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This beautiful article deserves your clicks

Remember that Wall Street Journal article about Kentucky’s “hollow Death Star” on Monday? Yeah, that one. Meet its appropriately titled rebuttal, The University of Louisville is Everything That’s Wrong With College Basketball.”

Travis Waldron of ThinkProgress.org took what the WSJ said about how awesome Louisville is and flipped it to the truth: Kentucky basketball is doing the best with what the NCAA has done to college basketball.

Waldron writes, “Calipari’s program more than any other takes advantage of the fact that college basketball is a minor league business for the NBA by understanding that the most talented basketball players are using college to get to the pros as fast as possible. If Kentucky’s players can’t share in the riches they generate for Kentucky, they’ll at least be getting paid for their work soon enough.”

Preach it, brother.

[Read it here.]

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

34 Comments for This beautiful article deserves your clicks



  1. Micahel F. Jox
    4:07 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I miss Darius 🙁



  2. adam
    4:10 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    dude is getting crushed in the commments section of the article. Needs some back up



  3. John Wall
    4:11 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    What i got out of this article:

    Since we both make money off our college basketball players, atleast UK is turning them into millionares. Instead of using them for four years and not being able to send them to the NBA, so in the end UL is only using them for money.

    Is that right? idk



  4. tom5673
    4:14 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    i don’t remember playing syracuse in the final four last year.



  5. Heisenberg
    4:17 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    What a nonsensical website. I didnt really read the article after being bombarded to sign up for everything under the sun. I am tired of seeing all this crap.



  6. KT
    4:17 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Good find Drew and a pretty good read although I was hoping it would go a little more in depth about how ALL of the money UofL is raking in off of the Yum center is on a collision course to bankrupt the city of Louisville sooner rather than later, yet their “high integrity” UofL Athletic Department is making no moves to fix the lopsided contract. I was also hoping he would mention that many of the “right way” schools were recruiting every one of the top notch guys we landed in the last few years and it’s not like they won’t leave early if they go somewhere else. Calipari just makes zero attempt to hide the flawed system like many of the other coaches and AD’s do and gets attacked relentlessly for it. I hope that article gets a million hits before the week is up.



  7. dave
    4:18 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    really wouldve helped that article if he wouldve mentioned the financial troubles the yum is having b/c of uofl



  8. 859 man
    4:23 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    3 I agree, so becasue pitino can’t recruit one and dones u of l is what is wrong with college basketball? Programs that make money but don’t send players to the NBA are bad? I disagree with both. u of l is bad for basketball because they are u of l. The article seemed more like a sales pitch to college players should be paid rather than a shot at u of l.



  9. B-man
    4:25 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    What especially made Darius a good defender was the third arm that would occasionally extend from his lower abdominal region (clearly pictured above).



  10. Fluorescent red
    4:25 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    4/Tom, that’s because Final 4 was in NOLA on a Saturday. If you were there, you’d understand why you don’t remember plaing the Orangemen!!!! 😉



  11. UKwhoray
    4:27 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    this article is terrible.



  12. Dude
    4:27 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    You sure that’s an extra arm? Hahaha



  13. jwill
    4:30 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    i bet creepy crean is wishing he could lay a big lip lock on darius millers 3rd arm



  14. 3rd Arm
    4:34 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #9’s comment is hilarious



  15. We Hang Banners
    4:42 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    2013 class

    Coach Cal offered 14 kids in top 50….got 6
    Ricky P offered 12 kids in top 50….got 0

    He is lying to EVERYBODY when he says “we dont want these type of players.”
    Yeah right, “these” type of players DONT want you. So keep enjoying your senior days cards fans. Haha



  16. We Hang Banners
    4:43 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    And ill keep watching the NBA draft.



  17. Deepblue
    4:47 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I hate UL and love UK with all my heart but this article lacks even one worthwhile point.



  18. UKBlue
    4:48 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    First the WSJ idiot was obviously looking for attention with his article, and now something called THINK Progress; good Lord are we screwed.



  19. rick
    4:49 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Great article and he could have metioned that u of l will do anything to win, like give a basketball coach a raise after humiliating his family and the school and keep a known cheater as a football coach.



  20. Jalo
    5:02 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I want to see this guy put his shoes on in the morning. HE doesnt know his left foot his right. WHAT IN THE WORLD is he trying to debate.



  21. Kristen Geil's Abs
    5:08 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    The point is that UL and the city of Louisville is using these basketball players. “louisville first”, they aren’t even trying to lie about it.



  22. Rockfield, KY
    5:36 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t see poeple getting all tore up over dentists or lawyers leaving undergraduate work after 3 years to go train for their profession. If these kids want to be pros and the NBA makes them go to college at least one year, then someone has to take them. Might as well take them and win while also preparing them for their careers. That is what college is supposed to do, right?



  23. BOURBON TOWN CAT FAN
    6:05 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Though the title might be right, his argument is a bunch of Marxist anti capitalist BS.



  24. CATS
    6:30 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    23.) I am amazed a human being can be as stupid as your are. Wouldn’t paying the players for the money they make the school be more of a capitalist idea. Let all schools set their price and buy the players on the open market. UL would pay $1,000,000 because they are the most profitable. We would pay $675,00 a player because we earn less revenue. Then we let the most profitable teams duke it out to see who is best. That is capitalism jackass. Not enslaving people to work for free and then riding their backs to insane profits. Oh wait that is Republican capitalism. Work people for dirt cheap and hoard your gold. You know becuase you built it yourself with no help form anyone else. Sheesh…..



  25. Sammydog
    6:37 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    It is a great rebuttal and is about the hypocracy in college sports that Cal keeps talking about. UK and Cal live and function in the real world, not in the gauzy fantasy world of the 1950ies. The concept of the student athlete in todays world is an illusion maintained by those who make $$$ off these athletes. Criticism of UK is a red herring.



  26. Sammydog
    6:42 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #24 Agree. I thought my brain was going to explode when I read #23. He/she obviously doesn’t know what Marxism or Capitalism is. Perhaps the poster uses Sarah Palin’s definitions.



  27. Miss Nomer
    7:48 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    As Sammydog points out, it’s all about the hypocracy.



  28. WGY944
    9:43 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Honestly, it’s a “hollow” article….just nothing whatsoever there. HORRIBLE.



  29. oldschool
    9:46 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    This is nothing more than admission that UK has evolved into a program that veers as far away from COLLEGE and STUDENT-ATHLETE as possible. The fault does not rest with the players – but with a head coach and even more so – an administration that has allowed such a coach to ‘hijack’ a once proud college basketball program.



  30. Bob
    10:03 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    In case no has said it: I know the WSJ writer. He went to my HS in Louisville. He is a UL fan who writes about finances and is very good at that. However, he sucks at writing about sports



  31. InternetLogic
    6:30 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Clearly the argument that my alma mater’s sports program is more virtuous than their bitter rival is the salient and compelling one. Furthermore, the writer putting forth this argument is bringing to light an important issue worthy of reader’s attention, while the writer presenting the opposing viewpoint is merely a bitter partisan fanatic who cannot see past his/her own fandom.

    tl;dr My guy is right, the other guy just drinking (red/blue) Kool-Aid.



  32. Refreshing
    9:04 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    It’s refreshing that some of you think this article is as stupid, as I (a UL fan) thought the WSJ was. Both are irrelevant to me and both are just opinion articles written by graduates of both schools. Yes, Drew Franklin decided to leave that part out.



  33. Feesh
    9:26 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #21 You are an IDIOT. Lets add up what is spent annually on each player at UL. Out of state tuition (scholarship) = $32,000. Upgraded boarding, upgraded meals, first class athletic training, free first rate healthcare, stipends, Adidas gear, travel accommodations, the experience of traveling this region of the world, the contacts made in the city and nation. I could go on and on and on. It probably adds up to somewhere around $200,000 / year. If, as the article says, these kids generate $1MM a piece, then that means that they are basically “interns” that make 20% commission. You cannot find a 20% commission rate in any professional sales job. So, acting like A) they are being “used” or B) college athletes should get paid, is freakin ridiculous. Not to mention that there isnt one single thing keeping all 325 other D1 programs from doing exactly what UL is doing. The only thing they need is a fanbase willing to foot the bill that UL fans do. But keep up your crusade of perverting the college game. The article says that if the schools make that much money that the athletes should get paid – well, what about the 250+ schools who’s bball isnt profitable, should their athletes PAY to play there??? That article, to any human that has a lick of sense in his head, is complete and total trash.



  34. UK SUCKS!
    10:01 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Enjoy the NIT, Kensucky fans HAHA