Long Beach St and Kentucky tied 37-37 at the half.
I'm a little worried the Cats couldn't put away Long Beach sooner. It obviously was a good test for the Cats but still not sure we are worthy of our current ranking.
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Last edited by redsfanmia; 12-23-2009 at 04:49 PM.
I was in the ORG once, best 6 months of my life.
If you can't understand the difference between Sampson and Calipari's past issues (and are being serious; not just posting crap to rile up people).. that in itself ends any discussion I'm willing to have about it.
While I think most of the Calipari criticism is thinly veiled envy...Kentucky has never operated under the pretense that it was about college sports or student-athletes or playing by the rules. It's always been about maintaining what amounts to a professional team. And most UK fans have never hidden that fact.
Fact is, since the regrettable Eddie Sutton bottle era, Kentucky has run a very tight ship under the watch of compliance officer Sandy Bell. The least minor "secondary violation" is turned in - things that even the most "saintly" schools wouldn't even bother with - like monitoring associated fan sites. She's constantly educating fans and sending out pre-emptive warnings again things like taking/publishing pictures of recruits on visits or chanting their names at Midnight Madness. Bell vetted Cal closely before the job was offered and you can be sure had she said no - Calipari would not be at UK now.
Giliespie wanted to recruit several prospectss, but Bell/Barnhart nixed them. Maybe if IU had someone like Bell in place, IU would not be coming off a probation of their own.
The CATS student-athlete support center has been a model since the mid-70s. All classroom attendance is monitored and any unexcused miss of a class costs players in running at practice and playing time if it is repeated.
UK's Football and Basketball teams are consistently among the leaders in All-SEC & NCAA Academic members. The basketball team's cumulative GPA for the past three years was 3.0+. John Wall is most certainly one and done and financially set for life, but he hasn't missed a class and carried a 3.8 GPA his first semester. Patrick Patterson, despite being the star player at a school that "has never operated under the pretense that it was about college sports or student-athletes or playing by the rules," returned for his JUNIOR season to graduate in three years (as much as to play in the NCAA Tourney).
Also, thanks largely to a loyal football following and the success of its basketball program, UK is one of the few athletic departments that run ay a surplus and actually gives money annually to the school's general scholarship fund.
Yeah, IU fans love to talk about what a cheater Cal is, no matter that the vacated title @ UMass was vacated because when he found out Camby had illegal contact with an agent he turned his own program in.
Oh yeah, it doesn't matter a bit that Cal's program at Memphis was among the top in graduation rate. He's nothing but a cheater becasue he played a kid that was fully cleared by the NCAA's clearinghouse.
In the past, I wouldn't have responded to an IU baiting post - they're irrelevant and pathetic. But after their hero's recent ESPN display of jealousy (RMK tried to campaign for the UKjob after BCG left but had the door slammed on him) and the classless chanting at Assembly Hall recently, I didn't feel like letting it slide .
Honestly though, any fanbase that can hold it's nose and revere a sorry sociopathic tub of crap like RMK really shouldn't be acting holier-than-thou or chastising any other fanbase. Oh wait, I forgot...Bobbie Knight was a great roll model for young peo...
Last edited by corkedbat; 12-25-2009 at 01:01 AM.
Maybe my initial post was a little harsh, but you hired Calipari.
With UK's history of violations (most penalized program in NCAA history) and their problems with UK boosters, they should have chosen a coach that runs a squeaky clean program and doesn't tolerate even stretching the rules. They didn't do that. They hired Calipari, who at the very least turned his head while major violations were occurring with and around his program. With UK's history, it's a potential disaster.