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February 9th, 2016

Scoop Lemond has some SCOOP


When Ryan Lemond has scoop, he can’t help but share it.  After all, he is a reporter.

Today’s scoop was dropped on the pregame show regarding Alex Poythress.  Even though Poythress’ status has been considered day-to-day, with tonight’s status unknown, Scoop told the universe that Alex will NOT play tonight and that he expects Poythress to sit out for the next 10-14 days.

Ryan had some reservations, holding back because he believed UK didn’t want the news to be widespread, but the cat’s out of the bag.  After all, Ryan is a reporter.

Three Future Wildcats are Naismith Semifinalists


Three of Calipari’s 2016 signees — De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo and Malik Monk — make up the list of ten semifinalists for the Naismith Player of the Year Award.

Even though Calipari has had unprecedented recruiting success at Kentucky, he’s never had a Naismith Award Winner.  The last Wildcat to win the award was Ron Mercer, back in 1995.  One Kentuckian made the list; Erin Boley of Elizabethtown was selected as a semifinalist for the women’s award.

The winners will be announced on March 10.

Listen to the KSR Pregame Show


Today’s been pretty crazy around the KSR compound.  Let’s talk about it.  I don’t know if this show will be the #1 live streaming show in America, but I know Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will have plenty of fun at Rupp Arena before the Cats take on the Georgia Bulldogs.

Tune to 630 WLAP or LISTEN HERE.

Devin Booker reminded he is a rookie

Devin Booker may be a participant in the upcoming NBA All-Star Weekend, but he is still a rookie in the league. Booker was reminded of that today when his Suns teammates filled his car with styrofoam peanuts, one of the oldest rookie hazing tricks in the book.

Luckily Booker just bought himself a brand new Jeep, according to his SnapChat:

Rough life for the 19-year-old.

Louisville is more Sinful than Las Vegas

via UofL

via UofL

It’s no secret that Louisville is full of sin, but until recently it was difficult to quantify.

Real estate website compiled the Top 10 Sinful Cities and Saintly Sanctuaries in honor of this day of debauchery, Fat Tuesday.  They based their rankings on the seven deadly sins — lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy, and vanity, and pride.  The Top 10:

1.  New Orleans
2.  Atlantic City
3.  Philadelphia
4.  Tampa
5.  Toledo, Ohio
6.  Louisville
7.  Shreveport, Lousiana 
8.  Las Vegas
9.  San Antonio
10.  Columbus, Ohio

On a day when the Louisville Sex Scandal has been the talk of the town, it’s no surprise the city is more sinful than Vegas, however, lust isn’t what put Louisville ahead of others.  The state’s largest city was ranked in the Top 30 in gluttony, sloth and envy.

If you want to be saintly, I suggest you head to Utah.

1.  Provo-Orem, Utah
2.  Ogden-Clearfield, Utah
3.  Fort Collins, Colorado
4.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
5.  Raleigh, NC
6.  Claremont, NH-Lebanon, Vermont
7.  Boise, Idaho
8.  Asheville, NC
9.  Greeley, Colorado
10.  Cambridge, Massachusetts


You’re running out of time for cheap tickets to tonight’s game


Kentucky basketball’s Winter Special is still available for fans wanting to attend tonight’s game. Upper-level tickets can be purchased for $25 through UK until 6 pm. You can buy them online at with the promo code SNOW.

Again, that’s $25 to see a basketball game in Rupp Arena. You’re not going to beat that, ever. So hurry up and get in on this deal before it ends in about an hour and a half.

Go Cats.

George Karl is (Somehow) Still the Kings’ Head Coach

Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

Hector Amezcua | The Sacramento Bee

The Cal to the NBA rumors were this close to reaching a new boiling point.

Once a playoff team, the Sacramento Kings continue to slide down the Western Conference standings, losing eight of their last nine games.  After last night’s 20-point loss to the Cavs (their fourth in a row), Rajon Rondo said that maybe 3-4 guys showed up to the Monday morning shootaround.  “How can you expect to win?” he asked reporters.

Following the game, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Kings planned on firing head coach George Karl during All-Star break that begins Wednesday.  Today they took the drama to the next level.  According to Stein, in a face-to-face standoff with Karl and the Kings front office, they’ve decided to keep Karl.  General Manager Vlade Divac said in a statement, “George is our coach and we’re collectively working through our issues.”

For Kentucky fans, it’s relieving to not have to hear anymore Calipari-Vivek rumors, but for Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein, it might just mean they’ll have to endure a tumultuous second half of the season.

The Kings currently have second-longest active NBA playoff drought at nine years, and according to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, there’s a 95% chance it will be extended for another season.

Will Jackson has been Dismissed from the Football Team


Redshirt freshman cornerback Will Jackson has been dismissed from the Kentucky football team for a violation of team rules, a UK spokesman confirmed to Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal.

A product of the Washington D.C. area, Jackson was a late addition to the 2015 class after experiencing a rash of defections near National Signing Day.  A hulking, strong corner, Freddie Maggard was a big proponent of the raw talent, excited to see his development.  Unfortunately, that will not be at Kentucky.

Jackson’s absence should not be detrimental to the depth chart.  Two members of his recruiting class — Chris Westry and Derrick Baity — finished the year as starters with fellow freshman Kei Beckham redshirting.  Sophomore Jared Tucker is in the mix, J.D. Harmon will be back this fall for his Senior campaign and three of the best ’16 signees are cornerbacks.

WATCH Katina Powell on KSR


Due to length, the interview has been broken up into four parts for your viewing pleasure.


Miss Katina Powell’s KSR interview? Here’s what happened


Katina Powell just wrapped up her interview with Matt on KSR, and it’s all anyone in the Commonwealth can talk about today. Nick will have full video up on the site soon, but until then, here are some notes….

Who was the player that first opened to the door to Minardi Hall?

One of the most interesting moments of the interview came when Katina described her first trip to Minardi Hall. She said a player opened the door for the girls, but apparently Chuck Smrt, the investigator UofL hired to look into the allegations, told her it was a different player than she originally thought.

“We were let in by a player,” Powell said. “I don’t want to say [which player] because once I spoke with NCAA — or Chuck Smrt — he said it wasn’t the player that I said.”

That means that Smrt knew a player opened the door, validating that it did, in fact, happen.

The line heard around the Bluegrass

I’ve already posted the quote everyone in the state’s talking about, but because of that, it’s worth repeating. Powell said that she dealt with Andre McGee until McGee left Louisville for the University of Missouri-Kansas City, after which she dealt with “Coach Mike,” who had some very interesting demands for her.

“He was just telling me the type of girls that he wanted. He wanted white girls with big butts and big breasts and girls that could squirt to the ceiling and you know, things like that.”

😳 This will rank up there with “down my leg” and “15 seconds” in UofL quotes I can’t unhear.

The ledger was compiled later

Powell brought her journals with her to the show, and a big point of contention since the book came out was that the ledger (record of payments) looked as though it was done all at once, not after each show over the years. Powell confirmed that she compiled the ledger in 2013 from years of notes.

“Yes, and let me explain that. It was done in one sitting,” Powell said. “When I say that I did it as a I went, if you look at the top of my journals, you ‘ll see the amount that was paid at the top. I went back because I wanted to count up how many times I’ve done it and how much was paid and that’s how I did it. Then I sat down one day and went back in all my journals and counted up how many times I did it and how much I was paid and that’s why it was written in one sitting.”

Powell also confirmed that the $10,000 figure she mentioned in the book was only money SHE received, not money that was paid to other dancers.

Powell says she had a sexual relationship with one of the players

But declined to say who.

Peyton Siva only came to one party

Powell confirmed that Chane Behanan, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Chris Smith, Terrence Jennings, George Goode, and Wayne Blackshear all attended parties, and that Peyton Siva only came to one, near the end.

“He came to the last — close to the last party. He was leaving and he came in and we were shocked because he never had come to parties. You never see Siva. He came to that one party and that was it.”

Powell said that more players attended the parties than the ones she listed, but she couldn’t keep track.

“Right, there were a lot of players that came in,” Powell said. “The only one that I could say that wouldn’t come was Siva because, you know, once you see a lot of the players, you start to think they all look the same, as far as a lot of the white players or — I knew pretty much all the black players. I’m not trying to be racist. I knew the black players. Some of the white players would just step in, come in and do various things and leave back out.”

Powell’s answer about employing her daughters

Powell has been honest and up front about the fact that her daughters performed in shows for her. Today, she maintained that her daughters were “grown” (18 and over) when they started performing, but that one was 17 when she “started picking up money.” The question many of us have been asking is, as a mother, how could she willfully employ her daughters in activities like this?

“My daughters wanted to do it is what people don’t understand,” Powell said. “It was kids their age. They were high school kids, they were coming into college, this was a college setting, the guys weren’t that much older, they were not 17 and having sex with anybody.”

“A lot of parents don’t want to see a lot of their kids do a lot of things, but that’s just the cards sometimes that we’re dealt. I have good girls, I really do. I have really good girls. They’re smart. They don’t get in trouble — well, I can’t say they don’t get in — they do what average kids do. To say that I feel bad, I can’t say that I feel bad because I didn’t make anybody do anything. I never prostituted anybody, I never made anybody do anything. My girls begged and begged me for years to go. Finally, I’m like okay — the other were like, ‘let them go, let them go,’ so.”

Powell estimated that “7-8” members of the 2013 National Championship team participated in parties

Based on the players she’s already listed, I think you can guess who.

She feels bad for Damion Lee and Trey Lewis

Of course, the real losers in this whole mess are UofL fifth-year transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, who were not part of the program when any of it happened and, because of UofL’s self-imposed postseason ban, won’t be able to play in the NCAA Tournament. Powell said that while doesn’t have a lot of regrets, she does feel bad that Lee and Lewis will miss out on the tournament.

“In a sense, I do have some regrets about what I did. I don’t feel like I did the wrong thing. I feel like a lot of people were punished that were innocent,” Powell said of Lee and Lewis. “They did nothing. I didn’t know of those guys, they had nothing to do with this. They had nothing to do with it whatsoever. It seems like it comes down on me because they can’t play in the tournament and you know — all of this. I do feel bad for them. Again, they had nothing to do with it and I never sanctioned those boys.”

She’s received threats

Powell said she plans to stay in Louisville, and for the most part, she only gets stares from Louisville fans when she goes in public; however, she did say that sometimes, she doesn’t feel safe.

“In a sense, sometimes. Sometimes I don’t feel safe. I get threats all the time. I’ve had a local radio station, 104.7, give away Bryson Teller tickets if someone could tell them my address.”

She feels bad for Andre McGee. Pitino? “No comment”

Powell wanted to clear up rumors that she and McGee were romantically involved, telling Matt and listeners that the two were simply friendly business partners.

“Andre and I had no relationship. We had no love affair, we didn’t have any of that. It was just business.” Katina said. “He called me and asked me to do business and I did exactly what I was asked to do. That was the bottom line.”

However, Powell said she does feel bad for Andre for having to go through this. Pitino? Ehh…

“No comment,” Powell said when asked if she felt bad for Pitino. “No comment.” Matt pressed her a little further, to which she finally said, “Do I feel bad? No.”

Check out that glance she gives her lawyer:

Later on, Matt asked if Powell was mad at Rick Pitino, and while she said she was not, she did admit she doesn’t like some of the things Rick has said about her in the media.

“I don’t. That’s his opinion. I’m not mad at Rick Pitino. I have no reason to be mad at Rick. Rick has done nothing personally to me. I’ve never talked to Rick, I’ve never had conversations with Rick.”

How would she feel if this scandal caused Rick to resign?

“That wouldn’t be my call, and I wouldn’t — I have no comment.”


AUDIO: Katina Powell’s interview on KSR

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I’m working on notes from today’s big interview with Katina Powell, but in case you missed it, WLAP already has the audio up:

Notes and video coming soon…

Katina Powell just dropped a line that I don’t think any of us can forget


Katina Powell is currently being interviewed by Matt, but there’s one moment that requires immediate attention. While discussing the mysterious “Coach Mike” that took over control of the parties at Minardi Hall after Andre McGee left Louisville for the University of Missouri–Kansas City, Katina Powell dropped a line that I don’t think any of us can un-hear. The language is NSFW or kids, so I’m putting it under the jump.


Katina Powell is in the house


Are you listening to 630 WLAP right now? You should be. The interview starts NOW.

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Katina Powell Comes to KSR (Tuesday Show Thread)


Katina Powell will be join Matt and Ryan at a Double Super Secret location for the second hour of today’s show.  I really don’t know what more I could say to make you listen to what might be the biggest show in the history of Kentucky Sports Radio.

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

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Rick Pitino Addresses his Future on Mike and Mike

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In a situation where most are advised to keep quiet, Rick Pitino can’t stop talking.  This morning he took it to a national stage on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning, addressing his future and calling the NCAA a “broken system” multiple times.

Instead of penalizing these innocent players (“I’d work for free if we could get into the Tournament for my players”) Pitino wants a President to step up, and make change.  What’s his suggested change?  Have schools pay fines for cheating, because that wouldn’t make it easy for wealthy programs to get away with cheating, not at all.

Pitino reiterated what went behind the decision on a postseason ban — Jurich made the decision with the President’s OK.  “The only thing you have to do is you have to trust people, and there’s nobody I trust more in life than Tom Jurich with handling a crisis.”  He’s glad Tom made the decision, but he still insists that Jurich should be included in the investigation process, calling it “the biggest mistake Louisville ever made.”  “You don’t keep the smartest man in the room, who knows the most about NCAA procedure out of the workings,” Pitino said.

It was hard to take some of his comments seriously.  Pitino said Andre McGee initially “misled” him in a phone call, saying that Powell was a “party planner” that she would “bring girls over to listen to music.”  I guess you could call her a “party planner,” just like how you could call Billy Minardi Hall a “sanctuary,” which is exactly what he did.  “If someone broke a chair in that dormitory, I would immediately go over there and get that chair fixed. That’s how much this dormitory meant to me it.  It was a sanctuary.”

For the first time, Pitino gave telling statements on his future at UofL.  “The future is going to be bright for Louisville.  They’ve got a great leader in Tom Jurich.”

If that doesn’t sound like he’s trying to wash his hands on the situation…

“My future is really irrelevant and unimportant.  It’s the University of Louisville I care about,” Pitino said.  “When that day comes, I’ll make that decision, but it won’t be because of this incident.”  He added, “In the end, I’ll be totally vindicated, and people will understand how it happened.”