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October 8th, 2015

UofL President issues statement supporting Tom Jurich

University of Louisville President James Ramsey issued a statement on his basketball program’s scandal this afternoon. In it, he said he fully supports Tom Jurich because Jurich has served as Athletic Director of “an exemplary program” for the last 18 years. Ha!

As we stated last week, when we learned of the allegations toward our men’s basketball team, we immediately hired Chuck Smrt of the Compliance Group to undertake a complete and thorough investigation of the alleged misconduct. Chuck advised us that we should also report these allegations to the NCAA so they could join our investigation.

For the past 18 years, Tom Jurich has served as Athletic Director of an exemplary program at UofL. I fully support Tom as we work to identify the facts in this situation, and that is what we are doing. Tom and I are committed to the values that are fundamental to the success of Cardinal athletics.

As I stated in the recent State of the University address, it is important that the university–all of us–stay focused on our day-to-day work of providing our outstanding student with a world-class education. The investigation of the allegations may take time and we must, as one university, continue doing the work we do to move our university and our community forward.

I can’t take him seriously with that hair.

SEC Network will air Big Blue Madness in its entirety

Good news for fans who were unable to get tickets to Big Blue Madness, which is most of you, I assume.

The SEC Network will air the annual tipoff to the UK men’s and women’s basketball seasons in its entirety this year. It will be the first time Madness will air live from start to finish on a national network.

The two-hour spectacle will also stream live on the WatchESPN app on computers, tables and smartphones. ESPN’s Dave O’Brien, Sean Farnham and Kara Lawson will handle the broadcast for the network.

Big Blue Madness is set for 7 pm next Friday.

Listen to Dick Cady’s interview with KSR


The co-author of Breaking Cardinal Rules was a special guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to discuss the book, the allegations and why it should all be believed.

Dick Cady added to Louisville’s awful morning by telling the guys he has seen the actual phone and seen the actual text messages shared in the book. Until now, we had wondered if those screengrabs could’ve been forged, but Cady saying the actual messages exist confirms they are real.

He also said he doesn’t know if Rick Pitino was involved or was aware of anything going on. As Matt pointed out on the show, that suggests Cady is being completely honest and not trying to be sensational to create a story and sell books.

And the highlight of the interview: When asked about Louisville fans doubting his credibility and suggesting the whole thing is made up, Cady said, “That’s poppycock.”

Listen to the entire interview below:

Watch Mark Stoops and Patrick Towles on SEC Film Room

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Kentucky was the feature team on last night’s SEC Film Room on the SEC Network. UK’s head coach and quarterback reviewed the tape from Saturday’s overtime win against Eastern, explaining what went wrong and what changed to escape with a victory.

Watch the clips below:

The episode re-airs today at 2:30 and again at midnight.

Jaquan Lyle confirms allegations to NCAA

Jaquan Lyle is one of the recruits named in Katina Powell’s book of allegations against the Louisville basketball program. Now a freshman at Ohio State, Lyle spoke to the NCAA yesterday and, according to, confirmed the gist of allegations involving paid escorts during his trip to the school.

“He told the truth,” a source told Gary Parrish.

Lyle committed to Louisville in June of 2013, then decommitted two and a half months later. If he did indeed confirm what Powell wrote in her book, he could really hurt the Cardinals’ hopes of getting out of this alive.

The pieces are beginning to fall into place. Things aren’t looking good for Louisville.

Mel Kiper names Towles one of his top underclassmen QBs

Mel Kiper Jr. and his hair updated the top five underclassmen quarterbacks in college football yesterday and Kentucky’s own Patrick Towles made the list.

Towles ranks fifth among underclassmen, according to Kiper, behind Jared Goff (California), Christian Hackenberg (Penn State), Cardale Jones (Ohio State), and Gunner Kiel (Cincinnati), respectively.

Yet some of you still want him benched.


Skal still not cleared, UK still not concerned


Jeff Goodman riled Kentucky basketball fans up yesterday when he released a report saying Skal Labissiere has still not been cleared by the NCAA. And because Kentucky basketball fans live for everything Kentucky basketball, everyone panicked. It’s natural around here.

But don’t read too much into Goodman’s report. Goodman’s gonna Goodman. There are players all over the country who haven’t been cleared by the NCAA. It happens every year and Labissiere just happens to be one of those guys. UK is completely confident he will be eligible and they are proceeding on with that mindset. Labissiere is in team photos, he is practicing with the team, and all expectations are he will be a member of the 2015-16 Wildcats when the ball is tipped this season.

So until we hear otherwise, we’re not going to worry about Labissiere’s eligibility. There is still plenty of time for him to get cleared. If you recall, John Wall wasn’t cleared until November 1 back in 2009. Nerlens Noel, October 17, 2012. Those guys turned out all right.

Don’t lose any sleep over this one.

Let’s talk to the co-author of Breaking Cardinal Rules (Thursday Show Thread)

On today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are going straight to the co-author of Breaking Cardinal Rules to determine its credibility. They will have Dick Cady as a special guest to talk about the book, the allegations and why we should believe Katina Powell.

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

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R.L. Stine’s Thursday Morning Wakeup

The greatest author in the history of fictional literature celebrates his 72nd birthday today. I’m talking about R.L. Stein, the man behind the Goosebumps series of children’s horror fiction novels.

As the owner of every single Goosebumps book from the original series — all 62 of them and some of the terrible ones that followed — I will be celebrating Stein’s birthday by drinking monster blood in my Camp Nightmare t-shirt and getting revenge on the lawn gnomes. I may even take a walk around Fever Swamp before the scarecrow walks at midnight, who knows.

I do know that, next week, I will be the first in line to see the new Goosebumps movie:

Pretty pumped about that one.

And while we’re on the subject, I’ll go ahead and admit the last book I read from start to finish was a Goosebumps book, about 15 years ago. (I’m not a big reader.)

Happy Birthday to my favorite author!


Karl-Anthony Towns shined in NBA preseason debut.

Towns saw his first NBA action last night against the Oklahoma City Thunder and it was a great start to the No. 1 pick’s career. He scored 18 points with five rebounds and two blocks in the loss to the Thunder. Most of his night was spent battling inside with another former Cat in Enes Kanter.

Willie Cauley-Stein said playing for the Kings is the same as playing for Kentucky.

“It’s pretty much the same as at Kentucky, for real,” he told the media, after last night’s game against Phoenix. “It’s the same offense, it’s the same defense. Now it’s just better players, bigger bodies. You just got to learn how to play with them.”

Cauley-Stein had eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks against the Suns in a game that featured seven former Wildcats.

Willie Cauley-Stein: 8 pts, 7 reb, 3 blks
DeMarcus Cousins: 15 pts, 8 reb
Rajon Rondo: 5 pts, 5 ast, 5 to
Devin Booker: 6 pts, 3 reb
Eric Bledsoe: 13 pts, 4 ast, 4 stl
Brandon Knight: 19 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast
Archie Goodwin: 3 pts, 2 ast

The Wildcat Play of the Game was Rondo hitting Cauley-Stein for a slam:

Remember that time Rick Pitino took his Boston basketball team to the strip club?

The Courier-Journal’s Tim Sullivan does. He reminded everyone of that alleged trip from a 25-year old book, “Raw Recruits.”

According to the 1990 book written by Alexander Wolff and Armen Keteyian, Pitino’s Boston University team made at least one unscheduled stop following a road game for adult entertainment.

“After one upset victory at Rhode Island,” the book says, “Pitino was so juiced he ordered the team bus to stop at a strip joint on the way back to campus. There he led his players in wolf whistles, even disbursing dollar bills so they could stuff them into the dancers’ G-strings.” [Courier-Journal]

Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein, after speaking to Pitino, said yesterday, “It never happened. The team walked in to get food, thinking it was a restaurant. They found out it wasn’t and walked out.”

Yeah, okay. Because it’s so hard to identify a strip club.

Did you listen to the KSR football podcast yesterday?

I feel like we say this every week, but I think it’s the best one yet. It is by the far the goofiest with Freddie Maggard, of all people, leading the off-topic discussion. He is alone at home this week and shared more of himself than any of us ever knew or could’ve imagined. Definitely give it a listen. There is good football talk in there, too.

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Dick Cady will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning.

The author of Breaking Cardinal Rules will call in to KSR to talk about the book, the allegations, and why we should believe everything. That is must-hear radio for Kentucky fans.

Go Cats.

October 7th, 2015

A dramatic reading of “Breaking Cardinal Rules”


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to hear your favorite KSR personalities read quotes from “Breaking Cardinal Rules”? Me too.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 John606

I really hope Shannon frames this for the studio somewhere.



#9 jason terrell

Seconded. That would be gold.



#8 Devin Booker

Awwwwww. We miss you too, Booker.



#7 Allison King

I feel like this book is just bad parenting.



#6 Stanley Williams

Okay. I’m ready to football again.



#5 Pitino KNEW

There’s no way Matt is only fifth.



#4 cookingworth

Thanks a lot, Obama.



#3 Patricia Rowland

They look so awkward…..but gotta give it up for that support.



#2 Justin Allen

I had this same reaction.



#1 Wildcat Statue

I tried to warn everyone about country music, but they didn’t listen.


The NCAA’s UofL Investigation is Underway

From left to right, former UofL commits, JaQuan Lyle and Antonio Blakeney.

From left to right, former UofL commits, JaQuan Lyle and Antonio Blakeney.

But it’s not starting at UofL.  The organization is starting their probe with recruits named in the book that did not attend Louisville – JaQuan Lyle and Antonio Blakeney.

Like Blakeney, Lyle was a one-time Cardinal commitment.  TooTall and Shay allegedly met with Lyle in June of 2013.  He verbally committed to the Cards on June 26, 2013.  It didn’t last long – he pulled the plug on his commitment in September – but the timing is certainly worth questioning from the NCAA.

Ohio State associate athletic director for communications, Dan Wallenberg, confirmed to Pat Forde and others that Lyle spoke with the NCAA.  He does not seem to be worried about Lyle at all, “It does not affect us or JaQuan at all,” Wallenberg said. “We’ve been told, and are pretty confident, this is not something we need to worry about.”

There are multiple reports that Blakeney has met with the NCAA as well.  Both guys could hold the smoking gun and will play an essential part in how the “Breaking Cardinal Rules” story ends.


The NBA Game at the Yum! Center Doesn’t Look Good



The Yum! Center is hosting their second consecutive NBA preseason game, but the crowd is less than enthusiastic.  The Florida matchup between the Heat and the Magic has attracted more crickets than people.



As a person that wants to see an NBA team in Louisville, it’s disappointing.  It might be a different story if the Kings were playing the Suns.  5 of the 10 starters were Cats: Willie Cauley-Stein, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight.

I’d pay to watch that game.  If you have NBA TV, you don’t have to.  Go ahead and change the channel.  It’s basically a UK in the NBA reunion.

The Co-Author of “Breaking Cardinal Rules” Will be on KSR Tomorrow


We’ve talked about “Breaking Cardinal Rules” a lot on KSR.  Tomorrow you can hear from the Pulitzer-prize winning author that helped write the book with self-proclaimed Madame, Katina Powell. Dick Cady will join Matt Jones on KSR tomorrow at 11:05. Hopefully this interview will be able to reveal more about the process of writing the book and the truth behind the words.

Until you hear the story from the author, you need to hear the story from KSR.

Even Kobe Thinks Julius Randle is Killing It



Julius Randle is returning to basketball with a vengeance.

In only 26 minutes of the Lakers’ first preseason game, he had 16 points on 7/12 shooting, 5 rebounds and 4 steals.  The Lakers lost (shocker), but Randle’s strength and mobility in the open-floor impressed the normally dismissive, Kobe Bryant.

“It’s not normal to see a guy that size move his feet so well and have such quick hands and be able to push the ball on the break …” Bryant said. “It’s pretty phenomenal.”

Kobe compared the former Wildcat to “Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body.”  Hopefully he’s less of the former and more of the latter.