We all got worked up by Butler-Duke last night and may have missed some of the other news of the last 24 hours. Some notes:
— Elisha Justice’s coach spoke out and said Elisha was sticking with UL. Justice had been called by UK and the Cats were certainly interested, but Calipari could not promise a full four-year scholarship. While Justice would have likely been offered the chance to come to Kentucky and play with a one year scholarship and then a walk-on later, he decided to stay with his Louisville commitment and walk-on there. After speaking with Justice last week, I think it was all about style of play and the realization that he had a better chance getting on the floor in Pitino’s style than Calipari’s. That is probably correct. He seems like a great kid and I wish him well.
— John Calipari said today that he has “no interest” in the NBA this season. It came on the heels of questions about the Nets, and Calipari made the most definitive statement I have yet heard on the subject. The rumors will persist, but this should at least quiet them temporarily.
— Still no word from anyone on the decisions of the current UK players, but many national media fell for a fake Eric Bledsoe Twitter account that said he was heading for the Draft last night. Further proof that those in the national media (in this case Pat Forde) have lowered their standards in the blog/Twitter world as what they can go with…making them not much different than blogs.
— The Championship game got high ratings, drawing a 24% increase from last year and the highest since 1999. The reality is that Duke is responsible for that (although the Butler storyline does help as well). I was speaking with an ESPN producer last year and he told me that when it came to national college ratings, it went in this order:
2. UK/UNC (depending on who is good)
4. Everyone else
— Jason Hayward started what ended up being a great day for Haywards everywhere with a home run that got me out of my seat. That doesnt happen in baseball games for me ever. The Braves have a superstar and my new favorite player.
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— My heart goes out to all of those involved in the West Virginia mine situation. The images and scenes on television absolutely break my heart and I cant even imagine the difficulty for all those with family members who have passed or are missing. I hope they all find comfort in the best way possible.