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Pat Forde says timing of USBWA COY award was “less than ideal,” takes a shot at the BBN


Yesterday, someone sent me a Snapchat of what appears to be Pat Forde’s inaugural column as the President of the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) in “Basketball Times.”

As you may remember, the USBWA named Tony Bennett their Coach of the Year, the only major coaching award John Calipari didn’t receive. In this column, Forde mentions the “less than ideal” timing of the coaching awards, which led to “considerable backlash from one particular fan base that believed its coach was more deserving,” a clear shot at the Big Blue Nation. Here’s the paragraph in full:

Timing of our coach and player awards. As you may know, the release of our 2015 Hank Iba Coach of the Year award was less than ideal–Virginia’s Tony Bennett was honored two days after the Cavaliers were upset in the NCAA Tournament round of 32. This led to considerable backlash from one particular fan base that believed its coach was more deserving, and a fair amount of external media criticism of our organization. We have begun discussions about changing the release date of our award winners so that the announcements more closely coincide with the end of the voting period. Delaying the release two weeks does not seem to help anyone.

Even if the vote was held two weeks before its release–so, March 9 instead of March 23–I still don’t understand how you could have picked Bennett over Calipari. Kentucky had just capped off an undefeated regular season while Virginia was coming off a loss to Louisville. There was a reason the decision was panned by every media member brave enough to speak up. Regardless, leave it to Forde to sneak in a shot at the BBN from the bully pulpit.

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9 Comments for Pat Forde says timing of USBWA COY award was “less than ideal,” takes a shot at the BBN

  1. dsims0004
    12:20 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    My 2 years old cries less than this chump…

  2. J-Dub421
    12:22 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Hey Pat Forde, you were wrong. Literally everyone except you and your organization thought Coach Cal was the best this past season. When EVERYONE disagrees with you, it’s you, not them….

  3. david8577
    12:32 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Just needs a change to “considerable backlash from a fanbase that knows more about basketball than anyone in the USBWA”. Maybe these idiots should name their award, “coach of the first half season”. Forde, you all look like fools. You made your bed, now you and Dana sleep in it.

  4. ukblue22
    12:50 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Pat Forde is just special kind of stupid. Timing is not the issue. Will not be the issue. The problem is a skewed vote.

    • ukblue22
      12:51 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

      I would have called him ignorant, but he’s not. He’s stupid to think anyone believes his drivel.

  5. sckysportsink
    12:58 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    The USBWA is made of of a bunch of oldsters who have lost touch with the modern game. They are no longer relevant, so their ideas about the modern game are of little value. They are more interested in personal vendettas than producing something of value.

  6. BTownUKFan
    1:01 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Rat Forde has been taking cheap shots at the Kentucky program and Kentucky fans since he was a hack at the C-J. It’s nothing new. There will be a special place in Kentucky heaven for the member of BBN that dumps a coke on his head and posts the video on KSR.

  7. Willy
    3:50 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Have you ever listened to someone & wondered, Who ties your shoes?? Enough said!!!

  8. Tej
    8:14 pm April 27, 2015 Permalink

    Mr. Forde has been a UK hater from day one. He takes delight in every UK loss or setback of any kind. He cannot write an objective article if UK, its coaches or fans are mentioned. That the USBWA has elected him its president reflects very poorly on that organization.