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The Unlikely Veteran and Other Storylines

First off, let’s start this post off with a proper “Happy Veteran’s Day!” And to all former and current members of our armed forces and anyone who dedicates their time and energy for the protection of our nation: Thank you. Now let’s talk about a different veteran.

CoachCal.com called Jarrod Polson an ‘unlikely veteran.’ I think that’s very accurate. Many words have been written about Jarrod in the past 48 hours, so I won’t bore you with repetition  We all know how it went down and we all saw a little bit of that Bluegrass magic sweep through the fanbase as every Polson bucket surely garnered screams and cheers from 8 out of 10 Kentucky households that evening. That’s what makes being a part of such a passion fanbase to much fun. When we have a storyline to latch onto, we’re going to go all out with it. And I love the potential that Polson’s story has.

I think the basketball team and its players/storylines will come in cycles with Coach Cal. Even though he’s only in his fourth season, we’ve seen each year kind of play out how we expected.

In 2009, we knew John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were going to come in and join forces with Patterson to do damage. They didn’t win it all, but they easily could have.

In 2010, we knew we lost a lot of talent but that we had great talent coming in — just not on the game-changing level of the previous year. And with that came struggles on the road, but also a magical storyline: Josh Harrellson and the Jorts nationwide phenomenon. The entire fanbase kind of got swept up in it, and Polson was there to watch it as a freshman walk-on.

In 2011, we knew we had game-changers in Davis and MKG and that a magical season was coming. And it all played out according to play.

In 2012, we start off in a very similar position to 2010 — we lost our game-changers to the pros, but we know we have a special group of kids ready to learn. However, we’ve already seen a potential year-long storyline emerge in the first game.

Will this storyline of UK’s unlikely veteran continue to grow? I think it’s very possible. If you look at our roster, there’s plenty of room for significant minutes to come from the guard spot depending on the lineup Cal feels comfortable rolling with. Harrow, Goodwin, and Mays will definitely take up the bulk, but Jarrod proved that he’s got the swagger and confidence to hang with the big boys when his number is called. He could never score another point the rest of this year, but here’s to hoping.

Article written by Chris Thomas

17 Comments for The Unlikely Veteran and Other Storylines



  1. Mitch Barnhardt
    2:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hi I’m Mitch Barnhardt and I approve this message



  2. Ted Nugent
    2:37 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    That polsons a good egg even though he looks like justin beiber…..TED FOR PREZ!!!!



  3. RYNO
    2:39 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but to compare Polson to someone in the service is a bit disrespectful to those that serve. Be more considerate ibstead of just going for headlines.



  4. sam k
    3:24 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    These fluff stories going up today with no mention of James Quick’s comments and only a brief mention of Joe B’s comments are just disappointing. Matt must be busy asking some UK folk to proofread the night post he is preparing (which he’ll probably find a way to post alongside Petrino’s wreck picture). I love Matt and I love KSR, but it is a sad day when I have to consult crappy message boards for more relevant takes on the UK coaching search than this site… and I’m not even a huge Petrino advocate!



  5. Rob
    3:32 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    4. I love Matt and his site as well, but he has got to stop being the voice of the UK AD and start being the voice of the fans again. Every day, he and this site loos more credibility.



  6. Mikey
    3:35 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    ENOUGH OF THIS GARBAGE!!!!!! TALK ABOUT WHAT THE FANS ARE WANTING TO READ/HEAR! Talk about Joe B’s comments on Petrino, James Quick, and Larry Vaught!!!!!!!!!!!!



  7. jerry c
    3:43 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Just what we wanted,…….jorts. puhleese



  8. iMac
    3:48 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    What’s up with this free iPhone 5 add ? You havnt sold ksr out to pop ups have u Matt?



  9. Kevin
    4:02 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s Beisner when u need a good post



  10. JBR
    4:12 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Hey Matt, why don’t you take your Mitch and Cal cheerleader uniform off and start reporting things again. Since we are so infatuated with this cinderella story (which is nice, and I am happy for Polson)…why don’t you dig into something that not many people mention…what is it that Cal has against Hood. That game was a perfect situation to give Hood a shot, and he has the talent to do it. Cal has never publicly said anything about his work ethic or anything, and has even said he should get more mins…but he continuously refuses to play him. Something is obviously wrong, so how about being a reporter again for once.



  11. RYNO
    4:23 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    10 – cal doesnt hate hood. Hood just isnt any good. Just because he is a white kid from kentucky doesnt mean he has to play.



  12. RUPPS_rhetoric
    4:33 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    3 RYNO) I just knew someone would get their panties in a wad over the use of the word “veteran”. Back off the sensitivity pills man. No one is comparing Polson to someone who has fought in a war. The term VETERAN is 100% accurate when describing Polsons role on this team. Whether you like or not he is a veteran leader on this team. No jump was made to compare him to our honored service men or women; and my guess is any service man/woman would not find this the least bit disrespectful. Words have different meanings for different contexts. But since KSR took the opportunity to write a post about being a veteran leader on “Veterans Day” you go and get all defensive. Calm down and relax. No disrespect was done here at all. Thanks to all our service men and women. We owe you a great debt of gratitude.



  13. Duke Sucks
    5:17 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I know that the Lakers are a pro team and this is a little apples and oranges. If you noticed they fired their coach one day and where interviewing the next. I would like to see Mitch doing this. Identify who you want then go after them, that way they are not gone when you get ready.



  14. JBR
    6:42 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    How would you know? Him being white and from Ky has nothing to do with it. I don’t care who plays as long as it is deserved. But, what I have seen, is that Hood is treated differently by Cal. Cal will permit HIS recruits and his guys to play through mistakes, etc…the only minutes Hood has ever gotten, as soon as he does one thing, he is jerked out. The other night, we had freshmen playing like freshmen, foul trouble, illness, etc. Polson was good enough to play against Maryland…and I hate to tell you, but Hood is a much better player than Polson…he didn’t get on the court. I don’t think he is an all american, but there is something going on there. It is obvious.



  15. I'm a vet
    7:24 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    I have no prob with Polson being mentioned as a veteran on this team.



  16. Duke Sucks
    9:19 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    Is Hood a point guard? Wasn’t Polson playing because our point guard wasn’t producing? Polsons playing time has no bearings what so ever on Hood. If Hood out playes the other wings on the team he will get more PT. it’s that simple. If anything hood should follow Polson example and out work the players in front of him. This shouldn’t be such a surprise to everyone. Polson has played well all preseason and has made himself a GOOD basketball player. Everybody needs to move on from him being a walk-on to start with. He can play and is showing it when his chance came.



  17. Jman
    9:47 pm November 11, 2012 Permalink

    LakehairHood cannot play!