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The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:10 am
Edited on: November 11, 2011 11:23 am
 
By Gary Parrish

John Calipari has long preached that "nothing good happens after midnight."

I disagree.

Because some of the very best things that ever happened to me happened well after midnight, and I wouldn't trade those memories for all the Final Fours in the world. That said, I do recognize the point the Kentucky coach is always trying to make, and I'll bet you five bucks Calipari repeats that motto at least 47 times between now and when the Wildcats open the season tonight against Marist.

Yes, UK opens tonight.

And yet Terrence Jones -- the preseason SEC Player of the Year -- was out and about in Lexington at 2:30 this morning, which is around the time he was, along with teammate Stacey Poole, involved in a traffic accident that sent both to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. To be clear, there's no indication Jones and Poole were at fault; they were apparently hit by an intoxicated driver operating on the wrong side of the road. Calipari posted on his website that no evidence of drugs or alcohol were found on Jones or Poole (or in their vehicle). So it appears this is simply a case of two people being at the wrong place at the wrong time -- although Jones needs to explain why he left the scene of the accident because the only public explanation given to date doesn't make much sense to the rational (and unbiased) mind.

Calipari said Jones left the scene out of "fear of an altercation with the driver of the oncoming vehicle," but who does that? Seriously, who has ever done that? Have you ever done that? I know I've never done that. I can't tell you I've never had friends or heard about people leaving the scene of an early morning accident, but they've always had a reason to do it, and their reasons are usually along the same lines. Never once heard about somebody leaving the scene -- and leaving a friend, much less a teammate -- out of fear of an altercation, especially when that somebody is 6-foot-9 and 250 pounds. But I guess there's a first time for everything. Perhaps this is that first time. Perhaps.

Either way, what was Terrence Jones thinking?

Not about leaving the scene.

About being out so late the night before the season-opener.

When literally the only thing anybody questions about you as a basketball player is your ability to be mature and lead, it seems like you'd want to start eliminating those questions heading into your sophomore season, and being out in the middle of the night less than 24 hours before the opener doesn't do that. It only validates the questions and makes things worse. Jones, simply put, has to be smarter.

I still think he's a terrific talent.

I still think he'll be an All-American.

But popping around town at 2:30 a.m. the night before a game with a guy who is reportedly close to leaving the program can't possibly be a good sign, and it's a helluva way to start what could be a helluva season. Nothing good happens after midnight? Again, I disagree. But if I were a basketball coach, I'd probably say that a bunch, too.
Comments

Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:36 pm
 

KY POS: Midnight Madness

The only good thing is that it happened to a team everyone loves to hate.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:25 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I live in Memphis and go downtown.  I have never heard of a club called "the Field".  Coach Cal is not a favorite person since he left Memphis the way he did, but there is no sense in making stuff up.  From his time here he did things for the community, and he was a family man.  This kind of lies just makes Memphis fans look small, and most of us are not that way so knock it off. 



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:23 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

"were prolly out late gettin underaged wasted  and cal paid the cops off to make it look like he was at fault and probably ruined his life. kentucky is a disgrace ever since that guy took over. if anyone thinks this is anything but a cover up there out of there minds."


^^^my last comment was directed at the genious comment above, not Gary^^^



Since: Mar 14, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:20 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

If anyone thinks you're anything other than mentally defunct they're out of their minds! Take your aluminum foil hat off and go back to fron of the short bus.



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:13 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Yep; black-eye for the kid and the program.  Very poor judgement to be out cruising at 2:30 in the morning no matter if it was a game day or not.  My guess is the kid just didn't want to be in the papers the next morning and that's why he left the scene but it just makes it seem ever much more a poor choice.  Even though I am going to the game tonite I hope Cal doesn't start Jones and if he were on MY team he wouldn't play (tonite) at all.  Instead he'd be running bleachers over at the training facility.  In the bigger picture this will be just opposing fan fodder in a couple days but I do hope Cal takes a hard stance about it.



Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 4:05 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

I'm just happy Billy Clyde wasn't driving the other car.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:49 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Parrish, you mean to tell me that if a drunk driver hit you head on you wouldn't have the urge to get out of the car and beat the hell out of him? Which is exactly what Jones intended on doing until Poole and Warren told him to leave. If you wouldn't react like that then you're either A) a pussi or B) a choad. My guess is you're already B and judging by your reaction also A.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:46 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

are our at 2a before a big game



I wouldn't exactly call Marist a BIG GAME. Kentucky's walk ons will probably see extensive action tonight. And, Kentucky is favored by 38.5 tonight. I wonder if you will start the "cheating" comments about point shaving if Kentucky fails to cover.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 3:26 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

Coach Cal is a crook and a ignorant, idiotic, lying sack of dog poo.  So no wonder his players are our at 2a before a big game, more than likely boozing it up....no wonder one left the scene of an accident, he probably called Coach Cal and Coach Cal told him to bolt.  Anything Cal says is bs and its only fitting he is the coach of a college program that has HISTORICALLY been in tons of trouble, caught cheating and is downright dirty.  Apple doesnt fall far from the UK tree.




I needed a good laugh, and this one did it for me. Thanks!!

I've seen Coach Cal called many things, but "ignorant, idiotic, lying sack of dog poo" is by far the funniest ever. Let me guess....you just finished watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation", where Clark Griswold goes on his rant after getting a gift certificate to The Jelly of the Month Club, and decided to use it in your description of Coach Cal. Well done!!

Now, for "HISTORICALLY been in tons of trouble", well, no more than most other schools, and not since 1988. In fact, if you were to check the NCAA Infractions on the NCAA website, you will see that several schools have MORE infractions than Kentucky....in fact, the school with the most infractions is Arizona St. Memphis and Kansas both have as many as Kentucky. So, to say that Kentucky has HISTORICALLY been in "tons of trouble" is inaccurate to say the least.




Since: Jul 14, 2010
Posted on: November 11, 2011 2:39 pm
 

The SEC POY was out later than you last night

UK fans crying and whining like usual.  pathetic.


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