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October 19th, 2017

Calipari to pay spring tuition for two students at Blue-White game

As is tradition, John Calipari will pay the 2018 spring semester in-state tuition for two lucky Kentucky students who attend Friday’s Blue-White Game at Rupp Arena.

To be eligible, UK students will need to check into the Blue-White Game via the BBN Rewards app with a fully completed profile, including their student ID number. The winners will then be randomly selected and announced at the completion of the game. The winners must be present to win.

In the event of an out-of-state or graduate/professional student winner, the spring semester in-state undergraduate tuition amount will be applied.

Good luck, Wildcats.


Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel on how to deal with screaming Calipari

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about John Calipari in the past eight years, it’s that he loves to scream. Calipari is famous for screeching and stomping at his players from the sidelines, which can take a toll on a freshman’s psyche. What advice are Wenyen Gabriel and Hamidou Diallo — “veterans” on this squad — giving to their younger counterparts on how to deal with screaming Cal?

“When he’s screaming, he’s not mad; he’s just trying to get a point across,” Diallo said. “I don’t think any of these guys have seen Coach mad yet. That’s a good thing, definitely. Nobody wants to see that side of him.”

Diallo may only have a semester of experience under his belt, but he’s seen “that side” of Calipari before.

“A couple times last year,” Diallo said. “I was here at the end when it really counted, so any little thing could turn that switch on.”

Gabriel’s message to his younger teammates: don’t take it personally.

“We always gotta keep it as, it’s never personal with Cal. We all know he’s a businessman, but it’s never personal. That’s something you have to keep in your mind. You’ve got to try to take the message about what he’s trying to say there. If he yells at you, that doesn’t mean he’s mad at you. That’s one of the things that you’ve got to really let them know.”

With his youngest team ever, Calipari’s screaming a lot in practice these days, but Diallo is doing his best to make sure the younger guys don’t crumble.

“Definitely just staring at the guys when Coach is talking and the little things,” Diallo said of ways he’s trying to help the freshmen out. “Always trying to boost their confidence because Cal stays on top of guys and he wants to see who is going to let go of the rope. At the end of practice when it gets tough, that’s when it really counts.”

Has anyone let go of the rope yet?

“No. Absolutely not.”


Former Florida QB asked a 15-year-old to touch his penis, allegedly

Before there was Tim Tebow, there was Chris Leak, who led the Florida Gators to the 2006 BCS National Championship in Tebow’s freshman year.

Leak’s first career start for Florida came against Kentucky in his freshman year in 2003, and he went on to set the SEC passing record for a freshman that season. His career ended with MVP honors in that 2006 title game, a 41-14 victory over Ohio State.

Times have since changed for Leak as he has moved on from the game of football and into teaching, although the teaching career is currently on hold. Leak surrendered his teaching license amid allegations that he asked a 15-year-old student to touch his penis. The alleged incident occurred while he was receiving a massage from the student, per the Palm Beach Post’s story.

Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, on Sept. 5, 2015, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday.

Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.

A police report, obtained by WFTV, alleges that the teenage victim told the school’s resource officer she left the athletic trainer’s office where the interaction with Leak occurred. She also claimed that Leak later drove her home, took her to get food and gave her friend, who she had told about the incident, $100.

Charges were eventually dropped by the student and her guardians, but it’ll be tough for Leak to land another teaching gig after the allegations.

Fun fact: Leak’s last coaching job was at Florida, where he took over the wide receivers position when Joker Phillips resigned.


Kentucky ranked fourth in Preseason Coaches Poll

With college basketball right around the corner, USA Today released its preseason coaches poll on Thursday and your University of Kentucky Wildcats are one of the top teams in the nation.

The Cats came in at No. 4 in the rankings, trailing only No. 1 Duke, Michigan State and Kansas. UK received zero first place votes.

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS 1ST PLACE VOTES PREV CHANGE HI/LOW
1 Duke 28-9 774 20 NR 0
2 Michigan St 20-15 747 9 NR 0
3 Kansas 31-5 723 0 NR 0
4 Kentucky 32-6 678 0 NR 0
5 Arizona 32-5 654 2 NR 0
6 Villanova 32-4 623 0 NR 0
7 Florida 27-9 549 1 NR 0
8 Wichita St. 31-5 543 0 NR 0
9 North Carolina 33-7 515 0 NR 0
10 West Virginia 28-9 458 0 NR 0
11 USC 26-10 396 0 NR 0
12 Miami-Florida 21-12 383 0 NR 0
13 Cincinnati 30-6 349 0 NR 0
14 Notre Dame 26-10 305 0 NR 0
15 Minnesota 24-10 303 0 NR 0
16 Louisville 25-9 295 0 NR 0
17 Xavier 24-14 284 0 NR 0
18 UCLA 31-5 275 0 NR 0
19 Gonzaga 37-2 242 0 NR 0
20 Northwestern 24-12 208 0 NR 0
21 Purdue 27-8 167 0 NR 0
22 St. Mary’s 29-5 152 0 NR 0
23 Seton Hall 21-12 139 0 NR 0
24 Baylor 27-8 107 0 NR 0
25 Alabama 19-15 82 0 NR 0

Louisville to add former Duke Blue Devil to coaching staff

David Padgett has found another assistant to join his staff at Louisville and it’s a former Duke Blue Devil.

According to several reports on the internet, Greg Paulus will soon become the second assistant beneath Padgett, along with Trent Johnson. The addition of Paulus will be announced in a press conference later this afternoon.

Paulus was most recently an assistant at Ohio State, up until Thad Matta’s firing this past summer. He also spent time as a quarterback at Syracuse after his basketball playing career at Duke ended in 2009.


Hamidou Diallo: Calipari has “fallen in love” with the zone

Mark Zerof | USA Today

John Calipari famously hates the zone defense, but according to star guard Hamidou Diallo, he’s fallen in love with it after watching his team in practice.

“We’re definitely playing zone this year,” Diallo said. “Definitely. The length is ridiculous and we’ve been playing it great in practice and he’s just fallen in love with it.”

How can Hami tell?

“Every time we start playing in it and he just sees the length when we open our hands up and we just start covering different spots on the court so easily and he just starts smiling.”

Judging by the way Calipari casually dropped in a reference to that zone during his remarks, I’d say Hami is right.

“By the way, I put in a zone and it was 6-7, 6-6, 6-10, 6-9, 6-10 and it was so big,” Calipari bragged. “But we won’t play zone.”

Right.


Pssst… Here’s the pre-sale code for the UK-Morehead State exhibition

You didn’t get this from me, but the two pre-sale codes for Kentucky’s exhibition game against Morehead State are UKCARES and RELIEF. So head over to Ticketmaster and use one of those two to go ahead and purchase your tickets before they go on sale to the public tomorrow. Here’s the link: Click me!

Remember, you didn’t get these codes on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. If we’re going to play Robin Hood and steal from the rich, we need you to keep this between us. Top secret stuff here or we’ll never do it again. Snitches get stitches.

Now go get ’em.


Five Thoughts About Rick Pitino’s ESPN Interview

Rick Pitino can’t shut up, so let’s reflect on his latest PR blunder — an interview with Jay Bilas on last night’s midnight edition of SportsCenter.

 

1. He does not look good.

In fact, he gave me nightmares.

2. He is really hard to believe.

I don’t believe a word he says because he is an arrogant, self-centered, habitual liar who will do anything to cover his own tail.

So take it from Mike Decourcy, who wrote, “Rick Pitino would be easier to believe if he were more believable.”

3. Jay Bilas did not challenge him.

If you’re going to do that interview, you have to ask how/why Louisville has had three of college basketball’s biggest scandals in less than a decade. Or ask: If you’re truly in the dark, why are you so bad at knowing what’s going on within your program? Why do you suck at hiring assistants? Do you even work there?

4. “I passed a lie detector test” is not an answer.

Nobody cares about, or believes, your home lie detector test. Hell, you probably believe your own B.S. because you’re a crazy person.

Also, that’s not why you were fired.

Also also, you’re lying.

5. I laughed when he said his legacy is not important.

“Humility is the most important word in the dictionary, ” he said (seriously). “My legacy is really irrelevant. It’s not that important.”

Can we get a lie detector on that one please? Hook the narcissist back up to the truth machine and watch it burst into flames.


BBNBA: Davis and Cousins already need help

 

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are both really, really good. The rest of the New Orleans Pelicans roster is not built to help them. At all.

Cousins and Davis combined for 61 points and 28 rebounds in last night’s loss to the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, only five other players on the team scored, and those five combined to score just 30 points. The two former Kentucky big men aren’t going to put up Hall of Fame numbers every night. When they don’t the Pelicans are going to be in some trouble.

Davis is making some history with his start to the past two seasons:

Numbers:

PlayerResult PointsFG (3FG)Reb.Ast.StealsBlocksTOs+/-Mins.
Anthony Davis103-91 loss to Grizzlies339-23 (1-2)180015-1540
DeMarcus Cousins103-91 loss to Grizzlies289-21 (3-9)102074+638
Darius Miller103-91 loss to Grizzlies00-1 (0-1)00010-1217
Andrew Harrison103-91 win over Pelicans21-6 (0-0)21011-219
John Wall120-115 win over 76ers2810-28 (0-3)58022+1937
Jodie Meeks120-115 win over 76ers143-8 (1-2)10000-419
Nerlens Noel117-111 loss to Hawks166-6 (0-0)110130+920
Karl-Anthony Towns107-99 loss to Spurs188-15 (0-1)131212+035
De'Aaron Fox105-100 loss to Rockets147-15 (0-2)45003-724
Willie Cauley-Stein105-100 loss to Rockets2110-15 (0-0)101031+332
Skal Labissiere105-100 loss to Rockets125-9 (0-0)101005+433
Devin Booker124-76 loss to Trail Blazers126-17 (0-3)52210-2927
Eric Bledsoe124-76 loss to Trail Blazers155-18 (1-6)43215-4129
Tyler Ulis124-76 loss to Trail Blazers10-3 (0-1)02102-1615
Jamal Murray106-96 loss to Jazz82-6 (2-5)22003+920
Trey Lyles106-96 loss to Jazz00-0 (0-0)00000+62
Malik Monk102-90 loss to Pistons31-9 (1-6)01003-821
Bam Adebayo116-109 loss to Magic00-1 (0-0)00000+36

Highlights:

Schedule:

  • Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
  • New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson and Dakari Johnson), 8pm ET on TNT
  • Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on TNT

@BrettBibbinsKSR


A celebration of Tom Jurich’s time at Louisville (Thursday Show Thread)

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan will look back at the 20 years Tom Jurich put into the University of Louisville. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and they’ll pay tribute to the man known as Tommy Turtleneck.

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We’ll have more from Wednesday’s SEC Basketball Tipoff in Nashville.

Mrs. Tyler has more content from yesterday’s SEC media day that she is ready to release into the internet wild, so be on the lookout for stories on Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel, and plenty more from John Calipari.

Reminder: the Blue-White game is tomorrow, which is crazy.

A new Free Money Podcast is coming.

It’s Thursday, which means Matt and I will get together to discuss this week’s college football picks. That will be coming your way around dinner time.

Mark Stoops to speak one last time before the Mississippi State game.

Also a Thursday tradition, Mark Stoops will address the media following this afternoon’s football practice to provide any and all updates before the trip down to Mississippi.

Speaking of Mississippi…

Mississippi State fans are salty toward me on Twitter.

Apparently, many of them took offense to my Starkville post yesterday:

Five Fun Things To Do In Starkville

As I said on the KSR Football Podcast: “If you told me I’m sick and the only cure is in Starkville, I would tell you it’s been a nice life.”

Did anyone else have nightmares last night?

I don’t know why I watched that horror movie before bed!

Here is the full version, in case you missed it:

More on that in a bit.

UK-Morehead State tickets go on sale to season ticket holders today.

That is at 10 am and you should have a presale code in your e-mail inbox. Everyone else will have to wait until tomorrow.

KSR coming up at 10 am with thoughts on Tom Jurich’s firing.

It’s going to be electric.


October 18th, 2017

More details on the UK-Morehead State charity game

Earlier today we told you Kentucky will be playing Morehead State in a special exhibition game for charity on October 30.

UK has since released more details on the game and we now know it is the inaugural “Kentucky Cares Classic” to raise funds for those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California:

“People around our country are facing some trying and tragic circumstances,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am thankful for the leadership of John Calipari and our men’s basketball program and the partnership of Morehead State in putting this game together to make a small but important impact. I look forward to seeing the members of the Big Blue Nation unite behind their Wildcats, as they always do.”

Net proceeds from the game will go to Team Rubicon, a non-government 501(c)(3) organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is currently active in Florida in response to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and is soon to begin work in response to wildfires in California.

“I want to thank Morehead State and its staff for coming together on this so quickly,” Calipari said. “This was an opportunity for us to do some good that we just couldn’t pass up. With everything that’s happened in and around our country the last couple of months, I felt like we needed to do more to give back and make an impact on the countless number of people who have suffered at the hands of the recent natural disasters.”

The game WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, so you will only be able to see it if you buy a ticket, which will go on sale Friday at 10 am online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase in person at the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets will range from $10 to $100 with net proceeds going to victims of the recent natural disasters. A full breakdown of the ticket pricing is below:

  • Lower premium – $100
  • Lower sideline – $50
  • Lower corner/end – $30
  • 200-Level sideline (first 12 rows) – $20
  • 200-Level standard – $10

Season ticket holders and UK students will have access to a special pre-sale that begins on Thursday at 10 am and runs through 10 pm online on Ticketmaster.

The UK Sports Network will broadcast the radio call of the game.

 


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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#10 Rob

Too perfect.

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All of BBN’s mood right now.

#8 Patrick Shea

I feel like we’ve been using this gif to describe UL for years, but it just fits so perfectly.

#7 G Ash

I’m sure the Crown Royal sales in Louisville are booming tonight!

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At least they’ll win something!

#5 drail

Ding dong the witch is DEAD!

#4 Tron Carter

If you can help it, don’t miss tomorrow’s show!

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The only time we’ll ever say that.

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We need a 24 hour show tomorrow!

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At this point, I wouldn’t put it past Rick to say this.


Top Four Quotes of the Day: the Best from the Defense

The defensive players and coaches spoke with the media following today’s practice and, as always, they had plenty to say. Here are the top quotes of the day:

“I ain’t gonna lie to you: it’s cool.” – Josh Allen

When asked about being named an AP and Sports Illustrated Second-Team Midseason All-American, Allen was honest. But just because he’s happy with the recognition doesn’t mean he’s content with stopping here.

“But it’s only mid-season. I want to wait for the end of the season so it can be official,” Allen said. “Second team sounds good, but I’m trying to aim for the first team.”

The former two-star recruit is tied for third in the nation with 6.5 total sacks. He’s fourth on the team in tackles with 35.

While the Bulldogs have only given up three sacks so far this season, Allen is determined to change that.

“I just heard – somebody told me today – they’ve only given up three sacks,” Allen said. “So, hope I can get four, five.”

“He’s a really physical runner – he’s not your typical quarterback runner.” – Matt House

Defensive coordinator Matt House isn’t one for chatter, but he had plenty to say about Mississippi State’s quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald. The 6-foot-5 junior is considered a dual-threat quarterback. In addition to being the team’s leading passer, he’s the Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher. Fitzgerald has surpassed 100 rushing yards twice already this season: he ran for 111 yards against Louisiana Tech and had 100 yards against BYU.

“He really is like having another downhill back in the backfield. So tackling becomes important,” Coach House said. “They do a good job with cut blocks on the perimeter, so we’re going to have to do a great job of playing the cut and just playing good fundamental football, but also creating the extra number.”

“I don’t know nothing about the cowbells.” – Eli Brown

The sophomore has yet to travel to Davis Wade Stadium, but he isn’t scared of the atmosphere.

“I love playing away,” Brown said. “I ain’t gonna lie; I ain’t gonna sugar coat it. I love playing away. They’re yelling for their team, but you feel like they’re yelling for you.”

But what about those annoying cowbells? I was standing outside of practice today while the cowbell noises were playing, and, to state the obvious, they were annoying.

But the veterans have been warning the younger players about the intensity of the cowbells, saying the fake noises are “nothing” compared to the real thing, according to Brown.

“I’ve been hearing them in practice, but it’s not going to be like in a game, man,” Brown said. “You just have to be ready, be ready to play, and I think that we’re all just ready.”

“The great thing is it’s just halfway.” – Matt House

When Coach House was asked about Josh Allen’s mid-season honors, he reiterated that they are, in fact, just midseason honors. But being just halfway through this season applies to a lot more than Allen’s sack record.

While a 5-1 start feels great, there are still a lot of unknowns about this team. Yes, Kentucky could be undefeated and bowl eligible had it not been for a few costly mistakes against Florida, but the record could also be significantly worse – especially if those final plays by Eastern Michigan and Missouri had been more successful.

Mississippi State is a huge test for the Cats. Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs marks the transition into the tougher part of the season, and having a road game against arguably the strongest remaining quarterback on the schedule doesn’t help.

But this is also where the season gets exciting. So buckle up, because we’re just halfway done.


@MaggieDavisKSR


John Wall just DESTROYED the Philadelphia 76ers

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The vast majority of former Wildcats are getting their NBA seasons underway tonight, and one of them has already made a jaw-dropping highlight.

John Wall just destroyed Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Viewer discretion is advised.

RIP to that poor, poor 76er. John Wall is officially back.