Big Blue Nation is none too pleased with Jeff Goodman

  • 10/14/2008 1:45 pm in

gillispieap.jpgAh, Kentucky fans. Annoying and hard-headed as they are, no one can deny their passion for their program. After Billy Gillispie secured a commitment from Daniel Orton this past weekend, Fox Sports writer Jeff Goodman raised questions about the university’s dealings with Orton’s father, Larry:

But because it certainly didn’t hurt that Kentucky coach Billy Gillispie paid Orton’s father, Larry, to speak at camps in Lexington on three separate occasions this past summer. Let’s be clear. This isn’t against the rules. It’s just Gillispie being Gillispie.

Remember, he was basically the guy that came under fire for being one of four coaches to hold Midnight Madness a week before the “official” start of practice.

Creative? Absolutely. On the verge of being unethical? It depends who you ask. Larry Orton admitted he was also paid to speak at Kansas and Oklahoma State, but he only picked up one paycheck from each of those schools.

C’mon. He may be articulate, knowledgeable and could even rival Bill Clinton in terms of his ability to captivate a crowd, but that’s not why he was there. He was there because he is Daniel Orton’s father.

And now, some of the articulate responses from UK fans:

Goodman you are a ####!!!!!

Goodman-you suck!!!you have always sucked and you have always had this dislike for the Blue. Don’t worry EVERYONE in Kentucky hates you too!!! Seriously dude, go find a new job…

Goodman is the biggest #### bag i’ve ever read. Get over your anti-Gillespie self. What’d he do, steal your girl??

Goodman is just mad he couldn’t be Rocky when he looks just like sylvester stallone..well, a goofy lookin sylvester stallone! Get off the Wildcats back.

All comedy aside, the bigger picture here is the huge loophole that the NCAA needs to close off as soon as possible. This isn’t happening only at Kentucky — it’s happening everywhere and it just doesn’t seem right. Anyway you slice it, paying the father of a recruit to speak at a summer camp is indirectly paying for a player, right?

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  • hoosier07

    agreed!

    but it definitely is fun seeing the wildcat fans so upset!! hahahaha

  • jgongora86

    What losers. I dislike Kravitz's articles but I don't make it a point to curse him out. Everyone is entitled to express their views. It kind of gets me upset that NCAA wants to punish us for phone calls and allows other programs to do this. I really wish the NCAA would apply some perspective for once. Sheesh

  • Taskmaster75

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say Kentucky fans hate Goodman…..

    The future looks bright for Kentucky, they have a few top 10 commitments in 09 and 10. Like we will 🙂

  • The only thing worse than Wildcat fans are Cubs fans, IMO.

    Okay okay, I know some of you folks are Cubs fans, but there is no fanbase more rabid and defiantly faithful than the lovers of the baby bears. You defended Sammy Sosa and his corked bat. Not too different than UK fans defending Gillispie.

  • jgongora86

    Agreed but in fairness if my team has not won a championship in 100years, I would aprove of a lot of things out of sad desperation.

  • dale11

    cut them some slack it, they were only paying a guy's dad, not like they were making too many phone calls.

  • pacino

    I hate to be unappreciative, but why can't we get a guy like Orton. IU can never sign a 5 star legit big man. Our last one was DJ. White. Am I right or am I right.

  • pacino

    Don't get me wrong cus I am very happy for the bright looking future!

  • pacino

    I hate to be unappreciative, but why can't we get a guy like Orton. IU can never sign a 5 star legit big man. Our last one was DJ. White. Am I right or am I right.

  • pacino

    Don't get me wrong cus I am very happy for the bright looking future!