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UK’s Correspondence With The NCAA


Below is the correspondence between Kentucky and the NCAA regarding the celebration of John Calipari’s 500th win.  It is broken into three portions:  the initial letter, UK’s response and the NCAA’s reply.


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Article written by Thomas Beisner

60 Comments for UK’s Correspondence With The NCAA

  1. Jimmy Snuka
    6:54 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    F… the NCAA and Emmert!

  2. Rick
    6:59 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    What a joke. NCAA Should be ashamed and embarrassed.

  3. Andrew
    7:00 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Sandy Bell is an OG.

  4. tuggerman
    7:04 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    It is clear Calipari is being singled out. I loved Sandy’s April 11 letter.

    What about players stats for those years. If a player was a freshman does he not get any credit stat wise for his first year? Does he get an additional year of eligibility if it doesnt? Obviously not, it just Calipari being singled out!

  5. Big Blue Nation
    7:05 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Furthermore, go to effn he’ll NCAA.

  6. Benny Boy in GA
    7:07 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I love the fact that Tipton is being called out for the pimple on the ass that he is.

  7. TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld
    7:08 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    If he hooked up with your girlfriend, you’d brag to your friends about it.
    He once got pulled over for speeding, but let the officer go with a warning.
    He’s allowed to talk about Fight Club.
    Big Foot thinks he is a myth.
    King Leonidas led 300 Spartans to victory over 300,000 Persians, then ran into him.
    He’s the life of parties he’s never attended.
    Sharks have a week dedicated to him.
    Every time he goes for a swim, dolphins appear.

    He is the greatest coach in the world.

    John Calipari

  8. UKnowMe
    7:08 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I wonder how many times Jerry Tipturd called the NCAA to complain about this travesty? What a scumbag.

  9. lcsd479
    7:09 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Nice they singled out Tipturd. Revoke his press pass. I think someone should add him to the photoshop of the Moby Dick artwork.

  10. Sammydog
    7:11 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    This whole exchange is hilarious. No wonder they don’t do their job very well….Cam Newton, Ohio State, Jim Calhoun, Bruce Pearl, Tennessee, USC??? They are too busy with this silliness.

  11. Jimmy Snuka
    7:12 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    It’s time we dig for Tipton’s skelton’s.

  12. manbearpig
    7:12 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Im 45 minutes from Indy. It is tempting after reading this to leave a f. laming bag of poo on their front step

  13. Hmmmm
    7:14 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    “We realize that one member of our local media…” Wow. I hadn’t heard that Tipton was the one that stirred all of this up. I guess it makes sense though.

  14. Jimmy Snuka
    7:14 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton’s mom told me he wasn’t allowed to play in the sandbox as a child because the CATS kept covering him up.

  15. James
    7:15 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Funny stuff…. are we missing a couple pages?

  16. DaveUK
    7:18 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    This whole episode could have been avoided if someone had just given Tipton his prostate pills.

  17. Sampson
    7:22 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the rest?! I want to see how they responded to the “singled out” comment.

  18. wackityschmackitydoo
    7:23 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Ten bucks on Sandy being NotJerryTipton! Those last three pages just show that the NCAA basically has nothing but “WAAAAH. We are the NCAA. Just do it. WAAAH.”

    I seriously don’t think they researched anything from Sandy’s letter except finding bullsh*t responses to whatever they selectively wanted to quote.

  19. Computer Blue
    7:25 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’d like to see all the big schools leave the NCAA and take their money with them.

    And check out the signature of the guy who signed the letter, Dennis E. Thomas. Third graders sign their names better.

  20. danny
    7:29 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink


  21. UK3K
    7:33 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    If anyone at the Herald Leader is reading this, I will gladly take over Jerry Tipton’s duties as a “sports reporter” for half of his current salary. It’s a win-win: Herald Leader saves money and your paper will gain a reporter more in touch with the Big Blue Nation. Subscriptions would skyrocket.

  22. Goose Givens' 41 points
    7:34 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t wait for NJT’s “column” tomorrow! Should be an all time classic

  23. Waitin' on 8
    7:34 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Not that it will matter, but I sent a complaint e-mail to every “Contact Us” form I could find on the LHL’s website.

  24. uconn#1
    7:40 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    The wicked take the truth to be hard.

  25. The NCAA
    7:41 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    If we cant get Kentucky and your loser head coach, that we hate both, we will get you one way or another. As you know we will allow liars, per Tenn and Ohio State. We UK fans should somehow find something on the, Lords of basketball world, and nail them to the cross by their nutless sacks.

  26. hahaha
    7:42 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hope all of the media gets a hold of this and runs with it. The NCAA is such a JOKE

  27. connectiCAT
    7:42 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Wonder if Jim Calhoun’s record indicates his vacated 1996 NCAA tournament appearance for having two players violate the same rules as Marcus Camby.

  28. Computer Blue
    7:46 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Boycott the LHL in every way possible until Tipton is put out to pasture. Boycott anyone who advertises in it. Enough is enough.

  29. toni
    7:46 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    You will never convince me that this thing with the NCAA and Calipari is not directly related to the fact that two athletes left the University of Washington for UK and Coach Calipari. Noting the new president of the NCAA is the previous president of Washington. It concerns me that they have UK in the crossheirs. Worse than the IRS. You can put them off for so long but in the end, they will get you. Dot every i and cross every t Sandy Bell.

  30. Nudge
    7:59 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    The second letter is simply childish. You can hear the sarcasm and fuming in it. And the fact that a previous person had the audacity to use such sarcasm “You can count 1,000 wins as far as I care…”

    The end of the letter sounds like a challenge. Perhaps we should make a list of schools not in compliance in their records and send it off to the NCAA?

  31. Appalachian Wonder
    8:00 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve always liked Sandy Bell, but her response to the NCAA cements it: They need to hang a Sandy Bell banner in Rupp.

  32. Milk my Mouse
    8:00 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Dear NCAA,

    You are cordially invited to suck it.

    Big Blue Nation

  33. JRA
    8:01 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think true UK fans need to boycott the LHL and anyone who advertises in that paper until Tipton is fired! Is the LHL still owned by a Hoosier family? Wasn’t Tipton hired from the Evansville paper? If so he needs to go back to Indiana and sing Bobby Knights praises! The NCAA will gradually kill itself with its sanctimonious attitude and totally ridiculous stance on so many things. I like the idea of the “power conferences” leaving the NCAA and forming their own entity.

  34. RD
    8:07 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA is such a freakin’ joke. So not only must UK apologize, but the NCAA must approve of how they word their apology. Wonder what the NCAA would or could do if they got a letter from Lee Todd stating “see the quote from Michael Wilbon on ESPN, ‘go to he!!'”.

  35. DorisBurkeisdumb
    8:10 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I hate Jerry Tiptons wrinkly, pimpled scarred ugly face. Its apparent his interior matches the exterior. #24, what cracker jack box did you steal that line out of? Probably some garbage rap song sung by a Uconn graduate, that Calhoun paid the agent of to get them to committ. Oh wait they lost scholarships because they dont graduate…go f yourself.

  36. The Judge
    8:13 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    This brings to my mind the question of schools passing off Helm’s Titles as NCAA Titles- UNC and Kansas are two of them. They hang their Helm’s Title banners right next to their NCAA Title banners, with no distinctions between the two noted.

    Surely if a “500 win” celebration draws the ire and wrath of the NCAA over this publicized quasi-innacuracy, they would take publicized misleading banners of their very own Tournament Championship even more seriously?

  37. Waitin' on 8
    8:17 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    24) Is a UCONN fan actually calling UK wicked? Hmmm… you do realize you’ve been in trouble within the last 12 months… RIGHT?

  38. johnboy not billy
    8:33 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think Mitch McConnell needs to get the feds involved, if they stay up baseball’s ass, let them douche the NCAA – that’s exactly what those SOB’s need, someone from a federal level INVESTIGATING THEM for their inconsistencies…

  39. BCO
    8:57 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Im sorry to say I read every word out it.

    I love the fact that Sandy sticks up for our coach, saying “whether you say they happened or not, they happened” and letting them know how they stated that the wins included the vacations. love it when she noted they have been singled out and gives expamples of how, and the NCAA first saying thats ridiculous then explaining why we are being singled out saying basically “we only watch the schools who have been on probation before”. what a load of horse crap.

    we have to figure a way to get rid of the NCAA, and I think it can be done.

    If Kentucky leads the charge, or Auburn, or Ohio State, Alabama, USC or any other major school that hates the NCAA and create their own league where they pay their players…imagine. all the top talent will go there and every school that can afford to will follow suite to the newly created league. the problem with the NCAA is not enough of the bigger schools are represented in the committees, and favoritism and corruption run amuck. i say someone from UK should start scheduling meetings with some other big time schools about leaving the NCAA.

  40. KYStout
    9:10 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    When we win the National Championship next season, they should use Emmert for dodgeball practice as a reward during the post-game ceremony.

    Really though – this is a great example of why everyone hates the NCAA. This letter is the very height of pettiness.

  41. Jerry Tipton Hater
    9:13 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tipton is a piece of crap journalists and a totally douche as a human being.

  42. Lisa Mac
    9:26 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Just listened to Lachlan on 84. So, the NCAA doesn’t have enough manpower to monitor all media guides for “errors”. Gee, I think Joe Schmo just got on his laptop after his shift at Zappos to discover the San Diego State media guide makes no mention of Steve Fischer’s vacated wins. Attention NCAA: You have awakened a sleeping giant. BBN!!!!!

  43. tebkats
    9:44 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I still agree with Wilborn.

  44. Makersnseven
    10:05 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    What needs to happen is for KSR to get us the list of all the other “vacated” wins that are not reflected in media guides and other University records of other schools and then we can all email / call/ show up on NCAA doorstep (please send D. Franklin) to demand the NCAA get the records straight.

  45. TX_Ryan
    10:10 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I think I’m in love with Sandy Bell…

  46. david ball
    10:32 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    my goodness…never has an organization deemed someone an “innocent victim” and then proceeded to vilify them…but that is the NCAA….the letter from Sandy Bell to the NCAA is well written and direct….the NCAA’s response is petty (and shys away from Sandy’s correct assertion that other schools don’t remark about their coaches vacated wins)…UConn has one of the lowest APR scores and their coach is in trouble for losing control of his program…but win the NCAA title (FT’s..ugh) and are spared their just rewards from the Bobby Knights of the world…proof is proof…from the first day coach Calipari took the job at UK, the STUDENT-athletes he has brought onto campus have been superb both on and off the court; going to class (save one who has since repented) and winning games has put the NCAA in an awkward position…they have relegated themselves to petty enforcers of arcane decisions (see Enes Kanter/Josh Selby) and patient forgetfullness (D.Rose got through the NCAA clearing house, but the NCAA refuses to accept partial culpability in their lack of due diligence and now want to complain about whether not an actual game played (factual) should have been celebrated with all the caveats explained in Sandy’s letter)…petty petty petty….under this blatant overzealous scrutiny by the NCAA it should be readily apparent to everyone that UK’s basketball program HAS to be squeaky clean…the NCAA’s last two “warnings” to UK have concerned Enes Kanter (and penalizing UK if he decided to leave after the NCAA banned him from playing) and disputing a FACTUAL game and whether it should count at a private UK ceremony (with all the attendant support information to note the inclusion of the vacated wins)…ha…Jerry Tipton needs to retire…mountain out of a mole-hill…and if this is the type of behavior to expect from the NCAA moving forward, it will make watching UK hoist number 8 that much more satisfying…and hopefully when that day comes, Tipton finds his press pass pulled

  47. NCAA Compliance
    10:32 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Think you hate us now. Just wait until the Anthony Davis investigation starts next month.

  48. hmmmm
    10:56 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA really needs to bold the important parts of their unnecessarily long letters to make for easy reading.

  49. BankShot
    11:08 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Tipton flamed by UK Compliance. Ain’t that priceless?!

  50. not a lawyer asks
    11:28 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why hasn’t any university sued the NCAA yet? Isn’t this a blatant denial of freedom of expression? I hate getting Congress involved in sports, but I would love to see the NCAA taken to task on their standard operating procedures. How does it feel to be a big, fat joke NCAA? That is what you are. By the way…..NOBODY is better at their job than Sandy Bell. Give her a raise today.

  51. mikatfAn425
    11:44 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    The ncaa is a joke and this whole situation just proves. Its so childish and pathetic.

  52. Will
    11:50 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I agree 44. We need to compile that list for the NCAA if it does not have the “manpower.” It sure does seem to check in on us whenever they so deem. Why not spend all this time making sure everything as equal as a whole. Sorry NCAA, but you cant Men in Black this from peoples minds. Those wins happened!

  53. Chris
    12:23 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Love the part at the end where they claim to not have time to keep track of the other programs not including statement on vacated wins yet they had plenty of time to meet for hours on end and then write a two very long letters about a hand shake at half court.

  54. iWantToGrowUpAndBeTheDrewFranklin
    12:50 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    What’s Dennis Thomas’ email, anyone know?

  55. WillCorbett
    1:19 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    UK and Sandy Bell have some big balls! I say abolish the NCAA! Let the money go to the schools instead!

  56. ColoradoWildCat
    2:16 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Well, I agree that Sandy B is a gem; and that the idiot non-sports-writer at the LHL is anything but a gem. I to think that the LHL should be avoided at all costs. It is not really fair to boycott the companies that advertise there, but I can tell you if my company was in Lexington, we would NOT advertise with the LHL.

    However, if all he UK fans would just cancel the LHL, they would get the message.

    That is easy for me to suggest from out here in Wonderful Colorado; however, I have sent them a letter stating that I will never again after today get on their web-site as long as Jacka$$ Tipton is there.

    If enough of us do that, it will get rid of him.

    I also think that the University should revoke his press credentials….for life! I’m thinking that he may just be worse than little bobby knight….and I did not think that was possible.

  57. tsblakecpa
    7:59 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Sticks and stones luv. The NCAA and Jerry Tipton are idiots. Savy?

  58. GoBigBlue
    8:14 am June 17, 2011 Permalink

    Someone needs to track down every mis-stated record out there, and report them all to the NCAA. Then follow up in two months to make sure that every school issued “public apologies” that was approved by the NCAA beforehand.

  59. Jaybruce
    2:31 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    someone might have pointed this out, but I was too lazy to read the responses. But the NCAA is throwing a massive hissy fit about not being able to count. Then claiming that Derrick Rose was the leading scorer on memphis’s 2007 team. When in fact Rose averaged 14.9ppg, and CDR averaged 18.1. Last I checked 18.1>14.9, but maybe thats me. I realize its minor and petty, but still. I found it very amusing that this entire thing was about an accounting error, and yet they were guilty of doing the exact same thing… Just pointing it out.

  60. Jaybruce
    2:32 pm June 17, 2011 Permalink

    An account error according to them i might add