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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


We’re still a few months from the start of the season, but there is always something going on with the Kentucky basketball program. Whether it’s meaningless exhibitions, trying to figure out how to replace one group of freshmen with another group of freshmen, or Coach John Calipari walking away from his job in order to be the coach of a national team of a country he’s not even from, something is always going on. To stay apprised and educated, you’d be well-advised to follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Friend or Foe: in discussing the upcoming game pitting former Kentucky players against John Calipari’s Dominican Republic squad, ex-Cat DeMarcus Cousins said that he “can’t wait to talk trash” to Calipari. This proclamation by Cousins flies in the face of public statements made by Calipari concerning their relationship, which he has always suggested was a friendly one. Obviously, one would assume that if the two got along, then Cousins wouldn’t feel the need to “talk trash” to his former coach. Generally speaking, players don’t talk trash to someone they like. Case in point: Cousins also boasted that he was planning on “talking trash” to Dominican team member Francisco Garcia, who just happened to play his college ball at the University of Louisville, which just happens to be the hated rival of Kentucky, which just happens to be the alma mater of (you guessed it) DeMarcus Cousins. It wouldn’t be shocking to see Cousins receive another technical foul for taking an unprovoked cheap shot at a member of the other team, just like he did the last time he played against Louisville.

*Hard Knock Life: Though it’s hard to fathom, it appears that support for John Calipari among the Big Blue Faithful is beginning to waiver. A poll has revealed that 100% of UK fans will be vociferously rooting against Calipari when he takes the floor for his next game in Rupp Arena on August 15. When asked if they hoped Calipari’s Dominican Republic team would lose that game, all 3 UK fans I called said “yes.” This seems hard to believe, given that Cal coached the Cats to the Final Four just 4 short months ago, but apparently the loss to UConn didn’t sit well with Big Blue Nation. And in an apparent attempt to win public favor, Calipari went as far as to hire beloved ex-UK coach Joe B. Hall to be an assistant for the Dominicans. However, a source has informed me that Hall, in an apparent attempt to avoid the derision that UK fans will be directing toward Team Cal, may be planning to defect to the other team once the game starts. This is definitely a situation that bears watching.

*99 Problems: In what can only be seen as a last-ditch effort to get Kentucky fans back on his side, Calipari has asked former Louisville coach Denny Crum to help coach the the team of ex-UK players against Cal’s Dominican squad in the games taking place on August 15 and 16. Calipari’s logic is apparently that since UK fans rooted against Crum longer and more fervently than almost any other coach in college basketball, they would continue to root against him for these games, and thus have no choice but to pull for Cal’s team. Louisville fans are understandably incensed that their former coach would dare associate with the rival of their beloved Cards. If Crum has a change of heart, which is still possible, who would Calipari turn to next? Bobby Knight? Dale Brown? Bruce Pearl? The pick here is Rick Pitino, and the reasoning for this is twofold. #1, UK fans would definitely root against Pitino, and #2, there’s no chance that Pitino will pull out.

* On this date: On this date in 2007, Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie probably pissed off a bunch of UK boosters.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

20 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. Samara Tass
    12:14 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    1st … and NJT – this has to be one of your best – but with this week’s ammo I might have pulled it off too.

  2. Al's IndiCats
    12:17 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Probably Pissed off? I’d say that would of been a sure bet

  3. !!
    12:18 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink


  4. Al's IndiCats
    12:20 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    NJT gets it……But there will “STILL” be a few that won’t! You hafta love it. Sofaking sweet!

  5. deeper shade of Blue
    12:53 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Loved the Pitino comment!!

  6. GapToothDanny
    1:01 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    quite entertaining…who’da thought that we would be talking roundball in AUGUST?!
    btw, with the real Jerry Tipton being MIA…
    good to know I can count on NJT for a weekly dose of negativity and contrarianism each week…

  7. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    1:02 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Stellar work.

  8. Defense
    1:06 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink


  9. Anj
    1:16 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Hilarious. lol

  10. Wildcat49
    1:27 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks Paul Finbaum wanna be.

  11. bti sucks
    2:09 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    I think Pitino could coach the team for at least 15 seconds…

  12. Jorts
    2:23 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    C’mon, NotJerryTipton, you know that Boogie doesn’t have a college alma mater! That would mean he matriculated. UK is simply where he attended college.

  13. Veritas
    2:35 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the real Jerry Tipton? GapToothDanny brings up an excellent point. Did he finally get got by the LHL?

  14. Veritas
    2:38 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Good point. Where has the real Jerry Tipton been hiding lately??

  15. out of loop
    2:58 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Would the REAL Jerry Tipton please stand up!?

  16. rick
    3:54 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    By the way, Tipton always refers to Bobby Knight as “hall of fame coach Bobby Knight.” Please correct this issue in future writings. Thank you

  17. ink
    4:30 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

  18. Bubba in Glenpool
    5:01 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    You killed it!

  19. FinjaDave
    6:29 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    Fonzie called: He said this column jumped the shark six weeks ago.

  20. GapToothDanny
    7:48 pm August 5, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA has whisked the real J.T. of to their Witness Protection Program.