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UK Fans of the Day Want Five Quick Thoughts

As we heads toward mid-week, five quick thoughts:

— This could be the most important week of the year for basketball recruiting. The impressions made on these round of in-home visits tend to be reinforced throughout the year, which is why you see all the coaches pulling out all the stops. Calipari has been everywhere and back again and his track across America reinforces who he wants in the Class of 2013. The Harrison Twins, Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins (if he reclassifies), Aaron Gordon and James Young all received visits and from those six, Calipari would love a class of five. The Twins say they will not visit UK’s campus again, Randle is coming for the NBA Alumni Game, while the Cats hope to get Wiggins/Young/Gordon in this fall. The vibes from this week could well determine whether the Cats are destined to get #9 (or #10) in 2014.

— Today Rick Minter spoke to the media and denied a verbal confrontation with Joker Phillips at the Louisville game and in the following week. I understand his reason to do that and it doesn’t bother me that he would not verify our report. Football is a team game, disagreements happen and if the coaches don’t want to speak about it publicly, I get it. That however doesn’t mean it didn’t happen or that there has not been tension between the two men over defensive philosophy. Both are true. Things are apparently better now and all hope to see even better performance this week versus Western.

— Quick thought…five years ago, three programs would have been seen as the model for college sports: Penn State football, UNC basketball and Duke basketball. We know what happened at Penn State and now there are continued scents of issues in the Triangle as well. While the Duke story will be difficult to prove, especially since the Lance Thomas jewelry owner is under no obligation to talk to the NCAA, it is clear that questions over how $100,000 worth of jewelry ended up in Thomas’s hand will continue. And the UNC scandal, including the newest revelations about Tyler Hansbrough’s mom showcases that the Tar Heel program has a culture of winning at cost just as heavily as any other place in America. What happens to these schools individually is beside the point. All of these scandals showcase that as much as national reporters would love to have “Good guy/bad guy” schools (with Kentucky often being a bad guy), in the end that narrative is almost never correct.

— We have joked a lot about Billy Gillispie on here. And tonight there is more news that he is checking himself into the Mayo Clinic with high blood pressure and stress. Some say that we should pity Gillipsie and not joke about his condition. For the vast majority of people, I would agree. But for Billy, mocking those in unfortunate situations was par for the course. He loved nothing more than to degrade and then mock those for whom he was in charge. I don’t wish ill will on him and I hope he gets help. But I also don’t feel sorry about making jokes at his expense. He did it to others and unlike when he was the one dishing, he won’t feel the physical and mental effects of our playful jabs.

— The Calipari Fantasy Experience starts Thursday and I am ready to tear my ACL with all the other campers. Today they released the Assistant Coaches for the six teams. Which would you prefer to play for?

Finally, today is of course 9/11 and like most of you, I have spent time today reflecting on those terrible moments 11 years ago. For me, the most poignant times after the tragedy were the ways in which we came together and tried to deal with the events. In that regard, nothing was more moving to me than this Paul Simon performance of “The Boxer” on Saturday Night Live. It marked the return to the show and included Mayor Giuliani and the NYC Firefighters. It still gets me every time and I try to watch it every year.

Article written by Matt Jones

33 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Five Quick Thoughts

  1. Rick
    9:04 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Antoine Walker AND Demarcus Cousins coaching the same team? Sign me the hell up. And change the name from Team Texas to “Ain’t No 4’s”

  2. Austin Aries
    9:10 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Way to take the high road Matt, yeah BCG is a douche, but you had a golden opportunity to prove you’re way above his level.

  3. Shampoo
    9:12 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    For sure Team Texas, but Matt that site it redirects to for the Paul Simon video the swastika inside the star of David what’s up with that? Where you redirecting us?

  4. KaliforniaKat
    9:13 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Five quick thoughts ?? I only counted four chicks.

  5. kybigbluek
    9:18 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Does a court document mean nothing. Thomas is being sued for non-payment of the balance of his huge purchase.

  6. Walden Schmidt
    9:22 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink


  7. Dice Clay
    9:27 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Heard today that Alan Cutler smoked Billy Clyde outta Texas and into clinic. Can anyone confirm?

  8. J-Daddy
    9:31 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Wait, what was the UNC scandal with Tyler Handjobs mother????

  9. Joey
    9:49 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    On Duke, there is a public record (a lawsuit) that was filed by the jeweler which spells out what Thomas bought, borrowed and promised to pay. This was attested to by the person filing the lawsuit. If this isn’t proof, then what is? Unless the guy lied, which would then land him in trouble, this document gives enough information to investigate. And if Thomas or the jeweler don’t talk, you assume Thomas is guilty, just like they did with Derrick Rose. What is the big freaking deal here?

  10. Newt
    10:04 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Guy’s an alcoholic that lost his mom and a young nephew in the last 18 months…and since his crap coaching style isn’t our problem anymore, let’s move on ’til he’s inevitably fired; and then move on for good.

  11. Jason
    10:11 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, for you to question the supposed exchange between Joker and Minter is off-base. You know as well as anyone that “what happens within the team stays within the team” and you have raised hell against anyone who has done otherwise. So let it be within the team. It’s not your job to investigate, or report, internal issues without confirmation. And as far as your “sources” – Always remember, there is a reason your sources want to be anonymous, and it’s usually not a good reason.

  12. BigBlue1976
    10:21 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah….what about Hansborough’s mom???!

  13. Rackemii
    10:30 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    blah blah blah
    the boxer performance is amazing..also check out the boxer with Mumford and sons and Paul Simon ..jams

  14. Patrick_Wren
    10:33 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Matt….time to move on from BCG. He really isn’t our problem anymore and I for one am glad for what we have in Coach Cal.

    To enjoy (and yes you are enjoying whether you can take ownership or not) the tough times of others is a bad place to live, think, and dwell. Whatever he was at UK is now waaaay past tense. Move on please.

    I want nothing but the best for him….he doesn’t need anyone piling on….he seems pretty adequate at ruining his own life. Live in peace….as much as it has to do with you….with all people. We all get our turn at the wheel at one time or another. And when you’re there mine Blue Brethren we will be there to lift you up!

  15. UKGrad93
    10:52 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with #1. Shimmy and boogie all day!

  16. Steve Fitts
    10:54 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    BCG’s behavior is very typical of alcoholics. Every one of the “bizarre” and abusive behaviors that BCG has exhibited is very normal behavior for the alcoholic. In my opinion, BCG needs to get sober, and I believe that all of his other problems would disappear if he would get sober. Most people view alcoholics as “bad” people when in reality they are just “sick” people. The abusive and anti-social behaviors are a direct result of the distorting effects of alcohol on one’s decision-making capacity.

  17. Shakfu
    10:58 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Well said about gillispie, i initially thought he deserved more time at kentucky but as his toxic attitude towards people under his control becomes more apparent it is clear that he is just reaping what he sowed.

  18. SoCal Will
    11:15 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Similar to Penn State, NC, and Duke, National Champion Auburn Football has been venturing way too close to the cabin in the woods. Look for some carnage there soon….

  19. Champ
    11:15 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    15 agreed. Boogie and Antoine not even close

  20. Evan
    11:26 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Where the hell did they pull Oliver Simmons from? Dude transferred to FSU. Seems like there could of been other options…

  21. Eric K
    1:17 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    NO,yes,yes,yes! GO CATS!!

  22. Kevin C.
    1:49 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Hmm…the short chick appears to have a little Monica Lewinski thing going on with her dress….

  23. Blue Trudy
    6:30 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Wow Matt, way to kick a guy while he’s down. Not cool!

  24. ksrfan
    6:39 am September 12, 2012 Permalink


  25. stan
    7:55 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    He abused the players and then made fun of doing it. Everyone has their own opinion, but he made his bed, no sympathy here

  26. Cat n NKY
    8:00 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    NCAA doesnt need proof as in a court, Rose didn’t talk and they never had proof just circumstantial evidence. The Duke case at minimum deserves investigation and Duke should lean in Thomas for cooperation if they are so high and mighty. Time will tell.

  27. jcatron
    8:00 am September 12, 2012 Permalink


  28. Rockfield, KY
    8:43 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    I know I went to public and probably can’t read, but does that say Oliver Simmons? That’s a random pairing. I’d much rather have Todd Svboda. Either way, put me on the team with MKG, Shep, and Prickett.

  29. WTF
    9:15 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    You people judging these girls are crazy! #1 is absolutely gorgeous. Call me maybe!

  30. Will S
    10:34 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Rumor has it Lance Thomas received the 30K from his rich uncle who owns a business in upper-middle class suburban New Jersey. He has basically been a father to Lance since he was young, providing for him since his mother is a single parent. This is a family connection, not an agent/Duke one. The truth will be out soon– Lance and Duke won’t speak as long as the lawsuit is ongoing. No one around the Duke program is worried, at all.

  31. Oliver Who
    11:15 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    How the HELL did Oliver Simmons make this list?

    11:43 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones crawls out from under his Mamas Skirts after Tards put a whooping on our beloved Kayuts.
    NOW he crawls out to kick a sick man in the head. WOW. I guess Gay Mamas Boys need something to make their sorry life better.
    HeyMatt! Try WOMEN for a change,your attitude MAY lighten up a bit….

    8:51 pm September 12, 2012 Permalink

    I still haven’t crawled out from under my Dad’s Boxer shorts…I am a Gay Daddy’s Boy.