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Gregg Doyel: The Twins Didn’t Fail, the Media Did


Since the Harrison Twins announced their return yesterday afternoon, the media has been a buzz around the nation.  Instead of saying WOWSA, most of the coverage can be summed up very simply: “Hates gon Hate.”  Entering the season as projected lottery picks, many saw the return of the Harrisons as a failure.

Friend of KSR, Gregg Doyel, isn’t buying it.  The only national media voice to predict a 40-0 2014 season, Doyel admits his mistake and points out the mistakes of other national media members.  The hype was ludicrous, but after a season the Twins have made the best of their situation at UK.

“The system almost failed them, as it failed so many others who came before them, high school kids who were told they were ready for the NBA Draft and who believed it. Chad Ford, bless his heart, had the gumption to tell the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker that Andrew Harrison, the point guard, “saw his draft stock fall from a top-10 pick into the second round” without explaining that the failure wasn’t Andrew Harrison’s. He didn’t show up at Kentucky, surround himself with the best coaching, teammates and competition of his life, and somehow get worse,” Doyel said.

“Wrong happens, and the system was wrong about the Harrison Twins. But the system redeemed itself when it told the Twins that, as it turns out, you’re not ready for the NBA. You’re not going to be picked in the 2014 lottery, probably not even in the first round.  And the Harrison Twins listened. Had to be hard to do. Had to be hard to believe. But they listened, and they’re coming back to college. That’s something to smile about.”

Doyel is right: I am smiling from ear to ear and you should too.


GREGG DOYEL: System works for Harrison twins; media projections were way off. 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

11 Comments for Gregg Doyel: The Twins Didn’t Fail, the Media Did

  1. Andy Rootgers
    12:14 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    The 40-0 talk last season was crazy, just like it’ll be this season – with that being said, the media is already praising UK’s squad next season, StraightHoops has a great article on the Cats today:

    • Han
      12:26 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

      That talk shouldn’t start until at the very least midway through SEC play. We lost our bid in what, our 2nd game last year? I’m not even going to think about it as a possibility until after we’ve won 34, having gone undefeated through the SEC tourney. Then we can talk #9 and 40-0. For now, I’ll just look forward to some great basketball, starting with exhibition games in August, hopefully.

  2. Copy Editor
    12:29 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    What, exactly, is “Hates gon Hate”?

    • jmfatz47
      1:06 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

      it appears he left out the “r”

      Not a huge deal really…

  3. Chaz
    1:13 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    The media fails more often than not. They are capable of reporting events that actually happen, i.e. they can tell us that Connecticut won the title when the entire world of BB already fans knew that. Other than factual reporting, I’ll read it, but rarely take any of it seriously. To me, the media didn’t fail, they’re just being who they are.

  4. rahrah
    1:20 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, I’ve been smiling non-stop for about 24 hours now! Liking Doyel more all the time. As a rule, he keeps it real. Sure hope that, as UK fans, we get behind ALL these kids who choose to come play for us and support them as we should, without fail. Can’t wait to see what Coach Cal does with THREE experienced guards! Gonna be a fun season! Go Cats.

  5. Mark
    1:21 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    The question has to be, where does all this gossip start? It comes from the haters. I was told by a rep I work with the other day that the 40-0 thing was started by an Asian Lawyer in Louisville that is a Louisville fan, as a joke and it just took off. The media got ahold of it and ran with it. When the team heard about it, they figure, yea that is not a bad goal but it was twisted as boasting. CBS or Yahoo or whom ever is already calling Kentucky #1 and Louisville #10. That is not the teams fault or the players fault or the fans fault. I even heard that Dicky V is predicting UK will win it all next year. But the haters will sure put it in your face if you lose a game or trip up. Yea, we are loaded next year and I expect we will have a great season and I believe that when the twins and WCS say they have an empty feeling inside them and they came so close, it is true that their goal is to win the whole thing this time. That is every teams goal, but there can be only one. This means that 67 teams lose. Some lose before others like Duke did this year in the first round and some make it to the final four but only one wins it all. I am glad the twins are back. Got to watch a bunch of film last night on the ones coming in. The truth is, No one will want to play us this year and they hate us even more. I wish it was November already. GO CATS!!!

  6. dallon
    2:27 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink


  7. Alex Lyme
    2:32 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Two and Through?

  8. Steve
    2:36 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Let’s hear it for Greg Doyal – wish more kids would listen to people in the know instead of the noise of others that do not. So many kids leave college too early – two and through!

  9. Walking Contradiction
    6:01 pm April 26, 2014 Permalink

    Gregg Doyel, you’re going to hear every Kentucky fan tell you that was a well written article, maybe the best written this year. They will say, he’s the best sports writer out there or this guy gets it. They will talk about how their coach manipulates the media, then ignore the fact last May he talked about a undefeated season and the media ran with it. They will point fingers at everyone but themselves, some will even choose to lay blame for the 40-0 hype on Asian lawyers that are really Louisville fans. But take you own advice and don’t listen to them. They are all wrong, but that is okay, no one can be right all the time.