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May 27th, 2015

Louisville signee facing assault charges because of course

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a future Louisville player is going to trial for criminal charges. This time around, it’s defensive end signee Devonte Fields, who will go to trial for misdemeanor assault in June. Fields, a former TCU player who was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was charged with assault last July after he allegedly hit his ex-girlfriend.

TCU dismissed fields after his arrest and he spent a year at Trinity Valley Community College in Texas before signing with Louisville. He took anger management classes in hopes the charge would be dismissed, but will now go to trial on June 17. The Class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

#L1Crime4Eva

[ESPN]


Andrew Harrison will work out for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Earlier today, I shared Draft Express’ scouting report on Andrew Harrison and now, Jeff Goodman is reporting that Andrew will work out for the Indiana Pacers tomorrow, along with Terry Rozier, Dez Wells, Terran Petteway, JP Tokoto, and Rashad Vaughn.

The Pacers have the 11th and 43rd picks in the draft. Andrew is projected to go anywhere from 30th to undrafted in the latest mocks.

Make us proud, Andrew.


Calipari will coach in the Team USA Fantasy Camp again

Do you love John Calipari, basketball, and Las Vegas? How could you not? Well, get out your checkbooks because from August 12-14, Calipari will coach in the third annual USA Basketball Fantasy Camp.

PJ Carlesimo will serve as the camp director, while Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery will be camp commissioners. Other coaches joining Cal this year include Jamie Dixon (Pittsburgh), Lon Kruger (Oklahoma), Danny Manning (Wake Forest), Matt Painter (Purdue), Jay Wright (Villanova) and former Georgia Tech and Charleston coach Bobby Cremins.

According to the release, campers get to stay at the Wynn and will have access to USA National Team practices during its training camp. Participants must be at least 35 years or older. For more information, visit www.USABFantasyCamp.com.

Finally, a reason to look forward to turning 35.


Slice says Calipari will always be courted by NBA teams

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Last night, LeBron James and the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals, giving Cleveland a chance to end its 51-year championship drought. The news was obviously huge for Cavs fans, but there were plenty of sighs of relief across the Bluegrass as well. After putting the Cavs in the finals in his first season, David Blatt appears to be in Cleveland to stay, meaning LeBron and the front office won’t be coming after John Calipari again for the foreseeable future.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan discussed Cal’s NBA prospects, and Matt said he believes that Cleveland sticking with Blatt makes Calipari retiring at Kentucky more and more likely. Matt argued that as the years go by and Cal gets older–he’s 56 right now–his NBA appeal will decline because teams will go after younger coaches.

Meanwhile, in an interview with SNY.tv, Cal’s former assistant Slice Rohrssen said he thinks Cal will always be courted by NBA teams:

“My feelings are that he 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,” Rohrssen told SNY.tv.

Slice also said he thinks coaching at the next level will always appeal to Cal:

“He lives for challenges,” he said. “He creates his own and he sets his bar high. There’s a confidence in him that allows him to strive for the goals and the bar that he sets.”

My opinion falls somewhere in between. I think Cal is totally engrossed in his mission to change families’ lives in his position as Kentucky’s coach; however, if the right team with the right players and the right amount of control came calling at the right time, I think he would consider it. Cal being Cal, he couldn’t help himself.

[ZagsBlog]


UK Basketball scores a 995 on its APR

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Photo by Darrell Bird, CatsPause.com

Last week, Kentucky and Duke were recognized by the NCAA for finishing among the top 10 percent of men’s basketball teams in the academic progress ratings (APR). This afternoon, the scores were released and UK’s four-year composite is 995, only five points shy of perfect. (The four-year composite covers the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.) In fact, the men’s basketball team was one of 14 UK sports teams to get a perfect score for the 2013-2014 season.

Meanwhile, UK football’s four-year composite is 945, well above the NCAA cut of 930. All 22 of UK’s sports teams surpassed the NCAA cut score, 18 of the 22 squads exceeded the national average, and 19 of the 22 Wildcat teams improved or maintained their scores from a year ago. In 2013-2014, the football team had an APR of 980, a big improvement over previous years.

Scoring a near perfect APR and putting 14 players in the NBA over four years? What do you think, Bobby?


A Little Help Here: What Do You Think of This New Point Break Remake Trailer?

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Remember last week when you were drunk and you were going on and on about how awesome Point Break was and how someone should remake it, only make it not about surfing and more about wing suits and base jumping, and how it shouldn’t be about bank robberies but more about international jewel and money heists, and also it should look a lot like a Fast & Furious movie?

Then you were all “I bet they could even find an Australian actor with the same dead eyes and monotonous delivery as Keanu Reeves.”

And I was like “They should make Body an Australian guy too. With a thicker beard.”

Looks like our prayers have been answered. What do you think of this, gang? Does it have legs?

 


Draft Express breaks down Andrew Harrison’s strengths and weaknesses

Spruce Derden | USA  Today

Spruce Derden | USA Today

Andrew Harrison’s stock has seen a slight bump in recent weeks after strong performances in the NBA Draft Combine and workouts in Santa Barbara. Harrison has gone on record saying he believes he’s the best point guard in the draft, and while Draft Express doesn’t go that far in their new scouting report, Josh Riddell and Mike Schmitz have plenty of praise for Andrew:

Harrison has great size for a point guard, measured at 6’4 ½ without shoes, with a 6’9 wingspan at the NBA Combine. He combines that with a strong frame, with overall measurements more like that of your typical NBA shooting guard than a point guard, which will benefit his cause greatly during the draft process. However, his athleticism doesn’t leap off the page, as he lacks great quickness or explosiveness, which really hampered his transition from the high school to the college game, particularly inside the paint. With that said, his superior size and strength allows him to get to different spots on the floor when combined with his strong ball-handling skills and ability to operate at different speeds, helping him draw fouls a great rate (6.5 free throw attempts per-40 minutes, ranked #2 among DX-100 PGs).

As we learned this past season, that size also helps on defense, an area in which Andrew really improved over his sophomore season; however, one criticism Draft Express has of Andrew is his lack of offense, which Riddell and Schmitz say is the biggest question mark surrounding him right now. More often than not, Andrew was able to cover up his offensive struggles by drawing fouls. To continue to get his stock moving in the right direction, he’ll need to show off more offense in his workouts over the next month.

Draft Express has Andrew going 32nd to the Houston Rockets in their latest mock, and even if he doesn’t make big strides with his offensive game, Riddell and Schmitz say there’s a place for him on the next level:

Harrison’s size, playmaking ability and defensive prowess gives him a tailor-made role in the NBA even without being a prolific scorer, as long as he’s willing to accept his role and buy into being someone who is willing to do the little things. Improving his leadership skills and body language on and off the court will go a long way in that.

Check out Schmitz’s video breakdown of Andrew’s strengths:

Read more and watch a video about his weaknesses at the link below:

[Draft Express]


A crime ring is targeting the Victoria’s Secrets in Lexington, Louisville, and Indiana

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You haven’t seen women go crazy until you’ve walked into a Victoria’s Secret during the Semi-Annual Sale. I’m still scarred from the experience a few years back. Ladies love their intimates, so much so that a ring of thieves in the Bluegrass is targeting the Victoria’s Secret stores in the Lexington, Louisville, and Southern Indiana area.

According to Bluegrass Crime Stoppers, a group of two to four females have robbed several stores over the past two months, bringing in large bags and clearing out thousands of dollars of merchandise in under a minute. The speed with which they pull off the heists is kind of ridiculous. Watch them in action:

Do you recognize the panty thieves? Click here to help solve the crime.


Charles Matthews’ latest mixtape will make you feel better about next year

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Charles Matthews is sometimes the forgotten 2015 recruit, but it’s time to get reacquainted with the four-star shooting guard. Most pundits agree that Kentucky needs to add Jamal Murray to be a national title contender next season, and while landing Murray would certainly be a coup, Matthews may surprise us all at the three spot.

Matthews’ latest mixtape hit the web yesterday and it’s definitely worth two minutes and forty-one seconds of your day:

Don’t forget that Ulis and Matthews used to be teammates on the Meanstreets AAU team back in the day. As we’ve learned with Antoine Walker, Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis and Ulis, players from a Chicago have a way of exceeding expectations…


There are some new faces on Nutter’s Cats in the NFL wall

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Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith are settling into their new homes in Pittsburgh and Baltimore, but now, they’ll always have a spot in the Nutter Training Center. Check out the new additions to the Nutter Training Facility “Cats in the NFL” wall, courtesy of graduate assistant Max Drisko.

Something tells me we’re going to need a bigger wall here in a few years.


Offshore sportsbook predicts UK will get 6 wins this season

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

Photo by Chet White, UK Athletics

We are now 100 days away from Kentucky’s season opener against Louisiana-Lafayette, which means it’s time for the early lines for the season to trickle out. Offshore sportsbook 5Dimes got things rolling yesterday with their win totals for the majority of the Power 5 conferences.

How many wins do they believe Kentucky will get? Six, which seems pretty reasonable to me given the schedule:

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Here are the win totals for the rest of the SEC:

  • Alabama: 9.5 (over -145, under +105)
  • Arkansas: 8.5 (over +120, under -160)
  • Auburn: 8.5 (over +100, under -140)
  • Georgia: 9 (over -135, under -105)
  • Kentucky: 6 (over -120, under -120)
  • LSU: 8 (over -115, under -125)
  • Ole Miss: 8.5 (over -110, under -130)
  • Mississippi State: 7 (over -110, under -130)
  • South Carolina: 7 (over -120, under -120)
  • Texas A&M: 7.5 (over -135, under -105)
  • Vanderbilt: 3 (over -135, under -105)
  • No line yet: Florida, Tennessee, Missouri

At least we’re not Vandy, right?

[CBS Sports]


Do you know what day it is? (Wednesday Show Thread)

…It’s Hump Day! Which means you’re halfway through the week which really only just started. Celebrate by tuning in to Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Ryan will talk about the Cavs making the NBA Finals, the UK non-conference basketball schedule, Indiana fans on the attack, and Matt’s new gig as the emcee at the Fancy Farm Picnic in August.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Think Dan Wolken Will Admit When He’s Wrong?

You know my favorite moment of the sports year so far?  When Demarcus Cousins saved that tweet from Clay Travis from way back when just for the moment to prove him wrong.  Because in today’s day and age it doesn’t seem anybody has any accountability for when they make predictions that won’t happen until years later.  Hunting through the KSR archives, I found this little nugget from Dan Wolken.  Remember him?  He was a former Memphis media guy who seemed a little bitter when Cal left Memphis for UK.  He made these comments to The Big Lead back in 2011:

Q: As someone familiar with John Calipari, how’s this scenario: He wins 
a title at Kentucky – the Wildcats will probably open No. 2 in the 
rankings – and the Knicks underwhelm in the playoffs. Could you see 
New York firing Mike D’Antoni and Calipari giving the NBA another 
shot? I can’t see him coming back to the NBA if the job isn’t right, 
but the Knicks – who have two stars – would certainly be right.

WOLKEN: Whether he wins a title at Kentucky or not, there’s no question in my mind that coaching the Knicks is his true dream job. I know Kentucky fans will say that he failed in the NBA before, so why would he want to go back? The truth is that’s why he’d want to go back. Cal doesn’t like the idea he’s perceived as a failure in the NBA (which is actually a bit unfair, though an entirely different can of worms), and it’s probably inevitable that he gives it one more shot before he retires. Who knows how it plays out, but if D’Antoni isn’t there and the Knicks have Amare and Carmelo with the possibility to add Chris Paul, there isn’t a job in all of basketball with more upside. Is Cal going to leave Kentucky to go coach the Raptors or the Bobcats? No, but I think he’ll be in the NBA again at some point. And the nature of the Kentucky job is such that he’ll see the NBA as a bit of an escape. The Kentucky job, especially the pace he’s trying to maintain, is impossible to sustain forever. In Memphis he and his family were able to live fairly normally. He was a celebrity, but Memphis is a bigger city with an NBA team and more going on. In Lexington, it’s just suffocating. I think he knows he can’t do that for eight or 10 years.

Cal is now 6 years completed with the Cats and now with Cleveland in the Finals, it becomes pretty unlikely David Blatt will be fired. Plus, that whole contract extension. Point being, Calipari likely will be at Kentucky AT LEAST 8 years, if the not the 10 also mentioned. Will Dan Wolken be asked about those comments? Probably not.


Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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___________________________________________________________________ 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 Maloy

It’s an addiction, really.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Rachel

YES. You should have. I hope you did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Megan Calipari

Come on….Listen to KSR more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Charles Mather

I’m sure it was very intimidating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 John Robic’s Hair

It’s the high life now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Gabriel Measner

I could watch this a million times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Cash7⃣

And then he committed to a delicious sandwich.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Trey Lyles

Teachers are always so dramatic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Barry Whitlock

Don’t worry. There’s still a change Finebaum can’t do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 S.E. Shepherd

So very accurate. We knew he wasn’t good at hanging pictures on the walls, but not his Television.

@Hessler_KSR


May 26th, 2015

BBN in the Sahara Desert wants Tuesday Night News and Views

BBN, you’ve outdone yourselves. Over the years, I’ve seen pictures of Kentucky fans in some crazy places, but this one of a Cats fan in a John Wall (or Twany Beckham) jersey in the Sahara Desert may take the cake.

Sir, you and your camel have earned yourselves some news and views. Please drink a little bit of water because you must be parched.

UK announced the signing of Mychal Mulder

The JuCo shooting guard signed his letter of intent a while back, but UK made the addition official today in a press release:

“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”

I’m not sure what the delay was in announcing Mulder. Maybe UK just wanted to toss some bread crumbs the media’s way during the worst of the summer news drought.

The SEC Meetings are underway in Destin, Florida

…and I’m a little bummed KSR didn’t send me. The meetings, which run through Friday, are pretty much just an excuse for the league’s coaches to hang out in Florida for a week and call it “work,” but a little bit of news is already trickling out. Here are some items that are on the agenda:

  • An early signing period: Outgoing SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said today that the SEC is against the proposed early signing period in mid-December. In February, Mark Stoops became one of the few league coaches to speak out in favor of the early signing period, which would help put an end to big boy programs swooping in and stealing commits from smaller programs late in the game. The SEC is pretty much the big boy league, so the conference coming out against the early signing period isn’t surprising.
  • Graduate transfers: Another hot topic in college football right now is graduate transfers. Currently, the SEC does not allow graduate transfers in football unless the player has a hardship waiver or meets certain criteria. Meanwhile, the ACC doesn’t have any restrictions on graduate transfers. This topic has been in the news a lot lately after former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson decided to transfer to Florida State after visiting Florida and Georgia.
  • Satellite Camps: The NCAA doesn’t allow coaches to host football camps outside of their state, but there’s a loophole in which coaches can be “guest instructors” at satellite camps anywhere they’d like. The SEC is the only conference that doesn’t allow this practice, and with Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh capitalizing on the loophole with satellite camps in hot recruiting areas, there is growing discontent. Today, Slive said the SEC will propose legislation to the NCAA to prohibit satellite camps. Good luck with that.
  • Cost of attendance: Kentucky currently has the lowest cost of attendance (COA) in the conference at $2,284, while Tennessee has the highest at $5,666. The Power 5 conferences are pushing for an annual stipend for student-athletes to pay the COA, but the discrepancies between each school’s COA have some coaches, including Nick Saban, complaining that schools with higher COAs will have an unfair recruiting advantage. If anyone has a good suggestion on how to fix this, please get in your car and drive to Destin right now.

All of those issues are obviously very important, but I’m much more interested in the following:

  • Which SEC coach breaks out the cargo shorts first (my money’s on Bret Bielema)
  • Which media member gets a Periscope of Steve Spurrier on the beach
  • If Nick Saban wears this stupid hat again:

  • What SPF Mark Stoops ends up using because you know it’s got to be crazy high
  • Rookie initiation for Jim McElwain
  • The ratio of media members talking to basketball coaches to media members talking to football coaches
  • Late night snapchats of Spurrier and Les Miles doing something crazy because you know they will

What else?

Matt will emcee of the Fancy Farm Picnic

One bit of exciting news broke tonight when we found out that our own Matt Jones will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, August 1. The Fancy Farm Picnic has become the inaugural event for the statewide fall political season, and being named the emcee is a huge honor for Matt and it also speaks volumes about the popularity of KSR. For more information, check out the press release from earlier.

Willie, Karl, Dakari, and Devin hung out at the “Call of Duty” headquarters today

The four Cats spent their day at Treyarch Studios in Santa Monica, California, where they tested out the new Blacks Ops III. As a video game noob (who, albeit, knows that word), I don’t really know what that means, but I would imagine it’s heaven for an 18-year-old boy.

Surprisingly, Karl Towns wins most interesting outfit of the day.

Eric Bledsoe hung out with Montrezl Harrell and DeSean Jackson at the Cavs/Hawks game

First Trey Lyles, now Eric Bledsoe? Montrezl is buddying up with a lot of La Familia.

The KSR Summer Tour Schedule is out

Break out your day planner or online calendar and find a time to see the guys at one of their many stops across the Commonwealth:

June 22: Prestonsburg
June 23: Paintsville
June 24: Columbia
June 25: NBA Draft (NYC)
June 26: NBA Draft (NYC)

June 29: Shelbyville
June 30: Leitchfield
July 1: Madisonville
July 2: Morgantown
July 3: Hopkinsville

July 6: Morganfield
July 7: Grayson
July 8: Pikeville
July 9: Williamson WV
July 10:Kentucky Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana
July 14: Whitley City
July 15: London
July 16: Peach Jam
July 17: Peach Jam

July 20: Whitesburg
July 21: Manchester
July 22: Somerset
July 23: Harlan
July 24: Dickmann’s

July 27: Campbellsville
July 28: Owensboro
July 29: Benton
July 30: Paducah
July 31: Fancy Farm

Aug 3: Bowling Green
Aug 4: McKee
Aug 5: Glasgow
Aug 6: Jamestown
Aug 7: Monticello (Raft Up)

Aug 10: Frankfort
Aug 11: Maysville
Aug 12: Danville
Aug 13: Lexington
Aug 14: Louisville

See you guys in Danville on the 12th.

So is the guest host schedule for Matt’s vacation

Matt begins his two-week summer vacation this weekend, so we’ve called in some pretty impressive guest hosts to keep the show rolling. Here’s the schedule as we know it:

Monday, June 1: Will T. Scott
Tuesday, June 2: Sklar Brothers
Wednesday, June 3: Jay Bilas
Thursday, June 4: UK Football Coaching Staff
Friday, June 5: Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen

Monday, June 8: Jon Rothstein
Tuesday, June 9: Matthew Mitchell
Wednesday, June 10: Josh Hopkins
Thursday, June 11: Seth Greenberg
Friday, June 12: OPEN (Waiting on Paul Finebaum to confirm)

That’s quite the lineup. Tune in tomorrow to hear Matt talk about it.