When BigBlueFans4UK.com debuted in June 2006, I simultaneously announced that a group of Concerned Fans would use this website as its internet platform to advocate a change in the head coaching position for the Basketball Program. Concerned Fans expressed their clear vision that the program would not return to national prominence so long as Tubby Smith remained at the helm of the UK program, and expressed confidence that the right man in that chair would return UK to prominence.
On March 22, 2007, a mere 9 months later, Concerned Fans For UK Basketball achieved its only goal as Tubby Smith resigned and ran to a waiting plane at Blue Grass Airport to make his escape to Minnesota. At that time, Concerned Fans Closed Its Membership Roles while it monitored how the program responded. The rest is history, with a return to the final four in 2011, and the program's 8th National Championship in 2012. Following John Calipari's 6th season, the Cats have played in 4 Final Fours, winning the championship in 2012. In 2015, the Cats rewrote the record books, 31-0 regular season, and 38-0 before falling short of the program's 9th championship in the Final Four.
Yes, Concerned Fans were right. UK is the premier program in all of the land once again. The return to glory required four seasons before the Final Four saw another UK team, and five seasons to bring home the trophy. Looking ahead to the 2016 season, the Cats again boast the nation's #1 recruiting class for the 6th time in Calipari's first 7 recruiting crops. The Cats will again enter the season as a concensus #1 or #2 pick.
UK fans must remember the past, good and bad, and remain vigilant that the mistakes known today as the Tubby Smith Era must not be allowed to ever repeat. This is why this site will always preserve the documentation of the activities of the Concerned Fans movement. Concerned Fans members have a quiet confidence about the important role they played in rescuing the UK Basketball program from the mediocrity that Tubby Smith embraced.
Please maintain your vigilance. The program must NEVER repeat this set of mistakes. One way to remain vigilant is to know this part of UK basketball history, which the Concerned Fans Activities document. Use the "Concerned Fans" Navigation Button in the Left Frame to access this section of our cyber-museum.
Oh, yes, what happened to the master of mule train basketball? His tenure at Minnesota ended in his firing. The Golden Gophers needed six of his 20 win seasons (actually failed to get 20 wins in his 4th season) to understand that he could not deliver a single season with a winning Big 10 record. Yes, dear Gopher fans finally figured out that Tubby Smith really is the total fraud of a basketball coach that Concerned Fans said he was way back in 2006 (and for several years prior). Smith then took his traveling snake oil show to Texas Tech, and in two seasons has posted a combined record of 27-37, and 9-27 in the Big 12, while dazzling the Red Raider fans with his plowing at the 320th faster pace in the NCAA.
Concerned Fans were right on the mark about every aspect of Tubby Smith's destruction of the UK Basketball program. Some even believed he implemented an intentional act of destruction, but as the record since 2007 clearly shows, the UK platform served to mask his complete ineptness as a college basketball coach. Good Luck with your man Texas Tech. At least the Knight clan produced overall winning records for your program.
Here are some thoughts from long time Big Blue Fans:
Fan #1's Response:
That is an easy answer.
First, winners are always hated. UK has won more games than any other team.
Second, UK fans are obnoxious. We cower to no one and we are proud of our team.
Third, UK coaches have traditionally been publically
adverse to the NCAA's Nazi type governance.
Fourth, UK has a long record of NCAA violations and penalties
up to and including the death penalty.
Fifth, Cal led programs that were caught cheating twice.
Each time he had teams in the championship game.
He is perceived by the NCAA as being sleezy.
Combine his continued recruiting success with his past recruiting infractions
and you have deep suspicion.
In short, UK is perceived to be a school that has dominated college basketball
by thumbing their noses at the NCAA,
On the other hand, UNC and Duke have been perceived
to be very clean over the years.
Additionally, both schools are considered elite educational institutes
and they have a large number of alumni that are welled heeled
and in influential positions.
Obviously, UNC now has a cloud over its head currently,
but traditionally, it has been perceived as squeaky clean.
Editor's Note: Perceptions, even when not based on facts, often become reality when repeated over and over. The man on the street believes Calipari has been caught cheating twice (Umass and Memphis), but the facts are completely the opposite. Yet, it is North Carolina that has engaged in academic fraud for decades to keep otherwise ineligible players on the court. This cheating occurred under every UNC head coach since the sacred Dean Smith. Yes, the Crooked NCAA has done absolutely nothing to apply penalties or sanctions against UNC for this flagrant academic fraud.
Fan #2's Response:
It started in the early days with Rupp.
He changed basketball and the establishment rarely likes change.
It got worse in the late 40's with the scandal situation
in the early 1950s adding fuel to the fire.
The Eddie Sutton days kept it going, and of course
they hate Calipari, for many of the same reasons they hated Rupp.
I think a lot of it goes back to Rupp if they PO'D him,
he would pretty much tell them to go to Hell.
One year (1950, after winning the NCAA in 1948 and 1949),
Rupp wouldn't play in the NCAA because
the NCAA demanded that UK play a "play in" game against NC State (NCAA politics)
when UK had the better record, was higher ranked,
fared better against common opponents, and had beaten the #1 ranked team.
(UK returned to the NCAA in 1951, and won again)
In 1954, Rupp refused play again, this time because
the NCAA declared Cliff Hagan, Frank Ramsey, and Lou Tisoropoulos
aka The Studious Three, ineligible
because they were all graduate students.
The 1954 team was undefeated.
Due to NCAA sanctions, there was no season the year before,
but those 3 stuck around to play another year as grad students.
The NCAA allowed them to play the regular season,
but declared them ineligible for the tournament because they were grad students.
Had they studied less and failed to graduate on time,
they would have been eligible.
They were punished for being good students.
Rupp didn't want to ruin the undefeated season without his 3 stars.
BTW there were years (1944, 1946, and 1947)
when Rupp chose to play in the NIT over the NCAA.
Till the NCAA declared conference champions must play in the NCAA tournie,
the NIT field was in some years the stronger tournie.
The NCAA played on college campuses.
The NIT played in Madison Square Garden, gave expense money,
and made it's offers before the NCAA.
What Are the Specific Instances of NCAA Cheating Against UK? (Compiling this list with the help of BBF4UK members)
Since arriving at UK, Coach Calipari has taken
seven of his eight teams to the NCAA Tournament,
producing an overall 27-6 record while winning one title.
John Higgins has officiated three of the six losses
2011 FF game against Connecticut
2015 FF game against Wisconsin, and
2017 E8 game against North Carolina.
In addition, Higgins' BOSS, Curtis Shaw,
also officiated the 2010 E8 loss to West Virginia
These two crooked officials account for
four of UK's six NCAA Tournament losses over the last 8 seasons.
You tell me. How can an honest official make these calls so consistently against one team? Is He A Thief!!!!!
Some counter our claims of Cheating by arguing that John Higgins is not cheating but is just a bad official.
Really!!! Then why would the NCAA repeatedly reward such a bad official with the biggest Marquee games? The NCAA and John Higgins cannot have it both ways!!
The legal bills are likely to continue for many months. Two of the athlete lawsuits await a decision in a federal court in Winston-Salem. U.S. District Judge Loretta C. Biggs held a hearing nearly a year ago to determine whether the cases should proceed to discovery, but has yet to issue a ruling.
Meanwhile, the NCAA's case against UNC, which includes major allegations of lack of institutional control and unethical conduct, was delayed again last week after one of the creators of the bogus classes, Deborah Crowder, an office manager for the African studies department, said in an affidavit that they were legitimate. She had not agreed to previous interview requests by the NCAA, but is now tentatively consenting to be interviewed.
The quote in RED, about delaying this thing yet again, is news. Remember, the NCAA issued a third set of notice of violations back in the winter. This appears to be a defensive tactic by the UNCCHeaters to send the NCAA back into investigation mode, which as we have seen, is a tactic UNCCHeaters have used at least twice before, buying them 1 to 2 years each time. These people are the slime balls of the universe. The NCAA will gladly take advantage of the delaying tactic to hide under the proverbial rock again for 1 to 2 years, hoping this entire sordid mess just somehow goes away. Don't you wonder why Deborah Crowder is suddenly willing to testify and is changing her story to say now that the courses were really legitimate afterall. Gee Whiz, she could have cleared this entire misunderstanding up years ago, so it begs the question, why is this even an issue. Of course, that is what the NCAA and UNCCHeaters have been trying to say to the world for years, right?
Few University Presidents (actually none to my knowledge) have spoken out publically about the UNCCHeaters' Academic Fraud. Maryland's President Loh did not do so either. These remarks were captured by an unnamed faculty member at a meeting and the faculty member leaked the audio to the Charlotte News Observer. Loh was replying to a question about how he could be certain that the University of Maryland is “protected from the corrupting influence of athletics.”
IT BEGS THE QUESTION: WHY CAN'T THE NCAA
UNDERSTAND THIS BASIC TRUTH?
Rut Roh Elroy, Don't You Fear the University of Maryland May Now Be A Target of the NCAA!
Or Cleveland State?
IT IS TIME FOR THE NCAA TO END ITS REIGN OF TERROR!!!!!
In the 2017 Final Four game between Oregon and UNCCHeaters, at the end of the game, the score was 77-76 with 4 seconds remaining, and UNCCHeaters at the line for 2 free throws. After missing both, Meeks for UNCCHeaters climbed over the back of two Oregon players to get an offensive rebound and end the game. This was clearly a foul which should have awarded one of these Oregon players two free throws, but the officials swallowed their whistles. Game Over with UNCCHeaters moving to the Championship Game. THE FIX IS CLEARLY IN!!! Arkansas was a victim of the FIX; Kentucky was a victim of the FIX; and now Oregon is a victim of the FIX. View a video at this link
Are We Witnesses To the NCAA's Payback
For Their Failure To Assure the Championship in 2016?
How Dare Villanova go and do such an unspeakable deed as make a winning shot against the Annointed UNCCHeater Tar Heels!!!!!
What Should The NCAA Do To Address these issues? (Compiling this list with the help of BBF4UK members)
Authorize a special, independent investigation into the alleged bias
of referee John Higgins with a specific time frame for reporting the findings.
Direct all current and former NCAA Basketball personnel, whether referees, NCAA staff, coaches, or players to cooperate fully with the investigation
Authorize the investigator to pursue leads about Mr. Higgins, or any other referee's potential bias affecting games
Publish a final report that includes a full accounting of the scope of the investigation, together with findings of fact and conclusions of law
Beginning with the 2017-18 basketball season, make all officials accountable for their work on the court with the following minimum requirements:
Require the officiating team to face the public via a press conference within 10 minutes upon the conclusion of each Division I college basketball games.
Create an independent (not involved with NCAA but funded entirely by NCAA TV Revenue) College Basketball Review Board who views game film and grades each game official individually. The College Basketball Review Board shall publish the game grades for each official within 7 days after the game's conclusion.
Create a professional college basketball referee force, funded by the NCAA, trained by the NCAA, and scheduled for the season, regular and tournament, by the NCAA. Training and officiating methods and points of emphasis must be uniform to eliminate variations by conference
Create a confidential mechanism by which each head coach can "blacklist" up to three (3) of the NCAA officials prior to each season. If three (3) or more coaches blacklist the same official, the NCAA must eliminate that official from employment by the NCAA immediately.
Immediately complete the enforcement action against North Carolina for its decades of Academic Fraud
A 2 year death penalty on the UNCCHeaters basketball program with an additional 2 year ban on NCAA Tournament Participation or any other post season play
Purge all wins gained by the use of any ineligible players from NCAA and UNCCHeaters record books and archives
Purge all NCAA appearances, including championships, between 1990 and 2013, including the removal and destruction of all banners, placards, signs, or other displays memorializing these appearances, wins, or championships.
Public proclamation of the details of all UNCCHeaters Academic Fraud between 1990 and 2013 including the names of players involves, coaches involved, athletic directors involved and University Presidents involved.
Fines against UNCCHeaters equivalent to 3x their NCAA revenues during the 1990-2013 period. The NCAA must not be the beneficiary of these fine payments. Rather, all money collected in this manner must go to fund the new independent College Basketball Review Board noted above.
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