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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:41 pm
Congrats to UK Hoops, who advanced to the Semifinals of the SEC Women’s Tournament with a 75-70 win over Florida this afternoon. It was a gritty win for the girls, who will play the #1-seed South Carolina at noon tomorrow. That’s right, dueling basketball games!
Wilder and/or Hayley will be by in a bit with a recap.
By Matt Jones on ©4:30 pm
One would think that the job of Circuit judge in Arkansas would only go to the most qualified, noble individuals. One might be wrong. Circuit Judge Mike Maggio (the handsome man pictured above) is a big LSU fan and he liked to post on LSU message boards under the name “GeauxJudge”. As a word of advice for future message board posters, (a) don’t do it and (b) if you do do it, don’t use your real job title. Maggio had a series of posts that crossed the ethical line, including commenting on cases that were pending before him. And now he is in trouble. Here are some details from the AP:
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas judge has admitted that he posted a series of anonymous online comments that critics say are racist, sexist and otherwise inappropriate, including one in which he revealed alleged details of confidential proceedings involving actress Charlize Theron’s adoption of her son.
Circuit Judge Mike Maggio acknowledged Wednesday that he posted the comments on a Louisiana State University fan message board, Tiger Droppings, under the pseudonym “geauxjudge.” He also ended his campaign for a seat on the Arkansas Court of Appeals.
In a June 2011 posting, “geauxjudge” suggested that women who seek divorces after their husbands cheat may be better off financially by staying married. In Arkansas, circuit judges like Maggio handle divorce cases, among other civil and criminal casework.
“I see it everyday. A woman makes (an) emotional decision to divorce because the husband stepped out. When otherwise he was a good provider, father, and husband,” the posting says. “Then a year or two later realizes uh oh I am worse off financially, emotionally and relationship wise but hey they showed that SOB. Too many times the women get their advice from other divorced women.”
In a posting from last December about baby names, “geauxjudge” wrote about the effect a name can have on an individual’s success, the website reported.
“How many Doctors do you hear named Dr. Taneesha or HaHa?” he wrote, apparently referring to Ha’Sean “Ha Ha” Clinton-Dix, a black University of Alabama football player. “How many bankers do (you) hear named Brylee? So stick with something close to normal. Or come sit in criminal court any day and see the ‘common names.’”
So there you go folks, a lesson everyone needs to learn. When going on sports message boards (or might I add, comment sections), remember that people can be watching. And if you make comments that will make folks mad…well it might catch up to you. And if you are like “geauxjudge”, your dreams of being an Arkansas Court of Appeals judge can go up in smoke.
By Jonathan Schuette on ©4:00 pm
If you remember all the way back to Tuesday’s contest with Alabama, Jimmy Dykes stepped off his jet and decided to take break from guarding his yard to discuss the upcoming NCAA Tournament. As one would expect, the conversation was brief as there was a game going on, but Mr. Dykes did bring up an interesting point on how the upcoming tournament would be conducted – particularly with the stripes calling the games.
Fouls have been a hot point of discussion all season long with the greater emphasis on calling the hand-check fouls that were going uncalled in recent years. Defenders – in the early portions of the season at least – were forced to take their hands off the dribbler or would be whistled for a foul. The beginning of the 2013-14 campaign saw a handful games being extended to brutal lengths due to teams clinging to the old method of defending, leading to many whining coaches and fans. Unfortunately, it seems as though referees have reverted back to the old “Letting-Teams-Hack-And-Claw-Without-A-Whistle” method, leaving many teams who adjusted scratching their heads. However Jimmy Dykes claimed during Tuesday’s broadcast that the NCAA Tournament has a tighter whistle, meaning teams like Kentucky who frequent the charity stripe should benefit tremendously. However, I wanted to find proof of the tighter whistle, so I conducted a bit of research.
In order to conduct this study, I had one simple thing in mind. I simply wanted to compare the fouls per game called in the NCAA Tournament with the foul per game averages from the regular season of the teams in the NCAA Tournament. The below table tells the story from the past three seasons. Note that these are the individual team averages and not the combined game totals.
As you can see, the teams participating in the NCAA Tournament conducted in 2011 and 2012 had fewer fouls called on them in the postseason than in the regular season. In 2011, the teams participating were whistled, on average, one fewer time per game than in the regular season, while teams in 2012 were whistled 0.4 fewer times per game. Last year was were Jimmy Dykes’ hypothesis gained some traction as more fouls were called in the in the postseason than in the regular season.
As for this season’s tournament, I’d suspect that Dykes’ hypothesis will come true as the head of officials will want the postseason games to be officiated as they were intended to be a few months ago when the rules were strictly enforced. This could only benefit Kentucky as we’re a team that lives off of getting to the free throw line. The individual game style will obviously dictate the amount of fouls that will be called, but Kentucky should be getting to the line more frequently if the whistle is tighter. As for how many additional points this will earn us per game, it’s anyone’s guess. If we get to the line more often than usual we could be looking at a 3-4 point increase per contest if we connect on free throws near our season average. And as you know, 3-4 points in the tournament could be all the difference between a first round disaster or a late round tournament run.
By Matt Jones on ©3:09 pm
After nine days on the road, I am missing Kentucky and ready for a night in my own bed. But both are still a ways from coming true, as we still have 10 days before our return to My Old Kentucky Home. The trip has been awesome however, as we have seen some great arenas, witnessed a couple of incredible individual performances and mended fences along the way. It has been an excellent time. However since we left, things have fallen a part a bit with the Cats, so I thought I would chime in with just a couple of thoughts:
— The three game stretch of Arkansas/South Carolina/Alabama is probably the most surprised I have been about a Kentucky team in a long time. Drew and I were at practice last Wednesday and saw a team with a lot of confidence and coach that really thought his group was close to turning the corner. That interview with Calipari made me a believer and Drew and I both left thinking the jets were about to be turned on. Since then, the Cats may have played their three worst games of the year. The Arkansas loss at home was particularly brutal, as the game was won with a minute to go and then given away. I am not sure I have ever seen the Cats play worse than the first 30 minutes at South Carolina and the win at home against Alabama was about as ugly a victory as you will ever see. Not being close to the action, it is hard for me to pinpoint what has happened and how the standard of play has fallen so dramatically. The outside shooting has been atrocious, the offensive movement has grinded to a halt and Kentucky is getting virtually no easy baskets. Even though the Cats have been sluggish all year, there was a gradual improvement on both ends and in the last three games, that has disappeared. At this point in the season, you are what you are, so I am not sure any dramatic improvement is going to take place. One just has to hope they at least return to the level they hit for the Florida/Ole Miss/LSU stretch (where I think UK did play well) and try to move past these three games somehow.
— As far as against Florida, Kentucky actually doesn’t match up terribly with the Gators. Florida is a good team, and can suffocate you defensively, but they aren’t terribly long or (with the notable exception of Patric Young), bulky. Still trying to win on the road in Gainesville seems like a daunting task at best. What I want to see out of Kentucky is competitiveness for all forty minutes. UK could play its best game of the year and still lose…Florida is that good, they are home and it is Senior Day. But what I want/hope to see is a marked improvement from this last three game stretch. If Kentucky is going to make a move, and granted it is a long shot at this point, it has to start at the SEC Tournament. To me that only happens if Kentucky somehow plays well Saturday at Florida. I don’t think the players have given up but they need an injection of confidence…that has to happen Saturday at noon.
— The biggest story of the weekend that no one is talking about is that UK spokesman Jay Blanton said UK will renew its Rupp Arena lease with the city of Lexington. This is huge news and comes on the heels of about two years of long discussions between the two parties that at times have seemed to be headed for a dead end. The city of Lexington moved forward with the redesign proposal without such a deal and the tension, both publicly and privately, between the two groups has been obvious. For Blanton to now make the comment that they are close to a deal means the Rupp Arena redesign is going to happen and will have the support of UK sooner rather than later. This is huge for the future of UK basketball and a very interesting development.
We will be here at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament today, headed to Oklahoma State at Iowa State on Saturday, Michigan State at Ohio State on Sunday and the Southern Conference Championship on Monday. Between now and then, we will give away two SEC Tournament ticket books on the radio show on Monday from GuyontheCornerTickets.com. Plus, we will be doing the show in Atlanta at the SEC Tournament and hope to see everyone down there. Next week is one of the most fun weeks of the year on KSR (we are reigniting the SEC Tournament LIVE RUNNING DIARY, a throwback to the early days of the site) and I hope you will be a part of it.
We will see everyone tomorrow and hope the Cats can make something special happen in Florida….
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:00 pm
It’s been twenty days since we played Florida in Rupp Arena. Back then, the Gators were ranked #3 in the country, and with Gameday in town, Kentucky went toe-to-toe with them for about 32 minutes, until a technical on John Calipari seemed to knock the Cats off their stride. Since then, Florida has won five straight games, ascending to the number one ranking, but it hasn’t been all puppies and rainbows. Let’s check in to see how the Gators have been doing…
February 19 – 71-66 win vs. Auburn: After almost not playing due to tendinitis in his knees, Patric Young hit some crucial free throws in the final seconds of the game to help Florida avoid the upset. Actually, had Auburn not botched the last two plays of the game, they could have pulled it off, but Florida’s flat play at home was the first troubling sign in a series of three straight scares…
February 22 – 75-71 win @ Ole Miss: Marshall Henderson got all Marshall Henderson and scored 22 points in the first half, but Florida held him scoreless in the second. Even without Marshall, the game was tied at 59 with eight minutes left until Florida eventually overpowered the Rebel Black Bears, scoring on almost every possession in the final minutes.
February 25 – 57-54 win @ Vandy: Kyle Fuller missed a tying three at the end of the game, and Florida’s winning streak lived to see another day. However, the newly #1 Gators didn’t look invincible, and just barely withstood Vandy’s late rally. Why was Vandy able to stay in the game so long? They were hitting their shots (48.8%, the second best FG % the Gators have faced all year) and were able to handle Florida’s press.
March 1 – 79-61 win vs. LSU: Yeah, no weaknesses in this one. Florida never trailed, looking every bit the #1 team in the country.
March 4 – 72-46 win @ South Carolina: Three days after the Cats faceplanted in Colonial Life Arena, Florida cruised by the Gamecocks, led by Michael Frazier, who scored a career-high 37 points, including 11 threes. South Carolina actually stayed with Florida for most of the first half, but Frazier’s shooting was too much to overcome. Eleven threes, guys.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:00 pm
While the boys are on their way to Gainesville to play #1 Florida tomorrow, the ladies are getting ready to play Florida in Duluth, Georgia in the SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament. The game tips at 2:30 p.m. ET, and will be televised on Fox Sports South.
After a long day of driving, Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue arrived safely in Duluth and will be live blogging the game at 2:15 p.m. with special guest Aaron Flener. I’m sure if you explain that to your boss, he or she will completely understand.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©1:30 pm
Tomorrow, the Cats face their biggest test of the season: #1 Florida. In their own gym. On Senior Day. Kentucky has only faced the #1 team in the country 19 times, with a 6-13 record. Florida has been #1 in two of those games, with the Cats winning the 2003 showdown 70-55, and the Gators winning in 2007 by a score of 64-61.
The last time Kentucky faced a #1 team? March 25, 2011, when they played #1 Ohio State in the NCAA Tournament. I seem to remember that one going pretty well. However, playing the Gators in Gainesville is a totally different scenario. Although Kentucky has beaten the #1 team in the nation six times, they’ve never done so in a true road environment. UK has a 33-23 record against Florida in Gainesville, and a win tomorrow would spoil the Gators’ quest for an undefeated conference season, a feat accomplished only three times in the SEC (Kentucky 1996, 2003, and 2012).
Like Cal said, if that doesn’t get you up to play tomorrow, what will?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:45 pm
Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young met with the media this morning before getting on the plane to Gainesville, and both said that UK’s promising performance against Florida earlier this season gives them some confidence heading into tomorrow’s game:
“After that game I felt like we could beat anybody in the country,” Willie said. “And then the next couple of games (I felt like we could) lose to anybody in the country. So it’s like a wide spectrum of our team.” James agreed, saying that even though the Cats hit a wall against Florida, the first 30 minutes “shows that we can compete with anybody. We came out with a lot of energy, we had a lot of fun out there and I think it shows we can compete with anybody.”
Willie added that “it’s to that point where our backs are kind of against the wall,” and “players are going to have to show that they’re players” if Kentucky has any kind of chance to pull off the upset.
It also looks like James got a haircut:
RIP Wanda. Thanks for the laughs.
Read a complete transcript of Willie and James’ comments after jump.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©12:00 pm
Ryan Harrow is having a pretty good junior season down at Georgia State, averaging 17.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game. The Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach caught up with Harrow recently, who opened up about his father’s health, and how it affected him last year at Kentucky.Harrow’s father, Mark, had a stroke in July 2012, after which Ryan met with his family and decided to return to Kentucky to go after his dream. However, the helplessness of being away from home while his dad was struggling and the despair of letting his team down was just too much:
“Most people think I was emotional because I’d played bad,” he said, “but it was more because I had let something slip away. … I’m definitely a better player than what I showed at Kentucky. I played bad, and I put that on myself and I apologize.”
Harrow says he met with Calipari after the season and insists that Cal never asked him to transfer, but to just make the best decision for himself and his family. Harrow transferred to Georgia State, and with his dad nearby, finally started enjoying the game again. His father said the difference was remarkable:
“When Ryan started playing here, it was like, ‘Yeah, that’s my son,’ ” Mark said. “I’ll tell you, I really missed that. I’m so happy he came home, because I need him and he needs me.”
There’s a lot of great stuff in Adam’s article, and I encourage you to give it a read over your lunch break.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:58 am
John Calipari met up with his best friends at the Joe Craft Center this morning to preview tomorrow’s game against Florida. As always, here are my highlights:
“If we’ve gotta get them excited about this game…”
When asked about the team’s psyche, Cal said they’ve looked good in practice the past few days, but they’ve “gotta do it in games.” Florida is the #1 team in the country, and undefeated in SEC play. As Cal put it, “if we’ve gotta get them excited about this game…” (Hopefully we don’t have to fill in that blank.) How do you cure UK’s stagnant offense? “I want them to fly up and down the court. Be aggressive. Create for each other. Not have us have to create stuff.”
“We lost the game because of two offensive rebounds.”
Cal said he believes that UK lost the game to Florida earlier in the season because of two offensive rebounds. “We gave ourselves a chance, so there was a lot of good stuff that came out of it.” However, for all the good they did against Florida and Ole Miss, they regressed: “we just hit a stretch of games where we got rattled.” Cal admitted that may have been because his team hit a wall physically, noting that their high school seasons would have already ended by now.
Assistants are now assigned to watch players and sub them out.
A few games ago, Cal lamented that Julius Randle wasn’t subbing himself out when he was tired. Now, he’s assigned assistants to watch players and see if they need to come out. Kenny Payne is on Julius, who Cal says has done everything they’ve asked of him the last three weeks, but they want him to take more jump shots.
“To have people say this team is done, I just don’t believe it.”
The line of the press conference came when Cal told reporters that on paper, this team isn’t doing that badly. In fact, the numbers give Cal hope that they’re not done yet. ”To have people say ‘this team is done,’ I just don’t believe it. A team that has this kind of skill and ability?” Cal said. However, numbers aren’t the whole story. The x-factor for this team is confidence. “Let’s hope the light goes on. If it goes on this game, fine. If it takes another game, fine. We just need the light to go on. I’ve had teams come around at all different times. I believe in this team, I believe in the individual players. These are great players.”
Stop telling Cal he looks tired
Like any of us would be, Cal is pretty tired of people coming up to him and telling him he looks tired.
“I’ve had friends of mine say, ‘you won, you look tired.’ I AM TIRED. It’s March, I’m exhausted. ‘You look tired.’ How stupid is that? Do you look at any coach that doesn’t look tired? I’m the only one that looks tired. Oh my gosh.”
He’s also pretty sick of hearing how he’s not having any fun, joking that the players must be rubbing off on him. In fact, he “had a ball” at practice yesterday, so there.
“Let’s see where we are.”
There’s not a ton more to say about tomorrow’s game. Florida is awesome, but Kentucky is capable of beating them. They’ve always been capable. It’s just a matter of will. Cal said he’s just ready to see how they respond:
“Now go play. Let’s go have some fun and ball and see where we are against the best team in the country on the road on senior night. Let’s see where we are. Let’s see where we are.”
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©10:15 am
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:55 am
It’s Friday! Let’s celebrate by listening to two hours of Kentucky Sports Radio.
This morning, Ryan Lemond is stepping in while Matt and Drew continue their Fox Sports roadtrip. After a few days away, Ryan is refreshed and ready to get you ready for tomorrow’s game against Florida, and talk about the other happenings in the Big Blue Nation. Don’t worry, he left his Hooters outfit at home.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
No official spread is out that I have seen, but I would imagine the spread for Saturday’s game against Florida will end up somewhere around 10 points. I am not sure Kentucky fans have been less confident about UK’s chances to win a game in the Caliapri era than this one. Last season, the Cats were 10-point underdogs at Florida, which is the biggest underdog spread a Cal team has faced in his 5 years. Obviously, that game did not turn out so well for UK.
The oddity in that is that in Florida’s return trip to Lexington in March, UK was a 6-point underdog and WON, which is still the biggest point spread a Calipari team has overcome to win a game in his tenure. They will certainly have a chance to beat that record tomorrow. It makes me wonder though, HOW BIG AN UPSET WOULD A WIN OVER FLORIDA BE? Below you find each game that Kentucky won outright and was an underdog by 5 points or more since 2000. It has happened 9 times:
2008-09: West Virginia, in Las Vegas (+8)
2000-01: at North Carolina (+7)
2001-02: at Florida (+6.5)
2012-13: Florida (+6)
2008-09: at Tennessee (+6, Jodie Meeks record-scoring game)
2010-11: Ohio State, NCAA Tournament (+5.5)
2007-08: Tennessee (+5.5)
2005-06: at Tennessee (+5)
2004-05: at Louisville (+5)
First, interesting that Tennessee, Louisville, and Florida take up 7/9 of that list. But secondly, UK really doesn’t face a lot of games they are big underdogs. In fact, I could find just 6 games since 1993 on the website I was looking (covers.com) where Kentucky was a 10-point or more underdog:
2012-13: at Florida
2008-09: at North Carolina (+18.5, maybe the biggest spread UK has faced since probation)
2007-08: at Tennessee
2005-06: at North Carolina
2001-02: Duke (in New York)
2000-01: at Michigan State
Kentucky did lose all 6 of those games.
So here is the question: Go back into your memory back and figure out what is the biggest upset you can remember for Kentucky and would a win over Florida on Saturday top that? I think there is some argument to be made that the win over LSU in 1990 was the last HUGE upset for Kentucky in the regular season. Agree or disagree?
By Courtney Sealey on ©8:30 am
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the day. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness.
#10 Mike Greenberg
South Carolina has suspended Frank Martin for behaving like Frank Martin.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 6, 2014
If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck….then it’s a duck.
#9 Rich Brooks
Pic of an orchid tree in our courtyard. pic.twitter.com/nfe0pkInct
— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) March 6, 2014
This tweet wasn’t that funny, but Coach Brooks tweets a lot of life pictures. Anyone know when his photography book comes out?
#8 John Robic’s Hair
Chad Ford on @DrewFranklinKSR Lover of short people Health food nut Embraced by IU fans Country Music connoisseur Clean shaven Early bird
— John Robic's Hair (@JohnRobicsHair) March 6, 2014
You forgot his utter hatred of Kate Upton.
#7 Jeff Goodman
Just saw video of this knucklehead fan who ran onto court at UC Santa Barbara tonight and got into Hawaii coach Gib Arnold's face. Unreal.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 7, 2014
Knucklehead? Really, Jeff? That’s the best you could come up with?
#6 John Calipari
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) March 6, 2014
Glad to see Cal wore his good jacket to meet the ex-Secretary of State.
#5 Kim Kersey
— Kim Kersey (@kimkersey) March 7, 2014
Ryan needs to lay off the Body Shapes Medical. His body is getting way too small for his head.
#4 Jason Burnet
@KySportsRadio somewhere outside of Bloomington. Don't wear UK. Trust nobody.
— Jason Burnett (@UK__JB) March 6, 2014
Jason with the most solid advice for traveling in Indiana.
#3 Doron Lamb
Groupies in the lobby they jus trying get established
— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) March 6, 2014
Doron Lamb, advocate for jersey chasers.
#2 Erin Jentz
— Erin Jentz (@ErinJentz_cn2) March 6, 2014
This looks like a mixture of the Shining and the Birds. Either way…I’m scared.
#1 Chris Calulot
— Chris Calulot (@C_Cally) March 6, 2014
False advertising. KSR readers have reported seeing that same deer on the side of the road earlier this week.
In 2006 the Ying-Yang twins and Bubba Sparxx changed the world forever with their hit Ms. New Booty. ”Do you want a little more frosting on your cakes? Feel a little lacking in your packing? If you do then Bubba Sparxx has got the answer.”
Bubba Sparxxx knew how to get it right and get it tight. KSR could not let the legend’s 37th birthday go unnoticed. Even though he does look like a Louisville fan whose line beard was stolen, Sparxxx was a pretty successful rapper during the 2000s. His song Deliverance is probably the only other song he has worth note, but if you were a fan of the Def Jam video game series like myself, you would know that he’s also a great video game fighter. Sparxxx also has (kind of) a UK connection – Sparxxx was a standout tight end in LaGrange, Ga., one of Rich Brooks’ favorite recruiting pipelines.
Let’s get this news right, and get it tight…
Updated Braketology. With the regular season coming to an end this weekend, Bracketologists are updating their picks almost daily. With one game to go CBS’ Jerry Palm has the Cats’ as a 6-seed and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has the Cats as a 7-seed. The biggest eye-opener is that Palm’s bracket would pit the Cards and the Cats against each other in the second round.
Get your SEC Tournament ticket books from UK while you can. The UK ticket office announced today that they are releasing a limited amount of books for the tournament today. Get ‘em while you can by calling 859-257-1818. KSR will be LIVE from STATS on Friday and you might find yourself lucky enough to witness the uncensored KSR podcast live from the fancy shmancy suite in downtown Atlanta.
Speaking of SEC Tournament… UK Hoops begins postseason play tomorrow at 2:30 against the Florida Gators. The Gators have beaten the Cats twice this season, but it’s awfully hard to beat a team three times. Wilder Treadway and Hayley Minogue will be LIVE Blogging the revenge game from Duluth, Ga; don’t forget to join in on the fun.
The KSR Road Trip keeps rolling. Matt and Drew were joined by Chris Tomlin in Cincinnati for tonight’s game against Memphis. A KSR fan caught up with the group at the stop and gave them the awesome cartoon above (even though I don’t think they made Matt’s head big enough). Don’t miss out on any of the action from the Road Trip, especially last night’s stop in Bloomington.
Craig Naivar is formally introduced as UK’s new Special Teams’ coach. Naivar replaces Bradley Dale Peveto after spending three season as Texas State’s defensive coordinator. Naivar has a history with the staff, coaching alongside D.J. Eliot at Texas State and Rice. Coach Stoops spoke highly of Naivar, “He has vast knowledge, both as a defensive coordinator and as a special teams coordinator. He’s a high-energy coach with a great reputation as a recruiter.” Adding another recruiter with Texas ties is HUGE, but I’m more exited about his energy – something Peveto had plenty of. How excited is Naivar to get started? Naivar Tweeted today:
Tim Couch made the College Football HOF Ballot. Last year Steve Meilinger represented the Big Blue in the College Football Hall of Fame and the Cats may have another this year. It will not be easy for Couch to become one of the final 14 that make the HOF; there are three Heisman Trophy winners on the 75-person ballot, as well as Miami’s Ray Lewis and Cal’s Keyshawn Johnson.
King Rex is back with IRex3.com. Rex Chapman called into KSR this morning to talk hoops and promote his new website IRex3.com. Not only does the site have cool merchandise like the ‘Apollo 3′ jersey, but its filled with analysis and anecdotes from Rex. One of the cooler stories he has already posted is about his recruitment process, focusing on his interactions with legendary coach Dean Smith as ‘The Dean’ currently battles with dementia.