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November 28th, 2014

Cal says Aaron’s still his go-to guy late in the game

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

When asked what improvements need to be made in the Cats’ perimeter shooting, John Calipari said that Aaron Harrison needs to start making more 3-pointers. So far this season, Aaron is only 7-28 from behind the arc for 25%, but Calipari says Aaron is still his go-to guy in late game situations.

“If it’s a late game and it’s tight, who do you think I’m gonna go to? I don’t care if he’s shooting 12%, I’m going to him. The reason is demonstrated performance. I’ve seen it, I know it. I’m not testing the waters with other guys. Ain’t happening.”

Even the purest shooters can panic in clutch situations. Not Aaron. “He believes he’s making it. Everyone in the building believes he’s making it. The other team believes he’s making it,” Cal said. “We’ve just gotta create it so he can get it off.”

Meanwhile, your Calipari GIF of the day:

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Coach Cal confirms UCLA will replace UNC for two seasons

Today Coach Cal confirmed what we already believed to be true: the new series with UCLA will serve as a replacement for the North Carolina series for two years. “North Carolina has already sent us a contract for after those two years,” Cal said today. “This is plugging that hole right now.”

Kentucky is scheduled to play North Carolina in Las Vegas in 2016 as part of the CBS Sports Classic, so the home-and-home series needed that year off. But taking off one season throws off both schedules, so the two sides agreed to take a two-year hiatus to accommodate the CBS tournament and keep their home schedules balanced for the future.

Therefore, we get a trip to UCLA next season and a visit from the Bruins in 2016 before it’s back to Cats and Heels.

In related news, No. 5 North Carolina stomped No. 22 UCLA last night, 78-56. We’ll see them in back-to-back weekends beginning December 13th with UNC coming to Rupp, followed by a subzero trip to Chicago on December 20th. Can’t wait.


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Damien Harris expected to visit UK December 12-14

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What’s the latest on Damien Harris? A source tells 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong that the 5-star running back will visit Kentucky December 12-14, the weekend he had previously picked to announce his decision. That’s the same weekend several of Kentucky’s current commitments will take their official visits, along with top targets defensive back Marcus Lewis, Tennessee tight end commit Kyle Oliver, Vanderbilt linebacker pledge Josh Smith and receiver Tavin Richardson.

No word on whether or not Harris’ visit will be an official or not, but it will be his seventh to UK this fall. This weekend, Harris will take his official to Alabama for the Iron Bowl, his second visit to Tuscaloosa in recent weeks. It’s looking more and more likely that Harris will push his announcement back to January.

In promising news, Wiltfong’s source added that he’d be surprised if Harris ended up anywhere other than Lexington.

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How your favorite Cats spent the holiday

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Everyone sleep off their white wine–I mean turkey hangovers? Good. Before we move on to the Louisville hate, here’s a look at how some of your favorite Cats spent their Thanksgiving day…

It looks like Patrick Towles and some of his teammates spent the afternoon together after a big meal at the Nutter Training Center:

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Beat Louisville, boys.

Meanwhile, James Young and his mother and always fabulous grandmother let someone else do the cooking:

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Avery Williamson enjoyed time with his sister:

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And Eric Bledsoe his family:

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Hopefully, Boogie recreated this picture:


Beat. The. Cards. (Friday Show Thread)

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Happy Friday, folks. I trust you had a lovely Thanksgiving. With the cooking out of the way, it’s time to turn our attention to tomorrow’s huge football game. I hear Louisville hate pairs perfectly with turkey leftovers, so turn up that radio and get ready to hate all things Cardinal. Tune in as Matt and Ryan do their best to get you ready for tomorrow’s showdown. And then get some more mashed potatoes. They really were delicious.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: State Football SEMIFINALS Tonight!

One of the better parts of the sports culture in this state is an extreme loyalty to one’s high school.  Some people consider their high school’s rival to be as important as their college one.  And while football still takes a backseat to basketball for most in this state, in some communities the football tradition is a source of great pride.  Well, the high school football playoffs began 3 weeks ago, with 24 teams now remaining for 6 state championships.  Each Friday I will update the schedule from here on out.  Along with the schedule, I have attached each team’s Lit Ranking before the playoffs began to give you a sense of the favorite in each game.  Those in bold are the defending champions.

Class 6-A (defending champion Scott County eliminated)
4. Trinity at 15. Meade County
13. Ballard at 6. Dixie Heights

Class 5-A (defending champion Bowling Green eliminated)
4. Graves County at 18. John Hardin
6. Cooper at 2. Pulaski County

Class 4-A (defending champion Collins eliminated)
8. Owensboro at 5. North Oldham
9. Lexington Catholic at 2. Highlands

Class 3-A
1. South Warren at 6. Central
9. Russell at 2. Belfry

Class 2-A
6. Murray at 3. Desales
13. Newport Central Catholic at 11. Shelby Valley

Class 1-A
1. Mayfield at 2. Beechwood
5. Williamsburg at 3. Raceland


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

(Darrell Bird | Catspause)

We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.

 

#10  Nick J Stem

One of the many reasons you shouldn’t shop on Thanksgiving.

 

 

 

#9  Violent J & 2 Dope

This needed to be in top tweets. Just a fact.

 

 

#8  Alex Kennedy

Surely this will happen.

 

 

#7  Poythress the Dude

Me–stuffing.

 

 

#6 Scott Charlton

Naw.

 

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#5  Mark Barber

How monstrous.

 

 

#4  Enes Kanter

Like, woah.

 

 

#3  Spencer Hall

Holiday tweet of the decade.

 
#2  Shea Serrano

Let’s go, he said. It would be fun, he said.

 

 

#1  Alisha Dunn

Now THAT is a cake. A 98th cake at that.

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


Coach Cal and the Cats spent Thanksgiving giving back

But wait, they’re supposed to be selfish sleazeballs, right?

Riiiight.


November 27th, 2014

The First Thanksgiving

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(Ed. Note: It’s very easy, at this hectic time of year, to get caught up in our own lives and forget the things which really matter. So if I may share a family tradition of my own today, I’d like to suggest you take the time at your family’s table this holiday, share the following story of The First Thanksgiving and make it a family tradition in your own home. -Cheers, CMT)

In the year 1621, a group of 101 passengers fleeing the religious persecution of the Church England boarded a ship called the Mayflower and set sail to find their own new land in which to settle and reside. The wooden ship sailed, scholars believe, for sixty-six days before landing on the coast of a new and “undiscovered” country, which the Englishmen and women — who called themselves “pilgrims” — would decide to call home.

As the seasons passed and the air grew colder and brisker signaling autumn was on the way, these pilgrims began to secure the supplies they would need to survive to harsh winter to come. They worked hard to grow corn on the vast land and pull fish from the ocean; they chopped wood they would need for fires and cured meat to be used when food sources would soon become scarce.

One crisp autumn day the pilgrims were delighting themselves in their chores when a group of visitors arrived at their settlement. These visitors were the Kentucky Wildcats, led by head coach John Calipari and his coaching staff, and they could see the pilgrims were unprepared for what was to come. “Let us help you,” said John Calipari, and the pilgrims were grateful for the assistance.

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The Kentucky Wildcats then took the pilgrims to an open field near the settlement and began to throw a rounded gourd back and forth to one another. “Come, try to take this from us,” Alex Poythress said, and a pilgrim man ran to him and tried to take his gourd from him. But Alex Poythress was too fast, and quickly threw the gourd to Aaron Harrison, who tossed the gourd into a hole in a tree, even though there was a very tall pilgrim right in front of him.

The settlers did their best to contain the Kentucky Wildcats but a dual-platoon system with extra substitutes proved too much for them to handle. The pilgrims tried hard but, being new to this country, had no recourse for a solid NBA-style pick-and-roll and strong shooting from the perimeter. Height was also a major problem, as evidenced by the following journal entry by a settler named Edward Fuller:
     These giants both surprised us and frightened us with their swift movements. 
     My beloved wife Mary was thrilled although fearful when Karl-Anthony Towns swatted a

     butternut squash directly into my face, causing me and
     my family sadness and great humility.
The pilgrims would lose The First Thanksgiving 87-19, held to only 7 points in the second half, and ultimately feel grateful that the competition would strengthen them in the days to come. The initial shock on the faces of the children would turn to delight as everyone watching in attendance scored a free taco and the dance team displayed exquisite movements to the day’s hottest rap hits.

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“We must repay you for what you have shown and taught us here today,” the pilgrims told John Calipari. “Someday we will initiate a three-tiered system of competition with scholarships, though not too many scholarships, which will culminate in a tournament rewarding the strongest with an opportunity to be the greatest in all the land.” And John Calipari thought that sounded like a great idea, and then the Kentucky Wildcats were like “Also, here’s some food for you guys” and gave them some corn and roasted meat and sweet fruits for the children. Then a group of energetic young people with jump ropes arrived to put on a show of entertainment as everyone ate their food and Dorothy Bradford, wife of William Bradford of Cambridgeshire, got to be the “Y.” A good time was had by all and Seth Davis said he didn’t know if any Thanksgiving would be better than the First Thanksgiving that year, to which Clark Kellogg was all “you’re right about that” and he doesn’t even like the Kentucky Wildcats.

Afterward, John Calipari would tell everyone that the pilgrims deserved credit for getting out there and playing hard and that he was really impressed with their level of play, even though he probably was just saying it to be nice. The post-First-Thanksgiving epistle-writing show had very high ratings and the pilgrims would go to sleep that night with their hats unbuckled and their bellies full of kindness and food. As the abbreviated, choked howls of the Kentucky Wildcats dunking on wolves peppered the crisp night wind outside, the safe pilgrims vowed to recall this day every autumn and appreciate the blessings bestowed upon them. And that’s what we, today, call Thanksgiving.

 


Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We’re taking the day off — we have families too, ya know — to enjoy the holiday but we’ll still keep an eye on the newswire throughout the day in case anything unexpected pops up. I hope you all have a wonderful day and eats lots and lots of food and spend quality time with distant relatives and feel terrible all night long with bloated stomachs and gas from that mystery casserole no one claimed to make, while I do the same. I may get bored and post a few things later, maybe.

Before I go I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you for being awesome and following KSR. Without you, there is no KSR, and without KSR, there is no BTI and no Kentucky Joe. Never forget that.

Now let’s eat!


November 26th, 2014

Season Never Ends’ Pre-Order News and Views

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The Kentucky Basketball 2015 Wall calendar is here. That’s right — we said “Wall calendar!”

Rest assured we’ve still got the best moments in UK basketball history on the days they happened – including games from UK’s 2014 NCAA championship game run – along with Top Ten lists, player birthdays, Follow Fridays and a ton of really cool things you’ll be sure to love.

Use the coupon code “KSR” to take $3 off the retail price of $14.95. Buy three calendars and the shipping is on us!

You can find the calendar at Kentucky Korner, Kennedy’s and more retailers will be added soon. You can also reserve your copy now at seasonneverends.com

Created by four UK grads who love the program and the school as much as you. Go Big Blue!

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Good evening, friends. After a day of travel, errands, and that inevitable last trip to Kroger the night before Thanksgiving, I am finally settled in my parents’ den in Danville. As we married people do, I’m heading to the first of two Thanksgivings in the morning, so let’s go through the day’s news before my mom realizes I forgot something at Kroger and have to go back.

Neal Brown is a finalist for the Troy job

Tonight’s headline news is maybe the most upsetting to me. Today, FootballScoop.com reported that our own Neal Brown is a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy, where he was an assistant from 2006-2009. Brown and LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson are reportedly the leading contenders, and the announcement will be made on Monday. Mark Stoops was mum on the subject when asked after practice:

“We have good coaches, so you know, I’d hate to lose any of the guys. I think we have a good staff that work extremely hard. But with that, you’d rather have people coming after them for moving on then any other reason. So we’ll see what happens.”

It won’t be the end of the world if Neal goes to Troy, but I know I will personally be a little disappointed not to have a homegrown Air Raid disciple on the sideline, not to mention a fellow Danvillian. Maybe a dozen Burke’s Bakery doughnuts will persuade him to stay?

Saturday’s showdown creeps closer

Although I don’t think many UK fans expect an upset on Saturday, it was still good to see plenty of UK blue as I made my rounds in Lexington and Danville today. Stoops told reporters that the staff is doing some special things this week to remind the team of the rivalry, including showing them old clips from years past and inviting former Cats to come speak to them about the history of the UK/UofL series. I would hope at this point that the team wouldn’t need any extra motivation headed into their last chance for bowl eligibility, but stoking the fire can’t hurt.

Dakari’s got a new hairstyle. Thoughts?

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Jury’s still out, but I do like that cell phone case.

The mystery home and home series is revealed: UCLA

We’ve been teasing a mystery home-and-home basketball with an esteemed program for a few days, and today, it was finally announced. Starting next season, UK will travel to Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles for the front end of a two-year home-and-home series with the UCLA, one of several marquee games in 2016:

Duke (in Chicago)
Ohio State (in Brooklyn)
at UCLA
Louisville in Rupp
South Florida (in Miami)
Big 12 True Road Game (most likely Kansas)

Speaking of the Bruins…

UCLA and UNC both lost today

It was not a good day for UK’s future opponents in the Battle 4 Atlantis. UCLA lost to Oklahoma 75-65 and UNC lost to Butler 72-66. Add in the news that two of Providence’s guards, including starting point guard Kris Dunn, are doubtful for Sunday’s game with ankle injuries and UK’s heavyweight non-conference schedule is suddenly looking ten pounds lighter. Plus, Cleveland State gave Louisville all they wanted and more tonight, holding the Cards to only 45 points. Before we get on the braggy horse, let’s remember that Cleveland State also gave Kentucky fits last season, with the Cats only winning 68-61; however, they also lost to Savannah State, a team Louisville just beat by 60 points, earlier this season. So, who knows.

Who wears short shorts?

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St. John’s Chris Obekpa wears short shorts!

I don’t recognize the UK campus anymore

I spent part of my day in Lexington, and used my favorite shortcut from Nicholasville Road to Euclid Avenue through UK’s campus and barely recognized it anymore. From the stadium to the village-like clusters of new dorms, UK looks like a totally different place these days.

Both teams will get plenty of turkey tomorrow

Both the Stoops and the Caliparis are hosting Thanksgiving dinners for their teams tomorrow, which history tells us means they should have a plumber on standby. The football team will start their day with practice in the morning, Thanksgiving dinner together at the Nutter Training Center in the afternoon, and the evening off to spend with friends, nearby family, or the Stoops family at their house. How many players is Stoops expecting for a post-turkey hang?

“I don’t know. That’s the problem with these guys. We’re going to have a dinner right afterwards here for the whole group and then I told them my house was open. So I may get anywhere from two to 100, who knows? I don’t know.”

Something tells me Chantel would liked to know. Come on, guys. RSVP.

Meanwhile, Enes Kanter is ready for Christmas

And with that, I will say goodnight. Things will be a bit slower tomorrow as we take some time off to be with our families, but don’t worry, we’ll be back on Friday to hate all things Louisville and get you ready for Saturday.

Gobbles up.


20 Things We’re Thankful For This Year

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Ahh, Thanksgiving. That wonderful time of year when it’s socially acceptable to go back to the buffet for thirds–and oh yeah, reflect on the things in life for which we are truly thankful. In the Big Blue Nation, you’ve got the five standards: basketball, Calipari, bourbon, a sober ride home from Keeneland, and Kentucky Sports Radio, but this year, I’ve come up with a few more…

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1. Aaron Harrison

…and his cajones. Without Harrison’s heroics, it’s hard to imagine what this season would be like. Would the Twins still be here? Would Willie? Thank God we don’t have to know.

2. Seriously’s GIFs on the live blog

The KSR live blogs are always entertaining, but Seriously took things up a notch when he started posting random and hilarious GIFs. The secret to Seriously’s talent is his timing, and he’s become such a staple of the live blog that when he’s not able to participate, we all do this:

3. UNC hypocrisy exposed

Although the NCAA has yet to hand out their punishment, the UNC academic scandal was finally exposed this fall, leaving entitled Tarheels everywhere grasping for straws. As I’m sure Fake Barney will tell you, there is no greater joy than seeing a North Carolina fan attempt to justify 18 years of academic fraud by saying “everyone does it, we just got caught.” Seriously? Hush.

4. Our Funkhouser friends

Our friends on the Funkhouser pop culture blog are doing work, and if you don’t already have it bookmarked, you should. Tomlin’s article on “cutting the cord” on cable TV still makes me consider doing it every now and again.

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5. The NBA Cats

All 19 of them. Not only are former UK players taking over the league in numbers, they’re dominating every major statistical category.

Photo by Aaron Borton | UK Athletics

Photo by Aaron Borton | UK Athletics

6. Dancing Guy

Darren Moscoe, aka “Dancing Guy,” has been a staple at UK games for years, and when Rupp slips into a coma as it often does, nothing gets it stirring more than “Mony Mony.” Even if his rail slides make us slightly uncomfortable, there’s no denying that Dancing Guy makes Rupp Arena a more entertaining place.

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7. Swaggy Cal

Because this season, there isn’t any other kind.

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8. Tom Crean

Please keep ruining Indiana.

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

9. Hope

In retrospect, the win over South Carolina isn’t as impressive as we thought at the time, but beating Spurrier and the Gamecocks under the lights at Commonwealth was a special moment for the football program. We may have a long ways to go, but we’re just getting started, bro.

10. The SEC Network

Sure, they still struggle to keep the camera on the ball sometimes, but thanks to them, we get to see the Cats on a legitimate TV network a lot more often. Bonus points for putting a mic on Cal during basketball games.

11. Ryan Lemond

We’ve loved Ryan Lemond for years, but he truly came into his own in 2014. Body Shapes Medical helped Ryan become Skinny Ryan and now, he’s truly flourishing in his role as the lovable, goofy sidekick/hype man. UK even trusted Ryan to emcee the halftime festivities at Rupp, and so far, he’s tackled the UK mascot and broken his glasses, all while damning the man by wearing his KSR gear. What will Ryan do next?

12. A renovated Commonwealth Stadium

A stadium with actual character and amenities coming to you soon in Fall 2015.

13. Snapchat

A KSR insider tip: if Drew Franklin’s Snapchat story is longer than 80 seconds, it’s 90% likely I’ll have the morning shift the next day.

Photo by Clay Jackson

Photo by Clay Jackson

14. Kentucky’s chrome helmets

When Kentucky football finally became cool.

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15. Matt Elam carrying the American flag

Or the Kentucky state flag. Is there a more beautiful sight?

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© Mark Zerof | Getty

16. Leadership

The evolution of Andrew Harrison has been one of the underrated storylines this season. After struggling last year, Andrew finally found his way during the postseason and is the clear leader of this team, despite having a different point guard being on the floor half of the game. Andrew hasn’t always enjoyed his experience at UK, which makes his smile even sweeter this season.

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Darrell Bird | CatsPause.com

17. Resilience

Senior defensive end Bud Durpee could have left for the NFL after last season, but decided to come back to help Mark Stoops rebuild the Kentucky program. Dupree spent the summer in the weight room with Erik Korem, and as a result, became even more of a freak athlete. Throughout the Cats’ slide this season, I couldn’t help but think of Dupree’s wish for at least one celebratory plane ride home before his college career ends. If Kentucky does beat Louisville on Saturday, Joe Craft better charter his private jet for Dupree’s victory tour.

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

18. Teamwork

Five players working together towards one goal is enough for most teams. Six players is great, seven ideal. But ten, twelve if you count the platoons’ sixth men? The ’96 team played ten players, but how Cal’s doing it, giving each player roughly 20 minutes of playing time each? That’s unheard of.

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19. Celebrations

Because chances are if the team looks like they’re having fun, they’re having fun.

20. Unfinished business

See you soon, Indy.


“We Ask You Wednesdays” Vol. 24

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The off-season is technically over, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter. Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT KENTUCKY-RELATED THING/PERSON ARE YOU MOST GRATEFUL FOR THIS THANKSGIVING?

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Amen to that.

 

I think we are all grateful for the coaches in pretty much every sport here at Kentucky these days. 

 

Hey, whatever it takes.

The true meaning of Thanksgiving spirit….

A sweeter version of the Thanksgiving spirit…

Spinning in rolly chairs, dancing on the sidelines, talking about 100 pound coats….

 Speaking of 100 pound coats. Did you get yours at the Burlington Coat Factory?

That was awfully nice of him. I hope you weren’t wearing orange.

Suck up….

I think this goes for basketball and football.

Bobby Knight does not approve this message.

That’s good “keep things in perspective” advice. Also, beat Louisville.

As long as someone else was behind the wheel.

#NeverForget

Retweet.

 

Having a consistent outside shooting threat is certainly always a blessing after the West Virginia calamity of 2010. 

Eat D. Lamb? How about Tweet D. Lamb.

BEST ANSWER OF THE WEEK:

 

I hate that song. So much. It makes me very much the opposite of happy.


10 Signs Cal is Swaggy

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John Calipari’s always had some swagger, but with his most talented squad ever holding teams like Kansas to 40 points, at times, it feels like Swaggy Cal has completely taken over. How can you spot a Swaggy Cal? Here are ten telltale signs:

1. He talks in his “whiny media voice”

This season, Calipari has a campaign against the “clutter” heaped on his players by the media. Everyone is buzzing about the Cats right now and Cal is distinctly “anti-clutter,” even if he talks about it so often that he creates a lot of it himself. On Sunday night, Calipari mimicked the clutter in his special “whiny media voice”:

“Wait a minute. What about the media? 45 straight. They got to win ‐‐ can they beat the 76ers? Let’s take a vote. What?”

Now if he would just complain about transcribing and free food in that voice, he’d totally nail the impersonation.

2. When asked a question, he talks about a completely different topic

Calipari is the master of controlling a conversation. When asked a question, he’ll only really answer it if that’s what he wants to talk about. If not, he’ll change the topic to whatever’s on his mind. On Sunday, a question about Devin Booker’s shot selection quickly morphed into an answer about his players dealing with the pressure and expectations of being a UK basketball player, which Cal called “wearing a hundred-pound coat.” Speaking of…

3. He breaks out the catchphrases

The coat, the tweak, the platoons, reinforcements, tanks on a hill, hum ditty-ditty! Pooping ice cream, fifth-most shots, fourth-most shots, brother’s keeper. If Cal really likes something, he’ll turn it into a catchphrase…

…and then run it into the ground.

4. He talks to fans about autographing basketballs during the postgame show

After he’s done with his postgame press conference, Calipari goes back out on the court to do radio with Tom Leach. In a growing tradition, fans stick around to listen and get autographs from Cal while he’s on the radio, and this season, he’s so swaggy that he’s telling fans what kind of basketballs he’ll sign while on the air.

“Now, guys, I’ll only sign the ones without the pebbles because the pebbles tear up my pen.”

“Walk down. There you go. You were going to hit someone on the head.”

“I love you all, but I’m not signing those pebble balls.”

Captain #TeamNF reporting.

5. He sends out “pump the brakes” tweets to fans

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Odds he was doing this when he wrote that?

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6. He brings a balloon to his press conference

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After his birthday tweet heard round the world, Cal tried to make things right with his daughter, Megan, by bringing a birthday balloon to his press conference Sunday night. The gesture was sweet, but it was also Cal thumbing his nose a bit at the national media for pouncing on an innocent mistake.

“Why does that go all over the world, by the way? The whole world, yeah, but it was like they invited me to Good Morning America to talk about it. What? It is my daughter’s birthday. Man I got platoons and…”

To clarify, “Good Morning America” didn’t really invite him on, but Cal said he would accept if they did, because of course.

7. He does his press conferences in “call and response” style

Ain’t no press conference like a Calipari press conference. What other coach flips the script and makes reporters answer questions? Swaggy Cal dangles statements and stats out there for reporters to finish, and if they don’t, he chastises them for not being “basketball Bennies.” You know Cal’s REALLY feeling great when he spars with Jerry Tipton.

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8. He calls himself the magician

Cal, or rather “John in Kentucky,” famously called into the Mike Francesa show this summer to defend himself when Francesa said he’s not a great X’s and O’s coach. “Are you saying I can’t coach? Why didn’t you say that while I was sitting next to you? You said ‘he’s not great at X’s and O’s.’ That’s basically saying I can’t coach. You know what they call me? A magician. ‘Cal the magician.’”

Definitely not “The humble magician.”

9. He pauses after statements and gives everyone “that look”

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Yeah, that’s the one.

10. He calls out his enemies

We all remember Pat Forde’s article after the loss to South Carolina telling Calipari to lie in the bed he made. Turns out that bed was pretty comfortable; however, with expectations ratcheting up and the media just waiting for the platoon system to fail, Cal couldn’t help but get in another shot at Forde:

“You’ve got people right now on radio silence because there’s not enough to write that story. The problem is they’ve written those stories and gotten burned because we turned it around and they look like fools, so there’s radio silence right now because they’re not going to do it yet.”

Swaggy Calipari never forgets.