March 25, 2007
Yes. We admit it. We try to sell our product. As much of it as possible. It's what we live for. In a free market economy, there's no shame in that. What do you live for? Apparently, basketball. Anything basketball. Everything basketball. In Kentucky, there's no shame in that, either. And last week, it was anything Tubby - (Smith, that is) - that sold papers, tuned in broadcast outlets and slammed Web sites. Listening, watching and reading the Kentucky media on Thursday afternoon and Friday was a predictable, but still amazing experience.
March 23, 2007
Arenson: I predicted Tubby's demise at the end of this season and I also predicted that Pitino would return as the next UK head coach. Well I'm one for one so far, and my chances are looking pretty good on going two for two. Larry: You got the first one, but I have a hard time believing Pitino would come back - or be asked to come back by Mitch. Just don't see that happening.
December 14, 2006
Lee H. Stewart, Esq.: Larry - I just read your article on Pitino and Tubby. You make some good points, but there were a couple of facts you omitted when discussing the approval rating of each coach. Firstly, it has to be remembered that Pitino took over a program that was in pretty bad shape 5 years ago. He's improved the team's mindset, he's improved the team's record, and he's improved the national perception of the team. On the other hand, Tubby was entering his 5th year in 2001-2002, and while UK's program was in better shape that UofL at that point, it was in worse shape than it was when Tubby got the job. Moreover, an argument could be made (and I'd buy it)
December 20, 2006
John Hukle II: I have a couple of questions for UK basketball fans.How many final fours did K.Y. go to from 1979 to 1995? How many national title games did the cats play in from 1979 to 1995? As far as Tubby can't recruit.Didn't he recruit Prince, Bogans, Chuck Hayes? Who are all in the NBA right now! What about this Freshmen class we have right now? It's got to be one of the best freshmen classes in the country.Some people like to point out all of the negatives,but they never bring up all of the positives.
April 27, 2006
Dear Editor: Just the slightest bit of research would reveal how asinine it is to write the article "Nothing Changes at UK. " Given that most of the assistant coach's contracts run through June, and the spring academic semester hasn't ended yet (necessary for determining which, if any, players can go on academic scholarship), there's no reason for any changes to have been made so far. Last time Tubby promised changes, we had the most overachieving team in UK history. Maybe allowing him time to gather more information, rather than imposing an arbitrary one month rule on him, would be a good idea.
December 14, 2006
Jason Williamson: Glad to see (who is doing better) another in the Ky media firmly in there with the Tubby cheering section. It's really funny all the straw man arguments that you'll go thru to keep this coach at UK. Especially from your latest article, lets cut down Rick, and just use the 5 year mark. Bottom line Tubby , our current coach and tyrant, has broke every record at UK that you don't want to break. Which is so long it would take up the whole e-mail message. He refuses to recruit the best players,make changes with his staff.
October 17, 2006
OK, Larry. I have to ask you this, even before the team has ever practiced together and hopefully you'll give us more insight after you've seen some practices), but what 5 do YOU like to start for UK this season ? I have to tell you that I like Tubby looking at Randolph at the 4, with Jared at the 5. The big thing with Morris and Carter is stay out of foul trouble, and particularly with Jared is build up your endurance. I'm also going to say something else. Personally, without ever having seen either one of them play, I think either Jodie Meeks or Derrick Jasper (or both)