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Tom Crean and a Three-Goggling UK Fan Want Afternoon Notes and Podcast

Crean after this pic was taken: “Is that a Big Blue Nation sign or something?”

After that video and Cal’s comments to the media today prior to the Samford game, let’s just call this the “Missing MKG” edition of the afternoon notes. Here’s what Cal and the players had to say this afternoon:

— Cal said the negativity after two losses isn’t all of the fans, just a minority. “They cheered these guys coming off after Baylor. I’m not sure I would have cheered them.

— As a result, Cal and the players available to the media said that yesterday’s practices were some of the hardest of the year. Cal said he’s taking the “Josh Harrellson” approach with this squad and working them harder in practice. I hope that also means he’s wearing jorts in the process.

— He also echoed what he said after the game Saturday, that certain players have to “fall in love” with the gym to improve their shooting, something he hasn’t seen much of from this current group. #WWMKGD

— Add a “sense of urgency” to the list of things the Cats currently lack, along with a competitive spirit and a leader like…you guessed it, MKG.

— As for Kyle Wiltjer’s shooting woes? “He’s fine. He just missed a bunch of shots. Shooting isn’t easy.” But, Cal reaffirmed his trust in Kyle: “You’re trying to win. You’re going to go with the guys you trust.”

— On point guard woes: “I’ve had teams where the point guard wasn’t my best player. I can play that way.” Cal said Harrow did some good things, just had bad shot selection at times. He’s also been trying out Polson at point of his small lineup in practice: “I want Jarrod to fight and hold the spot.”

— The funniest moment of the press conference? Jerry Tipton asking Cal about the fan negativity leading to players “turning their tweeter off.” Cal through laughter: “It doesn’t bother my tweeter.”

— Joking aside, Cal asked fans to leave players alone and direct all criticism towards him. Willie Cauley-Stein confirmed to the media that he deleted his Twitter account because of “a bunch of negativity” and that several other guys (Mays, Wiltjer, Poythress) did the same as a show of brotherhood. Is #TeamNoTwitter this year’s Breakfast Club?

The players held a team meeting to regroup after back-to-back loses. Willie Cauley-Stein said the team was trying to live up to last year’s team’s expectations and have accepted that they are their own team now. Cal on that meeting? “I wish they had gotten together after the first loss.”

— In case you missed the millions of tweets and Sports Center blasts about it, the Cats dropped out of the AP Top 25 this week, coming in at #26. And yes, national media, we are aware that’s the first time it’s happened under Cal’s watch. It will also be the last.

— It’s not all bad: the Cats only dropped to #19 in the Coaches’ poll.

— UK Hoops moved up to #7 in the AP Poll after their big win over Louisville in the Yum Center yesterday.

— On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed the loss to Baylor, the subsequent negativity on Twitter, and the beginning of the Mark Stoops era in Lexington:

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

36 Comments for Tom Crean and a Three-Goggling UK Fan Want Afternoon Notes and Podcast

  1. lawnorder
    3:03 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It’s all Tubby’s fault, that damn Tubby!

  2. Clyde
    3:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Gillispie made Patterson run so hard in practice he said he was going to make his feet bleed. That’s the type of toughness this season’s team needs.

  3. hersheyisabear
    3:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    It is crazy how some of our fans are our worst enemies. We really need to get behind these guys. Yea two back to back loses suck but no matter what they are our team. They are still learning to play for the name of their chest instead of the one on their back. Just give it time guys. We will come around!! On a side note. I love that Cal is putting these guys through some hard practices. It is what they need!!! Have heart guys!

  4. Don Corleone
    3:20 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Tom Crean has a large forehead.

  5. Vic
    3:20 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Mrs. Thompson you’re awful !! KSR is going downhill fast !!!

  6. NJT
    3:26 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The NJT article on Friday should be good.

  7. MJ4UK
    3:30 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone stupid enough to send these type of tweets to kids that are trying to learn, ought to be shot.

  8. RICK
    3:32 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    What the f#### is tweeter and if you have one leave the players alone you bunch of cry babies. KSR, Why report this so people like Tipton can get all excited and th e ntl media can pick up on it. Use your head and stop running your mouth so much.

  9. mike
    3:34 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    We’ll be fine. What Cal needs to do is make Harrow the de facto pg and make Polson his primary backup. Archie should stay at the two and only play point no more than 2 or 3 minutes a game. Mays should come in at the 2 and occasionally slide over to the 3 when we are playing small when goodwin and poythress are resting, respictively.
    And I’m glad he’s running em hard in practice now. Its painfully obvious that Poythress is out of shape. If dude wants to be anything like MKG, then he should be able to run the floor for 40 straight.

  10. BigBlueBallz
    3:36 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why are people freaking out? We have 3 losses. One to the #2 team in the country on a neutral court, another to a top 25 team on the road and one to an athletic Baylor team that will likely be ranked next week. Not like we’re losing to Morehead St. or Drexel.

    3:41 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Fair weather fans suck!

  12. tom
    3:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – the Tubby thing is getting old

    re: Crean’s statement…I am fascinated at how the term ‘Big Blue Nation’ has caught on with coaches, media and fans of other schools. There are several other schools that would probably like the title, such as Michigan, but the moniker appears to belong to the Cats.

  13. Cal
    3:48 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks Mike (9), that’s why you make the big bucks!!!

  14. MustangCat
    3:50 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey! If we were Duke or UNC, we’d be good for at least 2-3 maybe 4 more losses fore we’d drop out! To our boys; know the hackers when you see them. And learn to sniff the air too! It’ll warn ya that they’re coming. We got your back guys. We know what happens in March.

  15. RaleighCat
    3:50 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #10, here’s why people are “freaking out…..”
    We’ve lost two games in a row.
    Both were to vastly less talented teams.
    One was at home which snapped our 55 game home winning streak.
    This team has scored in the 50’s during the two losses.
    This team has ZERO basketball IQ.
    This team has ZERO leadership.
    This team needs to listen to Cal more and improve their effort.

    I don’t mind losing games. All realistic fans knew this team was going to struggle with growing pains. However, this team is playing WAAAAAAY below their potential and doesn’t appear to be willing to learn from their mistakes yet. That must change. Fast.

  16. cope
    3:53 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Our fanbase is so passionate about the team we love and cheer for and that is great, but there are plenty who need to grow up and take the losses we have had like a man. Its one thing to feel hurt after a loss, God knows i am, but GROW UP and support these young men! I mean our players are deleting there twitter accounts because some feel the need to bash them after just 3 losses. No wonder other fanbases get annoyed at us so much jeez!!!

  17. redandyz
    3:55 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    At least teams should stop rushing the court after beating UK, now that they’re unranked and have proven how woefully untalented they are. #silverlinings

  18. well
    4:00 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I guess what worries me even that they lost to Duke, they played very hard in that game, the last 2 games they just looked so lost. they need to wake up.

  19. redandyz
    4:06 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    This team could actually be 3-4 if not for a freak performance froma WALK-ON in the Maryland game. Polson has been – well, a walk-on – since then. This is worst UK team in a long time, and it brings me so much intense joy.

  20. dave
    4:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    15- stop. its december 3. we haven’t even gotten to the uofl game yet. let alone march. half the team are FR. the other half is playing/starting for cal for 1st time.

  21. tyrus
    4:18 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Make no mistake about it. As quickly as UK’s rise back to prominence in basketball, the decline can happen with the same expedience…Cal or no Cal. Wining = Swag = Committal of Top Recruits. That is the formula and its no secrete! Can be duplicated anywhere else.

  22. uk, uk
    4:32 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why do people keep saying baylor was bad, when they only lost quincy acy n perry jones from that team last yr?

  23. bluristhurr
    4:38 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is 0-2 after watching Lincoln! Rent the real Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and watch that together to see if we can turn this bad luck around. The movie is actually better then you think it’d be too.

  24. dave
    4:46 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The “fans” who went online and criticized the players after this recent loss are pathetic turds that should be taken out to the woodshed and beat down. Any folks who posed as UK fans and harassed the players about this loss should be incarcerated.

    It’s early in the season. It’s a young team. Let Cal do his job. Take a step back folks. Breathe. Step back. It’s a game. Kentucky just won the NCAA Championship. Let’s support these guys.

  25. Rob
    4:56 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Breaking: Prince William Jr.’s hairline is already receding.

  26. stan
    4:58 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I love our team and our coach. The fan’s are the best in the country,period! What i can’t stand is the few fanatics that can’t be realistic,and,most of all, I CAN’T STAND JERRY TIPTON!! I think from now on no matter what goes wrong,blame it on that old fool.

  27. UKfan
    5:06 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    All you UK fans tweeting negitive things to the players need to stop. Grow up, move out of the basement, and get your OWN life. These kids are doing the best they can right now and are freshman. I would bet that the people doing the tweeting have never played an orginized sport in their lives, not including X-box.

  28. Rae
    5:12 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    19. Four years isn’t that long. I was a UK freshman in Billy G’s last year. Trust me, this team isn’t losing to Gardner Webb and VMI levels of bad.

    I wouldn’t necessarily call them untalented. More like unskilled and unmotivated. Untalented to me means a lack of potential, and the potential is there if they pull their heads out of their rears and put in some work. Maybe not the most talented team, but certainly more talented than the product they’ve been putting out. You know those guys in school who could do well but don’t want to put in the effort to study or do their work? I knew plenty of them. That’s this team right now.

  29. Rob
    5:15 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Re: girl vs. woman vs. lady, all of those are bad. In the third-person they’d be okay, but addressing her as any of those is lame. Especially if you add “media” before it.

    As a Kentuckian living outside Kentucky, the best way to start up a conversation is to be a sweet but confident southern gent. Miss is the way to go, with as much of a drawl as is reasonable given your accent.

    “Hi there, Miss. My name’s Matt Jones. So you’re here coverin’ the game? [yes] Which outlet? [WHOT] Oh, that’s awesome. I’m here with my company, Kentucky Sports Radio. Where are you from? […] Do you know South Bend? This is my first time in the area. Care to show me a good place to grab a drink after the game?”

  30. The Dude from the Board Game "Operation"
    5:31 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Why is Tom Crean trying to look like me? Get a new hairstyle, Tom!

  31. billy
    5:33 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #9 I read that Cal was to make Harrow the point guard but Harrow had some mental problems and now he is about a month behind the rest of the team. He will be the point guard if he stays healthy. But he has a lot of catching up with the team to do. NOT TO WORRY. LET CALIPARI COACH THE TEAM. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. billy
    5:35 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #17 LOOK FOR A LOT OF RUSHING THE COURT THIS SEASON. These freshmen have a long way to go and UK is the team in the SEC to hate.

  33. stan
    5:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink


  34. CrimsonCee
    5:51 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Even as an IU fan, that picture is really funny. He’s so oblivious…

  35. BigMan
    7:24 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Fans who send negativity to players tweeter accounts need to get a clue and leave the players alone period. The ones who did this obviously have never played sports or they would understand the negativity is not needed. After all as athletes you are usually hard enough on yourself after a loss and surely don’t need it from ignorant fans.

  36. Mr. Blonde
    1:51 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why is Tom Arnold wearing an IU vest?