As you see from John Calipari’s tweet above, former NC State guard and current Kentucky player, Ryan Harrow, will be going home with his family and will miss at least the next two games for Kentucky. Some people might choose to title this entry, “Shocker! Bubbleguts going home with mommy”; but, we wouldn’t dare say such a thing! Shame on anyone that would!
After being completely useless in the the first ten minutes of Kentucky’s opener against Maryland, Harrow has not been seen on the basketball court for the Wildcats. The party line has been that Harrow has been battling a mysterious flu. Of course, if this is true then we all wish Harrow the best of luck in fighting what ails him and prays that he finds his way back to good health. But, a lot of folks who’ve had past personal experiences with Harrow have looked at the flu story (and its inconsistencies) with extreme skepticism. In fact, CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish tweeted this afternoon that he “spoke with someone close to Cal Monday who laughed at idea that Ryan Harrow was battling flu. ‘It’s not the flu,’ he said” After being questioned about Calipari’s public comments that Harrow left for family issues, Parrish tweeted, “That’s just Cal doing his best to cover for the kid.”
I find it fascinating that Gary Parrish & CBS are playing the role of truth teller for Calipari here.
For those of you who don’t know how this works — Parrish is a moron meat-head who happens to be based in Memphis. Remember where Calipari coached before Kentucky? You got it.
So, Calipari and Kentucky take the ‘high road’ here and publicly ‘support’ poor Ryan and his mommy. Then they share some truth with their friends in the media. It’s a double win! Cal & Kentucky ‘officially’ look great to future recruits by taking the high road while the truth gets out to anyone who really cares through all of their buddies in the media.
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Ryan Harrow’s status at Kentucky continues to be a mystery of sorts.
The word that UK coach John Calipari has circulated over the past week or so is that his starting point guard is dealing with the flu, but now it appears clear there’s more to it than just that as Calipari announced Harrow has left the team to return to his family and won’t play Wednesday or Friday.
“Unfortunately, Ryan left town this morning w/ his mom to tend to an issue w/ his family & we don’t expect him back in time for Friday’s game,” Calipari wrote on Twitter. “Please keep Ryan and his family in your prayers and we hope to have him back soon.”
I’m not sure exactly what it is, but the hope is that Harrow gets it straightened out and is all right. Harrow obviously has a golden, one-year opportunity in front of him, but many have questioned his mental toughness — while he was as a freshman at NC State and since he’s been eligible to play at Kentucky.
Is it just a case of being overwhelmed and not being able to handle the pressure of following guys like John Wall, Brandon Knight and Marquis Teague — and playing in the fishbowl that is Lexington? Possibly.
If there ever was such a thing as ‘addition by subtraction’ for an NC State athletics program, it was the day that Ryan Harrow transferred from the program.
You may remember that Harrow, whose behavior and overall softness earned him the moniker of “Bubbleguts” during his time in Raleigh, caused controversy before he ever played a single game for NC State when he penned a letter telling NC State fans how to think and act. (I’ll never get over how stupid of an idea it was for Pack Pride to run that letter). You really should do yourself a favor and go refresh yourself by clicking here for our blog’s entry at the time and/or clicking here for the thread on our message forums (that received 233 replies)
Since Harrow was such an expert on NC State fans BEFORE he got to Raleigh, imagine how his love affair with the fans evolved when was playing for the Wolfpack!? And then imagine how well things went when he WASN’T playing in important games like his first trip to Chapel Hill when Harrow held himself out of the game for supposedly having the flu. (Sound familiar?) These comments on Facebook in January of 2011 sure didn’t help.
“I’ve swear the wolfpack nation can have some great fans but some others really surprise me. I thought I joined a great family but the true colors are coming out. SMH”
Ahh, yes. It is always someone else’s fault. I can’t wait until they find the bastard that gave Ryan the flu! Can you imagine how much blame he should get!