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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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We’re still a couple of 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:

*Too Low For Zero: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has appointed a task force to study the future of Rupp Arena. Specifically, a determination is being made as to whether it would be more prudent to build a new arena, or simply to modify the storied facility that has been the home to Kentucky basketball for over 30 years. The first question many people had when this was announced a few months ago was “why is Kentucky trying to copy off of Louisville?” As soon as UofL opened the doors to its state-of-the-art Yum! Center, UK apparently decided it had to follow suit, even though Rupp Arena is as structurally sound as any building in Lexington according to a construction worker I spoke with. And this isn’t the only instance of the Cats trying to keep up with the Cards. Consider: In 2001, Louisville hired Rick Pitino, a flashy Italian-American from the Northeast who used to coach in the NBA, and who has ties to UMass. Eight years later, Kentucky does the exact same thing. And if that bit of mimicry weren’t enough, earlier this year, UK coach John Calipari decided to hire Denny Crum to coach a basketball team. Guess who was the last school to make that same move? Yep. The University of Louisville. It’s almost enough to make one wonder who’s the “Big Brother,” and who’s the “Little Brother.”

*Don’t Go Breaking My Heart: On Monday, it was announced that two walk-ons would be joining the UK basketball team: Brian Long and Sam Malone, who are from New Jersey and Massachusetts, respectively, will join the roster for the 2011-12 season. Not so coincidentally, both Long and Malone had prior relationships with John Calipari: Long’s brother played for Cal at Memphis, and Malone’s father and Calipari are buddies. Many Kentucky fans were incensed that the UK coach decided to take part in this sort of cronyism. Why, they asked, would Coach Cal decide to let a pair of out-of-state kids wear the UK uniform without giving a native Kentuckian that same chance? The father of one such homegrown kid simply doesn’t get it: “My boy could play for the Cats, ain’t no question. He can fill it up, and ‘at Calipari didn’t never even ask him if he wanted to play,” says Billy Dan Woodhurst, whose son Bobby Don averaged 4 points per game for the JV squad at Bourbon County last year. “Don’t make no sense.” When asked whether he feels that Calipari opted to bring in the two out-of-staters simply because he despises the Commonwealth of Kentucky and all it stands for, Woodhurst said no, but his tone suggested otherwise.

*Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me: Over the last couple of weeks, the biggest story in the world of sports was that involving the scandal at the University of Miami. In a widespread bombshell that pertained to both the football program and the basketball program, it was revealed that not only were student-athletes at the school being paid sums of money, they were also being provided with prostitutes, drugs, and all other sorts of improper (and frequently illegal) benefits. When the story first broke, it undoubtedly resulted in widespread consternation across the Bluegrass, as — fans will remember — former UK standout John Wall was heavily recruited by Miami, and even paid a visit to the Coral Gables campus. Clearly, this suggests that he was actively seeking improper benefits, and may very well have been enticed to Kentucky by illicit means. Several phone calls to the NCAA have yet to result in a formal investigation of UK, but that doesn’t mean one won’t eventually be commenced. Also, it should be noted that the Yahoo! article that spawned this controversy does not specifically state that UK is innocent of any wrongdoing. Until this happens, the cloud of scandal will linger in Lexington. Could UK’s 35 wins and Elite 8 trip from the 2010 season be (here’s that word again) vacated? Time will tell. The question is, will Nevin Shapiro?

* On this date: On this date in 1999, Louisville easily defeated Kentucky in football by the score of 56-28. (They’ve also beaten UK a bunch of times in basketball.)

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

18 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. Sexington
    12:14 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I. L ove you not Jerry



  2. cpacat
    12:32 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    “Also, it should be noted that the Yahoo! article that spawned this controversy does not specifically state that UK is innocent of any wrongdoing.” LOL, ROTFL, UOIJPMPFL (Uh Oh, I just peed my pants from laughing!)

    If it didn’t sound so much like something he would write, it wouldn’t be as hilarious!



  3. Mike Stalls
    12:48 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    this is the first time I’ve ever left a message…Is Jerry Tipton a writer at a Lexington newspaper, or is this column a farce? If he is with a local paper, why don’t they get rid of him? I’ve never read such bias from a Kentuckian unless they were a huge UofL Cardinal fan. I’m not suggesting anything, but i’m surprised he’s still living unharmed…



  4. Walden Schmidt
    12:50 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    #5, unbelievable.



  5. Keith
    12:50 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I believe Tipton owns a majority of stock in KSR!



  6. bti sucks
    12:51 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    Mike,

    Clearly the first time you’ve read NJT.

    Bgcat,

    I think some of them have been pretty weak, but the one about Miami was funny.



  7. Robroy
    12:51 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    2. I agree. It does nothing but keep his name out there for all to see. Whether it’s “just for fun” or not, i can’t stand the prick, and wish his name were never mentioned on this site. But hey, they let Aaron blind link the tipturd on nearly a daily basis (knowing that most of us don’t appreciate it), so i guess we learn to live with it. It’s Matt’s site.



  8. Tim
    12:51 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    # 5 Mike Stalls says he’s “surprised he’s still living unharmed” WOW!!!! Way to keep things in perspective!!! Get a life, Geez!!!



  9. Holden McGroin
    12:59 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    2. agreed. Even if it is making fun of him, i hate it that it still gives him exposure. He doesn’t deserve any free publicity.



  10. tmark14
    1:02 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.
    get a clue people!



  11. tmark14
    1:05 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.

    get a clue people!



  12. wildcatfan
    1:37 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    The writers at KSR have no more skill than Tipton. That is to say, they have no skill at all. Now I am beginning to question whether their is even any intelligence on the staff. All appearances would indicate not.



  13. Mike
    1:51 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    I though the articles were by Jerry Tipton and was getting peed at what he was writing. I couldn’t figure out why the jerk still had a job. Very funny you got me.



  14. PolsonForThree(Minutes)
    1:54 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    2, shut up. If you don’t want to read it, then dont.



  15. vegascat
    2:11 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    You forgot to mention that UL took the name Kentucky Fried Chicken and now UK is secretly making a deal with a local Louisville retaurant owner to rename Rupp Arena to Greasy Joe’s Fried Chicken Indoor Bucket. Also, UK has plans on renaming the basketball floor. Yes, UK is going to change the color of their uniforms and the floor will be painted solid red and renamed Big Red Court.



  16. Bg Cat
    2:30 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    15. I Have The Right Tn Opine Like Anyone Else Even Though Ksr Disagrees Since My Comment Was Deleted. All I Said Was NJT Was Getting Old.



  17. h8train
    2:44 pm September 2, 2011 Permalink

    @17 Well,in that case, #15 has the right to tell you to shut up. Like KSR has the right to delete your comments.