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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook


The 2012-13 season is still a few months away. However, the guess here is that the Cats will not be able to improve upon last season’s performance, which saw losses to hated rival Indiana (which didn’t even make it past the Sweet 16 lol) and Vanderbilt (which is more known for its academics than athletics). To stay apprised and educated, follow me on Twitter @NotJerryTipton. Here’s the weekly notebook:

*Here In The Real World: Last week, ESPN released the results of a study which revealed that Kentucky is only the 3rd best program in the last 50 years. This is a bit shocking, of course, and left many college basketball fans asking the same question: “Why was UK ranked so high?” Consider: The #4 team on the list, Duke, beat Kentucky in 1992 and has a good chance to beat the Cats this November. The #5 team, Kansas, won a national title at the expense of UK coach John Calipari in 2008. The #6 team, Louisville, beat UK in the 1983 Elite 8 and had a chance to beat them in the Final 4 this past season. The #7 team, Indiana, beat Kentucky only last season. In fairness to the composers of the list, they did get some teams right. UCLA’s #2 ranking was justified, because they were good like 40 years ago thanks to a rich guy who bought stuff for players, and North Carolina’s #1 ranking was more than fair, in light of the fact that they have the 2nd most national championships in their state over the last 30 years. So even if the Cats were a little overvalued, it was a pretty fair list, all things considered. And at least now we know why Kentucky bills itself as “The Greatest Tradition In The History Of College Basketball” instead of “The Greatest Tradition In College Basketball Since 1962.”

*Someday: Speaking of lists and polls, CBS released another one of its wildly popular polls last week, in which anonymous college coaches placed Calipari sixth on the list of college coaches you would choose to run your program. Again, this is a shocking result. Does he really deserve to ranked so highly? No one is arguing that the coaches who finished ahead of him deserved to. #1 Tom Izzo has a won a national championship, after all. Ditto #2 Bill Self. #3 Coach K proved his coaching mettle by almost coaching his team to miraculous comeback in against Lehigh last season. #4 Rick Pitino proved his superiority to Calipari by beating him head-to-head in the Final Four. And #5 Billy Donovan showed he’s better than Cal by beating his UK team in the recent past. Now let’s take a look at the coaches who finished lower than Calipari: #6 Sean Miller finished tied with Calipari, but you can’t really judge his career yet because he’s spent most of it at mid-major school, and has only been at a BCS program for a few years. #8 Brad Stevens proved his coaching acumen by taking his mid-major school to a Final Four on two separate occasions, the difficulty of which cannot be understated. And #9 Roy Williams showed his chops by leading his UNC squad to a victory over UK in December of 2010, and then only lost by a point at Rupp Arena last year. So there you go. The poll which revealed that 6% of anonymous coaches choose John Calipari as the guy they’d most want to lead their program may have been skewed. Could those anonymous coaches have been biased?

*Wanted: Ace reporter Pete Thamel dropped yet another bombshell on Big Blue Nation last week when he penned an explosive article for Sports Illustrated which revealed that the NCAA went to the high school of top recruit Nerlens Noel earlier this month. There have been some questions surrounding the financing of unofficial visits Noel took, including one to UK. Franky, given the history between Kentucky and the NCAA, it is a little questionable why John Calipari would continue to recruit players who can’t buy their own $800 plane tickets. And the fact that an objective journalist like Thamel seems to only investigate UK and Calipari means that nobody else is violating rules like they are. Next time you recruit a high level recruit, Coach Cal, you may want to think about checking out his W-2 first, or at least demanding documentation proving how he paid for all the unofficial visits he has taken or plans on taking.

* On this date: On this date in 2002, Louisville fans eagerly anticipated the start of the football season. In fact, many of them predicted an undefeated season. In the first game, the ranked Cards would host Kentucky, who was a double-digit underdog.

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

13 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

  1. MarknBg
    12:20 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    What are u talking about? Matt why would u let this guy post on ur site? He’s a UK and Calipari hater. Izzo and Self are better coaches because theyve won ONE national championship?!?!? News flash….so has Calipari!! Matt get people like this off ur site or it’s going to drive away is hardcore fans.

  2. Duke Sucks
    12:32 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    I know this is satire but it does bring to light the cost of these unofficial visits. This is a price my middle class parents would have had hardships to pay. As much as the NCAA makes off these kids they should help with the cost or due as Cal wants and just do away with them.

  3. Amazed
    12:33 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    NJT never fails to fool an idiot. I mean, come on #1, you’re joking right? You haven’t caught on yet? Really? Really?!?

  4. Linda Taylor
    12:35 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    1-Have you ever thought that Not Jerry Tipton might very well be Matt Jones? Don’t you realize everything NJT writes is tongue in cheek? He/she (NJT could also possibly be Mrs.TTT, at least those are my top two guesses) is using sarcasm and is very funny if you take it in the proper context. Remember ridiculous is what sets this site apart.

  5. katzrjamers
    12:43 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    Any chance NJT is actually the real JT channeling the inner Jerry Tipton? Nah.. I don’t think so either.

  6. Axe Cop
    12:51 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    5. I was about to post that exact thing…

  7. JC
    12:56 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    MarknBG can’t be a hardcore fan if all of the NJT’s posts, they still don’t get the fact it is satire. Reading the comments from NJT’s posts usually makes me sad as a state and fandom. And the fact everyone who doesn’t get it is so adamant they know what’s best makes we weep for the future.

  8. Crush little red
    1:06 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    According to, Eric Lindsey says that Cal has 3 visits on one day from coast to coast. Aaron Gordon would be the west coast guess. Any guesses on the others?

  9. Ronnie
    1:57 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    This jerry Tipton is a butt munch has nothing good to say about anyone

  10. barn
    2:47 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    number 1 and #11—–i love you guys

  11. Carl
    2:58 pm August 31, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll give you a B+. I’m not really channelling my (HJT) HateJerryTipton this week. I’m sur RJT will have some sympathetic article for Billy G. Next week.