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BBN in the Sahara Desert wants Tuesday Night News and Views

BBN, you’ve outdone yourselves. Over the years, I’ve seen pictures of Kentucky fans in some crazy places, but this one of a Cats fan in a John Wall (or Twany Beckham) jersey in the Sahara Desert may take the cake.

Sir, you and your camel have earned yourselves some news and views. Please drink a little bit of water because you must be parched.

UK announced the signing of Mychal Mulder

The JuCo shooting guard signed his letter of intent a while back, but UK made the addition official today in a press release:

“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”

I’m not sure what the delay was in announcing Mulder. Maybe UK just wanted to toss some bread crumbs the media’s way during the worst of the summer news drought.

The SEC Meetings are underway in Destin, Florida

…and I’m a little bummed KSR didn’t send me. The meetings, which run through Friday, are pretty much just an excuse for the league’s coaches to hang out in Florida for a week and call it “work,” but a little bit of news is already trickling out. Here are some items that are on the agenda:

  • An early signing period: Outgoing SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said today that the SEC is against the proposed early signing period in mid-December. In February, Mark Stoops became one of the few league coaches to speak out in favor of the early signing period, which would help put an end to big boy programs swooping in and stealing commits from smaller programs late in the game. The SEC is pretty much the big boy league, so the conference coming out against the early signing period isn’t surprising.
  • Graduate transfers: Another hot topic in college football right now is graduate transfers. Currently, the SEC does not allow graduate transfers in football unless the player has a hardship waiver or meets certain criteria. Meanwhile, the ACC doesn’t have any restrictions on graduate transfers. This topic has been in the news a lot lately after former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson decided to transfer to Florida State after visiting Florida and Georgia.
  • Satellite Camps: The NCAA doesn’t allow coaches to host football camps outside of their state, but there’s a loophole in which coaches can be “guest instructors” at satellite camps anywhere they’d like. The SEC is the only conference that doesn’t allow this practice, and with Penn State’s James Franklin and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh capitalizing on the loophole with satellite camps in hot recruiting areas, there is growing discontent. Today, Slive said the SEC will propose legislation to the NCAA to prohibit satellite camps. Good luck with that.
  • Cost of attendance: Kentucky currently has the lowest cost of attendance (COA) in the conference at $2,284, while Tennessee has the highest at $5,666. The Power 5 conferences are pushing for an annual stipend for student-athletes to pay the COA, but the discrepancies between each school’s COA have some coaches, including Nick Saban, complaining that schools with higher COAs will have an unfair recruiting advantage. If anyone has a good suggestion on how to fix this, please get in your car and drive to Destin right now.

All of those issues are obviously very important, but I’m much more interested in the following:

  • Which SEC coach breaks out the cargo shorts first (my money’s on Bret Bielema)
  • Which media member gets a Periscope of Steve Spurrier on the beach
  • If Nick Saban wears this stupid hat again:

  • What SPF Mark Stoops ends up using because you know it’s got to be crazy high
  • Rookie initiation for Jim McElwain
  • The ratio of media members talking to basketball coaches to media members talking to football coaches
  • Late night snapchats of Spurrier and Les Miles doing something crazy because you know they will

What else?

Matt will emcee of the Fancy Farm Picnic

One bit of exciting news broke tonight when we found out that our own Matt Jones will emcee the annual Fancy Farm Picnic on Saturday, August 1. The Fancy Farm Picnic has become the inaugural event for the statewide fall political season, and being named the emcee is a huge honor for Matt and it also speaks volumes about the popularity of KSR. For more information, check out the press release from earlier.

Willie, Karl, Dakari, and Devin hung out at the “Call of Duty” headquarters today

The four Cats spent their day at Treyarch Studios in Santa Monica, California, where they tested out the new Blacks Ops III. As a video game noob (who, albeit, knows that word), I don’t really know what that means, but I would imagine it’s heaven for an 18-year-old boy.

Surprisingly, Karl Towns wins most interesting outfit of the day.

Eric Bledsoe hung out with Montrezl Harrell and DeSean Jackson at the Cavs/Hawks game

First Trey Lyles, now Eric Bledsoe? Montrezl is buddying up with a lot of La Familia.

The KSR Summer Tour Schedule is out

Break out your day planner or online calendar and find a time to see the guys at one of their many stops across the Commonwealth:

June 22: Prestonsburg
June 23: Paintsville
June 24: Columbia
June 25: NBA Draft (NYC)
June 26: NBA Draft (NYC)

June 29: Shelbyville
June 30: Leitchfield
July 1: Madisonville
July 2: Morgantown
July 3: Hopkinsville

July 6: Morganfield
July 7: Grayson
July 8: Pikeville
July 9: Williamson WV
July 10:Kentucky Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana
July 14: Whitley City
July 15: London
July 16: Peach Jam
July 17: Peach Jam

July 20: Whitesburg
July 21: Manchester
July 22: Somerset
July 23: Harlan
July 24: Dickmann’s

July 27: Campbellsville
July 28: Owensboro
July 29: Benton
July 30: Paducah
July 31: Fancy Farm

Aug 3: Bowling Green
Aug 4: McKee
Aug 5: Glasgow
Aug 6: Jamestown
Aug 7: Monticello (Raft Up)

Aug 10: Frankfort
Aug 11: Maysville
Aug 12: Danville
Aug 13: Lexington
Aug 14: Louisville

See you guys in Danville on the 12th.

So is the guest host schedule for Matt’s vacation

Matt begins his two-week summer vacation this weekend, so we’ve called in some pretty impressive guest hosts to keep the show rolling. Here’s the schedule as we know it:

Monday, June 1: Will T. Scott
Tuesday, June 2: Sklar Brothers
Wednesday, June 3: Jay Bilas
Thursday, June 4: UK Football Coaching Staff
Friday, June 5: Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen

Monday, June 8: Jon Rothstein
Tuesday, June 9: Matthew Mitchell
Wednesday, June 10: Josh Hopkins
Thursday, June 11: Seth Greenberg
Friday, June 12: OPEN (Waiting on Paul Finebaum to confirm)

That’s quite the lineup. Tune in tomorrow to hear Matt talk about it.


UK Fans of the Day Want the KSR Tour Schedule

UK Fans of the Day Want the KSR Tour Schedule

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It is almost that time of year again folks…the KSR Summer Tour will circle the state for eight weeks this summer as we go and visit all of our affiliates and other events around the state. 32 of our 33 affiliates will be hit (Irvine the exception) along big events (the NBA Draft and Peach Jam) and spots around the state with cool things going on (Ky Speedway, Fancy Farm, Frankfort and Shelbyville). It should be a ton of fun. We will announce the specific location of these stops in the coming days, but for now we wanted to make sure that you got the date on the calendar of those stops closest to where you live. We will once again be giving away UK tickets and other prizes so come see us out and about in this state for a fun eight weeks on the road:

June 22: Prestonsburg
June 23: Paintsville
June 24: Columbia
June 25: NBA Draft (NYC)
June 26: NBA Draft (NYC)

June 29: Shelbyville
June 30: Leitchfield
July 1: Madisonville
July 2: Morgantown
July 3: Hopkinsville

July 6: Morganfield
July 7: Grayson
July 8: Pikeville
July 9: Williamson WV
July 10:Kentucky Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana
July 14: Whitley City
July 15: London
July 16: Peach Jam
July 17: Peach Jam

July 20: Whitesburg
July 21: Manchester
July 22: Somerset
July 23: Harlan
July 24: Dickmann’s

July 27: Campbellsville
July 28: Owensboro
July 29: Benton
July 30: Paducah
July 31: Fancy Farm

Aug 3: Bowling Green
Aug 4: McKee
Aug 5: Glasgow
Aug 6: Jamestown
Aug 7: Monticello (Raft Up)

Aug 10: Frankfort
Aug 11: Maysville
Aug 12: Danville
Aug 13: Lexington
Aug 14: Louisville

Please come out and see as many of the shows as you can…they are a lot of fun and it is always a good time around the state. You never know who will show up, what we will give away or how many run-ins with the authorities Ryan Lemond will have. It should be another fun summer on the road…

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8 Things UK can do with the Kirwan and Blanding Towers

8 Things UK can do with the Kirwan and Blanding Towers

UK recently announced plans to keep the Kirwan and Blanding dormitory towers vacant for the upcoming school year. The 23-story towers have been a fixture on UK’s campus since they were built in 1963, but over the years, have fallen more and more into disrepair. Demolishing or renovating the towers would apparently cost more than $10 million, so there is no long-term plan for them yet. Until the administration decides what to do with them, they’ll remain vacant.

Well, just letting the towers sit there sounds pretty boring to me, so I spent the day coming up with some ideas on what the university can do with them. Shoutout to Fake Barney for his contributions.

1. Use them for the ultimate basketball walk-on try out

Sam Malone, Brian Long, and Tod Lanter are gone, and while UK has already added one walk-on for next year’s team in Jonny David, there are still a few spots open. Being a UK walk-on is the dream of a million kids across the Commonwealth and it isn’t for the faint of heart, so why not hold a Hunger Games-style competition to find the cream of the crop? Each floor could have a different UK basketball-related obstacle, such as:

  • Basketball drills (obviously)
  • Dodging jersey chasers
  • Who can post the most interesting behind-the-scenes Instagram/tweets
  • Racing the stairs against Alan Cutler
  • Answering stupid questions from the media while still being polite
  • real life Super Smash Brothers Tournament
  • Turning one floor into a giant cold tub to see who stays in the longest
  • Reciting the entire first chapter of “Players First”
  • Clapping/cheering competition
  • Middle of the huddle hype dance-offs

To make things interesting, release a live wildcat in the tower to eliminate the weakest competitors. Whoever comes out first/alive makes the team.

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2. Let them decompose for 25 years then use them as a zombie apocalypse training center

The towers are already in pretty bad shape, so why not let nature take them over for a while and then use them as a training ground for a future zombie apocalypse ala “The Walking Dead”? Willie Cauley-Stein is a huge fan of the show and often told reporters that one day, he wants to learn to fight zombies. Once Willie’s done with basketball, invite him to run the “Willie Cauley-Stein Center for Fighting Zombies and Making Cool Graffiti.”

3. Put all of the UK fraternities in one and the sororities in the other

Think of how fun this would be. Frat houses are gross anyways, so put all of the frats in one building, one per floor, and sororities in the other. Install zip lines so people can go between the two for parties. Put in cameras and make it the ultimate college reality show.

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4. Turn them into a Crazy UK Fan Rehabilitation Center

The Kentucky fan base is the best in all of sports, but we definitely have our share of crazies. To help the crazies “see the light,” lock them in the towers for “rehab.” What qualifies as “crazy”?

  • People who email Matt more than three times per week
  • People who call into Calipari’s radio show to complain or tell him how to coach
  • Anyone who complains about autograph tours
  • Actually, anyone who still writes letters to the editor
  • KSR comment section trolls
  • Anyone who wants to “FARRRR CAL”

To give the crazies perspective, put TVs in each room and play all of the Billy Gillispie games on loop.

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5. Sell them to KSR for our new headquarters

Sure, they’d need some major renovations, but our sponsors can help us out with that, right? Wendy’s, Boone’s Butcher Shop, and Sleep Outfitters could all open up shop, and we could make at least one of the towers into an entertainment complex for fans. Fake Barney can run the daycare, Shannon could host booty-shaking contests, Drew could open a bar, Ally and Fake David Beckham could give soccer lessons, Josephine could run a chicken and dumplings restaurant, I could finally have an apartment to stay in when I come in for games…the possibilities are endless.

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6. Give one floor to each UK player in the pros

In the Calipari Era, former players returning to campus has become an annual tradition. As a way to say thank you, why not give each UK player drafted a floor of the towers? There are 23 floors in each, 46 total. If all seven players are drafted this summer, there will be 25 UK basketball players in the pros, so give some to the NFL Cats as well. Renovations shouldn’t be a problem since they all make pretty good money.

Doron Lamb may not be in the NBA anymore, but he was part of a National Championship team and he’s hilarious, so give him a penthouse.  Can you imagine the parties? Who up? Doron up, up in the penthouse, girl.

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7. Turn them into Haunted Towers

Between the football and basketball programs, we have enough ghosts to fill up more than two towers. Billy Gillispie probably needs something to do, so invite him to be the resident ghost. Not spooky enough? Play Kentucky Joe over the intercom 24/7.

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8. Win #9 and burn them down

Couch fires are so 2012.


UK officially introduces Mychal Mulder

Today UK officially announced the signing of Mychal Mulder to the 2015 class, joining incoming freshmen Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews for the No. 2 recruiting class in college basketball. Mulder signed his Letter of Intent earlier this month, becoming John Calipari’s first JUCO transfer at Kentucky since your boy Eloy Vargas.

“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”

Mulder is scheduled to arrive on campus on June 11.

 


John Calipari giving away his used Drake tickets is so John Calipari

For fans interested in owning two used tickets to an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals game in Toronto, boy do I have some good news for you. John Calipari is giving away his used tickets, given to him by Drake, in a random drawing through the CoachCal.com Twitter account. Calipari signed the tickets to the April 18th game, a 93-86 Wizards win.

Because John Calipari is always a step ahead and every little thing he does is a calculated move toward something bigger, I’m going to overthink this and say he is doing this to show off his friendship with Drake and that he sat courtside for a Raptors game. He’s playing it cool in case someone out there from Toronto notices. Someone like, oh, Jamal Murray, maybe.

Anyway, you can enter to win the tickets through @CoachCalDotCom on Twitter. I don’t know why anyone would want two used Toronto Raptors tickets but they’re up for grabs.

 


Malik Newman explains why Mississippi State

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There’s really no reasonable explanation within the NCAA rules for an elite recruit to choose Mississippi State over Kentucky. None. That shouldn’t happen. Ever.

But it did happen when Malik Newman chose the Bulldogs over the Cats last month, a decision he explained today in his blog over at USA Today.

Newman writes, “Everyone knows that my dad played at Mississippi State back in the day and it’s cool to me to be able to play at the same school. I won’t be wearing his number or anything like that because I’m my own person and my own man. I want to create my own legacy there. He just drew out the blueprint for me playing there!”

The five-star combo guard also says he was hit with vulgar tweets from upset fans (you’re better than that, BBN) and he didn’t sleep the night before announcing his decision.

Read more here.

Then go back to your life without Malik Newman in it. Forget him all over again.


Kenny Payne will make more than several NCAA tourney head coaches

UK assistant Kenny Payne received a hefty raise this offseason in the form of a new three-year deal worth $700,000 annually. That would’ve put him ahead of 22 head coaches in the NCAA Tournament field last season as AN ASSISTANT.

1. John Calipari, Kentucky ($6,356,756)
2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke ($6,043,979)
3. Rick Pitino, Louisville ($6,004,529)
4. Bill Self, Kansas ($4,955,186)
5. Tom Izzo, Michigan State ($4,006,955)
6. Sean Miller, Arizona ($3,484,500)
7. Thad Matta, Ohio State ($3,372,000)
8. Bob Huggins, West Virginia ($3,265,000)
9. Tom Crean, Indiana ($3,046,250)
10. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin ($2,946,000)
11. John Thompson III, Georgetown ($2,838,271)
12. Jay Wright, Villanova ($2,775,846)
13. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma ($2,750,000)
14. Steve Alford, UCLA ($2,630,000)
15. Rick Barnes, Texas ($2,625,000)
16. Travis Ford, Oklahoma State ($2,625,000)
17. Scott Drew, Baylor ($2,508,015)
18. Matt Painter, Purdue ($2,428,795)
19. Mark Turgeon, Maryland ($2,252,488)
20. Mike Anderson, Arkansas ($2,239,588)
21. Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State ($2,217,250)
22. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati ($2,202,205)
23. Mark Gottfriend, NC State ($2,060,000)
24. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State ($1,980,000)
25. Tony Bennett, Virginia ($1,925,950)
26. Larry Brown, SMU ($1,911,894)
27. Roy Williams, North Carolina ($1,911,402)
28. Dana Altman, Oregon ($1,900,000)
29. Steve Lavin, St. John’s ($1,874,917)
30. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss ($1,808,814)
31. Fran McCaffery, Iowa ($1,802,200)
32. Mark Fox, Georgia ($1,704,000)
33. Larry Krystkowiak, Utah ($1,600,000)
34. Shaka Smart, VCU ($1,578,500)
35. Mike Brey, Notre Dame ($1,526,488)
36. Johnny Jones, LSU ($1,506,000)
37. Mark Few, Gonzaga ($1,249,603)
38. Ed Cooley, Providence ($1,180,304)
39. Chris Mack, Xavier ($1,109,453)
40. Steve Fisher, San Diego State ($965,440)
41. Larry Shyatt, Wyoming ($715,008)
42. Rick Byrd, Belmont ($709,101)
*** Kenny Payne, Kentucky ($700,000)
43. Archie Miller, Dayton ($652,049)
44. Leon Rice, Boise State ($602,451)
45. Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa ($558,000)
46. Jerod Haase, UAB ($525,000)
47. Ron Hunter, Georgia State ($499,000)
48. Bill Coen, Northeastern ($461,032)
49. Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State ($382,294)
50. Bob McKillop, Davidson ($381,285)
51. Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin ($352,500)
52. Will Brown, Albany ($323,660)
53. Bobby Hurley, Buffalo ($315,122)
54. Fran O’Hanlon, Lafayette ($313,087)
55. Russell Turner, Cal-Irvine ($310,000)
56. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso ($285,927)
57. Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina ($275,245)
58. Steve Masiello, Manhattan ($237,636)
59. Mike Davis, Texas Southrn ($230,000)
60. Andy Toole, Robert Morris ($210,022)
61. Matthew Driscoll, North Florida ($202,277)
62. David Richman, North Dakota State ($195,000)
63. Jim Hayford, Eastern Washington ($174,020)
64. Mike Young, Wofford ($161,043)
65. Dave Rose, BYU
66. Chris Holtmann, Butler
67. Tommy Amaker, Harvard
68. Edward Joyner Jr., Hampton

So next time you’re worrying about Payne bolting for a new job, just know it will take a major program with deep pockets to steal him away from UK now.

(Salaries via USA Today)


Trey Lyles chats with DraftExpress about his game

Trey Lyles chats with DraftExpress about his game

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DraftExpress.com is rolling out all of its interviews from the NBA Combine in Chicago and Trey Lyles’ video went live yesterday. Watch as Lyles explains what he can bring to an organization in the NBA now that he can get back to his natural position of power forward. He also answers questions about some of his former UK teammates.


New deals for Payne, Robic and Barbee

John Calipari isn’t the only member of the UK basketball staff with a new contract this summer. All three assistants inked new deals and Jon Hale over at The Cats Pause discovered the numbers.

Leading the way is Kenny Payne and his new three-year deal worth $2.1 million. Coach Payne will earn $650,000 this coming season, then $700,000 in 2016-17 and $750,000 in 2017-18. His old deal was set to expire next summer at $500,000 annually.

John Robic also received a nice raise. His new contract is for one year at $415,000. Robic was set to make $380,000 in 2015-16 before locking down the new salary.

Lastly, Tony Barbee’s first season as an assistant will pay him $375,000.

Kenny Payne? More like Kenny PAID! (Nailed it.)


Where Are They Now: Joe Crawford

Where Are They Now: Joe Crawford

 

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Joe Crawford, a McDonald’s All-American, flipped his commitment from the University of Michigan to Kentucky to join an elite recruiting class that included Ramel Bradley, Randolph Morris and Rajon Rondo.

During his four years as a Wildcat (2004-08), Crawford scored a total of 1438 points, which puts him 20th overall in Kentucky basketball scoring history. He scored is 1000th point on Dec. 1, 2007 in a game against North Carolina. He averaged 11.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game for his college basketball career. Crawford was named to the All-SEC Second Team for the 2007-08 season.

In the 2008 NBA Draft, Crawford was drafted 58th overall in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Lakers. Crawford played in all three exhibitions games for the Lakers before being waived by the team. Crawford was sent to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the NBA D-League team for the Lakers before being called up by the New York Knicks.

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In March of 2009, Crawford signed a 10-day contract with the Knicks before signing with the team for the rest of the season in April. As a Knick, Crawford played in a total of two games, scoring only nine points. The Knicks waived Crawford in October. The following season, Crawford signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Sacramento Kings. The team later released Crawford before the season started,

In 2010, Crawford was then forced to take his basketball talents overseas where he played in China. Crawford joined his former Kentucky teammate, Randolph Morris, and signed with the Beijing Ducks. Crawford played in 16 games, averaged 14.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. After one season, Crawford left China to play in Israel for the Maccabi Rishon LeZion for the 2011-12 season. Crawford led Maccabi Rishon with 19.3 points per game.

Despite new opportunities arising for Crawford, a knee injuring would keep him sidelines for a few months. During this time, Crawford began a project to raise awareness of the international basketball community. Crawford wanted to teach kids about the opportunities outside of the US. Crawford and his brother, Jordan Crawford who played in the NBA, started the International Hoops Expo. The event included camps for college and high school players to help expose them to an international market.

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On January 18, 2015 the Erie BayHawks of the NBA D-League acquired Crawford, where he currently plays today. Crawford averaged 5.7 points this season in the 18 games he played in. This team also includes former Louisville player, Peyton Siva and Stephen Curry’s brother, Seth Curry.

 


 

 

 

 

 

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How your favorite Cats are spending Memorial Day Weekend

How your favorite Cats are spending Memorial Day Weekend

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While the rest of us are waiting for the clouds to part to start up the grill, some of your favorite Cats are spending Memorial Day weekend in a much more spectacular fashion.

Here’s a quick roundup, starting with Patrick Towles, who is in St. Lucia. Before posing for that pic with his boys, he hung out with some of the local kids:

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Skal Labissiere took one step closer to his future at UK by graduating from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis:

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As we mentioned earlier, Trey Lyles was in Cleveland for the Cavs/Hawks game, where he hung out with Johnny Football:

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UK punter Landon Foster and offensive lineman Zach West spray painted the UK logo on the John Lennon Wall in Prague:

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John Calipari is reading some new books:

And former Cat Kyle Wiltjer hung out with his lady friend in Coeur D Alene, Idaho:

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How did you spend the holiday weekend?


Trey Lyles was at the Cavs/Hawks game last night

Trey Lyles was at the Cavs/Hawks game last night

Last night’s Cavaliers/Hawks was pretty crazy. Lebron James fought through a shooting slump and injuries to score 37 points and push Cleveland to the 114-111 overtime win, and Trey Lyles was there to see it all in person. Check out this picture of Lyles at The Q in what seems to be an excellent seat.

Lyles is currently projected to go anywhere from 9th to 20th in the latest mock drafts, and is getting pretty creative with his predraft workouts. A few weeks back, we shared a video of him doing hot yoga with Montrezl Harrell, and last week, the Bleacher Report posted a video of him boxing. Unfortunately, we can’t embed it here, but click the pic or the link below to check it out:

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Keep it up, Trey.

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Kentucky signee Mychal Mulder “not intimidated” about unconventional start at UK

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Larry Vaught of The Advocate Messenger and vaughtsviews.com, posted an article earlier today that gave us a deep insight into the thoughts of Kentucky signee, Mychal Mulder. A JUCO standout from Vincennes University, Mulder is coming to Kentucky with experience and the taste of victory under his belt. He told Vaught, “I am not intimidated that I did not take the same route to Kentucky as most guys there did. I still feel like my journey is a good story and will get better.” A native of Canada, Mulder had the opportunity to watch Kentucky play in their 2010 exhibition games in Windsor and said, “They were a really good squad then and put a little smack on my team. Nobody wanted to miss those games.” 

This season, Mulder will have the opportunity to play in the same games he once watched alongside his father and high school coach. And as for motives, Mulder has always had a passion for basketball but playing for Kentucky hits a new peak. “I knew early that basketball was my first love but I never expected an opportunity like I have now at Kentucky.” He went on to say, “I think about it all the time. From the second I wake up until I go to sleep, I think about it. Growing up you watch Kentucky games and those are the games you dream of playing in.” Lucky for us, Mulder’s dreams are coming true.

To read further:

[Vaughts’ Views: Kentucky signee Mychal Mulder on playing in NBA, watching Cats play in Canada and more]


Herald-Leader reader blasts UK players for autograph tours

Herald-Leader reader blasts UK players for autograph tours

For some reason, my sister and brother-in-law still get the Herald-Leader, so I leafed through it this morning while I drank my morning tea. After reading Merlene Davis’ column announcing her retirement, I found this letter to the editor from Mike Downs blasting the UK players headed for the draft–the “Sayonara Seven,” according to him–for making money off their autograph tours. Check out the entire letter above.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, of course, but I wonder if Downs realizes how much money the university and the NCAA made off the “Sayonara Seven” this season. Probably enough to buy Mother Harrison as many cars–any make or model–as she could ever want.


Two months until Jamal Murray decides?!?!

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It’s true – at least as of right now, it could be.

In an article on ZagsBlog, Murray discusses a decision that could come in two months, as well as a desire to be the No. 1 pick and a need to take more college visits.

He apparently has no concern though, over playing alongside two other point guards at UK.

“We’ll be good in the backcourt,” he says. “I would complement them. We’ll complement each other.”

Oh my – wouldn’t that be lovely, Cat fans?

More later!

Go Big Blue!