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Dave Brubeck’s Thursday News & Views

“Who is Dave Brubeck?”

Odds are most of you asked that question when you saw this post. Brubeck was one of the world’s most famous jazz musicians, who revolutionized the genre with his exotic and challenging rhythms. A composer and pianist, Brubeck was most famous for his “Take 5” recording, which you can listen to below:

Brubeck passed away on Wednesday one day shy of his 92nd birthday. I’m not a jazz aficionado, but in today’s world of synth and auto-tune, I can certainly appreciate true musical talent, and Brubeck had it. Keep tappin’ those ivory keys up there for us, Dave. Say hi to Bill Keightly while you’re at it.

News and Views?

— It was a rather slow day in the UK news world, as we recapped the Cats’ Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde win over Samford. While they got the win, it was clear that the Cats still have a long ways to go, especially with conditioning. Not for long. “Camp Cal” starts at 7 a.m. Thursday morning, and instead of making lanyards or nature journals, the players will run, lift, and generally be Rock Oliver’s b—- for thirty minutes. Cal said that by the end of it (three weeks), the Cats will be the most in-shape team in the country. “Strap ‘em up, boys.”

— Hopefully the Cats can form a bond and maybe even establish a leader during Camp Cal. After the Samford game, Willie Cauley-Stein acknowledged the team’s struggles, citing the players’ pressure to live up to last year’s squad and current insecurities. Willie confirmed that our eyes haven’t been deceiving us: they guys aren’t having any fun out there. He referenced past Kentucky teams and how all had smiles on their faces during games, “got hyped” after dunks, and seemed to play as one unit. This team? Not so much. Although they haven’t established team chemistry yet, Samford coach Bennie Seltzer’s comments that they were the worst Kentucky team he’s seen still stung:

“It’s like a slap in the face, because we’re putting in work. People don’t think we’re putting in the work, but we are putting in the work. We are going to battle every day in practice. We’ve just got to come together as a team and figure out as a team. Our coaches can’t help us anymore. They’ve taught us everything we need to know. Now we’ve got to take it in our own hands and (carry) it over (to) the court.”

I just hope that one day in March or April, there’s a cheesy CBS segment that references this as the turning point for this squad.

— It hasn’t been a great week for the Cats when it comes to accolades, but one Cat did make CBS Sports’ “Freshman of the Year” watch: Archie Goodwin, who came in at #3.

It wasn’t a great week for Goodwin or Kentucky; the Wildcats dropped back-to-back games. Goodwin averaged 10 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the two games — but his shot was off in both games and he struggled to take care of the ball against Baylor. It remains to be seen if Ryan Harrow will move Goodwin off the ball, where he’s more comfortable.

— If you’ve been waiting to pop the bubbly for the DJ Eliot announcement, keep it on ice just a little longer. Both Bud Dupree and Jimbo Fisher spread the news that Eliot was joining Stoops’ staff as defensive coordinator on Wednesday, but the earliest the University can announce it is Thursday.

— Speaking of, this celebratory box of Burke’s doughnuts I got for Neal Brown is getting stale. The rumors from earlier this week calling Brown joining the staff a “done deal” were obviously false, as the Danville Bardstown Kentucky native now seems to be entertaining other options. Brown will interview with Southern Miss for their head coaching job later this week and is also being considered by UTEP for its head coaching vacancy. We’ll leave the light on for ya…

— One thing we know for certain in that Rock Oliver isn’t going anywhere. Tony Neely told CatsIllustrated on Wednesday that Rock will remain with the University, but that the sports he will work with have yet to be determined. No, that doesn’t mean that you’re getting out of Camp Cal, Sam Malone.

— Andrew Wiggins spent Wednesday in Tallahassee on his official visit at Florida State. The night before, it looks as thought he was entertained by some Florida State coeds, one who tweeted Wiggins “If my girls and I didn’t convince you to come to FSU last night I don’t know what would!” Umm…an undefeated season, a National Championship, and being the #1 pick in the NBA draft? Oh, and Keeneland.

— Our pals up I-64 had anything but a slow day. The Charlie Strong saga may have come to an end on Wednesday, with Strong reportedly turning down Tennessee to stay with the Cards. Strong’s decision came at the end of a long day of speculation, which included Tennessee AD Dave Hart flying to Louisville, Strong appearing briefly at a players meeting with reporters outside, and a rumored press conference about his future on Thursday morning.

Wednesday night, it became clear that Strong thought about Tennessee’s offer Wednesday evening and decided to turn it down. The Vols reportedly offered him a ridiculous sum of money, but Strong felt his connection to Louisville (and his lucrative new contract) were too much to walk away from. The contract, which will be finalized as early as Thursday morning, will make Charlie one of the highest paid coaches in the ACC and keep him at Louisville for years to come (or a more attractive suitor comes along).

— The bright side of all this is just how desperate Tennessee has become. How long before they go after Petrino?

— Finally, during the Samford live blog, I shared my favorite, albeit embarrassing, Christmas song with you guys (live blog secret!). Well, it now has some competition with this version of “All I Want for Christmas is You” by Mariah Carey, The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and some cute kids:

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

45 Comments for Dave Brubeck’s Thursday News & Views



  1. TheProfessor
    11:02 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops D was below average against the top competition…mark it down…he will be fired within 4 years…shouldve gone with petrino



  2. Punter U
    11:03 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Also, #TurnedDownTennessee is trending… just saying.



  3. UK Freshmen
    11:04 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations Card Nation. Who is this ginger Stoops feller?



  4. Roland
    11:07 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    RIP Dave Rrueck.



  5. Crush little red
    11:14 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    If Petrino is all that, why hasn’t ANYONE else hired him? Maybe, just maybe, character matters. If not mistaken, auburn PI’s found more dirt on him. Fact is, no one reading this site is in a position to judge the applicants for HC position. The guy might be a helluva coach, but other folks have to work with him and be able to get along (e.g. Billy G)



  6. dave
    11:35 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    1-stoops’ D avg 17.5 ppg in 9 ACC games + UF this year
    stoops’ D avg 16.9 ppg in 8 ACC + OU + UF + ND last year
    stoops D avg 21.6 ppg in 9 ACC games + UF + USC + OU in ’10



  7. katzrjamers
    11:40 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Thank you Mrs. Tyler Thompson for recognizing the passing of Mr. Brueck. I doubt there is any other sports blog that would do that. If I may, I wish to add a little footnote from Wikipedia:

    > David Warren “Dave” Brubeck (December 6, 1920 — December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered to be one of the foremost exponents of progressive jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including “In Your Own Sweet Way” and “The Duke”. Brubeck’s style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother’s attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

    His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s best remembered piece, “Take Five”,which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording “Pick Up Sticks” in 6/4, “Unsquare Dance” in 7/4, “World’s Fair” in 13/4, and “Blue Rondo à la Turk” in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated mini-series This Is America, Charlie Brown.<

    RIP Mr Dave Bruebeck, I have enjoyed your art for more than 50 years, I mourn your passing.



  8. Trim'T Up
    11:48 pm December 5, 2012 Permalink

    Line Beards get ready for tuition increases…. Just sayin..



  9. UK Freshmen
    12:01 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    what is a naked woman and what am I suppossed to do with her?



  10. SoCal Will
    12:14 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sonny Dykes is leaning toward Dwayne Walker as his DC at Cal. Walker is a West Coast recruiting monster and his D while at UCLA under Karl Dorrell was pretty darn creative.



  11. JustSayin
    12:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Brubeck also had lots of women.
    Lots of booze, lots of babes.
    May have shortened his music career,
    but not his life…



  12. Kevin C.
    12:54 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    All I want for Christmas is to motorboat Mariah Carey…



  13. Buckets
    2:09 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    ?uestlove is a badass on drums. Love The Roots. But not the late night show Roots. The real group with Black Thought. Amazing stuff through the years, especially live with the full band (I’ve seen them three times). Probably one of the most underrated hip-hop groups out there.



  14. UKBlue
    2:27 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    UL fans have no idea how screwed they are now. Jurich has committed UL to a ton of money with Rick & Charlies contracts that they will get no matter what. They have no idea how much the prices for everything UL just went up. Don’t complain UL fans, you got what you wanted. When all the other good schools jump ship from the ACC & UL fans finally figure out they just got used & once again are stuck in the new version of the Big East, good luck with Rick & Charlies contracts. Hey Charlie, that’s your career flashing before your eyes.



  15. henry earl
    5:34 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    13. right on brotha



  16. Joe
    5:45 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    This just in…Charlie Strong proves emphatically that he doesn’t want to play against SEC competition. He knows he can’t win in that league. UL is a 14 point dog to Florida, and it would only be worse once he played Georgia, South Carolina, and even Vandy.

    Tuck your tail and run. Charlie remains at the commuter school.



  17. Wildcat Willie says
    6:15 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hire Derek Dooley OC.



  18. Please
    6:22 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe you get paid to write and you can’t even spell correctly. Did you not take English 101. Your spelling and grammar is depressing.



  19. nassau65
    6:49 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    TT, i believe coach said “strap’em ON boys” but that’s really not important-either way, i think they are gonna get the message. Good writeup TT.



  20. KyTom
    6:51 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Jerry Sandusky just turned down the UT job…..



  21. Please
    6:55 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    And yes, I left out a question mark on purpose to prove a point



  22. DB11
    7:00 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Well I’m awake at 7am. Only difference is im in bed.



  23. Bradley
    7:28 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    21. Fail. Huge fail. Not a chance you left it out on purpose.



  24. Stupid UK fans
    7:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Every comment we make about UL on here just makes us look more insecure and envious to what they are doing… STFU and worry about OUR University….. Sick and tired of all the WHINING AND GROANING over what UL does and how it just makes us look PATHETIC! Wise up BBN!



  25. RealCatsFan
    7:39 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Hmmm, it will be interesting to see who is next on the UT coaching list. Wonder if they will drop back and try the assistant coach route once again and maybe go after Smart or Kingsbury.

    If Stoops manages to get UK rolling and builds a program strong enough to beat UL in a couple of years (not that unlikely, especially when Bridgewater moves on), UL fans are going to be pretty pizzed. Look for the pressure to go up at UL for Charlie – maybe not to the level he would have seen at UT, but quite a bit higher than his first 3 years at UL. The year after next they will finally be facing some legit competition, Bridgewater will probably not be around anymore, and it will be all Strong’s players on the squad. He has done a pretty decent job so far, but the incline on that treadmill will be kicking up to a higher grade.



  26. SexnNursinHomes
    7:39 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    24- I agree, we should be more like our awesome neighbors to the west. ul fans are the classiest, most educated, respectful, kind, will feed starving 3rd world babies, humanitarians. Historical fact. Ghandi and Mother Teresa were ul graduates.



  27. RealCatsFan
    7:41 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    24, no whining and groaning from me – just observing. You know, you are allowed to do that to your rivals.



  28. RealCatsFan
    7:42 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    26, even though the leader of their football team tells them they should be more like UK fans.



  29. SexnNursinHomes
    7:49 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    28- apparently #24 forgot his coach said that. He must be thinking about those days when Socrates and Aristotle were rolling the grounds of ul’s commuter school campus philosphizing how awesome it is to be a ul cardinal fan.



  30. danthecat
    7:51 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Say what you will about UT hiring Petrino…He would put all these guys that turned them down to shame…Still was the most qualified coach on the market…I hope like hell they don’t become that smart right now…



  31. Big J
    8:07 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Tennessee dodged a bullet in my opinion. Charlie Strong is only a average coach at best? Louisville is now committed and has over paid for mediocrity. Let me explain: Charlie caught lightning in bottle when he was hired. Miami fired their coach and Florida lost theirs. He benefited by getting their recruits namely Teddy Bridgewater. Kragthorpe was putting the pieces back together after half the team was dismissed. Strong’s overall record at Louisville is not that great. He should have lost at least 2 more games if not 3 this year if the proper calls were made on replay over rules. I for one am happy he is staying. I was afraid that Jurich would go find another Bobby Petrino.



  32. Stupid UK fans
    8:14 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks for making point….. Smh . . . Pathetic.



  33. Charlie
    8:24 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Let the AZZ WHOPPINS CONTINUE!!!!#31 you sir, are an IDIOT.Bend over Stoops!! I am not losing to a pathetic excuse for an $EC team any time soon!!!



  34. Question
    8:29 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    18 Are spelling and grammar not two things?



  35. Charlie Strong
    8:31 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    33 stop pretending to be me. You tards are embarrassing. I just made a huge mistake signing up for more years with you idiots. The money made me lose my damn mind for a few minutes, now I’m trapped. Like I said the other day, please try to be more like BBN and less like the losers you are.



  36. Charlie
    8:32 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry coach. Like you’ve said time after time, you can’t fix stupid. But go Cards anyway!



  37. I Be4UL
    8:37 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    New shirt for sell at UL bookstore, “W.W.B.B.N.D.?”



  38. Rick Piteener
    8:40 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    How can you guys talk about this when Kate Middleton is in the hospital with morning sickness? I could easily spend 5 seconds around her.



  39. bigcat76
    8:43 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with #12! Those are definitely built for comfort not for speed.



  40. UK Fan
    8:47 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    No way Brown comes to UK now. Who are our back-up candidates for OC?



  41. red headed step child
    8:55 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    @21, did you forget your period in post explaining your intent to leave out the question mark?

    @31 you are spot on.

    I want the WWBBND in red with black letters please



  42. Blue Reality
    9:03 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    Can you please get the quote correct……it’s not “strap em up boys”…… It’s “Strap em ON boys”……..



  43. Help!
    9:13 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    strap what on? sounds gross.



  44. Seth
    9:18 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    I called into radio show when stoops got hired and talked about how good a hire we got. especially if you consider how hard a time UT is having getting a coach. They also have won big down there even a national title and no one wants the job. Hard to believe we may end up having a better coaching staff than them Vols. Go CATS!



  45. tyrus
    10:20 am December 6, 2012 Permalink

    The Rock past his prime? Okay the team is not in shape as stated by Cal. So the players take the brunt of the blame but if it’s your paid job to make sure the players are in shape…well in my world, if you’re underperforming, you get replaced. Remember college athletics is a business.