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Ralph Hacker defends Kyle Macy, says John Calipari is ‘shortchanging fans’

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This evening, UK broadcasting legend Ralph Hacker was inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

Before that, though, the former Voice of the Wildcats ruffled feathers in a major way during his appearance on the Terry Meiners Show.

On the show, Hacker was asked about his legendary career with the UK Radio Network as a basketball and football analyst, breaking down some of the top sports moments he has had while on the job.

At the tail end of his segment, Meiners brought up John Calipari’s time in Lexington, along with Kyle Macy’s recent controversial comments about the current Kentucky head coach being too focused on the NBA and not enough about doing what is best for the program.

To start with, Hacker complimented Calipari, saying he developed a system and title formula similar to what Eddie Sutton tried during his time in Lexington.

But unlike Sutton, the broadcast legend believes Calipari has gotten the system to work in his favor at Kentucky, with multiple titles almost certainly coming through the program if those elite players stuck around for more than one season.

“What he has done, and people will probably have a hard time drawing this relation, he has recruited every year for an NCAA championship,” he said. “He says it’s for one-and-done, and perhaps it is. But you don’t go [for] one-and-done [guys] unless you have NCAA championship-type players on there. That’s what Sutton tried to do. He had it all planned out to where if he got this player this year, this player, and this player, he could build up a dynasty of where it was just a matter of getting one player the next year and win that NCAA championship many times. Cal has pretty much done that. And if they had stayed [as opposed to entering the draft], he certainly would have done it.”

He added that he likely learned the system during his time in the NBA, seeing the level of talent he would need to win titles at the college level.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if, like Rick [Pitino], he figured it out in the pros. Basically said, if I go [recruit this way] in college, I can do this and get this caliber of player.”

The only issue, according to Hacker, is that the system hasn’t worked because those players are not staying in Lexington for multiple years. Thus, multiple championships haven’t come during Calipari’s time at Kentucky.

And because of that fact, and that fact alone, Hacker stood up for Macy, saying he believes the UK head coach is “shortchanging fans.”

“I know Kyle Macy took a lot of heat for what he said. But I [told him] “I think you’re right.” I said they’re shortchanging the fans by doing what we’re doing now,” he said. “Even though we’re proud of the University of Kentucky basketball team, we cheer for them, pay for the tickets, all that stuff, but in the end, you’re not doing right by the fan.”

To explain his point, he created a hypothetical for Meiners, telling him to imagine a scenario where he took a lazy approach to his radio show until the spotlight was on him when it came time for ratings.

And after a long-winded explanation, he tried to drive the point home that the diehard fans simply want to see more titles in Lexington.

“It’d be like if you decided you were going to come in here and not do your work to get your show done every day and you were going to do just enough to get by,” he said. “Like, “I’m going to have a good show today because it’s ratings week. But after ratings week, I’m not going to do anything.” And maybe that’s a bad analogy, but they’re working their butts off, they’re winning ball games, doing all this stuff, but I still think the people in Kentucky – the further you get from Lexington, the more rabid the fans are – I think they’d like to see championships.

Long story short, he ultimately defended Macy’s comments, saying those around Lexington may be okay with settling for what we see at Kentucky now, but fans around the state aren’t content with Calipari’s one title in ten years as head coach.

“They don’t see Coach Cal every day, they don’t run into him at Wheeler’s Drug Store,” he said. “They don’t do these things, they don’t get to see Coach Cal. These people, they’d like to see championships. People in [Lexington], maybe they can say, “Coach, you’re doing a really good job and maybe it’s okay if you don’t win them.” Maybe it’s okay? Maybe that’s the way the people of Lexington feel, but I think Macy was right.”

To finish off the segment, he added that despite all of the criticism Macy has received over the last several weeks, he knows that the Kentucky basketball legend is just as passionate about his Wildcats as the rest of us.

“And he loves the Wildcats, he loves the University of Kentucky,” he said. “His children go there. One of them graduated, the other is in school there. Does he love them? He pays the tuition.”

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106 Comments for Ralph Hacker defends Kyle Macy, says John Calipari is ‘shortchanging fans’



  1. Big Sexy
    12:01 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I think Kyle brought up some fair points. But there’s more than one way to skin a cat. I don’t think there’s a better fit for UK than Cal. Cal has tweaked his teams late in the season for the better. I think it’s time he tweaks his recruiting process. It’s fun to win 30 games per year and get to the second weekend of the tournament every year. Kentucky and Duke have been shut out of the Final Four the last 4 years with the best young talent. They seem to fold or crack under the pressure. You can win with underclass men but it’s easier with upperclassmen.



    • binarysolo
      12:22 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Calipari’s been to the most Final Fours over the last 10 NCAA tournaments than any other coach. I think he’s doing just fine.



    • nicky
      6:37 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      solo – Four FF’s in the first 6 years….Zero in the last 4 years…..trending the wrong way I’m afraid



    • ukisgr8
      7:08 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      2nd round, elite 8, sweet 16, elite 8 in the last 4 years. Pretty good



    • ukisgr8
      7:10 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Winning championships isn’t what I expect every year. Obviously it’s the goal but I just expect to compete for it more than not and we have. More than happy here



    • yoshukai
      12:23 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      ukisgr8, that is tubbyeske . The best basketball program in the country doesn’t strive to be “pretty good ” , lol



  2. ukkatzfan
    12:12 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I think Hacker is wrong. We have come close to more than one title. It just didn’t work out for them. One thing Cal has done that is not often mentioned though is…. If Cal needed 10 million for a UK project, how long would it take to raise it ? One group email to the familia and just wait for the replies. Instead of having 15 wildcats go through the program every 3 years with one each year turning pro, he has 18 with 12-14 going pro. Over 1 billion in salaries and the class of 2015 has just started getting paid. I think Macy is just hedging for a job. As far as Hacker goes ? “Old School” ? College basketball has changed a bit since Sutton’s days. Nowadays it is U6 and everyone else that are paying the players.



  3. binarysolo
    12:14 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Somebody tell Hacker the game has changed since his days. The best players don’t stick around, the shorts come down close to the knee, and it’s actually not just white players anymore.



    • ibescootch
      4:13 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      The shorts are actually creeping back up to Sutton-era length by now though!



    • zoupman
      8:10 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Coach Cal is amazing. We are fortunate to have him.



    • wyatts1
      4:05 pm August 22, 2019 Permalink

      “Not just white players anymore” lmao, have you even seen a basketball game anywhere in the last 20years. Only ignorance would bring race into something like basketball.



  4. DelrayCat
    12:16 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    So what exactly are the advocating for?? Recruiting lesser-caliber players who are not good enough to go one-and-done? The biggest gripe to be made, in my opinion, is not filling the roster year in and out. Seems to me there are guys out there that could have maybe made a difference even if they were initially had to ride the bench for a couple of years. Several times in the past I think UK was a player or two away…particularly older role players who could have really helped in certain situations or to just add a maturity level to the team…and not simply GPA boosting walk-ons who never play.



    • DelrayCat
      12:21 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      The point being teams get 13 scholarships per year. Use them. This year he is using 10. Why not fill those final 3 with actual players even if they don’t get to play much this year??? Who knows…some guys develop slower or it softens the blow if a guy or two transfers.



    • binarysolo
      12:29 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Folks like Hacker, their gripes aren’t really aimed at Cal so much as they’re aimed at modern college basketball in general. They can’t wrap their heads around why elite players don’t want to stick around like they used to, and instead of trying to understand it they point fingers at innovators like Cal who take a disadvantage and turn it into an advantage.

      “Boy, it sure would’ve been great had Anthony Davis stayed four years” yeah not shit. There’s a reason you’re not behind the mic anymore, Hacker.



    • BigBlueSkyDog
      5:37 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Hacker wasn’t that good to begin with. When Cawood retired, Hacker sank like a stone.



    • Cletis75
      12:41 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly binary, can you imagine Cal’s first 3 recruiting classes together? Or take any 3 year period of his 3 best players from each team.



    • Rod Crandler
      8:38 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      When we do recruit three and four year guys they either leave for the draft anyway after one or two years or transfer out. Not sure how you fix that issue.



  5. Catscats23
    12:16 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Cal has had the talent to win 4 maybe 5 championships. They take a little luck to win as well as talent. I’ll take the 10 years of Cal with a chance to win 50% of the titles over anybody else you wanna replace him with.



    • mashburnfan1
      12:44 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Coaching has also cost us titles, he is not a good in game coach. People know how I feel. Love the kids Cal brings in, they are good people. Love how he teaches them to be humble, give back, charity etc. But you must have experienced talent to win titles and he does not do that. Why not recruit a Jerome and Guy to go with 4 guys he thinks will be one and done? Do that every year and we build that talented experienced leaders to go with the one and dones that hopefully live up to their expectations. Only experienced players he gets now are the one and done flops that did not come close to their High School draft status and stay because they would not be drafted after their 1st year {or more} here. The rule change in a couple years will be interesting for us to see how Cal recruits.



    • Righteous1
      12:58 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Good point Mashburn fan. I am afraid that this will be another double digit loss team and no Final Four for the 5th year in a row.



    • Catscats23
      1:34 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      People get way to caught up in “titles”. Its not all about titles. Enjoy the fuxing ride!



    • Cletis75
      3:53 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      According to Mashburnfan1, there are no good in game coaches by his standards.



    • Cletis75
      4:01 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I love it when he brings up Virginia. Bennett has been there as long as Cal has been here. Who has better result? I would have loved to hear your remarks if it was Cal losing to a sixteen seed. This was their first year that one of his team’s even lived up to their expectations. Usually they come up way short, and lose to much lower seeds.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:08 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Again, mashbum wants us to believe he actually knows something of value, but as it turns out he’s nothing more than a Cal hater who will say anything whether it’s factual or not to make a point. I stopped reading his comments for that reason, it’s a total waste of time. He’s totally insignificant.



    • runningunnin.454
      9:28 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Cal has tried to recruit 3-4 year players. Baker, Green, Gabriel, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Bam AdeBayo, Isaac Humphries, Tai Wynyard, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Charles Matthews, and Jared Vanderbilt.
      Then he develops them to the point that they can enter the NBA draft early…or they are impatient, and they transfer.
      It’s not a perfect world.



    • 4everUKblue
      10:30 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      2009–10 Tony Bennett 15–16 5–11 9th
      2010–11 Tony Bennett 16–15 7–9 8th
      2011–12 Tony Bennett 22–10 9–7 4th NCAA First Round
      2012–13 Tony Bennett 23–12 11–7 4th NIT Quarterfinals
      2013–14 Tony Bennett 30–7 16–2 1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
      2014–15 Tony Bennett 30–4 16–2 1st NCAA Second Round
      2015–16 Tony Bennett 29–8 13–5 2nd NCAA Elite Eight
      2016–17 Tony Bennett 23–11 11–7 T–5th NCAA Second Round
      2017–18 Tony Bennett 31–3 17–1 1st NCAA First Round
      2018–19 Tony Bennett 35–3 16–2 T–1st NCAA Champions
      Tony Bennett: 254–89 (.741) 121–53 (.695)
      Total: 1632–1168–1 (.583)



    • 4everUKblue
      10:50 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I didn’t read mashbum’s comment but if you see this, compare Bennett’s record to Cal’s and get back to me. Of course I’m sure you’ll skew the facts to try to make your argument like you always do.



    • J-Dub421
      12:07 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Hay Mashbum, which of the players ranked 30-150 are going to develop into good college players in 3-4 four years? Please tell us! You must have really loved the Tubby Smith years, since you’re dying to return to them.



  6. Cletis75
    12:36 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Funny how quickly the game passes people by. Sometimes people get to a certain age and decide that they are not going to keep up with the times. Macy had one 20 win season at Morehead in 10 seasons, and that was the year they tied for the OVC title, his only one. He only won 40% of his games. If I am going to take sides with someone about coaching, it damn sure is going to be Ralph or Kyle. It would be someone who was or is a successful coach.



    • makeitstop
      12:58 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Right on. I loved Macy as a kid. But face it, as a coach, he could not even be an asst on this staff. So it’s sour grapes, covered for click bait. Ralph thinks Cal’s system is like Sutton’s?! The one that made no final fours, lost to LSU in the elite 8, postulated that clear out for Rex was the best play every time? Ralph has lost the plot…. it happens.



    • Basteballer
      9:52 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      It’s really disappointing to see names from UK’s past, ones I grew up with, making stupid comments about the state of the program now when we are CLEARLY in our Glory Days. Kyle lost more games than he won as a coach so he can have a seat with his big ideas. His way of thinking about coaching led to 3 of 9 seasons being above .500 and a .424 overall winning percentage. Ralph’s stuck in the “back in my day” rut that gets an astonishing number of aging fans.



  7. BrassowFan
    1:27 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    There isn’t a better coach for UK than Calipari. All I’ve ever asked for is that we have a coach who makes the program competitive for a championship, he has accomplished that 90% of the time, winning one banner. I’m not going to enjoy the results and then question his methods.



  8. catsforthewin65
    1:30 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    1978-2019=41 years… 4 titles. 1 title every 10 years is who we are. Actually if you go back to ’58 the average grows goes to 12 years. People act like we’ve always won titles every few years. Truth is we haven’t. Not since the 40’s and 50’s. Probably not a popular point to bring up but it is relevant. If Ralph Ridiculous is inferring that any of the previous 6 coaches were more successful than Cal then I definitely disagree. Pitino may have been the next great one but he left so we will never know. If only we had gotten Billy Donovan…(kidding).



  9. ibescootch
    4:39 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Let’s be honest- titles are solely for bragging rights. That’s it. What Ralph is saying is that outside of Lexington, people want to be proud of the team they cheer for so they can brag about it to the fans of other schools/teams. It’s ultimately a selfish, immature perspective to have- to be so single-minded in your fandom, that the success of your team is only about you.

    I think what these guys don’t get (and many that bash Cal), is that Cal knows his job is bigger than coaching basketball. There may be 100 other coaches out there who can coach X’s and O’s better than him, and may have won us another title or two in those 10 years. But show me any other coach in any sport, college, high school, pro, intramural, club, coed summer league, whatever, that does a better job at using his position to give back to the university, the city and the fans, and the players themselves. I don’t think there’s a quantifiable way to measure all that he does to improve the lives of the people around him, and I guarantee there’s not another coach out there who could do what he does. Here in Lexington, we get a much more intimate perspective on his personality, his philanthropy, his family, relationships with players old and new, and so we can see a bigger picture. We see that it isn’t just about the titles, it’s about improving lives and giving back.



  10. HackRichards
    5:51 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hacker, Macy & their camp would love to see Tubby Ball & Billy Ball again evidently. 2nd tier recruiting that sell cars after graduation.



  11. abmorris27
    7:02 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I’m disappointed that these Wildcat legends are so out of touch. Cal is one of the greatest college coaches of all time and he has taken our fans on a very entertaining ride over the past 10 years. Our players have embraced BBN and given us their all. Neither Cal nor our players owe the fans any more than that. When players have the opportunity to realize their dreams of playing basketball professionally (and in many cases be paid millions) then we, as fans, cheer their success. Hacker is coming across like a very selfish old man. It’s a shame.



  12. ukjaybrat
    7:11 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    It’s odd when people like Macy and Hacker talk about what the die hard fans want like they have any clue. Stop speaking YOUR opinions and throwing it out there like it’s what “the die hard fans” want to see. I’m perfectly fine with the system Cal has put together. We have been SO close to winning more than just the one title. it happens. whatever.

    To Hacker and any other “die hard fan” that is tired of our one and done players going to the nba, do me this favor, quit your job for a year and go donate all of your time to the university. No income and free labor. Go do that for a year and then come back and talk to me. Some of these players have more talent in their pinky than you have in your entire body and they are using that VERY TIME LIMITED talent to earn them as much money as possible.



  13. The Big Lebowski
    7:13 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    It’s entertaining basketball for the most part.

    I agree with the dude above who said that Cal needs to “tweak” his recruiting philosophy. Yes, bring in the One and Dones. However, grab a couple of underdeveloped three stars who will stay 3 or 4 years and NOT transfer out.

    Cal needs a few Darius Millers or Jodie Meeks type guys.

    Until Cal gets a few program guys who will stay, develop and lead, I’m afraid there will be no more Final Fours. Cal can’t out recruit Duke anymore and other teams are grabbing some of that Top Tier talent that Cal got his first few years.

    If you’re cool with not getting to the Final Four, you’re happy. If you would like those Final Fours and Championships, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

    There’s no way to foretell the future but from what I can see, Kentucky and Cal will make no Final Fours again…until Cal retires. Again, unless he tweaks his recruiting system.

    (Now, come on. Attack. lol)



    • runningunnin.454
      9:44 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      No attack; but, tell us how you do that. Did you think SGA, Adebayo, Gabriel, Vanderbilt, or Herro would leave early? How would you know that Green, Matthews, Baker, and Humphries would leave the program.
      Where is the point in recruiting that you can predict the future?



  14. ky1988
    7:22 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    All these old guy are disgrace to Kentucky now. Kentucky basketball is best it has been since the Joe B hall era. Plus what does Kyle know about coaching he got fired from Morehead State. Some times old players talks because they are not relevant anymore.



    • Bluehender
      12:30 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      You’re an Idiot



  15. Tom Bombadil
    7:26 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Ralph comes across as a cantankerous old fool..what a shame…especially on the Terry Meiners show. He sure fell for the bait. Very sad showing indeed



  16. CatsfaninFL
    7:30 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Sorry, Ralph but you don’t speak for the fans. I watched us languish in obscurity for a decade as other programs passed us by in the 2000s. Do I think Cal’s system is perfect? Nah. Most aren’t, and the ones that are usually aren’t sustainable. But if you think Cal doesn’t want these guys to stay for his added benefit you are as crazy as Mashburnfan. The easy way out is doing what rat face does and has multiple players and parents talk negatively about how they/their kid was treated. I’d also like to point out that I’m pretty sure Cal didn’t recruit Bledsoe, Knight, Goodwin, Booker, Shai, Herro….and I’m probably forgetting some… to be a one year player. But when you’re a great coach with a system that works, those guys will reach their potential and be gone. He can’t “make them stay”. TL/DR: Please stop speaking for me old man.



    • themadcatter
      7:46 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      No one is as crazy as Mashburnfan, or Moshpitfan, or Mudpiefan or whatever name she’s going by today.



    • 4everUKblue
      8:01 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Well said CatsfaninFL.



    • runningunnin.454
      10:00 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      CatsfaninFl, we’re on the same page. I questioned above how you can predict the future, and know which recruits will develop, and leave early; or which recruits will transfer.
      And, I forgot Bledsoe, Knight, and Booker.



  17. CahillsCrossingNT
    7:38 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Broadcasting legend? I think not.



  18. bnelson0364
    7:51 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    You know what’s shortchanging the fans? SheRay Thomas, Bernard Cote, Brandon Stockton…getting the poop kicked out of us by 40 to Vandy. Losing on senior day to Georgia. Getting excited for an NIT game at Memorial. That’s shortchanging the fans. Sorry…Tubby is a fine man…Billy G is Billy G. I’ll take Cal any day over the alternative.



  19. RVaCat
    7:55 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Would like to see a schedule complimentary of the talent he recruits.Early season games mostly a former player/assistant coach aid society as it stands now.



  20. 4everUKblue
    7:59 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Ralph Hacker is a hack! I could care less what he thinks.



  21. bbn606
    8:22 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    And Ralph is exactly right.



  22. Dolla Bill
    8:23 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    STFU….. I’ve served Kyle a lot and he is a piece of shit. I’m embarrassed he played for us



    • UKFanSC
      8:41 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      You are clearly a troll….. go away. No true member of the BBN could ever make your uniquely stupid comment



  23. Melvit
    8:24 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Yes the system has changed, but he is correct. The fans are the ones who are getting the short end of the stick because of the NCAA and the NBA not fixing it. So much, that I’m looking forward more to football this year than basketball.



  24. Dolla Bill
    8:28 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    If any of you all know Kyle you know he’s an arrogant crybaby…. I’m embarrassed he can claim BBN



    • UKFanSC
      8:39 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      He is also arguably the best PG in program history



    • 4everUKblue
      10:41 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Arguably the best arrogant crybaby PG in program history.



    • UKFanSC
      3:07 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I have reserved that honor for Ryan Harrow



  25. UKfanforlife
    8:32 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hacker is a guy that probably wanted to stay on until he died and he didn’t get to. I would say he is bitter as well.

    What is up with these old turds that can’t keep their big yaps shut? They lose class when they get older. The are not driving the bus. They need to accept who they are and where there place is. For some reason, they still think they have their finger on the pulse of the program. In reality, bad mouthing the program opens the eyes of the fan base and let’s them see how bitter and insignificant that those guys have become.



  26. AreJ
    8:35 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I’m sorry but I must be super confused on what makes you a great coach. If I’m not mistaken, which I know I’m not, we have been legit contenders 7 of the last 10 seasons. We’ve never lost in the first round, the one year we didn’t make it was his worst team coming off a Chip where his best player got hurt as we were gelling as a team. He has recruited at an exceptional level, and sorry to all the Cal haters but he kind of just out recruited Duke and is set to do it again, and helped a ton of those guys turn their dreams into a reality. The big part people miss is the Tourney is a 68 team single elimination formation where luck and randomness matters. I don’t understand how you can be mad at the fact we have been the most consistent program since Cal arrived.



  27. UKFanSC
    8:38 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Ralph represents a faction of the fan base that has never subscribed to the practice of sacrificing championships for lottery picks…..if championships happen on Cals watch it will be a byproduct of his primary goal of getting his players paid



  28. Rod Crandler
    8:40 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    So Ralph, you’re saying you want us to be like IU? Ummmm….hard no.



  29. BigEastCat
    9:00 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    So many have said in previous post that the game has changed. It definitely has.
    Winning used to be the goal.
    I used to be anxious for the season, now its almost apprehension because you know the hype will come, followed by disappointment.
    Since when is making an appearance in the elite 8 a measure of success? That means you finish not as champion but as top 8.
    Ky is donating its resources to train for the NBA and not for the Ky. program.
    I’ll take Izzo and his program any day.
    They use real college athletes in real college programs and not build for minor leagues.
    Macy and Hacker are correct.
    I for one feel shortchanged and disappointed.



    • Troll Slayer
      9:23 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      The same Izzo that has been at Michigan State and only won 1 national championship since he arrived in 1995? The same Izzo that has failed to make it out of the first weekend 8 times? The same Izzo that has had many more problem players than Cal?



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:37 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      2009–10 Michigan State 28–9 14–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Final Four
      2010–11 Michigan State 19–15 9–9 T–4th NCAA Division I Round of 64
      2011–12 Michigan State 29–8 13–5 T–1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
      2012–13 Michigan State 27–9 13–5 T–2nd NCAA Division I Sweet 16
      2013–14 Michigan State 29–9 12–6 T–2nd NCAA Division I Elite Eight
      2014–15 Michigan State 27–12 12–6 T–3rd NCAA Division I Final Four
      2015–16 Michigan State 29–6 13–5 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
      2016–17 Michigan State 20–15 10–8 T–5th NCAA Division I Round of 32
      2017–18 Michigan State 30–5 16–2 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
      2018–19 Michigan State 32–7 16–4 T–1st NCAA Division I Final Four



    • 4everUKblue
      9:51 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      And how did you feel under Sutton, Tubby and BGC?



    • J-Dub421
      12:29 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink


  30. Ned T.
    9:07 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Macy and Hacker are crusty old socks.



  31. GuthrieFlash
    9:15 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I’m fairly certain Coach Cal has said more than once… maybe more than 100 times.. THIS IS A PLAYER’S-FIRST PROGRAM… if you don’t like it, go root for Indiana. It’s about the players, not about about Ralph Hacker.



    • DerBaron
      9:35 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Cal’s in a no win situation. The same people who blast him for “one and dones” would be blasting him if he wasn’t pulling in top five classes every year.



    • UKFanSC
      10:22 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      True dat



  32. scwhite9
    9:17 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Obviously this gentlemen doesn’t know much about setting goals. You are always told to set your goals to the highest level. In the case of basketball, it would be a national championship. In a sales company, it would be to be every competition in your category.

    You probably will not win it all, but that will always be your goal. And, you will never reach it by accident. You have to plan for it. Anyone that manages well will recruit the best talent to reach the goal.



  33. Headhurts
    9:50 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    In Rupp I trust, In Joe B I trust, In Cal I trust.



  34. KYJelly
    10:06 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Here is the bottom line and it doesn’t support either side …. who are you gonna hire that will ultimately be more successful? You want Jay Wright? Get eliminated from the tourney in the first weekend seemingly every year and then finally winning a title? Coach K? Win titles more often but all the other years constantly underperform? The fact is that we are the most successful team in the tournament that gives you these championships in the last 10 years, we just only have 1 title to show for it.

    The best team doesn’t win the title more often than not, so it’s ridiculous to consider someone other than Cal due to his success.



    • KYJelly
      10:08 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I agree that Cal could do things better, but if you hire someone that does those things better, they probably fall short in other areas. Bottom line, Who are we gonna hire that will guarantee these titles you want?



  35. notFromhere
    10:08 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I have yet to see a coach that is perfect as a coach. They always struggle with at least one aspect. Some have more struggles than just one.

    Cal has his weak points, and they are no where near as unbearable as the baggage Tubby carried with him. Some of them are similar, but he makes up for it in other ways.

    Since the Villanova coach isnt going to leave for UK, I’m good with Cal.



  36. mashman 93
    10:15 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    In Cal I trust. GO BIG BLUE!!!!



  37. antiquefurnitureandmidgets
    10:16 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    A – Hacker isn’t remotely close to being a broadcast legend. Feel good award. Nothing more. I’d imagine most UK fans haven’t even thought about him in years.

    B – His and Kyle’s opinions are no more important as mine or anyone else’s. I really couldn’t care less what either thinks on the subject.

    C – People who get upset at them for their opinions are silly.

    D – Back to football.



    • notFromhere
      11:58 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I applaud this. Had completely forgotten about the guy who couldn’t remember or pronounce the players’ names



  38. Wade
    10:24 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Comments are disrespectful. These players don’t get paid and when they can create a career for themselves they will. It doesn’t mean they don’t want to win championships here. The nba and basketball in a whole is totally different from Hackert and Macy’s days. I want players to stay also but we have said for years we get the best players each yr and compete for chips not just best players but the ones that want to be here and represent uk. I wish we had more titles we’ve definitely had the teams to do it and think we got hosed by the rooferee in 15 and walls team just went cold against wv UConn had its run with kemba and Luke May hit a big shot, that’s college basketball. Big games we’ve been in and on the wrong side. I hate it but That’s what we want is to be in it every yr. besides hall and petino let’s face it we haven’t had any good coaches. We’re lucky to have cal. I do believe if we get some guys that just bleed blue that would help but the talent ain’t there in it to compete with cals best 8 he gets. This is what we have and I’m very happy. Only one thing to do this yr WIN the whole damn thing.! Maybe when cals gone we will recruit ky kids and a couple stars each yr and build a team and take a couple yrs to compete and still the 2 stars we get each yr will go to the pros I don’t know if that’s better than cals but I do believe it can still produce championships by having jrs and seniors and the fans won’t be shortchanged because they will get to know the players for 4 years and go along for the ride. Go cats cals generation here let’s ride this wave with full support bc it ain’t changing.



  39. KY Blue Blood
    10:30 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Does anyone have an opinion on this story? Just kidding! GO CATS!!!



  40. kampus korner
    10:32 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hacker continues to embarrass himself just like he used to do when was on the UK radio broadcasts. Listening to him on radio was akin to listening to fingernails scratching across a chalk board. He scarred Cawood’s broadcasts. Now, like Macy he’s verbal comments are so apocalyptically stupid and ill founded he appears to need a court appointed guardian. If he and Macy have a personal dislike for Cal then say so but don’t attempt to justify their animus towards Cal with inane ridiculously stupid statements. When Hacker based his assessment of Cal on a comparison with Eddie Sutton, I’m thinking Ralph is either drinking like Sutton used to do or he really is fetched in the head. Ralph, Eddie Sutton? Really?



  41. 4everUKblue
    10:42 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Put down the crack pipe Ralph!



  42. clarks
    10:47 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    This year will b interesting because its gonna b so perimeter oriented. These teams stacked inside just dont win it anymore it’s the teams that attack u with wings and guards that are thriving. May be wishful thinking but may have gotten lucky striking out on those big dudes



  43. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    11:01 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    What Ralph meant was he was speaking on behalf of the die hard, old heads that never accepted that times have changed. With that said IMO, Cal could switch up the recruiting a little bit. I also think in game adjustments/decisions could be made more as well. As far as recruiting, it has been near flawless. We never have kids get in trouble, good character, and very talented. The only advice (like Cal needs it) recruiting wise I have is why can’t we get 2+ of the best 3 pt shooters of each class that are 4 star or fringe 4 stars like a Jerome or Guy. Seems like every yr we need a shooter(s). That little tweak in recruiting I think is all we need to bust open a few titles.



    • J-Dub421
      12:25 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Monk, Murray, Knight, Herro. It’s not like we aren’t recruiting good shooters.



  44. Megan
    11:06 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hacker and Macy have a point. And it’s one that half of BBN has been making for some years now. Cal’s been wonderfully successful on the court, but in an Izzo kind of way: lots of Final Fours, one championship.

    Cal’s rhetoric — players first, generation change etc. — is consistent with his faith, but it shortchanges those fans whose priority is the ultimate success on the court. I think Cal has been trying to do both, using his players-first approach to win championships. But we’re not seeing the early success repeat itself in recent years (with more teams willing to go with one-and-dones), and that fairly raises the question whether Cal should be demonstrably altering his approach. I love generational changes, but none of us should be happy with results on the court that are, as the commercial says, just okay. We’re not here to make the Elite Eight.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Macy that the greatest day in Kentucky basketball history isn’t draft night, I don’t care how many go in the first round. Hacker and Macy have more institutional knowledge than the rest of us combined, so let’s stop disparaging them with ageism. They know what they’re talking about.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:20 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I’ve been with you all along Megan…right up until now. Times have changed and passed Macy, Hacker and you by, there is much more parity today than in Macy’s time and it’s not close. Compare VA’s record under Tony Bennett who doesn’t recruit one and dones to Cal’s record and it’s not close. If Cal recruited those kinds of players and had the results Bennett has had, there would be a lynch mob outside Cal’s house.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:21 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Bennett would never have survived at UK long enough to win that championship.



  45. sportsbird66
    11:26 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Winning more titles would have been awesome,but Cal puts us in a position to win it all almost every single year. He wants to win more titles as much as we all do. So the the players. Maybe luck will start going our way a little more in the future. I love Cal as a coach,but as a person the most. He does so much for the state and community. I hope he coaches here another 20 years.



    • BigMike
      11:55 am August 20, 2019 Permalink

      I like Cal as much as anyone but UConn, Duke, North Carolina, and Villanova have all won twice as many titles as UK since Cal has been here



    • Troll Slayer
      12:18 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      BigMike, you are wrong. UNC has not won 2 titles since Cal got here. They won in 2008-2009, the season before Cal got here.



    • runningunnin.454
      12:22 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      What are we talking about, Mike…2 to 1?



  46. VirginiaCat
    12:32 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Cal’s first six years at Kentucky were an unqualified success. Three Final Fours, one championship, the best recruiter in college basketball, and tons of players transitioning to the NBA. It’s also important to note that, based on AP rankings, we always finished stronger than where we started the year. Cal perfectly blended success with getting players to the NBA. Impressive on all counts. No one could have done it better that Cal. That said, the last four years have told a different story. We are no longer getting top 5 players, no Final Fours, and we have lost to inferior teams in the tournament. We have underachieved the last four years using AP rankings as a measurement (Initial AP ranking verses end of season ranking). In a sense, Cal has been a victim of his early success and we were spoiled by the first six years. Looking at this at arm’s length, it will be interesting to see the program’s direction over the next five years. Hopefully, Cal will be able to balance his commitment to his players with a sense of loyalty to the program and its fans. It’s a daunting challenge, but Cal is capable and is paid a fortune to do it.



    • 4everUKblue
      6:53 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      All that said and you want 4 year players? You’re a head case.



  47. Fly Cat
    12:44 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I just hope everyone has fun.



    • VirginiaCat
      12:46 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

      Well said. Me, too.



  48. Ned T.
    1:07 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    I loved UK basketball in 1977 and I love it now.

    BCG was the worst, though…feel sorry for those players who had to put up with his nonsense.



  49. runningunnin.454
    1:21 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Some point out that some other great coaches have won two titles to Cal’s one during his time at UK. The ncaa tournament is a big crap shoot.
    One might speculate that had WCS not been injured, Cal would have two titles.
    One might speculate that had Poythress not been injured, Cal would have three titles.
    Teams need some luck to win it all; and, it can’t be bad luck.



  50. AtlKatFan
    1:32 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Cal is tweaking his formula with upper class transfers to bring in role models for the young guns! We all realize that experience goes longer in the tourney! Amazed that Cal gets everyone to buy into the family approach. Hardest to hing forme is to learn the new names each year!!



  51. michaelb
    5:32 pm August 20, 2019 Permalink

    Hey few things these naysayers have in common , they’re older and jealous and need to adapt