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February 21st, 2018

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Rick Pitino’s press conference was sad, yet hilarious (mostly hilarious)

Rick Pitino’s Wednesday afternoon press conference lived up to expectations, in that it was EXACTLY what we all expected from him.

Deny. Deny. Deny. Poor me. This is so wrong. Deny. Deny. Deny. Boo-hoo. Unfair. So unfair. Deny. Deny. Deny. Please feel sorry for me.

With one last chance to accept any responsibility for his scandalous tenure at Louisville, Pitino continued his deflecting and denying with no real accountability, while pointing the finger at the NCAA for all of the wrongdoings in this unjust and unfair punishment handed down to Louisville.

“I hired the wrong person for the job,” he stressed, for like the millionth time, referring to Andre McGee. I guess he still wants us all to believe McGee was a one-man wrecking ball in the downfall of a program that had not one, not two, but three major scandals under his watch.

I also thoroughly enjoyed Pitino’s argument of, sure, there were parties in the dorms, but they didn’t cost very much and they didn’t give us an advantage on the basketball court. Or that he ended the press conference with this gem: “Anybody who lies is a fool. Because the truth is going to come out.”

The whole thing was a complete laugh factory (complete with a “premature” question from our friends at Pardon My Take) as he remains oblivious to how he is perceived by everyone listening to his nonsense. The man is a complete nutjob, which is a little sad, I guess; but it’s hard not to laugh at his every word because his defense is so hard to believe.

I’ll give it to him, though. He’s committed to dying alone on his hill of denial and crying victim.

LIVE: Rick Pitino’s press conference in New York

KSR had feet on the ground at Rick Pitino’s press conference, but we were denied entry, unfortunately.

Luckily the good folks at WDRB are all set up inside, so you can watch their live stream below:

WDRB 41 Louisville – News, Weather, Sports Community

You can also play Rick Pitino Press Conference BINGO, courtesy of @mark_collier22 on Twitter:

Calipari accepts blame for Killeya-Jones’ broken ankles

In the spirt of the Olympic games, Sacha Killeya-Jones went skating last night on Arkansas’ final play of the first half, in which the Razorbacks tied the game on a three-pointer.

Killeya-Jones got caught on a switch that left him on an island trying to defend Daryl Macon, who snapped Killeya-Jones’ ankles with a crossover before draining the shot.

After the game, John Calipari took full responsibility for the mismatch that led to the ankle-breaking.

“I made a mistake,” Cal admitted. “I said switch. As soon as I saw it coming, I said, ‘Why did I do that?’ and poor Sacha got stuck up there and there’s no way he could play him.”

SEC names 2018 Legends: Joe Crawford to represent UK

Photo: UK Athletics

The Southeastern Conference released the names of its 2018 SEC Legends class on Wednesday, and Joe Crawford will represent the University of Kentucky as its newest member.

Past greats from all 14 SEC member institutions will be honored at the SEC tournament in St. Louis next month. Crawford will be honored at halftime of the Cats’ first game.

A four-year player at Kentucky from 2005-08, Crawford is one of the leading scorers in school history with 1,438 career points, good enough for No. 19 on the all-time scoring list. He averaged double-figure scoring in three of his four seasons, including 17.9 points per game in his senior year.

Here is the entire 2018 SEC Legends class:

James Robinson, Alabama
Jonathon Modica, Arkansas
Joel Eaves, Auburn
David Lee, Florida
Chad Kessler, Georgia
Joe Crawford, Kentucky
John Brady, LSU
Rob Evans, Ole Miss
Ray White, Mississippi State
Doug Smith, Missouri
Carey Rich, South Carolina
Howard Wood, Tennessee
Barry Davis, Texas A&M
Godfrey Dillard, Vanderbilt

Go Cats.

KCTCS apprenticeships helping students and businesses across the state

Scott Kress had pretty much given up on earning a college degree, but because of an apprenticeship program through his employer, LG&E, and Jefferson Community and Technical College, he now has an associate degree.

That apprenticeship program is one of many offered across the state through business partnerships with the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). KCTCS is the largest provider of workforce education in the Commonwealth preparing 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers.

It’s no secret that those who earn a postsecondary credential are in demand, earn more and experience less unemployment. KCTCS offers hundreds of career education programs, some of which can be completed in four months or less and lead to careers that pay up to $60,000.

“There are many people who are unemployed or stuck in low-wage jobs that think they don’t have the time or money to get a college credential,” said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. “But they can work toward having a better life in a very short time, and there are many ways to pay for college.”

KCTCS also works with the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) to offer apprenticeship-style programs. These learn and earn programs allow students to earn a paycheck while getting hands-on experience and college credit. With KY FAME chapters all over the state, most KCTCS colleges offer partnerships with one or more local businesses.

For one student, KY FAME has been life changing. Austin Rodriguez, a student at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College said the FAME program showed him he can have the kind of life he always dreamed of.

“To have a teacher say ‘I want to give this child a career,’ that meant a lot to me because I didn’t have anybody that really cared about me,” he said.

With his first paycheck, Austin made sure his sister had a memorable sixteenth birthday because he wanted her to know someone cared about her, too.

For Scott Kress, taking advantage of the LG&E apprenticeship program also was a step toward a better life for his family.

“I just graduated with an associate degree and the instructor pushed me to go on and get a bachelor’s degree,” he said. “My wife has two degrees, and I didn’t want my kids to look at me and say: You didn’t get a degree, so why should I?”

For more information on career education programs, visit any KCTCS college website.

Predicting what Rick Pitino will say today

Rick Pitino will hold a press conference in New York later today to comment on the punishment handed down to his former employer, the University of Louisville.

It’s a really dumb thing to do, but it’s so Rick Pitino. When most people would stay silent and move on with their lives, Rick Pitino wants to spew more of his drivel, in hopes someone will feel sorry for him.

So what will Pitino say today? I have some guesses.


“I can’t believe we’re talking about this on the day Billy Graham died.”

If not Graham, Pitino could also turn to the anniversary of the deaths of Malcolm X, Pope Benedict XIII or the great Tim Horton. (Love me some Timbits.)

“It’s all Andre’s fault!”

One of the more likely scenarios is Pitino continuing to place all of the blame on his former assistant, Andre McGee. Pitino will go to the grave denying any knowledge of the stripper parties, and he may use this afternoon to further his denial.

“Poor me. It’s so unfair. Wahhhhhh. Poor me.”

He is the victim here, you know. He’s quick to tell you that.

“I passed a lie detector test so you should believe me.”

When Pitino sat down with Jay Bilas to deny any knowledge of the Brian Bowen scandal (LOL), he pointed to a lie detector test — one he voluntarily took on his own dime — to prove his innocence.

I think he keeps one in his closet.

“I accept fully responsibility and I’m truly sorry.”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha… Yeah, right.

Leftovers from Last Night: Kentucky beats down Arkansas

Last night’s win over Arkansas was huge for many reasons. Kentucky recovered from a bad start to not only beat the Razorbacks, but beat them down in what may have been the Cats’ most impressive performance this season. It was so fun we’re going to roll around in the leftovers a little bit longer. Here are some things you might have missed.

Arkansas fans liked that compliment John Calipari gave them so much they put it on signs:

I’ll be honest, I don’t really understand this. Let’s get under Calipari’s skin by holding up signs with a nice thing he said about Bud Walton Arena on them? Whatever.

This sign was much more effective:

Can we get some of those for Rupp?

Did you spot the golden statues behind the basket?

This is also odd and I’m not sure how much it would distract a foul shooter, but I applaud their creativity.

At one point, Sean Farnham and Mike Anderson played with dolls:

ESPN’s tried a lot of weird segments this season and this was definitely one of them. I’ve never missed Jimmy’s Jet more.

PJ’s stank face flex walk may be my favorite thing this season


Despite his own struggles, it was good to see Hami cheering PJ on from the bench:

Poor Sacha Killeya-Jones.

Thankfully, Arkansas didn’t win or this would have gone viral.

Cal was all sorts of disheveled at halftime

That’s a man who is coaching his tail off. My gosh. Cal looks like he just wrapped up a bender in Havana.

This didn’t result in points, but look at that ball movement!


It was great to see Kevin Knox showing emotion

Don’t blink or you’ll miss Mike Anderson in the handshake line!

Man, he hates Cal.

Calipari: “I’ve done away with the rotation”

John Calipari will no longer play guys just to play them. It’s crunch time in the regular season and only the players who deserve to play will see the floor moving the forward.

Following last night’s win at Arkansas, Calipari told reporters he has ditched his regular rotation and will now rely on whoever is playing winning basketball. He has tightened the leash on his substitutions and he is putting his full trust in the players he believes will win each basketball game, whoever that is on a given day.

“It’s that time of year,” he said.

Here is the full quote from the press conference:

“Well here’s what I’ve done: I’ve done away with the rotation, because everybody took advantage. They just did what they wanted to do. They know they were going in. So we have no rotation now. What I’m doing is if a guy’s playing well, he’s staying in as long as he can. ‘Please sub yourself and I’ll get you back in.’ And I’ll ride the guys who are playing. It’s that time of the year. I just gotta ride with the guys that are getting it done.

After the game, I told Hami, ‘Hami, we need you so stay with it. I had to coach to win this game. Stay with it. Everybody in here believes in you.’ The team hugged him and clapped, ‘We need you, Hami.’ ‘But you gotta keep—just focus on how hard you’re working and your attitude about getting better and we’re with you.’ But, again, I gotta coach the game to win and I thought Quade and Shai were good out there.”

Based on what we saw in the last two games, the best lineup is Quade Green and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the backcourt, along with Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Dennis Rodman Jarred Vanderbilt.

John Calipari has his best group

Run with those five and everyone else helping out when they can, and Kentucky is a scary team in March.

Coming Saturday: Autograph celebration event with 1978 champs

Forty years ago, a legend was born when the 1978 University of Kentucky men’s basketball team overcame enormous expectations and pressure to win the school’s 5th NCAA championship, its first title in 20 years and the first since Adolph Rupp retired. Many questions and critics surrounded their efforts all season, and yet they persevered and triumphed after beating Duke in the final game.  As a result, the ’78 group led by Coach Joe B. Hall is one of the — if not THE — best-loved teams in the program’s storied history!

So, on the 40th anniversary of that wondrous season and championship, it is with great pride and excitement that Your Frame Of Mind Galleries will host a celebration — not for one member of the that team, not two, or three — but nearly all* of the ENTIRE team for an autograph event!

This anniversary celebration will be held this Saturday (2/24) before the UK-Missouri game, in the foodcourt level of the Lexington Center (immediately adjacent to Rupp Arena), from 5:30 pm — 7:30 pm.  ALL fans are welcome to attend, regardless if they have a ticket to the 8:15 pm game or not.

Fans may choose among several printed items by “Wildcat Legends” artist David Bryan Blondell, including a team art poster that features all 14 players and Coach Hall — for the special price of $10 — and a brand new 1978 celebration art print, for only $20 (pictured). Blondell’s “Wildcat Legends” fine art prints of Jack “Goose” Givens and Kyle Macy will also be available, signed by them for only $35.

Any item can be signed by the entire team and Coach Hall (scheduled) for only $50 each. Additional autograph packages will also be available; please visit for all 1978 team signed items.

NOTE: Due to time constraints, no fan photos with team members will be permitted.  * Scott Courts, Chuck Aleksinas and Dwane Casey will not be in attendance.

So please join in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Hall, “Goose,” Macy, Robey, Lee, et al winning the championship and BBN’s hearts — we’ll see you Saturday!

Derek Willis joins USA Basketball World Cup Qualifying Team

Derek Willis got some good news on Tuesday when he was informed he has been named to USA Basketball’s 12-man World Cup Qualifying Squad.

Willis was a late addition to the roster, so he will have some catching up to do when he joins the team, which has already practiced for five days, in California today.

“I’m glad to be going,” said Willis, who tried out for the team in August. “I think it shows I’ve improved this year and that it’s been seen and they want me on the team. I’m excited about it.”

Team USA is made up of some of the top G-League players and is coached by Jeff Van Gundy. Its next game in the World Cup qualifying process is only two days away, when it hosts Cuba in Santa Cruz on Friday; followed by a Feb. 26 game against Puerto Rico, also in Santa Cruz.

Aaron Harrison is also on the team.

Calipari shared his message to Hamidou Diallo

This past weekend John Calipari made it very clear that he is not giving up on Hamidou Diallo.

“I’m with Hami,” Cal said in his post-Alabama press conference. “He’s trying. He’s working. He’s got some habits that are so bad — and they are habits — that they pop out sometimes at the wrong time. My job is to make sure he’s not hurting the team or himself, and to keep working with him.”

And Diallo may be trying and working, but it’s not working — at least not since the comeback win at West Virginia. Over Kentucky’s last seven games, Diallo is 12-for-40 from the field, including a 1-for-12 clip from three-point range, with 16 turnovers and only one assist. He’s made several costly mistakes in key moments for the Wildcats and it’s fair to say his play has been extremely disappointing given his potential, which is why there has been a significant drop in his minutes.

But Calipari knows Diallo is still very important to the team if the Cats are going to do anything in March. It is a big part of Calipari’s current message to Diallo, which he shared in his postgame interview from Arkansas.

He said, “Here’s what I told Hami, just so everyone knows: I said, ‘Hami, we need you, to do what I want this team to do. You understand I have to win the game, and if someone is playing better than you, I’m leaving them in. If I think you look a little confused, I’m taking you out. But you have to keep working to play great. It may take another week or two, but we need you to do this.'”

As good as Kentucky looked Tuesday night, it still can’t go far without Diallo finding his way.

Did Mike Anderson trip Kevin Knox?

Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Around the 10:20 mark in the first half of last night’s game, Kevin Knox got his feet tangled up with Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson on a fast break. It tripped Knox up, but was it intentional?

It’s hard to tell looking at the film.

I lean unintentional, but it’s close.

Nick Mingione Addresses Mississippi State Rumors

Photo by Guy Ramsey, UK Athletics

The 2018 college baseball season is less than a week old and it has already been filled with plenty of drama. Three games into the season Mississippi State announced that head coach Andy Cannizaro was resigning from his position in Starkville. After the news of Cannizaro’s resignation at MSU swept across the SEC, Nick Mingione’s name was obviously one of the first names that came to mind as a replacement.

The former Bulldog assistant, Mingione coached under former coach and current MSU AD John Cohen for nearly a decade. After last night’s game, Mingione was asked about the Miss. State vacancy. He initially did not have much to say. 

“Yeah, you know what, it’s a sad deal for everybody, right? Like anytime anybody loses their job, man that’s hard. You know what, that’s to be expected — my name, right? I spent over a decade with Coach Cohen, like right? That’s like the obvious, right? Why wouldn’t they say my name? I just feel bad. That’s just an unfortunate deal. Man, I hate that for our sport.”

Cannizaro was fired in only his second season in Starkville. (Getty Images)

It is still too soon to know which direction MSU will take for the coaching search, but Mingione will most likely be one of the first names they call. Auburn’s Butch Thompson, Sam Houston State’s Matt Deggs, and TCU’s Kirk Saarloos will all be options in this summer’s coaching search. Personally, I think Mississippi State needs to think smaller. The Diamond Dogs view themselves as elite, and they believe they deserve the best coach to fill this role. Cohen and company would need to bring a HUGE package if they wanted to convince the likes of Mingione or Thompson to come to Starkville.

For Mingione, the move would be a lateral one. The second-year head coach has a new stadium on the way as well as a newly-signed contract extension at UK. Later, Mingione talked about Kentucky and if it was a destination school.

“When you think about what’s important to you, I think it’s been really clear from day one that my faith is really important to me, and then my family, and baseball,” Mingione said. “This place checks off a lot of boxes.

“We’re growing spiritually. Obviously, it’s a place where my wife is comfortable and loves it. The education in Lexington is unbelievable. And obviously, we’ve been able to have a real successful year and we’re trying to do something again this year that has never been done before. You start checking off a lot of boxes and this is a really neat place and I believe in our athletic director Mitch Barnhart and I believe in our President, Dr. Capilouto. This is a really neat deal and there’s a reason why the University of Kentucky is thriving.”


While he didn’t formally say that he is not interested in the job, it doesn’t appear that Mingione would take the MSU gig. It would take a lot to pull Mingione away from UK after his second season. As for Mississippi State, former UK coach Gary Henderson will take over in the interim as they begin their coaching search.

Recapping a great day for UK fans (Wednesday Show Thread)

On today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will celebrate Tuesday’s events, beginning with the punishment handed down to Louisville and then concluding with Kentucky’s big win at Arkansas. They will have lots to say about both, so be sure to tune in.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.

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