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May 29th, 2015

Isaiah Briscoe writes for The Players’ Tribune

The Players Tribune

The Players’ Tribune, founded by Derek Jeter, describes itself as “a new media platform that presents the voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before.” Stars like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Patrick Patterson have all been contributors, and today UK signee Isaiah Briscoe joined that group.

Briscoe wrote “Gone In 15 Seconds” about growing up in what he calls the Instagram Generation, a time when too many people are worrying about uploading a 15-second video to the social media app or sending a tweet out to the masses. He admits he is guilty of spending too much time sharing photos and clips, but says we can’t forget to live in and enjoy the moments. Briscoe’s moment was winning New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions.

Coach Cal’s next great point guard also wrote about the upcoming changes in his life, namely moving to Lexington to play for UK:

I am at a different point in my life than I have ever been because major changes are coming. Next year I will have a new team and a new home at Kentucky, but my goals will be the same: to be the best player and teammate I can be — to work harder than anyone else.

Read his entire contribution here.

Is Kentucky On Week One Upset Alert?

Network Talking Heads love to use the phrase “Upset Alert”.  The make upped ones can be seen and heard proclaiming alarming prognostications to provoke fan bases and at times try to prove an intellectual point.  Some Heads are very good at this, others waste oxygen. Question remains, is Kentucky on upset alert in its opener against Louisiana Lafayette?

Complicated answer, yes and no both apply.  Prior to game week I’ll provide an in-depth and understandable scouting report on the Ragin Cajuns, but to answer the upset alert question we first have to take a step back and analyze recent history.

In Mark Stoops’ inaugural game against Bobby Petrino and his band of merry Hilltoppers, the Cats were outmanned across the field.  From my nearly melted Nashville seat, one pre-game look at the Toppers led to a feeling of trepidation mixed with a healthy dose of humility.  WKU had better and more developed players at many positions.  WKU was more athletic, faster, skilled, and just plain better for the lack of a better term. Result was an 11 point Kentucky loss that could have been much worse. ULL beat that same Western team by 17 in Bowling Green.  In 2013, a mythical UK-Lafayette match-up would have been ugly and that’s coming from an optimistic homer viewpoint.

In 2014, another mythical matchup between the Cats and Lafayette would have been considerably closer but I’m still not confident if I would have declared UK a preeminent favorite.  ULL again would have been more experienced with developed talent and considerate depth advantage. Coming off back to back 9-4 records including two bowl wins is the basis of my theory as is the objective eye test.  For some reason, I’ve watched their last two bowl games and have been impressed with ULL’s intensity, coaching, and team speed.  Folks, this was and is a very good football team.  Don’t be logo fooled.

September 5th 2015 is right around the corner.  Newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium will open its doors to the BBN whose last viewing was embarrassing as the Georgia Bulldogs demolished and demoralized the home team. Thru three years of the Stoops’ regime, 15 is the first I’d consider UK a favorite.  A close favorite but still a favorite. ULL lost defensive linemen to the NFL and will enter the game with two new co-defensive coordinators and a team with recent history of struggles against the pass.  With questions of who will rush the passer and also who will cover receivers, this game could be a timely and welcome scenario for Shannon Dawson’s debut.  Defensively Kentucky will face a SEC caliber running back, one that will most likely be a Sunday player in Elijah McGuire.  But, with a new quarterback and unproven receivers, a one dimensional day sets up nicely for a defense that limped across the 2014 finish line. A defense I might add that needs a fast start and a boost of three and out confidence.

All this means is that Kentucky’s collective personnel is to the point in which a game against a quality 9-4 Sunbelt team is winnable.  That my friends is year three improvement. Those that think my sky was falling rants were nonsense, please see above 2013 UK-WKU-ULL scenario.  Mark Stoops has clawed his way through a personnel conundrum to have his team in a situation to beat a quality opening game opponent.

I don’t think UK is on upset alert but surely that term will be thrown around by hair sprayed Heads. Should there be Nutter Center summer concern?  Absolutely. This game could go back and forth. But Kentucky should win, how it wins will be more telling with a demanding early SEC schedule to navigate. 

Check out the progress on the new Commonwealth Stadium


Construction is moving along on Commonwealth Stadium as we’re just inside 100 days until the season opener. Crews began installing the turf yesterday, seen in this video below from UK.

And how ’bout those blue end zones?



Here’s a shot of the progress on the new practice facility:

It’s coming together!

Julius Randle talks return with Lakers TV


After missing all but 14 minutes of his rookie season with a fractured tibia, Julius Randle is playing basketball again at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility. The former Wildcat is limited to 3-on-3 action, but he told Lakers TV he feels great and it’s good to share the court with other bodies again.

Randle lost 18 pounds since suffering the injury. It’s helped his mobility and recovery, he says.

“Overall I just feel great.”

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Calipari and Stoops gave Gary Pinkel a lift on the private jet last night

Missouri’s Gary Pinkel was expected to be at his Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame induction last night in Cleveland, but complications with a plane left him stuck at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin. He tried several last-minute flights with nearby charter companies to no avail.

Insert John Calipari and Mark Stoops.

The two Kentucky coaches offered Pinkel a ride on their jet, so Pinkel could make it to the event he was dying to attend. He accepted, and took the jet on to Cleveland and then home to Missouri after dropping Calipari and Stoops in Lexington.

“Both those guys said, ‘Let’s just go to Cleveland and drop Coach off first,’ ” Pinkel said. “There were so many storms here, it didn’t work. Nice people.”

Pinkel made it on time to the ceremony and told the audience, “It’s a miracle. I really wanted to be here.”

I don’t know if Pinkel has plans to repay UK for the generosity, but a forfeit on September 26 will more than make up for the plane ride.

Listen to Ryan and Drew try to keep KSR alive (Friday Show Thread)


It’s the first day of Matt Jones’ vacation and Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin are up first in the Please-Don’t-Break-KSR rotation. On today’s show, the guys will play #AskAnythingFriday and bring on Freddie Maggard in the second hour to talk football.

The rest is up to you, so please give them a call.

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Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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#10 Daniel ‎

Future public relations specialist.






#9 J.D. Shelburne

Barney is a ninja.






#8 Doron Lamb

First time Doron Lamb has tweeted about food with no picture. I wonder what’s wrong.






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#6 Kentucky Josh ‎

That might need to be looked at by a doctor, Josh.






#5 Matthew Mahone ‎

Nahhhhh. We’ve got this.






#4 mike willis made it ‎






#3 Sahil Malhotra ‎

Yeah. A little harsh there, Shannon.






#2 nick pants ‎

If you didn’t watch the spelling bee last night and join in on the liveblog, I feel sorry for you.






#1 Billy Big Blue

15 second jokes never get old.




May 28th, 2015

Dev Jaiswal’s Thursday Night News and Views

The Scripps National Spelling Bee was tonight, and even though Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar were crowned co-champions (kids today are so soft), the real hero was Dev Jaiswal.

Dev went out midway through the finals on the word “iridocylitis,” which, if you ask me, was harder than half the words Vanya got, but whatever. Dev, from Matthew Mitchell’s hometown of Louisville, Mississippi, handled the loss in the best way possible: saluting the crowd and kissing his mom and sister.

Dev was clearly the crowd favorite, and even made it on Drake’s Instagram:


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In a battle of “real MVPs,” it’s a tie between Dev and Vanya’s dad, who wore a “The Beefather” teeshirt:

I hope you guys enjoyed our impromptu live blog for the event. Dev and The Beefather, these news and views are for you.

Tony Barbee met with the media

Last week, Barbee was promoted from “special assistant to the head coach” to “assistant coach,” filling the spot vacated by Slice Rohrssen. Today, Barbee met with local media to talk about his new role, which will let him get back on the court and work with players again.

“I saw [the players] every day. It was hard sitting there every day and not being able to help the guys in that role, but obviously I got a great feel for all of the returners and what they bring to the floor as players,” Barbee said, admitting that one day, he wants to be a head coach again. “I see myself as a head coach and want to get back in that role, but now that I’m an assistant I’m going to do that to the best of my ability and help Coach in any role that he needs me to fill.”

His quote about Tyler Ulis makes me excited for next season

When asked what impresses him most about Tyler Ulis, Barbee pointed to the sophomore point guard’s incredible poise.

“His composure. It was uncanny for a freshman point guard at this level to play with the composure he plays with. It’s not natural,” Barbee said. “That’s one of his unique talents. He doesn’t get rattled by anything. He’s fearless. I think we all saw that last year. College basketball is about guard play, for the most part. If you’ve got good bigs and good guards, you’re going to be one of the best teams in the country. When you start with a point guard like Tyler, you’re starting at a pretty good place.”

Barbee hinted the staff could still add one more player…

…cough, Jamal Murray. Of course, Barbee didn’t mention Murray by name, but said because of the available scholarships, “if there’s an ability to add a piece or two out there that we think could help us, we’ll do that”; however, he stressed that the staff is “very comfortable” with the roster they’ve already got for next season.

Kentucky’s new permanent SEC opponents are Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt

Today, the SEC released a new scheduling format in an attempt to fix the last one, which was horrible. Kentucky’s new permanent SEC opponents will be Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, meaning we’ll play each of them twice, unlike this season, in which the Cats only played the Vols and the ‘Dores once. UK will play at least one game against the other ten teams in the conference, and the remaining two games of the 18-game schedule will be picked on a rotating basis each season.

Here’s the new format in full:

Alabama – Auburn / Mississippi State / LSU
Arkansas – Missouri / Texas A&M / LSU
Auburn – Alabama / Ole Miss / Georgia
Florida – Kentucky / Georgia / Vanderbilt
Georgia – South Carolina / Florida / Auburn
Kentucky – Florida / Tennessee / Vanderbilt
LSU – Texas A&M / Alabama / Arkansas
Ole Miss – Mississippi State / Auburn / Missouri
Mississippi State – Ole Miss / Alabama / South Carolina
Missouri – Arkansas / Texas A&M / Ole Miss
South Carolina – Georgia / Tennessee / Mississippi State
Tennessee – Vanderbilt / Kentucky / South Carolina
Texas A&M – LSU / Arkansas / Missouri
Vanderbilt – Tennessee / Kentucky / Florida

The new turf is being installed at Commonwealth Stadium

…and UK invited the media in to take a look, which meant about a million pictures flooded social media of the same thing at once. That’s saying a lot since we’ve seen new constructions pics almost every week and it’s going to take about four weeks for the turf to be completely installed, so I’ll share my favorite pic of the day:

I love Lonny.

The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau today

…which means it’s only a matter of time before we hear Calipari to Chicago rumors. Which means it’s a good time to revisit Calipari’s remarks from yesterday about staying at Kentucky:

“It took me 20 years to get the job,” Calipari told the Cats Pause’s Darrell Bird. “For me to leave something like this, you’re going to have to uproot me. That’s how I feel.”

To uproot something means to pull it out of the ground. Pretty powerful language, even a day later. We need Darrell to share his audio of it so we can play it on loop on the site.

These students thanked Cal with a great pic


According to LaurenHC on Twitter, John Calipari’s foundation sponsors a financial literacy computer program that her middle school students use. To thank Cal, all 450 of them posed for this picture today.

But he’s the guy who’s ruining college basketball, right?

If this picture doesn’t make you smile, you don’t have a heart

Glad I got to have lunch with my man Zach today 😎

A photo posted by Derek Willis🐣 (@dxw_33) on

Giving Lonny some competition there, guys.

Julius Randle likes the idea of an all-Kentucky frontcourt in LA

Randle participated in a Lakers workout today, after which The OC Register’s Bill Oram asked him what he thought of an all-Kentucky frontcourt if the Lakers draft Karl Towns. Julius laughed and responded, “It wouldn’t be bad at all.”

No, it wouldn’t. Neither would all the Lakers gear I’d order.

Yes, we’re aware the comments section is on the fritz

It hasn’t just been a slow day today. The comments section is currently undergoing maitenance and we hope to have it back up and running by tomorrow morning so UK_JB can call “First” on the show thread.

Matt’s gone, but tomorrow you can ask Ryan and Drew anything on the radio

Matt left for his two-week vacation today and Ryan, Drew, and Freddie Maggard will kick off the all-star lineup of guest hosts tomorrow morning. Ryan and Drew are even upping the ante with another edition of “Ask Anything Fridays,” which may end up getting them kicked off the radio. In the second hour, KSR contributor and former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard will join them to talk the oblong ball.

Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the weekend to me.

Clear Eyes, Full Heart, Mouth Closed: Cal can say what he wants, fans need to chill


It’s all just laughable, really.

And that’s not to say I don’t love the man, because I do. My wife even thinks the affection could be a bit unnatural. But that’s beside the point. It’s just that, sometimes, our coach can go a bit too far. And we as fans can all go a bit too far in response.

I’m talking about coach Cal, and him saying Kentucky’s main goal is to send players to the NBA. I get it. I do.

But …

Put me in the camp with those fans who disagree with the sentiment. Still, I love the passion from which the statement comes, you know? I love the idea of Players’ First, and I love the idea of lifting these players up to make their dreams come true.

I also understand that, in theory, if we accomplish these goals we will be put in the best position to win. Obviously, I can’t argue with the results: four Final Fours in five years? Unbelievable. It’s only been done twice before – by Wooden and Coach K.

I just don’t like the way Cal makes the point. It’s probably the only situation where Cal has said the wrong thing. (Flashing back to the NBA Draft, when he first brought it up, talking about five players being drafted as being the best day in the history of the program. That’s when it first rankled me).

And all of this makes me laugh like a crazy person.


Because I feel like Cal has earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants about player motivation. And even if it rubs us fans the wrong way, we need to laugh it off. We need to absolutely trust him and not care.

It’s a clear eyes, full hearts, mouth closed kind of moment for us fans.

Let me present the evidence:

In six years he’s gotten five No.1 recruiting classes, four Final Fours, and a national championship.

Last year his team set the record for most consecutive wins to start a season. They won yet another conference and tournament championship. They made another Final Four. And they flat-out destroyed some marquee teams. It was an absolute blast to watch.

Now, with another top-flight recruiting class in the bag (including the No.1 player) we’re certain to again be a preseason top 5 squad in a season where college basketball will have no dominant team – and the probable No.1 team, North Carolina, will be looking down the barrel of NCAA probation.

The point here is the chance for UK to win big is again probable. And I bet we do. The Final Four is another reasonable goal.

And then, when it’s all over with, I bet we do what makes Cal really happy – I bet we send a few players to the NBA.


Hey, let Coach say what he wants. If the only thing we have to worry about is what Coach Cal thinks regarding sending seven or eight players to the NBA, then we really don’t have it that bad, do we?

No, we don’t. We’ve got it really, really, really good.

Sure, I may not agree with everything Coach says, but as long as we keep winning, none of that matters.

And by the way, are you really naive enough to believe winning championships doesn’t matter in a huge way to Cal? Of course it does – he’s uber competitive. You know he wants to keep this train rolling.

I remember what it was like to not go to a Final Four from 1998-2011. Even though we sent a few guys to the NBA, that drought still sucked. None of us want that.

I’m going to bet that before Cal’s career is over – heck, probably before Tyler Ulis’ career is over – UK will win another title and send another 10 players to the NBA.

That’s something that will keep everyone happy. And I can’t wait to watch – with clear eyes, full heart … and mouth closed.


Do you have a memorable story about meeting a UK coach? When I was about 9 I remember leaving Fayette Mall with my family. We were driving away and we saw Eddie Sutton going in with his wife. As we drove off, I tried to convince my Mom to stop the car so I could meet him. She would not, and I still haven’t forgiven her. 

I’ve been lucky enough to talk with Cal a few times. Here’s my favorite pic of us, taken at his Louisville book signing, moderated by our own Matt Jones. Cal looks drunk, and yes – I look like me. With sunglasses.


Leave your stories below and let us know. Or email me at or hit me up on Twitter: @rhinoKSR or my website: and maybe I’ll share them.

Go Big Blue!

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Breaking down UK’s top priorities in the 2016 class


As we dive into the summer recruiting season, it’s time to brush up on Kentucky’s 2016 prospects. The Cats have handed out 17 offers in the 2016 class and three of those players have committed elsewhere: Omari Spellman to Villanova, LaGerald Vick to Kansas, and Tyus Battle to Michigan. Tai Wynyard is currently the lone commit in Kentucky’s 2016 class, but I have a feeling he’ll be joined by a few others by the end of the summer.

We’re hearing Kentucky has a handful of players they’re really after this summer. Here are those five players, with some insight from 247 Sports Director of Basketball Scouting Jerry Meyer.

(Note: I did not include Jamal Murray on this list because recent reports suggest he will definitely reclassify to 2015. If you don’t know all about Murray by now, please turn in your free KSR membership card.) 

The 5 Kentucky REALLY wants

Kobi Simmons
Point Guard

6’5″, 177 lbs.
Alpharetta, Ga. (Saint Francis High School)

247Sports Composite: No. 8 overall, No. 1 CG
247Sports: No. 16 overall, No. 3 CG
Rivals: No. 12 overall
ESPN: No. 5 overall, No. 2 PG

Leaders: Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Syracuse, Missouri, Ohio State

Last month, Derryck Thornton reclassified to 2015 and committed to Duke, making Kobi Simmons the new priority for Kentucky at point guard. Simmons got an offer from UK in mid-April and was so excited he had to call Calipari back to make sure it was real. He plans to make a decision towards the end of the summer.

Jerry Meyer on UK’s chances with Simmons: “I’d say Kentucky is in the best position with Kobi Simmons. It has always been the buzz that he coveted a Kentucky offer and he has that now. Coach Calipari and crew, though, will have plenty of competition from UNC, Ohio State and others for his services.”

Josh Langford
Combo Guard

6’6″, 200 lbs.
Madison, AL (Madison Academy)

247Sports Composite: No. 14 overall, No. 3 CG
247Sports: No. 14 overall, No. 2 CG
Rivals: No. 17 overall
ESPN: No. 13 overall, No. 3 SG

Leaders: Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Auburn, Arizona, Florida and others

Langford also got an offer from Kentucky in mid-April after a visit from John Calipari. He took an unofficial visit to Lexington in early March. He’s a big, strong wing who finishes well at the basket and is considered one of the most complete scorers in the class. He shares the backcourt with Kobi Simmons on the Atlantic Celtics AAU team.

Jerry Meyer on UK’s chances with Langford:  “Josh Langford is also a possibility for Kentucky. I just don’t expect he and Simmons to play together in college, but that is just my feeling. The Michigan schools are strong with Langford and Arizona is coming on as well.”

Harry Giles
Power Forward

6’10”, 230 lbs.
Winston-Salem, N.C. (Wesleyan Christian Academy)

247Sports Composite: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PF
247Sports: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PF
Rivals: No. 2 overall
ESPN: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PF

Leaders: Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse, UNLV, Wake Forest

Prying Giles from his home state of North Carolina will be tough, but Kentucky’s trying. Duke and North Carolina are considered his leaders, but Calipari has done his best to make a good impression. Giles was the second member of the 2016 class to get an offer from Kentucky and one of the first to get an in-home visit from Calipari in the spring recruiting period. Giles played in last month’s EYBL event in Lexington and Calipari didn’t miss any of his games.

Jerry Meyer on UK’s chances with Giles: “Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are generally considered Duke’s to lose and I’m of that opinion as well. I’d be surprised if the Wildcats pull either of these two to Lexington.”

Jayson Tatum
Small Forward

6’8″, 190 lbs.
St. Louis, Mo. (Chaminade College Prep)

247Sports Composite: No. 3 overall, No. 1 SF
247Sports: No. 8 overall, No. 2 SF
Rivals: No. 3 overall
ESPN: No. 1 overall, No. 1 SF

Final list: Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis

Tatum was the first member of the 2016 class to get an offer from Kentucky, and the Cats are in his final four. Duke is considered his leader, but there’s been a lot of buzz he’ll stay home and play for St. Louis, something his father, a SLU alum, encouraged in a recent article in Sports Illustrated:

“Be a trendsetter,” Justin says. “You don’t have to go on this road because it was made for Shane Battier or Grant Hill. You can do what they did—at home.”

All of that being said, UK’s track record of sending players to the NBA appeals to Tatum, and seven more Cats heading to the Draft next month can’t hurt.

Jerry Meyer on UK’s chances with Tatum: “Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are generally considered Duke’s to lose and I’m of that opinion as well. I’d be surprised if the Wildcats pull either of these two to Lexington.”

Malik Monk
Shooting Guard

6’3″, 170 lbs.
Bentonville, Ark. (Bentonville High School)

247Sports Composite: No. 5 overall, No. 2 SG
247Sports: No. 3 overall, No. 2 SG
Rivals: No. 7 overall
ESPN: No. 6 overall, No. 1 SG

Leaders: Arkansas, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina

Monk made a big jump in the latest recruiting rankings after strong performances in the recent EYBL events, including the one at KBA last month. Monk scored 39 points in front of John Calipari, backing up talk that he may be the best scorer in the class.

Kentucky and Arkansas are considered his leaders. His brother Marcus played both football and basketball for the Razorbacks, but if anyone can get Monk out of his home state, it’s John Calipari.

Jerry Meyer on UK’s chances with Monk: “Malik Monk looks to be a battle between Kentucky and in-state school Arkansas, where his brother Marcus Monk starred. Kansas is also a factor in this recruitment.”

3 more to keep an eye on…

Udoka Azubuike

6’10”, 280 lbs.
Jacksonville, Fla. (Potter’s House Christian)

247Sports Composite: No. 13 overall, No. 1 C
247Sports: No. 9 overall, No. 1 C
Rivals: No. 13 overall
ESPN: No. 10 overall, No. 1 C

Leaders: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Florida, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Wake Forest

Calipari, the UK staff, and some of the returning players watched Azubuike play at the EYBL event at KBA last month. With great size, length, athletic ability, mobility and coordination, Azubuike has drawn comparisons to a young Shaquille O’Neal.

V.J. King
Small Forward

6’7″, 179 lbs.
Fairfax, Va. (Paul VI High School)

247Sports Composite: No. 15 overall, No. 2 SF
247Sports: No. 19 overall, No. 3 SF
Rivals: No. 11 overall
ESPN: No. 18 overall, No. 4 SF

Leaders: Louisville, Kentucky, UConn, Virginia, Arizona

The Dirty Birds are the favorite for King, who took an official visit to Louisville last week. King is close with UofL assistant coach Kenny Johnson, formerly of the staff at King’s Paul VI High School in Virginia. He’s visiting UConn this weekend and plans to take more visits in the future, hopefully to Kentucky.

Josh Jackson
Shooting Guard/Small Forward

6’6″, 184 lbs.
Napa, Ca. (Prolific Prep)

247Sports Composite: No. 2 overall, No. 1 SG
247Sports: No. 1 overall, No. 1 SG
Rivals: No. 1 overall
ESPN: No. 3 overall, No. 2 SF

Leaders: Michigan State, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Louisville, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA, Arizona, Auburn

Jackson still doesn’t have a (reported) offer from Kentucky, but it’s only a matter of time. The California shooting guard is now considered the best player in the 2016 class by 247 Sports and Rivals after an impressive spring circuit, which included a 41-point performance in the UAA II in Louisville. He’s a neat kid–a chess whiz whose mother, Apples Jones (for real), was a basketball star in the military. That alone makes me want Cal to give him an offer right now.

Fred Hoiberg to Pull a Rick Pitino?

NCAA Men's Basketball - Iowa State Open Practice

There’s a decent chance Drew might be wrong about the Cal to Bulls rumors after they fired Tom Thibodeau today. That’s because it seems the Bulls are all-in on hiring Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg, who spent time with the Bulls during his NBA career.

The ties to Kentucky here is if Hoiberg leaves for the NBA, he’ll be pulling something similar to Rick Pitino in 1997. As we all know Pitino left a preseason top-10 team to become the head coach of the Boston Celtics, only to miss out on another NCAA title. Iowa State, despite its recent struggles in the NCAA Tournament, is predicted to be one of the best teams in the country next season due to Hoiberg’s coaching and the fact the Cyclones return nearly everyone from last year.

Not saying this is a bad gig for Hoiberg, but if you follow Pitino please stay out of Italian restaurants late at night and don’t become the next head coach at Louisville.

Josh Clemons signs with Jacksonville State

John Clemons and his arms have a new home in college football. The former Kentucky running back announced today that he has signed with Jacksonville State in Alabama.

Clemons had a string of bad lucks and injuries during his time at UK, beginning with a knee injury his freshman season in 2011. He then missed the entire 2012 season, suffered a torn Achilles in 2013, and got lost in the mix in 2014.

He finished his UK career with 309 yards on 74 carries, two touchdowns and one college degree.

Good luck to Josh at his next stop!

Officially signed with Jacksonville State University! Blessed beyond words! #ZDC4L

A photo posted by Josh Clemons (@j_clem21) on

SEC announces UK’s new permanent opponents


Kentucky’s permanent opponents on the SEC’s new men’s basketball scheduling format will be Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the league announced today. The Cats will play each of those teams twice, while getting at least one game against the 10 other teams in the conference. The remaining two games of the 18-game schedule will be picked on a rotating basis each year.

Here are the permanent opponents for the entire league, beginning this coming season:

Permanent Opponents
Alabama – Auburn / Mississippi State / LSU
Arkansas – Missouri / Texas A&M / LSU
Auburn – Alabama / Ole Miss / Georgia
Florida – Kentucky / Georgia / Vanderbilt
Georgia – South Carolina / Florida / Auburn
Kentucky – Florida / Tennessee / Vanderbilt
LSU – Texas A&M / Alabama / Arkansas
Ole Miss – Mississippi State / Auburn / Missouri
Mississippi State – Ole Miss / Alabama / South Carolina
Missouri – Arkansas / Texas A&M / Ole Miss
South Carolina – Georgia / Tennessee / Mississippi State
Tennessee – Vanderbilt / Kentucky / South Carolina
Texas A&M – LSU / Arkansas / Missouri
Vanderbilt – Tennessee / Kentucky / Florida

For Kentucky, it’s the same three schools as last season.

Someone in John Wall’s crew got him kicked off a flight


John Wall spent Memorial Day Weekend in Las Vegas, as most professional athletes do, and things went swimmingly until it was time to go home. According to a report from TMZ today, Wall and his entourage were removed from an American Airlines flight after an altercation with a fellow passenger.

Law enforcement sources tell us … the Washington Wizards star had boarded a flight headed to D.C. on May 26th — but before the plane took off, his crew got into a verbal argument with someone else on the plane and a threat was allegedly made from someone in Wall’s group.

We’re told someone from the flight crew called the Las Vegas Metro Police Department for help — and cops boarded the plane to deal with the situation.

The alleged victim told cops he did not want to press charges — but the pilot of the plane decided he did NOT want Wall and his crew to remain on the flight … so they were escorted off.

These are the guys on their way out to Vegas, although I have no clue if any of the people in the photo is the one who started trouble on the flight home:

Off to Vegas wit my dawgs just missin Grizzly…#5Deep !!

A photo posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on

Tempers run high on flights out of Vegas. We’ve all been there, sweating profusely and dying to get home.

It happens.