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October 6th, 2015

Pitino doesn’t deny allegations in another bizarre interview

Rick Pitino taped an interview with John Ramsey and Mike Rutherford this afternoon, and well, it was bizarre. Once again, Pitino didn’t come out and deny any of the allegations surrounding his program, insisting that the only person who knows for sure what happened is Andre McGee, and he’s not talking.

“None of us — right now — can see any reference to what was written because only Andre McGee knows those questions right now, and obviously he hasn’t talked,” Pitino said.

When discussing how the alleged activities could have taken place for four years and the coaches not known about it, Pitino oddly brought up Roy Williams.

“Think about this. I’m a big Roy Williams fan. I know Roy Williams. He has never cheated in the game since he’s been a coach. You mean to tell me that for 20 years, 2-3,000 students went by and not one student after they took the course wrote in to the university anonymously saying ‘this was a bogus course’? So if something goes on for 20 years and nobody finds out, if there’s something wrong here — which we don’t know — then that doesn’t necessarily mean that nobody knows or doesn’t know. Until you investigate everything that’s said, you don’t have the answers to things. And I certainly don’t have any answers right now to any of this. I have no knowledge of what went on, what didn’t go on, if anything went on.”

Huh? After comparing himself to Roy Williams — I think — he compared himself to the Pope:

“You know what I love about the Pope? The Pope is probably the most popular in some time because when they ask him about things, whatever it may be, he said ‘I’m spreading our doctrine, but I’m going to let God judge. I’m not the judge. I’m going to let God judge.’ And that’s the way I feel about this tough game of life. I’m going to let God judge my integrity.”

From there, Pitino talked about how upsetting it was that all of these things allegedly went down in the dorm named after his brother-in-law, who died on 9/11.

“When I heard all of this and it took — it allegedly took place in the dorm I named after him, quite honestly guys, I cried myself to sleep that night hoping that it wasn’t true because it was Minardi Hall. It still bothers me. I have not slept because the allegations are it took place in Billy Minardi Hall. That’s really a knife in my heart.”

Next, Pitino brought up the “Kentucky Shame” Sports Illustrated cover as proof he can keep his program successful amidst scandal:

“Many, many years ago when I took over at Kentucky, there was a little boy on a cover called, and the cover read, I remember it cause I had it hanging in my basement, and the little boy and it said something like, um, Kentucky Shame. That was the title: Kentucky Shame. And I went in there and said, you know what? I didn’t focus on the shame part, I focused on the solution to the problem. Two years later, we had the largest crowd ever, we were on two years without television and Jamal Mashburn chooses the University of Louisville (sic),” Pitino said, obviously misspeaking.

“No NCAA, no television, the first year we had record crowds and we had the largest crowds in the history of Rupp, and then the second year we win the conference and it’s turned around. We found the solution to the problem. I didn’t dwell on whatever went on, I didn’t want to know the problems. Right now, we’ve got to find the solutions to what’s true and what’s now true. Right now there’s only one person who knows the answers and he’s not talking.”

I’ll give Pitino this: he repeatedly said that if it comes out that the allegations are true, he and his program will own up to it. In listening to this interview, he sounds more convinced than ever that’s the case.

De’Aaron Fox really wants to know if the UofL stripper allegations are true

Kentucky seems to be in the driver’s seat for De’Aaron Fox, but Louisville is also his list. The nation’s top point guard told reporters over the weekend that, after taking his official visit to Louisville on September 26, he’d like to know whether or not the allegations surrounding the Cards are true.

“No coach has been in contact with me about it, or players,” Fox said of the UofL scandal. “Of course fans are gonna … things get blown out of proportion, but fans are going to be the first ones you hear from, honestly. I’ve heard it from fans of Louisville, saying it didn’t happen; fans of other schools, saying it did happen, so I don’t really know what happened. But I’m nosy, so I’ll try to find out. I really want to know.

Me too. De’Aaron, if you find anything out, let us know.

In addition to Kentucky and Louisville, Fox is considering LSU, Kansas, and Arizona, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. On Thursday, he’ll be at Kansas, and next Friday, Lexington for Big Blue Madness. Maybe we can all meet up to go over our notes on the investigation. After an official visit to Arizona, Fox says he wants to wrap up his recruitment.

Here’s a video of Fox’s remarks about the Louisville scandal from Rivals’ Eric Bossi:

[ESPN Insider]

Single-game tickets to the first four basketball games go on sale at 5 p.m.

Are you ready for some basketball? Tickets for UK’s first four home games go on sale tonight at 5 p.m. on Ticketmaster. That includes UK’s two exhibition games vs. Ottawa (Nov. 2) and Kentucky State (Nov. 6), and the first two regular-season home games against Albany (Nov. 13) and NJIT (Nov. 14). Prices range from $27 upper/$50 lower for the exhibition games and $47 upper/$60 lower for the regular season games.

Tickets will only be available online at, by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or at statewide Ticketmaster outlets. Tickets for the Blue-White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena on Oct. 27 are still available. Lower-level tickets (singles only) are $10 and upper-level tickets are $5.


Happy Ticketmaster hunting.

The Eye in the Sky Don’t Lie: UK vs. EKU

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

Have to be honest, normally I start to re-watch UK games on Sunday evening. Given UK’s lackluster 53-minute effort, procrastination and dread-triumphed routine, Monday afternoon was spent with pad and pen in hand and remote control at the ready to relive a nerve-wracking Saturday evening. The following are observations broken down by quarters:


— First series started the same as against Missouri. Easy completion to a running back followed by another confidence boosting pitch and catch to Garrett Johnson.

— 3rd play of the game, Jeff Badet was stripped of the football. Result was Kentucky’s first 2015 fumble.

— In the first quarter, UK defense effectively played within the system. This would not be the case for the next 37 and half minutes.

— A dangerous trend began on the second drive. EKU presented UK offensive line all kinds of problems as it pressured, hurried, and sacked Patrick Towles. The Colonels did so by winning line of scrimmage one on one matchups with its elite DE Noah Spence, a disruptive linebacker corps, and interior DL that provided inside disruptive penetration.

— Chris Westry missed a pick-6 opportunity.

— Eastern Kentucky’s first of five quarterback sacks, DE Noah Spence moved inside to beat Zach West as a blitzing LB Chris Kelly combined to bring down Towles. EKU blitz packages weren’t creative but highly productive. Concerning.

— UK’s first scoring drive was highlighted by Patrick Towles hitting Blake Bone on 2nd and 9 scramble drill completion. Bone found the void in the Colonel’s secondary. Perfectly executed by Bone, excellent throw by Towles. UK eventually scored on a quarterback sneak.


— Kentucky defense answered on 3rd and 5 when Josh Forrest forced a Benny Coney fumble, Farrington Huguennin recovered.

— Interception number one ensued. On 2nd and 1, on a play action pass, Patrick Towles was influenced by DE Noah Spence. Towles then underthrew Dorian Baker on a vertical route during which CB Stanley Absannon outdueled Baker in the 50/50 ball. Football happens. Saturday’s Baker-Absannon matchup won’t be their last. Both are Sunday players.

— The above play was a critical turning point in the game. Up 7-0, following a turnover on 2nd and 1, the Cats didn’t take advantage of momentum or situation.

— EKU offense became reliant upon a successful inside zone run play in which it repeatedly ran for positive yardage. An undersized OL got under UK DL to provide enough push for EKU RBs to break the line of scrimmage.

— Ryan Flannigan missed on a sack, EKU took advantage and started its scoring drive. Kentucky’s defense missed tackles, was penalized for illegal substitution, as the Colonels eventually scored on a 3rd and 6 fade route. 6’6″ receiver Borders versus 6’4″ CB Westry were locked up 1-on-1. Borders won. Football happens but fundamental breakdowns and substation penalties indicated a lack or regard. UK 7 EKU 6.

— Kentucky’s next two offensive drives resulted in a sack and interception. EKU’s QB sack was simple in nature: DE Noah Spence beat Cole Mosier on an edge speed rush. Towles’ second pick of the night was a QB judgment error. EKU’s cover 2 safety broke on a vertical route intended for Dorian Baker. A veteran QB should recognize the coverage and either go elsewhere or drive the ball to Baker.

Fortunately for Kentucky, halftime. UK 7 EKU 6.


— Third quarter opened with a Stanley Absannon 47 yard kickoff return. Heck of a football player.

— The return gave EKU a short field. 2nd quarter defensive incompetence led to Dean Hood going for it on 4th and 6. Onions. Josh Forrest missed Coney in the backfield for a sack, then Coney proceeded to make Jason Hatcher as well as Jabari Johnson miss to gain 7 yards and a first down. This play summarized UK’s defensive effort.

— Kentucky followed with another illegal substitution penalty for 12 men on the field, EKU eventually scored on a Coney zone read option run. 13-7 Colonels. Atrocious sequence of events.

— Cats answered with a scoring drive after converting a 4th and 2 on a Patrick Towles bootleg run. The touchdown came from a perfectly executed play action 36-yard pass to Jeff Badet on a post route. Then, and typical for the evening, reserve kicker Miles Butler missed the PAT. UK 13 EKU 13.

— UK benefitted from an offensive pass interference call to force EKU to punt. The Cats quickly punted the football back to the Colonels following another 3rd down QB sack. At this point in the game, EKU was dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage at an alarming rate.


— Last drive of the 3rd quarter into the beginning of the 4th saw more of the same. EKU pressured Patrick Towles that led to hurries, scrambles and eventually a sack. Noah Spence proved to be unblockable. That was expected from the former Buckeye and All-Big 10 player, but for Eastern linebackers and defensive linemen to achieve line of scrimmage superiority were unexpected happenings. EFFORT advantage EKU.

— Kentucky backup punter Bryan Kirshe booted a 21-yard line drive punt to Stanley Absanon that led to a 34-yard return deep into UK territory. Theme from Sunday post, “it could have been worse, but barely.”

— Eastern Kentucky went back to the inside zone run which consistently gashed the middle of the Wildcat defense. Majority of Colonel 1st down runs led to 2nd and 5 or less situations. A powerful 6-yard TD run by Dy’Shawn Mobley appropriately finished the drive. EKU 20 UK 13.

— Most troubling defensive note was how Eastern continued to run the inside zone play with very little UK resistance. In multiple drives, OC Dane Damron called the same play up to five times with every attempt achieving positive yards. Wildcat interior defensive line did not adapt to tempo or scheme. Linebackers missed tackles. Only CJ Johnson answered the bell for the majority of the game.

— UK’s special teams answered EKU punt return explosion play with an illegal block in the back that reversed the Cats to half the distance to the goal line. On 3rd and 1, JoJo Kemp attempted an inside run where he was met in the backfield by five EKU defensive players. Forced to bounce outside, loss of 2 occurred. Punt. Troubling.

— Colonels followed by another efficient scoring drive that featured a heavy dose of more between the tackles runs and play action passing. WR Devin Borders beat Cody Quinn on a slant, touchdown visitors. Unimaginably, and painful to watch, EKU 27-13.


There’s a petition going around to move Halloween in Lexington to October 30

Halloween weekend in Lexington is going to be insane. Both the UK/Tennessee football game and the Breeder’s Cup at Keeneland will take place on October 31, which is why some Lexington residents have started a petition to move the Halloween festivities to Friday, October 30.

Luther Andal started the petition on and so far, it has over 500 signatures. He plans to forward it to the Lexington Fayette Urban County Council if he gets 1,000 signatures. Here’s his reasoning:

With two major events already scheduled for October 31st adding a 3rd major event like Halloween would stretch city resources such as police even further, increase pedestrian and vehicle traffic in these congested areas causing more congestion and potentially even dangerous situations and potentially discourage adults from participating in Breeder’s Cup and UK Football game which are major economic drivers for our community.

He’s got a very good point, at the very least for the city’s trick-or-treating events. To sign the petition, click here, and then vote in our super unscientific poll:


Tyler Ulis is finishing Cal’s sentences & more from the latest practice report



Ready for a good lunchtime read? No, not “Breaking Cardinal Rules.” That’s more of an after-dinner book. Thanks to Metz Camfield of, we’ve got a new basketball practice report to pore over. Here are a few of the highlights to whet your appetite:

  • Alex Poythress is now going through entire practices: No more limited drills for the senior, who Camfield writes is getting back to his “posterizing” ways.

There were a few plays throughout the practice where he went baseline and tried to cram on someone. None of these chances were successful, but the fact that he’s thinking about it and attempting it has to be something that Calipari likes to see – and fans will love to see.

  • Tyler Ulis is finishing Cal’s sentences: Camfield writes that Tyler continues to shine, and he and Cal are so in sync that the sophomore point guard can finish Cal’s sentences.

A couple times each practice Calipari will give most of an instruction to the team and then point to Ulis asking him to finish what he was going to say. I don’t think Ulis has ever not been on the same page with Coach Cal in finishing his sentence.

  • Derek Willis update: This should make some of you happy. Camfield says Willis looked good during Monday’s practice, positive news considering we didn’t hear much about him during the offseason.

He knows his role and as Coach Cal has said, he’s trying to “carve his space.” He’s a wing with a lot of athleticism who can cause matchup problems for opposing defenses. On his first offensive possession in a five-on-five drill, freshman Isaiah Briscoe penetrated and hit Willis in the corner, who buried the 3.

Go check out the rest at

Skal gives us another sneak peek at the Madness intro video

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Big Blue Madness is next Friday and thanks to social media, we’ve gotten a few sneak peeks of the intro video. This morning, Skal Labissiere posted this clip on Instagram of his shoot:

#comingsoon #WeAreUk

A video posted by Skal Labissiere (@skallywally) on

That looks like the UK/Alabama game from 2012 in the background to me. Is it a coincidence Skal is playing in front of an Anthony Davis highlight? I think not…

Montgomery Gentry will perform before the Auburn game; Marlana VanHoose to sing the national anthem

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In news that will make Larry Vaught giddy, UK announced this morning that MONTGOMERY GENTRY will perform the concert before the Auburn game. The country duo, made up of Kentucky natives Eddie Montgomery and Troy Gentry, will take the stage in the Green Lot at 4 p.m., break for the Cat Walk, and then perform an encore. So much for Waka Flocka, I guess?

In news that really makes me happy, Marlana VanHoose will sing the national anthem, which means I’m going to have to bring tissues for Drew. He’ll be a mess.

I always think of “My Town” when I hear Montgomery Gentry’s name, or, more appropriately, the WKYT “My Town” jingle. Here’s the official video, which features tons of footage of my town, Danville:

And some Marlana VanHoose to make your morning better:

Montrezl Harrell says he knows nothing about the allegations

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…and here come the denials. Four days after the UofL stripper scandal broke, former Louisville players continue to deny Katina Powell’s story. The latest is Montrezl Harrell, who is quoted by the Houston Chronicle saying he had no knowledge of the scandal:

“I don’t know anything about any of that,” Harrell said. “Apparently, my name is in there. I don’t have anything to do with that. U of L is doing their job, holding an investigation, looking at it. That’s where I’m leaving it. Simple as that.”

Harrell is a rookie for the Rockets, and claims he never heard or saw a party like the ones described in the book, although he’s mentioned in the book several times. Powell even said he had a certain joke he would keep making with the escorts that’s not safe for us to share.

“Somebody told me my name was in there,” Harrell said. “It goes without saying, I don’t know anything about it. I didn’t too much stay at the dorm. I stayed off campus. I had a girlfriend off campus.”

Keep toeing that company line, Montrezl.

[Houston Chronicle]

KSR is at the McDonald’s near Hamburg to celebrate all-day breakfast! (Tuesday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the guys are at the McDonald’s near Hamburg Pavilion (1921 Plaudit Place) to talk about the Louisville stripper scandal, the EKU game, the Auburn game, and celebrate the start of McDonald’s all-day breakfast menu, which rolls out today.

That’s right, even if you’re late and arrive to the show after 10:30 a.m., you can still get some delicious McDonald’s breakfast items. Not the entire menu, but who are we to be greedy?

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

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Tammy’s Tuesday Morning Wakeup

I listen to “The Paul Finebaum Show” every now and then, but lately, I’ve been tuning in a lot more, not only to hear Pawwwwl’s take on the Cats, but to hear him spar with Tammy from Clanton, Alabama. Tammy is a huge Auburn fan, and while Phyllis will forever be the First Lady of Finebaum, Tammy’s emerging as a star this season.

As Auburn has suffered this season, so has Tammy, and she’s taking it out on Paul. Even though her own Tigers are falling apart, Tammy cannot get over Ohio State’s weak schedule or how bad Georgia looked vs. Alabama on Saturday. Her call yesterday may go down in the Finebaum Hall of Fame:

Here’s my plea: let’s get Tammy on the show next week. I’m sure she has PLENTY of opinions on how Kentucky will fare against her Tigers. I’m setting the over/under on how long it would take Matt to mute/hang up on her at 35 seconds.

Stoops stood by Patrick Towles on his radio show last night

The Drew Barker contingent got plenty of ammo in the first half of Saturday’s game, but Patrick bounced back in the second half and overtime, completing 83% of his passes and throwing for three touchdowns. Last night, Mark Stoops said he was proud of Patrick’s performance in the second half, but admitted the junior quarterback needs to be more consistent and get off to a faster start. When asked why he didn’t pull Towles after the first half, Stoops said he thought if he played Drew, there was “a high probability we lose that game.”

“Patrick is our starting quarterback,” Stoops said. “Some day when Drew is the starting quarterback, he’s going to want that same support from me.”

Case closed. At least until Patrick’s first bad throw in the Auburn game.

Landon Foster’s teacher clearly doesn’t watch a lot of UK football

Ouch. Landon might just be the punter, but I’d argue he’s one of the most well-known faces on the squad.

Dominique Hawkins broke his right hand

If you missed the news last night, Dominique Hawkins broke his right hand in practice over the weekend. He’ll be out four weeks.

“I really feel bad to have to report this because Dom was playing so well,” John Calipari wrote in a statement last night. “He was so much more confident, so much more skilled. There was no doubt he was in the rotation, and now he’s just got to get back and stay in shape. We’re looking forward to getting him back in November.”

Get well soon, Dominique.

I’m stuck with Can’t-Feel-His-Fingers Peyton Manning in my fantasy league and it’s miserable

I know everyone hates it when people whine about their fantasy football teams, but I’m going to do it anyways. With hopes he had one more good season left in him, I drafted Peyton Manning in my league, and good grief, what a mistake. While there are still flashes of the old Peyton out there, it’s clear he’s going downhill fast, and now I’m stuck with him because there aren’t a ton of better options left in my league. Over the years, I’ve slowly gotten over the fact Peyton went to Tennessee and accepted him as the affable, funny quarterback that captained almost every fantasy football championship squad. And now he can’t feel his own fingers. Great.

Auburn dismissed one of their best players yesterday

Kentucky’s chances of beating Auburn next Thursday got a boost last night when word broke that star wide receiver Duke Williams was dismissed after an “off-the-field incident at a local nightclub.” Williams had 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in five games this season and 45 catches for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season after arriving as a junior college transfer. He was suspended before the Outback Bowl last season for a violation of team rules.

I guess one last hurrah at the Auburn Supper Club was too much to resist? (The Auburn landmark closes its doors on January 1.)

This is probably the best breakdown of “Breaking Cardinal Rules” I’ve seen

Kami Mattioli of The Sporting News read “Breaking Cardinal Rules” and broke it down into six takeaways, including which players Katina Powell names as receiving services from her escorts. She found 12: Terrance Williams, Chane Behanan, Andre McGee, George Goode, Terrance Jennings, Montrezl Harrell, Russ Smith, Wayne Blackshear, Peyton Siva, JaQuan Lyle, Earl Clark, and Antonio Blakeney. Mattioli also tackles some of the biggest questions I had after reading the book: where did the money come from?

If you don’t feel like purchasing the book for yourself, check out Kami’s recap.

The folks at Rupp Arena are giving away some cool stuff this week

To promote the Sacramento Kings/New Orleans Pelicans exhibition game on October 17, the folks at Rupp Arena are holding Twitter giveaways all week. Yesterday, they gave away a game ball signed by Anthony Davis, a DeMarcus Cousins DMC logo shirt, a DeMarcus Cousins signed photo and four tickets to the exhibition game. I’m sure they have another awesome prize lined up for today’s giveaway. What do you have to do to win? First, follow @Rupp_Arena on Twitter. Each day, they will send out a tweet at a random time for people to RT in order to enter the drawing, which will take place two hours later. Pretty easy, right?

Did you see the premiere episode of “Listifcuffs” this morning?

Drew and I faced off in the debut of Funkhouser’s new series, and although I wasn’t terribly proud of my performance, I had a lot of fun. If you missed it, scroll down and check out the post directly below this one. I’m looking forward to seeing how the tournament progresses.

Matt and Ryan are at the McDonald’s near Hamburg Pavilion

Come on out to 1921 Plaudit Place in Lexington to enjoy what I’m sure will be a very entertaining show in person. If you show up after 10:30 a.m., don’t worry: McDonald’s all-day breakfast starts today, so you can satisfy your Sausage Biscuit craving all day long. Or Egg McMuffin, depending on market.

Listicuffs Episode 1: Drew Franklin vs Tyler Thompson

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Here it is.  The first episode of Funkhouser’s new game show, Listicuffs.  In this debut episode, we figured we would start big and bring together Drew Franklin and Tyler Thompson to go head to head in a battle of useless knowledge.  Who will come out on top and advance to the Semifinals in our Listicuffs tournament?  Watch and find out!


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tuesday Morning Defensive Breakdown

© Mark Zerof | Getty

© Mark Zerof | Getty

A breakdown of the defensive effort against Eastern Kentucky, divided into the major situations.  Also included are combined stats for the season:

Run: 28 rushes for 108 yards (3.9 ypc)
Pass: 2-5, 13 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 97 rushes for 475 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 38-55, 487 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 3 sacks for -9 yards

RECAP: How committed was EKU to the run?  On 1st down, 24 of their last 25 plays were running plays.  They clearly thought they had an advantage there.  The stats would tell you that 3.9 ypc is not great but that includes a 13 yard loss in overtime.  In reality, EKU was consistently getting 4-6 yards per carry for most of the 2nd half.

2ND DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 6 rushes for 19 yards (3.2 ypc)
Pass: 6-14, 86 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 28 rushes for 136 yards (4.9 ypc)
Pass: 21-44, 215 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -5 yards

RECAP: Overall a good situation for the UK defense.  The completions did go for big yardage but the completion percentage was below 50% and the rushing defense was solid.

2ND DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 6 rushes for 14 yards (2.3 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 3-3, 19 yards

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 33 rushes for 170 yards (5.2 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 9-14, 45 yards

RECAP: Once again, UK’s rush defense was solid and the pass defense limited the Colonels to shorter yardage here although not any incompletions.  All in all, very good D.

3RD DOWN AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 2 rushes for 21 yards (10.5 ypc) (converted 1 of 2)
Pass: 7-9, 50 yards, 1 TD (converted 2 of 9)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 7 rushes for 45 yards (6.4 ypc) (converted 1 of 7)
Pass: 19-31, 179 yards, 3 sacks for -27 yards (converted 9 of 34)

RECAP: UK kept all the passes in front of them so that despite 7 completions on 3rd and long, EKU only converted 2 into 1st downs.  Historically, UK has been bad on 3rd and long but this year the Cats have been very good in preventing the big play here.

3RD DOWN AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 5 rushes for 26 yards (5.2 ypc), 1 TD (converted 4 of 5)
Pass: 1-1, 15 yards, 1 TD, 1 sack for -8 yards (converted 1 of 2)

Combined Season Statistics
Run: 20 rushes for 82 yards (4.1 ypc), 3 TD (converted 15 of 20)
Pass: 3-9, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -16 yards (converted 1 of 11)

RECAP: The UK defense did not make the key stops on short yardage situations and they haven’t really in the run game done so all year.  Plus, they allowed their first passing play conversion on EKU’s final touchdown of the game.

October 5th, 2015

So Many Questions About This Louisville Scandal


The biggest story in college basketball is Louisville’s latest sex scandal and it isn’t going away any time soon. After word broke late last week that a prostitute wrote a book that could bring down the UofL basketball program, the Bluegrass has been anxiously awaiting any little piece of news on the story. Everyone, red and blue, is tuned in to see how this ends. One side dreading a potentially disastrous outcome, while the other watches its archrival suffer, hoping for the absolute worst.

Me, I’m enjoying the hell out of it. Can’t thank the universe enough for wrapping this gift and delivering it to my doorstep last Friday. Like everyone else, I’m devouring handfuls of popcorn with all eyes glued to the situation, rooting for Louisville’s demise. But as I wait for it all to play out, I have so many questions about the whole thing. I’m throwing them all out there tonight…


You’re a star basketball player. Why hookers?

Anyone playing basketball at the University of Louisville should have no trouble getting laid on any given night. That goes for everyone on the team; not just the star players. Walk-ons get boy band ass when they’re a member of a top 10 basketball program. There are jersey chasers everywhere and they’re very good at doing just that: chasing jerseys. The whole point of their existence is they come to you, hence the “chase.” Minimal effort to get them home for a night. It’s a great deal for athletes. It’s unfair to the rest of us, really.

But for some reason, the Louisville boys wanted paid help. Showing up at the nearest house party is just too much work, I guess. They had to hit the ATM and call in the professionals. I don’t understand it. It’s completely free and legal 20 steps out their front door on campus.

Why at the dorms?

So let’s say nightwalkers are your thing. Maybe you prefer a seasoned vet in the sack and the way she smells like USA Gold menthols, knockoff Dolce & Gabbana perfume, and week-old Long John Silver’s. It’s not my style, but who am I to judge someone else’s tastes in women? The heart wants what it wants. I get it. No judgment here. Do you.

But why take them to the dorms? Hookers, bless their hearts, traditionally perform their craft in half-star motels and dark alleys. (So I’ve heard.) You don’t take them out of their element and into a new arena. Not only are they fish out of water; in this case, they took pictures and kept a journal and now it’s all over the place.

You know where they wouldn’t have taken pictures? Red Carpet Inn. You know where there’s no evidence anything went down? Red Carpet Inn. Not the UofL basketball dorms.

But isn’t that what you paid them to do?

Sounds to me like a real waste of money. You had one job!

What kind of a sick human being pimps out her own teenage daughters?

While I find humor in 99.9999999999999 percent of this whole scandal, the mother-daughter prostitution ring is terribly sad.

If you want to sell your body for money, by all means, do as you please. God gave it to you and if you want to share it with the world to pay this month’s cable bill, that’s your prerogative. But to pull your own daughters into that lifestyle and encourage them to do the same? Disgusting. Sickening. Hell isn’t hot enough for you.

Was anyone surprised to see Chane Behanan’s name in the mix?

Chane, man. That guy can’t stay out of the news. Mr. Violation Of Team Rules himself played a major role in these allegations, to no one’s surprise. Almost two years removed from his dismissal from Louisville and he’s still a cancer to Rick Pitino and the program.

And to think, he almost ended up at Kentucky.

Is Tom Jurich suffering from dementia?

In his Friday evening press conference, Jurish uttered the words, “Coach Pitino has a perfect track record.”

Selective memory much?

Where did Andre McGee get the money?

The allegations date back to McGee’s time as a graduate assistant, a position that does not pay well. So unless he was the unanimous Team Player of the Year, or had a part-time job on the side, how did he fund these parties?

I love my friends, but I’m not buying them hookers. Not on more than one occasion, at least.

When will this stop being funny?

Did Rick Pitino know it was happening?

Ah, the million dollar question: Did Rick Pitino know?

The madam says yes, Pitino knew. She claims Andre McGee told her, “Rick knows about everything.”

But as scandalous as Rick is — and he is very scandalous — I have a hard time believing he would’ve let this go on where it did. My guess is, at worst, he knew to a certain extent and turned his head. I can’t imagine he played any role in it or allowed it to happen.

Will the 2013 title banner come down?



But U of L fans will never, ever, ever, ever, ever hear the end of it if it does.

Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Weekend


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#10 chris simpson

I don’t think anyone in their right mind should send their kid to be an athlete at UL.



#9 Dave Buzz Baker

You just had to bring that up, didn’t you Buzz?



#8 Jay4UK

That Jim Mora thing never gets old.



#7 Mandy

Accurate representation of my thoughts during the game. I don’t get mad at the team, I get mad at twitter.



#6 FakeBarneyKSR

Thanks, Barney. I had just got that rap out of my head.



#5 Jason F. Darnall

I’m starting to remember it so much more accurately now.



#4 Vincent Elliott

Almost, Vincent. Almost.



#3 Ben Collins

Thanks for that image, Ben.



#2 Ethan Moore

Yep. He’s right up there with baristas. Bless them.



#1 Patrick Mooney

Boy did those guys get screwed. No pun intended.