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The National Experiment Comes to a Close

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In the fall of 2003, I left law school at Duke to embark on what I thought was going to be the first step towards a blossoming legal career. I took a job as a law clerk on the D.C. Circuit for a well-respected conservative judge with a reputation of being one of the feeder judges to place clerks on the Supreme Court. Before I left for DC, I had a number of Duke professors give me “motivational” speeches that essentially amounted to a polite way of telling me, “hey dont screw this up…he hasnt hired a Duke student in ten years and he will never hire one again if you somehow bomb this opportunity.” I remember distinctly getting in my grey Toyota Camry (a car that later smelled so bad that the Turkey Hunter named it the “Manatee”) and driving to DC playing “Chasing that Neon Rainbow”, a song that deals with going after your dreams, whether it be in honky tonks in Texas or law libraries in a courthouse in DC. It tells a great deal about my sentimental/sappy nature that I got any motivation at all from an Alan Jackson song, but nevertheless I was certain great things were to come.

Within one week, I knew that what I once thought was a dream opportunity, was going to be a year of drudgery and soul-sapping realism. My judge and I were opposites in every sense of the word. He was conservative; I leaned to the left. He believed that men should wear suits every day, once telling me that blue jeans were “the beginning of the downfall of society; I embraced the greatness that is a hooded sweatshirt. He said the only sport worth watching was baseball because it was played “with a sense of refined goodness”; I still watched the WWE and took eight DC Circuit law clerks to see Monday Night Raw live. I quickly knew (even before he busted out a copy of the “Bell Curve” and told my clerks and me that it was an “intellectual tour-de-force”) that this opportunity which seemed so amazing on the surface, was probably going to end with me questioning my initial decision to go to law school. The term concluded with the judge missing my departure day and leaving me a note that said (I am not kidding), “I wish you well in life and don’t hesitate to call your co-clerks if you ever need anything.”

I thought of that experience this afternoon when my time as a blogger for CBSSports.com came to an end. If there ever was an example of a “square peg/round hole” relationship, my experiment at mainstream writing for CBS would certainly qualify. After the KSR gang did a nationwide road trip for the site 2 years ago, I was brought on to help launch the new college basketball blog and try to bring the sensibilities that we showcased at KSR to a larger audience. However from the get go, it became clear that what I envisioned for the relationship was not necessarily shared by those in charge. Whereas I thought we could make a blog in which KSR staples such as photoshopped coaches pictures, News and Views and “Fans of the Day” could become national phenomena, CBS understandably wanted to remain a news site and pushed towards more standard reporting. The result was me never feeling completely comfortable and unable to capture the real zest for writing that I had on this site. It culminated in January, when I sat down at my desk to do a blog post and realized I was going to have to write about the effect of an injury on the Virginia Tech defense heading into their “battle” with Clemson. I was so uninterested that I contemplated going back into the legal profession, a signal that I was probably not cut out to be a college basketball national “beat” reporter.

Many parts of my time at CBS were amazing. It was a great experience to cover a Final Four, especially one in which UK was involved. I loved being able to visit other college arenas and pick the brain privately of coaches such as Tom Izzo. And I enjoyed getting the chance to interact with fans of schools all around America. Even more importantly, I enjoyed writing with my fellow bloggers Matt Norlander, Jeff Borzello and Eric Angevine and my friend Gregg Doyel, with whom there is never a dull moment. I always wanted to try and give the national thing a try, and I enjoyed having that goal come to fruition.

The reality is however that being a college basketball reporter for a national site is not my forte. While I do think my original vision of a KSR on a national scale can (and will one day…hopefully with me on board) work, that isnt the CBS vision. Thus parting ways at this point makes the most sense. With Jeff Goodman joining the CBS site, it will become the go-to place for college basketball news and those of us who prefer drawing unibrows on Tyler Zeller may now have to find a different home. I still will have a relationship with the site and may still do the Oddcast with Gregg Doyel, allowing my country accent to continue to have a wider audience than it should. I also still have my CBS Twitter (which needs a new name at this point…anyone have a good suggestion?), but my days of chasing down the latest coaching rumors at Fairfield are, thankfully for all involved, coming to an end.

I am still doing the KSTV television show, our daily radio show and working on a potential book about next season’s Kentucky team. Plus, I do plan on writing a bit more on KSR, including about topics that were somewhat off limits while at CBS. Beisner will still run the site day to day and I will continue to be the site’s owner/meddler, stopping in a bit more often to make fun of BTI and praise the greatness that is Lukask Obrzut. I want to thank all those at CBS who gave me a chance and you the KSR nation for supporting me when I was there. You guys would never believe just how big your numbers truly are and it is because of you that the Kentucky articles I wrote on CBS were some of the most read articles on the entire website. Everyone at CBS knows the power of the KSR nation and I can never thank you enough.

So now we move on to the next thing. After I left the DC Circuit clerkship, I moved on to clerk for two women, Allyson Duncan of the 4th Circuit and Karen Caldwell of the Eastern District in Kentucky, both of whom were amazing mentors and became great friends. My two years with them were infinitely better than my time in DC and both taught me lessons that placed me on a path of following my actual dreams, which eventually led me to creating KSR. The same thing will happen here as we focus on the redesign of the website (which yes is FINALLY coming this summer) and the continued goal of making KSR the dominant name in sports media in this state.

When Jeffrey Ross considered stopping his career as a staple at comedy roasts, Dave Chapelle told him it was a mistake and said while it is ok to experiment with other things, always remember to “stay in your lane.” If my time at CBS taught me anything (besides the fact that writing on a deadline does indeed suck), it is this. The writing style and mindset of KSR/KSTV is my lane. I appreciate you being along for the ride as I go back to what I was meant to do: bring down the Fordes/Thamels/Bobby Knights of the world and more importantly, give UK news in the “most ridiculous manner possible” once again.

Article written by Matt Jones

148 Comments for The National Experiment Comes to a Close



  1. bmt22033
    9:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I think it’s great that you’re coming back to KSR on a more regular basis. Just steer clear of politics and religion while focusing on what we all want to read about (UK basketball) and you’ll be doing a great job!



  2. Uk-Believe
    9:17 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    If the post from 1 doesnt make you feel back already Jones, dont know what will…

    welcome back!



  3. Jim Nantz's Hairpiece
    9:19 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    When I heard you mention me on air again recently, I knew that something was amiss.



  4. bnoe
    9:20 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, if you need a job…I’ll pay you $33 to sweep my driveway once every 2 weeks, or as needed. This will be an on-call job that includes your very own pager.

    Welcome back.



  5. kentuckyjoe
    9:20 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, if this means you’re back, or even just back a little more, then fabulous. The more time you can give KSR, the better. You gotta be here for this upcoming hoop season. And, if you want to stir things up with some politics then I for one think that would be great. You own this place you can do any damn thing you want to. Welcome back Matt.



  6. goboxoutorgogetinbox
    9:20 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, you are a celebrity in KY. Yes….UK sports and pissing off the little brother masses (well, not masses because they are confined to Jefferson County) is what you are made for.



  7. Adamnjohnson
    9:21 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    awesome



  8. goboxoutorgogetinbox
    9:22 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, random question. I live more in central KY but I travel alot for my job. I pick up the 1080 show in most places I am, even in parts of lexington, but what are the rest of your affiliates again?



  9. KY kitten
    9:23 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt – GREAT news for KSR!



  10. bigbluedude
    9:24 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    good job matt! glad you are back “home”



  11. e
    9:25 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Now that you’re back and have time to provide legal counsel, I expect the ridiculous manner to triple. Good luck. And maybe launch your own national site?



  12. tblake
    9:26 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hey ….this guy just gets it!



  13. UKGirl
    9:26 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back!



  14. SexnNursinHomes
    9:27 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for reppin’ the Cats from CBS. If anything, you know it pissed off a lot of ul and other rival fans. THAT alone is worth it all. Don’t worry, now you’ll have more time to hang in the gutter with us. The gutter that hangs on a beaten down brothel in the worst part of town.



  15. Hestkuk
    9:27 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Damn, that sucks bro. I remember the first time I got fired, real empty feeling and a lot of uncertainty about the future. Just keep your head up and you will land on your feet somewhere, no need to try and rationalize the situation with us. We know you are talented.



  16. tc11
    9:29 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    so what youre saying is you got fired????

    either way glad to have you back:

    less will lentz and tyler thompson and more matt jones is a good thing



  17. Iwearmybluesunglassesatnight
    9:29 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back Counselor, glad to have you once again… There’s always ESPN in your future!



  18. jimmy go blue
    9:29 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    its there lose glad to have you back



  19. Ty Pennington
    9:31 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome home Jones family…welcome home. #bellcountyswag



  20. KRAMER
    9:33 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Glad you will be back on here more,now if you could get your radio time slot from 3-6 in the afternoon, I would be really happy!! Oh yeah, my son plays little league in St Matthews, his coach is the Heavy Hitter! Really nice guy.



  21. Jason
    9:33 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, i have no idea how you ever found the time to do a daily radio show, television show, travel back and forth between louisville and Lexington, AND write for that site. Probably good to drop one of them.

    Hope to see you writing on this site much more often.



  22. C_Pate
    9:35 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Great article.



  23. Jay
    9:35 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    So did Greg Doyel take matts job?they pick Greg up,cuople weeks later CBS lets Matt go…..



  24. witness
    9:36 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hope this means that you’ll be keeping a closer eye on this clown show. 🙂

    Seriously, though, I also hope the re-design will be a bit less misogynistic.



  25. Dh
    9:37 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Thanks for sharing Matt. Looking forward to the improved website. I can’t comment on the tv show because I don’t have insight, but today at work I had the choice to leave early or stay as scheduled and I literally wouldn’t leave until the ksr podcast was available! Keep up the great work sir.



  26. mocha
    9:38 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Good work Matt, nobody can ever fault another for chasing a dream. We welcome you back with open arms. Now fire BTI.



  27. ksr fan
    9:38 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back Matt! Maybe you will be able to keep your hair a little longer after dropping one of your many jobs. Is it really neccesary to change the site format though? I like it simple.



  28. Shdjfkf
    9:40 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to have you back Matt.



  29. RickPitinoTomCreanedOnHisLeg
    9:40 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hopefully Beisner is not on suicide watch



  30. Chris
    9:42 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Good Lord! Did you clerk for George Will? He’s a fascist, baseball loving, denim hating moron too. I don’t want to know a man that adores baseball and hates denim. Fascists I can deal with.



  31. Kyagr
    9:42 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    It’s about time!



  32. UKPat714
    9:43 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt,
    Welcome back! I love the liberal views and occasional political reports! Keep them coming! I envision you to one day be the successor to Oscar Combs as the grand poobah of UK Sports! May you have a long run! 🙂
    Go CATS!



  33. zippy47710
    9:43 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt,

    I have enjoyed every article that you have written, I think it is CBS’ loss. Welcome back to the BBN!

    zippy47710



  34. I-64 Deer Report
    9:45 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    CBS Twitter handle suggestion: MattJonesNational (or MJ_Oddcast)



  35. UKIreland
    9:45 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    You wrote for CBS?



  36. jerryh
    9:49 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    You now get to follow the team as they win #8 and get paid for it! Every Cat fans dream.#can’t wait.



  37. @trainzzz
    9:51 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Unblock me on twitter. I listen to the radio show every damn day on podcast. Unblock @trainzzz



  38. Jurich runs CBS too?
    9:52 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Too bad that CBS and Tom jurich got together and agreed to run u off another job….. I am sure u are making a ton of jack running this site…it’ll help you forget about getting canned again!



  39. jerryh
    9:52 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    BTW. You should ask Bookie for a new handle…



  40. GoCats2010
    10:00 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Great news Matthew



  41. Brent S
    10:00 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    We missed you Matt! Does this mean more Matt Jones and less BTI?



  42. e
    10:03 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Also, couldn’t they have waited two more days and fired you on your day off just for comedy’s sake? And I’m guessing the site is being redesigned to accommodate the county profiles.



  43. Marisa
    10:03 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    No place like….My Old Kentucky Home…..we missed you!



  44. e
    10:05 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    on a serious note, with a little flexibility they could have really used what you brought from KSR. their loss, welcome back.



  45. will
    10:07 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    like!



  46. Matt
    10:08 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    YES!!! JONESY haha my man. We need you on this site a lot for this season!!!!! And maybe you can do some more pregame shows for the team this season!



  47. GoCats2
    10:08 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Do you have a buyout clause or were you still under the Memorandum of Understanding?



  48. GoCats2010
    10:11 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    47. It was actually written on a napkin…

    BRING ON THE BOOK FOR THIS SEASON!!!



  49. MIDDAY
    10:12 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Hooty hoo hooo!



  50. GoCats2
    10:12 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to have you back Matt but I am amazed that this hasn’t turned into a political comments section after you said you leaned to the left.



  51. Ticklemytweeder
    10:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    M



  52. Georgie
    10:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Their Loss is Our Gain!!!! Welcome Home!!!!



  53. MIDDAY
    10:15 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Did you accidentally show your weiner on CBS.com?



  54. Turry
    10:17 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    It will be good to see you around here more. Looking forward to the next chapter.



  55. duhville cat
    10:17 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt Jones is the pitbull that the Big Blue Nation needs HERE in it’s backyard!
    Welcome back.



  56. JohnnyWoo
    10:17 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Most modern Democrats cleverly masquerade as populists while secretly pushing an agenda that ironically undermines the personal autonomy and liberty of the very people they claim to be representing. What I like about Matt Jones, is that he is a true populist, and a true son of the Commonwealth. He is a real-deal pundit for the provincial, and has bad-hair! What does that have to do with him leaving the CBS family? Hell I dont know!!



  57. Jeanie/KY
    10:18 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Well, good luck in whatever is next…I love the morning radio show and I still think there is an opportunity here somewhere I’d love to be a part of and I bet others would too…I want to invest in KSR’s or whatever’s future!!



  58. UKeith26
    10:21 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    way to follow ur dream. Just stay away from blogs about Free Enes shirts in Cameron Staduium and teacher’s apparel.



  59. Ticklemytweeder
    10:23 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I knew the day you had to edit your post because you mentioned the obscurity of CBS College Sports, that this wasn’t your cup of tea.. Also the same reason your boy Charlie Sheen isn’t with CBS anymore.. First rule of CBS, don’t talk about CBS!! You’re the man Matt! Imma make a Cards fans for Matt Jones page on FB.. I know slapnuts and I aren’t the only ones. Do ya thing playa..(no line beard)



  60. C. Allen
    10:25 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    The BBN is rejoicing that we will be reading more of your thoughts and ideas on KSR. So glad that my messages to CBS finally got through . . . . “FREE MATT”!



  61. SeoulCat
    10:28 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    BING!BING!BING!BING!

    I called it. The prodigal son returns.

    10 pts for SeoulCat.



  62. jeff payton
    10:30 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    mat its cbs loss big blue nations gain.from a kentucky boy living in gastonia north carlonia.i read ksr to get the news on my cats.i listen to your radio podcast.your casting call will come i know.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$



  63. Chewy
    10:41 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Come on, we all know the real reason is to take Charlie Sheen’s place on the CBS hit comedy, “Two & A Half Men.” Welcome back to the “old stomping grounds!”



  64. Steve Fitts
    10:42 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Bless you, Matt! God’s in control–not CBS–and He’s got a GREAT plan for your life! Go now and follow your dreams, and discover that plan!



  65. KSR1080Fan
    10:47 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I’ll curb my enthusiasm until I read what NotJerryTipton reports on this subject later this week.



  66. Dr. Kat
    10:47 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt you will be successful in whatever you plan to do.



  67. Ron
    10:52 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Heeee’s Baaaahhhk! just one little itsy bitsy favor….please get the KSR iPad app up and running immediately!



  68. jandpsdad
    10:53 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Our gain again and CBS’s loss.



  69. remember me when I'm gone
    10:53 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I call BS on Matt’s story. There is definitely something deeper involved.



  70. RLDay44
    10:57 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Oh, the sun shines brighter in my old Kentucky home, once again.



  71. bluenwhite
    11:00 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Glad your back Matt and doing what makes you happy!



  72. Makersnseven
    11:04 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I hope this means no more liveblogs tied in to CBS. Worst live blogs
    ever end of last year.



  73. blueblooded
    11:12 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 42. I have been waiting with eager anticipation for the rest of the county profiles! I am also patiently waiting for Rob Gidel to provide more non-premium Cats Pause football news, Jeremy Jarmon’s next post, and my free KSR t-shirt!



  74. expatkyfan
    11:13 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back Matt! As for CBS, they will learn that taking themselves too seriously will not pull in those new readers they want.



  75. tdbuk88
    11:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back Jones, ur my hero and the hero of many others, good luck in all ur future endeavors



  76. CvilleWildcat
    11:14 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    The Prodical son returns



  77. Whatshouldido?
    11:19 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Oh yay



  78. Eloy Vargas
    11:21 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    who cares…very self centered post. a paragraph saying it didnt work out would have been PLENTY



  79. Eloy Vargas
    11:22 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    however if you take over for bti and kick his ass to the curb i will be so happy



  80. Uk mom
    11:23 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome home



  81. Ronald D.
    11:23 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    new twitter name: MattJones_YMCMB



  82. JackB
    11:29 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Better to be a failure at a real job than to never have tried. Ask Mark Few.

    Enjoyed your work here – much more than your legal opinions I’m sure. Good luck with the big fish, little pond approach. It works well. 🙂



  83. Who Woulda Thunk It
    11:30 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    You are the second JONES to “test the waters” and find out that the BBN is the place to be



  84. alan cutler's fart
    11:31 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    When I read this I went and threw a basketball at Jared Sullinger’s chest. Sing Miley Cyrus NOW!!!



  85. Loserville KY
    11:37 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Just saw a thing on the news about Rex Chapman getting inducted to the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame here in Louisville. Think he can get a shout out on KSR?



  86. Opti
    11:37 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    It’s great to have you back where you belong Matt !



  87. GetMeaDictionary
    11:41 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Damn, 24 what does misogynistic mean? This is a KY website ya know…



  88. Dave in Kabul
    11:42 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    DAMN! Some of the people in this comments section are freakin’ C*CKS!!!!

    Matt, do what you do and screw the hatin’ mofos out there.



  89. GetMeaDictionary
    11:45 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I have a plethora of reasons to abstain from using such abstruse words on this site.



  90. GetMeaDictionary
    11:47 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Kid in the pic has the same barber as Matt



  91. catfever
    11:48 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    I love you Matt Jones.



  92. Brian McDaniels
    11:53 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Matt,

    I totally understand how you felt while at CBS! The grass is not always greener on the other side. You are coming home just in time to possibly witness one of the best UK basketball years ever! Welcome back and look forward to reading your material in the near future! Go CATS, #8 in New Orleans!!!

    Brian McDaniels, UK Class of ’94



  93. tdogg4033011
    11:57 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    Heeeeeeeeeeee’s Baaaaaaaaaaaack !!!! welcome home MJ



  94. Aziz
    11:57 pm June 8, 2011 Permalink

    good for you matt -stick to your guns- we’re proud of ya! regardless of what cbs might say, you’re doing good things.



  95. longtimelistenerfirtstimecaller
    12:02 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    ENESISFREE!



  96. TulsaCat
    12:02 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Your lane may be a certain style, but CBS needs a wider road. A major media player not catching the vision of a national KSR-esque blog is something they will regret. This coming from a network with Big Bang Theory, 2 1/2 men, [insert crappy show, repeat]. Innovation to CBS means re-setting a crime drama in another city, govt agency, or function. Classy of you to be gracious.
    Or did you have to choose between CBS or the book??



  97. longtimelistenerfirsttimecaller
    12:04 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    new name



  98. Dennis the Plumber/Remodeler
    12:12 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Why be a lost ball in tall weeds when you can make a living outsmarting your surroundings?
    With your hair, clothes, and tan you couldn’t have expected to make it nationally for very long anyway.

    BTW, If you ever need a co-host for your radio show (and you do) I can make myself available.



  99. Fakemattjones
    12:16 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    This story is a great cover-up for the truth. …. I got caught tweeting pis of my tweeter to an old woman in pineville!!!



  100. Always > U ..of L
    12:20 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Awesome. Suggestion: start KSR day on campus the day before the first day of class. It could be huge. Keep up the good work.



  101. Arms of Delk Legs of McCarty
    12:20 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    You have a unique voice, Matt, which has been mising from KSR. I’m quite happy to expect regular posts from you again.



  102. KY kitten
    12:40 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    78) Get a grip – I prefer self centered over rude. A little sensitivety would go a long way here.



  103. david r
    12:44 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Can i get that last 5 min of my life back from reading that. Didn’t understand a word you said or even why you left. We dont need any duke grad to be writing about kentucky



  104. Allen Iverson
    12:49 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    David r were u forced to read?



  105. Brody
    12:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    As long as you keep making fun of little brother, life is good!



  106. Shively Kat Fan
    12:52 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Your story reminds me a lot of one of your sports journalistic inspirations, the one, the only, the orange bearded Tony Kornheiser. I have heard you speak of your affinity of his style and I have to say that I see / hear a lot of him in you. His show on the four letter was “epic” and “classic” until the suits neutered both he and Andy “Polley” to a point that it was so milktoast that it was no longer worth listening to. But, he’s obviously bounced back from that more than ever and is seemingly doing things his way. I see a lot of similarities. Keep up the good work Matt. The ability to exhibit a pompous humility is something your share with the orange man and something that will serve you well.



  107. English Grammar
    1:00 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    #106 Except for the fact that Kornheiser knows how to avoid redundancy in his prose, is familiar with the semicolon, and can distinguish the difference between a noun and an object.



  108. AKA cold buckets
    2:26 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I believe it was Dilated Peoples who said “in the house again, set to pack ’em in, ladies and gentlemen, front,left,right….back again.”

    Welcome back, Jones. Let’s do this sh*t.

    GO CATS



  109. Blaineman
    3:11 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome Back Matthew (Peter Griffin voice)



  110. bluesince66
    6:31 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome back Matt, and I agree with most people on here about the negativity. People get on here hiding behind their screen names and call you out and complain about a free site. If they don’t like you or your writers go somewhere else,it’s pretty simple.



  111. harlancountymountaingibberish
    6:36 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    You need a wiki page Matt. This is the first I’ve heard of Duke. Pretty damn impressive stuff. Welcome back!



  112. RidgeRunner
    6:39 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Welcome home daddy. BTI needs to be grounded as he was very bad.

    Seriously Matt… You are KSR!



  113. Steven
    6:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t wait to read your book about #8! Don’t give up the dream, you have the talent for the big leagues.



  114. Manchester
    6:51 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Was the CBS gig really a big deal anyway. I don’t think so.



  115. BB
    7:18 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    108 you are a total douche. God day sir.



  116. bus puppies
    7:26 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Who’s this new guy? you suck new guy – even worse than BTI sucks



  117. DOM PAPA
    7:38 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    New Twitter name…. Just drop the C… MattJonesBS.



  118. KingOfNothing
    7:39 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with (#)100 KSR should most definitely do something on UK’s campus the day before classes start this fall. I have already graduated, but would definitely come back for that!!! As for a Twitter Handle, I don’t have a clue? If CBS couldn’t handle Chuck Sheen, what made them think they could handle THEMATTHEWJONES who is definitely #WINNING!!! What can I say? Haters gonna hate!



  119. CatGSP
    8:11 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I’m excited because I know you said a big hurdle for the book about this year’s team was the CBS thing…now you can focus on following the team and writing the book! Welcome home, Matthew



  120. 78 NCAA Champions
    8:16 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Good!



  121. Carl
    8:17 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Time to go back to your core values which is blogging at campus cornhole tournaments and having post game White Castle eating contests.



  122. DJ
    8:31 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    to make up the loss $$$ of CBS, are you going to try to cut in on Lemon’s beer fest for $33.



  123. The Judge
    8:35 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    That’s great kid. Now get me a Coke.



  124. Gary
    8:41 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Glad to hear your back, now we have to change your politics.



  125. laidbackhonkycat
    8:43 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    A man like you cannot have to many corporate bosses, you need to be the hand on the rudder. My man Matt Jones you are the real deal CertifedBS does not have the vision, you are the voice of the smart, funny sports fan. Keep doing it Matt Jones style, yeah we dig it!



  126. laidbackhonkycat
    8:52 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    There are some folks out here who agree with your political view, or at least are open minded enought to think about each individual problem or the real agenda behind the spin. It is easy to see that the current path we are on has many flaws and to hope, and discuss issues looking for a better way is the only thing that makes sense. Keep on telling it like you see it, honest and truthful.



  127. WinchesterUKfan
    8:57 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, KSR is the greatest thing to happen to UK sports media in the last decade and we are forever grateful for you and the collection of bloggers (except BTI) who post on this site from day to day. Definitely looking forward to seeing more of your post on this site again! Wish you the best with whatever your future dreams and visions are for your career and KSR!



  128. Marcus L. Owens
    8:57 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Way to go Matt!



  129. Tom Handy
    9:02 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    WOW, Matt “leans left” ?



  130. Bob
    9:03 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    A Jones homer in my office just jizzed his jeans.



  131. Donald Trump
    9:19 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    As the Donald often says, bitch got fired!



  132. STEVE!
    9:45 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Hooray! Welcome back!



  133. YES!!!!!!
    9:45 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    We’re in this thing together Matt. Welcome back my man! Hell’s to the yezzzay! You are KSR.



  134. The Vig
    10:11 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    KSR should throw a kegger out on a farm sometime so we can all line up to punch BTI.

    I’d pay at least $5 for that and hell, I won’t even drink any of the beer



  135. CatBlue in LR
    10:15 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Matt needs to go back and read “Bell Curve.” He’s mature enough now to have a whole new appreciation for it.



  136. Emmert still sucks
    10:15 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I think Coach Cal knew how important you were to the BBN and pulled some strings with CBS to get you back! Thanks Coach Cal and welcome back Matty Jones!



  137. WildcatsOne
    10:19 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Tell Drew to get his Velcro shoes off your desk, and get out of your office…..your back!!

    Welcome home friend!



  138. millwooded
    10:38 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    so, dude, were you fired or not?



  139. steve
    10:50 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    You parted ways because you suck as a writer and even worse as a TV anchor (wanabe)



  140. El Dude
    11:46 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Adding to #1…please avoid politics, religion, gun control, abortion, hotness rankings, pepsi vs. coke and any derogatory mentions of Wendy’s please.

    If you can hold to those conditions…glad to have you back.



  141. KYBLUE
    11:51 am June 9, 2011 Permalink

    wow



  142. Lori M
    12:19 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    I hear there might be good opportunities in Mexico…



  143. BIgBlueFan31
    12:38 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Type in “Matt Jones CBS” into a search and the first link is to Inside The Ville….LOL. UK has the haters so on edge about losing to us in EVERYTHING that they worry about KSR and Matt Jones. That is hilarious. And when you click on the link, it drops to the middle of the page. So, at first I didn’t know that was the site I was on, bc the link was SCOUT.com. Every picture had a Cards logo, so I figured out I was in hell quickly. They were of course bashing Matt. Sure he is a homer, but at least he dishes facts. Howie Lindsey thinks every recruit, no matter which sports, is the greatest player ever. I’d much rather someone be like Matt and say, ‘well, this kid is a project, but could be good.’ Rather than, “he has blazing 4.6 speed….” Really?

    WELCOME BACK MATT….not that you really left.



  144. MainStreetCat
    1:28 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    The Prodigal Son returnith…..welcome home.



  145. WestCrest Joe
    2:09 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Matthew, you don’t have a country accent or a “mountain” one, but as one of my generation you have the “Kentucky” accent. You’re old enough to remember Roger Hardin and still feel he sting of “Kentucky’s Shame!” You remember how good Sam Bowie was , fragile legs and all (sorry Portland, we all believed) as well as the greatest Wildcat name ever Chuck Verderber. As a true Wildcat, you will excell and as a Kentuckian you appreciate the fact that the Nation does not understand what UK Athletics (basketball in particular) means to the Commonwealth. Fantasy question, would you take UK Basketball going back on probation if the football team won the SEC even if sponsored by “Friends of Coal?”



  146. Jburns
    4:13 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    Time to get shit right!!



  147. James
    4:36 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    less words, more pictures.



  148. JEFF STANDIFER
    5:24 pm June 9, 2011 Permalink

    HEY MATT, BEING FROM MIDDLESBORO, KY MYSELF AND HAVING ADMIRED YOUR CREATIVITY FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW, SSSSSOO0OOOOOO GLAD YOU’RE BACK!!!!!!!!!!
    JEFF