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Understand...this hack was the understudy of Pete Thamel @ the NYTimes who ran the wild-goose chase with the Eric Bledsoe "story" two years ago. E-v-e-r-y-o-n-e knows that those two scribes hate all things Calipari. The story today was perhaps the best example of a writer with a serious agenda. UK torched MSU after the last under eight-minute TV TO and played an incredible last five minutes in a hostile environment. Apparently Evans wrote his story before the comeback was complete. The guy's a joke. Of course with Goodman's departure to CBS - Fox didn't have many great places to turn for a national basketball writer.
2 years, 7 months ago on Fox Writer Takes A Shot At 27-1 Kentucky, Calipari
dee, relax. No one is on a high horse but you. If John is going to allow links, you'll be in front of your computer for months reading counter arguments. I have little doubt that Rupp, and just about every SEC coach, AD and President of the time had tendencies that we abhor today. In fact, history proves it. There are too many letters from black coaches, black players, and retractions from media people to paint Rupp as the demon that haters have so desperately tried to paint. He built what today is still the winningest program in the history of D-I revenue generating athletics. He won. He bragged about it. So what? It wasn't PC, but if you wanted to do something about it - he told you to lace 'em up and see why the basketball has "my signature on it." Black. White. Purple. Color didn't matter. All he wanted to do was continue winning. He did it longer and at a better clip than anyone. He wanted to win. Period. Again, Rupp recruited black basketball players years before the first played for Vandy. Perry Wallace did not have to write what he wrote. In fact, Rupp coached black players decades - d-e-c-a-d-e-s before the SEC or Vandy even thought about breaking a color barrier. All you have to do is check the history books from his high school in Illinois, the US Olympic team, and all-star games. Do you think he had to coach his kids in high school? Do you think he had to coach the kids he picked for the Olympic team? I suspect that we'll next read slams on UK waxing folks in a basketball conference since the race card and velcro banners have been used. Typically retorts. GO BIG BLUE!
2 years, 8 months ago on VU's Stallings Takes Issue With UK's Schedule
@dee6634 I wondered how long it would take someone to bring up the racist comment about coach Rupp. Why did MSU threaten to pull out of the SEC if "Kentucky and Rupp bring a black to Starkville?" Look this up...UK was recruiting black athletes to play basketball in the SEC before Perry Wallace was recruited, and ultimately played for Vandy. Because I respect John's great site, I won't link three SI articles from the early 60s to prove that point. Call Rupp a racist all you want, but Perry Wallace knew better. Here is the text of a letter, verbatim he wrote about coach Rupp..."During my senior year at Vandy, Coach Rupp coached me in one of those post-season, college all-star games. I believe the game was played in Tennessee. I remember that Coach Rupp was very nice to me, even to the point of offering to help me in getting tryouts with pro teams. I understand that this adds to the considerable complexity in and around the myth of Adolph Rupp, but I always like to relate the story where I can--mainly because it is true and deserves to be told. Just as the South is more complex than the usual stereotypes, so also are its people and its institutions. And Coach Rupp, especially given his transcendent presence, deserves to be seen in all his complexity--however hard it makes people have to work to understand him and this amazing phenomenon called humanity.
Perry E. Wallace
@Dynamite fan Just to be sure...UK has already had a nationally televised Thursday-Saturday swing this season against St. John's and UNC. Both at home. Both nationally televised. Ratings and brand name are key of course. UK won both.
@Dynamite fan Former Vandy coach Eddie Fogler likes to claim credit for the moniker "The Big Blue Mist" in regards to the legendary UK traveling posse in hoops. As for coach Durham, I know he understands the history of UK basketball, having grown up in the Commonwealth. He has some great stories about his relationship with coach Rupp and coach Hall. Good fellow, Hugh Durham.
@Dynamite fan I did read the article. I am biased, yet Stallings never masks his disdain for Calipari. He took a shot at UK's roster during media days- which was a reflection on Calipari's approach. It's been common since Calipari was in Memphis. As to the same location situation in the NCAA, that should make things much easier for Stallings (LOL) - yet his teams have historically underachieved in the Big Dance. As you know, UK has done better than any other program in the SEC during that tournament and the reference to UK's last Thursday-Saturday games was an historic anomaly. Heck, it's won more SEC tourney titles than all other schools combined. I know that's something that everyone knows. Including Stallings. Perhaps someday, a Stallings coached team will play up to its seed, and not exit early, which has been his history. He's got his best chance to win the SEC this year with UK's youth and his team's experience. Just let it play out on the court. Not in the play pen...
Stallings needs to stop complaining and understand if he were to learn from Thursday-Saturday scheduling - his overrated clubs might fare a bit better when Thursday-Saturday or Friday-Sunday games count for keeps in March...