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Burgess Meredith’s Friday News & Views

Why wouldn’t Burgess Meredith be in Maxim?

Earlier this week when Julius Mays’ was battling an eye injury, I couldn’t help but think of the scene from Rocky in which Rocky begs Mickey to cut his swollen eye open during his match with Apollo Creed. The scene has haunted me ever since, but it’s one of Mickey’s many awesome scenes in the Rocky series. Burgess Meredith brought the character of Mickey to life, along with several other memorable roles over the years, including Jack Lemmon’s father in Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men, and the Penguin in the 1960’s “Batman” television series.

Meredith passed in 1997 at the age of 89, but I’d like to celebrate his birthday posthumously with my favorite Mickey line: “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” Sounds like something Cal would say, doesn’t it?

With that in mind, let’s roll along to tonight’s news and views:

— Once again, Cal has secured the #1 recruiting class in the nation, and he’s not even done yet. On Thursday afternoon, the University announced that it has received all five letters of intent from the 2013 early signing period commitments, which means Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and James Young are officially Kentucky Wildcats. In case you missed it in Drew’s post earlier, here are his comments on each new Cat:

Aaron Harrison: “Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim. He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent.”

Andrew Harrison: “Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He’s a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders.”

James Young: “James is a long, athletic and skilled wing. He’s a lefty who can shoot it and get in transition. You can throw it ahead to him and he can make basketball plays. He rebounds the ball for his position as well anyone in the class.”

Marcus Lee: “Marcus Lee is a long, agile, quick-bounce, quick-twitch, 6-9 forward. He gets to the basket, he’s a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he’s going to get stronger and he’s going to improve his skill around the basket. His speed, quickness, jumping ability and length set him apart.”

Derek Willis: “Derek is a very skilled, 6-9 big man who is learning to play through bumps, which is going to elevate his game. He’s a long-armed basketball player who can get his hands on balls and really pass. Like Marcus, he has a tremendous upside because he’s going to get stronger and be able to play more physical and really use his size and his shot-making ability to spread the court for us.”

— Aaron Harrison is excited:

— Because “great” is never good enough for Cal, he told reporters he plan on adding one or two more recruits to the 2013 class, which will make it even more epic. Here’s the latest on how the Cats are doing with the remaining 2013 targets:

Julius Randle: Considering Texas, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Florida and Oklahoma
After hearing that Randle wouldn’t play with the Harrison Twins earlier this week, on Wednesday, USA Today’s Jason Jordan reported that Cal spoke with Randle on the first day of the early signing period. In fact, Randle said in his latest blog entry that he talks to Cal and his staff more than anyone and considers Coach O and Kenny Payne as “his boys.” Randle’s recruitment has always been hard to read, with Randle even taking to Twitter at times to dispel rumors. He will visit NC State on January 26 to watch them take on UNC.

Andrew Wiggins: Considering Kentucky, Florida State, North Carolina, Ohio State Kansas and Syracuse
As we’ve mentioned several times on the site, Wiggins and his Huntington Prep team will play Christian Faith Academy (North Carolina) in Scott County this upcoming Sunday at 4 p.m., which will give fans an opportunity to be impressed and make an impression on the highly touted recruit. Wiggins’ coach Rob Fulford told the Kentucky Kernel that they’re expecting a big crowd of blue at the event: “I expect we would have a pretty good sized crowd, really for Andrew, but for the overall level of talent the team has. (This game) helps the Kentucky fans get a little closer look at Andrew, and helps him get a closer look at them.” Get your chants ready!

Aaron Gordon: Considering Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky
Gordon visited Kentucky over the weekend and from all reports, had a great time. His father said “We could see ourselves at Kentucky,” but that he will still wait until the Spring to sign. The star power of UK’s 2013 class doesn’t intimidate Gordon, whose father says he is comfortable blending into any situation and will find a way to get minutes. Aaron plans to trim his list soon.

— It’s never too early to look ahead, especially when it involves one of the best young players in the country. Yesterday, we told you that 2015 phenom Karl Towns would announce his college decision on December 4th. It’s looking more likely than ever that Towns will pick the Cats. In an interview with the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts, 247 recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said that all signs point to Towns coming to Lexington to play for his former DR National Team coaches John Calipari and Orlando Antigua:

“Everything points in that direction – as far as making the decision early and spending the summer playing with Coach Calipari,” Meyer said. “I would be extremely, extremely surprised if it’s not Kentucky.”

Even more, there’s a strong possibility Towns will reclassify to 2014. He’s a straight-A student and has already been taking college level courses at St. Joseph’s. Jerry Smith, the school’s athletic director, all but spilled the beans that Towns would be a Cat:

“He’s a good kid. You’re going to really enjoy him,” Smith said. “He’s really personable and he’s going to light up the whole dorm. Cal’s going to have his hands full with this kid.

Come on down, Karl.

The ladies also made it official on Thursday, pulling in the 5th best recruiting class in the country. It’s the fourth consecutive season Matthew Mitchell and his group have signed a top-15 class, and it’s the highest ranked class since 2009. Linnae Harper of Chicago, the 5th best prospect in the country, is the star of the class, followed by Makayla Epps (daughter of Anthony Epps) and Kyvin Goodin-Rogers of Marion County. Read more about them here.

— In case you forgot (or your mind is in news overload like mine), the Cats’ home opener against Lafayette is Friday night. Cal met with the media to discuss the game and other topics. First off, your Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report:

While Cal said that Ryan Harrow is doing better, he’s still not 100% and will not play until he is. Cal said they didn’t learn anything from the blood tests, and that Harrow’s health comes first. When asked if it was more of a mental issue than physical, Cal said he didn’t think so, and that’s everyone’s just focused on getting Harrow’s energy back up.

— Cal said that the team was “disappointed” about the Duke loss, but is not taking solace in comments like “It’s okay, we’re gonna be great in March.” Why? Because he knows his team could have won, but fell apart in the end. Ultimately, Cal conceded that the team learned a lot in the loss, especially about his team’s identity: “We’re having to go back and really narrow what we’re doing, understand what we are: a post-up team, a pick-and-roll team, create some shots for Kyle, must get out in transition and get easy baskets.”

— They should get plenty of practice Friday night against Lafayette, whom Cal called the best medicine the team could take right now. He expects Lafayette to run a lot of stuff the Cats need to see, such as zone, good three-point shooting and double-teaming in the post. He’s also looking for more intensity from his squad, who he says has gotten too used to just jogging the court:

“My teams in the past, you know how good we’ve been from defense to offense. It’s like: boom, phew! Well now it’s like: boom, (slow jog motion).”

I need a gif of that.

— On Thursday, Joker met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Samford, but not surprisingly, most of the questions ended up being about the current coaching search. Joker said that he hopes Kentucky’s next coach gets five to seven years before he’s judged for the job he’s done in order to get his own recruits, which didn’t happen for him because of his position as head-coach-in-waiting. He was also vehement that he will help the next coach in any way he can, another classy gesture in what must be a difficult time for the longtime Wildcat.

— Despite Joker’s long career at Kentucky as player, assistant and head coach, he says that he won’t linger at Commonwealth Stadium after Saturday’s game; he’s got all the memories he needs. “Name me somebody that’s had as many memories as me here at Kentucky? Name me someone. I feel like I’ve done all I can do here. Appreciate the opportunity. Again, (I’m) grateful for it, but it’s time to move on.” #PackCommonwealth

— In that spirit, let’s look at the current list of names flying around the coaching search rumor mill. Rick Bozich reiterated what we’ve been hearing around the program lately: Kentucky’s not interested in Bobby Petrino. Bozich cited sources within the program, who also told him who the Cats are interested in: Sonny Dykes, Kliff Kingsbury, Tommy Tuberville, Mike Bellotti, Butch Jones, Brent Pease and David Cutcliffe. In fact, reports that according to a source close to the program, Mitch Barnhart has “considerable interest” in Butch Jones.

Another hot new name on the radar is Gary Anderson, the head coach at Utah State. Anderson has led the Aggies to an 8-2 record this season after going 7-6 in 2011. Not snazzy enough for you? John Pennington, aka “Mr. SEC,” addressed the rumors that UK was going after an NFL coach, and–without sources, mind you–says the chances the Cats land Bill Cowher or Rex Ryan are pretty low. But, there’s still a chance, at least when it comes to Ryan:

Ryan’s first coaching job was as a grad assistant at Eastern Kentucky. And while he’s been in the NFL since 1999, he did coach in the college ranks from 1987 through 1993 and again in 1998 and ’99. Would he talk to Kentucky? Perhaps. As bad as things are going in New York right now, it’s quite possible that he’ll be jettisoned at year’s end should things not turn around.

On a scale of 1-10, we’d give Ryan to Kentucky about a one.

— Also on tap for Friday night is the Women’s Soccer Team’s second round match against No. 5/6 UCLA in San Diego. The ladies beat UT-Martin in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last week and are looking to earn their first Sweet Sixteen bid in the program’s history. Get it, girls.

On a personal note, I want to thank everyone for their kind words and congratulations tonight. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been writing for KSR for two years now and involved with it for over four. I am thrilled to join KSR full-time, and I promise to give it my all. Your overwhelming support has left me a bit speechless, but I do encourage everyone to never stop chasing your dreams. Sometimes, with a lot of hard work and Rick Pitino jokes, they do come true.

Okay, enough cheese. See you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

42 Comments for Burgess Meredith’s Friday News & Views

  1. Andrew Cassady
    11:12 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats! As good as Rocky is some of Meredith’s best work are Twilight Zone episodes. Time enough at last…

  2. rainman
    11:13 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t recall eating any lightning, but I just let some thunder go!

  3. SeaCat
    11:15 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler the Titan!

  4. Jon Slone
    11:17 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats on being full time.

    I had never seen a pic of you before… are very pretty.

    So, congrats on being full time and pretty.

  5. UKBlue
    11:55 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart will get a guy that is the mirror image of himself; a coach that is dry, insecure, lacking of style or panache, and as boring as watching paint dry. Barnhart won’t get a coach with balls, a risk taker or with an ego. Barnhart already tried taking on Cal & lost badly, he sure isn’t going to pick a football coach that will damage his insecure ego.

  6. grats
    12:03 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    grats, but don’t go getting 2 emo on us

  7. Duane Chapman
    12:09 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    When there is a coaching search going on and names like David Cutcliffe,Tommy Tuberville,Brent Pease(UF is trying to get rid of this guy) are named, Its time to put the horse out of its misery, turn the light out and shut the door, Mitch has showed his commitment to UK football, with a finger held high in the air saying [email protected]! you Kentucky fans, the rest on the list is a hope and prayer.

  8. News Regarding Aaron Gordon
    12:10 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Aaron Gordon just trimmed his list to 3: Kentucky, Washington, and Arizona. CROSS YOUR FINGERS, EVERYONE!

  9. Just end it
    12:28 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart needs to resolve this coaching search by the first Monday of December. It’s been a few weeks and there are only 3 true coaching vacancies(UK, Arkansas, & Idaho) and a few of the names that are being thrown are depressing at best. The only reason to drag this search longer than the first Monday after the regular season would be if the jets drop their nest 3-4 games and Rex Ryan is on the chopping block. Otherwise any decision made in the middle/end of December would be an ultimate failure of the time granted by firing joker with 3 weeks left. Even if petrino lands at UK( more than likely due to lack of interest by other schools in bobby, and other coaches in UK) at the end of December it would be time waisted and a huge mismanagement of the top grossing sport of UKAA.

  10. Yep
    12:33 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Still amazed at the overall dimness of UK fanbase when it comes to football.

    The problem isn’t Joker Phillips or Mitch Barnhart. It’s Kentucky Football. Joker Phillips saved Brooks’ ass with his recruiting and his offense and frankly, Brooks got lucky with one class and bringing in Randy Sanders to land Cobb. Fact is until you people learn that the only thing that wins is talent and defense in the SEC ya’ll are gonna be in for a shock. All I see is a bunch of gimmicky, offense first types…again.

    There’s a reason Fran Curci was the most successful coach at UK SEC wise: He cheated his ass off and brought in rapists, thugs, thieves and all around bad dudes and paid for ’em to boot. But keep throwing for “Jarruud to throw it deeeeeeep” from whatever holler ya crawled out of while Florida is crushing your throat about 60 billion points but you’ll feet better cause you score a 100 million and that’s almost a victory…right?

  11. Yep
    12:37 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    And by the way…the only reason UK Football makes more money than basketball is because UK controls Commonwealth and the SEC Contract. If UK Basketball had deal at Rupp that they controlled scheduling, concessions, parking, etc…man oh man. You start counting up the ancillary stuff and UK Basketball probably does out perform football in terms of donations, merchandising rights, brand awareness by such a huge margin. Even when Tubby was supposedly running the program into the ground Kentucky still sold merchandise at a pretty competitive rate (Top 10) with the CFB national powers.

  12. Scott in ATL
    12:38 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    CONGRATS Mrs TT!! KSR is even better now 🙂

  13. 朝青龍
    12:38 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats, Mrs. T! You write quite fine.

  14. JBR
    12:42 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Joker needs to quit being a bi*ch and making these back-handed comments about “the next coach getting more time”. Look Joker, you blew it…the only thing that a few more years would have gotten you was more hate from the fanbase and more proof that you are not a D1 coach. You have done enough for this program…in the wrong direction. Just take your buyout and shut up.

  15. tdaddy
    12:52 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #4 lol “full time and pretty” LOL

  16. Look
    1:06 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    UK football let the best coach to stand on that sidelines leave when Paul bear Bryant left for Texas. If UK had done what it took to keep Bryant at UK and Bryant coached until 1982( like he did at Alabama) and had similar success that he had in his 8 seasons at UK. UK would have had 94 more wins than it currently does or in other terms NINETY-FOUR fewer loses. Bryant also always won more games than he lost in every season. UK was short sided, cheap, and overly focused on developing one sport. That mistake has haunted UK football for 59 seasons. Barnhart needs to honestly pay a kings ransom to a good coach to change the tide of 59 seasons of mostly missed opportunities.

  17. Amaze Pants
    1:08 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna crap thunder!” is something Cal would say?

    How about “You’re gonna eat lightnin’ and you’re gonna poop ice cream!”

  18. Buckets
    1:57 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Tyler. Definitely one of my KSR favorites.

    “Joker said that he hopes Kentucky’s next coach gets five to seven years before he’s judged for the job he’s done in order to get his own recruits, which didn’t happen for him because of his position as head-coach-in-waiting.”

    I’m sorry but aren’t all of the current players Joker’s recruits?

    If the administration gives a crap about football being successful, they’ll do everything within reason to get Bobby Petrino. He would win at UK. And if they don’t get him and he goes to some other SEC school and wins there, fans will point at that success and say, “That should be us.” If Barnhart botches this hire he’ll be fired any way, so he might as well take the risk with Petrino.

  19. Ukalum
    2:54 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    In the last 15 seasons( including this one) uk football has seen 7 pretty good bowl seasons( coach, Woodson, and Cobb yrs), one pretty good season under postseason restriction, and 7 losing seasons with the majority of those with 3 wins or less. The new coach gets 2 seasons max to get to .500 and 7 seasons to compete for the SEC east crown. Things happen to fast these days to just close your eyes for 7 seasons and then evaluate whether or not that coach improved your program. Programs like miss state and vanderbuilt have gotten fairly competitive in just a few seasons and if the new coach can’t match up to their standard, then the new coach and Barnhart need to be on the unemployment line.

  20. Taylor
    3:05 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I just want to say that I absolutely love Meredeth’s role as “Pop” in the Grumpy Old Men movies. Classic. Go Cats.

  21. Guy_Morris
    3:45 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky is poisoning Ryan Harrow. Don’t tell though, it’s all for #9 😉

  22. kingrex
    3:49 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    None of these names are exciting the fanbase. We better find out that Petrino said no to us because otherwise the fans are going to be livid and have a hard time coming down off the high of that ridiculous interview his father gave.

  23. BravoBigBlue
    5:31 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #5 UKblue – You are exactly right in your description of Barnhart, his personality, and insecurities. He’s like a wet dish rag at the bottom of the sink. I hope you’re wrong on the hire though. Cause if you’re right, we’ll end up with David Cutcliffe. I am hoping for some intervention on the part of the $Boosters to ensure that Mitch doesn’t F it up, like he has proven he can and will do.

  24. Ted Nugent
    6:45 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations Mickey!! TED FOR PREZ 2016!!!!!

  25. Larry Vaught
    6:50 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I think the next coach will be Gary Anderson. Done deal!

  26. SexnNursinHomes
    6:59 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT!!

  27. RealCatsFan
    7:19 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyler – KSR is a better place with your wit! Hopefully you don’t have a new stalker with #4. 🙂

    Barnhart would do well to bring Joe Hall and Howard Schnellenberger in as consultants for the coaching search.

  28. wet dish rag
    7:20 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I may be cold and limp and full of germs and nastiness, but please don’t debase me by comparing me to Mitch.

  29. Logic
    7:28 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Bobby Petrino eats lightning.
    Mitch Barnhart craps his pants.

  30. Here We Go Now
    7:42 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Just say NO to PetrinO.

  31. mlvei
    7:45 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    All I can think of folks, is to sit back and keep enjoying the ride, with Cal at the wheel! The next three years may be the best is UK basketball history, even counting the Rupp late forties early fifties era! I think our coach is writing basketball history ala Wooden and Rupp with the recruiting yesterday and still on the horizon! Again, this is the golden era of UK basketball! Enjoy!

  32. fancy feast
    8:07 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone else terrified about this year? We are one injury away from being an 8 or 9 seed. I hate to say it but florida may be better than us, even when we are at full strength. We lose the east by 2 games. Any good fan is a pessimist.

  33. duckdynasty
    8:23 am November 16, 2012 Permalink


  34. CIA
    8:39 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I posted for the last year on here and other Ky sites what was going to happen with Harrow. Now they have had a week and all the UK doctors cant find an illness????? Remember Cals statement “Ky is not for everybody”

  35. Blue Healer
    9:19 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I like that pic of Brooks on top of the page. I’m starting to warm up to the idea of Butch Jones. A month ago we would all be peeing our pants at any of the names on that list until the Petrino rumors started up.

  36. SteveM
    9:20 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #5–you left out of low intelligence and incompetent.

  37. RyliCat
    9:21 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t be surprised if it’s Rich Rodriguez.

  38. SteveM
    9:26 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #37–I would love Rich Rodriquez…but why do you think he would leave Arizona after only 1 year?

  39. bluesince66
    9:27 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    You do a great job.

  40. RyliCat
    9:46 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    According to my source, Rodriguez is one of the newer prospects being considered. My suspicions were similar; why leave Arizona after 1 year? However, apparently it may not be the best fit for Rodriguez and Co. and to be one of the highest paid coaches in the SEC may be too hard to turn down.

  41. FancyTroll
    9:56 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    32 – no, troll, we are not worried. I would say “nice try” but really it was quite pathetic.

  42. gridiron_cat
    7:43 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know about 7 years, but 5 is reasonable, particularly at our bottom of the barrel program (not even sure we can get Taggert to leave WKU at this point). We caught lightning in a bottle during the 2007-2008 runs and even then we barely broke .500, yet somehow we got big-headed off of that as a fan base. Anywhere else in SEC, they compete for a title with the talent we had, but we never have the depth to do that=ran into that problem both of those years. You can get one good player and turn it around in basketball in one season, but to turn a football program around “without cheating” takes several years of solid recruiting and good coaching to develop them. Yes, I’m implying most programs probably don’t adhere to the part in quotes but we aren’t good enough to cheat and suck, we already did that 12 years ago with Claude Bassett and Mumme (again, only inking 8 wins even when we cheat).

    Right now, with this team, I think a good coach can turn it around in a couple years because there is a good stable of young talent built up in the program the last 2 years but that’s if he can convince the majority of our talented Freshmen to stick around, no guarantees on that in any coaching change. That coach then has to turn around and recruit at the level we’ve done the last 2 years which takes a great staff as well as good recruiting connections built up already at top notch programs outside of the state. I’m hopeful but realistic. It’s going to be a few years guys IMO, regardless of who takes the helm.