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Seriously Kent Spencer?

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We like Kent Spencer. In addition to his stellar hair, the current WHAS TV in Louisville sportscaster used to reside in Lexington and was one of our favorite local television personalities. But sometimes even the best of us can have mistakes. For instance last night, when Spencer was on Lachlan McClain’s radio show and said that Rick Pitino had outcoached John Calipari in all four of their games while at Louisville. Spencer noted that due to the discrepancy in talent, one would have expected Calipari and Kentucky to blow the Cards out, but it didn’t happen in the matchups. He was then corrected about the 2011 season game in the Yum Center and Spencer conceded that in that game, Calipari may have gotten the better of Rick. However in the other three, Pitino was the master and Calipari the student.

Because I like Spencer, we will make this brief. The “Rick outcoaches Calipari” argument is the de jour excuse of the Pitino apologists. Rather than simply acknowledge that Calipari has owned Pitino during his three years in Lexington, those that want to make life better for Pitino try to find an excuse to explain his 4-0 record. For Rick Bozich, that excuse was the bizarre Courier Journal column saying that Calipari had “Pitino envy.” For Howie Lindsey and other UK fan sites, it is suggesting that UL does things the “right way” and that Calipari must be cheating. And now for Kent Spencer and many others, it is the claim that Pitino “outcoaches” Calipari, and that UK only wins because of superior talent. Because Pitino can’t win on the court, or at least hasn’t won yet, there must be an explanation beyond simply coaching superiority. Whatever it is, it can’t be that Calipari > Pitino, so excuses are made.

Leave aside that recruiting is part of “coaching” and the fact still remains. The goal of coaching is to win. Louisville fans always insist that their program is able to compete on the same level as “Big Brother.” And in fact, this year some believe Louisville could get title #3. If there are no structural barriers to success at UL (and the fact they are in the supposed best conference in college basketball would suggest that there are not), then the fact is that losing four straight, including one rout on your home court, is all the explanation that is needed. For three years Calipari has owned Pitino…and if Rick doesn’t win this year, he may never win again.

Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades and unless Louisville wants to start hanging up banners for “Outcoaching Opponents we lose to”, then acceptance of Calipari’s three-year domination should be the next step for Louisville media sad that their hero cannot beat his Lexington white whale.

Article written by Matt Jones

101 Comments for Seriously Kent Spencer?



  1. UK22
    4:05 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    so its cool to be the guy who says things like he outcoached him. I know basketball and PITINO can coach. hahaha



  2. ElmerFudd
    4:10 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #KentSpencerDoesn’tExist



  3. Wild Turkey 101
    4:13 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Haven’t you heard? Recruiting is not considered part of being a coach.



  4. Mr. Bill from the real 'Ville
    4:14 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Following that logic(???), does Mr. Spencer wish to concede that Tubby outcoached Rick??



  5. Sane People
    4:15 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I know it’s July and you don’t like baseball so there is nothing else to talk about but.. Who cares?



  6. Extra! Extra!
    4:16 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    FoxSports called Randall Cobb the “young gun to watch” in their packer training camp preview:

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/new-england-patriots-green-bay-packers-training-camp-preview-071912



  7. UK
    4:16 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino’s strategy against Wall Cosuins etc was to thry to foul the crap out of us and try to get Cousins ejected….is that better coaching or just simply knowing you’re going to lose?



  8. UKBlue
    4:16 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    or both



  9. DEasy
    4:16 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cannot beat his white whale? That sounds dirty.



  10. GoCats2010
    4:19 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I like how we consider this year’s game in Rupp “close”…If Russ Smiff doesn’t hit 2 absurd 3’s when his team was down 13 with under 15 seconds left would Coach Cal be better on that day?



  11. UKUKUK1865
    4:20 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    If that is how the game is played then I hope Three Stacks out coaches Cal again and we win yet again. This is just like the fools that say that the reason that Cal schedules easy is that he wants to be the first coach to go 40-0. If we do that then we win number 9 and I think we are all OK with that.



  12. WHATTTTT!
    4:20 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Oh my god really?4-0 against Ricky how is he out coaching Cal?



  13. thick rick
    4:28 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    That really is loser talk. Keep reaching for those moral victories Lville. Before we play them they say they have a better team. After we win, we have a better team but Cal was out coached. Lville has nothing but loser double talk.



  14. Carl
    4:31 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Having the job title of “sportscaster” is the same as saying I’m an idiot that can’t move past my high school days as jock wannabe.



  15. Cheese
    4:33 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    What about the 2003 game when an unranked Memphis beat #4 Louisville at Freedom Hall. Calipari sure didn’t have the same talent back then.



  16. New Day Co-Op
    4:35 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    When will Loserville fans and the Louisville “Media” members realize that the ONLY time Three Stacks won a national championship he had by far the most talented team in the nation (and arguably a top 5 all time team talent wise)? That team only beat UMass by 7 in the Final Four, so did Cal outcoach him that game? Also, go back to 1996 and Louisville fans said Pitino sucked and it was all the talent that won the game. Give it a rest and lay off the Crown and Crank you UL wankers.



  17. CatFanJB1976
    4:41 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    That’s ok, keep “out coaching” us we will just keep winning!



  18. Coolioo1
    4:42 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    So if Cal fails to cover the spread in the next 20 games against RP but still wins the game, RP is the better coach? Only if you are a bookie not a fan. but I thought Cal couldn’t win with Freshmen, but those “cannot win with freshmen teams” are 4-0 against RP.



  19. Coolioo1
    4:43 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I always thought Lowest Body Fat wins over Talent anyday of the week?



  20. matt
    4:44 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    watch out you might piss off the champs



  21. bluefan
    4:44 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #whas11 does not exist. Seriously won’t be watching and will be emailing this clown, even though he may have just been looking for attention.



  22. Hal
    4:47 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    can’t have it both ways. samardo, siva, blackshear & behanan were McDs AAs. dieng may be a top 10 big man. jsmith, sosa, buckles, price. they have/had talent. that’s why they went to final 4 last year & are top 3 pre-season this year.
    may be they just got beat. over and over.



  23. kdog
    4:48 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe they are talking about moral victories. Like “hey we played well because they did not blow us out.” But the last time I checked they don’t put out coaching or moral victories in the record books.



  24. Does it matter
    4:49 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Does it matter who wins, if one team is bound to have those wins vacated in any regard?



  25. World Wide Wes
    4:50 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    It is simple, I pay the players for Cal



  26. Does it matter
    4:52 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, though, you UK fans live in the distant past, and then very near-present, whichever is most beneficial to your current argument. Prior to these four consecutive Louisville losses, were four consecutive Louisville wins. Louisville’s having no problems keeping up with “big brother” and has unarguably surpassed said brother in every sport aside from the one coached by a gentleman whose recruiting character is shady at best.



  27. Floyd
    4:52 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Come away from the mirror kent, it’s finally fried your feeble little mind.



  28. jeyhey
    4:53 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    using that thought pattern, even gillispie (could not care less if spelled wrong) out coached pitino.



  29. CatGrad7072
    4:54 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    He’s only trying to stay on the good side of Pitino and Jurich in order to keep his media access. Otherwise, see Exhibit A: Terry Meiners



  30. DerbyDemon
    4:56 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #29–Uh, I think you need to check the overall record in the series. Levae to a U of L fan to argue they are “keeping up with big brother.” You know that’s a lie, as well as the rest of us. U of L is–and ALWAYS WILL BE–little brother. And for all your mouth-running, chest thumping, and posturing, there’s not a damn thing you can do to change that. As for a coach with a shady character, ever heard of an incident regarding U of L’s coach and a table at Porcini’s in Louisville? Now, let’s talk character.



  31. Jonah Hex
    4:57 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Um, excuse me, but last years game at Yum, UofL was the favorite going into the game.



  32. jeyhey
    4:59 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    4 consecutive ul wins?….in basketball?…are u high?….please explain.



  33. Chad
    5:02 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    That is similar to saying Joker outcoaches someone. Wins and losses are important.



  34. Hal
    5:02 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    29-haha, untrue. UK is 3-14 v UofL. UK is 8-4 with pitino at UofL. UK is 6-2 with pitino at UK.
    UK 8 UofL 2.
    if cal wins this year then he’ll tie the longest winning streak in rivalry.



  35. Hal
    5:03 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    30-14 vs UofL*



  36. WHATTTTT!
    5:03 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    To Does it matter You are wrong Tubby had a winning record against him too.Loserville didnt win 4 in a row.



  37. Coolioo
    5:06 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    UofL has never won more than two in a row!!! And UofL even lost to UK in each of its championship years. Plus, even Tubby beat UofL in his last year. It took a drunk coach for UK to lose two in a row or it could be 9 in a row!!



  38. WHATTTTT!
    5:06 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Just looked it up dumb ass …They only won 2 in a row before that Tubby won his last 3 against Rick



  39. WHATTTTT!
    5:06 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    If you are going to comment make sure you have your facts strait



  40. me
    5:07 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    29-UL has never won more than 2 in a row. Nice try little buddy!



  41. blitzedanddazed
    5:07 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    The Tards will always be the Tards. Kent Spencer was an idiot, is an idiot and always will be an idiot. Enough said.



  42. lonnieb
    5:09 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    @does it matter……

    None of us were on the radio/news/blogs claiming that billy clyde outcoached rick pitino and UL just had more talent when we were catching ass whippins….

    We were bad for a few years and UK fans knew we were bad……I didnt talk trash to anyone….However right now uk IS college basketball and it is great. Just suck it up and quit complaining.

    If another loser ass lville fan talks about vacating….its embarrassing. Why do people think he is bending the rules anymore than anyone else, especially with the magnifying glass of every writer in the US trying to find something wrong. He has middle schoolers on youtube calling UK their dream school. We didnt even offer a top 10 2013 stud that just signed with the Gators who was publically asking for that offer. Cal is MIAMI U in football in the 90’s. He is just weeding out the people he does not want.

    Just stick with me for a minute…..if your kid is a top 10 prospect in the US where would you want him to go? UK, UK, UK, UK, UK, UK, UK, UK, unc, duke, maybe syracuse and hope he does not get raped. Why do you need to cheat when you are hands down the desired location in college bball right now. YOu wanna play in the NBA and get drafted 5-10 slots higher than you should, be on TV every single game, get treated like a god while in Lexington, and be on the east coast(which helps draft stock even more)…..GO TO UK. Its that simple.

    I know if im a parent of a kid thats a top 10 player in the US and I dont see if he might be interested in attending UK I am a bad parent.



  43. WHATTTTT!
    5:09 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Uk lead the modern era 21-11



  44. UK Homer
    5:10 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, this guy sounds crazy, but I’m betting he’s just trying to give the hometown team a little hope. We need the Cards to have hope or beating them won’t be as fun



  45. WHATTTTT!
    5:11 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Can you say Clint Hurt and vacated football wins its coming loserville



  46. Radio Ron
    5:11 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #29
    Get your FACTS straight bird (cardinal) brain!!
    U.of L. has NEVER won 4 straight basketball games against UK! They haven’t even won 3 consecutive B-ball games. The very best the ‘Tards’ have done (since the turn of the century) is win 2 straight games in 02-03 and in 08-09. Meanwhile the CATs have won the last FOUR and several THREE straight games.
    Lay off the “funny” cigarettes !!



  47. Will
    5:11 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    As a Duke fan, I have no problem with uk. I just wish uk fans would own the fact that Cal is not the one that brings in all the talent. Without Wes, half of Cal’s recruits at uk would have gone elsewhere. Did you see Cal’s recruiting classes before Cal and wes started working together?

    Also, UK had 6 pros and uofl zero. How did Cal not win that final four game by 25? I think if the teams were reversed, Cal would not have gotten uofl to the final four and would have been hammered by Davis and company. Thus, Pitino is the better coach.

    UK should have been beating teams to death and not 8 point type wins.



  48. king cat
    5:12 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I guess we have to go back to ’96 when we had all that talent and Cal beat us once and almost beat us again. Seems to me he outcoached Pitino twice that year.



  49. Dean
    5:13 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    So losing by an average margin of 10 points per game over 4 games, when your team is ranked in top 25 for three of those losses, and you are outcoaching the other guy. Makes a lotta sense.



  50. Truth
    5:13 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    If Joe B Hall had a sack and played uofl back in the day, the series would be much closer. Heck, Derrick Anderson even said Hall would not play the cards because he would have gotten owned.



  51. WHATTTTT!
    5:14 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Will you are a moron! UL has 4 mcdonalds all americans Duke lost to a 2 seed shut up



  52. Hulk Hogan
    5:14 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I love my UK and whatca going to do when “Joker” runs wild on u!



  53. JMFATZ47
    5:15 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    50) You sir, are a f’ing idiot.



  54. WHATTTTT!
    5:16 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    truth if the dog would have not stop to scracth its ass it would have caufght the rabbit



  55. WHATTTTT!
    5:17 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I hate UL



  56. SexnNursinHomes
    5:17 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    50- you all had 2 pros and couln’t beat Lehigh. Suck that.



  57. Catlanta
    5:17 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I’m a die hard uk fan and i must admit I was stunned when the tards hung with us. The talent gap was massive and the game was up for grabs with a couple minutes to go.



  58. gossie21
    5:19 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    UK might be 30-14 against UofL. But UofL has out-coached UK 44 times.

    29. Nice try. UK won in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011, and 2012. UofL has never won more than 2 in a row (even if they have never been outcoached. UK has won 2 (or more) in a row 9 different times. Below is the source if you care to look it up

    http://www.bigbluehistory.net/bb/Statistics/Louisville.html



  59. Coolioo
    5:23 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    UofL was the only team that stood a chance against UK in the tournament due to the whole rivalry thing. Look at the coaching job Cal did in ’10-’11. Beat OSU and UNC on his way to the Final Four and the main reason was a former scrub named Harrelson.



  60. rjr
    5:24 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Forgot about the Bozich “Pitino Envy” article. Someone needs to ask Bozich about that article today.



  61. #50sucks & #29sucks
    5:25 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    We are NATIONAL CHAMPIONS! Stick that in your pie hole!



  62. thewaitfor8
    5:26 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    #50 – Will

    Wins in tourney by 15, 16, 12, 8, and 8. So I guess you are just referring to the last 2 games in 8 point type wins? And those early round games were not that close. Avg margin of victory in regular season was 19 points!

    Cal took a team of mostly frosh and soph’s and molded them into a national championship team in 6 months. There are very, very few coaches that can do that. You don’t usually see teams just blowing out other teams in the Final Four.

    How established was Cal before WWW? He certainly helps, but so does getting to Final Fours, putting players in the league, winning a championship, etc.

    You just hate Cal.



  63. thewaitfor8
    5:28 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Cal can stay at UK half the time Coach K has been at Duke and have a very, very high chance of winning the same amount of championships.



  64. D A M @
    5:29 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino has got two things going for him, Jack and Shi#, and Jack left town.



  65. Jonah Hex
    5:29 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Kent-

    Serious question, did you go to St.X? You sound like their head football coach. Mike G has never lost a game, certainly never lost a game to Trinity. Mike has wins, and should’ve wons, but no Ls.



  66. Laker Cat 18
    5:30 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    A coach is defined by wins. Close doesn’t matter.



  67. Will
    5:30 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    As a Duke fan, I like all my fellow Duke fans like to go home from a long days work and Abuse farm animals



  68. dragonlord741
    5:32 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    So apparently recruiting better players than the competition isn’t part of coaching?



  69. Jacksonkiller3
    5:40 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    So does this mean Pitino was out coached by Billy Clyde in ’07 and ’08? UL won because their coach was sober?



  70. blitzedanddazed
    5:49 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Spencer, What is that brown ring around your lips?



  71. Beavis
    6:05 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Just unbelievable,,,,what will be the next excuse for Pitino,,,,Karen was an alien and she abducted him,,,,messed with his mind,,,for 15 seconds??????



  72. Xs and Os
    6:13 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    With comparable talent, I’d say The Fornicator wins 8 out of 10 against The Vacator. But they won’t match up too often with comparable talent because The Fornicator simply can’t recruit like The Vacator can. UL will always have a losing record against us even though The Fornicator is clearly the better Xs and Os coach.



  73. CATS
    6:25 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    26.) You did not think that statement through at all did you. So instead of using the past and present to back up an argument, you used a four year period. You did exactly what you were making fun of UK fans for, except you did it worse and we get our facts straight. The four year period you are refering to never happened.

    Also, I believe two thirds of a series (distant past, middle past, and recent past) pretty much sums up the whole damn thing.

    Actually, I will use the whole series, 30-14 UK.

    Get over it!



  74. Rocky
    6:28 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    The better coach wins. And, certainly the better coach wins 4 out of 4. Anyone who says otherwise is a friggin idiot. Only a total retard says that a coaches goal is to outcooach his opponent. The winner says that a coach’s goal is to beat their opponents. And, Cal does this consistently against not only 15 second Pitino but against all.



  75. msnthrop
    6:33 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Article from the New York Times about Kentucky when Pitino came to UK to coach even with sanctions looming and comparing it to the Penn State situation…reminds me there was a time when ever little homer POS Kentucky fan would have dropped to their knees to honor him…orally

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/sports/ncaafootball/what-kentucky-basketball-can-teach-penn-state-harvey-araton.html?hp



  76. Will
    6:39 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    68) Except Cal didn’t recruit most of those players, uncle wes did. That is something rubes like you refuse to admit.



  77. UK Mom
    6:47 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I bleed blue too but I do not understand the uproar. What ever happened to agreeing to disagree? The rest of the world thinks that UK fans are obnoxious rednecks. Please let’s not make them right. No need for name calling. I think I heard him say…Cal is better than what he gets credit for. No one was bashing Coach Cal.



  78. Jay in Lyndon
    6:52 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I have to believe Spencer will try a wiggle out of this one.



  79. Beavis
    6:54 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    # 75,,,,yep,,,and then we found out what a POS him and his wife are. Lots of people here were glad to see him go. Boston was the same way,,,lots of fanfare and promises and then he was gone ( or run off ) Then Louisville gets him and his act. Don’t say he is revered in Louisville,,,last year there were people howling for his head to roll.



  80. MikeB
    7:43 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I didn’t see one poster talking about visualizing themselves like that. Sounds like a personal hang up you have for Pitino. It is very insulting to anyone involved to compare those situations and it shows the depths the Times has fallen, not to mention yourself. Young children were not being molested at UK, and the fact you would add a sexual connotation, shows how classless you really are. Let me catch you close to my child…



  81. BirdsWidTeeth
    7:47 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Always funny to hear UL fans talk about Wes, when they had Tim “Pockets” Fuller and City-Wide Clint on the payroll.



  82. Big J
    8:00 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    What a stupid goober. How can he be paid to comment on sports?



  83. John Ellis
    8:41 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    First of all the only reason the games were close was Pitino kept his press on when the games had been decided. Cal was just trying to get the clock run. And as they were early season games when UK was still unseasoned you’d have expected UL to have pulled out at least one of them.

    And Tubby owned Pitino too, also since he left UK. So Pitino must have out-coached him too. Pitino did scratch out a win here and there with bizarre tactics (he won the game before the 26 game win streak of ’02), but it was a rare thing.

    Cal will win another title before Pitino gets to another final four – if he ever does.



  84. jill
    8:57 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino coached with Calapari players and the margin would have not have been 6-7 points…Calapari gets talent, but coaches like Huggins a few years ago flat out coach him.



  85. Jenny Craig Pitino
    9:00 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    I look forward to the shirts UL will print for this great accomplishment. Maybe they can put it on a billboard!



  86. jp7
    9:03 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    It’s easy to make excuses when facts won’t support your position. If you could win on talent alone, then why does Calipari bother to have practice? Why did he bother to teach Anthony Davis post moves, footwork and refine his shot blocking techniques. Why did he bother to teach any of those NBA first rounders anything? Plus, when you play a rival like UL, you can throw everything out the window-record, talent, statistics because each team will be playing for pride to beat their rival and many times the team that shouldn’t be in the game is, right to the wire sometimes. Some of these talking heads need to get a life-and some common sense.



  87. Reality
    9:21 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    86) I know people who have attended uk practices and they have all told me it is a complete embarrassment how they are run. It is likely the reason no one ever gets injured in practice. Nothing but a shoddy NBA walk through.



  88. 83isaClown
    9:22 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    83) then why was the game tied with 3 to go?



  89. blue57
    10:23 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    During same program Spencer also said UK “peaked” during SEC play and “limped” to the championship. No, he really did say that 🙂



  90. Aaron
    10:40 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ok, so I went back and broke down the lead changes from the last 4 meetings between UK and UL. 4 games = 160 minutes of total game play. Of those 160 minutes, the game score was tied for 5 minutes and 58 seconds. Next, of those 160 minutes UL had the lead for roughly 7 minutes and 27 seconds. Percentages, based on seconds (9600 total), the lead changes looks like this: Tied ~ 3.7% (358 s /9600 s), UL with the lead ~ 4.7% (447 s /9600 s), UK with the ~91.6% (8795 s /9600 s). I like numbers, especially when they prove UK’s superiority over UL.



  91. SweetWm
    10:47 pm July 25, 2012 Permalink

    Spencer is a legend in his own mind ..



  92. MikeB
    3:33 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    All UK fans should copy this for when the losers have nothing left to fall back on but UK and Cal cheat. It used to shut them up pretty fast back in the day. I had to hunt to find it again. As far as a dUKe fan talking about vacates, can you say Maggette? You all deserved a vacate too. UL the only school to ever use the “We didn’t know we couldn’t violate multiple times” defense.

    In 1998, Louisville’s basketball program was banned from postseason play for rules violations involving extra benefits. But Glazier uncovered what amounted to a technical error — that the school hadn’t received adequate notice that it was facing a major violation and could be charged as a repeat offender.
    On appeal, the NCAA overturned the postseason ban.”He was very instrumental in uncovering so many details for us,” Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said. “I almost looked at him as an investigator for us.” Jurich inherited his mess at Louisville. The Cardinals were knee deep in their second investigation in three years when Jurich came on board in 1997, and people were more than a little anxious — “the word ‘death penalty’ was on a lot of people’s tongues,” Jurich said.
    “This university was guilty and guilty of multiple sins,” Jurich said. “I didn’t want someone to tell me what I wanted to hear. I wanted to change the culture and that was met with a lot of resistance.



  93. Beavis
    6:52 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    # 87,,,,I know people that have attended the practices that have the opposite opinion of how coach Cal runs the practices. A college basketball coach does not win a NCAA championship on talent alone,,,,come on folks. It certainly helps,,,but not on talent alone.



  94. Crabby
    7:02 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    It’s “excuse du jour” hick not “de jour excuse”



  95. BillyG's Midnight Golf Scramble
    8:18 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Umm yeah…oh and don’t forget how well Pitino out coached Morehead State a couple years ago too. Complete joke



  96. jill
    8:57 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    #92…UL has NEVER been banned from post season play…NEVER…. Can UK say the same?



  97. Carl
    8:58 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky was running away from UL in New Orleans and Cal slowed them down. That’s the only reason UL was able to be close in the end. So, from that standpoint I guess Pitino did out-coach the team trying to show some mercy on his a$$.



  98. Stmitch
    9:11 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kent Spencer is one of the finest in the business. He is entitled to his opinion and is called on in his line of duty to offer his opinion. He is also a life long Cat fan…Too many fans take one little snippet (that he did not even have opportunity to explain) and make way to big of a deal about it…

    Let’s move along…nothing to see here.



  99. Beavis
    10:26 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    # 96 Does that mean the program is clean,,,,,no it does not. Plenty of programs such as Duke,,North Carolina,,,etc that have been caught cheating and did not receive sanctions. As for Kentucky cheating in todays climate,,,,the players could not even spit on the sidewalk here without the NCAA knowing about it. We are under the microscope and thats fine. You people that want to claim we pay players,,,,think about it with more than two brain cells. The players want to play in the NBA,,,,Cal has a history of putting players into the first round of the draft,,,come here and play for 10 to 12 months and the NBA will make you a millionaire. We don’t have to pay for play,,,,period.



  100. blitzedanddazed
    3:24 pm July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Kent Spencer is an idiot. Everyone I know in the business thinks he is barely ahead of a park bench when it comes to intelligence.



  101. UK Mom
    3:54 pm July 26, 2012 Permalink

    #100 – I think your name Blitzed and Dazed says it all. Enough said. YOU ARE THE IDIOT!!!!