John Clay: The initial reaction to Kentucky's Mark Pope hire shows what we think is reality isn't real

John Clay, Lexington Herald-Leader on

Published in Basketball

LEXINGTON, Ky. — If there is one thing we learned from Kentucky hiring Mark Pope as its next basketball coach, it is this:

X or Twitter isn’t reality.

Sorry Elon Musk, it just isn’t.

I say this as someone who is on X a lot. More than I should be. The social media app can be entertaining and informative and addictive all at the same time. It can also be, as the writer James Wolcott perfectly described it, “the devil’s bulletin board.”

Last week, that board took a nasty turn.

When reports surfaced that UK was hiring BYU coach Mark Pope to succeed John Calipari as coach of the Wildcats, a sizable slice of Big Blue Nation took to the app to voice its displeasure. Not just displeasure, but outrage.


“You’ve got to be kidding!”

“Disaster. Gillespie 2.0.”

“Mitch Barnhart should be fired!”

Those were the printable ones.


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