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Cassanova McKinzy’s Friday News and Views


What draws a top recruit to a certain program? Is it the campus? Tradition? Style of play? Location? Playing time?

It could be a lot of things, really. It’s usually a combination of the five I just mentioned, mixed with the right spiel from a coach and a successful visit. But, in Cassanova McKinzy‘s case, it’s the waffle fries.

Cassanova McKinzy is a 6’2”, 225-pound outside linebacker from Birmingham. He’s a four-star recruit, ranked No. 19 in the country at his position by Rivals.com. When National Signing Day came on Wednesday, McKinzy was down to two schools, Auburn and Clemson, for his services. He chose Auburn because it had more to offer. Like, delicious lemonade and spicy chicken biscuits.

McKinzy said, “They (Clemson) had no Chick-Fil-A on campus. So you had to go like 15 minutes off campus to go to a real restaurant.”

This has to be a first. McKinzy made a life-changing decision based on Chick-Fil-A. Sure, Chick-Fil-A is awesome, but this kid is picking where he’ll spend the next four years of his life, and the place he chooses will determine whether or not he becomes a millionaire.

And he based that decision on Chick-Fil-A. A “real” restaurant.

I love it.

Now let’s get you today’s News and Views — good thing it’s not Sunday.

 The UK Hoops team moved on to 10-0 in the conference with a 82-41 over Ole Miss at Memorial Coliseum Thursday night. Kentucky’s 21-2 overall record is tied for the best in school history. Freshman guard Bria Goss led the way for the Cats with 19 points, while Kastine Evans was second best with 12 points, followed by A’dia Mathies and Samarie Walker with 11 a piece. Goss has reached double figures in scoring in 17 of 23 games. Matthew Mitchell’s girls are rolling.

Read Hayley Minogue and Wilder Treadway’s running blog of the game on KSRCollege.com.

 You can’t say enough about the game-changing move by Nerlens Noel when he reclassified to the 2012 class. After Noel assured everyone he was staying in 2013, he went and shook the rankings up by moving up a year. Now he’s the No. 1 player over Shabazz – never thought we’d see Shabazz at No. 2 — and Kentucky is flirting with a recruiting class that could end up being legendary. LEGENDARY.

The Cats already have the second ranked class with Poythress, Goodwin, and Cauley, and UK is in very good shape with three of the top 10 players in the country. I can’t even fathom how good they’d be if they landed Noel, Muhammad and Bennett to go with that those three, plus an anxious Ryan Harrow, an experience Kyle Wiltjer, and whatever pieces are left behind after this season.

As Evan Daniels pointed out last night, it’s hard to imagine Noel going to Syracuse when the Orange already have Fab Melo and DaJuan Coleman, therefore Kentucky is in great shape. UK will have an open spot at the center position and all Calipari has to do is say, “Anthony Davis.” Noel would be crazy to go anywhere else.

Pleeeeeeeaaaaassssssssseeeeee

 After writing that, I just came across a piece at GoLocalProv.com saying Nerlens Noel is considering going to Providence. A NEPSAC coach told the website that Noel is leaning towards the Friars. If true, that would be a ridiculous class Ed Cooley is reeling in. It would also raise the question, “Why the hell are all these kids going to Providence?”

I’m not buying it. Yet.

 How do you feel about the UK vs. Toronto Raptors debate? I love the Cats, but let’s not get crazy here. The Raptors are an NBA basketball team. There is a big difference in professional and collegiate ball, regardless of what names are on the back of the jerseys. Jose Calderon would own Marquis Teague (I say that with love), DeMar Derozan is too athletic for either Lamb or Miller, and Terrence Jones isn’t consistent enough to convince me he’s better than Davis or Johnson. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis are the only two matchups I’ll even consider taking. Plus, the Raptors have Jamaal Magloire. I’ll take Toronto by double-figures.

 Word came out Thursday night that LSU forward Malcolm White wrote letters to John Calipari and Anthony Davis, apologizing for the hard foul on the break last Saturday. White said he acted in frustration and not malice, and the flagrant foul in no way defines how Trent Johnson runs LSU’s program. Johnson is handling the punishment in house and a suspension is still a possibility.

 Big Blue Nation felt a scare on that play that took Anthony Davis down, but that’s not even close to the scare Murray State Racers fans faced Thursday night at home against Southeast Missouri State. What started off looking like a KSR jinx, ended up being a win for Murray State, but only thanks to a late comeback. Murray State trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but 32 points from Isaiah Canaan (24 in the second half) was too much for SEMO to hold off. Tenth-ranked Murray State rolled to a 81-73 victory, easing the awkwardness of KSR’s first trip to Murray with Matt Jones, Beisner, and Bradley were

 Kentucky travels to South Carolina on Saturday. The Gamecocks are 1-6 in the conference with the only win coming against Alabama by two points on January 25th. They lost 74-66 at Florida on Thursday night… WHAT?! SOUTH CAROLINA PLAYED ON THURSDAY NIGHT AND NOW THEY HAVE TO PLAY KENTUCKY ON A SATURDAY??!!! That’s not fair! Why doesn’t Kentucky have to do that? Thursday-Saturday stretches aren’t fair! It’s not fair! Kentucky doesn’t have to do it! Not fair! Pyemph!… I’m Kevin Stallings, get it?

 The Jordan Brand Classic’s West roster should wear Kentucky jerseys. Just a thought.

 On a personal note, I will be boarding an aircraft Friday afternoon and heading west to Las Vegas for Super Bowl weekend. Any advice, recommendations, guidance, or hook-ups will be greatly appreciated. Just e-mail me.

 I’ll leave you with photos from the KSR invasion at Murray State. RESTROOMS!

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

54 responses to “Cassanova McKinzy’s Friday News and Views”

  1. travis

    Being the massive Chick-Fil-A fan that I am, I applaud Cassanova for his wise choice. BTW Cassanova McKinzy is an all-name team candidate.

  2. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    Cuse also has Rakeem Christmas

  3. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    Also, turns out Clemson DOES have a Chick-Fil-A on campus.

  4. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    Also, he’s not going to Providence.

  5. yevkazim

    Its a Chick-Fil-A Express on campus, maybe that not good enough for him to qualify as being real

  6. Dan in BG

    Where’s the uncensored podcast!?

  7. catfan68

    Nice jab at cry-baby Kevin Stallings…that dude whines and cries so much someone should send him a bottle; some diapers; and a pacifier. I used to think Rick Stansbury was the biggest baby of all the SEC coaches but Stallings is definitely the worst. I hope UK kicks their cry-baby a$$es both times we play them this year.

  8. Justin

    I go to Clemson and they have a Chick-Fil-A, but that’s hilarious still.

  9. Bulldawg

    It seems like Stallings’ senior laden team should be able to deal with scheduling adversity. For all the good experience does, it sure seems like Vandy is dropping some games…and the Cats have lost one…now how important is experience? What’s that you say, it only matters if they have had a good coach. Seems like Stallings has absolutely no excuses if Vandy doesn’t win the SEC. Oh, except for the scheduling debacle. No way the SEC should expect 20 year old super athletes to play 80 minutes of basketball in 36 hours…Stallings = Homer Simpson. :)

  10. UKalldaWAY

    Matt…….you stood us up at the Big Apple Cafe…(the guy with the KSR poster)

  11. Brandon

    Matt, no bean roll?

  12. SuperTroy18

    Zaxby’s>Chick-Fil-A.

    Also, Vegas for Super Bowl weekend? I can’t stand these frat boys getting “an epic weekend” party every month. Then, they spout off their “I got so drunk…” stories on here. Do you want us to tell us how
    cool and awesome you are or something?

    Having said that, I wish I could go to Vegas for the Super Bowl…

  13. eric

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/rank/_/listId/1496/versionId/2

    davis is losing in a poll for POY on espn… go vote!

  14. Buckets

    Nerlens Noel, come on down! And please, for the love of God, do not trim that high-top fade! Epic!

  15. JBR

    Ok, time to lay off White. When he did it, yes, it was dirty and completely deserved the ejection. But the kid apologized and said it was frustration and not malice. Anybody that has been an athlete has been in his shoes before, mad and upset about getting a butt kicking… he owned up to it, apologized, and no further suspension is needed.

    Sidenote…like Chick-Fil-A food, but they suck because they are closed on Sundays…that is all.

  16. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?

    I agree on White. We’re making him out to be some sort of villain. I think all of BBN overreacted initially cuz they were scared for Davis. The foul wasn’t THAT horrific. Let it go.

  17. Cat fan

    If you look at the list of players for the Jordan classic, there are several UNC players that are participating in the game even though they are not ranked very high by Rivals, Scouts, ESPN, etc. WTF!?! Why do UNC players get preferential treatment? (I know Jordan went to UNC, but WTF?)

  18. Question

    Who is Josh Hopkins?

  19. BPsycho

    “Ryan Harrow”

    Ryan Harrow!

    #15 Agree. I didn’t think it was that bad live tbh. Not even close to suspension worthy. People must be forgetting the Xavier Cincy brawl…

    #18 He’s this awesome dude, from the land of TV. When asked Pats or Giants, he replied “Kentucky basketball” I mean come on…. Blue Blood

  20. The Cheese

    Don’t know if Matt had a bean roll, but at least he was close to the restrooms if he did.

  21. Chuck

    17- You answered your own question.

  22. Blue in Bama

    $200K can buy a lot of chicken biscuits.

  23. SexnNursinHomes

    Chick-Fil-a. Fast food. I’d rather lick a hobo’s ass

  24. Head Bussa

    Seems to have his priorities in order. Man’s gotta eat.

  25. Head Bussa

    23 – That’s cool. You take the hobo’s ass, I’ll take the Chick-Fil-A.

  26. Jiminy Cricket

    Chick Filet is GOOD!

  27. SexnNursinHomes

    25- sounds like a deal to me

  28. Echo 1

    @25 don’t know if you have seen his posts, but he is serious.

  29. John

    We will play our Thurs. Sat., Fri. Sun games in March and April, when we are on our why to the Championship!!!

  30. NotSatire

    Matt. 3 pictures? You guys are falling down on the job.

  31. awesometron

    It’s been said in the comments already, but Clemson does have a Chick-fil-a on campus. Apparently someone told Cassanova that after he signed with Auburn and he said that he didn’t see it when he was on his visit to Clemson. Whoever gave him his campus tour needs to be fired.

  32. NegativeForNoReason

    Zaxby’s <,<<<<<< Chick-Fil-A, And it's not even close. Zaxby's should just serve vomit and diarrhea in a bucket and leave me out as the middle man.

  33. duhville cat

    23) I hear hobo’s asses are very nutritional. Must have something to do with all that cheap red wine.

  34. Carl

    Cassanova McKinzy! Great great name…and it just goes to show you we are dealing with kids here so give them a break when they don’t always act like adults.

    When South Carolina, Vandy etc produce a team worthy of Super Tuesday they will get their opportunity I’m sure. So stop whining and start recruiting!!

  35. UKFanInCincy
  36. UKani

    I saw an article on ESPN’s website that said that if Muhammad Shabazz was to reclassify for the 2013 class he wouldn’t even be a top 5 player. Then they talked about how loaded that 2013 class is. So with Nerlene Noel reclassifying for 2012 and jumping to #1 doesn’t surprise me.

  37. Luther Spivens

    I go to Auburn, and there’s a Chik-Fil-A on campus, another one that’s a 5-minute walk right off of campus, then another that’s 10 minutes away in Opelika. #suckitClemson

  38. SteveM

    It’s nice that Malcolm White is apologetic about his malicious slam of AD, but I’d like to know what’s taking the LSU coach so long to punish White for his actions. For that matter, why hasn’t the SEC suspended this guy? What does someone have to do to earn a suspension, take a lead pipe to an opposing player? I guarantee, if a UK player had done the same thing, the national media, the SEC and our good friend the NCAA, would be demanding a suspension, if not making the player ineligible. This is outrageous.

  39. SexnNursinHomes

    28- you already know.

    33- vitamin b,d and k

  40. John O

    If Isaiah Canaan isn’t in the league after next year it will be a disappointment for any guards in the mid-majors. I think he is one of the best guards in the country right now. For everyone on this site he is built like Tyreke Evans with a better jumper than BKnight. He is lacking 2 inches, but so is CP3. The kid can ball and has ice water in his veins.

  41. Beas

    A couple years ago UK played a Thurs, night game and then went to Knoxville for a early game on Sat,(Tenn. played on Tues., then against us on Sat.) we lost. No one was yelling about that being unfair.Seems unfair is whenever its done to someone other than the cats…..suck it up Stallings!

  42. Paducah Patty

    Regarding Las Vegas, this tidbit is more for Matt than Drew. The bail information for the Las Vegas City Jail can be obtained by calling (702) 229-6460.

  43. Ball Eater

    errrrr…I thought the Super Bowl was in Indianapolis???

    I guess if that dude from LSU had broken Davis’s neck, he would then be deserving of a suspension. Their Coach could have shown some class if he had went to the dressing room along with the player…no room for that kind of action…player or coach.

  44. Kim R.

    You do know that he was kidding? This story is the most ridiculous one I have ever run across. The kid later on gave ALL the reasons he chose Auburn and stated he was just trying to be “funny” and have a good time. Yet idiots like you actually believe that he made a “life changing” decision based on the lack of a fast food joint? Good Grief – get a life and report something worth reporting.

  45. Jones Returns

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!

  46. RealCatsFan

    Yeah, Cassanova McKinzy is a great name – his momma must have thought he would get ALL the beetches! However, my personal all time favorite college BB player name was Jihad Muhammad – played for Cinci several years ago. That dude must have had one helluva time getting through airport security!

  47. Kevin Baldwin

    Why do you people always forget about Jon Hood. He was a top 50 recruit in his class. He is a home grown boy and worthy of more than a foot note or lack there of. He is also not alone. We have other players on the bench that I think could contribute but have not got the chance. I understand that the majority of the playing time has to go to the Freshmen to keep the pipeline going, but you think we might have learned with Josh that some people need a little more time but still can contribute in a very big way.

  48. Buddy

    Matt looks like Bruce Jenner on pills

  49. My name is Gabe brah

    Providence? Please, they suck

  50. Alex

    According to at least one Clemson alum I know, there is in fact a Chick-Fil-A on campus. It doesn’t matter. Auburn and Clemson are the same school in different states anyway.

  51. Seth

    I go to Clemson. Clemson has a chick fillet in the middle of campus! And there’s another one 1.5 miles away from campus on the main strip! So that LB is BSing or very uninformed.

  52. Sean

    Auburn has two on campus and one directly across the street from campus. So I believe we win the Chik-Fil-A battle. BOOM. War Eagle

  53. WelcomeToTheCaliparti

    Does anyone want them to post the KSTV episode from their trip to Murray State?

  54. UKalldaWAY

    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!
    Can you please post the KSTV episode chronicling your trip to Murray State University once aired? I live in western Kentucky and am not able to watch the episodes on television and I would love it see it. Thank you!