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Shut up and dribble: Kentucky football-basketball comparison is unbearable

SystemSystem Posts: 7,416 admin
edited August 2022 in Article commenting
imageShut up and dribble: Kentucky football-basketball comparison is unbearable

ATHENS — Kentucky sports is getting a lot of attention of late, and it’s not even basketball season yet.

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  • rxmasterrxmaster Posts: 124 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Nobody cares about history. UK has won one title in the past 22 years. Adolph Rupp isn't walking back through that door.

    Today, it is about revenue and media rights and football more than holds it's own in those regards. Conference Realignment doesn't care about basketball. Power 5 discussions about exiting the NCAA doesn't care about the tournament. Basketball in this day and age is an afterthought to the moves in college athletics.

  • KBPKBP Posts: 375 ✭✭✭✭ Senior

    @rxmaster, you brought up valid points and with that said, Calipari was not wrong in what he said. Think about it, Florida won back to back basketball championships, but is still definitely a football school. Calipari probably should not have said it publicly.

  • bogarttadbogarttad Posts: 275 ✭✭✭ Junior

    Entertaining article, Mike. In these litigious times, I do almost wonder why somebody from the Bryant clan doesn't bring a wrongful death claim against the UK athletic association for at least contributing to the early demise of the revered coach.

  • rxmasterrxmaster Posts: 124 ✭✭✭ Junior

    @KBP 40 years ago, Cal would have been right. Not now. Kentucky WAS a basketball school. There aren't really P5 basketball schools anymore because the money is moving so heavily toward football. Kansas and Duke would probably be the only ones left the arguement could really be made about. My point is success in basketball is a side dish these days.

  • David1David1 Posts: 680 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Kentucky football has had more recent success than basketball. Remember, they lost to Georgia on the hardwood a couple years ago. That right there knocks their basketball program down a few notches as bad as our basketball program has become.

  • BEACHDAWGBEACHDAWG Posts: 3,201 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    Tru dat. And it is kind of a shame, really. College basketball died a long time ago when high school to the NBA became a thing. It was such a bad idea that the NBA created a minimum age requirement and birthed the one and done scenario. College Football is headed there as well, though not quite as unbridled.

  • MikeGriffithMikeGriffith Posts: 3,661 ✭✭✭✭✭ Graduate

    @David1 How has Kentucky football had more success? Did you see UK basketball beat No. 1 Kansas at Kansas last season and blew out UNC?

    UK football lost at No. 1 Georgia -- but also, lost to Tennessee and Miss. state?

    People have lost perspective here, I believe.

  • rxmasterrxmaster Posts: 124 ✭✭✭ Junior

    And A&M won against Alabama in football last year, but I wouldn't call it a successful season in Aggieland. What's your point? They didn't win SEC regular season or tournament title, and bowed out in the first round to a 15 seed. Kentucky, as they have done for quite since their title underachieved. At least UK football can win in the postseason.

  • rxmasterrxmaster Posts: 124 ✭✭✭ Junior

    The only perspective to be had is both programs are in similar positions, and have been for a bit, despite UK basketball's clear recruiting advantages.

    Want more evidence of where basketball is in importance? Without googling it, name the last 10 basketball champions (SEC and NCAA). Now try the same thing with Football (SEC and BCS/CFP).

    My bet you do much better naming the latter than the former.

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