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Here’s why Kentucky was eliminated from the SEC Tournament

Kentucky lost its opening round game in the SEC tournament on Tuesday. The 10-seed Cats took Auburn to extra innings behind the arm of Sean Hjelle, but lost in the 11th inning, 4-3.

A lot of fans point to injuries for the reason behind the early exit and behind the disappointing close to the regular season — and injuries did play a big role. Others have said the team never really looked in sync throughout the year, which may also be a factor. Hitting slumps came at bad times, too.

But I know the real reason why Kentucky was eliminated from the SEC (and maybe the NCAA) tournament on Tuesday: Coach Mingione did not call in to Kentucky Sports Radio on Motivation Monday.

Motivation Monday has been vital to KSR since Mingione began making his weekly appearances last year. His pep talks have gotten all of our weeks off to a great start and inspired us to be better in our daily lives. But this past Monday, the phone never rang. We were left without Mingione’s uplifting words to fuel us for what was ahead. We were lost. I didn’t know if I should be a sink or a drain. Ryan forgot to take his thank you walk. Matt fed his negative dog and his positive dog starved to death. And it clearly impacted Mingione and his Wildcats down in Hoover as well.

Next week Kentucky will learn its NCAA fate in the NCAA Selection Show on Monday at noon. I’m sure Mingione will be a very busy man that morning, but we need a call to get our mojo back.

“Losers never have time. Winners make time.” – Nick Mingione

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

13 Comments for Here’s why Kentucky was eliminated from the SEC Tournament



  1. JTHinton
    11:12 am May 23, 2018 Permalink

    I thought it was because auburn out scored us



  2. joeky
    11:23 am May 23, 2018 Permalink

    We lost because of Mingiones inability to coach!



    • ClutchCargo
      11:51 am May 23, 2018 Permalink

      Faaaar Nick!!!



  3. UKInsider
    12:01 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Terribly stupid post



  4. dismore
    12:02 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    He’s a great motivator. It’s yet to be seen if he can develop talent.



  5. FakeNewsCATS
    12:37 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Why we lost:

    Pompey going 0-4 with 2 walks – the show boat mentality is cute and all but you’ve gotta show up to have that attitude. He’s been off for awhile. Multiple times during the season the scouts who sit in front of me couldn’t believe his attitude when he’d strike out or get walked and penguin waddle down to first. If he’s your DUDE then you’ve gotta show some leadership.

    Injuries – I mean come on the entire bullpen has been out for 2 weeks. And you’ve lost TJ for the year it looks like. Hes an absolute stud. Our DH spot has been a sinking ship for awhile now.

    Should the BatCats get in? I think so but they played themselves out of it the last 5 games. Feel terrible for guys who came and showed up. What a performance by Hjelle and Cottam – i mean wow. Really hope its not the last time we get to watch those two plus T-ROY.

    When tickets go on sale, you’ll see me there. THROW IT IN THE DIRT



  6. TBW3011
    12:43 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Because they can’t hit decent pitching. The end.



  7. bigbluebanana
    1:48 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Some people obviously don’t get sarcasm…



  8. TBW3011
    4:21 pm May 23, 2018 Permalink

    Nice to see a post slightly critical of a a coach I actually like didn’t make the KSR cut.



  9. notFromhere
    8:48 am May 25, 2018 Permalink

    UK fans still finding rat turds in a mountain of gold. Never fails. Why don’t they ever get tired of exhausting cliches and overblown exaggerations like “___ can’t coach,” “___ can recruit but can they develop talent,” or a personal favorite “it’s Barnhart’s fault”…

    That’s just the tip of the pimple