One of my favorite memories from last season were the giant cardboard 3-goggles and fatheads that accompanied the team at every postseason stop. Obviously, Ashley Judd liked them too. Yep boys, that’s a framer.
Notes from a surprisingly busy morning in Kentucky sports:
– The biggest news of the morning were the ticket price increases for Kentucky basketball. The Athletic department proposed a series of ticket price increases to cover “rising costs” that stem from higher coaching salaries and rising travel and tuition costs. Bottom line: if you are a member of the K-fund and contribute $1,500 or less for your basketball season tickets, you will pay more next season. If you pay for season tickets, you will pay $5 more per game next season. Individual game tickets will also increase by $10 a game in lower arena and $7 a game in the upper arena. The only thing that won’t go up? Student ticket prices, which will remain at $5, which I learned isn’t the cheapest in the SEC, but is pretty darn close. The Board of Trustees will vote to approve the proposed “adjustments” later today.
– While Mitch Barnhart did not cite declining football ticket sales as a direct reason for the increases, he did say that ticket sales are down for the second year in a row, and that the department budgeted for $2 million less for football revenue than it did last year. Barnhart spoke to the media following the Board of Trustees meeting and confirmed that last season’s ticket sales were down 6% from the year before, and this season’s sales are going that well, either:
“We’re off a little bit, but we’re working our way through it. … We certainly don’t want to fall off … We’ve got to put a product out there, provide fans, give them a reason to make sure they want to come. I think Joker’s got a good plan. He’s got good kids coming back. We’ve got good leadership with Max Smith at the quarterback position. We’ve got good you people coming in and we’ll see how they fit on our team. We’ve got some good guys on the defensive side of the ball and our coaching staff, there’s been some continuity there that I feel good about.”
– Enough of that. You want a NBA mock draft update? ESPN’s latest first round mock has Davis at #1 to New Orleans, MKG at #3 to Washington, Jones at #15 to Philadelphia, and Teague at #26 to Indy. Lamb and Miller were not listed in the “next 5 out,” which means ESPN believes they will be solidly in the second round. Considering the chatter earlier this week that Lamb’s stock was falling, this is not all that surprising. An interesting tidbit? Chad Ford says that “Teague would’ve been a top-10 pick in 2013 had he decided to stay in school.” Things that make you go hmm…
– In recruiting news, Andrew Harrison said the biggest thing he and his twin brother want from a school is “to win a national championship.” Hey, I know a school that did that just the other day…
– The Dominican Republic National Team begins play in the Centrobasket Tournament in Puerto Rico today against Mexico. While the tournament doesn’t have any impact on their goal to make the Olympics, it is a great opportunity for the team to gel and tune up before the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Venezuela, which starts in early July. Unfortunately, Eloy Vargas did not make the final roster cut, but Karl Towns, one of Cal’s top 2015 targets, did, so keep an eye on that developing relationship.
– Remember to tweet me your questions for this week’s #ksrmailbag. I’ll take questions up until 10 a.m. tomorrow. The better the questions, the better the content…
– On today’s radio show, Matt discussed his departure from KSTV, the popularity of Heart’s “Barracuda,” and whether or not we should start calling the Harrison twins by their individual names. Listen in…
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