Referee agrees with angry fan
I agree on all points with the March 6 letter from the UK basketball fan (Jean Hoes) angry with Coach John Calipari and on her brave actions in voicing them.
My experience as a referee for many years was that coaches would push the envelope with us officials and be ejected from a game to fire up the team when they were not responding to their commands. In this case, as the letter writer observed, it did work.
The assistant coach is instructed before the coach even confronts the official to be ready to take charge and now “get the job done.” It seemed to work this time. Coaches see this, as annoying as it is, to be a part of coaching.
The language should be less abrasive. I think there should be a mandatory period that a person or athlete receiving a scholarship should spend, such as three quarters of the commitment with the university, before being eligible for a draft into the pros. This is another subject, and I hope it will be addressed in the near future. Thank you, Ms. Howes, for your letter.
Barry Barbour, Ashland
True UK fans support coach
Although I now live in Barboursville, W.Va., I am originally a Kentucky boy and I follow the ’Cats 100 percent and love all UK sports.
I am sick of the so-called fans who continue to bash Coach John Calipari. First, everyone knew when Coach Cal came to UK he recruited “one and done” players. Second, Coach Cal has been at UK for five years and has won a national championship (along with a Final 4 and an Elite 8). That’s pretty successful in any sport at any school.
If any fan thinks any team in today’s era is going to a championship every year, they are not very smart. The UK team that won the national championship was a special team, and it will happen again. Maybe not this year or next, but it will happen.
After UK lost to South Carolina, the “so-called” True Blue fans threw a temper tantrum. I point out that 11 top 25 teams lost that day and nine of those games were by unranked teams.
Jim Boeheim has been at Syracuse 36 years and has won only one national championship, and he is still supported by their fans. Coach K has been at Duke for over 30 years and has won four national championships. Coach K has had some really tough years and the fans never turned their backs on him like UK fans do every coach.
My point is that a true fan supports their coach and team when they are down to pick them up; they don’t bash them when they struggle like UK fans do their coach.
UK is very lucky to have Coach Cal. Here’s an idea: instead of Coach Cal leaving, why don’t the people who whine and complain about UK just follow a different team because you are not true UK fans.
Bart Davis, Barboursville, W.Va.