With both Matt and Beisner being busy today, the rules of the website declare that the Afternoon Notes must fall to the redheaded step child. So without further ado, all the notes you wanted to know.
-Last summer it seemed as if every time you saw John Calipari, he was uttering his quote about traveling from Pikeville to Paducah. It became such a catchphrase that Coach even poked fun at it himself during some of his later media appearances. But his message of one commonwealth was clear, and he has been acting on it today. Pike county suffered some serious flooding recently, and Calipari has extended his influence to try and help. Through Twitter he pleaded for support from the Big Blue Nation, saying that ‘these are the times when the Big Blue Nation defines itself.’ He and Ellen donated $5,000 and they posted a link to the red cross donation page where you can help out too. If you’ve got a little extra money this summer, help a fellow Kentuckian out.
-I’m not shocking any of you when I say that Dana O’neil isn’t our favorite ESPN writer out there, I hope. But while she seems to have a thing for taking quotes anonymously, it can occasionally lead to some good work. Today Dana released an article where twenty coaches agreed to be interviewed about the dirty parts of college basketball – so long as their identities were kept secret. All together, it’s a fascinating piece as most of the coaches take the “Everyone is dirty except for me!” approach. Check it out in full, and see if you can pick out any Cal quotes. According to some pieces, he was on location for the Peach Jam.
-Staying in line with entertaining – if not oddball – coaches, Vanderbilt’s new HC Robbie Caldwell made a bit of a name for himself at the SEC Media days. He talked about going to Alabama for recruits – but more importantly for ribs, his new ‘no cussing’ rule (which should certainly help sell the program to recruits,) and how he thought that driving a tractor was the greatest job in the world. Which, now that I think about it, could actually be pretty true. Still, he is focused on improving upon the 2-10 record the Commodores posted last year, and as long as he still finds a way to lose to Kentucky, good on him.
-Coming up a little bit later, we will be releasing the quiz for two free passes to the HullabaLOU festival. The quiz is ten questions long, and each question will attempt to tie at least one of the performing artists to something in Kentucky history. And it’s written by me. In other words, it should be hilariously awful. But the prize is still pretty awesome. If you want to know more about the festival check it out here, and then come back for the quiz a bit later. Be the first person to tweet the correct answers to Matt and win both passes for yourself. See you soon.