Tubby Smith — Another Year on the Bubble

Ten Loss Tubby

Tubby has done it again.  He’s 5-6 in Conference a year after negotiating a 2.5  million dollar buy out clause in his contract with Minnesota.  It seems that this is Tubby’s MO.  Negotiate a buy out.  Reach the magic moment of “loyalty.”  Get that huge pay day which amounts to highway robbery and roll on down the road to sucker some other program which thinks that they are luring a BIG TIME hire to coach their team.

Tubby Smith has never taken a team that he has recruited to a Final Four.  He’s never been able to manage talent.

He’s proved his inability to manage a team full of talent with his stint at Kentucky and now with Minnesota, he’s proven that he can’t get elite talent to even look his way.

At Kentucky, he had brand name visibility with one of the elite programs in College Basketball.  Still, he rarely recruited to the level that a program like Kentucky demands.  When he could get talent to come to UK, he couldn’t manage that talent.  Rondo railed against him.  Crawford and Morris flopped.  Prince was under utilized as was proven by his play on the next level (NBA).  More talent flopped under Tubby at Kentucky than at any other time in program history.  Worse yet, Tubby’s teams were always a DUI away from becoming embroiled in turmoil. 

Ten Loss Tubby hoodwinks Minnesota into a 2.5 Million Dollar buy out Now, that’s loyalty!

It seems that each and every year, talented players couldn’t wait to get away from Tubby.  The guys that did stay underwhelmed NBA scouts so much so that they were always drafted low.  Tubby had no Lottery Picks in the Draft even though he had guys like Rondo and Prince play for him.  Guys who have turned out to be journeymen at the NBA level wound up being drafted in the second round.  The truth is that if you play for Tubby, his system guarantees that you will be drafted based on that system’s sure fire ability to lower your draftability.

Tubby is the only coach in America that could have turned Rondo into a late First Round pick.  Had Rondo played for anyone else, say a guy like Calipari, Pitino, Williams or Izzo, he’d have been a Top 5 draft selection.

Now, the Tubster has his most talented team at Minnesota.  Of course, it’s the end of the year.  A year that started out promising has fallen off the rails.  That’s how Smith does it.  He takes a good team and good talent and coaches them down into a bubble team.

That’s why the talent always transfers out.

Minnesota is learning this the hard way.  Tubby got what he wanted.  He negotiated his 2.5 million dollar buy out.  He knew that he was losing interest in coaching this team.  He saw it coming.  The collapse.  Ten Loss Tubby has done it again.

He’ll be a couple of million dollars richer.  Minnesota will get a new coach.  Shaka Smart?

The fans at Golden Gopher central will hash out the Tubby debate.  One side will talk about how classy the Tubster is and they’ll, of course, call anyone who is critical of Tubby a racist.  The other side will argue that, sure, the Tubster was a great guy.  Class A.  Class all the way.  But he was a program killer.

And that’s what he is.  He takes a program.  Gives it hope in the first couple of years.  Gives you just enough to make you think that he’s a great one.  Then he has to recruit.  That’s where he fails.  If he does manage to haul in some talent, inevitably, he forces that talent to play in a manner that shunts aside the skills and talents that they bring to the table in favor of his slow, plodding Ball Line D.  Then the program goes on a steady decline.  As soon as Smith knows for certain that he’s about to get the axe, he puts forth a year or two of effort.  Dazzles and baffles AND negotiates a sweet deal for himself.  Then he skulks out of town…with the money.

That’s class!

All Class!!!

I’d love to have that much class.  A cool 2.5 million dollars worth of class.

That’s Ten Loss Tubby in a nutshell.

Personally, I expected the Minnesota AA to be a little smarter than that.  Alas, Tubby pulled the wool over the Athletic Department in Minnesota’s eyes as well.  What a guy!

Tubby will probably get the axe this year.  Minnesota will buy him out per contract.  They’ll hire a new coach who will clean up the mess that Tubby left.  There’ll be no academic scandal or NCAA investigation but the result will be the same.  A program on the outs and a few years away from any real competitiveness.

That’s Tubby Smith.  Class A guy.  Class D coach.

NBA Draft Age Limit




Kwame Brown 2001 NBA Draft #1 Selection.

Does the NBA really need further justification for insisting on an age limit for it’s prospective employees?

Every other profession has standards which expectant employees must meet in order to apply for employment.  Attorneys, Doctors, Mechanics, Scientists, Engineers.  All who apply for these professions must meet certain standards of professionalism and development.

This keeps out those who are incompetent to the profession.  Why is Sports exempt from setting standards for entry into it’s ranks of professionals?

How does the mere act of finishing high school and attaining the age of 18 make one qualified to enter the NBA Draft?

If I were an NBA GM, player, owner, coach or Executive, I would want a certain standard to be met before a prospective employee could apply for entry into the National Basketball Association.

The NBA is not for streetballers, AAU players or mid-level college players.

How can the NBA be certain that prospective employee is able to adapt to playing in the NBA?

One test is the NCAA ranks.  It’s really the only test that matters.  If a kid isn’t talented or mature enough to play at a high level in the NCAA, they don’t have a right or a prayer of making it in the NBA.

Some athletes will take longer to develop than others.  Why should the NBA be compelled to hire athletes who are not ready for the NBA?  When these young men are drafted, the CBA mandates certain salaries.  Each year, half of the draft class (or more) flunk out of the NBA.  They are either relegated to the NBDL or to make their way to Europe, Canada or Asia.

Why should the NBA be compelled to take a chance on these young men?

Would Nerlens Noel or Shabazz Mohammad been a sure thing in the NBA?

Was Kwame Brown?  Were the hundreds of other kids who have failed sure things.  No!  They were not.

Injury is part of the risks one takes when one is an athlete.  It’s part of the game.  It’s part of the profession.  No wage or living is guaranteed to any of us.

No athlete has a “right” to play in the NBA (or the NFL for that matter).

It’s lunacy to insist that the NBA or NFL hire employees who are under qualified for the job.

If the NBA must hire kids out of High School, why not force hospitals to hire Doctors and Nurses out of High School?  It’s a ludicrous notion.  On both sides…

Are all sports writers idiots or is it just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?


Pat Forde recently wrote this terrifically stupid article about Nerlens Noel’s injury and David Stern’s culpability for said injury:

The greater issue is Noel’s future, and the way it is put at risk by a system that forced him to play college ball for a year instead of going straight into the NBA draft.

Noel may have gotten hurt in 2013 no matter where he was playing, but at least he would be under contract and well-compensated by whatever NBA team would have drafted him in the first round last June.

Instead, he wound up playing for scholarship money at Kentucky. And while that is nothing to sneeze at, Noel’s presence on campus represents restraint of trade and a bastardization of what college is supposed to be.

Bastardization of what college is supposed to be?  Isn’t College supposed to prepare one for the future?  A future profession of some sort?  Is Sports not a full fledged profession in a multi-Billion dollar business?  The NBA is arguably one of THE most successful businesses on the planet.

Surely, a year or two in college under the tutelage of Rick Pitino, Roy Williams, Bill Self, John Calipari, Tom Crean and a couple of dozen other coaches prepares students of the sports business for a professional career in [AGAIN] arguably one of the most successful businesses on the globe.

Are all sports writers idiots or is that just a Pat Forde/Pete Thamel thing?

The NBA makes decisions based on it’s business model.

Law Firms require prospective attorneys to obtain a degree, pass the bar, etc.

Corporations such as Google, Apple and Microsoft require university study or some kind of certification.

Hospitals require Doctors to obtain a degree and serious amounts of professional training.  Some would say that even those requirements are not enough since hospitals and doctors routinely kill people under their care.

Nearly every profession out there requires some sort of post high school training.

Somehow, sports business should be exempted from this?

How does that make sense?

I am so tired of people harping moronically on the one and done rule in this manner.

What should happen is that kids should be allowed to declare after high school.  They should be allowed to try out.  If they make it, they become professionals.  If they do not, they should be able to enroll in college, train to become professional sports athletes and try it again in the draft or as a free agent.

But the NCAA is too idiotic [GREEDY] for such a common sense approach and the NBA is not interested in it as the NBA Players Union are only in it to get more athletes on the rolls of agencies.

These kids should have agents from the time that they become marketable.  They should have the advantage of professional counsel.  That is the travesty here.  The NCAA doesn’t want intelligent, well informed athletes committing to their schools.  They want empty headed, easily cowed sheep who will sign any document slapped in front of them.

Most of the problems with Collegiate athletics IS THE NCAA.  It’s not the agents or handlers or posses.  It’s the corrupt NCAA.

Pete Thamel and Pat Forde are NCAA gophers, hooligans and thugs.  Of course, they want the NBA to help out Mark Emmert and other shadow thieves and masterminds of the NCAA Scholarship Slave assembly line that fills their pockets with midas’ gold.

I wonder how much the NCAA pays these guys to do their sniping for them???

The Media and the NCAA

OXYMORON:  Sports Journalism

OXYMORON: Sports Journalism

Every summer, there’s a scandal and investigations and media created brouhaha.

Pete Thamel and the rest come out of their caves to stalk some 17 or 18 year old kid and his entourage.  I wonder how it feels to have your life revolve around the lives of 15 to 18 year old kids.  Pete Thamel knows all about it.  The guy has a disease.  I wonder if he surfs the Russian internets to find kiddie porn.  He’s obviously obsessed with children and their naughty little secrets.  Maybe Thamel envisions himself in a Nun Habit spanking 6′ 8″ Black kids on the rear for being naughty.  I’m sure his ultimate fantasy is spanking that same Black kid while he’s wearing a Kentucky Basketball Jersey.

These folks have a sickness.  They speak of College Basketball as if it’s some sacred institution.

Hey Pete!  Here’s a clue.  It’s a game.

These same morons (Pete Thamel, Pat Forde, et al) speak in hushed tones about John Wooden ~ The Wizard of Westwood.

What’s the difference between John Wooden and Tark the Shark?

Wooden’s Boosters weren’t caught until AFTER Saint John retired and was already Canonized by the NCAA and the Sports Media.  Once the Media Canonizes you, they will not admit the mistake.  They might seem imperfect.  And we all know that the Sports Media are so perfect and blameless as to make Jesus Christ seem the Mass Murderer.

Had Sam Gilbert been caught while Wooden was winning his multiple Championships, the media would have crucified Saint John.  Coach Wooden was already long retired and long the Holiest Man in College Basketball when the truth of Sam Gilbert came out.

A straight THUG purchases abortions, shoes, cars, clothing and gives “pocket money” to a decades worth of athletes at UCLA while Wooden is winning successive Championships.  This is the same era that ended with Kentucky getting a near death penalty.  Kentucky was hammered for much less than the rulebreaking that went on for a couple of decades under the “watchfully” blinkered eyes of Saint John the Wizard.  I reckon his magic only worked on the ball court.  He certainly wasn’t omnipotent off the court or he’d have known what was going on with his players and Sam Gilbert.

One could take the “crimes” of Tark, Calipari, Pearl, Harrick, Sampson and Sutton and still not have a sum total near that of the crookedness of the College Basketball Program of John Wooden.

That Wooden Era is supposedly the Golden Era of College Basketball.  The days to which all of these sports morons like Pete Thamel and Pat Forde wish to return.

I have a question for Pete Thamel, though.  Who is covering the programs over at Syracuse.  Isn’t that your area?  While kids are getting molested by an old man in the Syracuse Basketball program, Pete Thamel is investigating kids at Kentucky and Georgetown.  All the while turning a blind eye to Syracuse Boosters and their child molesting assistant coaches.

I bet there has never been a scandal at Syracuse, so, good ol’ Petey got bored and decided that his career of riches would start with John Calipari.

I’ve noted time and again on this blog the hypocrisy of the NCAA and the Sports Media.  Their treatment of Bill Self, John Wooden, Roy Williams.  These guys cheat and the media turns a blind eye.  They may write a story about it.  However, it doesn’t become a scandal.  One of their chosen could rape a 5 year old and the Sports Media would bury it.  They’d choose instead to write an unsubstantiated story about a Kentucky recruit for whom a homeless man bought lunch while said recruit was 5 years old.

That’s your Sports Media.  What’s worse is that so much of the following in Sports buys into the utterly contemptible garbage spewed forth by these morons.  Makes me wanna curse…and then laugh.  Gullibility in the sports world is almost as ubiquitous as unprofessional journalism while “Sports Journalism” has become as oxymoronic as Military Intelligence.







‘Nuff said…

My gal painted this for me.  Not quite finished, though.

I asked Unny to paint this sign for me on a whim.  Now that it’s done, I don’t know what to do with it.  Well, when she completes it.  Maybe we’ll sell it on ebay.  lol  Hell, maybe I should Fed Ex it to Coach Cal so he can take it with him to the NCAA Appeals Board.  haha

Riffing on the NCAA and the NBA Age Restriction


Why should one go to college?

Is it for the college experience? I’d say that’s the immature reason to go to college.

The reason that folks go to college or any school is to get training or a degree or some type of higher learning to prepare them for some kind of profession.

Basketball is a profession. Sure, it’s a short lived profession.

Nevertheless, it is a profession.

The NCAA should start treating it as such.

Students of the game should be allowed to maximize their instruction time. They should be allowed to learn their chosen profession.

Instead, the NCAA limits instruction in their chosen profession.

It would be like MIT telling mathematics or comp science/programming students that they can only dedicate certain periods/times to the study of mathematics or quantum physics or programming.

It’s all asinine.

If a kid, regardless of his financial situation, can go straight to the NBA out of HS, then they should be allowed to do so.

Kids can go straight to work for Humana or Google or Microsoft out of HS and make a 6 figure salary.

What’s the difference….????

Some kids need a couple more years.

That is where the NBA and the NCAA sit down and make some common sense rules.

A kid makes himself available for the draft. If he is drafted, his pay is deferred until he is evaluated. If he passes muster in the summer league, he stays. If not or if he goes undrafted, he goes back to college. Patrick Patterson could have benefitted from such an eval period. Orton would have. Meeks would have. Many players each year would benefit.

The Summer League and the Draft Process should be treated as an internship.

Legal Students do it. Damn near every other type of student does it.

The only reason that Collegiate Athletes in the Major Sports are given short shrift on this is so that the NCAA can call itself “amateur” and get a tax break. It’s all about the money. It has nothing to do with protecting the game, the sanctity of college sports or the fabled student athlete.

A program of instruction should be developed around each sport. Sports Management type academic program.

It’s not coddling the kids, it’s being realistic.

The way it is now, it’s a colossal waste of time for everyone involved.

While the owners want to do away with the soft salary cap and guaranteed contracts, the players hope to end the age restriction that forbids players from entering the NBA directly out of high school.

“We want to go back to the way it was,” a source from the National Basketball Players Association said. “The players have always been philosophically opposed to it. The vast majority of players feel a player should have the right to make a living. If he has the talent and wants to make money to help his family, he should have that right. It’s just a matter of principle.”

If you read this, let me know what you think?

Cheating Kansas ~ Recorded for Posterity

1.  This blog is not abandoned.

2.  Everything on this post is ripped from some form of media.  I didn’t write it.  I’m sharing it and placing it somewhere in which I know it will not disappear.

3.  I posted this and others like it (on UCLA) not to say that Kansas or UCLA is bad or a cheater.  I don’t post it to defend Kentucky or to say that any other school is worse than Kentucky or that Kentucky is any better than Kansas or UCLA or whichever school one wishes to name.

This is primarily up here because the fans of so many other schools such as Kansas and UCLA are so annoying in their self-righteous blathering.  They go on and on about Calipari cheating or Kentucky being the “cheatin’est skool n da ho wide wurld” and other nonsensical inanities that I decided to research the skeletons in other closets.

What did I learn?

There aren’t any boneless closets.  Every school has skeletons.

Wilt Chamberlain being threatened to stay away from those purty Kansas lily white virgins on the plains.

Things like that are just as bad as anything that has been perpetrated at UK where Rex Chapman was widely criticized by the genteel White Folk of Lexington for dating Black co-eds.  He was supposedly sent death threats.

There isn’t a school out there that hasn’t cheated.  Many of them simply haven’t been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

If a school is suddenly successful in recruiting and, therefore, in a certain Big Time  College Sport like Football or Basketball, I can almost guarantee that some rule breaking or “boostering” is going on.  It may never come to light.  It’s still there.

So, please, fans of other programs, PLEASE stop being so annoying.  Realize that even Coach K has a closet full of skeletons.  If Wooden had them, Coach K has them.  Tom Izzo has them.  Bobby Knight has them.

John Calipari has them.  I’m not talking about Camby or Rose.  That wasn’t really on Calipari.  There’s no way that Calipari could have been watching Camby when that deal went down.  There’s no way that Calipari drove/flew up to Chicago to arrange for someone else to take Rose’s SAT.  It just doesn’t happen that way.

Know this.  The NCAA is ridiculous.  They punish kids in 2013 for the actions of kids in 2008 or 2011.  It’s an idiotic institution.  As long as it is THE regulating body, we have to abide by their inane rulings.  And they do hand down some inane rulings.  Period.  I don’t know how anyone can defend the NCAA.   Compare the cases of Camby and Maggette.  Compare the cases of Cam Newton and Enes Kanter.  Then look at the rulings.  If you can still defend the NCAA after that, you’re blind, stupid or your livelihood depends on the NCAA.

I’ll leave it with that and give you the following:  A history of Kansas’ run ins with the NCAA.  Kansas should have had their 2008 NCAA Title stripped right along with Memphis’ Final Four.  The charges are similar and the parties involved have as much as admitted to the transgressions.

I don’t care.  Awareness is my endgame.  You read it.  You judge.  Again, I didn’t write these articles.  I simply compiled them.  Follow the links…















Brandon Rush commits to Kansas basketball program. Rush narrowed his college choices to Illinois and Oklahoma. Rumors are that he couldn’t qualify at Illinois or Oklahoma. He decided he would have to enter the draft straight from high school as he couldn’t qualify at a D1 university, except it looked as though he wouldn’t be a first round selection, something his brother already had happen to him. His brothers talked him out of it. Two weeks after school started he got into KU and even though he at times carried a 0.0 GPA in high school managed to get a 3.6 at KU while missing the first two weeks of classes. This strangely coincided with the same time frame which their compliance department was noted to be severely understaffed and inadequate by the NCAA and academic fraud was occurring.

Sherron Collins commits to Kansas amidst various media reports that he was steered by his coach Anthony Longstreet, (More on Longstreet in a future post), considered by Chicago Public League coaches as the new Landon “Sonny” Cox for his ability to recruit players to Crane. Scheduled visits promised to various other schools are abruptly canceled. Afterward, Longstreet, without being prompted or even accused of taking money, bizarrely challenged local sportswriters to “get the proof, produce the canceled check.” Thereafter, Longstreet refused to ever speak again on the subject. He explained, “Right now, I’ve been told to be quiet because
this stuff is getting too ugly.”

Darnell Jackson is ruled ineligible by NCAA Eligibility Committee for nine games for receipt of $5,000 in benefits from a Kansas booster over a three year period while being recruited by Kansas.

A cbssportsline.com article suggests that J.R. Giddens is also ultimately wrapped up in the Darnell Jackson scandal, questioning: “Did Don Davis also have a “relationship” with Jackson’s best friend and former AAU teammate, J.R. Giddens, the McDonald’s All-American who signed with Kansas in 2003? Because if the answer is yes, Kansas has a big, big, big problem.”

2005-2006 Season
Kansas loses to Nevada at home, 72-70, falling to a record of 2-3 for the first time in over 30 years. After the game, ESPN TV cameras captured an exchange between Kansas University assistant coach Joe Dooley and 19 year old Nevada player Nick Fazekas. When Fazekas
held out his hand to shake Dooley’s in an apparent show of sportsmanship, Dooley instead screamed “F*** YOU!!!!” directly at Fazekas. Afterward, Coach Bill Self reprimanded Dooley stating: “Obviously, in a hotly contested game like this one, emotions were high after the game. Coach Joe Dooley responded in an inappropriate manner to an exchange with a Nevada player.” Coach Dooley added: “I have great respect for the Nevada team. They played well tonight. I
responded in a negative manner to something that was said to me following the game. I certainly apologize to the Nevada program and this is not the manner in which Kansas basketball should be represented.”

Reports surface regarding an NCAA investigation into potential violations involving Kansas freshman Brandon Rush. The potential violations centered around Rush’s involvement with an agent and possible payment of travel expenses by NBA teams the previous summer during Rush’s workouts with the teams.

The NCAA suspends Brandon Rush after the NCAA determined that he had improperly received benefits from an agent after applying for the 2005 NBA draft. An appeal by Kansas is granted within one day and Rush is re-instated without missing any games.

Kansas loses to in-state rival Kansas State at home, 59-55.

Micah Downs announces he is transferring from the Kansas basketball program.

Following up the once in the last 20 year accomplishment of losing in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Self manages to again accomplish this feat by losing to Bradley, 77-73. Considerable pressure mounts as “win at all costs” goes into full effect when the fan base begins to call for his firing.

2006 Off-season
Christian Moody becomes the first Jayhawk player since the 1980s to not be eligible for his graduation checks from alumni, as the pending investigation causes KU to cease such open forms of paying their players. Later, his agent writes a note requesting video of him missing free throws to lose a game to Missouri be taken down from youtube.com as he feels it is hindering his client from finding gainful employment.

The NCAA responds that KU failed to demonstrate Institutional control and that the minor violations self reported in basketball in KU’s report do not seem to be all-inclusive.

KU is placed on probation for major violations across multiple sports and for Lack of Institutional Control. The committee seems impressed with KU’sKU didn’t detect or report
violations in a timely manner, which resulted in them being able to claim a statue of limitations on many violations and go unpunished), however they are still charged with:
•Illegal payments given to potential recruits
•Illegal payments given to current players with the approval of coaching staff
•Illegal payments given to players after eligibility is exhausted
•Providing illegal transportation to recruits Providing illegal clothing and other benefits to recruits
•Providing illegal transportation to family members of recruits
•Making special arrangements to facilitate a vehicle for family members of recruits.
•Academic Fraud
•Failure to report violations
•Failure to employ a compliance auditor
•Negligence to provide adequate oversight
•Lack of Institutional Control

KU is placed on three years probation including reduction in the total of grants-in-aid award in the men’s basketball program to no more than 12 during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. Also reduced the total of official paid visits by a total of eight from the maximum number allowed during the 2006-07 and 2007-8 academic years, dissociation of a representative of the university’s athletics interest for a period of four years, and annual compliance reporting required. innovative strategy of eliminating the middleman (by electing to not maintain a compliance department, Summation: probation and a reduction in 2 scholarships to be taken in the years KU chooses for the above violations.

CJ Giles is suspended indefinitely.

Giles re-instated to team, then 5 days later kicked off team for misdemeanor battery to his girlfriend.

2006-2007 Season
Despite what most consider Self’s best coaching job to date, he is under enormous pressure as the NCAA tournament get underway as most feel a repeat of the last two years will cost him his job. Self’s Jayhawks do advance before being knocked out by UCLA, 68-55.

2007-2008 Season
Brandon Rush arrested for failing to appear in court. The hearing is ultimately delayed until after the basketball season.

Self begins to be courted by Oklahoma State to take over their head coaching vacancy. KU beings to make a strong push to retain Self despite the distraction it is causing.

The beneficiaries of a historic collapse by Memphis, who led by nine points with two minutes to play and could have done about five different things to ensure KU had no chance of getting back in the game, KU wins its second national title of the modern era. They are the first team ever to win a championship while on probation for cheating, and every player on KU’s roster who played more than 21 minutes in the championship game had a shady story surrounding them.
2008 offseason
Self claims he wants to stay at Kansas, but won’t rule out talking to OSU. He elects to stay at KU.
Reports surface that Darell Arthur, KU’s leading scorer in the championship game, did not actually pass high school and passed through the NCAA clearinghouse by submitting fraudulent transcripts. If ruled ineligible, per NCAA rules KU would be required to forfeit all games in which Arthur was a participant, which would result in KU being the first ever 40 loss team in a single season, the worst season in the history of the NCAA.

Listing of NCAA rules he was in clear violation of:

Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member (e.g., coach, professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited to, the following:
(d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual’s institution false or misleading information concerning the individual’s involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible
violation of an NCAA regulation;

(g) Failure to provide complete and accurate information to the NCAA or institution’s admissions office regarding an individual’s academic record (e.g., schools attended, completion of coursework, grades and test scores)

Prospective or enrolled student-athletes found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be ineligible for further intercollegiate competition, subject to appeal to the Committee on
Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of eligibility. (See Bylaw 10.3.2 for sanctions of student-athletes involved in violations of 10.3.) Institutional staff members found in violation of the provisions of this regulation shall be subject to disciplinary or corrective action as set forth in Bylaw of the NCAA enforcement procedures, whether such violations occurred at the
certifying institution or during the individual’s previous employment at another member institution. Unethical Conduct.
A prospective or enrolled student-athlete who is found to have engaged in unethical conduct (see Bylaw 10.1) shall be ineligible for intercollegiate competition in all sports.

14.11.1 Obligation of Member Institution to Withhold Student-Athlete from Competition.
If a student-athlete is ineligible under the provisions of the constitution, bylaws or other regulations of the Association, the institution shall be obligated to apply immediately
the applicable rule and to withhold the student-athlete from all intercollegiate competition. The institution may appeal to the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement for restoration of the student-athlete’s eligibility as provided in Bylaw 14.12 if it concludes that the circumstances warrant restoration.

June, 2008. A judge rules in favor of the woman Sherron Collins sexually assaulted in an elevator in May of 2007, granting damages in excess of $75,000. She accused him of exposing himself and rubbing against her on May 18, 2007, in an elevator at a University of Kansas apartment complex. Collins does not show up to court.

Ronnie Chalmers, no longer the son of a KU player after Mario declares early for the NBA draft, vacates the Director of Basketball Operations position.

While living in university paid for housing prior to being eligible for scholarship benefits, 18 year old Markieff Morris drunkenly shoots a lady with a BB gun from his dorm room window. No action is taken.

Two weeks after school starts (shades of Brandon Rush before them), the Morris twins are cleared to play basketball for KU. “While it may have taken a bit longer than we had hoped, the important thing is that the process worked,” Self said regarding having them take classes in

Dallas School District re-opens case regarding Arthur not really being a college eligible player. Ashmore, Arthur’s Math teacher said when Arthur was failing Algebra I as a freshman in the fall of 2002, his coach asked for leniency. Ashmore said when he refused, Arthur was
abruptly moved to another class. A closer examination of Arthur’s grades reveal that his English III grades of 75, 60, 70 and 65 don’t actually add up to a 70 as is reflected on his transcript. In fact, the average should be 67.5, meaning he should have failed the course that is needed to graduate. “Like I said, he [Arthur] just kind of checked out that third six weeks,” Yourse, his English teacher said. Melanie Kidd was Arthur’s theater arts teacher in the fall of 2004.
She said she remembers Arthur failed the course during the final six weeks. Arthur made a grade of 50, she said. According to his transcripts, Arthur’s grades for the last six weeks of theater arts are also missing. A block of grades from Arthur’s Algebra II were also
missing on the transcript from the fall semester of 2005. All that is present is a final grade, which was changed from “failing” to a passing grade of 70 nine months later in September the following year. NCAA officials have confirmed that if Arthur never officially graduated, his eligibility at Kansas is something that may have to be investigated. My question is: are they investigating it?

2008-09 Season
During a ‘no contact period’ as defined by NCAA rules, Self pays a visit to John Wall, the #1 unsigned recruit in the nation. To demonstrate his respect for NCAA rules states in front of a witnesses:
Self: “I’m not supposed to be talking to you, and you know that, but I just wanted to tell you that was a great win.”

Confirmation comes in the Darell Arthur case that his grades were artificially changed and that his ‘graduation’ from high school wasn’t legit.

This is all on record.  Yet, KU is still a National Champion for one of these years.

And Memphis has had their wins vacated.

The NCAA up to their usual shenanigans.



John Wall Takes Over! Scores Career High 23 against Stanford


Name Min FG 3Pt FT Off Reb Ast TO Stl Blk PF Pts
D. Miller 36 3-9 3-6 4-5 3 4 3 1 0 0 3 13
D. Cousins 26 5-8 0-1 3-8 2 5 2 2 1 3 5 13
E. Bledsoe 30 2-4 1-2 0-0 0 0 3 2 1 0 4 5
J. Wall 45 7-15 1-4 8-8 1 4 5 5 1 2 3 23
P. Patterson 31 5-9 1-2 1-2 6 11 0 0 0 1 2 12
D. Orton 9 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 2 0 2 0 0
D. Dodson 13 0-3 0-3 0-0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
J. Harrellson 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
R. Harris 24 3-5 0-1 1-2 1 7 1 0 1 0 2 7
P. Stevenson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 0
Totals 225 25-56 6-19 17-25 15 37 14 15 5 8 21 73
Percentages: .446 .316 .680 Team Rebounds: 2

“NBA, that’s all I’ve got to say,” Wildcats forward Patrick Patterson said. “John Wall is a pro player and he wants the ball in crunch-time situations. Whenever we need a basket or something on the offensive end John is going to be the one to do it.”

Calipari on Wall and Bledsoe:

“I think we’ve got two guys when the game is on the line they are not afraid to make plays, which bodes well for us,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “You saw once again that late in the game I’m not calling a timeout. I don’t need to be a hero, let those guys be the hero.”

“Those two guys have the killer (instinct),” Calipari said. “What you want is the guys with the killer to bleed onto the others. Just a will to win.”

“For such a young team, they showed a lot of poise down the stretch,” Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins said. “(Wall) is one of the fastest guards I’ve ever seen play on any level. He showed a lot of poise for his age. He’s a terrific player.”

On the other side, Wall was the only Kentucky player to get going before the break. The freshman guard had 15 points but could not do all the heavy lifting with preseason All-American forward Patterson going out of the game less than six minutes in with two fouls. Without Patterson’s inside presence the Wildcats struggled to get anything in the paint and shot just 35.5 percent from the field.

Patterson got going early in the second half on his way to his 25th career double-double, but he missed two point-blank opportunities on the same possession that would have given Kentucky its first lead since late in the first half with just over 10 minutes remaining.

He made up for it later, using a power post move to give Kentucky a 54-53 lead with 6:42 to play.

John Wall will be the first #1 Draft Pick in Kentucky History.  He or Patterson should be the First UK Basketballer to bring home the Adolph Rupp Trophy for Player of the Year.  I think one of them will bring home the Wooden Trophy as well.  Wall may well be the most highly regarded Frosh/Student Athlete to ever have worn the UK Jersey by the time this year is finished.  He is certainly lived up to the hype surrounding him as a player.  What’s more is that the guy is actually a good student and a good guy as well.

Calipari pulled off a recruiting coup with John Wall.  His second best recruiting pitch was retaining Patrick Patterson.  These are two All World Student Athletes.  I just hope that all of the anti-Cal or anti-Kentucky feeling out there doesn’t hurt them over the course of the year.  Lots of guys out there who are waiting like vultures for something, anything to pop up to stall or kill Cal and Kentucky’s momentum.  Yet, these same hypocrites defend John Wooden as if their reputations depended upon said defense.

This year, UK has three of the Top Freshman in the CNNSI Power Rankings.  Wall and Cousins are ranked #’s 1 and 2 respectively.  Eric Bledsoe is ranked at #25.  I’m sure that Bledsoe will rise as the year goes on.  All three are players.  I can see them all going to the NBA after this year.  Hopefully, Bledsoe and Cousins come back for a 2nd year.  The good thing, though, is that IF Cousins sees it as more wise to come out for the Draft after this year, it will likely mean that he has helped lead UK to a Final Four or better.

This should be a great year for Kentucky Basketball.  Patterson, Wall and the rest of the Frosh are finding ways to win this year.  Whereas last year, Billy Gillispie was finding ways to lose.


Coach Calipari! Welcome to Kentucky Basketball!!!


This is the best UK news since 1996 and 1998.

According to more sources than I can count, Coach Calipari IS the next Basketball Coach at the University of Kentucky.


And may the Gods grant you TREMENDOUS SUCCESS and DOMINANCE over all you survey…


I could not be happier with the way things have turned out.   This makes the past 4 years seem as if naught but a moment has passed.

UK is back!

I’ll say it again.


GET READY.  Kentucky is going to start cuttin’ some nets!

Jay Bilas on why Calipari should go to UK

Kentucky on Cal’s Mind

Calipari, 252-69 in nine seasons at Memphis and 445-140 overall, was named the Sports Illustrated coach of the year before the start of the NCAA tournament, the first time he received SI’s award. Calipari was the Naismith coach of the year last season, joining Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski as the only coaches to be named twice to the award since its inception in 1987.

Calipari went 193-71 in eight seasons at Massachusetts from 1988 to 1996, culminating with an Elite Eight appearance in ’95 and a trip to the Final Four in ’96.

Calipari, a graduate of Clarion State (Pa.) in 1982, also coached the NBA’s New Jersey Nets from 1996 to ’98, going 72-112 before his ouster early in the 1998-99 season.

On John Calipari

Calipari attracts his own set of assumptions.

But he can absolutely coach. And in the two years since I wrote my last take on whether he should come to UK, he has shown that he can take a team to the elite level, and that he can attract some of the best talent in college basketball and craft a system in which that talent can thrive.

I suppose if you’re UK, the best case scenario is that Calipari can use the power of the program’s prestige to get in on the very best talent every year, and that the program’s in-place safeguards can ward off some of the less-savory assumptions, if not elements. You bank on the fact that the NCAA has not stuck anything on Calipari in his blindingly successful time in Memphis.

But you’d also better understand — those assumptions that follow Calipari, will now attach themselves to your program. Which, while among the most storied in college basketball, is also one of the most penalized in college basketball.

I suppose my bottom line is that I have more of an appreciation for Calipari as a coach than I had two years ago.

The reward — big-time success and exposure — is a given. But the spotlight at Kentucky is very bright. And if anything turns up in the glare, fans in Lexington need only cast a glance up to Bloomington to see the risks involved.

It’s still a risk for UK. But it appears to be a Cal-culated risk that UK may well be ready to take.

IT IS OFFICIAL!!!  COACH CAL is now Coach of the Big Blue Nation!



Take a moment and let me know how you feel about this hire.  I know I”m excited as hell.  And don’t worry.  No comment will be censored.  I’d just like to know how the BBN feels about the hire.

Peace, Dave

(reporting from Afghanistan.  lol)

Jodie Meeks as Team Cancer? Agent Provocateur?

Jodie Meeks scream

Kentucky’s leading scorer, Jodie Meeks, surprised Florida freshman Ray Shipman with a comment early in the second half here Saturday.

“We (were) at the free-throw line and Meeks was like, ‘My coach just told me not to shoot the ball anymore,’ ” Shipman told The Miami Herald after the game. “I was like, ‘Your coach told you not to shoot anymore?’ “

UK Coach Billy Gillispie had reason to holster his team’s leading gun. The Cats were getting great mileage out of big man Patrick Patterson attacking Florida’s less-than-imposing front line.

We’ve all been wondering what the problem has been with this years edition of Team Kentucky–“the undecipherables.”  Perhaps, the problem is the Star.  If Jodie will sabotage a game like this, maybe he’s been doing it all along.  It’s no secret that this team has a dearth of scorers.  So when your team’s Star tells the opponent that he has been given a REDLIGHT on scoring/shooting.  That allows the opponent all the room it need to crash down on the only other scoring option left.   That would be Patrick Patterson.  And Patterson was getting hammered in this game.  Doubleteams left and right.

I don’t know about you.  But if I were Patrick Patterson and I found out that my team mate gave away key information like that, I’d have a problem.

That leaves the question:  Why would Jodie do such a thing?

Was it frustration?  Vindictiveness against Coach G?  Arrogance?  Awkward Strategy?  Was it subterfuge?

Maybe he didn’t say it or maybe Jerry Tipton is simply trying to brew more controversy within the fan base.

The more likely possibility:

Jodie was trash talking with Shipman and the Gators to try to get open.  The Gators believe him and crash down on Patterson leaving Jodie and the guys open.

Whatever it was.  It didn’t work.  Jodie didn’t get open a whole lot more.

UK lost.  The Gators won.

And UK is NIT bound barring a miracle run to the SEC Championship down in Tampa.

What do you think?

Mr Wildcat — One Shining Moment

Mr Bill Keightley aka Mister Wildcat honored this year in CBS’s National Championship One Shining Moment Video Montage.

Later Monday evening, learning that long-time Kentucky equipment manager Bill Keightley had passed away left this reporter speechless.

Mr. Wildcat worked 48 years on the sidelines for the University of Kentucky, starting with Adolph Rupp and most recently working with Billy Gillispie. Keightley was a staple of the UK program and touched so many fans across the Bluegrass state, evident in the 3,000 plus attendants of his public memorial Thursday evening.

Being left speechless is a rarity for this reporter for those of you who know me.

As I looked at the lives of both men, the quality that stands out the most is loyalty.

I guess the important thing to do is follow my dad’s advice. Yikes, did I really just say that? But, seriously though, father knows best and he told me to love what you do and it won’t feel like work.

Nuxhall and Keightley followed those words until they left this world. And while it is sad to think that two legends in their own rights are gone, hopefully we can learn from the lives they led.

Jenny Elder Richmond Register

The Keightley family requests memorial donations be made to:

The Bill Keightley “Mr. Wildcat” Basketball Managers Scholarship Fund
UK Office of Development
100 Sturgill Development Buildings
Lexington, KY 40506-0015.