The piece I've linked above is by Courier-Journal columnist Jerry Brewer. Jerry is a graduate of Western Kentucky's award winning journalism school, a veteran columnist who has worked in Pennsylvania and in Orlando before coming to the staff of the CJ.
He's an excellent writer. I've enjoyed reading his work since he was on the staff of the College Heights Herald at WKU when we were both students.
This college basketball season Brewer has defended Mike Davis at IU and Tubby Smith at UK. The two have been attacked by their respective fan bases for the poor performances of their teams this season. Davis has been a disappointment three years in, which Brewer admits. But Smith has been a great and successful coach every year he's been at it until this season.
Brewer writes in this column that IU/UK fans are accusing of being racially biased because of his defense of the two coaches. (I guess that makes me racially biased for defending Smith. Does that mean I'm reverse racist?) I enjoy Brewer's response and will let it speak for itself. But now I'll defend the UK fan base (I don't know IUs as well.)
UK fans are not racist. At least not all of them. I would guess the majority of UK fans aren't racist. What you have is a vocal minority who is smearing the face of the whole. And that's unfortunate. But much like Christians who are made to look stupid by idiots like Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson, if you sit by and do nothing about it, then you're part of the problem.
UK has a long tradition, but unfortunately, that doesn't pay the bills for some UK fans. It's not "what have you done for me lately?" in Lexington, it's "what have you done for me today?" As Chris Rock would say, "It's here today, gone today."
Here's a review though for any possible racist UK fan who's reading this blog. Tubby Smith is a good coach. No, Tubby Smith is a great coach. He's got a national title, he's got final fours, he's got elite eights, and he's won 78% of his games. Reality is, sometimes your up, sometimes your down.
I leave you with the wisdom of an 80s sitcom. "You take the good, you take the bad, you take the rest and there you have...the facts of life. The facts of life."