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Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook

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The 2012-13 season is still a few weeks 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:

*Long Way To Go: Since the summer, John Calipari has told anyone who will listen that freshman Willie Cauley-Stein is much better than originally anticipated. Frankly, this admission is shocking and sends a troubling message to Kentucky fans everywhere. Calipari is confessing that he is a terrible judge of talent. Some players (John Wall, Anthony Davis, etc.) are so good that anyone — even Calipari — can recognize it. Other players are better than expected, such as was the case with Josh Harrellson and DeAndre Liggins, who Billy Gillispie recruited because he shrewdly recognized they would play in the NBA one day. The bottom line is that the better Cauley-Stein plays, the worse it looks for Coach Cal. With UK’s coach admitting he can’t really tell if players are good or not, one has to wonder what this means for the future of the program.

*It’s Never Alright: Earlier in the week, several details were leaked about the recruitment of the Harrison twins. Specifically, it became known that their father, Aaron Harrison, Sr., granted direct access to his sons to a representative of Under Armour. This doesn’t reflect well on Kentucky, and one has to wonder why Coach Calipari continues to recruit players whose parents deal with people who may be involved in shady behavior. To compound matters, the Harrison twins committed to UK yesterday, which means the program has sustained yet another black eye, as questions surrounding the recruitment of the twins will dog them for however long they play for UK (spoiler alert: one year). And to top it all off, the twins will presumably insist on wearing Under Armour gear at UK, which is a Nike school. In other words, there is turmoil on the horizon. It seems the Cats just can’t catch a break.

*Rock It All Away: On Tuesday, top 5 recruit Julius Randle announced he was dropping Duke and North Carolina from the list of schools he is considering. This does not bode well for Kentucky. Ever since Coach Cal arrived in Lexington, he has said he will recruit the “best of the best” players. Currently, the two premier programs in the country are Duke and UNC, so the fact that they chose to stop recruiting Randle (which is probably what happened) means one of two things: Either that they didn’t feel he was good enough to contribute, or that there are questions involving the legality of his recruitment. Either way, this makes UK look bad. And it’s one thing to beat out Duke or North Carolina. It’s quite another to beat out the schools Randle is currently considering, such as Oklahoma or North Carolina State. That’s not exactly a Who’s Who of college basketball, Cal. Is Randle part of the “best of the best?” Or the “rest of the rest?”

* On this date: On this date in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith promised that Kentucky would “run more this year.”

Article written by Not Jerry Tipton

47 Comments for Not Jerry Tipton’s Friday Basketball Notebook



  1. bsquared
    12:35 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cue the people that take this post seriously



  2. Turkeywildturkey
    12:40 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Where do you come up with this conjecture? How do you know UNC and Duke quit recruiting Randle and that he simply didn’t want to go there? And how can you say that Duke and UNC are the 2 premier programs in college basketball? Where have you been lately? Just look at the top 20 players the last 5 years and see where kids today would like to play. Give me a break!



  3. Josh
    12:40 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    We just can’t catch a break. I’m so bummed out.



  4. Josh
    12:41 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Perfectly timed, #1.



  5. Gay Ryan Lemond
    12:41 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Really Turkey???



  6. The Fake Fake Gimel Martinez
    12:42 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Cue the people who take seriously the comments that are pretending to take the post seriously.



  7. God
    12:42 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Everyone knows that Notre Dame is the premier program.



  8. kentuckyrulesGuyWhoTakesItSeriously
    12:45 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry,

    I do not know why they let you post on this site. I mean, it is some of the most anti-Cat writing I have ever seen!! I hope you get drunk and walk out of the state! Does anyone else see this?? Am I the only one that is observant enough to notice this back-handed statements Jerry makes?? Geez…c’mon folks!



  9. Axe Cop
    12:50 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Once again, the rubes that take NJT’s post seriously provide and equal level of entertainment as the post itself.



  10. RealCatSupporter
    12:51 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    @#2, you got it right. Jerry, do you have chrystal balls to look into? How do you know that Puke and Tarred and Feathered dropped him? May be you should start writing articles for sites at Puke and Tarred and Featherd. You are not a Cat fan and you do not have blue blood. I think you are running on empty.



  11. Rick P
    12:54 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    great post



  12. kentuckyrules
    12:54 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    #9: shh…!! Let them post so we can read.



  13. ukmoxie
    12:57 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    LOVE NJT.
    HATE the dip shits who don’t get that this is FAKE JERRY TIPTON.



  14. kentuckyrules
    12:59 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    …also love the posts who don’t catch on that the “outrage posts” may also be sarcastic to emulate those who may actually be “outraged” 🙂 …just sayin…



  15. fb>bb
    1:00 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    If you don’t like the real Jerry Tipton, complain to the Lexington Herald Leader, not KSR. The real Jerry Tipton is more negative and misleading than this.



  16. jymbo
    1:09 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Even though we know this is not the real Jerry, it’s still stupid and a waste of space.



  17. Fast Hand Cal
    1:11 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #9. SHHHHHHHHH let them comment, I love it. Keep it coming NJT this is always the highlight of the week getting to read Not Jerry Tipton. Only this week, the Harrison’ twins have beat you out. LMBO at some of these.



  18. Fast Hand Cal
    1:12 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    ^ #10.



  19. ThatsAShame
    1:13 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I love the people who pretend to complain about the people that pretend to complain about the people who pretend to complain about the post. (I hurt my head)



  20. Dr. Kutaweigh
    1:13 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Unfortunately, there are visitors to this site that don’t really know who Jerry Tipton is, so the Tipton posts, which have been going on for some time, that are meant to be entertaining and a ‘dig’ at Mr. Tipton, confuse and irritate. Most readers seem to be well aware, but others, i.e., #2 and #8, are still on the outside. To be honest, I usually just skip over the ‘Tipton’ article because I have never found it to be informative or entertaining. The majority of regular visitors probably just do the same. Who wants to read anything that has Jerry Tipton’s name attached to it?



  21. Fast Hand Cal
    1:13 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    This may not BODE well for Kentucky.



  22. Duke Sucks
    1:14 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Love the post this week. Sadly some dumb Card fans will see this and swear it’s the same thing they have been saying for years. If anyone read the cards post last night they seen the card fans writing about the same things. The only difference is they have convinced themselves that they are right.



  23. Philmagooch
    1:21 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky’s dynasty is coming to an end!!!!! Yesssaaaaa!!!! Go VOLS!



  24. Bob Loblaw
    1:22 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    NJT’s posts make being trapped in the law library on this wonderful day a little bit more bearable



  25. Philmagooch
    1:24 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    VOLS!!!!!!!!



  26. PW
    1:25 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Hey #20, you think the #8 post was serious? Just look at his handle…

    Sheesh.



  27. Typical Vols Fan
    1:27 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I typed this message and I watched, amazed, as it appeared right in front of my eyes on the magic box that this “kee-bored” contraption is attached to.



  28. CatSinceBirth
    1:40 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    #6….The Harrison’s as a whole might not see the humor in the article. People tend to forget that these young men haven’t signed yet, and may not sign a LOI, thus they can change their minds any time they want. Humor?? Nah, not this particular part of the article.



  29. dubuas
    1:44 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    The Harrison Twins’ commitment celebration wasn’t complete until NJT’s post. Couldn’t wait to read this today! As usual, well done!



  30. What
    1:47 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I love the NOT Jerry Tipton stuff every Friday. Its freaking hilarious. I especially like the thing with Tubby promising to play fast every year



  31. Bruce Pearl
    1:48 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t wait for the Twins to announce today.



  32. Dallas R. Hoskins
    2:00 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry’s comments bother me. Cal knows what he is doing, he brought Willey Cauley-Stein came in as a 4 star he plays like a 5 star thats what makes it better. Jerry I thought you could write beter than this.



  33. Rajon Rondo
    2:08 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    * On this date: On this date in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith promised that Kentucky would “run more this year.”

    Now that’s comedy!!!



  34. Paul
    2:17 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    1 Not Jerry is fast becoming more widely read than Jerry.

    2What Not Jerry left unsaid: Cal badly misjudged Cauley-Stein’s abilities and now finds he’s way better than Noel whom he badly over-rated. Which explains why the other elites passed on Nerlens, leaving him no option but to take Cal’s misguided offer. Doesn’t bode well………



  35. Honest opinion
    2:27 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    I have read Jerry in the LHL for years but I must say he has gotten a lot better since he moved to KSR.



  36. UK_Wildcat_in_AZ
    2:28 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Love NJT – I look forward to it every Friday!

    Best part about it is, I get to see NJT at 9:00am, instead of having to wait until noon like most KSR readers!

    (For #2, #8, #32, etc, I’m joking. There’s this thing called Time Zones. I see and hear things BEFORE you do! For example, at 9:21am tomorrow I will be listening to the Tom Leach broadcast of the Cats vs Miss St)



  37. Katdaddy
    2:34 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    There will be a investigation on this UA deal! Not saying they will find anything. But forde is probably looking into it as we speak.



  38. clint4UK
    3:04 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    NJT is a donkey fart smeller!!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  39. Dead Horse
    3:06 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Stop beating me NJT. Your schtick is getting old.



  40. SaveUofL
    3:16 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    @39 – speak for yourself chump!



  41. TdnbwfK
    3:18 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Thameltoe is in MD as we speak talking to the Under Armor people.



  42. other stuff
    3:20 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Rebound Noel… overhead pass to Harrow who’s racing it downn the right side… LOB PASS TO POYTHRESS!!!… WHAT A PASS!!!… WHAT A FINISH!!!!… and Louisville calls a time out. This is the Big Blue Network with the score UK 47… UL 36.



  43. Dead Horse
    3:27 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    ~40 . You have the right to state your opinion, I have the right to state mine.



  44. UL Fan
    3:38 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    The reason why I like NJT is because even though this is a parody, it still takes alot of the same shots that others do at UK



  45. John clay
    7:20 pm October 5, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t let the parody thing fool you. Those are Tipton’s real opinion!



  46. Marine
    5:29 am October 6, 2012 Permalink

    When did turtleman change his name to Jerry Tipton?



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