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Vol fan here. I really wish that Dave Hart were as prepared and thorough as WKU's AD. Based on the search process, Hart had a crumpled big mack wrapper on which he wrote the words "cHarLiE StRonG"...in crayon. Thanks Dave!
2 years ago on Bobby Petrino on Western Kentucky: “We Can Be Boise State”
Ha! Objective journalism. You're a different flavor of the Finebaum/Clay Travis model. It drives traffic. You're still around - a testament to the effectiveness. You grew up in Middlesboro. What's next? A sportswriter from Brazil claiming to have no rooting interest in the World Cup? Meh. People vastly overrate their own objectivity. You like Calipari. We all get that. It's not a sin. No need to write 5+ paragraphs trying to prove otherwise.
2 years, 3 months ago on Report: UK Hires FSU D-Coordinator Stoops
Anyone who intently stumps over the piety of John Calipari and shakes his fist violently at the lack of iron clad evidence (or smoke...or the public outside of the commonwealth's general disdain for him) has to have a bit of big blue in them. C'mon John. Did you grow up in Kentucky? Spend part of your life there? Calipari isn't defendable in the least if he's not brokering...errr. coaching your team. You're like the Dick Vitale of SEC Country.
How do you like the hire for your Cats?
@alamoaggie08 Don't be too apologetic. Of course it's ridiculous and far-fetched, but it's interesting that there have been no "costly" upsets in the SEC Title game since Slive took office....and the officiating in the 2004 SEC Championship game was particularly interesting. If you're ever undefeated heading into Atlanta, go ahead and book those tickets.
"Tennessee might have pulled off the upset if not for three crucial penalties. Cedric Houston had a 70-yard touchdown run wiped out by a yellow flag, and a holding call negated a 44-yard pass from Clausen to Robert Meachem.
Also, Campbell threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Devin Aromashodu -- putting the Tigers ahead to stay late in the third quarter -- after an interference penalty on Roshaun Fellows extended the drive.
Tennessee was livid about the calls.
"In 13 years, I've never criticized the officials, and many times I've taken up for the officials," Fulmer said. "I'm not going to cross that line now, but I'll be real anxious to see the film. That's all I'm going to say."'
Fulmer is an idiot conspiracy theorist too.
2 years, 4 months ago on SEC Fans Have To Be Torn Over Bama-A&M Game
Not much of a dilemma. Why are there "Conference Fans"? What do UGA or Arkansas or Missouri gain from Bama winning a title? They get to brag about getting beat by the "champion". Screw Slive and hisw gerrymandering on behalf of his beloved golden geese. Gig em!!!!!!!!
Still not sure what NFL scouts are seeing in Bray and Hunter. Bray has a big arm. Hunter is an athletic freak. Neither show up for SEC games. Maybe that's not a concern and the scouts think with proper coaching both can be effective?
2 years, 5 months ago on UT QB Bray Tweets A Shot At Some Vol Fans, Then Backtracks
The numbers are lower obviously. But the recent recruiting domination by UK is unprecedented. Given UK and Calipari's well-earned reputations, it's not difficult to connect the dots (unless you're the NCAA).
2 years, 5 months ago on NBA Scouting Director: “NBA Teams Should Just Go Rent A Condo For The Year In Lexington”
Logic would suggest that NCAA should buy a condo there as well. Unless, of course, you believe that *all* of the top players in the U.S. just grew up loving UK, loving Calipari, etc. The NBA is obviously the big draw. But it's not like these kids can't get drafted if they go to Wisconsin or Syracuse or UCLA or Western KY. It's only shocking in that more folks don't scratch their head over this. Essentially the equivalent of Bama signing the top player in the nation at every position in a class comprised of only 5-star recruits...every year. Nothing fishy at all. Right wes?
Meh. This is mere child's play compared to the Bataan Death March that Tennessee fans have endured in recent history. Half a football season? Pffffft. Barely a blip. The past 3-4 years as a razorback have been a veritable paradise in comparison to America's most cursed fan base. Hopefully the hogs can continue the turnaround.
2 years, 5 months ago on Hogs’ QB Wilson Unharmed In Car Accident
Good points. Despite coaching for a rival and recruiting well, its pretty clear that Richt is a genuinely good guy. Which begs the question of how a certain bball coach with exceptional recruiting "skills" got his reputation (Hint:its not jealousy).
2 years, 5 months ago on UGA's Richt Doesn't Show It If The Media Gets Under His Skin
Nobody has ever accused Calipari of being stupid. The guy knows and uses the system better than anybody (right Wes?). Basketball recruiting is a cesspool. Everybody knows that. It's a fact. The fact that Calipari runs the pool like he owns it, signs essentially a fresh starting five every single year comprised of players who are consensus Top 10 players is conspicuous, even discounting his previous 11th hour escapes from the houses the NCAA was burning to the ground. I doubt Calipari earned the reputation of epic sleezebag by simply being so virtuous that others felt sickened and jealous. It may turn out that there's too much money at stake between Nike and the NCAA to expose what's going on. But sooner or later, someone will get crossed and the truth will get exposed. Until then, Coach Cal really is a victim of his selfless love and success.......
2 years, 7 months ago on Report: NCAA "Expanding Inquiry" Into UK Hoops Signee Noel
Thamel knows what every other fan, writer and coach outside the commonwealth knows. When the curtain is pulled back it will be shocking for even the most cynical of college hoops fans (and certainly those who have steadfastly defended Calipari's "clean record")...
Calipari deserves to be on a list all his own. Yeah, yeah. Save it. People don't develop widely recognized and accepted reputations as sleeze bags by accident. He does deserve a massive amount of credit for not (yet) getting nailed. Speaks to his intelligence and thoroughness. Suffice to say when it all unravels it won't be over a weenie roast and potato salad.
2 years, 7 months ago on Hoops Coaches: UK’s Calipari and UF’s Donovan Tops Among Rule-Benders
Should have just fled the scene. That works in Lexington.
2 years, 7 months ago on UK Hoops Assistant Strickland Arrested Again
A mid-major coach with a D2 National Championship, National Championship Runner-Up, and multiple NCAA Tournament Appearances (including a Sweet 16), the second-fastest NCAA coach to reach 300 victories, etc. Kind of like comparing the resume of a recent college grad to a seasoned executive. Not hating on Martin. Nice guy. I would have accepted the offer as well. Hamilton is the one who dropped the ball...again.
2 years, 7 months ago on Ex-UT Coach Pearl Hired By ESPN; Bizarre, Bizarre, Bizarre
Given our recent run of "luck" compounded by incompetence (Keeping Fulmer 4 seasons too long, Pete Carroll leaving - resulting in Lane Kiffin bolting, losing the best coach in UT Bball history over a BBQ/Fib and subsequent mismanagement of the situation, hiring two mid-major coaches based on nothing more than association with previously successful head coaches, etc.), I'm shocked we didn't get the death penalty either. Granted, the NCAA probably looked at the direction of the AD and decided there was no danger of UT being competitive in the foreseeable future and decided that allowing the programs to "live" would indeed be sufficient punishment.
That's interesting information. The more that comes out about Hamilton's handling of the situation, the more incompetent he appears. Sure, many UT fans would have been angry if Pearl had gotten suspended for a year. But sometimes those who have all the information have to make decisions that will be unpopular and bear the criticism for the overall good of their employer (and their own job). Many would've been angry at the time, but it would be infinitely better than the current status of the basketball program. I'd take that scenario in a heartbeat. Thanks Mike, for making a very bad situation catastrophic.
In light of the Penn State story, perhaps ESPN felt a bit guilty for tirelessly excoriating Pearl and calling for all manner of swift "justice" over a friggin' barbecue. Maybe they realized he's a good guy with good intentions who was given the proverbial death penalty for jay walking? Just kidding...sort of.
Don't mess with John's coach or his team.
2 years, 9 months ago on NBA Scout: Calipari’s System Hides Flaws In UK Players