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Listen to John Feinstein’s special segment with KSR

After tension between the two sides on radio row at Valhalla this morning, Matt Jones invited CBS radio host John Feinstein to come on to Kentucky Sports Radio for a special segment after their shows ended at noon. The great people at Clear Channel granted KSR an extra 15 minutes of airtime to bring Feinstein on to address his reputation as one of UK’s biggest haters.

Have a listen to the interview below. I think it’s safe to say Matt and Feinstein won’t be having a sleepover together anytime soon.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

71 Comments for Listen to John Feinstein’s special segment with KSR

  1. bmt22033
    1:32 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    There is nothing that that jackass could have to say that would be worth 15 minutes of my time.

    • stevem
      5:00 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Feinstein is the biggest douche in college sports. I could care less what he has to say about anything.

    • bigbluetruth
      5:10 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Matt should love this guy. He’d fit perfect in DC with the Liberals that Matt supports. It’s ok what I believe, but not you.

    • bigbluemember
      6:21 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      “Matt should love this guy.”
      Except the show is about sports. Not politics. And they disagree on sports. So they argue about sports. Not politics.Go troll on a Louisville board or something.

  2. UKNation
    1:33 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Props for John to come on the show though. They both more than “held their own.”

  3. js2
    1:41 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Feinstein is a worthless tool.

  4. Elwood Blues
    1:42 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Not sure what Feinstein said that was so unbelievable. Seemed like a pretty reasonable interview to me.

    • 193
      1:52 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      I would tend to agree. However, like Matt pointed out, there are some things he said in this interview that I don’t think he would ever say at the national level.

  5. JBCat
    1:47 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Props to Matt for continuing to take on these national level media hypocrites

    • gordonm
      2:45 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Jones made Feinstein Dance around his words. It was Matt show and I wonder how Jones would respond on Feinstein’s show?

  6. catlogic15
    2:04 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Feinstein says Kentucky fans should worry “more about Gaza than basketball”.

    Typical Jew response. He obviously would not make that statement if he was speaking at a Duke banquet of some sort tonight.

    • Waylon Jennings
      2:30 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Unfortunately for us you give more fuel to Feinstein’s prejudice that the south (including UK fans) is racist.

    • Stop it
      2:43 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Look at that. Another idiot to make our fan base look like a bunch of racists and anti Semites.

    • pfife
      3:29 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      There were thousands marching against the Israeli offensive in Gaza in NYC. ‘The south’ sure has expanded……….

    • DookiePoo
      4:14 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      The Appalachian area produces more servicemen per capita than anywhere in the US. Don’t think Durham is considered Appalachia. I resent his statement that we should be more worried about Gaza.

    • Seriously?
      10:23 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      “Typical Jew Response”? Man, you need some major help..

  7. Marky Mark
    2:07 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    John Feinstein and his sister Senator Dianne Feinstein are just a part of the liberal Obama agenda that wants to put us down. I know Matt is a Democrat but I’m sure deep down he knows what these criminals have done.

    • Marky Mark
      2:23 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Just ignore me … i’m really stupid and I believe whatever Fox News is sellin

    • Dennis from pal Nar
      2:25 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Ugh… I sort of agree with marky mark #1

    • Marky Mark
      2:49 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t listen to this impostor.

    • Veterinarian
      2:53 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      I’m an equine vet. I would be happy to put you down Marky Mark. With about 250cc’s of xylazine. It would be my pleasure.

    • EA
      2:59 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      W left office in 2008…he is the real criminal and the reason for the deficit, war, hatred toward Americans, etc., etc…Fox News is owned by a Republican billionaire…if you take them or Mitch McConnell seriously then you are ignorant. Don’t believe the lies.

    • Marky Mark
      3:30 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      EA is probably a representative of the evil propaganda conglomerate EA Games that produces plenty of Pro-Obama, Pro-Jon Feinstein, and Pro-Liberal Agenda nonsense.

    • beavis
      4:01 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      OK,,,watch CNN and you can see why their ratings are in the toilet. A complete joke. Then check out Fox’s ratings.

    • bigbluetruth
      5:15 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      I think it’s funny how the liberals are againt Isreal for defending their homeland but we still have American Indians living on land no one else wants after we slaughtered them and took away their home. Typical liberal double standard. I support them today as always and until idiots like hamas stop using human shields to launch their attacks no pity from me, guess I’m a racist.

  8. gordonm
    2:13 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Enjoyed the interview. Feinstein and Jones fighting for talk time. Both were formidable. And they broke the internet.

  9. Al/in/Indy
    2:18 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    As I said on the show thread, he’s a toad plain and simple. He says he’s called coach K out on the national level but if he had he would lose his Blue Devil cred.
    Not that I would listen to him on purpose, but I have never heard him say one negative thing about the ACC in general. He and Knight should/would get along quite nicely!

  10. JoeWildcat
    2:19 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I think Matt exposed Feinstein as the UK hater he is…Feinstein’s arguments were weak at best and there was little left to hide behind. Second most important program in college basketball…HAHAHA!!!

  11. KcMunk
    2:20 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Feinstein told the Truth. This is as Bad as Matts interview with the Cornell guy a few years ago.

  12. Aaron
    2:20 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Why does anyone give a feck about what these media types think about Kentucky Basketball?
    Seriously. Let ’em hate all they want and we’ll just keep winning. Feck ’em all.

  13. jUDGE
    2:20 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Feinstein is a joke. I am all about people having their own opinions, but own them. Don’t try to hide your prejudices and act like you do not have them. Well done Matt. That was a more than adequate cross examination.

  14. Come on
    2:25 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Answer Matt’s question of ” are there other schools that have done the same distasteful things as Kentucky? ” with why Kentucky seems to get your constant scorn with no redeeming grace and the others misdeeds are one line footnotes in a positive piece?
    I think anyone that has a ” set in stone ” pro or con attitude for a school, should declare it at the beginning of any article they write . Bias and agendas seem to trump integrity which is as “distasteful ” Mr Feinstein, as the “distaste” you claim for UK.

  15. Aebs
    2:37 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Matt needs to let guests answer questions before rushing to the next one. Feinstein in a hater but Matt came across as kind of a baby taking UK criticism personally. Good points made by both, though. I love UK but it has a tarnished past. True, and there are others. Take it that UK is relevant and hate comes with being on top. Be a fan of the program and the kids…and maybe read something about Gaza. 😉

    • Veterinarian
      2:59 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Lol Matt needs to let guests answer questions? Are you a first time listener? It’s not just guests! He rudely talks over his cohorts constantly. It kills me to listen to UK pregame shows when Matt talks over Oscar Combs, who has more knowledge and interesting things to say than Matt ever has. It’s simply rudeness or arrogance or both. I blame Duke law school

  16. Learn how to do an interview
    2:45 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    MJ needs to learn to let people finish their thoughts before interrupting them. Hard to listen to any of his interviews.

    • gordonm
      2:58 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Kinda “Perry Mason” thing going on in the interview.

    • CrazyCatFan
      3:23 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Matt had to interrupt just to get a word in.

  17. DavidP19
    2:57 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Feinstein (and shouldnt it be pronounced either as Finestine OR Feensteen NOT Finesteen?) always has an agenda, and usually a negative one. Especially if you hear him put on his digs at UK or Tiger Woods —– n e g a t i v e !!!!!

  18. UKBlue1!
    3:19 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink


  19. CrazyCatFan
    3:21 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Ready to SCREAM listening to that goofball. Bottom Line – None of it will matter when we bring home #9!!! HA!!!

  20. Big Blue Coming At You
    3:22 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    What Fienstein doesn’t understand is that UK basketball was a winner and something Kentuckians could be really proud of. That’s why it’s so important in this state. Yes, on a personal level, basketball or sports in general isn’t important. But as a state, when you don’t really have anything else except the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky basketball gives the state something to brag about.

    As far as the shady parts of our history go, Fienstein needs to understand that other programs have done far worse than UK. UCLA who won all those championships and were not sanctioned for cheating until years later when Wooden was already gone and have been put on probation a couple of other times in the modern era. UNC whose cheating ways go back at least to the 50s but more recently have created the worst scandal in the history of college sports that kept athletes eligible during championship years. Duke used an ineligible player in ’99 (Maggette) and Lance Thomas somehow gets a pass with purchasing on loan $100,000 worth of jewely. Yet UK is the program that gets singled out.

    Yes, UK cheated. We as fans hate that part of our past and we look to those years in shame. But we own up to it. It happened and we were punished for it. But other programs have not been rightfully punished for their cheating ways and their wins and championships will never be stripped. That’s why we are so defensive when we get singled out. Everyone wants to point out how UK has cheated yet nobody points out the other programs that cheated and won big while doing it.

    And lastly, how the hell would Fienstien know anything about Rupp and what he said, when he wasn’t even born until the late 50s? The answer is, he doesn’t. He’s just reading the same old, false, tired responses regurgitated by media persons over the years.

  21. A kid from Gaza
    3:24 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I’m important too!

    • Luther
      8:55 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      You’re a terrorist apprentice…

  22. BaByePukieDukie
    3:25 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    PURE JEALOUSY!!! Duke fell out of the running years ago!

    • Actual UK Grad
      3:28 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      In your mind there is no genuine criticism of UK, is there?

  23. BanjoeMonroe
    3:34 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I thought Matt did a fine job conducting the interview. Pressed for time, Matt didn’t have the luxury to allow Feinstein to burn time. Matt heard the response he wanted and moved forward to set Feinstein up multiple times. Feinstein’s logic for his own argument is ridiculous — he truly believes his viewpoints are balanced – what a joke.

    • Your moms clit
      3:36 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      I dare say your view points aren’t balanced either.

    • BanjoeMonroe
      3:56 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      My viewpoints are balanced

  24. Just sayin
    3:35 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Yeah, Matt’s interviewing skills are on E!

  25. wedding planner
    3:48 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I thought Matt did a great job. You have to interrupt when someone makes a baseless premise. If you do not, you will find yourself debating the BS point as the premise was left behind.

    Also, UK basketball is one of the most important things in my life. But I still love and prioritize my family.. baseless argument by Joe F.

    • God
      3:51 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      That’s absolutely pathetic. It’s a game played by 19 year old kids. Your life must be terrible.

    • Mike
      3:53 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      Wedding planner, my wife just read your comment and had a big laugh at your expense. Get a life buddy.

  26. beavis
    4:11 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    So,,,Feinstein’s argument that Duke and N C are somewhat less guilty than other institutions is based on the fact that the NCAA has not put them on probation ? Man needs to get his head out of his ass and look at the facts. 30K down on 100K worth of jewelry ( and then someone pays off the other 70K ),,, Corey Maggette,,, African American studies class,,,,booster payments and new cars at N C Yep,,,,the NCAA says they are clean.

  27. Ken
    4:18 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    We need to thank Mr.Feinstein. I never knew the BBN had the power to fix things in Gaza City. If only we had cared, none of this mess would be going on. Why I bet we could have ended all the problems in the 1950s. Do you older guys remember when we helped Peter Pan ( Mary Martin ) save Tinkerbell’s life by clapping our hands? That same type effort by the BBN would probably solve all the problems between Israel and the Palestinians. I’m so ashamed that I have wasted over 60 years rooting for basketball when I could have been part of the solution for Gaza City.

  28. Bob
    4:25 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome interview, Matt!

  29. Matt Jones' opinion
    4:34 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I thought the interview went well. John was put on the spot with some of the questions and spent most of the time digging his way out of the sh$% he has said before. I will never doubt the fact that John is a UK hater and for the one fact that he makes it a point to single out and mock UK and the BBN. By lumping UK in with the south is a scapegoat. I really liked how he tried to throw in Wake Forest when talking about the racism in the south. Duke had 2 black players, North Carolina was all white until Dean Smith came along. Rupp wanted to bring in black players to UK but was denied by the university for different reasons.

  30. JPS
    4:43 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I thought that interview was pretty good, considering the time constraints. Yes Matt interrupted a lot but in a way it was necessary to hit all the topics he wanted to get to.

    A couple of points regarding Feinstein’s responses.

    1.) he mentions the 1985 “Pulitzer Prize winning articles” in the Herald-Leader for one reason he thinks ill towards UK. He then later says he’s fine with Corey Maggette / Lance Thomas because Duke was never sanctioned by the NCAA for it.

    OK, but Kentucky wasn’t sanctioned by the NCAA for the things reported in the 1985 Herald-Leader article either, so he seems to not be applying the same standard.

    2.) Matt asked about the practice of Duke having player’s relatives moving to Durham and landing high-paying jobs (Trajan Langdon, Chris Duhon etc.) and asked why Feinstein never criticized Duke for this.

    His response: he talked to Coach K about it. OK, but that’s nothing. Write a national story criticizing the practice (as he certainly would do if it happened at UK) and Feinstein would not be a hypocrite.

    3.) Feinstein mentioned that at the time of the 1966 season that Duke had two black players on the freshman team, and that in his mind puts Duke and Bubas ahead of UK at the time.

    I don’t know who the second player he’s talking about is (one is C.B. Claiborne) but what he fails to mention was that Duke didn’t provide Claiborne a scholarship at Duke. This was a particular tactic at many schools during that era (i.e. allow a limited number of black players on your team but without a scholarship). In many cases the player wasn’t talented enough to earn a scholarship, he was just there to tick off a box. In other words he was considered a token.

    Rupp at that time was already recruiting and offering scholarships to black players (starting in 1964) but one thing he adamantly was opposed to was tokenism. This was true regardless of whether the player was black or had some other special reason.

    I don’t know if that puts UK ahead of Duke, or Duke ahead of UK, or more likely they both were woefully behind in terms of racial progress. But the whole issue of tokenism is something that Feinstein, and virtually everyone else who talks about integration of college athletics in the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s oftentimes overlooks, despite the fact that it’s one of the most critical issues of all.

    4.) Similarly Feinstein briefly mentioned Dean Smith as turning around the UNC program in the 1960’s in terms of race.

    That’s all well and good but it took time for Dean as well, something Feinstein seems to allow Smith all the time in the world but has absolutely no lee-way when it comes to Rupp.

    Consider that during the 1960’s, Dean Smith was the head coach at UNC, the first six seasons he had no black players on the varsity. Not only that but he wasn’t hosting integrated teams on his campus (UK had been doing so since the early 50’s), and he wasn’t offering scholarships to black players until Charlie Scott in 1966 (UK had been doing so since 1964).

    Again, Feinstein wants to retain the ability to single out Rupp as the symbol of racism in college basketball during that era, to the exclusion of anyone else. He wouldn’t even think to single out anyone else, despite the fact that in many cases Rupp was ahead of most of his contemporaries (including ones Feinstein and others anoint as trailblazers) in many ways (not that he gets any credit for it from the national media.)

    5.) Similarly Feinstein a number of times refers to North Carolina and seems to suggest they’re somehow a paragon of virtue. Matt correctly counters this by mentioning the AFAM studies scandal. Feinstein responds that he’s disappointed in that.

    OK, but where’s the national article specifically criticizing UNC (including his idol Dean Smith under whose watch the scandal likely was created) ? Again, hypocrisy on the part of Feinstein. If this had happened at UK he most certainly would have been all over it. But for UNC, not a peep.

    6.) It’s interesting to me that he criticizes UK for putting too much importance on basketball, and the Southeast in general for putting too much importance on football (why not the Southwest ? I’m pretty sure they take football pretty seriously in places like Texas). He then turns around and says the reason he’s critical of Duke in the past is that they haven’t put enough emphasis on football.

    OK ? So apparently there’s some happy medium that only John Feinstein can determine, and anyone who doesn’t achieve that precise level is open to his criticism. I think Matt did a good job giving him the chance to explain just where that level is supposed to be. Unfortunately Feinstein failed to understand the question.

    7.) UCLA is the most important program in terms of historical significance ? Please. One could argue that UCLA is the most successful program in college basketball history, but the most significant ? Pauley Pavilion could fall into the Pacific Ocean and most people wouldn’t even know or care.

    There’s probably more, that’s all I could think of off the top of my head.

    It is nice for Feinstein to at least admit that an important reason why he singles out UK is that they’re ‘good’. I consider that progress.

    • Ollie
      8:06 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      This is perfect JPS.

    • JPS
      10:13 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

      And just to clarify about the tokenism thing.

      If someone wants to give Duke or some other similar school credit for the few years they had a black player on their team before UK was successful, while at the same time criticizing Rupp for not having black players sooner (such as Feinstein does), the question that needs to be asked is whether they support tokenism or not. Because that’s what he’s endorsing, whether he realizes it or not. (which he probably doesn’t)

  31. kittylitter
    5:18 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Great. A snarky, condescending northeastern know-it-all, who does a sports radio show, writes books on sports related topics and people and pens an occasional sports column and then says WE care too much about sports. And to top off his resume of complete and utter doucheness, he’s also a Dukie. This is the kind of guy who makes Louisville fans a little more tolerable. Just a little.

  32. The Real Smitty
    5:24 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    You People are Crazy!!!

  33. Dan
    5:35 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Why is this idiot working in Sports reporting if he thinks it isn’t important?

    5:40 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I never liked Feinstein. He always makes me think of Bobby Knight. To be fair that took guts for him to be on show. Rupp would talk about being hated for being good. Feinstein clearly has some major biases going on.
    I am so proud of Matt. Matt was fair but tore into him and obviously did not feel the need to protect the writer. Feinstein held to his grievances but was civilized and respectful. I believe in the past speaking about Ky to Ky haters he has not been so objective After this interview his opinions nay be a touch more tempered. It was one thing to mention some negative things about Ky that are true; but, to lose perspective with Duke and rest of college sports and to castigate Ky is not being fair and obviously vindictive.

  35. jeff j
    6:06 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    final score : Matt Jones 1 fienstien 0. good job luring him in Matt. You aint riding your happy ass into our camp on you cheap ass horse.tellin us whats right. take your weasel ass back up north. and if ya get hungry, crawl up a hogs ass and eat a ham sandwich

  36. badamike
    9:16 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Id rather talk about Matt Garza than Gaza

  37. worldbfreer
    9:53 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    I listened to Feinstein’s show every day for a few months last year, and I’ve read a couple of his books. The sad thing is, he actually knows a bit about sports and has something to offer to the discussion in a lot of cases, but when he doesn’t like something (like the NCAA, Mark Emmert, UK basketball, and Tiger Woods) he acts like an angry baby and loses almost all the shreds of credibility he gains from the other stuff. He is obviously a Duke and UNC homer, he should just admit it. No shame in passion, just shame in ignorance and petty barbs.

  38. Culver
    11:15 pm August 6, 2014 Permalink

    Egomaniac VS Egomaniac

  39. Jeff Schrembs
    1:19 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Great interview.
    Feinstein is a spineless hypocritical ameba.
    He always disrespects Kentucky and Kentuckians. He has done so his entire “soon never to be remembered career”.
    Gaza? If we go by his last name he is Jewish, which I have respect for and part of my family is, why isn’t he in Israel volunteering in the military ? Yet another liberal who thinks they are “oh so superior and smug” and never risked anything for this country.
    How about this tidbit. Kentuckians, as a percentage of population versus military on duty and reserves, has the highest percentage (as a State or Commonwealth) of military personnel in the United States. We bleed, and always have, for this country while Duke has a mantra they sing at games “that’s all right that’s ok you’r gonna work for us someday”.
    Rupp got an undeserved “bad” reputation because he won more games than anyone and he did exactly what every other major college basketball program did.
    Context matters and Feinstein would never walk in the homes of, or a bar full of, Kentuckians and say to their faces what he has said about UK for decades. He is a coward who hides behind a microphone.
    It is a shame that Feinstein has always tried to advance negative stereotypes about Kentucky. We, as Kentuckians and as American Citizens, should not tolerate it from him or anyone else.
    Feinstein, nor anyone else, dreads UK basketball this season because he knows that UK will destroy Duke and he can’t stand it. But, in the “revenge is best served category” we will watch UK stack up wins while Feinstein adds another 60 pounds to his non-athletic geometrical shaped body by eating his words.
    ‘Nuff said.

  40. bigcatstanding
    5:04 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    what a meat head piece of shit.
    that moron labeling Adolph Rupp racist, when the entire Southeastern Conference wouldn’t allow anyone to have black players.
    also as someone already said up the page, him acting as if sports isn’t important. then why in the hell is he a sports reporter lol.

    after Kentucky hammers his dookies once again, he can build On that hatred just a little more right!!!

  41. bigcatstanding
    5:14 am August 7, 2014 Permalink

    Duke and there spoiled asses, have committed worse infractions, and suffered absolutely nothing In the way of punishment.
    Kentucky having something happen 30 some years ago, and Mr elephant memory can’t let it go. I mean get real five different coaches winning championships, I guess in his mind they’re all cheaters right.

  42. blue
    6:59 am August 8, 2014 Permalink