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"Kentucky No Longer King of the Bluegrass"

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Timo's Weekly Memo Louisville knocked off Kentucky on the hardwood this past weekend for the second straight year. With UK's football squad failing to make a bowl game, has Louisville taken over the Bluegrass State?...

[ Updated December 31 ]

Louisville-65 Kentucky-56. In one fatal swoop, the Cards have discharged the Cats from their throne in the Bluegrass State, and in doing that, they have made history in Kentucky. This year, UofL beat UK in both football and basketball, which had not been done since the renewal of the football series in 1994.

With the win this past Saturday, they have beaten the Cats two years in a row. I heard someone put it this way a few days ago: “As long as Rick Pitino is the coach at UofL, UK will not beat them.” And that has held true with the exception of his first year at UL when he did not have his players. Rick Pitino is one of the greatest coaches of all time but maybe could have gone down
Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino - courtesy
UL Head Coach Rick Pitino
Rick Pitino has Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith's number.
as the greatest had it not been for his venture into the NBA. The reason Pitino was not a great NBA coach was because he is a recruiter; just look at his incoming class for next year and the returning players he has coming back. Let's glance at his lineup for next year. Impact returning players include: Francisco Garcia (he is not going to leave me), Taquan Dean (in the long run, I think he has the potential of being a better player than Garcia), Ellis Myles (redshirted this year after suffering a injury last year....he gets all of the dirty work done down low), plus numerous other contributors. Incoming class: Sebastian Telfair (some have him slated as the number one player coming out of high school and he is averaging 28 points a game in his senior season....still needs to physically mature), Donta Smith (number one rated JUCO player in the country....he can play just about any position), Brian Johnson (the 8th rated PF by, Lorenzo Wade (the 10th rated SG by, and Terrance Farley (not highly recruited but one of the top prospects in the state of Kentucky).

Kentucky’s Tubby Smith is a great coach, but his in ability to beat UofL and Rick Pitino will ultimately get him fired unless they can make a deep run in the Tournament year in and year out. This could hold true as well for Kentucky’s head football coach Rich Brooks. Kentucky not only has a football program in distress (refer to the December 3 article), but it also has a basketball team in distress.

Not to worry Kentucky fans, for the near future I do not for see a Kentucky basketball team not making the Tournament; but I do not see them beating Louisville anytime soon. That may not hold well with the Kentucky faithful, therefore putting pressure on Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart to find somebody else.

Kentucky has a big game this Saturday against North Carolina. This could be the defining moment for their team this year. Will they bounce back from the loss against UofL and the lackluster victory against Austin Peay? We will soon find out if this team has what it takes to be a governing force this year in college basketball or if they will be content with runner up in the Bluegrass State.

Louisville, on the other hand, is a team on the rise and is positioning itself to run the table in Conference USA. Rick Pitino has labeled this year as a rebuilding year, which has me thinking: if this is the rebuilding year, imagine what the next few years are going to be like at The Ville. Louisville, not only the king of the Bluegrass, has the potential to be the next dynasty of America.


  • For the record, I am 11-6 in my bowl predictions before the San Francisco Bowl between Colorado State and Boston College.
  • A little bit off topic, but I would like to look a little bit at the NFL playoffs starting this weekend. The Ravens will beat the Titans, the Cowboys will beat the Panthers, the Packers will beat the Seahawks, and the Colts will beat the Broncos.
  • Happy Holidays to all!!!