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May 28th, 2015

Yet another letter from Rick Pitino to a fan

Exactly one week ago from right now, we shared a letter to Rick Pitino from a fan in 1995 concerning Walter McCarty’s diet. Pitino mailed the letter back to the fan with scathing comments, including “Get a life!” and “You need a checkup mentally!”

Well today we were reminded of yet another Pitino letter, this time in 2001 from a UK fan at Auburn with a short message regarding Pitino’s return to Rupp Arena.

Pitino returned to sender with:

Dear sir,

For a PHD your awfully stupid! Read the newspapers and find out what our country is going through. If you know how to read.

— R.P.

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To be fair, this wasn’t long after the 9/11 attacks. Still, Rick, a little aggressive with the response.

Also, you’re*


Five Things From Tony Barbee’s First Press Conference

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Tony Barbee was introduced to the media for the first time today in his new role as an assistant coach. Barbee, who spent last season on the staff as a special assistant to John Calipari, signed a one-year deal worth $375,000 to replace Barry Rohrssen on May 18.

Here are five somewhat important things he said in this morning’s press conference:

 

He wants to be a head coach again.

Barbee was a head coach for eight seasons at UTEP (2006-10) and Auburn (2010-14) before becoming an assistant under John Calipari, a role he held for six seasons at Memphis before his first head coaching gig. A former player for Calipari, Barbee enjoys coaching under the UK head coach, but he hopes to get back out from underneath his wing soon.

“I see myself as a head coach and I want to get back in that role,” Barbee told reporters this morning. “But while I’m an assistant coach, I’m gonna do that to the best of my ability.”

Barbee said he looked into a few head coaching opportunities this offseason, but decided to take the hands-on assistant role once it was offered. He insists the one-year contract isn’t about bolting after one season; it’s the contract that was put in front of him and he agreed to the terms.

Calipari hasn’t changed in the almost 30 years Barbee’s known him.

Barbee has known Calipari since he was 15 years old and Cal is the same today as he was the day they met.

“The intensity is still there,” said Barbee. “The passion is still there; the love and the competitive spirit for winning; the passion he has for teaching and helping these young men grow on and off the floor; the love that he has for them.”

“I haven’t seen any change. Just a couple more gray hairs.”

Barbee said Cal has had a major impact on his life, both personally and professionally.

Derek Willis will compete for minutes.

Barbee said Willis will have the opportunity to be in the mix after being trapped behind so much NBA talent last season.

Derek Willis fans, rejoice!

He doubts Calipari will ever get over the Wisconsin loss.

“I don’t know if any of us will,” Barbee admitted. “It was such a special, historic season, and that one loss doesn’t change that. But when you have your eyes on that one prize, and you come up that short and it’s that close, it hurts. But I’m sure, for him, it hurts more that he wasn’t able to help those young men achieve it.”

He said there’s still room to add another recruit to the current class. (Jamal Murray).

Barbee said the staff is excited and comfortable with the current 2015-16 roster, however, there is room to add one more player (Jamal Murray) if someone (Jamal Murray) out there can be a contributor. NCAA rules prohibit him from mentioning anyone (Jamal Murray) by name, but don’t rule out potentially signing one more. (Jamal Murray.)


Coach Cal leads SEC coaches in the “V Throw Challenge”

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John Calipari and Avery Johnson led the league’s 14 head coaches in the “V Throw Challenge” at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin.

Like the Ice Bucket Challenge but without the mess, the new V Throw Challenge encourages people to shoot a free throw and challenge five friends to raise money for the V Foundation.

Cal went 1-for-2 at the line.


UK fan names child after Willie Cauley-Stein and Sam Malone

Over the years, we’ve seen UK fans do some crazy things: get tattoos of players’ faces, name their pets after players, and now, name their children after players.

At an appearance at Mt. Washington Elementary School yesterday, a woman told Sam Malone her friend named her newborn baby “Cauley-Malone Clark” after him and his former teammate Willie Cauley-Stein.

Malone tweeted about it, and the mother responded with this picture of little Cauley-Malone:

You know the drill: awesome or weird?


Matt’s last show before vacation (Thursday Show)

All you Matt Jones fans out there, enjoy today’s show because it’s the last time he will be hosting KSR until June 15. Matt leaves for two weeks of vacation after today so enjoy him while you can these next two hours.

Topics include: Calipari’s comments and saying goodbye.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Could UK Be On All NBA Teams by 2020?

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Currently Kentucky has a total of 18 alumni spread over 14 NBA teams.  Another 7 guys will be headed into the league next season.  That is a possible 25 players at the beginning of the 2015-16 season.  Of course, guys like Nazr Mohammed and Tayshaun Prince will have to see if they are signed to play somewhere as their contracts have expired.  But the point is that Kentucky is beginning to dot a lot of teams in the professional ranks.  But would it be possible to have a UK player on each and every NBA team?  Below are all the NBA teams with players who are still under contract for next season PLUS the 7 potential draft picks at various locations based on mock drafts:

TORONTO: Patrick Patterson
BOSTON: James Young
BROOKLYN:
PHILADELPHIA: Nerlens Noel
NEW YORK

CLEVELAND: Dakari Johnson (#53 pick)
CHICAGO:
MILWAUKEE
INDIANA: Willie Cauley-Stein (#11 pick)
DETROIT: Jodie Meeks

ATLANTA: Andrew Harrison (#50 pick)
WASHINGTON: John Wall
MIAMI: Trey Lyles (#10 pick)
CHARLOTTE: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
ORLANDO:

GOLDEN STATE:
L.A. CLIPPERS:
PHOENIX: Archie Goodwin, Eric Bledsoe
SACRAMENTO: Demarcus Cousins
L.A. LAKERS: Julius Randle

HOUSTON: Terrence Jones
MEMPHIS:
SAN ANTONIO
DALLAS: Aaron Harrison (#52 pick)
NEW ORLEANS: Anthony Davis

PORTLAND:
OKLAHOMA CITY: Devin Booker (#14 pick)
UTAH:
DENVER:
MINNESOTA: Karl-Anthony Towns (#1 pick)

That would be a total of 19 UK players on 18 different NBA teams.  Chuck Hayes, Patrick Patterson, Brandon Knight, Nazr Mohammed, Rajon Rondo and Enes Kanter are all free agents.

-Safe estimate: 4 of those 6 guys resign for next year.  Let’s toss out Mohammed and Prince.  That would be 23 UK players.

-UK will likely be adding Skal, Briscoe, and Marcus Lee to some NBA roster within the next 2 years.  That’s 26.

-And then if Calipari stays another 3-5 years, you can expect another 2-4 draft picks every year.

I can envision a scenario where if things fall into place correctly and certain guys can last in the league, that Kentucky will have OVER 30 players in the NBA by the beginning of the 2018 season.  And here is the great thing: most of the guys currently in the league and several of the ones projected to go into the league will be long-term NBA players.

So could it ever happen?  Could Kentucky get over 30 NBA players playing at the same time in the league?  Sure, it is very unlikely they would be spread out over the 30 NBA teams, but just focus on the number itself.  30 NBA players at the same time.  Thoughts?


Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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Summer’s here and so is the perfect summer salad—Wendy’s Strawberry Fields Chicken Salad. Made with hand-sliced strawberries and crisp Romaine chopped right in our kitchens. All topped with warm, freshly grilled chicken. It’s only here for summer and it’s only at Wendy’s. At participating Wendy’s for a limited time
___________________________________________________________________ You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Kendal Burk and friends


No. The Answer is no.

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Tina


But he just got all those nice cards =[.

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Not Jerry Tipton


Eh. Close enough.

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Ryan Timmons ‎


LETTTTT’SSSSS GOOOOOOOOO.

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Jordan Hill ‎


Good luck with that, Jordan.

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Sam Malone ‎


That kid is going to be awesome.

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Keith Frank ‎


First reaction to these was a long boo, but then I thought they really got the point across nicely.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Wesley Crouch


WHY ARE WE NOT FUNDING THIS? The KSR shop is slacking.

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Ray J. Vaske ‎


Next Step, basketball.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Nick Bowman ‎


I am going to have nightmares tonight.

@Hessler_KSR


May 27th, 2015

Wedding C-A-T-S Fans’ Wednesday Night News and Views

There are UK wedding photos and then there is the one above I received on the Twitter machine earlier this week. I don’t know how or why the Louisville Cardinal was at the wedding, but shout-out to the four Cats fans in the photo for shaming it. You are tonight’s Fans of the Night. You can pick up your prize of free KSR for life any time you’re on the internet. Congratulations!

Getting a late start tonight after a 10 pm homecooked meal and a five-mile run around the neighborhood. Completely joking about the five-mile run. I don’t run.

Let’s do this…

 

John Calipari said someone will have to “uproot him” to get him to leave Lexington.

Calipari is at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin this week and he was asked on Wednesday if he plans to stick around Lexington. (Because of course he was; it’s all he hears this time of year.)

Cal’s response was one of his best we’ve heard on the subject:

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

There have been rumors of him bolting to the NBA this summer, like every other offseason, and former UK assistant Slice Rohrssen said it’s something that will continue to happen each year. Slice told sNY.tv, “My feelings are that [Calipari] will always be in demand for an NBA job because he’s a players’ coach and he’s coached as many NBA players as there are out there now except he got them before they hit the NBA.”

Between his outrageous new contract and his ability to change the lives of young kids here at Kentucky, it would take the perfect job to “uproot” Calipari out of Lexington at this point. And that job isn’t popping up in the NBA any time soon, if ever.

Calipari questioned NCAA referees’ guts under new rule change.

The NCAA rules committee has asked officials to call more fouls in 2015-16 to reduce the physicality of the game. It’s not the first time we’ve heard things will be called tighter, and Coach Cal wonders what will be different this time around.

Again from the SEC Meetings, Calipari said:

“Here’s what the question will be: How long will they keep calling the fouls? Two years ago, we started this and then no one had the stomach for it. The teams that advanced in the NCAA Tournament that year fouled on every possession. So then we all — me included — went back to football practice. ‘That’s it. Put helmets on. Let’s go. That stuff was a bunch of BS.’ And by the end of the year, that’s how we played and basically made it to the Final Four playing football.” [CBSSports.com]

If you recall, right around the time of the tweak heading into the 2014 postseason, Calipari said he turned his practices into football workouts.

“The football practice today is going to get us ready to be fouled and play offensively through it,” he said at the time. “And also, we’re going to foul. Now you’re going to call them on everybody now, but we’ll foul now and be physical. Our arms are going to be up. You’re going to see their hands. And that’s how we’ve got to play.”

You can understand his reluctance to believe the “change” next season.

So how ’bout those drunk tweets from Garrick Sherman?

Safe to say Tom Izzo is probably a little pissed at his former player, who will wake up with a WTF DID I DO hangover in the morning.

Honestly, I didn’t mind the tweet about “Kentucky players’ salaries,” but this one CROSSED THE LINE:

1989 is a classic.

The Knicks are considering Willie Cauley-Stein with the fourth pick.

ESPN’s Chad Ford has heard from two separate sources that Phil Jackson has eyes on Cauley-Stein with the fourth pick in the draft. The Knicks want a defender and the Kentucky big man is the best in the class. Of course, trading the pick and loading up on free agents is still the most likely route for New York, but it’s nice to hear Cauley-Stein’s name mentioned as a top-four prospect.

Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan will also get looks from Jackson to fill the center position.

I really can’t say enough good things about Bloodline on Netflix.

The first three or four episodes are a little slow, but hang in there. It took me a couple weeks to get through the early part of the season but I couldn’t shut it off once things picked up. I binge watched seven episodes last night until around 4:00 am because there was no putting the finale on hold. Had to get there and it did not disappoint.

Andrew Harrison will work out for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow.

Hopefully he’s off the board when the Pacers pick at No. 43. The best scenario is he goes 32nd to his hometown Houston Rockets if he’s not a first-rounder.

And I don’t know how the hell he can return to Indianapolis this soon. It’s been almost two months since you-know-what and there’s not enough money in Mark Emmert’s personal NCAA safe to get me to go back to that city.

It’s Warriors vs. Cavs in The Finals.

Too bad we have to wait over a week for Game 1. Who ya got?

Ryan Lemond and I will co-host Friday’s show and we’d love your suggestions.

Matt’s leaving us with the ship on Friday before two weeks of guest hosts and we’re open to ideas for the show. We may run it back with #AskAnythingFriday or we may bring on a third co-host if someone tosses out the right suggestion. Write us on Twitter or in the comments section if you have someone or something in mind. If not, we’ll just try not to break anything.


Former college basketball player got drunk and trashed the NCAA on Twitter

Garrick Sherman played two seasons at Michigan State before finishing his career at Notre Dame and now he’s enjoying life overseas as a professional.

Why do we care about Garrick Sherman, you ask?

Because CHECK OUT THESE DRUNK TWEETS!!!!

It’s 4:44 am where Sherman is and his season just ended. He admits that alcohol fueled tonight’s tweets.

There are so many more on Sherman’s timeline.

He’s REALLY going to regret this when he wakes up.


“We Ask You Wednesday” Vol. 46

 

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The season is sadly now over, and the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. Last summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.

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 twenty ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: IF YOU COULD PICK ANY 2 GUEST HOSTS FOR KENTUCKY SPORTS RADIO (OTHER THAN THE ONES WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN SELECTED), WHO WOULD YOU PICK AND WHY?

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That’s a lot of girth for one airwave…

I think Jay Bilas is already happening.

 

Truth.

Out of all the answers I expected to see today… this was not one of them.

 

I want this to happen so badly…

Bruce Pearl would be very entertaining

She would give them hell.

 

If it’s anything like your snap chat stories… I’m on board with it.

Getting Rick and Cal to agree to that together seems like a stretch… but I like the idea.

 

I think Chester would be in full preach mode…

 

I love the idea of Morgan Freeman just reading Doron Lamb tweets.

This seems like it could be possible to work out…


Official Coaches’ Itinerary For The SEC Spring Meetings 2015

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Welcome to the Hilton Sandestin!

If you’re reading this, you’ve checked into the hotel and made your way to your room to begin a four-day stay at our beautiful Northwest Florida resort. I hope you like the gift basket we left bedside… Golden Flakes, YUM!

Once again, we here at the Hilton Sandestin have the privilege of hosting you and the SEC Spring Meetings, and we’re thrilled to have you back! Last year was such an amazing event (aside from Frank Martin powerbombing a staff member through a glass table for dropping his luggage) and we expect another great week in 2015!

As always, we’re here to make your stay as pleasurable as possible, so don’t be afraid to ask for anything. If we don’t have it, we’ll get it; and if we can’t get it, one of Nick Saban’s booster friends can! (Kidding, Nick!)

Below you will find the official itinerary provided by the SEC for the week’s events. We’ll be seeing you around!

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Tuesday

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7:00 – 9:00 am: Complimentary Breakfast in the Sandcastles Restaurant

Located off the resort lobby, Sandcastles is the one restaurant at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa that will offer a full breakfast, free of charge. The menu will vary by day, ranging from fresh and cooked-to-order a la carte options to a wide spread on our breakfast buffet.

9:30 am: The New ‘Cost of Attendance’ Legislation And Its Impact On The League, Emerald Ballroom

The hottest topic at this year’s SEC Springs Meetings is the new ‘Cost of Attendance’ legislation passed by the Power 5 conferences back in January. Many of you have raised concerns with the discrepancies in COA payments and the implications it will have on recruiting balance, so we will address the method of calculation and its impact in our first symposium of the week.

11:00 am: Making The Case For Satellite Camps w/ Mark Richt, Coral Ballroom

Georgia head coach Mark Richt will make the case for change in the SEC’s hard stand against satellite football camps. Richt and many other league coaches have been very vocal about removing the ban against satellite camps, and this year we will open the discussion for change in the ruling.

12:00 pm: Lunch, Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood

Destin’s only – and Northwest Florida’s first – AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Seagar’s presents fresh seafood dishes and steaks rated USDA Prime Black Diamond (the highest designation the U.S. government gives) in an elegant, romantic and intimate setting.

Or order it from your room!

1:00 pm: Kevin Stallings Complains About Things, Sandpiper Room

For the fifth consecutive year, Kevin Stallings will lead the Kevin Stallings Complains About Things workshop on the first afternoon at the SEC Spring Meetings. All coaches and league personnel are encouraged to attend the entire two-hour discussion, where Kevin Stallings complains about things from around the league.

As in years past, we ask everyone to remain silent while Kevin Stallings complains about things.

Also important to note: this year’s Kevin Stallings Complains About Things was moved to the Sandpiper Room after Stallings’ complaints about the aesthetics and inadequate podium lighting in the Pelican Room.

3:00 pm: Rookie Initiation, Basement

A mandatory event for Jim McElwain and Mike White (Florida), Ben Howland (Mississippi State), Rick Barnes (Tennessee) and Avery Johnson (Alabama), this year’s Rookie Initiation is going to be a blast!

As per usual, only returning SEC head coaches are permitted to lead the initiations, with the exception of Frank Martin, who we’ve repeatedly warned about waterboarding at official SEC events.

Also, hotel staff has prohibited the use of cattle prods and open flames this year after the Donnie Tyndall incident of 2014.

6:00 pm: Andy Kennedy’s SEC Spring Meetings Welcoming Party, Hooters Emerald Coast Pkwy

Andy Kennedy will be at Hooters on the first night of the SEC Spring Meetings for a 10th consecutive year. He’s asked that someone please join him this time. If he’s the only one who shows up, it will be the final Andy Kennedy’s SEC Spring Meetings Welcoming Party.

Transportation will be provided. (American drivers only.)

Wednesday

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6:00 – 7:30 am: Weight Training w/ Steve Spurrier, Fitness Center

The Ol’ Ball Coach is back for an 11th year with his Wednesday morning voluntary workout session at the SEC Spring Meetings. This year Spurrier will conduct a light-weight muscle-builder workout in the fitness center, followed by a brief photo opportunity and Bloody Marys.

Bandanas provided. Shirts prohibited.

7:00 – 9:00 am: Complimentary Breakfast in the Sandcastles Restaurant

 

9:30 – 11:30 am: Sand-tasting with Les Miles.

For those of you who aren’t too full after breakfast, Les Miles will host his annual sand-tasting event on the beach just outside the Hilton Sandestin. Miles, known for eating grass before LSU football games, will also defend his trophy in the sand-eating contest. He ate a record 16 lbs. of sand in just under five minutes in 2007.

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12:00 pm: NCAA-sanctioned cookout with Bruce Pearl

Auburn’s head coach will host an outdoor barbecue at Barefoot’s Beachside Bar & Grill, overlooking the resort’s stunning beach and two outdoor pools.

Pearl will be serving his infamous Infraction Burgers and Aaron Craft Mac and Cheese.

NO PHOTOS.

1:00 – 5:00 pm: How To Beat John Calipari and Kentucky, Coral Ballroom

If anyone has any idea how to beat John Calipari and Kentucky, please be in the Coral Ballroom at 1:00 pm. All league basketball coaches will be in attendance to, hopefully, develop a game plan that could potentially take down the Cats. Our hope is that, together, we can come up with something. Anything.

John Calipari will not attend. He will fly to Drake’s “Jungle Tour” concert in Auburn Hills for the night.

6:00 pm: A Farewell Toast to Commissioner Mike Slive, Sandcastles Lounge

Join us for a cocktail party in honor of Mike Slive, who will step down in July after 13 years of service as league commissioner. As the seventh commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, Slive has overseen perhaps the greatest era of success since the league was founded in 1933.

Turn up!

Thursday

6:30 – 7:00 am: Steve Spurrier’s 30-Minute Abs, Fitness Center

You came to the SEC Spring Meetings to talk conference improvement, but thanks to Steve Spurrier, you can leave with rock hard abs. Spurrier will teach his patented 30-Minute Abs class prior to breakfast Thursday morning.

Wash down that core work at the leftover Bloody Mary bar.

7:00 – 9:00 am: Complimentary Breakfast in the Sandcastles Restaurant

 

9:30 – 10:30 am: Ben Howland’s “How To Convince A Five-Star Recruit To Live In Starkville,” Emerald Ballroom

Mississippi State’s Ben Howland will give a financial lecture on how to sign an elite recruit in one of the worst college towns in America. Howland will not only teach his ways, he will explain how to convince people to believe it’s “because his dad played there.”

This event is sponsored by Adidas.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm: John Calipari Autograph Signing, Barefoot’s Deck

Calipari, back from Wednesday night’s Drake concert, will sign autographs for all SEC Spring Meeting attendees. Each attendee is allowed one signed 8×10 photo, provided in your registration packets. Due to time constraints, Calipari will not be able to sign any additional items, as he has to fly to Chicago for the Drake concert at the United Center. He will return Friday morning.

12:00 pm: Lunch, Hadashi Sushi

Hadashi Sushi Bar at Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa allows our guests to sample authentic Japanese sushi in a warm and inviting setting, often with live piano music playing in the background.

1:00 – 3:00 pm: The Billy Donovan Memorial Beach Olympics

Competitive events include:

— Pool Volleyball

— Three-Legged-Race

— Tug-of-War

— Crab-Crawl Relay

— Gators’ Failed Drug Test/Pee Sample Toss

3:00 – 7:00 pm: Live taping of The Paul Finebaum Show

Only Nick Saban and Gus Mahlzan required to attend.

Optional for everyone else.

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Outkicking Your Coverage with Bret and Jen Bielema, Serenity Spa

Bret Bielema is back again to explain how to parlay your power as an SEC head coach into landing a smoking hot wife.

SERIOUSLY, MAN! TEACH US!!!

6:00 pm: A Farewell Toast to LSU head coach Johnny Jones, Sandcastles Lounge

Join us for a cocktail party in honor of Johnny Jones, who will undoubtedly be fired at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season when his team is eliminated in the first round of the NIT. With a talented roster that includes Ben Simmons, the best player in college basketball, Jones will underachieve once again in his final season in Baton Rouge, and the league.

So join us in his final SEC Spring Meetings! Turn up!

Friday

6:30 am: Steve Spurrier’s Full-Body Exercise-Ball Workout, Fitness Center

Steve Spurrier will be in the Fitness Center one last time for attendees interested in a workout before heading home.

Or what’s left of the Bloody Mary bar.

7:00 – 9:00 am: Complimentary Breakfast in the Sandcastles Restaurant

 

9:30 am: Final Send-Off, Grand Ballroom

We will gather in the Hilton Sandestin’s Grand Ballroom for our final meeting at the 2015 SEC Spring Meetings. Commissioner Slive will review the progress throughout the week and the mission ahead as everyone returns to their respective schools around the south to prepare for the 2015-16 academic year.

 

Enjoy your stay and GO SEC!!!


Calipari wonders if refs will “have the stomach” to blow the whistle

The NCAA rules committee hopes to reduce physicality in college basketball next season by encouraging officials to call more fouls, but at least one person, John Calipari, wonders if the officials will follow through in the moment.

When speaking at the SEC Spring Meetings today, Calipari said,  “Here’s what the question will be: How long will they keep calling the fouls?”

Two years ago, we started this and then no one had the stomach for it. The teams that advanced in the NCAA Tournament that year fouled on every possession. So then we all — me included — went back to football practice. ‘That’s it. Put helmets on. Let’s go. That stuff was a bunch of BS.’ And by the end of the year, that’s how we played and basically made it to the Final Four playing football.”

Get ’em, Cal!!!

(But really, Julius Randle got gang-tackled every time he touched the ball.)

[CBSSports.com]


Calipari on leaving UK: “You’re going to have to uproot me”

Darrell Bird from The Cats Pause is in Sandestin for the SEC Spring Meetings this week and he has quite the quote from John Calipari regarding the likelihood Cal leaves UK for the NBA.

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

The opportunity to help young kids achieve their dreams remains Calipari’s No. 1 reason for staying put in Lexington. When he spoke to Cleveland last year about taking over the Cavs, he wanted to how he could keep making a difference, because winning a title or making the Cavs money “doesn’t move his boat.”

Read a lot more here, including quotes on Cal’s future from Mitch Barnhart.


Woman gets high on whipped cream cans, crashes car and gets a DUI

Usually Kentucky has Tennessee beat when it comes to bizarre news stories, but this one made me turn around and actually listen to the Channel 5 news this evening.

Police in Franklin, Tennessee charged 28-year-old Anna Thomas with a DUI after she crashed her SUV into a mailbox. Sounds like your run of the mill DUI story right? Until you find out that Thomas had 13 empty cans of whipped cream scattered across her vehicle. Putting two and two together, police allege Thomas, who was disoriented at the scene, was high off the gasses she inhaled from the cans. She was hospitalized after the wreck and has been charged with DUI and failure to report a crash.

Here’s her SUV and the broken brick mailbox:

And all 13 empty cans of whipped cream:

At least she spiced it up with some M&Ms and chocolate milk?

[News Channel 5]


Are the Knicks targeting Willie with the 4th pick?

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The latest mock drafts have Willie Cauley-Stein going anywhere from 5th to 13th, but in his Draft Chat this afternoon, ESPN’s Chad Ford says the New York Knicks may be targeting Willie with the fourth pick:

And two different sources today told me the Knicks are also looking strongly at Willie Cauley-Stein. They want a strong defender in New York which explains the Winslow and Cauley-Stein interest. Of course, I also think there’s a good chance they just trade this pick if the right veteran comes around. But for me, I think they really should keep it. Lots of talent with long-term potential where they are drafting.

A character like Willie in NYC? That makes way too much sense.

Meanwhile, Ford says there is still no resolution on whether the Minnesota Timberwolves will take Jahlil Okafor or Karl Towns with the first pick; in fact, he says D’Angelo Russell may now be in the mix. Ugh.

To read more of Ford’s scoop, head on over to the Worldwide Leader.

[ESPN]