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The SEC responds to Kevin Stallings

We’ve already told you about Kevin Stallings’ hissy fit over Kentucky’s lack of a Thursday-Saturday combo for the second year during SEC play. Well, the SEC director of media relations Craig Pinkerton heard Stallings’ whining all the way in Birmingham and gave the Tennessean’s Jeff Lockridge this response:

“The SEC’s athletics directors have established a set of parameters to follow when building the men’s basketball schedule. These parameters are in place to ensure that the schedule is as equitable as possible and enables the SEC to fulfill its contractual obligations with television. We make our best effort to balance out the Thursday-Saturday tandem among all of the teams. Last year we began moving some Thursday games to Tuesday to alleviate some of the issues with the quick turnaround. Now we are playing two games Tuesday night with an ESPNU game that leads into the ESPN Super Tuesday matchup.

We try to get every team at least one game and no more than four games on Thursday night. The key issue is avoiding teams playing on the road for both parts of a Thursday-Saturday tandem.”

Kevin, maybe if your team didn’t continually choke in the tournament and against teams like Cleveland State and Indiana State, you’d get more Super Tuesday matchups. Just sayin’.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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28 Comments for The SEC responds to Kevin Stallings



  1. yeah first!!
    11:25 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    if ye ain’t first…. ya last! Excited? No. It just is and has always been.



  2. Playersfan
    11:25 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin it’s awful, ceding in the tournament must really piss you off, because it’s not fair to teams coached by you, since you can’t win enough games to be seeded as high as winning teams.



  3. saki7
    11:30 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Aw, he was just acting out. I’ll bet now he’s embarrassed.



  4. john
    11:35 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    lol we are totally gonna be playing Thursday games next season because of this.

    I think his whining is gonna work out for him lol.



  5. dont look now
    11:40 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Good source is indicating that Rick Pitino will not be returning next season. The parties involved are currently working on the “story” that will allow UofL and Rick Pitino both save face. Look for the news to break after the season is over. The team and recruits will not be made aware of the departure before had. UofL does not want players to have enough time to transfer. A big mess is brewing.



  6. alaeotus
    11:42 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky games draw higher ratings for ESPN. They therefore choose Kentucky games for their “showcase” more than non-Kentucky games.



  7. Prove It
    11:45 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 proof or it didn’t happen



  8. NotFirst
    11:45 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Vandy is part of the 99%, UK is the 1%.

    Deal with it Kevster. BTW, is anyone really surprised that a Roy Williams disciple whines this much?



  9. Viren
    11:47 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    DORES and STALLING need to worry about taking care of Indiana State and Cleveland State. What an embarrassment to SEC after getting so much pre-season hype only to fall at homes versus mid majors.



  10. SexnNursinHomes
    11:48 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    “Hey Hank….”



  11. yeah first!!
    11:49 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    You have to admit that if your a bottom feeder, it doesn’t seem fair. It’s good to be on top “sometimes” because the the treatment can be better. Minus some negatives that anyone on top has to deal with.



  12. Kenny
    11:59 am January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #5 prove it



  13. kybigblue
    12:08 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Stallings doesn’t show much confidence in his players. There are other SEC teams like UK that do not a Th.-Sat. schedule. In addition, some teams have two or three Th.-Sat. schedules while Vandy only has this schedule one time.



  14. Wildcat Willie
    12:19 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Until Vandy gets rid of that piece of uknow what for a gym, they will never be a contender.



  15. UK Rifle >>>> WVU Rifle
    12:33 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Shout out to the BBN :

    # 6 UK women take on #14 UGA women in Athens tonight @ 7pm
    UK is on a 5 game win streak, and UGA is on a 3 game win streak
    Tune in the radio, and cheer on the CATS!



  16. rambo
    12:37 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    I thought Bobby Knight retired! How the hell did he end up at Vandy?



  17. Rob Lowe
    12:50 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Hey 5, did you get that information from me?



  18. Jeff
    12:51 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    John Clay wrote on this on LHL on Jan 18th at 922 PM

    ” Even if Stallings has a point, doesn’t the Commodores’ commander have enough to worry about with a team that lost to Cleveland State and Indiana State and has routinely folded its hand early in the NCAA Tournaments? Just saying.”

    Sounds awfully similar to Tyler’s last line…



  19. Bob Day
    1:08 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Well, you gotta love it that UK will have a nice, long rest prior to both of the Vandy games this year. That’s why Stallings is whining. He knows his Commoders are going to get seriously flushed both times this year…on national television!



  20. he says she
    1:19 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin Stallings whines about everything. Watch him closely during Vandy’s home games. He works the officials and cries more than anybody using body gestures and yelling… and he continually confronts the official who happens to be unlucky enough to be along the Vandy baseline. He gets away with murder.



  21. Just wondrin
    1:47 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    If Vanderbilt ever gets by the first game in the tournament, the Thursday/Saturday experience will help them. Doesn’t the NCAA tournament always have a Thursday/Saturday or Friday/Sunday schedule, until final four, which is Saturday/Monday? Seems to me that Stallings has a schedule which has built in practice for the tournament…should he get to a game 2.



  22. catfan74
    1:52 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe the rest of the SEC coaches should file a complaint against the home court advantage that Vandy has with their benches being in the endzone!!! To my knowledge they are the only school in the NCAA with that kind of advantage…



  23. Ms. Tyler Thompson
    2:20 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    18 – You’ve figured out my secret. I troll the Herald-Leader in search of Vanderbilt basketball insults. #smdreads



  24. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:21 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #22- Actually the Tubster has that set-up at Minnesota with a raised floor. Butler also has one but those are the only three that I know of.



  25. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    2:23 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    #22- If you’re just talking about the teams being in the endzone though you may be right. I think at the other two schools they are still on the sidelines.



  26. Glenda Davis
    2:41 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    There are 345 division gyms and vandy’s is the only one with the benches on the ends, also has a raised floor and the clocks and scoreboards are in a wacky position. Their fans brag about the advantage this gives their teams, mens and womens at home. So if you are so worried about a level playing field why didn’t you change your gym when you remodeled in 2002



  27. Byebye
    2:58 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    Five yrs from now youll be like who the hell is this kevin stallings douch

    Lifes a happy song when theres someone by my side to sing along



  28. STEVE!
    3:37 pm January 19, 2012 Permalink

    They sometimes get past Thursday, but rarely get past Saturday in the SEC Tournament, too.