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May 4th, 2015

May’s Monday Night News and Views

April is finally behind us after being one of the worst months ever for Kentucky basketball. It all began with the loss to Wisconsin in the Final Four — still hurts to write that — followed by Calipari’s first strikeout on the spring recruiting trail. We also said goodbye to seven of our all-time favorite Wildcats and the best-dressed assistant coach in all of sports. April was so terrible, you guys. It really sucked. We need a time machine so we can go back and try it all over again.

So here’s to May, Big Blue Nation. We’re four days in and things are looking up for us, simply because it can’t get any worse. Derby weekend was a blast and tomorrow we get to eat burritos and drink margaritas for Cinco De Mayo. Life is finally on the right track again.

Now let’s do this News and Views thing…

 

Calipari is still looking to add one more player.

He was in contact with LaGerald Vick, who recently decommitted from SMU. Vick is a member of the 2016 high school class but UK reached out to him about reclassifying to 2015, according to Rivals.com. He’s also heard from several other schools, including Kansas and Louisville.

At 6-foot-5, Vick’s build is very similar to that of Charles Matthews and Mychal Mulder. He is the No. 17 shooting guard in 247Sports composite rankings.

We’ll have more on him tomorrow morning.

Willie Cauley-Stein changed his middle name to Trill.

For the first 21 years of his life, Willie Cauley-Stein’s legal name was Willie Durmond Cauley. But after a trip to the courthouse on Monday, he is now Willie Trill Cauley-Stein, officially.

The former UK big man went to Fayette District Court to legally change his last name to Cauley-Stein, what we’ve been calling him for years. The inclusion of Stein in his last name is for his mother, Marlene Stein. But while filling out the paperwork or doing whatever it is people do when changing a name, he decided he would change his middle name, too. Now he is Willie “Trill” Cauley-Stein.

Wright State and Illinois State will come to Rupp Arena in late November.

Two more non-conference games were revealed on Monday when The Cats Pause learned Kentucky will host Wright State and Illinois State next basketball season. Wright State will travel to Rupp on November 20, while Illinois State will get a shot at Kentucky on November 30.

Here’s an early and unofficial look at the 2015-16 non-conference schedule as it stands today:

  • November 17: vs. Duke in Chicago
  • November 20: vs. Wright State
  • November 27: vs. South Florida in Miami
  • November 30: vs. Illinois State
  • December 3: at UCLA
  • December 9: vs. EKU
  • December 19: vs. Ohio State in Brooklyn
  • Late December: vs. Louisville
  • January 31: SEC-Big XII challenge game (away)

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Bud Dupree visited his new city for the first time.

The new Steeler made his first trip to Pittsburgh and Steelers.com followed him around for the day with a camera.

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Watch the video here.

Derek Anderson apologized to John Calipari, Dakari Johnson and Big Blue Nation, kind of.

Over the weekend, Anderson penned a letter to Coach Cal, Dakari Johnson and UK fans and shared it on Cameron Mills’ website:

An Open Letter To Coach Calipari, Dakari Johnson & Big Blue Nation

First let me apologize to Dakari Johnson if he felt offended by my example of what I meant for players to stay in school is more important than rushing to the NBA. I want the best for EVERY player and person on this earth so my intent was to hopefully bring the awareness of what could happen. I want to apologize to Coach Cal if I offended him as my comments where my opinion in which ALL UK fans and people have made in which they where not meant to be taken personal like some people chose to do.

I Love UK to the bone and have been there thru the bad and good times because we are a family. When Noel got hurt, I came! When Alex got hurt, I came! Coach ask me to speak to team, I came! I was speaking my opinion about why “I” thought we lost the last two seasons and it came out harsh in which I apologize for that.  But for people to attack my character is not something I take lightly as I am human and make mistakes. This message is to those that love UK like me, I was wrong and I’m moving on by supporting BBN as always. But if you have a problem with me, then don’t expect me to be kind to you in return. This is a sport and not a place to defame a man’s character in which I never once disrespected anyone’s character.

When coach yells at his players and tells them they played bad in front of BBN, I did the same and again, it wasn’t the right thing to do on my part. But NEVER will I allow others to attack me as a Man!

I am truly greatful for all the love and support from the University of Kentucky, BBN, and alumni.
I am True Blue always!!! #BBN4Life

Love,

DA

I’m over this whole thing, personally. My only beef with Derek Anderson is he was unable to play in the 1997 title game and he’s constantly sharing photos of cars, houses and private jets that clearly aren’t his. Other than that, we’re all good.

Anthony Davis finished fifth in NBA MVP voting.

The award went to Stephen Curry in a landslide. I will now use this opportunity to share Chef Curry’s top plays of the season because he is so fun to watch.

This one should’ve been included:

Next year is your year, A.D.

All eyes will be on Wednesday’s Kentucky Sports Radio governor debate.

Ish just got really real for the debate and for the G.O.P. primary. I did my best to preview the race earlier tonight and then some big news leaked online moments later. Wednesday is going to be big and there’s no better place for it than KSR.


Kentucky is No. 4 in new CBSSports preseason rankings

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Mark Zerof | USA Today

Gary Parrish over at CBSSports.com updated his preseason rankings for next college basketball season and Kentucky dropped from No. 1 to his fourth-ranked team. The spring recruiting whiffs knocked the Cats out of Parrish’s top spot.

Here’s what he had to say:

4. KENTUCKY

  • Notable players definitely gone: Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein
  • Others expected to leave: None
  • Notable players expected to return: Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins
  • Others expected to join the roster: Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews, Mychal Mulder

Why the Wildcats are ranked here: It’s amazing that John Calipari missed on basically every high-level prospect he targeted over the past month. What’s also amazing is that he’ll still have a roster talented enough to make a fifth Final Four in six seasons.

North Carolina is Parrish’s new No. 1 team, followed by Maryland, Kansas, Kentucky, Iowa State, Duke, Virginia, Michigan State, Oklahoma and Gonzaga in the top 10.

[UNC moves to No. 1 in Ridiculously Early Preseason Top 25 (and one)]


A Guide To The KSR Debate By A Guy Who Hates Politics

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Let me be very clear about something, KSR readers. I do not follow politics. Not at all. There are two things Drew Franklin doesn’t do well: politics and Major League Baseball. I just don’t have the time or the interest to keep up. Judge me as you please. I do not care. #TeamNF.

That being said, I am very aware of the importance of the upcoming debate on Wednesday’s show. Matt will have all four candidates from the Republican governor race in studio for the first ever Kentucky Sports Radio Republican Gubernatorial LIVE On-Air Debate (that’s a working title). That’s a huge deal for the show and for the election. You’re going to want to listen to it.

But first, you need to know the candidates, and who better to educate you than me, the guy who knows absolutely nothing about any of them. So allow me to share what I dug up during my Kentucky Sports Radio Republican Gubernatorial Live On-Air Debate prep earlier today.

Meet the men who are fighting for a shot at the throne…

 

Matt Bevin

— He grew up in a small farmhouse in Shelburne, New Hampshire.

— He served four years in the U.S. Army.

— He moved to Louisville in 1999 and started two investment companies: Integrity Asset Management and Veracity Funds.

— He has nine children. NINE. Four of his nine children were adopted from Ethiopia. The family uses a 12-passenger van called “Apollo 12″ to get around and I bet it’s full of old Happy Meal toys.

— He wasn’t exactly truthful on his LinkedIn page. He included Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Education section of his online resume, though he never attended MIT. School officials said the three-week seminar he attended had no affiliation with the the school. (Common mistake, though.)

— He likes to draw cartoons in his free time.

— He’s a Tea Party guy.

— He is the President of a bell manufacturing company, a Bevin family business since 1832. The company’s website sells a Smiley Face Call Bell for only $5.99. (Guess what my mom is getting for Mother’s Day… A Smiley Face Call Bell.)

— He joined the race less than two hours before the deadline.

 

James Comer

— He is from Tompkinsville, Kentucky in Monroe County. Tompkinsville is also home to the Watermelon Festival, Kentucky Living Magazine‘s 2005 Best Hamburger In The State, the Monroe County Marble Club Super Dome and 2012 national champion marbler Paul Davis.

— He is the current Agriculture Commissioner of Kentucky, succeeding one Richie Farmer.

— He has not ordered state employees to build a basketball court in his backyard, to my knowledge. Nor has he used state resources to make Christmas baskets for his family or book expensive hotel stays at the state tournament.

— He is the youngest of the four candidates.

— He graduated from Western Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in agriculture.

— He’s not loved in Clay County. (That’s Richie Land.)

— He announced his run for governor at the annual Fancy Farm Picnic. And now I’m craving mutton.

 

Hal Heiner

— He is from Louisville and graduated from U of L. (Deduct two points.)

— He worked as a janitor, dishwasher and short-order cook in college.

— He lives on a corn and soybean farm.

— He’s filthy rich, apparently. He dumped four million dollars of his money into his campaign. Man, that’s really going to suck if he loses.

— He develops business parks, including a 300-acre industrial park in Louisville. Matt and I used to work for a TV show there. There is a really good Culver’s nearby.

— He previously served as a Louisville metro councilman.

He knows Tim Tebow.

 

Will T. Scott

— He is from Pikeville.

— His great-grandfather was involved in some of the Hatfield-McCoy fights.

— At 67 years young, he is the oldest of the four candidates.

— He served in Vietnam and is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, given to members of the U.S. Armed Forces for acts of heroism, meritorious achievement, or meritorious service in a combat zone.

— He received his law degree from The U.

— He has been married four times; his fourth wife was Dea Riley, a former KSR podcast guest.

— He was the Republican nominee for Attorney General in 1995.

— He’s been a prosecutor, public defender, circuit judge, trial lawyer, and Deputy Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

— He raises and trains his own bird dogs.

— He lives in a log cabin in Pike County.

 

My thoughts on each candidate:

Matt Bevin: He’s from New Hampshire and New Hampshire is next to Vermont and I hate Vermont, so I kind of hate New Hampshire by association. However, that’s a hell of a deal on that bell and I like that his family can run 5-on-5 in the driveway without asking the entire neighborhood. He’s cool by me.

James Comer: I do not have one single opinion of Comer, not one good or bad thought. That’s dangerous.

Hal Heiner: I don’t trust anyone from the University of Louisville. I’m sorry, Hal. Can’t do it.

Will T. Scott: The dude’s old school and he’s a man of the people. He seems like he doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty; a bourbon-straight-from-the-bottle kind of guy. And he lives in a log cabin. I like to think he doesn’t have electricity.

 

Give me Will T. Scott and his bird dogs.

 


Terrence Jones and the Rockets host the LA Clippers tonight

Can T. Jones Match Blake Griffin? (VIA Fansided)

Tipping off soon on TNT is Game 1 of the Western Conference semi-finals between the Houston Rockets and the LA Clippers. The Rockets have been at rest since finishing the Mavericks in 5 games last Tuesday. Terrence Jones played a major role in Houston’s early victory. He’s one of 5 Rockets scoring in double figures so far in the postseason at 12.8 ppg and third on the team in rebounds and assists.

The Rockets split the regular season series with the Clips with two of the games being decided by five points or less. The two games the Rockets lost took place while Jones was out dealing with his various issues during the year. In the two wins he played in TJ averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks. The real T Jones is going to play a major factor in this series as he draws the task of stopping Blake Griffin.

For the Clippers the series could be decided by the health of Chris Paul. CP3 tweaked in hamstring against the Spurs but played through the injury to win game 7 for the Clips. He’s currently being listed as day-to-day but I think it’s a safe assumption that we will see the all-star point guard in action. The two teams are pretty evenly matched and both hold dreams of winning a championship this year. Buckle up folks, this should be an entertaining series as another former Cat makes a run for the Larry O’Brien trophy.


Where Are They Now: Derrick Jasper

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Jasper was a 4-star recruit and ranked No. 38th nationally out of Paso Robles, Ca. The 5th best point guard in the nation was recruited to Kentucky by Tubby Smith, but transferred to UNLV following his sophomore season under Billy Gillispie.

“The decision to transfer is in no way an indication of my experience playing for UK,” Jasper said. “I feel at this point in my life, it is important for me to be close to my family, and I intend to transfer to a school closer to the west coast where I can see my family more often, and they can see me play.

“It was not an easy decision for me to make, since the fans have been so wonderful and very supportive of my teammates and me. I want to thank Coach Gillispie and the entire UK coaching staff for their guidance and support they have given me these past two years.  I have grown a tremendous amount as a basketball player, and most importantly a person and feel it is largely due to the people involved with the UK basketball program.”

Jasper started at the point guard position as a true freshman over junior Ramel Bradley. Jasper thought about transferring but new head coach, Billy Gillispie, convinced him to stay. Over the summer before his sophomore season, Jasper had micro fracture surgery performed on his left knee, which caused him to miss the first 10 games of the season. Jasper returned to the starting lineup after freshman star, Patrick Patterson, injured his ankle. During Jasper’s two seasons at Kentucky (2006-2008), he played in a total of 54 games and averaged 4.0 points and 2.7 assists per game.

Jasper never really got into a groove for the Runnin’ Rebels. After sitting out the 2008-09 season because of NCAA rules, Jasper only averaged 4.8 points, 2.4 assists and 4.3 rebounds in his two years at UNLV.

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Getty Images

Following his college basketball career, Billy Gillispie hired Jasper as graduate assistant at Texas Tech. This hire confused many people, as many thought Jasper’s transfer was result of a strained relationship between the two.

Following his knee injury before his sophomore season, the recovery time should have kept Jasper out for the entire season. However, Jasper returned early and played 20 games for the Wildcats, helping his team make a run in the NCAA Tournament. Jasper later admitted that he returned too soon before the leg was completely healed. Speculation circled that Jasper was talked into, if not pushed by Gillispie to return.

“I think that was blown out of proportion a bit,” Jasper said. “We had a good relationship. It wasn’t bad. It was me wanting to get closer to him. I wouldn’t be going back to work for him if I didn’t believe he was a good guy.

“A lot of (the return from the knee injury) was just me trying to get back early enough to help my team. That’s all in the past now. I’m just looking to the future.”

Jasper just finished his fourth season as a member of the Texas Tech basketball staff. Despite Gillispie’s departure in 2012, Jasper remained at Texas Tech where he now coaches under his other former Kentucky coach, Tubby Smith. Jasper serves as the assistant director of video production. His duties include video exchange, taping workouts and games, breaking down video and organizing the video library. He also takes on the duty of scouting opponents. 

 


Of course Karl Towns signed up for sophomore online courses

Because he’s the perfect human being, Karl Towns plans to continue his education at the University of Kentucky while playing in the NBA.

Towns was back home over the weekend and he told NJ.com he has already signed up for online courses for his sophomore year at UK. He will balance the coursework and his rookie season in the league, wherever he ends up.

“With any organization I’m with, I’ll be taking them online,” Towns said. “Whether it’s one class, two classes, maybe three, it gets me a step closer to having that degree in my hand.”

Several former Wildcats have taken classes over the summer, but I don’t recall any of them continuing to be a student during their first season in the NBA.

Sometimes I wonder if Karl is real.


Would You Trade Basketball Success for Football?

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There is absolutely no question where Kentucky falls in the ‘basketball school’ vs ‘football school’ label. It’s something many of us in Big Blue Nation are proud of as well.

But, would you trade any of the basketball success to be constantly good in football? Now, to put this question in perspective, I’m not saying going from where we are now to an Alabama-type school. But, what about a school like Michigan State or Wisconsin?

Would you sacrifice the annual question of ‘Will Kentucky win another national title in hoops?’ to constantly compete in the SEC Championship Game for football?

Wisconsin recently competed in the Big 10 title game, but was never considered a true national title contender in the football world. Its basketball team had extremely successful seasons the last two years (it pained me to just write that) and is often considered one of the second-tier type programs.

In today’s world of college football owning the nation, would you take that as a Kentucky fan?

My answer is no as I’d rather be the best at one sport than above average in both. It makes those wins against Georgia and South Carolina that more fun during football season while always having basketball during the rough years on the gridiron.

Plus, with the way Stoops has this team trending we might not have to ask this question in the near future.


The Player Formerly Known as Willie Cauley-Stein

 

Photo by: Getty Images

Photo by: Getty Images

Kentucky fans were #blessed to have Willie Cauley-Stein become a Wildcat. We loved him for his energy on the court and compassion off the court. There was the famous long-sleeve undershirt (see above), blonde hair and styles that only he could pull off. Well, let’s add one more to the list.

Willie Cauley-Stein will no longer be Willie Cauley-Stein. He’s officially changed his name to Willie Trill Cauley-Stein according to the Lexington Herald-Leader.

The NBA beat writers that get to cover him next year are in for a treat.


UK will face Wright State and Illinois State next season, won’t face Texas Tech or Indiana

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With the season over and recruiting wrapping up, get ready for schedule leaks! According to CatsPause.com’s Jon Hale, Kentucky will host Wright State on November 20 and Illinois State on November 30.

According to Andy Katz, UK will NOT play Indiana or Texas Tech next season. Katz reports that Kentucky and Texas Tech were working on bringing Tubby Smith back to Rupp, but they couldn’t get the details worked out in time to get it on the schedule. Hopefully it’ll happen in 2016-2017.

So, here are the games we do know will take place:

  • November 17: vs. Duke in Chicago
  • November 20: vs. Wright State
  • November 27: vs. South Florida in Miami
  • November 30: vs. Illinois State
  • December 3: at UCLA
  • December 9: vs. EKU
  • December 19: vs. Ohio State in Brooklyn
  • Late December: vs. Louisville
  • January 31SEC-Big XII challenge game (away)

[CatsPause.com]


Nerlens Noel took Kelly Melton to the Derby again

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In what is becoming one of my favorite traditions, Nerlens Noel took Kelly Melton to the Kentucky Derby again on Saturday. Nerlens and Kelly, a 9-year-old fan with leukemia, became friends during Nerlens’ time at UK, and for the past three Derbys, Kelly has been Nerlens’ guest.

This year, cn|2 caught up with Nerlens and Kelly on the red carpet, and the video is pretty adorable:

Kelly is also close with several other Kentucky athletes, including Max Strong, Landon Foster, and Marcus Lee. Even though Kelly says he can’t come to next year’s Derby, here’s hoping he can find a way to make it happen.

[cn|2]


Jimmy Fallon’s Puppies Accurately Predict American Pharaoh To Win Kentucky Derby

 

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Earlier in the week, Jimmy Fallon took part in a recurring Tonight Show segment in which he used a bunch of puppies to try to predict which horse would be victorious in the Kentucky Derby. The bit involved puppies racing to a bowl of food, and each pup corresponded to a different thoroughbred.

As it turns out, the puppy representing American Pharoah won the contest — and on Saturday, the actual American Pharoah won the Derby.

Fallon has used a similar bit to attempt to predict this year’s NCAA football and basketball championships, but the puppies chose wrong in those instances (The puppies predicted Michigan State would win the Final Four.) Watch the segment below!

 

Did you win any money with your Derby prediction? Tell us below!


ESPN’s SEC Blog ranks UK 13th in the SEC after spring practice

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

Andy Lyons | Getty Images

ESPN’s Edward Aschoff is passing out grades to each SEC team after spring practice, and well, at least Kentucky isn’t last? In a true testament to the strength of the SEC, Aschoff ranks Kentucky 13th out of the 14 league teams despite notable improvement:

13. Kentucky: The quarterback position is muddy, with Patrick Towles battling Drew Barker. The Wildcats have to find consistent playmakers at receiver, the offensive line needs work, the defensive line was gutted and the secondary needs help. Coach Mark Stoops said he felt better about this team exiting spring, but a ton of questions remain. Stoops is all about defense, and we’ll really see what he’s made of with this group.

I’d argue that the quarterback position isn’t that muddy (although not official, Towles seems like a considerable favorite), but there are a lot of unknowns. Like we’ve said all along, this is the year Stoops needs to show us something. Hopefully it’ll be enough to get to a bowl game.

If you’re curious, here’s Aschoff’s 1-14:

1. Auburn
2. Georgia
3. Ole Miss
4. Alabama
5. Arkansas
6. Tennessee
7. Mississippi State
8. LSU
9. Missouri
10. Texas A&M
11. South Carolina
12. Florida
13. Kentucky
14. Vanderbilt

Before you get too discouraged, keep in mind that ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has eight SEC teams in his “Too early Top 25,” which was also released today. The SEC also had the most draft picks of any conference in the country with 54. The next closest? The ACC with 47. There’s a reason they call this a man’s league.

[ESPN]


The 5 Best Parts of Bud Dupree’s Tour of Pittsburgh

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It’s been quite a weekend for Bud Dupree, who was drafted 22nd by the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. Dupree made his first trip ever to Pittsburgh this weekend, and a Steelers camera crew followed him around as he took a tour of the city. You can see the entire video on Steelers.com (they are Team No Embed), but here are my five favorite parts:

1. It’s May 4th, so MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU, especially if you’re seen that joke a million times this morning. The most random part of the video is when someone gives Bud a painting of Yoda:

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#WhyNot?

2. This woman who was out of breath after running to see Dupree, whom she called “the Steelers’ future”:

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“You gonna take a very nice picture for me!”

3. Bud holding a lobster, because nothing says Pittsburgh like lobster?

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4. This sandwich, which the folks at Primanti Bros. made Bud make:

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I don’t know about that sandwich (is that sauerkraut? Fries on a sandwich?), but the lady who makes it with Dupree seems awesome.

5. Bud surrounded by a large group of children, only half of which seem to know the Steelers fight song:

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I don’t know if that kid in the gray shirt even knows where he is right now.

Enjoy yourself, Bud.

[Steelers.com]


Will Kentucky take a look at LaGerald Vick?

After striking out on Jaylen Brown, Kentucky’s roster for next season is probably set; however, there is still a chance Jamal Murray reclassifies and considers the Cats, and now, there may be another option: four-star wing LaGerald Vick. Vick decommitted from SMU this weekend and although he is currently a 2016 prospect, he is reportedly considering reclassifying to 2015. If so, expect to hear his name A LOT the next few weeks. The 6’5″ 180 lbs. Vick is currently ranked the 30th best shooting guard in the 2016 class.

So far, we haven’t heard of interest from either side, but wing is one position in which Kentucky could use some more help next season. Something to keep an eye on this week…


Derek Anderson apologizes to Dakari, John Calipari, and the Big Blue Nation

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Last week, Derek Anderson made waves with his interview on Drew Deener’s show in which he said some not so nice things about the state of Kentucky program, John Calipari, and Dakari Johnson. Anderson came on the show Thursday morning and tried to explain his comments and tell fans he didn’t realize he was on a Louisville radio show.

Over the weekend, Anderson wrote an open letter on Cameron Mills’ website in which he apologized to John Calipari, Dakari Johnson, and the Big Blue Nation:

An Open Letter To Coach Calipari, Dakari Johnson & Big Blue Nation

First let me apologize to Dakari Johnson if he felt offended by my example of what I meant for players to stay in school is more important than rushing to the NBA. I want the best for EVERY player and person on this earth so my intent was to hopefully bring the awareness of what could happen. I want to apologize to Coach Cal if I offended him as my comments where my opinion in which ALL UK fans and people have made in which they where not meant to be taken personal like some people chose to do.

I Love UK to the bone and have been there thru the bad and good times because we are a family. When Noel got hurt, I came! When Alex got hurt, I came! Coach ask me to speak to team, I came! I was speaking my opinion about why “I” thought we lost the last two seasons and it came out harsh in which I apologize for that.  But for people to attack my character is not something I take lightly as I am human and make mistakes. This message is to those that love UK like me, I was wrong and I’m moving on by supporting BBN as always. But if you have a problem with me, then don’t expect me to be kind to you in return. This is a sport and not a place to defame a man’s character in which I never once disrespected anyone’s character.

When coach yells at his players and tells them they played bad in front of BBN, I did the same and again, it wasn’t the right thing to do on my part. But NEVER will I allow others to attack me as a Man!

I am truly greatful for all the love and support from the University of Kentucky, BBN, and alumni.
I am True Blue always!!! #BBN4Life

Love,

DA

If you missed Derek’s appearance on our show, click here to listen to the podcast.

[CameronMillsRadio.com]