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Carl Sandburg Friday Recap


Carl Sandburg, who as it turns out is not the father of Chicago Cubs legend Ryne Sandberg, won three Pulitzer Prizes for his poetry and a biography of Abe Lincoln. Sandburg was born in 1878 and lived in Flat Rock, North Carolina until his death in 1967. Anyway, January 6 is his birthday, so happy birthday Carl’s memory.

On to the news of the day:

1. Sen. Tim Shaughnessy came on the radio show today:

– You’ve already heard about the bill filed by the Louisville Senator that would, if enacted in its original form, require UK and UL to play in men’s basketball and football each season. Comments and relevant tweets were nearly uniform in their disgust for the legislation.

– Sen. Shaughnessy could be forgiven for attempting to sneak in a clause that would force the two schools to face off each year, as his district is U of L country and the Big East’s uncertain future may allow UK to discontinue the series. However, on the radio show today, Sen. Shaughnessy told Matt and Co. that the clause was merely a “publicity stunt” to garner public attention for the merits of the bill.

– The effectiveness of the “publicity stunt” was blunted by the lack of positive attention the “stunt” actually generated. So, either this was one of the worst executed publicity stunts in the history of publicity stunts, or the clause was just a bad idea hidden at the end of a good bill. Either way, the clause is now on the cutting room floor where it belongs.

2. Western Kentucky fired head coach Ken McDonald

– Western Kentucky announced today that head men’s basketball coach Ken McDonald was fired after starting this season with a 5-11 record. McDonald was 62-38 in his first three seasons in Bowling Green and accepted a $100,000 pay cut in order to return for the 2011 season. WKU president Gary Ransdell issued a statement in which he referred to the program as “disappointing and unacceptable” and cited low attendance as a primary concern:

“I want to challenge our fans to be in Diddle Arena tomorrow and the remainder of the season to support these young men and help rebuild this proud basketball program,”

WKU named former Kentucky Wesleyan coach Ray Harper as interim head coach.

3. Shabazz Muhammad Update

The Real Tyler Thompson posted about a update that identified Kentucky as the favorite in the Shabazz Sweepstakes. Or maybe the ‘Shabazz Derby’ is more appropriate. Either way, according to Jerry Meyer, Kentucky is in the driver’s seat.

– Neal Nieves of fame addresses the UK-UCLA-UNLV three way in today’s edition of ‘Neal’s Weekley Recruiting Mailbag’:

For Shabazz Muhammad I heard its between Kentucky or UCLA with UNLV third. In this game of recruiting things change from day to day and UNLV has a shot to land Muhammad so it wouldn’t shock me if he did stay home but at the same time at this moment I don’t see it happening.

4. MKG Injury Update

– Cal told the media today that Michael Mann-Gilchrist practiced with the team and added that MKG is “fine.” He’ll play tomorrow. That’s all I have to say about that.

5. Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout is Tomorrow

– Do you like watching future Cats dominate on the hardwood? Would you love to have your picture taken with Matt Jones? Do you want to feed Drew Franklin a donut? Are you interested in seeing Hubby for the first time with your own eyes?

If you answered any of the above questions with “yes,” you need to show up at the Dunkin’ Donuts Shootout tomorrow night at Lexington Catholic. Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin will be playing ball while Matt, Hubby and Drew record a podcast. Games start at 7. What more could you ask for?

6. Tony Parker Gets Big Blue offer

Dave Telep tweeted from the Mothership today that Georgia big man Tony Parker received a coveted golden ticket to play ball in Lexington. 6’8″ Parker is the #8 center in the 2012 class and a five star prospect by Scout.

– Not to rain on your parade or anything but Adam Zagoria tweeted this:

Kyle Anderson told me he talks daily with Shabazz Muhammad & Tony Parker about coming to UCLA. “We could be Final Four good” if both come.

7. Cats Tip-Off Against the Gamecocks Tomorrow

– Of course, Kentucky plays South Carolina tomorrow in Lexington at 4:00. We’ll talk about that more in-depth tomorrow.

8. Stacey Poole Leaves Lexington

In what may be the biggest news of the evening, Stacey Poole Jr. announced his decision to transfer to Georgia Tech. Shortly after that announcement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution published a story about new Tech transfer Stacey and his blue chip brother Solomon:

Georgia Tech may have just gotten inside position for one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects.

On Friday night, former Kentucky basketball player Stacy Poole decided to transfer to Georgia Tech, according to multiple media outlets.

His younger brother is one of the top high school juniors in the country, 5-star point guard Solomon Poole of Jacksonville, Fla.

The younger Poole, who plays for the Atlanta Celtics AAU team, recently told Rivals his top five schools were UGA, Memphis, Louisville, UCLA and Oklahoma State.

You might as well add Georgia Tech to that list.

OK, that’s all for tonight. See you in the a.m., friends. Go Cats. Beat Carolina.

Article written by Tyler Montell

14 Comments for Carl Sandburg Friday Recap

  1. Hubert
    3:05 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    When I think of Harry Caray, I mentally picture Will Ferrell to the point that the real Harry Caray looks fake.

  2. Another Perspective
    6:43 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    How will Matt do the post-game if he’s watching the high school kids?

  3. jpizzle
    7:36 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Those glasses are amazing! It’s like someone just fused 2 magnifying glasses together. Ah Chicago, hog butcher to the world, city of the big shoulders…

  4. TheDecker
    8:30 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Final four good? Yes, except you would have Ben Howland as your coach

  5. uklaw95
    8:53 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Does this mean Poole’s schollie is now available for someone who might want to transfer to UK?

  6. bosshog
    10:11 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Muhammad, Poythress, Goodwin, Cauley, Harrow ….Master Mixer Calapari…that is national title good …..enough said.

  7. Catsexpect
    10:15 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Been meaning to say for some time. This website sucks. Lie after lie. How many times has a website redesign been promised to bring it out of the early nineties. Never happens. Have to keep hitting refresh to see latest comments, instead of having an auto refresh…an easy fix. Anybody can change their user name at will and argue with themselves. Order UK stuff from a company promoted on this site, never get it, but they take your money quickly. Have to jump through hoops to get your money back. Poorly written articles with grammatical errors that would make many 7th graders cringe. People like Sexn allowed to post all forms of filth that you have to ban your kids from visiting the website. But hey, I suppose your making some money, so who cares right?

  8. James K
    10:21 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Sufjan Stevens wrote a song about Carl Sandburg that is pretty much genius.

  9. tmark14
    10:23 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    but you keep coming here #7? doesn’t make much sense!

  10. Catsexpect
    10:30 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    9) you make a good point. love my cats. sorry bout the rant.

  11. bosshog
    10:42 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    7th graders cringing about grammar? That is hilarious …a high percentage of graduate students wouldn’t cringe…
    Because they make the same mistakes … talk about the site coming out of the nineties, but your expectations about grammar and diction are also quite dated ….these types of mistakes are just part of the shorthand rapid-fire nature of new media and blogging ..

  12. Calipari'sInYourEar
    11:27 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    Sit Teague on the bench.


    Lamb, Miller, Gilchrist, Jones, Davis.

    Sub in Beckham for the 1/2, Wiltjer for the 4/5, Vargas for the 5. If Gilchrist needs a rest, move Miller to the 3 and let Lamb and Beckham get comfy as our backcourt.

    You do this because your starting lineup is more than a carrot. It sets the tone. Establishes a team game baseline. There is NOTHING more important than getting a good start (besides a good finish). Continuing to start games at a deficit because of Teagues lazy, immature, junior pro, half effort at playing the game the wrong way is a detriment to the TEAM’s goal. The rest of the players don’t deserve to be held down by starting him.

    Once Teague quiets his shit lip and does what the coach says he can get minutes. If when he is reinserted, he doesn’t run the dribble drive (which I have yet to see him run once this season), he is to be placed right beside Jarod Polson again. Repeat and stir.

  13. bosshog
    11:51 am January 7, 2012 Permalink

    12….great post, I’m with you.

  14. Catnuts
    12:01 pm January 7, 2012 Permalink

    I like Lamb at point also. Teague at this point is not running the team like he needs too. I think he is looking too much to get points instead of getting his teammates points. A point guards main job is to get his team into the right offensive sets and defensive sets.As a former point guard, I was the one responsible for calling out the plays on offense and then calling out the defense we were supposed to be in according to the coaches directions. Sometimes I was instructed to get into press off made baskets or made free throws or play half court zone off made baskets and man off missed shots or whatever.At no point was it my responsibility to score. If the defense started to back off from me then I would take the shot, and it was always a good look because of this.My coach told me before the season started that he didn’t care if I score any points just run the team and I think that is the definition of a point guard. Make everyone else happy and let the game to you and you will still end up getting points buy they will come much easier for you and you will have the respect of all your teammates.