to forgive them because they did not know what they were doing? Of course they knew what they were doing but he meant the who they were doing it to. THE SON OF GOD. God incarnate. God in the flesh. But he did as for forgiveness and the ones that repented were forgiven.
    Is not Woods a candidate for forgiveness is he is truly sorry?
    Think about it! Who will cast the first stone?



  18. Jack
    3:07 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Easily the funniest thing on this sight and maybe the best tongue-in-cheek humor on the whole internet. Keep up the good work!



  19. bigbluemist
    3:22 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    I look fwd to notjerryt every single week. Its tough to tell whether the real jerry is behind writing this stuff or not. I could see this all over the sunday notebook in the HL.



  20. right said fred
    3:27 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    #15 how can you not look at the goofy pic of the Real Jerry Tipton and not just set the mood for a good laugh at the post? I am already laughing at the old coot before I even read NJT post.



  21. nettech
    4:09 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Why do you give this guy any press at all. He is a bottom feeder.



  22. P.L. Wallingford, III
    5:01 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    It’s time to retire this clod. It’s getting really old, stale & boring…..put him out of his misery. Please…………



  23. louisvillecat
    5:37 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    Its only getting better. Love it, Love it, Love it.



  24. manu1433
    6:15 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    some people have no taste in humor….people who like NJT probably think dane cook is funny too



  25. Pretty simple
    6:35 pm June 3, 2011 Permalink

    NJT is funny. Dane Cook is awful.