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Steve Fisher’s Friday News and Views

For 12 years, Steve Fisher has enjoyed a relatively quiet existence in San Diego as the head coach for the San Diego State Aztecs.  Even last season, when his team lost only three games and spent some time in the top-5, he enjoyed the relative anonymity that comes with running a program in the Mountain West.  However, it appears the bright lights are about to shine on him yet again – and not in a good way – as the NCAA’s nitpicking at John Calipari’s 500th win celebration has the eyes of Big Blue Nation (and now the media) turning in his direction.  About six weeks before Kentucky beat Florida and John Calipari was given a congratulatory handshake and commerative basketball for his 500th career victory, San Diego State had a little celebration of their own, honoring Fisher for career win number 400 after topping UNLV.  The school included it in the press release.  The Mountain West announced it.  It’s still included on Fisher’s official bio.  The only problem?  Fisher had three entire seasons vacated at Michigan (76 wins in total) in the massive investigation that wiped away the Fab Five era and also vacated two other seasons after Fisher.  So, technically, Fisher isn’t quite there yet and there’s been a rapid push from Kentucky fans on Twitter, which now includes Jay Bilas, to make the NCAA aware.  One enterprising Cats fan even has his eyes set on Nick Saban too.  If you think all of this seems ridiculously silly, you’re right.  But, hey, that’s the NCAA world we live in.  And now it looks like Steve Fisher is going to have himself another reason to get all rosey red cheeked and angry.  So, good luck with that, Steve. You might have a real ish storm on your hands, but you saved us from celebrating BTI’s birthday this morning.

Now a few UK notes…

 – If we’ve learned anything by now, it’s that John Calipari is as polarizing a figure as there is in sports and UK’s response to the NCAA’s request for clarification regarding his win total certainly showcased that.  For a statement that was only 63 words long, the response was not only overwhelmingly large, but also incredibly diverse.  Some called it a victory for the NCAA because it forced Kentucky and Calipari to acknowledge his vacated games, while others saw it as a victory for the guys in blue because no apology was issued.  In the end, the response was essentially the absolute bare minimum that it needed to be and the NCAA was satisfied, which proves what an utter waste of time the entire ordeal turned out to be.  An organization with fires burning around every turn spent four months to get 63 words saying that the media guide had a mistake in it and they shouldn’t have given John Calipari a crappy basketball.  Keep fighting the good fight over there, guys.

 – In going through the back and forth documents between the two parties, it was interesting to see that Kentucky accused the NCAA of singling out John Calipari.  The organization, of course, denied it, but Kentucky’s coach clearly feels that’s the case.  Between the obscenely different rulings in the Derrick Rose and Corey Maggette cases, which still burn Cal up inside, and the pettiness of this entire saga, it would appear that Cal might have a case.  Whether or not they make other athletic departments issue clarifications in the near future, the mere fact that Kentucky was bold enough to send a document to the NCAA stating Calipari’s opinion that he was being targeted is extremely amusing.

 – Speaking of amusing, there were two things in the dialogue between the NCAA and UK that jumped out as being extremely entertaining.  The first was the notion in Sandy Bell’s letter that the entire process was started by a rival fan complaining that UK’s media guide and website did not note that Calipari’s 2007-08 season at Memphis was vacated.  Yes, this ball got rolling with a complaint from a rival fan.  However, the best note in the entire process came later in that same letter in regards to a man we so affectionately call “The Good Doctor”.  Kentucky accused Jerry Tipton of perpetuating the ordeal by constant contact with the NCAA office regarding something they said they’d clarified multiple times. 

Here’s the excerpt:


Oh, Jerry.  If you weren’t real, I’m not sure we could make you up and parody you every Friday at noon.

 – Now that things have finally been cleared up and the world can take a sigh of relief, the quest for the new 500 begins.  This is interesting on two fronts because a) no one really even cared in the first place and b) it most likely will come during the NCAA Tournament and possibly even the Final Four.  If the victory comes in the NCAA Tournament, it will most certainly be downplayed and possibly ignored because there will be more important tasks at hand, which is a little unfortunate.  This milestone victory, which excited just about no one in the fan base, will now be the most anticipated career coaching victory in the history of the program.  I say we celebrate it three times as hard the second time around.

 – Almost like clockwork, just as the statement was being released, ESPN turned out a junk piece with an ever-changing title from a newcomer on the scene, Johnette Howard.  Howard, who works for ESPN New York, took a break from covering the Yankees, the Giants and tennis to spit fire at Calipari and accuse UK of bringing this on themselves for, among other things, trying to get Enes Kanter eligible.  We could sit here and break down all the ways in which she’s clueless on the matter and how absurd it was for her of all people to write a column on Kentucky basketball, but the fact that she smacked Eric Crawford – who no one will accuse of being a UK homer – on the hand in her article probably sums it up best.  I look forward to Andy Katz’ take on Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit.

 – Sadly, lost in all the madness of the Calipari-NCAA spat was a Thursday rife with beef with Duke University.  Cal called out the Blue Devils for not wanting to play Kentucky and Brandon Knight called out Kyrie Irving as the guy he wants to battle head-to-head.  The summer is a dead period and these are the types of things that can keep us afloat.  Sadly, they came flying on a day when there were bigger stories to focus on.

 – Finally, on a football note, the defensive line took a big blow with the loss of Nermin Delic and Brice Laughlin (check out Aaron’s post below).  Word also started swirling that UK director of football operations Clifford Snow will leave for Louisville.  This has not yet been confirmed.  However, Snow worked with both Charlie Strong and Joker Phillips at South Carolina, so there’s a relationship there. 

That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around for what is set up to be a full day of ridiculousness and reaction to the NCAA and UK’s little squabble.  Matt will kick things off with a full head of steam on Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1o80 at 10am.  Make sure you check it out.  In the meantime, as Bomani Jones says, remember to keep your eye on the prize…


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

45 Comments for Steve Fisher’s Friday News and Views

  1. Cals Cats
    12:03 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA Office video after UK’s announcement today:

  2. Parker
    12:23 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Dude is getting him some coochie…mad respect

  3. them
    12:39 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Damnit, why don’t you guys hammer the NCAA over the Duke Corey Maggette, Myron Piggie scandal?
    Piggie, and agent’s money was given to Maggette his last 2 years of high school, yet he played the full 1999 season with Duke. Piggie admitted in court the $35K was paid out in two years to Maggette.

  4. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    12:55 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Someone get me the number for the ncaa office or straight to Emmert or Thomas. ITS ON

  5. Doug Roth
    1:00 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I know they all can’t be lengthy and as robust as this post, but it’s great to see a meaningful and well-written post. Thank you, and please keep them coming as you’re the only writer on here who can actually write. Cheers, Beez.

  6. ok
    1:29 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    shopped vacnouver photo is shopped

  7. uk class of 2013.
    2:06 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I hate jerry tipton so much.

  8. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    2:10 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Fisher is the worst coach I have ever seen. He is barely smart enough to coach a Jr High team. I have never seen a coach make more mistakes or more poor in game adjustments than Fisher. Well, there was that “Block the free throw thingy” but that really doesn’t count does it?

  9. BPsycho
    2:49 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    It would appear that UK President Lee Todd is weighing in on the Jerry Tipton “Tiptongate” scandal. In an interview with The BTI Show, Todd stated that if he was Tipton, ” I would resign ”

    However, why is Todd making a comment on the Tipton matter? Is Todd speaking out on the “highly inappropriate” actions of Tipton because Tipton embarrassed his family and state or is it because he did so to the Democrat party and now is an albatross around the neck of the party?

    / Mind****

  10. Paul J
    3:26 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m building a BBN Mount Rushmore of hate. I have Bob Knight and Jerry Tipton solidly in place, but the last two spots are up for grabs. It’s a shame our local newspaper hates the one unifying thing this region and state have. Jerry, here’s to hoping you die soon.

  11. uk#1
    4:54 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    What is sad is that the only reason Tipton still is doing so well is because his negativce articles towards UK infuriate the UK fan base so bad he gets hits..IF ONLY EVERYONE WOULD INGNORE HIM! He knows our passion cant stop B*tch*** him out…. sad but true

  12. SexnNursinHomes
    6:07 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I’m amazed at how much crap jurry teepton gets away with. He truly is the modern day Loki. He looks like an alcoholic child molester always stirrin up trouble and yet he gets away with it everytime. Is there no accountability from this piece of infected cancer ridden shitbag?

    and johnette howard. you c*nt. I hate you. You think you can create your place in journalism by jumping on the UK/Cal hate train? people like her get ovarian cancer, not wishin it on her, just saying karma will play a role in her demise. p.s- your are an ugly broad too. It’s bad enough that I wouldn’t touch you with even BTI’s schlong. you probably wouldn’t want it though, considering that you are a fish eating maggot.

  13. tdogg4033011
    6:11 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    12) LOL …… good grief !!!!

  14. SexnNursinHomes
    6:22 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    13- the hate train is starting early today. Allllllll Aboarrrrrd

  15. PatMyCrotch
    6:33 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Only UK fans get all butt hurt over stuff like this. LMAO!!! Bangs was basically in tears when Jeff Goodman didn’t have Cal as the number one coach in the country. Bunch of Q-bates.

  16. tdogg4033011
    6:38 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    14) gotta get off the train for a bit ….. off to work I go !!!! I’ll holla

  17. ukchampion
    6:59 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    why is KSR trying so hard to spin this? we apologized to the NCAA like they wanted us to, and it makes me furious.

    i agree with the guy #3 KSR, certainly Matt Jones, has the means to create a groundswell of media attention to what the F happened with the Cory Maggette case? the NCAA can’t possibly scrutinize UK any more than they do now as far as tournament seeding and other rulings, so that’s not a risk.

    if they want to dig up petty issues of the past they should have to answer for some HUGE issues in their past. at some point they should be confronted with the Maggette issue, they will not do so unless they’re under pressure to.

  18. rainman
    7:14 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    At least this cameraman knows what to focus on!!!!

  19. Manbearpig
    7:26 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

  20. Mr. Obvious
    7:41 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Im growing very tired of all of this! We should be focusing on getting 2012 recruits, not kissing the NC2A’s a$$.

  21. bosshogg24
    7:46 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    The people of Lexington should shun Jerry Tipton, in the grocery store, the bank, at parties or any place he appears. His UK credentials should be pulled! KSR posters should contact the NCAA and voice your opinion!

  22. Tom Handy
    7:55 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Run Tipturd out of Lexington, it is time for his decrepit ass to retire and move far away, say… in Florida. The asshole must go……

  23. Big Blue Streeb
    8:07 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    How does Tipton NOT get punched in the face everytime he walks down the street in Lexington?

  24. HackRichards
    8:16 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    The Herald Leader needs to be “Oklahoma Cityed”.

  25. awesometron
    8:45 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Jay Bilas made an interesting point. When a win is vacated, the losing team still has a loss on their record. Why doesn’t UK just celebrate Coach Cal giving other teams 500 loses? Seems to make sense.

  26. Duke Sucks
    8:46 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    #17) I think a read an article were a media person asked the ncaa about the Corey Maggette case… I think the reply was something like “Duke had no knowledge of playing an ineligible player” So there-forth they let them off the hook… I know its double standard BS and crap but thats what they said about the situation.

  27. I'm Just Sayin
    8:59 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Until Tipton is sent packing I say again for the umpteenth time…….If you subscribe to the Lexington Herald Leader you are part of the problem.

  28. stevie
    9:02 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I just clicked onto Aaron’s blog and it was a Tipton article. There was no way for me to know this. I should have been warned. The article was about Kanter/Horford.

    I have read his blog’s for years, but not anymore; not unless he warns which ones are Tiptons.

    I suggest that we all ignore Aaron’s blogs.

  29. MIDDAY
    9:31 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Happy birthday, BTI!

  30. Waitn' on 8
    9:36 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    26) And UMASS didn’t know Camby was ineligible until after the fact…

  31. BossHog
    9:52 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    12)……LOL….great stuff….its the mustache, isn’t it?

  32. Scratch
    9:57 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    All the teams who recorded losses vs all those wins should get to remove the losses off their record… If there was no game, then they didn’t lose….

  33. Neil
    9:59 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    I would love to see Steve Fisher upset. I can’t stand that guy. Everytime he opens his mouth I dislike him even more than I did prior. He is one of the most arrogant coaches/people I have ever witnessed. F Him.

  34. SexnNursinHomes
    10:14 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    31- yes. that mustache is pure evil.

  35. Emmert still sucks
    10:32 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    The girl was unconscious and the boy is trying to resuscitate her! He is just doing his civic duty!

  36. Spurious
    11:13 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    The LHL is extremely happy with Tipton and allows him to continue with tabloid journalism for one reason, and one reason only. Tipton, himself, has become the story. His tactics attract far more attention than do the stories he writes. What other university beat writer gets the attention Mr. Tipton gets? Years ago Mr. Tipton fell into a situation that far out weighs his talents as a writer. If he is as talented as the attention would indicate, why is he still in a rather small media market after all these years? I argue that he is still in Lexington because after UK’s late 80s fiasco he became, and still is, the story!

  37. Han
    11:26 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    26) Yeah, they closed the case quietly with that justification. I think someone like Doyel got them to finally issue a response some years ago.

    32) Exactly. If the wins Cal vacated are “FICTITIOUS!!!!!”, then clearly they couldn’t have beaten another team, so clearly that team couldn’t have a loss. I believe every school that recorded a loss to a team that vacated a game (Memphis, UMass, Michigan, etc) should have to adjust their official record. It is very, very troubling if teams are recognizing fictitious losses.

    Someone get on that, stat. Write a 30 page letter to the NCAA, cross-posted online, pointing out all the teams that still recognize fictitious losses from games that never happened against players who were never eligible. Also, be sure that every player from those teams who is listed as having X number of games/appearances stops listing those games, because if the winning team vacated those games, they never happened, and no one played in them. If no one played in them, they never happened. And if they never happened, I think there are a lot of games that need to be replayed to resolve a number of NCAA tourney games where a team forfeited by not existing at the time of the game.

  38. kc
    11:29 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe we should have told the NCAA we put a * on the ball. This is stupid

  39. Han
    11:30 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    37) An additional comment — if those games were fictitious, shouldn’t the NCAA be troubled by the fact that universities paid coaches to coach those games? And what about the fact that people paid for tickets to those games. If they never happened, then those schools shouldn’t list revenue from those games. Any attendance numbers from those games MUST be altered to show that the game never happened. Any assists, rebounds, points or other stats recorded by either team’s players must be excised from official records immediately. It is very troubling. It flies in the face of the integrity of the NCAA!

  40. bigcat76
    12:09 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    “Dad, I think he’s gonna pork her!!!”

  41. JackNicklaus
    3:15 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Is there a bigger snot in KY than Tipton?! I mean seriously. He is that little snotty tattletale back in gradeschool that was always ratting on people. Miss Jones…Bill is chewing gum. Miss Jones…Mike cheated on his test. Miss Jones…Jim is calling people names. You know the guy.

  42. bmac
    3:41 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    All UK fans should flood the NCAA with letters politely suggesting that since they are unbiased in their decisions and don’t single out any one program then they shouldn’t have any problem asking San Diego State to apologize for honoring Fisher’s 400th win and ask them to do the same thing they did us.

    Something tells me they would just put them all in their special trash can shaped file that they put all non UK related correspondence.

  43. Sarah White
    5:46 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Why don’t we as the BBN take him down. We have the ability. Quit subscribing to the paper or linking. And, do not buy a single thing from anyone who advertises with them. I think we have the power.

  44. kevinoky
    6:45 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Very nice A$$ ,,,,or so i say BUTT, this guy is lucky to hopefully bang her!!!!

  45. MarkH
    12:59 am June 18, 2011 Permalink

    When oh when will Bubba come down out of the stands and slap Tiptons head off his shoulders? Long overdue.