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Pat Forde Writes a Love Letter to New BFF Bobby Petrino

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If you have been around these parts for awhile, you know that KSR’s favorite writer is not Pat Forde. Beginning with the hiring of John Calipari at Kentucky, Forde has used every opportunity to come after the UK coach, a trend that resulted not only in numerous rants about UK’s mistake in the initial hire, but many follow-up shots in Calipari’s direction. His rants became so personal and unprofessional, that during his tenure at ESPN, he was forbidden to write about Kentucky or Calipari except in the most general terms (a fact he has never publicly acknowledged but one that is true). After a year of his nonsense, I wrote this blog post about Forde’s past, bringing to light what most people in the industry knew but would never say, mainly that Forde’s has an extremely checkered past himself, including two “ethics” suspensions. One of those suspensions was due to releasing private information to the NCAA (for unknown, likely personal reasons when the pre-Jurich regime was in Louisville), and the other for a personal reason that related to his coverage of a UL team. After writing that article, Forde contacted my employer (Clear Channel) and refused to ever appear on a Clear Channel radio program in Louisville again…a stance he held for a couple of years until he got tired of not having his voice heard in his home area.

I write all of that as a background to say that we have never been a Pat Forde fan in the KSR Compound. Whether it was his decision to buy the media in St Louis a round of drinks as they watched Calipari lose to West Virginia in 2010 (a fact he admitted on a Louisville radio show, but explained by saying it was “his turn”) or his decision to “cover” the Karen Sypher trial by writing articles “investigating” his drinking buddy’s antics, he has always struck me as the worst of modern media….biased in all regards, full of hatred towards those he doesn’t like while taking up for his friends, all while couching his viewpoints as being “objective” journalism. So while my lack of respect for Forde goes way back, I must admit that even I was surprised to read his latest article today, a fluff piece for Bobby Petrino that is explained by the phrase in its title, “The Path to Redemption.” (In order to discuss this article, I am violating my general rule about not linking or promoting such national articles, but in this case it is necessary in order to make my overall point…plus you ought to read it just to laugh).

The article discusses how poor Bobby Petrino, the oppressed soul who has now left four jobs in under 10 years, either for greener pastures (UL, Falcons, WKU) or because he was having an affair with a subordinate that led to a sketchy motorcycle accident/amazing neck brace photo, has now become a new man. How has he become this new man? Well by caddying for his daughter as she plays golf across the country of course. Forde writes,

For a football obsessive, taking time away from an all-consuming job does not come easily. But caddying for Katie is an avocation that means a lot to a man who put his family and himself through an embarrassing public ordeal when he was fired at Arkansas for having an affair with a woman he hired onto his staff. It has been a means to connect with one of his four children, and to show the entire family — and everyone else — that he’s not the same guy who wrecked a Harley and derailed his career on one disastrous April day in 2012.

Rebuilding that trust will take time. But those closest to Petrino believe what they are seeing so far.

Forde seems to believe that because he is pushing around a golf cart for his daughter, Petrino must be a new man that has changed his ways and is ready to be a model citizen. But wait you say…in the same article Forde noted that he has done this the past three years and this isn’t a new action by Bobby the Neckbrace. So the same Bobby that abandoned Western after one year (which by the way never gets brought up when discussing how he is no longer a “drifter”…but I digress), also caddied for his daughter. I guess that can’t be what is “new and improved,” So if not, what shows Bobby to be a new man? Forde explains:

Last month he started the Petrino Family Foundation and made a $1 million gift that will go to Kosair Children’s Hospital, a scholarship for Louisville students and the school’s marching band — and the foundation is being run by daughter Kelsey. Petrino has been more of a team player within the Cardinals athletic department, attending several baseball games during the school’s run to the College World Series. And Monday he talked about becoming more attentive to his players beyond the football field, saying he related some of his personal travails to the team during meetings.

One million dollars? That is a very nice gesture actually. One could argue that paying money isn’t exactly “doing” anything, but we should never blast someone for charity, especially in helping those in need. But his decision to give money to the Children’s Hospital is not a new one. He actually gave a large sum of money to the same hospital in 2007, even honoring the pledge after he left. Now don’t get me wrong. That was a great thing by Petrino then and it is noble that he did it before and will do it again. But considering the fact that he gave money while in the midst of “Old Nasty Bobby”, how does giving money now show he is different? In fact, when Pat Forde took his strongest shots at Bobby Petrino, it was right after he made his first payment to the Louisville hospital in 2007. That didn’t stop Forde then, so it wouldn’t be proof of a changed man now would it? And as for the other “proof”, is it really that he attended a few baseball games (that are steps from his office) and “talked” about being more attentive to his players? Well, I guess Forde’s standard of change must be quite low.

It is clear however that Bobby has made quite an impression on Pat in order for him to write such a glowing piece. This is especially true when you contrast today’s article with what Forde wrote about him just a few years ago. In 2007, he wrote an article that he called one of the meanest of his career in which he named Petrino the “disingenuous drifter” and mocked Arkansas fans for thinking he would care about them at all. Forde then wrote,

The disingenuous drifter doesn’t love you or any other fan base. He doesn’t love any school or any NFL franchise. He loves himself, his playbook and his bank account.

That’s it. Don’t expect it to change.

Bobby Petrino will return your embrace, Hog fans. But while he’s hugging you he’ll be looking over your shoulder, scanning the terrain for his next hook-up.

Even in a profession rife with dishonest posturing, Petrino is singularly mercenary. Loyalty, allegiance, commitment and honesty are foreign concepts to him. It must be a sad existence.

Harsh words right? When Petrino was hired back in January, those words came back in Forde’s face as he now had to deal with the fact that his Daddy Jurich had hired a man that he once had annihilated (probably at his behest, since he had left Louisville before…but I digress). In the internet age, these words did not disappear, so how did Forde deal with them? Well he acknowledged them, but left open the possibility for change saying,

For now, those words are cheap. It will be all about actions for Bobby Petrino. He’s tasked with laying one brick of credibility on top of another in what will be a long and painstaking effort to rebuild his demolished reputation.

But the future must be a significant break from the past for Bobby Petrino, and he has to prove it with deeds that back up his words.

At the time, we commended Forde for holding Petrino to task and asking some difficult questions. While one could ask whether Pat would have given the same benefit of the doubt to Petrino had UK hired him the year before (hint…he would not have), it was at least on the surface, a line in the sand. Show us Bobby, then we will believe it. And now here we are seven months later and Forde is all-in on the “Bobby the Prodigal Son” narrative. After a few months caddying, some money, a day at the old ballgame and some kind words to his players, Bobby is a new man. Stand up and rejoice, the new Bobby Petrino has graced us with his presence! And Forde, a man who is so narrow-minded in his hatred of John Calipari that he famously gave up on him as a coach and wrote the “made your own bed” column right before UK engineered one of the most amazing turnarounds and tournament runs in college basketball history, is now back on the Petrino bandwagon, forgetting the words that once dissected the coach so sharply in the past. What is the difference? Only one, he is back with Daddy Jurich, Forde’s friend and purveyor of scoops.

Has Bobby Petrino “changed”? I don’t know, maybe. I tend to be the type of person who is forgiving to a fault, giving people multiple chances and trying to make it a point to do my best to judge their actions and not them as a person. I don’t know Bobby Petrino so I can’t say whether he is a good man or not or to what extent he has changed, if at all. And honestly, it doesn’t matter. I learned long ago that we don’t really even “know” the people that we deal with every day in our lives, much less a public figure that we only encounter at press conferences or on game day. Spending time trying to judge whether a coach or administrator is a “good person”, “classy” or the like is a waste of time. You spend your days deluding yourself in to thinking you know which people are good and which are bad, and I will just assume that as with virtually everyone, there is a little bit of both. At the same time Petrino was awful to his co-workers, abandoned all his teams and was cheating on his spouse, he was giving money to a hospital that was thousands of miles away from him, with few paying attention. Almost one is all good or all bad, no matter our society’s desire to put everyone into such an easy to digest box. Time will tell if Petrino was a hire worth the risk for UL, but one thing that is undisputed is that UL is one of the very few schools with such a low moral threshold that they would have ever even considered taking the chance.

But ultimately this isn’t really about Bobby Petrino. Had Petrino gone to another school, I have zero doubt that not only would Forde not have forgiven him, he would have bludgeoned the man again. He only loves you Bobby because Tom told him to, not because of your inherent goodness. The reality is clear. The National college sports columnist for Yahoo is a biased Jurich-man who will do whatever he can to make his friend look good. If that means taking up for a coach who has an embarrassing sex scandal and never at any point bring it up or criticize him, he will do it. If that means blasting the basketball coach down the road at every juncture in order to make Jurich’s coach/program look better, he will do it. And if that means eating his words, throwing away his self-respect and looking like a hypocrite by praising a man that he once considered to be one of the worst in coaching, well it looks like Pat will do that as well. Anything for Daddy Jurich and his UL barhopping buddies.

I am a biased homer who wants UK to win and am unabashed in my favoritism to all things Blue. I knew long ago that Pat Forde was essentially the same thing for UL, so long as Tom Jurich was running the Athletic Department. He has always been a wolf UL blogger in sheep Yahoo objective clothing, albeit one with great hair and the latest in stylish, hipster glasses. But today I also found out something I didn’t know, that Pat Forde is also a sellout, willing to take any stance depending on the situation. Bobby Petrino has gone from the “disingenuous drifter” who lived a “sad existence” to a new, changed man on a “Path to Redemption”…and all it took was one hire by his friend and pushing a golf bag around with his daughter a few days. Not a bad trade-off I guess. Hey Pat, remember what it was like to be a real objective journalist with self-respect, integrity and tremendous talent? Naw, we don’t either.

Article written by Matt Jones

116 Comments for Pat Forde Writes a Love Letter to New BFF Bobby Petrino



  1. Yo
    7:41 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Love it



    • katsrock
      9:45 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Wow!!

      Possibly the best post you have ever written Matt. Well done!!!

      Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Keep it up!



  2. PrestonKnowlesHairBrush
    7:44 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Best post in awhile. Spot on.



  3. CATandMONKEY
    7:50 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    The “objective media” needs to be called out when they are anything but objective. This has been a long running theme in Matt’s writing, and it is often when he is at his best.

    Jurich’s stranglehold on the Louisville media shows that he has a career in Washington waiting, when and if the adoring fans ever demand an answer to even one tough question.



  4. gossie21
    7:51 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I wish Matt would tell us what he really thinks about Pat Forde.

    And, with all that said, Pat is probably still not as bad as Bozich and/or Crawford.



    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:41 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      While I’m not nuts about Bozich, Forde is much worse than Bozich. Not even close. And I actually like Eric Crawford. He leans Red, but by and large he’s fairly objective. Forde is the worst and 2nd place is well behind.



  5. psuegouk
    7:52 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    This was one of your best pieces, Matt! So very true!



  6. Wild Turkey 101
    7:53 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Forde gives Petrino a second chance because it’s his team but Calipari doesn’t get one even though he hasn’t done anything.



    • J-Dub421
      7:55 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      So very true.



  7. J-Dub421
    7:55 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! That was pretty scathing….. and I loved it! I wish more sports writers would just be open about their fandom for various teams. I would respect them more.



  8. Wildcat Willie
    7:57 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    1. Sigh: I am actually proud we have Matt to stick it back to to these hack, sell-outs like Forde that have agendas yet claim to be objective. Keep up the good work Matt. This should put him in his place. Do one on his bf Thamel toe next please!



  9. Micki DeMoss's Mustache
    8:00 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Matt won’t say what personal reasons got Forde suspended, but if you really want to know, you should ask Forde’s wife.



    • Mitch Rapp
      5:59 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      He shares Petrino’s attraction to volleyball players



    • Nope
      1:44 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Forde was suspended for attempting to turn UofL into the NCAA with false fabricated accusations.



  10. Trust me, I'm a doctor
    8:02 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Wow, I’m pretty sure Forde’s anus just prolapsed!



  11. Reezy
    8:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    F’ing brilliant! A masterpiece! I’m printing this out as we speak and framing on my wall! Suck it, Forde. Enjoy Matt’s load on your face.



  12. kenny in memphis
    8:04 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I love it. It’s so refreshing to read someone who actually goes after someone for being a dick. I am going to take your word Matt about Forde’s article as I will not ever read anything he does. I swore off anything he does a couple years ago. I understand clicks mean money and will never give him, WDRB, Crawford or Bozich one more click.Keep doing what you do, I listen everyday at work in the southwest portion of Louisville in cardinal hell talking smack the whole time.



  13. FurdTurgason
    8:08 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Remember when they used to have those Claymation Celebrity Death Matches on MTV? They need to have one of those with Jones and Forde. I’ll provide Jones the foreign object that decides the match.



  14. b-dubPaducah
    8:09 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Awesome article!
    I hope it gets picked up in syndicate!



    • b-dubPaducah
      8:18 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      yeah- I forgot. That’s why he does work for CBS and other networks (like the US open Tennis coverage) and has the highest rated sports show in our state (which happens to include Louisville!)



  15. FurdTurgason
    8:16 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Forde deserved every bit of this, just like he deserved both of his suspensions.



  16. ZombieLibrarian
    8:19 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Shots fired!



  17. b-dubPaducah
    8:22 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Low IQ has been banned. it makes some of our responses look goofy 🙂



  18. Bellhops
    8:23 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Moving in Lexington? Book UK students to help you move today!!! Check the link out!!!



  19. Jorts 4 City Commissioner
    8:24 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Matt’s best article ever? Just may be.



  20. Alec
    8:27 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Pat who?



  21. Jonathan Tinsley
    8:28 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    By the way he is writing, he is trying to write in a sarcastic tone. Or he trying to mean what he is saying but even he doesn’t believe it.



  22. Pat Forde
    8:28 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    At least he still likes my hair. Thanks, Matt. [tear]



  23. STOOPS TROOPS
    8:30 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    What a idiot Love to see Jones get after trolls like him



  24. JD
    8:34 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Hands down, one of the best that MJ has ever written. Well done Matt. That was a well deserved and much earned dagger to Forde. What a d-bag.



    • English Prof
      10:10 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Is there any chance Forde will see this? Ready this? Any way we could send a copy to his boss!??



  25. kramer
    8:35 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    You are correct Matt, everything you wrote I couldn’t have said it better myself!!! UL athletics all bow at the foot of Jurich, I hope it kicks their ass one day!!



  26. PotMeetKettle
    8:37 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    So is Matt saying he’s kinda like a more famous version of himself? Albeit a different team, but a homer fanboy all the same. I guess the fact he has a larger audience probably bothers Matt a bit. Regardless, fans of teams are willing to look past a lot of garbage, if it equates to a few more wins. UK has done it, UofL has done it, all the while bashing the other from on the high horse. Fact of the matter is we’re talking about games being played by boys. Lighten up a bit…life is too short.



    • Cleveland cat
      9:50 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Your comments here prove you’re clueless to the whole situation. Matt has long said he was a homer. That is the point. Forde and his kind pretend to be unbiased. They are not. Big difference. Life is short so why deal with a$$hats like Forde. They make everyone’s life more miserable. Matt is enjoying UK and what it is. Forde makes it his job to crush and belittle. KSR, Matt and UK fans are tired of it.



    • hal
      9:50 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      completely ignorant. the points matt are making:
      1) ksr/jones at least disclose they’re bias towards UK’ forde says he has no bias, thus more crdibility
      2) this “credibility” can allow forde to pick & choose the “good” & “bad” guys without ppl questioning him or how his info. example–the media telling everyone how great manti teo was for talking to his “dying g/f” all the while there was absolutely no evidence other than he was making s*** up to look good
      3) just b/c its sports doesnt mean kids dont read it or dont believe it. why put ppl up on fake pedestals just to step them up to fail??

      why go to such lengths to investigate eric bledsoe when micheal “blind side” oher took same online school classes to get his grades up? b/c its wrong when a basketball coach takes a kid off the street & courageous when ole miss boosters do it.



    • Jeffy
      9:58 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      I’m not Matt, but I suspect he would say that if Forde came out stated unequivocally that he is a UofL fan and apologist and acknowledged that all of his work was tinted by his UofL fandom (as Matt has done with UK on innumerable occasions), Matt wouldn’t have a problem. The issue isn’t that Forde is widely read. The issue isn’t that Forde is a UofL fan. The issue is that Forde outwardly claims to be an objective national journalist when his work is that of a man who is anything but.

      Not really sure how that escaped you, actually.



    • kgg
      10:44 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      I really wonder about the “larger audience” part. Very, very few national readers would take a second glance at an article about Petrino. Yahoo Sports isn’t exactly SI or ESPN… On the other hand, don’t forget how many people, just in Louisville, listen to Matt Jones everyday.



    • ukjaybrat
      7:39 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      kgg – forde doesn’t just write for yahoo sports. he writes for espn too. That’s the national audience they are referring to. But as Matt said, ESPN doesn’t put up with his UK bashing on their dime, so he has to post all of that garbage with his Yahoo credentials.



  27. fred
    8:38 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Spot on , great job Matt.



  28. Ed
    8:39 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Your move, Forde.



  29. Bill
    8:41 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Enjoyed the article and generally agree with the sentiments expressed above, but the repitition of “Daddy Jurich” was a little off putting. Probably not a popular opinion, but if you are going to go all in on a guy, shouldn’t you avoid petty comments like this? I actually wish the article would get picked up nationally to expose Forde for the clown he is, but “Daddy Jurich” comments essentially ensure that it won’t. Regardless, Go Cats!



  30. Trueblupopeye
    8:44 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Love it Matt, what motorcycle wreck? Is there anyway we can get the jealous fiance that made Bobby’s face look like a cycle fell on it to be a sideline reporter for the Ky-L-ville game? Now that would be must see TV?



  31. BigBlueMan
    8:45 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Wow! (that’s all folks….)



  32. bill
    8:47 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Great article matt



  33. pete
    8:51 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    That post was norm back from the “early days” of KSR. Great post!



  34. Trueblupopeye
    8:51 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Jurich’s attempt to do a Petrino makeover. He’s gotta help him get over this recruiting slump. If that’s what you want to call it.



  35. Bobbum man
    8:54 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Good article he’s an idiot… But as I’ve seen you’ll say to people several times in your comment section if you don’t like it you don’t have to read it, why bother with the guy?



  36. DesignatedDrinker
    9:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Crushed him.



  37. Rob Schrader
    9:05 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Matt,

    Is it really necessary to continue all of these Pat Forde articles? Enough already. I think I speak for a fair amount of UK fans when I say that we prefer news on UK sports, not bad reporters. KSR is your creation and you have all of the responsibility to do with it what you like, but please don’t use KSR as your forum to bash your enemies. I prefer the old KSR that had a smaller following. The humor was still great, news great, without all of the crap that is on it now. It is clear to me as KSR has become a larger media source for UK sports, so has your ego. So please, change KSR back into the great website it was, instead of the propaganda site for Matt Jones to spout his opinions and crap. By bashing Forde in this way, you are becoming no better than himself



    • CATandMONKEY
      1:19 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously? Guess you didn’t actually read any articles from the “old KSR”. This one may actually be tame in comparison.



    • ukjaybrat
      7:43 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      dude, chill… it’s freaking JULY. there aren’t much UK sports to be talking about. What do you people expect Matt and co. to do during the summer… close up shop and stop posting anything? It was a great article to hold us over until football season gets closer.



    • Huh?
      12:10 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      I have to agree with CATandMONKEY on this one. Did you ever read KSR in the old days? This is classic KSR and the exact reason why people like myself first started coming to this website.



  38. Stu
    9:08 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    This was fantastic. I got the same feeling reading it that Tom Leach must get when he murders people.



  39. Laughing
    9:08 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    “get him”

    “get him”



  40. Matt Jones
    9:16 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    #37 with all due respect, as I appreciate you being a fan, but I don’t think you know what the “old KSR” was…when KSR started, and really until 2011 or so, we did this a lot. This site was virtually all my “opinions and crap.” In 2011 we started making it a little more professional and many who talk about the “old KSR” started then…but KSR was built on us saying what we think and giving our opinion. The day that I don’t do “my opinions and crap” is the day that I no longer want to do the site. If you want just UK stories, then this probably isn’t the place…and as far as “bashing your enemies”…again we did that A LOT more back then, mainly because we had more of them.

    I am not sure when I last wrote a Pat Forde article on here…I believe it was when he wrote about Calipari back in March…one every four months doesn’t strike me as too many to call out hypocrisy of one of the three or four most read college sports writers in America



    • inside info
      10:02 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Matt, I read the site every day and enjoy a good portion of the posts. But do you not see any irony in this one? Go back and read your posts about Coach Cal before he was at UK. And I know you have not reported things on this site because they would hurt your standing with “Daddy Mitch” and the football and basketball coaches. And I won’t go into detail about you personally, but I think there would be plenty of your coworkers, past and present, who would say you aren’t their favorite person. When you add all that up, you are like a mini-Forde, but with much worse hair.

      But I still give you tons of hits each day.



    • Blake
      10:18 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Very true Matt…This was a long time coming…I wish you did more of this like way back but I understand the more professional approach. ..it’s a business…. I don’t necessarily agree with your politics, but the last time I checked this was KENTUCKY SPORTS RADIO, so why would I care what your politics are…. I can freaking cheer for the Cats with any organism that loves Kentucky the way I do, regardless of well…anything! Just had to get that out about all the morons that comment on here against your political views…who gives a cap who you vote for as long as you vote for UK everything! ..that’s all



    • Rob Schrader
      10:19 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      Matt,

      Definitley a fair and justified point. KSR has an interesting position in that it teeters between professional and non-professional (in a sort of Colbert/John Stewart way). I suppose what makes it tough for me is that KSR is by far and away the best source for UK News. KSR gets all of the information (perhaps speculation) about what recruits are doing and the ins-and-outs of the program. Let’s be honest, KSR blows away the Herald-Leader in this regard. As KSR continues to grow, I’ll be interested in seeing how it changes with a larger audience. As far as the Forde stuff goes, I’m all behind you, I’d just like to see him ridiculed when he does something stupid regarding UK (not little brother up north).

      Regardless, although these types of articles aren’t my favorite,
      I’ll take it for the good stuff KSR does produce and continue to be a loyal reader for as long as KSR produces good material

      And I’d like to say I’ve followed KSR for a while, back to the Patterson-Lucas days.



    • Rob
      10:24 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      @insideinfo- the difference is Matt admits what he is. Forde lies and says he’s objective when he is nothing but a blogger for UL masquerading as a journalist.



    • James K
      10:54 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

      I go back to the days when we were clamoring for updates on Willie Warren. This is old school KSR.



  41. Nate Trump
    9:24 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I can remember the days before KSR when UK fans did not have this voice — Matt Jones — and all of the frustration that the fan base felt in having to endure these “objective” media types, with no way to call them what they REALLY are. Thanks for giving us a voice again, Matt.



  42. UKBlue
    9:25 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Do we really expect anything less from Pat?



  43. Robbie
    9:34 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    No idea if it’s true, but I’ve heard the rumor is that Forde banged a 19 year old volleyball player at UL while covering them. Not saying it’s true just someone told me that.



  44. Laughing
    9:36 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks for visiting and giving Matt hits. UK fans are pointing an laughing.

    Your bitterness is sweet.



  45. Kyrailroader
    9:52 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Finally there is someone to call out these self-centered, condemning, big-mouthed, opportunist who have a complete lack of objectivity. He should not be writing nationally and everyone knows it. Stand strong and fight the good fight Matt!



  46. Original UK Ryan
    9:56 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    I kept thinking how this looked like an “Old KSR” article. (Been reading everyday since Nov. 2005)



  47. NOTRobSchrader
    9:57 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    No Matt. Keep the heat on this loser. He will continue to bash UK. He needs to be exposed at every opportunity. He is Jurich’s Puppet. No objectivity there.



  48. rem
    10:03 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    One question. I know Forde and Bozoish are baseball fans. When they get together who is the pitcher and who is the catcher?

    Great article Matt



  49. Don Pulford
    10:06 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    ***drops mic*** exits stage like a BOSS!



  50. TampaCat
    10:07 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Excellent write up Matt!
    I loved it! Go Cats!



  51. Bradley
    10:25 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    If Petrino is a changed man it has happened SINCE he left WKU. I can ASSURE you he was the same scum as ever when he was in Bowling Green.



  52. Robbie
    10:46 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Yet here you are posting on a UK website.



  53. Chris
    11:20 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Ah yes–of course he’s on this site. I love reading comments from UL fans on here. I guarantee you’d never see a UK fan posting comments on a UL news site, yet I see it here all the time. Hey, if I was a UL fan, I guess I too would wonder what it was like on the good side.



  54. Move Along
    11:23 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    Yea…I guess it’s not as good as L1C4 because we ALL know that’s a brilliant marketing idea.



  55. Blueneck
    11:25 pm July 22, 2014 Permalink

    And that was a solid post. We all know the site, although it has great info, has us sorting through tons of fluff nowadays. But this was a blast from the past. I’ve always said the thing I admire most about Matt (and he stole it from the Simmons before he got big time) is not being afraid to call out media members. 98% of the media won’t say anything negative about other media no matter if they drive drunk or are just completely biased. They are COWARDS who are afraid to stand up to someone who has a voice. Yet they have no problem crucifying young kids (remember the Anthony Davis and Noel stories) despite not even having the facts – which tells you they are often looking for someone to slam, usually someone from a particular program.

    Patty went quiet with the whole Pitino cheating scandal. Of course he still lives in Louisville, he rarely mentions this. I won’t read his article but I wonder if he even mentions the fact that Louisville hired a coach that no one else even wanted. The local Louisville media (840) is nearly as bad. Jurich has trained them well and again, most of them are cowards.



  56. Clint
    12:14 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Hey Matt, An outstanding piece on this subject. BUT please calm down and don’t let people like Cal and Big Blue hatters bother ya so much. The world is different and nothing we can all do about that. I’m talking about politics, sports, life in general. I don’t like the way this country is headed in but I blame both the Dems. and Repubs. I have tried to stay calm about UK loses, { I say just a game } sometimes it works and sometimes not. But I’m better than I used to be in the past. There are things a lot more important in life than getting all upset about loses and jerks. Calm down alittle ok? Pease Clint



  57. Andy
    12:17 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    While I don’t disagree with your assessment, it seems petty to write an article about it. I found it mean spirited and unnecessary



    • DC cat
      12:50 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously? I found it to be flippin great. Nicely done matt!



  58. UKSoCal
    12:40 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Since we started reminiscing about Old KSR, I miss the 500+ comment sections that were just bored people up late at night shooting crap with each other, pre-Door, I believe.



  59. Willie
    12:48 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Matt
    That was a lot of words. I think I just did my summer reading in one post.
    Great article none the less



  60. schmowzow
    1:40 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Ok. I get what you are saying. Forde is pro UofL. Well more pro Petino than anything really. But ask yourselves this. Would Matt still be bashing Petrino if he wasn’t at UofL? No. He wouldn’t. It is obvious in his writing calling him neck brace petrino every other sentence. We all know Petrino was/is a scumbag and i am a UofL fan. Basketball not so much football never really got into it. Jurich hired him why? Instant gratification of course. We want wins and we want them now. Right. Sure who doesn’t. Same with cal hire yes? People in the sports world think cal is scum for reasons and the same with petrino. Here’s the point. People seem to apologize and say they change after they get caught doing wrong and we say oh screw them he got caught thats why they’re sorry. Who hasn’t been a douche, been caught, and been sorry for it. Getting caught is a good thing. It humbles you. It makes you a better person. Time will tell i guess. I get Matt has never made any bones about who he’s with but this does make him just as bad as forde.



    • hal
      7:12 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      this is the point of view ppl have a problem with re: ‘sports homerism,” “sports journalism,” etc. you have seemed to have misunderstood, or ,most likely, just simply omitted the entire idea/concept of the article.
      “getting caught” can be a good thing to humble someone. but to say playing golf with your daughter equates to changing as a person who wont cheat on your wife, becoming a better football coach OFF the field & regarding the actual ppl & players you have to deal, and not lying to your bosses & setting them up for major lawsuits is a f*****g stupid argument to make. it doesnt make sense. it’s one only a “homer” or someone doing a favor would make. not someone who publicly criticizes other ppl because he is a “un-biased” journalist who has credibility.
      you compare petrino to cal simply b/c “People in the sports world think cal is scum for reasons”so cal = petrino. the whole point here is that the sports world guys may be picking & choosing who’s “scum” & simply bc they want to and not bc of any real evidence. how. can. you. not. see. that?



    • CATandMONKEY
      7:50 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      The difference is that Cal has done nothing for which to apologize.
      I would trust Cal with my wife, sisters or daughters. Petrino…mmm…Not so much.



  61. NjCat
    3:01 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Always fun to see a biased ‘journalists’ exposed for what they really are. My question is, how is Forde any different than the rest of them?



    • Yup
      1:33 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

      including Jones, who dissed Calipari until he became UK’s coach.

      How can you rip Forde for changing his tune on Petrino, when you did the exact same thing with Cal? Hypocritical and obsessively long-winded hypocrisy at that.



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    7:19 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

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  63. Josh
    7:32 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Matt,

    I started reading KSR back in the ’05/’06 time frame when you would link your articles on the Radar forum in the Catspause. It was articles like this that made KSR one of my favorite websites. This kind of article IS KSR, and is what made you so popular with your original supporters, plus random recruiting news and fights with Maggard. The day you stop posting stuff like this is the day KSR becomes normal and not the exceptional blog it is now. Thanks for the entertainment!



    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      9:44 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

      Dead on Josh, we don’t get these as much as I’d like, but it’s fun when we do!



  64. ukjaybrat
    7:55 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    great write up Matt. never liked forde.



  65. Frank
    7:56 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jones is spot on, but doesn’t change the pettiness and childish tone of the piece



  66. JPL
    8:18 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Might be the best I’ve read from you Matt. The fact that so many of the posters on this article have not seen the difference between being an “Admitted Homer” and a False Unbiased Homer still amazes me.



  67. MadCatter
    8:18 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    This piece is spot on and Forde needs to be called out for his slanted journalism. Matt/KSR have never repped themselves as anything other than UK homer bloggers, and therein lies the difference. What they have in common is that both ply their trade for the same basic reasons – readership, hits, advertising and ultimately coin. Which is ok as long as us buyers understand what we are buying (or not).

    The real culprit is yahoo and espn which give Forde the platform of credibility and objectivity which he clearly does not deserve.



  68. Tom Tom Cats Fan
    8:29 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Forde is a total tool. His lips are firmly attached to Jurich’s a*s. And Ricky Three Stacks. He looked like he needed to be hospitalized when UK beat UL in Sweet 16.
    Fired blasted UK for hiring Cal. Yet he now has a man crush on Petrino. Great hire! Whatever. Let’s see what he writes when Bobby skips out of town in a year or two.



  69. Tom Tom Cats Fan
    8:33 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Why isn’t Forde writing about the fact that Jurich has decided UL is the destination school for every criminal and thug that is kicked off respectable school’s programs for drugs, guns, rape, etc……. Could u imagine what Forde would write if Cal did that just once?



  70. Chris J
    9:18 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Boom! Lawyered!



  71. A Bomb
    9:21 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    BOOM!! Roasted



  72. UKfan
    9:23 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Matt,

    What I find really entertaining is that a Kentucky Sports Blog has more comments than the original article posted by this Forde character. Ironic and yet hilarious. Great article by the way.



  73. Dandy Don
    9:34 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    If Forde does respond (I think highly unlikely) is it a punch up or a punch down?



  74. Chattanooga Matt
    9:41 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Hit that right on the head! Great post!



  75. Kyfaninlou
    9:46 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Well said, Matt! “A biased Jurich-man” is spot on. Preach it!



  76. Chris
    10:23 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    I agree “Shots fired again”, would love to see Forde vs. Matt Jones article as retaliation and then you could drop your bomb that you have on him.



  77. greg
    10:27 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    ROADRASH has a buddy?? His name is Forde?? I thoght he was a dodge-em man!!



  78. Wait a Minute
    10:37 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Are you tell me that Pat Forde is still writing columns? #irrelevant



  79. Tom Tom Cats Fan
    11:22 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Everywhere Petrino has went he walked into an ideal situation and in a matter of a couple years turned the program into a cesspool. He did it at UL. John L. took years to try to clean that up. Bobby led Atlanta to three wins and then bolted. He walked into a program that Nutt had rocking at Arkansas and did well with Nutt’s players for a couple years and then that program then started to crash and burn. Look at the mess Bo Pelini inherited down there from Bobby. WKU, a team that took Petrino in on a multi year deal only to have him leave after one, did not go to a bowl game last year. Bobby a saviour? Hardly. Bobby’s recruiting at UL is abysmal. He is inheriting a decent core of kids and will do OK out of the gate, but now UL has to play real teams. They are taking in any thug criminal that cant go anywhere else. In a couple years, Petrino will lead UL right into the sewer. Cant wait to watch this unfold. Cant wait to see if Forde’s man crush on any Jurich hire will still be in play.



  80. Mr. Whister
    11:36 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Fantastic piece of writing/journalism/puttin-that-man-on-blast. Seriously though, very well written and I can honestly say I’m glad I took 10 minutes away from work this morning to enjoy this piece.



  81. jurich the dictator
    11:38 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Jurich censors everything in Louisville. Keeps the NBA out of town with a terrible arena deal. Holds press passes at ransom if you say anything derogatory. Total sham!



  82. UKfan
    11:53 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Matt (and the rest of the KSR staff),

    I was wondering if you could do a followup story on the Mary Banker sexual harrassment case (and subsequent lawsuit) of UL athletic department and Tom Jurich. I know it involves Ron Mann and Julie Hermann and the case is now before the Kentucky Supreme Court. I’m not sure how much Louisville media is involved in covering that story (or lack thereof) and I thought it might be an interesting piece to cover.



  83. GOBIGBLUE
    11:54 am July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Is this the same Matt Jones who spent many months calling Calipari a dirty cheater while he was still coaching at Memphis?

    Forde is the biggest POS in the nation when it comes to journalism and deserves everything that Matt wrote, but i find this article hypocritical coming from someone who used to bash Calipari on a daily basis and now sings his praises.



  84. Brian
    12:29 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Why you waste time writing about Patty Forde is beyond me.



  85. RICK
    12:45 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks Matt, I thought this site had forgotton how to give the cards the truth about the low life program they are running. Give me some more of this you other guys and make this site fun again.



  86. 70 x 7
    1:39 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Matt there is no such thing as being forgiving to a fault. If you’re a very forgiving person it’s nothing to be ashamed of and is quite an admirable trait. Also there is bad in all of us without exception. Well as far as exceptions I guess I can think of one guy.



  87. sports related?
    1:49 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    It’s great that you do your in depth investigating before writing long articles, but as a true UK fan who went to every tournament game this year and listened to your post and pre-game radio shows, I’m disappointed. When did Kentucky Sports Radio start to shy away from actual sports? Leave the personal stuff out of it, and lets keep BTI coming with the stats and history. This page doesn’t need to stoop to the level of bashing other writers or fan bases, we have more excitement around our programs than any other college in the country (probably going to set a new record for most 1st round draft picks in nba next year, just 1 example), that’s what makes this blog better than any other college sports site. I understand that hatred for UL is a part of our fan base, but a full page story on a guy who didn’t even go to that school seems excessive, even if he is a terribly biased sports writer. UK fans are better than that, stick to sports



  88. Linda Shumate
    1:53 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Is post 22 or 23 the Pat that he is writing about?? If so, he read a great article.



  89. embarrassed
    4:20 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    Why can’t this site just be about UK sports? It’s so much better when there is isn’t all this complaining about stuff that doesnt even matter



  90. freetobeme
    5:23 pm July 23, 2014 Permalink

    well said my friend well said lmao



  91. Troy
    11:02 pm July 24, 2014 Permalink

    Pat Forde is the same as u regarding UofL? He’s writing for Yahoo and ur still worshiping a university that hasn’t won a conference football game in who knows how long. Almost a month out from the football season and u still don’t know ur starting QB. Looks like another promising season. Have fun