Jordan to the Wizards. Montana to the Chiefs. Rick Bozich and Eric Crawford to WDRB. The latter just doesn’t make any sense… at all.
The Courier-Journal’s top two columnists are packing up their typewriters, notepads, whiteout, and fedoras, and taking their talents over to something called a WDRB. Crawford and Bozich — or Crawzich, as their relationship is known in journalism circles — are leaving behind over 50 years of UofL-friendly experience and coverage with the newspaper.
Of the move to one of Louisville’s 10 best TV stations, Crawford said, “Really, when we looked at it, we saw what ESPN.com had done…”
(Wait… WHAT? You’re comparing it to ESPN.com? Mmmkay. Carry on…)
“And while this isn’t a sports station or network, to think about doing that locally and putting together that kind of site, I think it’s a very interesting thing that a lot of people will be watching.”
I still don’t get it. Just tell us how much money was on the table so we can all wrap our minds around why Crawzich would leave the Courier-Journal for WDRB. Pat Forde left the newspaper a couple years ago for ESPN. That makes sense. A nationally respected journalist like Rick Bozich leaving for WDRB does not.
However, one thing is very clear: Beisner can’t wait to scream in the background of Bozich’s first live shot.
Let’s move on…
We’ll lead off tonight’s news and views with Coach Cal’s upper hand in the recruitment of Karl Towns. The No. 1 player in the class of 2015 is on Kentucky’s campus to train with the Dominican Republic National Team, and then he’ll compete with the team when the Dominicans play in the FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela from July 2-8. If the Dominican Republic can be one of the three teams to qualify from the 12 teams in the Venezuela qualifier, Towns will spend an entire summer working and traveling with Coach Cal as part of the Olympic team.
It’ll be tough, no, it’ll be impossible for any other NCAA coach to compete with Calipari’s relationship with Towns, thanks to Cal’s role as head coach of the DR. He’s not just getting a free visit out of the deal, he could potentially be getting over two months and a trip to London out of it. That will go a long way in the recruitment of the 16-year-old Towns, who some are calling the next Dwight Howard.
On Monday afternoon, Towns tweeted to Nerlens Noel saying, “Place is nice understand now why u picked this place lol”
Cal is so far ahead of everyone else; it’s not even fair anymore.
We have plenty of time between now and 2015 to fall in love with Karl Towns, so let’s talk about the now. According to Future150, Tony Trocha didn’t meet the test score requirements to reclassify to the class of 2012. It’s not completely over for Trocha though, he retook the test and is waiting for the results of round two. If he fails to meet the required score again, your University of Kentucky basketball roster is set for the 2012-13 season.
In news from Fayette District Court, the sodomy and sex abuse charges against Michael Porter were waived to a grand jury on Monday morning. The judge agreed to waive the case to the grand jury without a testimony, per request from the former UK point guard’s attorney. He has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sodomy and two counts of sexual assault.
Let’s play a fun game of “Where Were They Monday?” featuring the six NBA draft prospects from Kentucky:
Terrence Jones: New Orleans
Darius Miller: Indianapolis
Doron Lamb: Chicago
Marquis Teague: ?????
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: Garfield Heights, Ohio (GHHS coach is a good friend of MKG’s agent)
Anthony Davis: Bentley dealership (not confirmed)
Does Doron Lamb ever miss????
I don’t think he does, at least not when the DraftExpress camera is on him.
On Monday, the SEC announced that Kentucky and Florida will be permanent rivals under the new basketball scheduling format. That means the Cats and Gators will play six times in three years, as opposed to the four games in three years against every other SEC opponent. Also, the SEC Tournament will include all 14 conference teams and will get started a day earlier on the Wednesday of the week of the tourney.
Kentucky baseball expert David Mulloy has some late Monday night baseball notes over on KSRCollege.com. He knows a whole lot more about the Bat Cats than I can even pretend to know, so do him a solid and go check out his report. He has some good stuff about overhearing Barnhart’s frustrations with not hosting the regional and head coach Gary Henderson’s emotions following his team’s elimination from the tournament.
That’ll do it for now.
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