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Changes Forced in the UK Legends vs Dominican Game

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Well you can’t have anything good in this world without a certain parent organization coming in and ruining the parade. The UK “Legends” Game vs the Dominican Republic will still take place but cannot have any association with the University. That we knew. But what we didnt know is that this means some things that were planned cannot take place:

1. There can be no television or radio coverage of the event.

2. Joe B Hall is not allowed to be the coach of the “UK team”

3. Calipari is not allowed to invite the school’s former players to the game in order to honor them.

4. The team cannot be called the “UK legends”, instead having to be referred to as a generic group brought together to play the Dominican Republic.

All the same players will be participating and the event will still be golden, but a certain governing body has once again ruined part of the fun. However for the record, I will still be calling the team the “UK Legends” and if they don’t like it, they can come and try to force Drew Franklin, Beisner and me to call it something else.

Article written by Matt Jones

181 Comments for Changes Forced in the UK Legends vs Dominican Game



  1. WKYDUDE
    3:57 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA can suck deez!!



  2. Big Blue Nation
    3:57 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Mark Hitler Emmert



  3. buck nasty
    3:58 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    F them



  4. Bababooey
    3:58 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    party poopers…take it to the Yum Center!! lol



  5. bababooey
    3:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    well a big F U to them!



  6. the ghose of Bill Hicks
    3:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Can Becca Manns coach the generic group brought together to play the Dominican Republic?



  7. BigBlue1976
    4:00 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, I can understand these restrictions except Joe Hall not being allowed to coach. Is he not a private citizen now, not employed by UK? If they are going to single out Hall, why allow Bowie to coach or even allow the players to play at all? This part makes no sense to me. Go figure, its the NCAA. Please try to find out some reasoning here.



  8. Evan
    4:01 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I say let Enes pull the old clipboard out of the closet & coach the stars.



  9. coleman
    4:01 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    no podcast posted yet?



  10. Harry Balzack
    4:01 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    this is America. How can they keep it off TV & Radio? They should move the whole venue to another location.



  11. NJ
    4:01 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ahh.. So is the NCAA also going to restrict fans from wearing or saying the the words UK? Oh and we’ll probably have to cover up every trace of blue in Rupp too?



  12. SweetTeaMob til I DIE
    4:02 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    That’s unreal! I can understand the “no radio or tv” part.. I guess. But we’re not supposed to call them the UK Legends? Joe can’t coach? We can’t honor past players? What a load. The NCAA is ricidulous.



  13. rodger3626
    4:02 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Screw them. The NCAA can not stop or prohibit spontaneous chants of “Go Big Blue”.



  14. Frank Abraham
    4:02 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Can they still call it “Basketball”?



  15. Blue_Reality
    4:02 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Call the team the Blue/White team



  16. OldManYellsatCloud
    4:03 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    How is this up to the NCAA? UK does not have anything to do with event. They should not have no bearing on tv or radio coverage, nor should they be allowed to say Joe B (a private citizen can’t coach), nor should they be able to control who does or doesn’t show up to Rupp Arena, when they’re private citizens. It amazes me that THIS is against the rules, yet the Longhorn Network is totally kosher.



  17. Joe
    4:05 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    OK, on these four, in order.

    1) Why? Who is the NCAA to say that non NCAA games can’t be on television or radio? That’s like the NCAA declaring that the NBA Finals can’t be on television.

    2) This makes even less sense. I can see if you want to keep any current Kentucky coaches out of the game. But really, what does Joe B. Hall have to do with anything? He’s not been an active coach in 25 years now. Did they also ban the ghost of Adolph Rupp from coaching?

    3) Fine. Maybe the former players just decide by unofficial group decision to attend the game.

    4) The invocation of the UK name being banned doesn’t surprise me. How about Big Blue Legends?



  18. BigBlue1976
    4:05 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you #16!



  19. CATS!!!
    4:06 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t believe that t-bag tipton had nothing to do with this— he is (in my mind) part of the ncaa



  20. Chris Ellis
    4:06 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I would rather chant “F**K Mark Emmert”



  21. Joe
    4:06 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Also, how have we not gotten Enes Kanter into this game?



  22. Perry Mason
    4:06 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    time to do a little investigative work and see how other univesities have done similar things but since they didnt contain KENTUCKY in them there wasnt a problem….



  23. VII
    4:07 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    10… Rupp isn’t on campus and the only affiliation is that UK Hoops is the primary tenant. They could move it to the YUM Center, but is there really any difference. I would like clarification on how they (the NCAA) can keep an International Exhibition game off TV if TV wants to cover it.

    And this thing with Joe B is absurd. Next thing is the NCAA will be investigating Joe B and Denny for having a radio show.

    The NCAA is corrupt and anything they don’t make money is against their rules.

    Cal should let World Wide Wes coach the team and Cal just sit behind the bench as a paying customer and offer Wes advice.



  24. Evan
    4:08 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #16’s the winner!



  25. Joey
    4:08 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    1. If it is indeed an event that is in no way associated with the university, how can the NCAA say whether it can or cannot be televised or broadcast over the radio? And if they did express an opinion, why would the promoters of the event care?
    2. If it is indeed an event that is in no way associated with the university and Joe B. Hall is an American individual with the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, why does the NCAA think they can tell Coach Hall how to spend that particular Monday night?
    3. If it is indeed an event that is in no way associated with the university, why can’t Cal invite whoever he wants? Why does the NCAA think they can tell all of those guys how to spend their Monday night?
    4.This one I can see, if it is indeed supposed to be an event in no way associated with the university. But, it’s still pretty picky in my opinion.



  26. BLUE 4 LIFE
    4:08 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    How can the NCAA say that Joe B can’t coach this team. How can they put any guidelines at all on this scrimmage? The University of Kentucky is NOT putting this game on, so I don’t see how this game has to follow any of their rules as long as UK isn’t involved.



  27. Frank Abraham
    4:10 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    This has Rick Pitinos sploodge all over it.



  28. ukforever
    4:10 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    They can do whatever they want to do, but the evil “organization” can not stop the fans from making it a “UK” event….They need to work on getting a band to play also…may the non-“UK” alumni band….lol…It’s gonna be a great event and it will be talked about for ages and probably will be the last event of its kind…but Cal will figure something else out..KABOOM!!



  29. OldManYellsatCloud
    4:11 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I say we do what we want to, just leave UK out of it completely. No mention of UK. Then, they’d have exactly squat in terms of jurisdiction. I can’t wait until enough teams man up and we get out of the NCAA.



  30. Old Man
    4:11 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t see how the NCAA has an authority to keep this off of tv. Maybe off of the Big Blue Network, but not off of some other local tv station.

    Secondly, Joe B Hall isn’t affiliated with UK anymore. If Cal an coach in this event, I don’t see why Hall couldn’t.



  31. Bundy
    4:12 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    If it’s not associated with the University, then the NCAA has no say what-so-ever about it being on tv or radio.
    They really are getting a little big for their britches.



  32. John
    4:12 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Time for Drew to go back to Indy



  33. flacat22
    4:12 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Is it then safe to assume that any potential recruits in attendance on an unofficial visit will not be allowed to be “hosted” by UK or have contact with coaches involved in the event?



  34. Joe
    4:13 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Here’s an interesting one… UNC played an alumni game between two teams of alumni players in 2009.

    http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090409abz.html

    George Karl, who has about as much to do with UNC as Joe B. Hall does with UK, was allowed to coach. The past year’s UNC team was honored. I’d love to learn more about this game.



  35. Elizabeth
    4:13 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I vote you stop calling them the “UK Legends” and go ahead and call them “That Generic Team Made Up of Former Players from the Univeristy of Kentucky Who Can’t Even be Coached by a Guy Who Isn’t Even Affiliated with the University of Kentucky Anymore Because the NCAA Has Completely Arbitrary and Ridiculous Rules.”

    Rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?



  36. roundrobin
    4:13 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    so what happens if everyone wears UK gear to the game?



  37. Shane
    4:14 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The only way I can see the NCAA getting involved is because Calipari is a college coach. Does the NCAA have that type of power that they can dictate who, what and where a non UK associated event can takes place? Maybe Coach Cal can arrange another game that he is not associated with then surely the NCAA cannot have any say so.



  38. Bigdaddy77
    4:14 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    But you can have a North Carolina Pro-am, so I vote we call em “Kentucky Legends” and call Joe B Hall one of the “Kentucky legends” as a legendary coach from Kentucky. We can’t help there arent any players from Louisville on there. Also we don’t even have high school kids playin like nc pro-am. But if they can call it nc pro-am and infer unc then we can have Kentucky legends and infer uk.



  39. Owen
    4:15 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah, wait, who is enforcing these rules and how/why do they have jurisdiction over any element of it?

    Calling BS on that.



  40. sugggestion
    4:15 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    the team names is ‘legU Kends’



  41. OldManYellsatCloud
    4:17 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Good find 34. That is the problem with the NCAA, right the crap there.



  42. Carlos Toomer
    4:17 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why can’t it be on TV or radio? I understand that it can’t be on the official UK network. But since it is just a friendly against 8 “random” pros for the Dominican National team, what say does the NCAA have?



  43. Lex07
    4:18 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    1. There can be no television or radio coverage of the event. That does not make sense. What does the NCAA have to do with a non-NCAA exhibition basketball game? None of the players are even in the NCAA.



  44. NBA
    4:21 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Based on these “rules”, shouldn’t every NBA game be a violation, since 99% of the NBA starters are introduced as “Joe Smith” from “____ University”? I don’t understand the difference, NBA player’s are announced as former University players playing at venues not owned by a University. What’s the difference?



  45. UKGoBigBlue
    4:21 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is total BS. As long as no current UK players are playing in the game, this isn’t a UK game, and all of this should fall outside the scope of the rules & regulations of the NCAA. Even if UK recruits make an unofficial visit, they are civilians. The fact the game can’t be on TV or radio is total & complete BS. Besides this game having X UK players playing in this game; whats the difference between this game, and an AAU game on ESPN? The X players aren’t playing the current UK players or UK recruits, so F the NCAA !! What if this was a street ball game, would the NCAA stop it !!

    We should do whatever we want and let the NCAA try coming after us; what are they going to do, put UK on probation for holding a game that doesn’t technically exist since this isn’t an officially UK affiliated game. This is just some guys that used to play for UK playing another team.



  46. BigBlue1976
    4:21 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hey NCAA, guess what? You can do nothing to stop the runaway train that is UK and the BBN! Throw your silly rules around and your illogical decisions all you wish. UK is still gonna win the big trophy (many more times) and there ain’t a damn thing you can do about that. Cal is still gonna get the best players every year and Big Blue is all you will hear about until your sick of it. I hope you have nightmares of UK every night. Go choke on a Big Blue you know what NCAA!!!!!!



  47. jwheats
    4:22 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    isnt espn televising texas recruit games??!!



  48. UKfansinLouisville
    4:23 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ohh… it’s ok for Ohio State to play in their bowl game with Terrelle Pryor et al, but noooooo…. UK can’t have a simple basketball game with former “UK” players… nor can they have a retired coach who has been out of the game for over 25 years participate.

    Seriously? Is the NCAA really this ignorant?? Can they get any more ridiculous??????



  49. Scratch
    4:23 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    EVERYONE MUST LOOK AT #34… Amazing….



  50. uk
    4:24 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    they should get enes to suit up for his first game at rupp, that would be special for him and the fans



  51. wizard
    4:25 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    put Joe in a mask, and call him “Fishing Joe from parts unknown”. and make the players that once lived in Lex. to draw a black mask around their eyes, call them E-B-sole, tra Bogans, Cous, witness, nars, the prince, double R, and the great wall. Works for waslin.



  52. John
    4:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hire an Adolph Rupp look-a-like to coach, put him in a brown suit.

    Joe B. Hall is a former player, just like the other guys. Increase the roster size to 9 and let Joe B. wear a warmup.



  53. Irwin R. Fletcher
    4:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Not that my reaction is different from anyone else, but THAT EFFING SUCKS! I will have just returned home from Ethiopia with a 20 month-old little boy… There’s no way I can make it. I was really, REALLY looking forward to watching this game.

    If anyone wants to burn Emmert in effigy outside of Rupp, feel free to blame in on Irwin R. Fletcher (6’8″ w/ the afro!).



  54. babydangy
    4:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    So what were the NCAA reasoning for each of these restrictions or did they not give any as usual?



  55. uk
    4:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    i agree #34 is good



  56. Voice of Reason
    4:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The UNC alumni game was for charity, oh, and the NCAA hates UK. BASTARDS!!!



  57. Voice of Reason
    4:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The UNC alumni game was for charity, oh, and the NCAA hates UK. BASTARDS!!!



  58. DoubleZeroMostel
    4:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    43, ELOY, JUST SAYIN.



  59. Expatkyfan
    4:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I want to see the bypass that this would supposedly violate. This is so ridiculous. NCAA sucks!!!!!



  60. bhamilton
    4:28 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    has anyone gotten their email from first in line club?

  61. “So I guess I’m not walking through that door, NCAA might not recognize me if I did show up… …but I can still jack threes from outside Rupp Arena, ya’know? … That kid from Duke, Singler, aint got nothing on my trick shots…” …”aight that’s 15 seconds man, one”!



  62. Expatkyfan
    4:29 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    That would be bylaw. Darn autocorrect



  63. knightynight
    4:29 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    this makes no sense! I’ve never been so angry, mostly becuase the Reds managers Dusty baker sucks dong and leave his pitchers in for too long but mostly becuase Mark Emmert is an old shit that must have huge hemmeroids and takes his frustrations/uncomfortability on everyone else.



  64. Cousins Fake Teeth
    4:29 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    What rule is it breaking if Hall coaches? The NCAA has no control over pro players and a coach that hasnt coached in 20 years.



  65. Major
    4:30 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    If the NCAA is forcing them to disassociate the team with UK, then why does it matter if Joe B., who has been retired for like 25 years, coaches them?



  66. The Office
    4:32 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN hasn’t reported it yet, can’t be true. Heard nothing of Forde



  67. Jessdogky
    4:32 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I really want to go punch Mark Emmert in the face right now.



  68. BigBlueLove
    4:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Please give us the ncaa email adress so we can send them the link to this UNC article. This is totally ridiculous!!



  69. BigBlue1976
    4:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why does my comment at #62 have “Your comment is awaiting moderation.” next to my name?



  70. badgercat
    4:36 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why was John Wooden able to coach a UCLA all-star squad against a Dean Smith coached UNC all-star game in the mid-80s? Wooden was retired and Smith was the coach of UNC at the time. CBS televised that game!!!



  71. Jeff
    4:36 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    So I guess this means Rupp Arena has to cover any/all mentions of the UK logo or the Univeristy of Kentucky…under these ridiculous “rules”



  72. Turkey
    4:37 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    KSR needs to be there to report the game and stream it live.



  73. Free Enes
    4:37 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    What specific NCAA rules does this break? I want article and sub section numbers! This is ridiculous. The NCAA clearly has nothing better to do than to completely over analyze everything. There is better things for you to be looking with football right around the corner.



  74. DHo
    4:38 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Will the former UK players have to change their names and numbers? Wear masks to hide their identities?
    Starting at Guard…….. John Doe
    Starting at Forward …….. John Smith
    Starting at Center……. Jamal Jamal.
    Starting at Guard…… The Masked Jump Shooter
    Starting at Guard ….. The NBA Player to Be Named Later

    Insanity.



  75. Tater Chip
    4:38 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    And Texas football gets their own channel. Fark the NCAA.



  76. uk
    4:39 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    and they say were not allowed to call them the UK legends

    SOMEONE LINK EMMERETTS EMAIL



  77. BigBlueLush
    4:40 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with # 72 – COME ON GUYS!

    The NCAA sucks donkey turds.



  78. John
    4:41 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA has no say so in this. F#$% them!!!



  79. Irwin R. Fletcher
    4:42 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink


  80. Computer Blue
    4:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m no lawyer, but I seriously doubt if challenged the NCAA has the legal right to place the restrictions on this event. Time for the government to break up their monopoly and put Emmert in the soup kitchen line.



  81. Mark Liptak
    4:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Did we expect anything less from clowns like Dennis Thomas?

    Meanwhile Oklahoma basketball admitted to the NCAA today that for the second time in five years they had to self report major violations of their program.

    The NCAA will probably let them off with a slap on the wrist…I mean, after all it’s not as important as alumni games and vactaed wins.

    Mark Liptak



  82. hmmm..
    4:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I am red with anger, that is the most complete asinine shit I have ever seen. They have overstepped there boundaries now, and I hope somebody in the national media takes this story, and beats the NCAA dictatorship over it giant head……



  83. Scratch
    4:48 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    WOW!!! #69 and #34

    Lets send these to the NCAA



  84. @notjimmydykes
    4:49 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    This is UK’s way of saying FU Jerry “the cancer” Tipton. Not giving him the chance to ruin things himself, and just letting the NCAA muck things up directly. http://www.twitter.com/notjimmydykes



  85. FattyMcButterpants
    4:50 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA can lick my sweet, buttery taint. NCAAssclowns.



  86. Joe
    4:51 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Or how about take II of the “we’re getting screwed” list:

    http://articles.latimes.com/1987-06-29/sports/sp-22_1_north-carolina

    While it was 1987, this one is interesting. Nice to see that Dean Smith and John Wooden coached in that one.



  87. kyeric
    4:52 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    How can the NCAA determine what can or can’t be broadcast? They have zero jurisdiction! Hey Cal…http://tinyurl.com/bg8qla!



  88. TreyDay
    4:53 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I understand everyone’s beef concerning the NCAA but Cal is more than likely the reason for all of these restrictions. I’m sure that there is a laundry list of restrictions and regulations for coaching national teams in the off season that don’t give them much leniency.

    That being said though, since this event has nothing to do with the University and even our country for that matter (Cal is coaching Dominican team) it doesn’t make much sense to me for the NCAA to have any involvement whatsoever. Also, I know that 1000 people have asked this, but is there a way to check the Dominican roster?



  89. SexnNursinHomes
    4:54 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Update: NCAA now looking for a seat at the United Nations.



  90. Old_Pogue_Bourbon
    4:55 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #56 if Calipari donates the proceeds to the Human Fund then the game is on.



  91. SexnNursinHomes
    4:55 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Another update: United States to be now called– The United States of NCAA-



  92. Joe B Hall
    4:55 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I can coach whoever the Fk I want to fkning Coach… NCAA, you can kiss my white A$$… I’ve been retired since before most of you jack$$es at the NCAA were born…I’m free to coach any damn team I like, how I like, get the Fk over it!!!



  93. BigBlue1976
    4:56 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you #82!!!



  94. Ben
    4:56 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The radio in Louisville said the NBA is responsible for these rules, This article infers that it is the NCAA. Does anyone have a clarification as to who made these demands? Matt or anyone?



  95. Manbearpig
    4:57 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    another story about the how stupid and non caring NCAA is http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/the_bonus/07/27/chic.kelly/index.html

    I swear when Hitler Emmert dies I’m peeing on his grave…who’s coming with me!



  96. Bundy
    4:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    70- WOW! How is that legal?

    NBA players with current staff members…

    ” All players present who have an Honored Jersey hanging in Assembly Hall will be introduced during the game as well.”

    I bet the NCAA hasn’t said a word.



  97. TugItErday
    4:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The UK Legends can always be called the Grey Wildcats haha. Even though half of them are 20



  98. NashvilleCat
    4:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Where is the podcast?



  99. BigBlue1976
    5:03 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, please, you can chime in anytime now!



  100. Michael
    5:03 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Just saw this where apparently UNC held a similar two games ago and the NCAA let them use the UNC uniforms. It’s not fair that we can not call ourselves UK, but UNC can wear their unis …..

    http://www.wildcatbluenation.com/2011/07/kentucky-wildcat-basketball-im-sorry.html



  101. ATB (Always True Blue)
    5:15 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Become the Kentucky Legends and let a high profile NBA coach come in and coach, also have a paid promotional service facilitate the game associated only with the Dominican affiliation exhibition game, and that promotional service can now give free tickets to anyone it would like. These guys are insane and just shot themselves in the foot again, how stupid really can the NCAA be.



  102. Han
    5:16 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I don’t see how the NCAA can restrict this. There’s no NCAA players involved on the “UK” squad. The NBA could have a say in their players if it existed right now. FIBA could have a say in the Dominican Exhibition game. But beyond that, officially speaking, everyone is working independently, and the NCAA certainly can’t restrict the television, I would think, since US National games are shown all the time.

    Is Joe B out because of his radio show connection?



  103. Cats R Back
    5:17 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    SO, Illinois can do all of this?? We can’t even say the guys playing out there played at UK…ok

    All former members of the Fighting Illini basketball program have been invited back to campus for the reunion weekend. A number of Illini greats have already committed to play in the game and the list of commitments grows daily. Some of the former players scheduled to participate include Deron Williams, Dee Brown, Luther Head, Kendall Gill, Brian Cook, Kiwane Garris, Frank Williams, Demetri McCamey, Cory Bradford, Kevin Turner, Jerry Hester, Robert Archibald, Sergio McClain, Brian Randle, Damir Krupalija, Trent Meacham, Mike Davis, Jarrod Gee, Lucas Johnson, Mike Tisdale, Chris Gandy, Jack Ingram, Marcus Griffin, Calvin Brock and Arias Davis, as well as former players and current UI basketball staff members Jerrance Howard, Sean Harrington and Chester Frazier.

    At halftime of the alumni game, the University of Illinois will honor its back-to-back Big Ten championship teams from the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons. A highlight video will play from the videoboard, a group photo will be taken, and players from those squads will address the crowd. All players present who have an Honored Jersey hanging in Assembly Hall will be introduced during the game as well.



  104. Kyle
    5:18 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I think the UNC and Illinois games were different. Those were UNC vs. UNC and Illinois vs. Illinois games (like the 96 vs. 98 UK game). This is UK vs. a total different team. I think that is what the deal is. And I think it is only complicated that the UK coach is coaching the “other team” and that a current UK student-athlete is also playing for the “other” team.



  105. BK
    5:19 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    How much are tickets? Ticketmaster says they range from $15-$1200! Is that correct?



  106. Joe
    5:25 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    105, what about the UNC vs. UCLA game I mentioned (see 87)?



  107. just saying
    5:25 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    sadly guys you cant compare what UNC and Illinois did, to this game. This is NOT a UK allumni game featuring two teams of UK greats, but is playing an international team. Where UK messed up is by calling the game the UK Legends. It then attaches the University to a international/NBA exhibition event. I cant see however, how they can keep it off TV. As far as Joe B Hall, each player should put up a dollar and “Hire” him as their coach.



  108. bb88888888
    5:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    They could call themselves the “Washington Generals” and mop the floor with the Dominican team. A reverse Globetrotter pasting, if you will.



  109. slappy
    5:29 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Stupid of the NCAA to do this, but if UK knew that this was part of the deal all along, why did they market it this way? If you know Joe B isn’t going to coach, why tell everybody Joe B’s going to coach? If you know you can’t introduce all the other players, why tell everybody all the other players are being invited and introduced? Seems dumb to me.



  110. just saying
    5:29 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    107. there again, its a NCAA vs NCAA. This game is NBA players vesus the Dominican Republic. UK can not be associated with pros vs pros. sadly there is a difference



  111. Joe
    5:31 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    108, I understand the “UK” Legends being verboten. But none of the rest of this makes the slightest bit of sense. If it ISN’T a University team (and it isn’t, because it isn’t allowed to be), then how can the TV deal be restricted? Why is Joe B. Hall restricted?



  112. UKHistory
    5:31 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    105–The UNC and Illinois games are differnt. They are not UK. It is a team composed of former UK players (not unlike the squad of former UofL and UK players Denny Crum assembled in 1987 to take on the Pam Am Team)playing a foreign national team.

    The NCAA should only be concerned with Eloy. Everyone else are former players.



  113. blink 82
    5:32 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA told me and the rest of the boy’s that we could not play concerts in college towns. Not even a Junior college town. Total bs man. Some of the stuff is stupid but I guess I could understand. The one thing I don’t understand is how do they tell a non uk event that it cant be on tv? Total BS. They will be taking away our guns and guitars next!



  114. Joe
    5:32 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    111, No it isn’t. Michael Jordan was an NBA player in 1987. It was pros vs. pros, at least in part.



  115. UKHistory
    5:33 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    105–The UNC and Illinois games are differnt. They are not UK. It is a team composed of former UK players (not unlike the squad of former UofL and UK players Denny Crum assembled in 1987 to take on the Pam Am Team)playing a foreign national team.

    The NCAA should only be concerned with Eloy. Everyone else are former players. I can’t see how the NCAA has any jurisdiction in this matter.



  116. Colt
    5:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA will soon become irrelevant if it continues down this path. A competitor will rise up and take its place.



  117. Ryano
    5:36 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Let Joe B invite the players not Cal. Then call them The bluegrass cats.



  118. Bluebronco73
    5:37 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    So it’s perfectly fine for Coach K to coach the US National team on tv with Carlos Boozer? And it was ok when Calipari was one of the assistants on that staff but it’s not ok now that he’s at UK? Ridiculous…



  119. tim
    5:42 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve emailed “Memmert.” If anyone else does, please don’t call him names, just “Memmert.”

    Please oh please, get World Wide Wes as the coach. Maybe Lebron as the other coach….



  120. coyotevomit
    5:43 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t there a flag football charity event of past auburn and Alabama football players to benefit the tornado? How is that legal by NCAA standards?



  121. ukwildcatwildfan
    5:43 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    So there is no radio or TV, but can there be… LIVE BLOG?!



  122. ukwildcatwildfan
    5:43 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    So there is no radio or TV, but can there be… LIVE BLOG?!



  123. Jones Returns
    5:44 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    This has got to be some sort of F*ng joke…are you serious?



  124. NashBlue
    5:44 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA = “fun suckers”



  125. truBLU
    5:49 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #27 thats what she (Sypher) said



  126. ????
    5:54 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Is this why they never sent out the email for the presale today?



  127. Uneeda Flogging
    5:56 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    When the NCAA gave Cal permission to coach the Dominican National team, did they explain the conditions under which he could have practice games?
    Maybe the NCAA would let Bobby Knight coach the Former University of Kentucky Students (F.U.K.S.) team if the organizers would let him give his famous “Kentucky Players Don’t Go To Class and I Love Jimmy Tressel” speach at center court during half time.



  128. iWantToGrowUpToBeTheDrewFranklin
    5:58 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    No worries, I’m available to coach if need be



  129. BigBlue1976
    6:02 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    .



  130. Wesner77
    6:03 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    What if the “Pros” team added D. Rose? Now, it isn’t all UK players. Also, as I read the thread it looks like the way #2 was written was that Joe B can’t coach the UK team. But, if it isn’t the UK team… Can he now coach them?



  131. Mark Emmert
    6:19 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Hai guise, wats goin on?



  132. BravoBigBlue
    6:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Withdraw from the ncaa now. Lead the pack. They are totally worthless. I hate them more than that Steelers player hates Roger Goodell.



  133. BlueBloodToo
    6:28 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Ok guys… here you go. This is copied from the NCAA website. It is their own stated goal… their whole reason for being.
    “THE NCAA’s CORE PURPOSE IS TO govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.”

    equitable?

    How about these?
    http://tarheelblue.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/090409abz.html
    http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=rivals-1231001



  134. JoeBHallfanclub
    6:28 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    July 28th, 2011 at 4:26 pm
    Hire an Adolph Rupp look-a-like to coach, put him in a brown suit.

    Joe B. Hall is a former player, just like the other guys. Increase the roster size to 9 and let Joe B. wear a warmup.



  135. just saying
    6:28 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    it was simply over-marketed. Calipari marketed this game as the UK Legends, with a UK coach (Hall), and a former UK great as assistant (Bowie), and inviting UK former players to be honored, but then stated it was a non-UK event. The NCAA was virtually asked to step in



  136. Section 133
    6:28 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    This may not be the NCAA. Sounds more like an NBA situation arising because of the lockout.



  137. Mike
    6:32 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #137 – Why would the NBA not allow Joe B to coach? Why would the NBA allow the game to be played but no TV or radio?



  138. Dekerichard
    6:33 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    bottom line is the NC2A aint gettin no money on this



  139. DustinUK
    6:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    If Roy Williams or Coach K came up with this event the NCAA would be asking how they can help. The NCAA really needs to go, bring on super conferences.



  140. Mike
    6:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    #136 – Over marketed? They ARE former UK players, how else would you market it?

    The ncaa has a bias against UK. Anyone that says otherwise is a fool.



  141. Boyd Baker
    6:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA is a complete joke. They’re like a bratty little kid who cries when no one pays attention to him.



  142. Mark Liptak
    6:54 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I’m not the smartest guy in the world by far but I think I can see what’s going on here from an overall standpoint (and I suspect a number of other fans can as well…)

    Allow me to explain.

    There is no coach today who can promote and market a team or situation like Cal. He is always two steps ahead of others in matters like this (and that includes the myopic thinkers at the NCAA)

    Because of this fact the NCAA is deathly afraid of Cal and what he might come up with.

    Regardless of the situation, regardless of how trivial an issue, regardless of how inconsistent and petty it makes the NCAA look; the first response to anything Cal and UK want to do (even unofficially or through the proxy of someone else) is going to be, “no.”

    Because they know if they give him an inch he’s going to find a way to take a mile and a half and then they are going to be in a catch-up mode.

    The track record is becoming pretty apparent on this matter, the last year there’s been three “issues” now involving UK and the NCAA alone and we’ve seen how everyone turned out didn’t we? Against UK.
    It could have been four but the Birmingham school board in essence told the NCAA to take a hike regarding Eric Bledsoe.

    Ultimately I can only see this situation (and the LHL has already written a story on how UK and the NCAA are apparently not getting along…) ending in one of two ways.

    A. Calipari says “enough” and resigns and retires or goes to the NBA because he’s tired of fighting these stooges.

    B. Someone in authority at UK… the president, the board of trustees, the AD (because this goes far higher than just a head coach) contacts the NCAA gives them the names of their attorneys and says “see you in court” much like Jerry Tarkanian did twice. (He won his first case and the NCAA settled with him out of court in the second.)The comments from Dr. Todd and Mitch were pretty strident after the Kanter decision for example this could be the way the situation is going to wind up.

    Mark Liptak



  143. big tim
    6:56 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    matt time to take a trip back to the ncaa and get some answer



  144. Japrick
    7:03 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why is it that a past UK coach can’t participate, but the current UK coach can?



  145. JOscarJr
    7:04 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    FREE JOE B. That is all.



  146. Billy Jeen
    7:08 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Fight the power, Crazy this is so crazy. Case closed they are out to get us for sure. FIGHT THE POWER…



  147. BlueBloodToo
    7:11 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Nice story (http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/writers/the_bonus/07/27/chic.kelly/index.html )… Wonder why Cal hasn’t adopted this cause and made the NCAA look even more STOOOOOOOOPID?



  148. The Realist
    7:17 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    From #34’s Link

    “In my opinion, there’s no place in the country that could’ve done what we just did,” Williams said. “It was just a wonderful atmosphere to be able to honor Coach Smith like that, Coach Guthridge, Michael. It was a wonderful, wonderful night and I was very fortunate to be a part of it.”

    Yes there is… The NCAA just won’t allow it.



  149. Nan Dee
    7:19 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Isn’t there some way we can sue them for these outrageous restrictions? Seriously, this has jack to do with UK or the NCAA but they can say it can’t be on tv? Joe Hall can’t coach? What the heck?! I REALLY do not see the logic in that. Someone needs to remind the NCAA they don’t rule the world.



  150. OZ
    7:26 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Why not have a game between two teams of former UK players while the “UK Legends” are town for the Dominican Republic game at a different time. Designate that the full proceeds will go to a particular charity. Advertise how much the television and radio coverage and ticket sales will contribute that charity. Then we can put it directly on the NCAA, if they try to stop it, how much they are costing a certain group of people in desperate need. Then it will be clear that what the NCAA Board is promoting is nothing more than their own collective ego and power.



  151. MadMax
    7:35 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Set it up so all profits go to a very public charity. Advertise it heavily, then see if the NCAA has the balls to yank charity proceeds from Children’s Cancer Fund, St. Judes Hospital etc.



  152. Enes
    7:59 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    What is the pre-sale password??????



  153. Satan
    8:19 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA touches children in bad places



  154. TVANS
    8:27 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    They should be called the Commonwealth Legends and Kanter should be there no doubt!



  155. Lucaine
    8:38 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    WTF



  156. bung
    8:43 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Can the nc2a stop me from smoking when I listen to UK?



  157. rixter719
    9:13 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Here’s the other thing that nobody mentioned. NO UK fans will be allowed to attend the game, else it’s a violation. There will be a background check run on every patron trying to enter the game, and if you’ve ever rooted for Kentucky, ever….. no admittance.



  158. Mt. Washington Mike
    9:23 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I am going to put out a guess on the password……. Kaboom!



  159. Cat's Balls
    9:24 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    When analyzing most forms of illogical or arbitrary behavior the first question to ask is “where’s the money?”. My assumption is that the NCAA won’t allow a radio/TV broadcast because the broadcaster(s) would have to pay someone for the broadcast rights. Who would they pay? The University of Kentucky? Not if U.K. has no affiliation with the game. Who gets the ticket revenue? I’m shocked that the NCAA allowed the game at all.



  160. Mutt1970
    9:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Um, ok….can’t call them UK Legend or anything doing with “University of Kentucky”. How about calling them the Colonels for a night?



  161. Teague2Davis
    10:08 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    If I was in a room with Hitler, Bin Laden, and Mark Emmert and had a gun with only two bullets, I’d shoot Emmert twice



  162. Grandfather Time
    10:11 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Name them the Legends of Kentucky



  163. Grandfather Time
    10:12 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I like the Legends of Kentucky



  164. BigBlue1976
    11:18 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    ..



  165. BigBlue1976
    11:21 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    In case anybody wonders why I type periods, half the comments wont show up until I comment. I had nothing to say at the time so I type a period and presto, the comments appear!



  166. BigBlue1976
    11:43 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Just to let anyone know, I typed periods to make the rest of the comments show up because for some reason, a chunk of the comments wont show up until I comment something.



  167. BigBlue1976
    11:45 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    Oh now my comment in 167 shows up. This is crazy! Why does this happen Matt?



  168. Ds1203
    11:46 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    I signed up for the first in line program. How will I order pre-sale tix? Thanks!



  169. uklaw95
    11:49 pm July 28, 2011 Permalink

    They should get Pitino to coach the NBAers….then he might have a chance at one last win at Rupp!



  170. uklaw95
    12:02 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    As I have no idea why Hall can’t coach (other than the fact that he hosts a radio show), I will suggest that Pat Riley or Dan Issel coach.



  171. oceanroyale
    12:34 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Play the game in freedom hall with uk floor….



  172. Capo
    1:10 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Here is Mark Emmert’s e-mail address at the NCAA: [email protected]. Everyone on here should flood his e-mail inbox with our outrage about this latest NCAA idiocy.



  173. WildcatRX7
    8:54 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    #160 – Give the money to charity or pay the Dominican Basketball association.



  174. uklaw95
    9:54 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    ..



  175. email mark emmert
    11:08 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    [email protected] email the bastard right now



  176. mark emmert
    11:10 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    [email protected] email mark emmert right now



  177. Tokyo Satchel
    11:23 am July 29, 2011 Permalink

    If the game is not affiliated with the University, then how does the NCAA have any authority to deny TV coverage?



  178. stevie
    1:22 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA pushes UK around because UK makes it easy for them to do so. Whenever the NCAA speaks UK cowers in fear. This is easily the most timid program in the nation.
    Any sane program would demand that the NCAA specify which particular rule(s) they are violating, and they must show that it is in the rule book.
    UK is quickly becoming a joke–a laughingstock. I, as a lifelong fan, have lost considerable respect for them.
    The name Kentucky (or UK) is now synonymous with cowardice.



  179. Fed up
    2:05 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Can we just start gathering up our torches and pitch forks yet? I’m ready for the Big Blue Nation to pay the NCAA a visit.



  180. Sattyball5
    2:38 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    How about we use the name:
    EntuckyKay IldcatsWay ThleticsAy ReatsGay… More names, make a mockery of this outlandish ruling!