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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


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:

*Don’t Cry Tony: It appears evident now that Wake Forest transfer Tony Woods is heading to Texas to play for Rick Barnes and the Longhorns. It also appears that he really wanted to play for Kentucky. While the specific chain of events that led to this result isn’t known, one thing is patently obvious: John Calipari has no tolerance for kids or second chances. The young man was alleged to have made a mistake, but nobody who wasn’t present on the occasion in question is in a position to pass judgment on him. Opponents of the decision to recruit Woods will claim that given the fishbowl nature of UK basketball, Woods would have had no margin for error, and opposing fans would have been relentless in their taunting of him. Well, apparently I have more faith in mankind than those people, but then again, I’ve always been an optimist. And I may not know much, but I do know this: If Woods happens to slip up next year, and get in even more trouble, this will be solely because he wasn’t allowed to attend UK. So what then? What if that happens, and Woods runs afoul of the law next season? Well, John Calipari’s going to feel pretty silly.

*Fifteen Years Ago: At a recent Cardinal Caravan outing, Louisville coach Rick Pitino brought the tens of UofL fans in attendance to their feet by proclaiming that the SEC is a “second rate conference.” Before UK fans criticize him for this, they should first look at the numbers, as they seem to back him up. When he was at UK, he had infinitely more success in the NCAA Tournament than he’s had at Louisville. The reason, obviously, is because his Louisville teams are so worn down by the gauntlet that is the Big East, that by the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, they’re out of gas. In 10 years at Louisville, he’s only gotten past the first weekend of the Tournament once. Why? Because the Big East is so daunting. (As was Conference USA when Louisville played in that league, apparently, because he didn’t have much NCAA success then, either.) This also explains why Pitino sent his son Richard to the SEC to be an assistant at Florida, so he could cut his teeth at a lower level before stepping up to the big leagues. I mean, it’s not like he decided to just ship his son out of town in order to spare him from the embarrassing spectacle of a public trial involving tales of adultery, abortion and premature ejaculation.

*It’s Only Make Believe: In February, Kentucky celebrated what they claimed to be John Calipari’s 500th career win after a victory over Florida. Of course, it was not his 500th career win. From 1996 to 2008, Calipari coached 9 college basketball teams: One at UMass and eight at Memphis. Those 9 teams had a total of 42 wins vacated, which is an average of almost 5 wins per season. UK apparently thought they could pull one over on the NCAA by having a raucous celebration following the win in February, but as usual, the NCAA is too smart to be duped. It was reported earlier that a “fan of a rival program” complained to the NCAA initially, which ultitmately led to this whole controversy. After some investigating, this reporter was able to locate the “fan” in question. When reached for comment, the fan (who did not want to be identified) had this to say: “That celebration Kentucky had was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen. It’s not surprising, though, because UK fans are the most irrational fans I’ve ever seen, and John Calipari is the biggest attention hog I’ve ever seen. He’s also the most ungrateful individual that I’ve ever gotten a job as head coach at UMass. I’m surprised it took this long for this story to come out, to be honest. I sent my good buddy Pat Forde a copy of my email to the NCAA, but he told me he wasn’t allowed to write about Kentucky. That’s ridiculous, because Pat is the greatest writer I’ve ever seen. OK, I have to go cheat on my wife in public.” Maybe this mystery fan will never get his 15 seconds of fame, but his impact will last forever.

* On This Date: On this date in 1995, North Carolina was the winningest college basketball program of all time.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

26 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. nuke99m
    12:07 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Better than the real one.

  2. ky
    12:08 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    GO CATS lets beat louisville on the 17th


  3. UKDave
    12:13 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    But Louisville has only been playing in the Big East since the 2005/2006 season. What explains his lack of success at Louisville prior to that?

  4. Not funny anymore
    12:14 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    This Tipton stuff just isn’t funny anymore we get the point

  5. Wrong
    12:17 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    4) Yes, it is funny.

  6. andrew
    12:29 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    what’s the “Pad Forde isn’t allowed to write about Kentucky” stuff? Did ESPN come down on Pad?

  7. RondosDribblingHand
    12:33 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Pretty good. Little short. Must be all those calls to the ncaa taking up his time to write for us.

  8. Josh
    12:36 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Still funny! Keep it up!

  9. Dumb&Dumber
    12:54 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    4)It will be funny until Tipton retires or dies. 4) Are you Tipton?

  10. Not funny anymore
    1:03 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Yes I am Tipton. I am a damn good writer.

  11. Not funny anymore
    1:05 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I want to get away and bathe in Calgon…

  12. exiledfan
    1:06 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    This is still funny! I look forward to this every Friday! Keep it going.

  13. Simple
    1:16 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    BJT is easily the funniest thing this site produces (and that isn’t a backhanded compliment, but rather an endorsement of NJT). My only criticism of NJT is that he breaks character on his twitter account. Otherwise, it’s perfect. The only thing that comes close to the biting satire of NJT is when Drew Franklin used to do the facebook mock pages.

  14. Ashamed of KSR
    1:18 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I can’t believe KSR would let someone like this write on the site! He is so negative and flat out wrong about many things. We need to boycot KSR. I’m joining TBK!

  15. Ummm
    1:27 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I have never thought that NJT was funny. However, the comments are hilarious sometimes.

  16. Manbearpig
    1:46 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    @15 such as #14 illustrated haha

  17. Bringith
    2:07 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    This is a good article, NJT. Funny

  18. Guck Foodman
    3:06 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    “OK, I have to go cheat on my wife in public.” hahaha

  19. Kemp's Pawn & Lube
    3:06 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    It’s this column, during the summer months, that keeps me going. As for NJT’s breaking character on Twitter, at least Ashley Judd follows him.

  20. duhville cat
    3:12 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Boom! I smell roasted pigeon! Best NJT yet. Thx.

  21. MtnCat
    3:16 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Always look forward to NJT, one of the best things about KSR.

  22. Jimmy Dykes
    3:41 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m with #13. The facebook mock pages was some of the funniest things I have ever seen.

  23. hypocrisy
    4:24 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    ATTN BBN: ESPN Poll on todays headline NCAA BBall page. In SportsNation Poll lower left. Involves opinion of NCAA forcing UK to alter Cal’s win total.

  24. seriously
    5:50 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink


  25. bballjoker
    7:46 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    After the comment from Sandy Bell about the ‘local news media’ member, obviously Jerry, I actually was looking forward to this week’s NJT. And I hate to say it, cuz at first I felt really awkward reading these, but I thought this issue was pretty tame compared to what it could have been. If even Sandy Bell is going to call him out, I thought NJT would obliterate him.

  26. KYWineman
    7:50 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Agree #25. Missed opportunity.