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What’s wrong, Kevin?

Everyone be nice to Kevin Stallings today. He’s butt-hurt.

The Vanderbilt coach is upset about his team’s two-game stretch where they play at Alabama on Thursday night and then return home to host Mississippi State on Saturday night. I can kind of see why he’d be a little frustrated with that scheduling; it’s not the ideal setup for two games in three days. But Kevin Stallings isn’t just worried about his own team’s fatigue from traveling and one day to prepare for the Bulldogs, he’s mad that Kentucky doesn’t have a similar scheduling issue all season.


The league’s second-longest tenured coach wants to know why Kentucky will not play a Thursday-Saturday combo for the second consecutive season. And it’s not just that. The Wildcats have Saturday games with four SEC opponents that are coming off Thursday night games — the most of any team in the league.

“Go figure that one out for me, would you?” Stallings said. “We all agreed to do it, so if you have one, like we have one, I’m not going to complain. To not have any and to be able to play four teams that have to do it to play you … that’s not right.”


Stallings just wants everything to be fair. That’s cute.

Worry about your own team.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

51 Comments for What’s wrong, Kevin?

  1. Bun B
    12:13 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    UK did play a thursday game against St. Johns and then faced a #5 UNC team at noon on Saturday!!!

  2. Thaxonator
    12:14 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink


  3. Old Henry Man
    12:16 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Telling ESPN who to play would be like the SEC telling CBS not to carry the LSU/Florida Football game but they have to show UK vs Ole Miss

  4. Get over It!
    12:16 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky played St. Johns on Thursday, December 1, and then turned around and played North Carolina on Saturday December 3, at 12 noon!

  5. WelcomeToTheCaliparti
    12:17 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    well done #1. He already went whining about this last year, at least get something new to complain about Kevin.

  6. Axe Cop
    12:19 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I bet his tears taste like gravy.

  7. The Cheese
    12:22 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Dude has a point, but i really don’t care. Get rid of that insane gym, then complain. Until then, STFU.

  8. The Nats
    12:23 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Great post #7!

  9. serdi
    12:25 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    UK did that last year and the year before in the SEC…guess it just rotates that each team does not have to do it every year….Stallings knows that…He is just saying that Kentucky ought to have to do it EVER YEAR. The $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ hungry SEC decided that they wanted every game on television of some kind thus the league plays Tues, Wednesday, and Thursdays. I don’t think it is fair for Anybody to play on Thursday period.

    I personally think we ought to go back to the old days when you played Saturday and Monday. You are at home one week or on the road the next for back to back games.

    Then everybody even Stallings would be playing on a level table.

  10. bilhelm
    12:27 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think its not fair that we have to play sat games then turn around and play again on Tuesday… many teams get the benefit of recovering until Thursday. Life just isn’t fair.

  11. serdi
    12:27 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Isn’t also interesting that he would bother to take the time out of his preparation to be worried about UK…

  12. goodsausage
    12:27 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Beat CLeveland State and Indiana State before you start crying. The best thing about playing for Vandy is that you never worry about have to take an extra set of clothes to the NCAA tourney. VU’s version of one and done.

  13. Tomas
    12:29 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    He does realize they schedule Kentucky to be on TV on at the most oppurtune times. And we do have a Thursday game we just play Florida on Sunday instead of Saturday. Not really our fault that CBS wants that last game. Also I feel like he complains about this every year. Why the hell is he worried about Kentucky’s schedule. He should be worried about beating Cleveland State.

  14. JBeek
    12:32 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Proper time for one of my favorite lines on this website:

  15. hoss_cat
    12:33 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t blame him. It’s not fair at all to be truthful about it.

  16. Dbone
    12:34 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    No problem w stallings… Does ESPN bother to explain that they are the reason behind the scheduling in the body of the article?

  17. JoeMoney333
    12:38 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Money, Kentucky brings in a lot of it, so they get the prime-time Super Tuesday games. Really that simple. Its an ESPN/CBS thing, Stallings knows this, he is more frustrated w/ that then Kentucky I bet.

  18. justin e
    12:43 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    What a jag off. Coach cal said that.

  19. Head Bussa
    12:46 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know why you all are giving Stallings such a hard time about this. He’s not saying anything about Kentucky. He’s trying to figure out how the league allows this when everything should be equal in league play.

  20. catsfan54
    12:48 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    no wonder Vandy loses in the first round every year. i always respected Stallings but in my opinion – as a coach it’s a sign of weakness to get all butthurt about something like this and practically make excuses for another team beating you before it even happens. then psychologically that affects the players mentality and they get butthurt as well.

  21. Siddartha
    12:50 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    He doesn’t seem to worry about his home court being the strangest gym in the country, giving his team a huge home advantage year in and year out. Not a peep from him.
    He always complains about Kentucky, and then he always chokes big time in the Tournament. If I were a Vandy fan, I would hate him.

  22. Mr. Obvious
    12:52 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Stallings is talking about SEC play…he’s still a douche!!

  23. TheDecker
    12:54 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    #7 hit it on the head…Stallings wants to complain about unfair scheduling while everyone who travels to Vanderbilt has to play in that stupid&$$ gym of theirs?

  24. BPM
    12:57 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    F Stallings. I have no respect for him whatsoever even if he is right. The guy always has snide little comments about UK and Cal and no one ever calls him out on it. Biggest douchebag coach in the SEC if you ask me. Plus, he is totally overated as a coach and has never achieved anything but a couple NCAA tourney apperances and one Sweet 16. Guy has no clue what to do in a close game and his teams are soft.

  25. UKChillfan
    12:57 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll chime in also on Vandy’s gym. It has to be a huge advantage for them.

  26. GoCats7
    1:02 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder why the SEC keeps putting the BEST and most POPULAR team in the league on the prime-time big Saturday games instead of on the SEC network Thursday games that hardly anyone tunes in to? Quit crying Stallings. The fact of the matter is you will always be a second-tear team and you will always have to deal with Kentucky having certain privileges over you. BBN gets what BBN wants and we want Saturday games

  27. wilDCat
    1:02 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    +1 for Vanderbilt’s ridiculous gym. As people have said though, it’s totally fair of a claim for him to make because it does kind of make things harder for his time, but at the same time it’s all about the TV revenue and that’s what counts.

  28. KyleP
    1:06 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    For what it’s worth, UK did play St. John’s on a Thurs and then UNC on Saturday. He needs to worry about his own team and shut up. I know it’s not conference play, but still.

  29. Wildcat44
    1:06 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Simple answer Kev, have a team anybody wants to see play. Might be a reason why THE CATS play on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, its called ratings/$. Who the hell wants to see vanderbilt play for God’s sake?

  30. JB
    1:10 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    We say the same thing about our football schedule. The league knows where its bread is buttered and if they so happen to give a scheduling break to one of its powerhouses, so be it. The problem for Stallings is that Kentucky is the only traditional power on the basketball side.

  31. douggercats
    1:26 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    The NCAA tourney requires 2 days tournarounds, but no reason for Stallings to prepare for that.

  32. ktmiln2
    1:28 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’m just glad that fatigue resets on Sunday. I mean, could you imagine if it didn’t? UK plays on Saturday then Tuesday, when everyone else gets to rest until Wednesday or Thursday.

  33. BBN
    1:29 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think 6 is right…and 7 too.

  34. NLgolf
    1:39 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Man that don’t look like tears on his face….GRoss!!!

  35. John
    1:46 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Do big east and big 12 teams complain when they have to play Saturday then big Monday on espn?

    Is there really any evidence whatsoever that supports his unfair claim?
    Maybe teams play BETTER.

    And if one team plays on short rest one game they will have extra days between the other game. There’s 7 days in a week for all teams lol

  36. David Elswick
    1:47 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Stallings should embrace playing on Thursday AND Saturday…Vandy never gets to do that in the tournament!

  37. UKChillfan
    1:49 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Someone else brought up the football schedule. How many of you remember when FL used to have to come to UK in November but that was changed to us playing in Sept. Why? I think we all know why, FL didn’t like playing in the cold.

  38. UKChillfan
    1:51 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry to comment so much but this is really enlightening. I never thought how stupid his comments are when you put it in terms of NCAA tournament scheduling!!

  39. Bulldawg
    2:04 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Short time between games should help prepare a team for a tourney-type atmosphere. However, looking at Vandy and Stallings’ track record in tourneys, it is easy to see why he does not want a tourney-type atmosphere. Stallings sucks! You didn’t hear Cal complain when UK got the shaft with the worst 4 seed in the tourney last year. They went out and proved they deserved better! Maybe Stallings should try the same thing instead of whining like a little baby. He wants to talk about unfair advantage without talking about his joke for a gym? I am sure UK would gladly play Vandy on a Saturday following a thursday game if it meant they could play them in a “normal” gym.

    Thursday/Saturday game < Vandy's gym

  40. John
    2:10 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think Stallings is a baby and should shutup

    That being said lets not bring their gym into the conversation. Does it provide them a bigger home field advantage than other places ? Yes.

    Is it unfair ? Nope.

    That’s like saying oh its unfair because arena A is louder than Arena B.

    Nothing wrong with vandy gym.
    No need to act like Stallings lol

  41. barn
    2:23 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    stallings is a great coach. just ask the ass clowns (whoever they are) who voted him SEC coy 2yrs ago

  42. warrior
    2:54 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    I hate vanderbilt with every fiber of my body.

  43. best1978
    2:59 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    How come everybody else has to sit on the sideline but Vandy gets to sit in the end zone? Its not fair I tell you, just simply not fair. And while I am at it how come Vandy doesn’t have to play in a basketball facility like everyone else instead of in an opera house? And why don’t they have to report their grades? And how come………..Well you get it.

  44. prpcat
    3:30 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Sounds like SOMEBODY needs a diaper change!

  45. Big Dog
    3:54 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Hasn’t he hear that WWW has bought Disney and Calipari gets to set all the TV schedules? 😉

  46. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    4:03 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Can we get Vandy out of the SEC already?

    Kevin, you are lucky we agree to play in that stadium of yours at all. It smells terrible and is filled with unattractive women.

  47. Card Fann
    4:31 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Complain to the Mike Seive privately and keep on taking the ESPN money. If the Dores want out of the SEC,I know soneone else who would love to get in.

  48. gardnerwebb
    5:14 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    The benches are in the endzone at vu , because of adolf rupp . Look it up , pretty ironic .

  49. Dick Gosinia
    5:16 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    There is a good reason…’s called “The Kentucky Effect!!”

  50. strange brew
    5:39 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Who’s Kevin Stallings?

  51. Gary
    7:40 pm January 18, 2012 Permalink

    Stallings has an even more look-a-like in John Carroll Lynch, who played the cross-dressing brother on The Drew Carey Show. Here an IMDB link to Lynch’s pic.