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Coolio’s Monday News And Views


Happy birthday to the man with the hair I’ve always wanted.  Coolio (or Artis Leon Ivey Jr as his friends call him,) turns 48 today, which officially makes him one of the oldest guys that’s predominantly known for being a gangster without a pinstripe suit.  Admittedly, most of his fame was just a little before my time as most of his cultural relevance to me comes from Gangsters Paradise and his role in Hit ’em High – the best pre-game anthem this side of R Kelly’s World’s Greatest.   Still, Coolio has managed to keep his presence known through charity works and appearances on Celebrity Big Brother and The Surreal Life.  And then, of course, there was that whole crack cocaine possession a few years back.  All that’s left for Coolio, in my book, is to make a guest appearance on a USA comedy.  I’m thinking Psych, but that might just be because I’m a big fan of Dule Hill.

Anyways, on to the news and views.  Most of the dust from late last week has settled, but for those of you who missed out, blue skiddo and we go too:

— The big story from the weekend was the mysterious handling of the Joe B Hall situation.  If you haven’t read it yet, Matt had a thorough break down of the NCAA’s response which you can check out here.  But in a nutshell, it looks like the decision to make the changes we saw on Thursday (Hall being removed from the game, UK Legends not being called the UK Legends, no former player recognition) may have come from the University and not the NCAA.  However it was primarily a preemptive move from UK after the NCAA stressed the rule that there be no school affiliation with an event that pays former players.  In order to be extra cautious, UK may have made the decision to bench Hall as well.  We’re still not certain, and for all we know the details may still come out.  However, after Calipari placed Hall on the Dominican Republic staff it looks as though he once again is able to coach the exhibition team, so there’s not much reason to worry anymore.

— The fallout from the story has gone in pretty much three ways.  Some point to UK, blaming them for not clearing up the situation earlier and seemingly leaving Joe B Hall (and the media) in the dark.  Some (including the NCAA) point to the media for ‘irresponsible reporting,’ when they assumed it was a decision drafted by the NCAA and not UK, stirring up another anti-NCAA hate machine.  Some point to the NCAA for refusing to answer reporters questions about the situation, instead letting the hate machine fester until Saturday when they could call reporters out for jumping to conclusions.  Either way, there is likely blame to share for all parties. But in the end it really doesn’t matter as the situation seems to be resolved, the NCAA is free to try and pass the blame created by their silly rules, we are free to irrationally hate the NCAA, and Joe B Hall is free to do what he damn well pleases.

— On to things that might actually matter, Darius Miller made the second to final cut for the USA’s World University Team. This certainly doesn’t come as much of a surprise as Darius has international experience (with the U-19 team a few years back,) and would be a huge help to any World University Team.  He will still have to make it past one more round of cuts but the smart money is on the Senior wildcat.  The extra game time experience would certainly help Darius as he goes into his last year in blue, but it really just feels like this is a sign of things to come for him.  I have a feeling it’s going to be a very special year for the Maysville native and representing the USA won’t be the highlight of it.

— Over the weekend we saw a little update in the 2012 recruiting efforts.  On Saturday, Jeff Goodman reported that Perry Ellis has decided to make five official visits, one of which would be to UK. It seems only fair after Calipari spent so much time visiting him this summer.  It will be Perry’s second trip to UK (the first was an unofficial visit last year,) and will be one of five visits, with the others being Kansas, Kansas State, Memphis and Duke.

— Meanwhile, resident fan favorite BTI chatted with Evan Daniels yesterday and confirmed that of the recruits out there, Archie Goodwin is priority number one for the UK staff.  That’s not to say Shabazz Muhammad isn’t priority 1a, but Archie has been getting a lot of attention from the coaches in blue as of late and for good reason.  There may be a little competition from the home school in Arkansas though.  While you generally never want to count out the home state school, you moreso never want to count out Calipari.  Plus with John Pelphry gone, can you think of a single good thing Arkansas has to offer?  Me neither.

— There’s not a lot of new news to offer from the Kentucky Football program yet, but I can say the fan opinion of the program seems to be shifting.  Earlier in the summer there was a general malaise about next season, fueled by the uncertainty of key players and the lackluster bowl game.  However a few weeks ago, particularly around the unveiling of the new uniforms, football interest has picked up in the Bluegrass state.  There is still a lot of uncertainty headed into the season, but the coaches seem optimistic and that attitude has carried over to the fan base.  I am now officially excited to watch Morgan Newton grow this season, to see Danny Trevathan make his name known nationally, and to try and figure out the intricacies of the Nuclear Minter offense.  #RISE

— Don’t forget, if you were not one of the lucky few that got tickets for the UK Legends game on Friday, your last chance will be today. And it will likely only be for about 20 minutes today.  Tickets go on sale at 10 o’clock through ticketmaster and will likely be gone faster than Calipari can tweet #OrangeLeaf.  The allotment for today will be a little larger than on Friday, but the demand has likely increased as well.  The event is a must see for any UK basketball fan – don’t let it pass you by.

More all day as we delve into the blatant disregard for NCAA rules shown by Coach K and Duke, Part 2 of Tyler Thompson’s adventure in Commonwealth and Matt Jones on the radio.  Stay golden, Coolio.

Article written by Will Lentz

30 Comments for Coolio’s Monday News And Views

  1. mocha
    1:13 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Coolio is the man.

  2. CrunkieBrewster
    1:31 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I have AIDS. Not HIV, but full blown AIDS.

  3. CrunkieBrewster
    1:33 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I got AIDS on a not so fantastic voyage.

  4. UKGoBigBlue
    2:31 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    The situation seems to be resolved? Why is the game not going to be on TV? Has that been resolved?

  5. Ron
    6:05 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    This whole thing stinks. I was all hyped up when I found out that the former players were coming back for a game, and then when I found out they had to be paid to come back, I could care less. I can see the NCAA taking a stance since money to players is involved. It’s definitely lost it’s luster with me. No wonder some came back that hadn’t been around in years. Money talks.

  6. Ron
    6:06 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Sorry, wrong thread

  7. Michael
    6:38 am August 1, 2011 Permalink


    Rick Minter is a defensive co-ordinator, not a Rick Minter offense.

    You’re welcome

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    6:56 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I’m just suprised that Coolio still has money left.

  9. The Realist
    7:38 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    #5 – This isn’t a UK tribute, fund raiser or even team rah rah picnic. It is something to benefit another country’s national team. Why would you be surprised they got paid? Do you think ex-UKers should be supporting the Dominican Republic for free? The only reason it is at UK is Cal knows UK fans will turn out…. and pay.

  10. Dabu
    8:02 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Yeah what 5 said

  11. The Rev.
    8:24 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    SexnNursinHomes – He doesn’t have money left. I saw him at a tiny club 2 weekends ago outside of Charlotte, NC. Not even in Charlotte – outside. I’ve never had such an easy time getting front row at a concert. He is definitely out of money.

  12. Coolio
    8:32 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    “which officially makes him one of the oldest guys that’s predominantly known for being a gangster without a pinstripe suit”

    What am I wearing in yo picture, dude?

  13. arlie
    8:55 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Pratt for AD. And of course the Legends should get paid by the promoters (as well as their coaches which I hope are Joe and Sam) and have Ins. provided against injury. Sort of like the old Senior tours, and they got paid.

  14. Goode
    9:11 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 5 too. Cant believe they are getting paid. Legends my arse! Give me some players who want to come back to just hear the “roar of rupp” and visit with 23,000 of their closest friends. If it is no big deal they are getting paid, then why didnt we know about this 2 weeks ago? And why wouldnt we pay Harrelson, Liggins, Knight, ect. to come back and help the DR team since they did just bring us home a final four? I know, because it is about the money and not bringing back “Legends”.

    If we could honor past players, would we have given them $100 hand shakes as they walked out onto the floor….because noone should come back to their old school unless they are getting paid!

    La familia = la load of crap!

  15. SexnNursinHomes
    9:19 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    11- hahaha-hilarious! but so true- most 50 yr old rappers are flat broke.

  16. roxane
    9:33 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Ticketmaster is currently showing only two ticket price levels available: $15 and $1200. Does this mean the lower level seats and VIP seats are sold out?

  17. KY Gal
    9:33 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Nice random Blue’s Clues reference!

  18. dmop
    9:40 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Samaki Walker arrested for eating marijuana and possesion of roids…Playing in Syria..hahahahahaha

  19. KY
    9:41 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    16 – Sold out Friday

  20. KY
    9:43 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    14 – Why can’t players get paid to come back?

  21. Jax Teller
    9:51 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    True story, I saw Coolio when I was in school at UK. I think it was 2001, we went to Aspen with the Ski/Snowboard Club and Coolio put on a performance out there for everyone. Hung out with him after the show and then the next day saw him trying to snowboard. It was quite possibly one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen.

    Slide, slide, slippity slide.

  22. bung
    9:51 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    It aint like this a class reunion. This is a profit driven event and we should be thankful it was done with UK players so we could see them again.

  23. Goode
    9:56 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    20 & 22 – but this event was not marketed as being a profit driven event. It was sold to us as “former players coming back on campus” not “formers players being paid to come back on campus”.

    Just funny how it was made out to be some “reunion” of UK players, when really it is the UK Globetrotters coming into town. Hopefully we can pay Enes, Patterson or Hayes enough next year so we can see them play!

  24. GummyBear
    10:20 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    14… Get over yourself. These players have given of their selves to the University, who cares if they are getting something to play. Who’s to say that they still wouldn’t have played for free or for a charity event.

  25. Jones Returns
    10:33 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    20…because it opens up the door for coaches to tell players, “well i can’t pay you while you’re here, but i promise as soon as you graduate i’ll pay you…”. It seems silly on the surface, but if you allow this, then you’re still allowing coaches to promise benefits to a play (just won’t recieve them immediately). I realize NBA players don’t need the money, but a school like Murray State could promise a prospect thousands of dollars upon graduation (if he doesn’t go pro) and that of course would be illegal.

  26. jaygee85
    10:46 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    16 and 20 – i think VIP sold out friday, but lower level tickets were available today, i just grabbed 2 tickets together, and went back to get some for my parents and could only get lower levels in singles, and that was at 10:30, i think they sold 10K tickets friday and the rest today

  27. jaygee85
    10:47 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    make that 16 and 19, lol my bad

  28. Carl
    10:54 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Effing card validation got me again. I don’t know if it’s the smart phone app or crappy service from my credit card company.

  29. Jones Returns
    12:16 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    “I’m 23 never will I live to see 24 the way things is going I dont know”…looks like it all worked out Mr. Coolio.

  30. Wildcat Johnny
    2:08 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    #23 you are a whiny ass crybaby! Do you think that UK athletics isn’t profit driven? Do you really believe the aim of the majority of UK basketball players is to get an education? If you don’t like this game because the former players are getting paid, go jump off a cliff.