During a Hall of Fame career that spanned nearly 50 years, veteran sportswriter Jerry Tipton was best known for his no nonsense coverage of University of Kentucky men’s basketball, challenging questions, catchy leads, and legendary exchanges with Coach John Calipari.
In Déjà Blue—A Sportswriter Reflects on 41 Seasons of Kentucky Basketball, Tipton shares a behind-the-scenes look at his career in sportswriting, from his early years at the Huntington Herald-Dispatch (W.Va.) through over four decades covering the highs, and lows, of the Wildcats for the Lexington Herald-Leader including three national championships (’96, ’98, ’12), nine Final Fours, and six head coaches.More than just a memoir, Déjà Blue presents a journalistic reflection on Tipton’s award-winning career in which he recalls the stories, the games, the personalities, and his relationships with coaches, players, and members of Big Blue Nation.
Déjà Blue gives insight into Tipton’s skill as a beat reporter—interviewing, writing, and old-fashioned hard work—that led to his induction into not just one, but three sportswriting hall of fame associations, a fitting tribute to his storied career.
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“Jerry Tipton has been synonymous with Kentucky basketball . . . and that should be applauded. He’s never been afraid to ask tough questions, even when I might not have liked it! But his dedication to the Lexington community and unwavering work ethic has resulted in a Hall of Fame career.”-– John Calipari, Kentucky basketball coach 2009 to the present.
“I spent 46 years in the news business. Jerry is simply the best beat reporter I’ve ever seen. Not sports reporter, beat reporter.”-– Mike Johnson, the sports editor who hired Tipton for the Lexington Herald-Leader in 1981.
“Jerry is the consummate professional. I’m not sure I know anyone who worked that long on a beat with such a high profile. There’s no down time, no offseason. The pressure is constant and relentless. Jerry had a unique ability to shield the distractions and drama and stay focused on his job – which he saw as being the messenger of information to the public.”-– Gene Abell, the Herald-Leader sports editor from 1989 to 2015.
“Jerry Tipton is Kentucky basketball. And he was fair and very good at his profession.”-– Sam Bowie, Kentucky player from 1979-80 through 1983-84.
“Jerry always asked the tough and hard questions. A lot of players and coaches didn’t necessarily like that, but he always did his job in a fair and honest way.”-– Kenny Walker, Kentucky player from 1982-83 through 1984-86
Book DetailsAuthor: Jerry Tipton
Product Dimensions: 6" x 9"
Cover Type: Hardcover