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By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 6:00pm
Should we worry about John Wall? Yesterday we learned he was removed from an American Airlines flight after someone in his entourage got into an altercation with another passenger; and today he shares a video of his new tattoo: the Joker’s clown mask from The Dark Knight’s bank robbery scene.
Wall can tattoo anything he wants on his body — it’s his body and he’s a G.A.M. — but that’s a very bizarre choice. I guess people will say that about me when I finally get that arm sleeve of my favorite scenes from Forrest Gump.
Do you, John. (But maybe dial it down with the entourage plane fights.)
A video posted by johnwall (@johnwall) on
While we’re on the subject of Wall, Colin Cowherd went on another Wall rant today on his show.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Any chance of Louisville joining the SEC one day is completely out the window now that the conference has banned incoming transfers with “serious misconduct” issues. That’s any player who was disciplined for sexual assault, domestic violence or other forms of sexual violence while enrolled at another school. In the case the player had the charges dropped, the league will review the circumstances and make a ruling.
When asked about the new rule, Bobby Petrino said, “MORE FOR ME!”
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 4:25pm
Each of the Southeastern Conference’s 14 institutions will receive a $31.2 million payout from the league’s NCAA-record $455.8 million in revenue during the 2014-15 fiscal year. That’s an increase of over $10 million from last year’s $20.9 million payment, per school.
The league revenue was generated through the SEC Network, TV deals for both basketball and football, the SEC Championship, bowl games, the SEC Tournament, and the sale of Dr. Pepper and Texas Pete hot sauce at the SEC Tournament, among many other things. For a little perspective, the wittle ol’ Big Ten distributed only $338.9 million in 2013-14.
I assume a large chunk of UK’s $31.2 million will go toward those new outrageous basketball salaries and all of the facility upgrades around the football program. And maybe one big party at Mitch’s house this fall.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 3:42pm
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As you were…
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
Bad news, Mitch…. The Southeastern Conference has increased its fines for storming the field in college football. Now it will cost $50,000 for the first offense; $100,000 for the second; and $250,000 the third time. That’s a substantial increase from the previous scale of $5,000, $25,000 and $50,000.
UK should go ahead and set aside $50K for that Florida game on September 19 and it might be a good idea to start a GoFundMe account for the Thursday night contest with Auburn in mid-October. I’m not saying Kentucky will win, I’m just saying let’s get it in the fall budget just in case.
Patrick Towles agrees; he tweeted, “Well I hope we got some money saved up.”
The new increased fines also apply to college basketball, but we have bigger problems than money if we’re rushing the floor in Rupp Arena.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
The Players’ Tribune, founded by Derek Jeter, describes itself as “a new media platform that presents the voices of professional athletes, bringing fans closer to the games they love than ever before.” Stars like Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Allen Iverson and Patrick Patterson have all been contributors, and today UK signee Isaiah Briscoe joined that group.
Briscoe wrote “Gone In 15 Seconds” about growing up in what he calls the Instagram Generation, a time when too many people are worrying about uploading a 15-second video to the social media app or sending a tweet out to the masses. He admits he is guilty of spending too much time sharing photos and clips, but says we can’t forget to live in and enjoy the moments. Briscoe’s moment was winning New Jersey’s Tournament of Champions.
Coach Cal’s next great point guard also wrote about the upcoming changes in his life, namely moving to Lexington to play for UK:
I am at a different point in my life than I have ever been because major changes are coming. Next year I will have a new team and a new home at Kentucky, but my goals will be the same: to be the best player and teammate I can be — to work harder than anyone else.
Read his entire contribution here.
By Freddie Maggard on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Network Talking Heads love to use the phrase “Upset Alert”. The make upped ones can be seen and heard proclaiming alarming prognostications to provoke fan bases and at times try to prove an intellectual point. Some Heads are very good at this, others waste oxygen. Question remains, is Kentucky on upset alert in its opener against Louisiana Lafayette?
Complicated answer, yes and no both apply. Prior to game week I’ll provide an in-depth and understandable scouting report on the Ragin Cajuns, but to answer the upset alert question we first have to take a step back and analyze recent history.
In Mark Stoops’ inaugural game against Bobby Petrino and his band of merry Hilltoppers, the Cats were outmanned across the field. From my nearly melted Nashville seat, one pre-game look at the Toppers led to a feeling of trepidation mixed with a healthy dose of humility. WKU had better and more developed players at many positions. WKU was more athletic, faster, skilled, and just plain better for the lack of a better term. Result was an 11 point Kentucky loss that could have been much worse. ULL beat that same Western team by 17 in Bowling Green. In 2013, a mythical UK-Lafayette match-up would have been ugly and that’s coming from an optimistic homer viewpoint.
In 2014, another mythical matchup between the Cats and Lafayette would have been considerably closer but I’m still not confident if I would have declared UK a preeminent favorite. ULL again would have been more experienced with developed talent and considerate depth advantage. Coming off back to back 9-4 records including two bowl wins is the basis of my theory as is the objective eye test. For some reason, I’ve watched their last two bowl games and have been impressed with ULL’s intensity, coaching, and team speed. Folks, this was and is a very good football team. Don’t be logo fooled.
September 5th 2015 is right around the corner. Newly renovated Commonwealth Stadium will open its doors to the BBN whose last viewing was embarrassing as the Georgia Bulldogs demolished and demoralized the home team. Thru three years of the Stoops’ regime, 15 is the first I’d consider UK a favorite. A close favorite but still a favorite. ULL lost defensive linemen to the NFL and will enter the game with two new co-defensive coordinators and a team with recent history of struggles against the pass. With questions of who will rush the passer and also who will cover receivers, this game could be a timely and welcome scenario for Shannon Dawson’s debut. Defensively Kentucky will face a SEC caliber running back, one that will most likely be a Sunday player in Elijah McGuire. But, with a new quarterback and unproven receivers, a one dimensional day sets up nicely for a defense that limped across the 2014 finish line. A defense I might add that needs a fast start and a boost of three and out confidence.
All this means is that Kentucky’s collective personnel is to the point in which a game against a quality 9-4 Sunbelt team is winnable. That my friends is year three improvement. Those that think my sky was falling rants were nonsense, please see above 2013 UK-WKU-ULL scenario. Mark Stoops has clawed his way through a personnel conundrum to have his team in a situation to beat a quality opening game opponent.
I don’t think UK is on upset alert but surely that term will be thrown around by hair sprayed Heads. Should there be Nutter Center summer concern? Absolutely. This game could go back and forth. But Kentucky should win, how it wins will be more telling with a demanding early SEC schedule to navigate.
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Construction is moving along on Commonwealth Stadium as we’re just inside 100 days until the season opener. Crews began installing the turf yesterday, seen in this video below from UK.
And how ’bout those blue end zones?
Here’s a shot of the progress on the new practice facility:
It’s coming together!
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 11:15am
After missing all but 14 minutes of his rookie season with a fractured tibia, Julius Randle is playing basketball again at the Los Angeles Lakers practice facility. The former Wildcat is limited to 3-on-3 action, but he told Lakers TV he feels great and it’s good to share the court with other bodies again.
Randle lost 18 pounds since suffering the injury. It’s helped his mobility and recovery, he says.
“Overall I just feel great.”
By Drew Franklin on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 10:30am
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel was expected to be at his Mid-American Conference Hall of Fame induction last night in Cleveland, but complications with a plane left him stuck at the SEC Spring Meetings in Sandestin. He tried several last-minute flights with nearby charter companies to no avail.
Insert John Calipari and Mark Stoops.
The two Kentucky coaches offered Pinkel a ride on their jet, so Pinkel could make it to the event he was dying to attend. He accepted, and took the jet on to Cleveland and then home to Missouri after dropping Calipari and Stoops in Lexington.
“Both those guys said, ‘Let’s just go to Cleveland and drop Coach off first,’ ” Pinkel said. “There were so many storms here, it didn’t work. Nice people.”
Pinkel made it on time to the ceremony and told the audience, “It’s a miracle. I really wanted to be here.”
I don’t know if Pinkel has plans to repay UK for the generosity, but a forfeit on September 26 will more than make up for the plane ride.
By S. Whitman on ©May 29th, 2015 @ 9:55am
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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©May 28th, 2015 @ 11:00pm
The Scripps National Spelling Bee was tonight, and even though Gokul Venkatachalam and Vanya Shivashankar were crowned co-champions (kids today are so soft), the real hero was Dev Jaiswal.
Dev went out midway through the finals on the word “iridocylitis,” which, if you ask me, was harder than half the words Vanya got, but whatever. Dev, from Matthew Mitchell’s hometown of Louisville, Mississippi, handled the loss in the best way possible: saluting the crowd and kissing his mom and sister.
Dev was clearly the crowd favorite, and even made it on Drake’s Instagram:
A video posted by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on
In a battle of “real MVPs,” it’s a tie between Dev and Vanya’s dad, who wore a “The Beefather” teeshirt:
I hope you guys enjoyed our impromptu live blog for the event. Dev and The Beefather, these news and views are for you.
Tony Barbee met with the media
Last week, Barbee was promoted from “special assistant to the head coach” to “assistant coach,” filling the spot vacated by Slice Rohrssen. Today, Barbee met with local media to talk about his new role, which will let him get back on the court and work with players again.
“I saw [the players] every day. It was hard sitting there every day and not being able to help the guys in that role, but obviously I got a great feel for all of the returners and what they bring to the floor as players,” Barbee said, admitting that one day, he wants to be a head coach again. “I see myself as a head coach and want to get back in that role, but now that I’m an assistant I’m going to do that to the best of my ability and help Coach in any role that he needs me to fill.”
His quote about Tyler Ulis makes me excited for next season
When asked what impresses him most about Tyler Ulis, Barbee pointed to the sophomore point guard’s incredible poise.
“His composure. It was uncanny for a freshman point guard at this level to play with the composure he plays with. It’s not natural,” Barbee said. “That’s one of his unique talents. He doesn’t get rattled by anything. He’s fearless. I think we all saw that last year. College basketball is about guard play, for the most part. If you’ve got good bigs and good guards, you’re going to be one of the best teams in the country. When you start with a point guard like Tyler, you’re starting at a pretty good place.”
Barbee hinted the staff could still add one more player…
…cough, Jamal Murray. Of course, Barbee didn’t mention Murray by name, but said because of the available scholarships, “if there’s an ability to add a piece or two out there that we think could help us, we’ll do that”; however, he stressed that the staff is “very comfortable” with the roster they’ve already got for next season.
Kentucky’s new permanent SEC opponents are Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt
Today, the SEC released a new scheduling format in an attempt to fix the last one, which was horrible. Kentucky’s new permanent SEC opponents will be Florida, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt, meaning we’ll play each of them twice, unlike this season, in which the Cats only played the Vols and the ‘Dores once. UK will play at least one game against the other ten teams in the conference, and the remaining two games of the 18-game schedule will be picked on a rotating basis each season.
Here’s the new format in full:
Alabama – Auburn / Mississippi State / LSU
Arkansas – Missouri / Texas A&M / LSU
Auburn – Alabama / Ole Miss / Georgia
Florida – Kentucky / Georgia / Vanderbilt
Georgia – South Carolina / Florida / Auburn
Kentucky – Florida / Tennessee / Vanderbilt
LSU – Texas A&M / Alabama / Arkansas
Ole Miss – Mississippi State / Auburn / Missouri
Mississippi State – Ole Miss / Alabama / South Carolina
Missouri – Arkansas / Texas A&M / Ole Miss
South Carolina – Georgia / Tennessee / Mississippi State
Tennessee – Vanderbilt / Kentucky / South Carolina
Texas A&M – LSU / Arkansas / Missouri
Vanderbilt – Tennessee / Kentucky / Florida
The new turf is being installed at Commonwealth Stadium
…and UK invited the media in to take a look, which meant about a million pictures flooded social media of the same thing at once. That’s saying a lot since we’ve seen new constructions pics almost every week and it’s going to take about four weeks for the turf to be completely installed, so I’ll share my favorite pic of the day:
I love Lonny.
The Chicago Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau today
…which means it’s only a matter of time before we hear Calipari to Chicago rumors. Which means it’s a good time to revisit Calipari’s remarks from yesterday about staying at Kentucky:
“It took me 20 years to get the job,” Calipari told the Cats Pause’s Darrell Bird. “For me to leave something like this, you’re going to have to uproot me. That’s how I feel.”
To uproot something means to pull it out of the ground. Pretty powerful language, even a day later. We need Darrell to share his audio of it so we can play it on loop on the site.
These students thanked Cal with a great pic
According to LaurenHC on Twitter, John Calipari’s foundation sponsors a financial literacy computer program that her middle school students use. To thank Cal, all 450 of them posed for this picture today.
But he’s the guy who’s ruining college basketball, right?
If this picture doesn’t make you smile, you don’t have a heart
A photo posted by Derek Willis🐣 (@dxw_33) on
Giving Lonny some competition there, guys.
Julius Randle likes the idea of an all-Kentucky frontcourt in LA
Randle participated in a Lakers workout today, after which The OC Register’s Bill Oram asked him what he thought of an all-Kentucky frontcourt if the Lakers draft Karl Towns. Julius laughed and responded, “It wouldn’t be bad at all.”
No, it wouldn’t. Neither would all the Lakers gear I’d order.
Yes, we’re aware the comments section is on the fritz
It hasn’t just been a slow day today. The comments section is currently undergoing maitenance and we hope to have it back up and running by tomorrow morning so UK_JB can call “First” on the show thread.
Matt’s gone, but tomorrow you can ask Ryan and Drew anything on the radio
Matt left for his two-week vacation today and Ryan, Drew, and Freddie Maggard will kick off the all-star lineup of guest hosts tomorrow morning. Ryan and Drew are even upping the ante with another edition of “Ask Anything Fridays,” which may end up getting them kicked off the radio. In the second hour, KSR contributor and former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard will join them to talk the oblong ball.
Sounds like the perfect way to kick off the weekend to me.
By Ryan Clark on ©May 28th, 2015 @ 9:30pm
It’s all just laughable, really.
And that’s not to say I don’t love the man, because I do. My wife even thinks the affection could be a bit unnatural. But that’s beside the point. It’s just that, sometimes, our coach can go a bit too far. And we as fans can all go a bit too far in response.
I’m talking about coach Cal, and him saying Kentucky’s main goal is to send players to the NBA. I get it. I do.
Put me in the camp with those fans who disagree with the sentiment. Still, I love the passion from which the statement comes, you know? I love the idea of Players’ First, and I love the idea of lifting these players up to make their dreams come true.
I also understand that, in theory, if we accomplish these goals we will be put in the best position to win. Obviously, I can’t argue with the results: four Final Fours in five years? Unbelievable. It’s only been done twice before – by Wooden and Coach K.
I just don’t like the way Cal makes the point. It’s probably the only situation where Cal has said the wrong thing. (Flashing back to the NBA Draft, when he first brought it up, talking about five players being drafted as being the best day in the history of the program. That’s when it first rankled me).
And all of this makes me laugh like a crazy person.
Because I feel like Cal has earned the right to say whatever the hell he wants about player motivation. And even if it rubs us fans the wrong way, we need to laugh it off. We need to absolutely trust him and not care.
It’s a clear eyes, full hearts, mouth closed kind of moment for us fans.
Let me present the evidence:
In six years he’s gotten five No.1 recruiting classes, four Final Fours, and a national championship.
Last year his team set the record for most consecutive wins to start a season. They won yet another conference and tournament championship. They made another Final Four. And they flat-out destroyed some marquee teams. It was an absolute blast to watch.
Now, with another top-flight recruiting class in the bag (including the No.1 player) we’re certain to again be a preseason top 5 squad in a season where college basketball will have no dominant team – and the probable No.1 team, North Carolina, will be looking down the barrel of NCAA probation.
The point here is the chance for UK to win big is again probable. And I bet we do. The Final Four is another reasonable goal.
And then, when it’s all over with, I bet we do what makes Cal really happy – I bet we send a few players to the NBA.
Hey, let Coach say what he wants. If the only thing we have to worry about is what Coach Cal thinks regarding sending seven or eight players to the NBA, then we really don’t have it that bad, do we?
No, we don’t. We’ve got it really, really, really good.
Sure, I may not agree with everything Coach says, but as long as we keep winning, none of that matters.
And by the way, are you really naive enough to believe winning championships doesn’t matter in a huge way to Cal? Of course it does – he’s uber competitive. You know he wants to keep this train rolling.
I remember what it was like to not go to a Final Four from 1998-2011. Even though we sent a few guys to the NBA, that drought still sucked. None of us want that.
I’m going to bet that before Cal’s career is over – heck, probably before Tyler Ulis’ career is over – UK will win another title and send another 10 players to the NBA.
That’s something that will keep everyone happy. And I can’t wait to watch – with clear eyes, full heart … and mouth closed.
Do you have a memorable story about meeting a UK coach? When I was about 9 I remember leaving Fayette Mall with my family. We were driving away and we saw Eddie Sutton going in with his wife. As we drove off, I tried to convince my Mom to stop the car so I could meet him. She would not, and I still haven’t forgiven her.
I’ve been lucky enough to talk with Cal a few times. Here’s my favorite pic of us, taken at his Louisville book signing, moderated by our own Matt Jones. Cal looks drunk, and yes – I look like me. With sunglasses.
Leave your stories below and let us know. Or email me at email@example.com or hit me up on Twitter: @rhinoKSR or my website: ForRyanOutLoud.com and maybe I’ll share them.
Go Big Blue!