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Bill Lawrence’s Tuesday News and Views

Hey, friends, I want you to meet someone. Bill Lawrence. He’s from Tennessee and he survived five lonely days in the woods with muddy water, earthworms, and a can of dip. Lawrence went out squirrel hunting with a couple buddies in Tennessee’ Meeman Shelby Forest state park a couple weeks ago and he got separated from the group when he went off on his own to bust a cap in a furry rodent. He got lost along the way and spent five days alone in the 13,000 acre state park. The news report says he eventually made it to a road on day 5, but collapsed while suffering from dehydration and severe insect bites. When Lawrence set out on this journey, all he had was a shotgun, 15 shells (which ran out), two bottles of water, a flashlight, a can of insect spray, a squirrel call and a can of dipping tobacco. Today, he can add the Tuesday News and Views to that list. Let’s go…

— Mondays at UK mean Monday afternoon press conferences with Joker Phillips. This week’s edition was one none of us wanted to have because it followed a loss to Louisville. We’ve got to get better, especially offensively,” he said as he opened up the press conference. Field position was a point of emphasis in discussing “getting better” and what went wrong against the Cards. “We started on the 20 or less seven out of our 12 drives, and that’s hard, especially for an offense that’s struggling,” he said. “We got to do a better job at getting field position. A lot of that has to do with our kicking game and getting people stopped on defense.”

— Joker again praised the defense for how they played against Louisville, but he addressed the need to improve in the secondary. The team keeps getting beat on deep balls as opponents are just throwing over the top of the defense. The D, especially the front seven, has played well on a shorter field and Kentucky hasn’t allowed a red zone touchdown all season. UK has held its opponent to a field goal on four of the five red zone possessions this season.

— The offensive line has been the biggest disappointment of the season but Phillips isn’t concerned. He should be, though, because Newton was sacked six times against Louisville and Florida is even bigger and faster. The Florida pass rush isn’t the only element to fear, either. The Gators only give up 30 yards on the ground. Kentucky rushed for 35 on Saturday.

— He said the defense is going to have to keep carrying the team while the offense figures it out, similar to how it was in 2008. “In 2008, we won our first three games. The way we won our first three games is not turning it over and creating turnovers,” he said. “Right now we’re even in the turnover margin. That’s the huge difference. You can’t turn the ball over when you’re struggling offensively and put your defense in some tough situations. That’s what we’ve done.”

“We’re 2-1. Not 0-3.” While that’s true, it’s hard to stay positive, especially after watching Western Kentucky lose to Indiana State 44-16 in Bowling Green while Central Michigan lost to Western Michigan, 44-14. Kentucky trailed to both of those teams before losing to Louisville at home. It’s a 2-1 record but not a pretty one.

— The game time for the October 1st game against LSU was announced on Monday. The Cats and Tigers will kick off 12:21 ET on the SEC Network. It’s the first time in over five years that LSU will host a game before noon local time. LSU usually schedules all of its games at night, a tradition for Tiger football. CBS is televising an SEC double-header that Saturday with Auburn at South Carolina and Alabama at Florida. The SEC television contract says no other conference games can be televised while those two are on. The early morning kickoff officially ruined any hope of a trip to LSU for me that weekend.

— We also learned the date for Champions Classic tickets on Monday. Tickets for the Kentucky-Kansas game in Madison Square Garden will go on sale on October 6. However, if you want to go ahead and lock up your tickets, Kansas is already selling them on its website. You can only purchase them by price level so I assume Kansas is just selling whatever they expect to get. I bought five and I’m hoping the KU ticket office doesn’t see my Kentucky address and put me in a corner somewhere. I just want to be close to Samantha.

— The recruitment of Perry Ellis is coming to an end. Ellis will announce his college destination at 2:45 PM on Wednesday at a press conference from his high school. His mother hinted at this last week when the four schools her son is considering stopped by the Ellis home in Kansas. Coach Cal, who visited Friday night, was the last of the four in-home visits so his recruiting pitch is the freshest on Perry’s mind. Although it’ll be hard to pull the 6-foot-8 forward out of Kansas. He’s also considering Kansas, Kansas State, and Wichita State — all in-state schools.

— Perry Ellis isn’t the only recruit nearing a decision, Archie Goodwin could also be committing soon. Goodwin tweeted, “It’s getting close to decision time” on Monday night. Earlier in the day, he announced that he is no longer considering Kansas and UConn.  That leaves Arkansas, Kentucky, and Memphis for’s third best shooting guard. It has been Arkansas vs. Kentucky from the beginning so look for it to be one of those two in the end.

— Coach Cal is also chasing after Gary Harris, the young man ranked one spot ahead of Archie Goodwin on’s rankings. Calipari made an in-home visit with Harris on Monday night in Fishers, Indiana. He’s a name we haven’t heard a lot about, so it’s interesting to hear that Calipari is making a hard push to recruit him to Kentucky. Does this mean Cal isn’t so confident in landing Archie Goodwin? Possibly. Let’s hope not, though. Goodwin has long been a priority for Kentucky’s 2012 class and Harris hasn’t show much interest in the Cats. Earlier in the summer, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard listed his top five and UK wasn’t even in the mix. He named Indiana, Michigan State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Purdue as his favorites.

— The Roast of Charlie Sheen on Comedy Central. Watch it.

— The Big East is falling apart and it looks like the ACC passed on Louisville. There is a very small chance the Cardinals end up in the SEC but it’s very, very unlikely. That means baby bro will probably be teaming up with the Big East/Big 12 leftovers. Do any of you feel bad for them? Of course you don’t. Conference realignment is one big cluster-you-know-what.

— That’s all. I’ll leave you with this video I grabbed from Monday night football. It’s pretty hilarious…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

53 Comments for Bill Lawrence’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. UKClay
    12:14 am September 20, 2011 Permalink


  2. Sahil
    12:16 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    How the mighty have fallen….

  3. Sexington
    12:19 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I think it’s Fishers not Fisher. I think

  4. UK FAN
    12:20 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Boom headshot!!!!!

  5. Cking98
    12:24 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Wow, Cal visits Harris. Looks like he’s going for two shooting guards, as he has told Mohammed that he’s going to play him at the two, instead of the sf spot. Looks like Goodwin is going to go to Arkansas ala Trevor Lacey. Looks like Cal wants some insurance and can’t talk Goodwin into second fiddle. We ain’t getting both.

    Guess Cal didn’t make the Sat trip to see McGary which is a bit concerning. Still think he goes to Michigan.

    It’s about to get interesting.

  6. JBR
    12:33 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Joker talks about getting better and his goals of winning championships…but is complacent with a 2-1 record after playing like an average high school team. He has no clue as to what is going on around him, and we need to do a “Billie Clyde” on him and cut it off now before we truly hit rock bottom…again.

  7. Cking98
    12:45 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Now we know why Cal is going after Harris. Kyle Anderson just committed to UCLA. Mohammed is a pipe dream. Crap!!! This totally sucks!! No way Mohammed passes up playing with his best friend, in his hometown.

  8. Cking98
    12:46 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    News Flash: we know why Cal is going after Harris. Kyle Anderson just committed to UCLA. Mohammed is a pipe dream. Crap!!! This totally sucks!! No way Mohammed passes up playing with his best friend, in his hometown.

  9. Cking98
    12:47 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Kyle Anderson sucks!!

  10. Cking98
    12:58 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Okay time to regroup, need Goodwin, Poythress and Ellis. Cauley is a must if we strike out on Coleman and McGary. Bennett, Pollard, Harris, or Waaren would be a great addition. No way we get Mohammed now.

  11. holdmeclosertinydanson
    1:02 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Rick doesn’t feel comfortable putting a horse’s head on every Big East campus. He is just making Tim Sypher give a horse head at the center of each campus instead. Other conferences just aren’t ready for that level of dedication by a coaching staff.

  12. UKGoBigBlue
    1:16 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Bill looks like a guy that would go squirrel hunting in the woods & get lost.

    Joker is already starting to sound like Charlie Brown Teacher: Wua Wua Wua Wah Wuuuuua wua! Can we just call the season a disaster, and move on.

    The reality that no big conference asked UL to move just shows the lack of respect conferences have in UL. Since Tommy Turtle Neck is a Bowl Haircut D-Bag; I wonder how much this played into the ACC intentionally skipping over UL.

  13. AlexLegionsMom
    1:32 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t see how Shabazz doesn’t go to UCLA now, they were already his percieved leader, but now his best friend is there, and they want to play together. Very dissapointing that a player with serious interest in UK, that Cal makes his number one priority, and we even get him on campus, and we don’t get him. We really need a domino to fall soon such as Ellis before we miss on to many players. The fact that we’re gonna lose a big chunk of our current roster to the NBA after this season and that we have no commits yet is a turn off to players. They want to know who they’re going to play with. Plus if we could get someone to commit now, he could stay in other top recruits ears, that has an impact on their decision.

  14. Wayne
    1:35 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Bill Lawrence is a moron. 13,000 acres is about 20.4 square miles. The park is the shape of a rectangle and is at most 3 miles wide and about 7 miles long. On the West is a river, on the east is civilization. To the North is farmland and to the South appears to be a golf course. There are also some roads that go throughout the entire park. Granted, it’s easy to get lost in the woods. But damn, 5 days, in that???

  15. George Patampkin
    7:14 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Not to keep harping on Joker, but the “we’ve got to get better” speech and then showing no improvement is very reminiscent of the Billy G “we’ve got to get tougher” nonsense.

    If UK plays a good game and loses to a team that is better than they are, I’m okay with that. Hell, this is the SEC, its going to happen a lot. But losing to teams UK should be beating soundly makes it tough to be optimistic. Especially when it appears the team is regressing and the coaches seem oblivious to it or offer up “we’ve got to get better” talk.

    This team looks lost and plays with no emotion. I shudder to think what this team would be like right now without Winston Guy and Danny Trevathan.

  16. FACT
    7:16 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park is the most visited state park in Tennessee.

  17. BlueCat_75
    7:17 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    THAT’S 3D GOLD!!

  18. uofl's new conference
    7:25 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    No bigeast. No SEC. No Big10. These jokers are gonna end up in a conference that more resembles the bar in Star Wars…

  19. Renoir
    7:26 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Louisville is a ghetto commuter school. That is why no conference is interested. The tards belong back in C USA with the rest of the irrelevant trash.

  20. mawoods15
    7:34 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    While we are over here licking our wounds from a loss to Louisville, the ACC is putting together a freaking superconference of a basketball league. C’mon SEC get it going. As far as basketball goes, the SEC is doing nothing to help it’s cause. This hurts us as far as recruiting goes. Wouldn’t you want to play with and against the best players in the nation or would you want to beat the hell out of sub par teams every year. Yay, we are on top of an average basketball conference. The SEC isn’t even in the discussion when teams leaving their conferences are being discussed. We would rather be talking about where is Louisville going to end up instead of who the hell is the SEC going to pick up. We may find ourselves wishing we had picked up Louisville.

  21. Captain Obvious
    7:43 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I would have stayed in the woods if I had to come back to that beast

  22. Kyle
    7:47 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    20- Think football.

  23. Mr Schwump
    7:56 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    20, F-O-O-T-B-A-L-L. These people could give a shit about some candy assed pansy “sport” called basketball.

  24. SexnNursinHomes
    8:01 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    The lady next to Bill Lawrence is looking at him like he is a Denny’s Onion Ring Triple Stacker.

  25. Card fan
    8:05 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Big east/big12 merge would still have a better basketball cobference then SEC.

  26. Somervillain
    8:12 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Anybody know what the football vs hoops $ ratio is? At least the ACC is taking hoops seriously. Would it kill the SEC to grab Kansas? So what if football isn’t king at ALL of the new schools. And I agree that UofL doesn’t seem to bring much to the table, but I think it would be cool to have them as an inconference rival, a la Duke UNC. It is no fun to pick on weaklings, which is what UofL as a leftover becomes. I want them to be frustrated by losing to us, instead of expecting it. With Duke, UNC, UConn and Cuse now all together (awesome, by the way), I sure hope we add to our hoops opponents. UK, KU, Florida and Cards would be alot of fun. And no, I am not a troll just because I want UofL to be a worthy opponent.

  27. Kyle
    8:22 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    UL is back to the mid-majors. Look at their TV market value overall. 300,000 fans… Vandy is last in the SEC and has 380,000 fans. UK- over 900,000. This, alone, tells me UL is back to the mid-majors when this conference realignment is all said and done.

  28. Cristoforouk
    8:25 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Conference realignment has NOTHING to do with basketball. All about football. You guys shouldn’t even mention basketball when talking about this. The reason the SEC is not just looking to add anyone is because they already have the best football conference in the country.

  29. Doom or Gloom
    8:29 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    25 – and that conference will not be on tv! ACC, PAC 12/16 Big 10 and then a tie between the new mid major conference and SEC.

    UL has a lot of debt rolling now, this is not a good time for them.

  30. Doom or Gloom
    8:31 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Either Missouri or Kansas will end up in SEC

  31. coco
    8:31 am September 20, 2011 Permalink


  32. Holden McGroin
    8:32 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    It still amazes me how some of the comments here continue to second guess Cal. After the last two seasons, it should be obvious why Cal is in the position he’s in, and yet there are posters here that know more about recruiting than he does. He knows when and where to place his efforts, and nobody here knows where a player is going until they get there and the season has started. Until that time, it’s a guess. The fact that there are so many un-comitted players doesn’t mean that they won’t be at UK. Get a life.

  33. Al's IndiCats
    8:32 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    So the ACC doesn’t want little Bro, what a shame. Just think of what they could bring to that conference. Line beards, straight billed hats, folks walking around with big “Ls” slapped against their foreheads, greasy assed chicken buckets donning their melons at games, uh, wait, I see…….never mind.

  34. ATLCat
    8:32 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I really hope the guys comment on this today: Dana O’Neil and Pat Forde fear change…

  35. Kyle
    8:42 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    UL is back to the mid-majors. Look at their TV market value overall. 300,000 fans… Vandy is last in the SEC and has 380,000 fans. UK- over 900,000. This, alone, tells me UL is back to the mid-majors when this conference realignment is all said and done.

  36. TSlone08
    8:48 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    My sources say WVU has been turned down by the SEC. Interesting…

  37. FrigFullofBeer
    8:58 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Well Shabazz boy commited to UCLA… I checked twitter just to see and his pic is with Coach Cal’s guy Derek Rose I wouldn’t count out Kentucky just yet, I believe in the end that Rose along with John Wall in his ear he’ll be a Wildcat in the end!!!! Patterson and Jai Lucas are best friends too so the best buds thing maybe isnt that bad and at one point I read on here that Bazz wanted to play with Archie Goodwin as well… Wait and see

  38. btowncatfan
    9:01 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I felt all along that after Arkansas hired Anderson that Goodwin was their’s to lose. Still think Cal will pull in a top ten class, just don’t know who will commit yet. Trust in Cal.

  39. SLIS Wildcat
    9:22 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    By chance did Bill Lawrence or the authorities spot our ability to call offensive plays in the woods? I would not have thought it would have made it as far as Tennessee, but after Saturday, it seems possible.

  40. BigBlueOne
    9:45 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I’m going to the LSU game and to be honest I’m glad its been moved up. That way when they’re losing by 28 at halftime I can head on down to NOLA and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  41. hoss_cat
    9:49 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    if u cant survive 5 days with those supplies and common sense on how to survive than u may as well be a paraplegic

  42. rick
    9:58 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    The guy lost in the woods must be a big pussy, there is plenty of water in the hills of tenn, and he had a gun, shoot a squirrel and eat it. Lost 5 days in the hill of Tenn. is like being on vacation.

  43. Holden McGroin
    10:38 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    don’t sweat it

  44. Marcus L. Owens
    10:39 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Shabazz will be a Wildcat and if not oh well. We dont NEED Shabazz he needs us if, its between UK and UCLA then we have the biggest advantages; player friendly system, coaches with NBA experience both coaching and playing, recent lottery picks. Kyle Anderson is a talented player but he wasnt recruited by UK for a reason, he a slow half court player who barely even looks at the rim, coach likes scores at all 5 positions. UCLA is known for slowing it down not speeding it up UCLA is know post play and PGs setting up the offense I could see how that would work for Anderson and not so much for Shabazz. Who was UCLA’s last All American? Kevin Love. Who was there last All American wing? Arron Afflalo. Ben Howland doesnt have a track record of producing big time scorer, slashers, or lottery picks but Cal does. Shabzz needs us if he wants to reach his full potential and maximize his marketability. Dont get me wrong he will do well any where he goes but when it comes to coaching big time talents and making them better while winning no one is doing like Cal. Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin, Anthony Bennett, DaJuan Coleman, Devonta Pollard, Gary Harris, T.J. Warren, Perry Ellis and Willie Cauley are all interested and we will get our fair share if Shabazz is in that class we will have the #1 player and we will win if he is not we will still win and better than UCLA. We dont worry about other schools they need to be worried about us.

  45. Marcus L. Owens
    10:41 am September 20, 2011 Permalink


  46. dukesuX
    10:57 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    simply can’t see the big deal here at all, as everyone in Tenn. drinX muddy water & eats earthworms…….they simply don’t know no better down there

  47. Holden McGroin
    11:31 am September 20, 2011 Permalink

    36. your sources? Really? And here i thought i was the only one that watched tv.

  48. SexnNursinHomes
    12:18 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I keep looking at Bill Lawrence’s photo and it keeps making me laugh That woman next to him is killing me.

    “mmmmm, Bill looks tastey”

  49. HBD
    12:32 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone think that MSG sells out for that champions classic?

  50. NBA league pass
    12:41 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    I do.

  51. Loublue2
    12:57 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    Drew, you big dummy…UL has NO chance of coming to the SEC. UK has a VOTE and a say in what happens and they will use it to keep the filthy Tards out. Do your research before you write, will ya?

  52. Holden McGroin
    3:13 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    go cats!

  53. Ira Tatum
    6:21 pm September 20, 2011 Permalink

    UofL does not belong in the ACC.
    UofL does not belong in the SEC.
    UofL belongs in the CUSA.