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Dustin Diamond’s Friday News and Views

Happy Friday morning to you, sweet KSR reader, and welcome to the last Jersey Shore-free place on Earth.  While this Friday signals the beginning of the end for many of your work weeks, it also brings the dawn of what could be a very newsy 48-hour period in Lexington.  Before we get going on all of that excitement, though, let’s stop and celebrate the BTI of Bayside High, Samuel “Screech” Powers.  The man legally known as Dustin Neil Diamond (thanks Mom and Dad!) celebrates birthday number 34 and does so as a shell of lovable character he played on television.  After years of the playing the third-string behind Zack and AC Slater, Diamond emerged as a first-class A-hole this decade, appearing as the token jerk in various reality television shows, pretending to be broke to get people to donate money to him and releasing his own sex tape, all while placing the blame on people like me who still insist on calling him Screech.  But, even worse, he’s the only person keeping a Saved By The Bellreunion from happening.  So, for that act alone, Samuel Powers, I hope you’re the one who gets sent to detention while everyone else parties in Mr. Belding’s office.  And I hope Kevin blows a circuit.

Now onto a few notes…

 – Again, as seems to have been the case for about 75% of the season so far, Friday again means another day of waiting for an Enes Kanter ruling.  The writing on the wall appears to be slightly unfavorable at this point, with the revelations that there have been three rulings so far in the case and that the NCAA denied Kanter’s original appeal prior to the new information.  The new info submitted this time around centered on the “player didn’t know” loophole created by the Cam Newton ruling and Mehmet Kanter used Thursday to make public through Mike DeCourcy the fact that his son did not know about the money changing hands.  But, that loophole seemed to be effectively closed in late December when the NCAA issued a press release to clarify the rulings and said that the issue in the Newton ruling was not that he didn’t know, but that money did not change hands.  It seems to be a selective enforcement of the NCAA’s solicitation rules, but it’s nonetheless where we stand.  Things don’t seem great for Enes at this point, but I’ll gladly be wrong.  Expect a ruling Friday or, at the latest, Monday. 

 – The other neverending saga that seems to be dominating these updates lately is where DeAndre Danielswill go to school and when he will let the world know.  Daniels told a Kansas site that he doesn’t know when he will announce and ESPN’s Dave Telep, who said that the decision would likely come Thursday, changed his stance Thursday morning and said it could come as late as next week.  Despite some light chatter that he is still having trouble deciding, most still feel that Kansas is the destination.  For what it’s worth, UK starts spring classes next week.  Kansas starts them January 21.

 – The space between basketball games, while giving Coach Cal a chance to hit the road and recruit, has also given UK fans the chance to speculate the possibility of an upset by GeorgiaSaturday in Athens.  The Bulldogs were the trendy pick in the SEC in the preseason as Mark Fox, one of the nation’s most underrated coaches, had a team that surprised many last season looking to take the next step behind star big man Trey Thompkins and athletic freak Travis Leslie.  Despite their 11-2 record, the Bulldogs do not have a marquee win on their schedule and dropped their two most high-profile games, against Notre Dame and Temple.  They’re not a team that shoots the three very well and they struggle with offensively with their ball control, but they will be ready to play and they’ll be physical. 

 – With today being the final day before the BBVA Compass Bowl, it seems that the excitement isn’t there for this bowl game like it has been for the last four.  I don’t know if it’s the gap of time between the Tennessee game and now, the start of conference play in basketball or the “meh” feeling I get from Pitt, but it just seems like it’s just not there like years past.  The truth is, though, that this game carries a lot of opportunity for the Cats.  It’s the official start of the Morgan Newton era.  It’s Rick Minter’s first game calling the shots on defense.  And, most importantly, it’s a chance for Operation: Win to end on a high note and carry that momentum into the offseason and next year.  So, let’s make a promise to each other.  Let’s not take these bowl games for granted and let’s find that fan fire before Saturday.  These kids deserve it.  And, if you’re feeling extra down, get your tail down to Birmingham for the fun-filled day tomorrow that kicks off with Bobby Bowden and then segues into Groove Daddy and Josh Thompson.  That’s right, I said Groove Daddy and Josh Thompson!

 – With that being said, the Cats had their final practice of the season Thursday (they have a walk-through Friday) and Joker Phillips raved about Morgan Newton.  Phillips said that it’s “not even close” if you compare the player he is now with where he was last season when he was starting and that they’ve opened up the playbook for him after trying to simplify things last year.  A big game for him against Pitt could do a lot for the optimism of a sixth consecutive bowl berth.

 – One question being asked by a lot of fans as this new defensive regime gets going is what kind of coach Rick Minter will be.  UKAthletics has a great story on the intensity that Minter is bringing to practice so far and how that change in philosophy is challenging a lot of guys to get better.  A couple of players made their frustrations known on Twitter a few weeks ago and you can see from the article why.  Minter is going to get after them and demand results and accountability.  You have to like the sound of that.

 – When we talked with Wes Bunting of the National Football Post about the NFL prospects of current Cats, he had an incomplete report on Danny Trevathan and wasn’t sure where he projected.  On Thursday, we got a better idea.  Trevathan told Kent Spencer of ABC 36 in Lexington that his prospects came back better than he expected.  Trevathan said he’s being told he’s a late fourth or early fifth round pick.  The SEC’s leading tackler said he hasn’t made a decision yet on his status, but we now know what he has to weigh when deciding.

 – Spencer also noted that Mike Hartline traveled with the team and was at practice again Thursday.  The ending to his career was awful, but you have to give him credit for still being  with the team as they finish out the year.  I’d imagine that’s a pretty difficult thing for him to do.  And, no, I am not in any way sticking up for him or justifying his arrest.  Just giving him credit for not running away, which is awfully easy to do when you’re that age.

 – Finally, Louisville high school quarterback DaMarcus Smith is enrolling early at U of L, according to Jody Demling, ending any faint hope that he could switch his allegiance to Kentucky.  Smith will graduate today from Jefferson County High School after transferring there a month ago.  When the Cards got a commitment from Miami quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, some thought it might make Smith look at the Cats again, but that door now appears closed. 

That’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as we get you all primed and ready for the Compass Bowl.  Drew Franklin will preview the game in a way that only he can and, as usual, the fun will get going on Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080.  Make sure you stick around.  See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

68 Comments for Dustin Diamond’s Friday News and Views

  1. PAE
    11:32 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink


  2. Kentucky14
    11:37 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Beis…any KSR guys heading down for the bowl. A buddy and I are making the trek tomorrow.

  3. lpool003
    11:41 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Hope Smith enjoys his redshirt next season then 3 years of backing up Bridgewater (and watching Carlie Strong use UofL as a stepping stone like Petrino). What a dumb decision, but then again I would expect that from someone who chooses to play football at UofL.

  4. Stud
    11:45 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Spring classes start wednesday not tuesday

  5. sexington ky
    11:46 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Unless I’m mistaken, the semester doesn’t start until Wednesday the 12th

  6. Tubby's gopher
    11:48 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink


  7. Stickman
    11:50 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    None of the reasons you listed serve as the reason for a lack of excitement. There are 2 reasons, one being that it is Wildcat FOOTBALL, not basketball; secondly, this was a lackluster season in which an untested first year coach (we, a SEC school, hired a guy with NO head coaching experience) did absolutely nothing to quell the fears BBN had about his inability to win more than the usual 6 games per year.

    It’s basketball season, let’s focus on the real sport.

    Free Enes and Go Big Blue.

  8. Violet Bickerstaff
    11:53 pm January 6, 2011 Permalink

    Oh Samuel…

    That must have been a hell of a month at Jefferson Co, especially with Christmas break.

    Last day to add a class (enroll I’d assume) at UK is the 19th if that matters at all.

  9. CalifCatFan
    12:00 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Free the Turk!!!

  10. catcrawler
    12:01 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Newton will be next years Newton.

  11. blueblue
    12:09 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe in the Cam Netwon case, money never really changed hands, but what about the Ohio St. football team? Those kids actually DID commit violations. With such high profile cases (Josh Selby/Cam Newton/Terrell Pryor (and other Ohio St kids), how can the NCAA justify not freeing Enes??

  12. Computer Blue
    12:12 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    An Enes freed is an Enes earned.

  13. Eroc
    12:16 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I mean i dont think many people have a prayer that he is playing this year, I’m just hoping they at least let him play next year. I think that would be a way that they can still be firm on him, yet not have BBN lose their minds on them for the next 10 years. I mean what is wrong with the 1 year suspension that Sidney got? Why is Kanter not being afforded that liberty?

  14. tyson
    12:18 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Cousins is killing it against denver tonight

  15. Eroc
    12:19 am January 7, 2011 Permalink


  16. fish
    12:25 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    14- and gunther benke!

  17. BPsycho
    12:28 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t forget you’re a rookie Big Cuz. You get no respect yet, remember that son. You will dominate one day, but not any day this season or next…

    #19 huhuh you said “nicka”

  18. Reality
    12:32 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    #7 Harsh but I totally agree.
    #9 Not harsh but I totally agree

    I guess we can watch Jokster try to win 7 or 8 games per season in the 3 or 4 years he will be here. But as usual we will just end up right back where we started. So I wonder what would happen if we offered more money to attract a top coach in the game. It IS possible to be great at FBall and BBall. The recipe for winning in BBall is simple at UK…great coach+great players=WINS. So why not football?

    Kanter has only one hope…that they let him play next year. Odds are he won’t play. It sucks and it’s probably a sucky hypocritical decision by the asses at the NCAA. But reality is setting in and reality sucks sometimes.

  19. tyson
    12:36 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    now the announcers are going off on Cousins’ terrible attitude and how it will follow him for his entire career if he doesn’t stop now. i hate to see him doing this to himself. i hope he gets his attitude under control.

  20. BPsycho
    12:48 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    #19 Yeahp. His coach just said some good things about him tho, so I’m betting he slowly adjust over the coarse of this season. I hope anyways.

    He’s my favorite UK player since Hayes and I want to see him play in the league like I know he can.

  21. BPsycho
    12:52 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    #9 So he can do work!!!

  22. BPsycho
    1:07 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I notice the Nuggets play the same defense as Louisville: Not much at all…

  23. tdogg4033011
    1:14 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    hopefully I’m saying this for the last damn time …..

    FREE ENES !!!

  24. JOKER
    1:19 am January 7, 2011 Permalink


  25. Yo
    1:42 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone thought that maybe Daniels is waiting to see what happens with the Kanter situation before deciding what he wants to do. Seems that he keeps delaying his decision every time the Kanter decision gets delayed.

    Free Enes!

  26. TheBurghCat
    1:43 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    23. Ditto

  27. Frank Sobotka
    1:45 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    DeAndre Daniels is absolutely waiting on the Kanter decision. Kanter becoming eligible would most certainly cut into his playing time even though they play different positions. Only 5 guys can be on the court at the same time. Add Kanter to the mix and that number drops to 4 before even considering the others. It would be a nice situation for UK to have though.

  28. Ciggy
    1:46 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    No Cousins love (from KSR) for a good game, his first on national tv too i think. Reggie is speaking truth though, If he doesn’t get that complaining on every call under control it will follow him. He can be a difference maker when he’s on the court. I think it will click for him, I hope it does at least, so much talent. He will control the game in a couple years.

  29. TheBurghCat
    1:52 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    25. I was thinking along the same lines, but I set that aside because I always have this, “It’s all about the BBN.” kind of thing going. Do you think it maybe IS all about the BBN after all?

  30. Frank Sobotka
    2:10 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Terrence Ross of UW scored 25 pts. in a win over Oregon. I bet seeing his high school teammate play so well will motivate Terrence Jones to take his game to another level.

  31. 7.time.champs
    2:26 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    maybe if we keep appealing then the nc double gay will get tired and just let him play so they wont have to sit through another appeal. Just let him play already.

  32. Just Stupid
    2:43 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    “Again, as seems to have been the case for about 75% of the season so far, Friday again means another day of waiting for an Enes Kanter ruling”

    “The other neverending saga that seems to be dominating these updates lately is where DeAndre Daniels will go to school and when he will let the world know.”

    What a joke. I’m usually pretty tolerant of Thomas’ weak posts, but this stuff is just becoming too absurd. Newsflash kiddo: no one is forcing you to “wait” on the Enes decision or to follow the “neverending saga” that is Daniels’ decision. You’re the dope who allows the thought processes of the NCAA and a teenager to command your attention. I have no problem with your making that decision with your life, but please don’t lose so much perspective that your updates become impregnated with such a bothered tone. You choose to report this peripheral garbage. A gun to your head there is not. Don’t apologize for your beat’s lack of interesting news by criticizing people for taking time with important decisions. What a joke.

    It wasn’t any better with Matthew at the helm, but it is clear that the days of KSR in its present form are sincerely numbered. No amount of fan loyalty can disguise uninspired, unqualified talent, if it can even be called that in this case.

  33. tdogg4033011
    3:07 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32) dont let the door hit ya on the way out ….

  34. Howdy
    4:24 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32) Yes the stories are getting old, but that’s because the NCAA is dragging its feet. That in itself is news. Plus, give Beisner some love; he is doing his best to keep the site strong. Chill out a little.

  35. Talent_Evaluator
    5:19 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Free Enes!

  36. Timbo
    7:14 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Dustin Diamond = douchebaggery

  37. Timbo
    7:16 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Uh oh, apparently, judging by the ad on the side of the page, there’s a “Big Girls’ Sale” going on. Yikes.

  38. SexnNursinHomes
    7:28 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32- yeah cuz you can do SOOOOOO much better. Wait… Is that you maggard?

    Was Screech’s sex movie called, “Shaved by the Balls”???

  39. Boggie
    7:39 am January 7, 2011 Permalink


  40. Just Stupid
    7:40 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I am aptly named…

  41. PebworthCard
    7:45 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Thank you for mentioning Louisville without including any putdowns.

  42. kyrobman
    7:58 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    40- It must not bother you too much, or you wouldn’t be on this site reading it. Leave and go check out Douche Bag U’s site. They may have some information you like. Say what type of Cheese you want with that wine. Go Big Blue lets bust Enes out. We can change his number to 30 and start calling him Vargas and give Vargas the Undertaker shirts to wear. Sounds good to me.

  43. RidgeRunner
    8:11 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32…What world do you live in? Just so the rest of us ensure we bypass it -even at the Alzheimers stage if we hit it in our later years.

  44. RidgeRunner
    8:12 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    42..the uniform switch, I hear ya!

  45. me
    8:14 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    The reason there’s no excitement around the FB bowl game is IT’S FOOTBALL and another game in the toilet bowl isn’t exactly something to get excited about. but what do I know, I’m just a basketball fan.

  46. Kidnut
    8:15 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t wait to watch the football and basketball game this weekend

  47. RidgeRunner
    8:17 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    45, I think too some of it is just plain…they underachieved & this is what we got.

    But…I’ll be there to root the blue on down in B’ham.

    By the way, wonder if screech’s dad or mom was a giraffe? dude got a tubular-long neck.

    Finally…yeah, Untie Number Zero

  48. Sawyer
    8:31 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32 i’m actually going to agree. big fan of beisner and i think he does a great job but if there’s one thing about the site to pick at it’s their tendency to run certain topics in to the ground, e.g. kanter, recruiting. and i guess if they didn’t there wouldn’t be a lot to report on sometimes, but still, at some point “no news” stops becoming newsworthy. how about you tell us when you do hear something, and until then we’ll all just assume you aren’t holding out.

  49. Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven!
    8:43 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^My name says it all guys! Go CATS! I feel a good weekend with wins and good news!

  50. Adam
    8:46 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I wish the NCAA would realize that Kanter would have been a top 5 pick last year and would be playing in the NBA right now if he didn’t want to go to college. He isn’t in it for the money, he just wants to experience that atmosphere of Rupp Arena like any other kid does.


  51. Joe B. Hall
    8:49 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    If he’s keeping a Saved by the Bell reunion from happening he is the greatest human being to live or ever live.

  52. Big Blue 66
    9:03 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    okay its 9:04 eastern time, lets get a ruling on Enes one way or the other and get this over with!

  53. PutThatOnDeAndreLiggins
    9:05 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

  54. Runnin'Ramel
    9:06 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Enes will not play this season.

  55. Franktown
    9:29 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Debbie downers….—> 54… We still have hope..

  56. Gary Hardin
    9:29 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone heard if Obama has investigated Enes yet? 😉

  57. Al's IndiCats
    9:31 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    32…..Your name says it all…GO CATS…..LET THE TURK WORK!!!!!!!!!

  58. Franktown
    9:32 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    49) Your name does say it all… GOD BLESS ENES!! & everyone else in BIG BLUE NATION…

  59. UKGRAD
    9:45 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Enough is enough. The NCAA is way out of bounds here and it is time to bring them to “justice.” By the way, Oak Hill Academy is one of the most notable prep schools around our area. Do you know how much it costs to attend Oak Hill? Try these links…. and Of course there tuition is very similar to the amount Kanter received for similar education. Not only should we be concerned about the NCAA when reviewing the Kanter case, we should also focus on the Newton, Selby, Magette, Pryor and Co., Masoli, Morris, Sydney, Bush and hundreds more than have received specific and preferential treatment by the NCAA.

  60. totaly blue
    9:50 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    the ncaa is biased there decisions are all made on who the school is and who the coach his. also has a nasty smell of money. i think this is a get even deal against calipari,they take the facts of the case and interpet them to suit there vendetta. face it they hate ky. and calipari and they are going to show you so. remember we are not their beloved duke. they are also developing a love affair with kansas. with their hate of ky. does not look good for enes.

  61. Al's IndiCats
    10:19 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    This is the one thing that chaps my ass worse than anything.
    (A) Back in the 90s, duke had a kid named Cory Maggett, and here he was collecting money and other unauthorized stipends from an agent. The NCAA investigated their beloved program and “HAS NOT RULED” on this thing as of today.
    (B) Marcus Camby of UMass did the same thing, All wins were vacated! Including a Final Four appearence.
    (C) Newton’s father pimped his son out to the highest bidder, now are we to understand that Auburn didn’t give any cash to Newton Sr.? Did they do the Law and Order thing and check out his back account/accounts?
    (D) Selby collected and SPENT almost $7,000.00 on hisself, sits out 8 games, gets pat on his back and tells him that the scholarship money he will be recieving while at KU portions of that will go to the charity of his choice.
    (E) At Ohio State 5 players sells rings, autographs, and playing uniforms for personal gains (TATOOS), and the University takes the heat stating that they were the ones that didn’t inform the players the by-laws of the NCAA. So in order for them to save face the NCAA in their infinate wisdom slaps their hands and lets them play in their bowl game and gives them a 5 game suspension next year, in which I’ll bet my lake home none of the 5 will be back in Columbus in September.
    (F) And Enes sits.

  62. baker uk fan
    10:23 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    heading down to alabama today to watch them cats when another bowl game C-A-T-S CATS CATS CATS!!!!!!

  63. kyrobman
    10:32 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    61- You have bunch of Valid points, I just wish we could do something about it. We should all send the NCAA letters saying free Enes. Even if they rule against us. Let’s let them know we are crazy about UK basketball and we will be here longer than they will.

  64. Why?
    11:04 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I hear all the conspiracy theorys about this Kanter deal. They hate Cal, they hate UK, they love Duke and Kansas. I’m not so sure that’s the reason they are denying Kanter. But it is very fishy. I know Kanters dad broke the rules. But so have many students athletes and they play. The only consistency I see is the others (#62) were dishonest in dealing with the NCAA and they were let off the hook. Kanter and his dad are being honest and the NCAA is not budging. So is the message that if you lie to us we will work with you? Yes. But why? Could it have to do with Kanter not being an American citizen? There is something going on in the background here that is just plain off. I for one would like to know the real story.

  65. catfan38
    11:06 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Is there such a thing as a “hung jury” in NCAA? Just wondering! FREE ENES!!!!!!!!!

  66. lpool003
    11:20 am January 7, 2011 Permalink

    I’m a huge UK fan and I completely agree with you on all those points except for the Selby thing. If you look at John Wall and why he had to sit out 2 games last year it is very similar to the Selby deal. The only difference was the scope of the violation in that wall got like $800 and Selby got around $6,000 in illegal benefits; but the scope of their suspensions was different too (Wall 2 games Selby 9 games). That being said, I don’t think the NCAA is picking on UK, I think they are picking on Enes. In my opinion the only reason Enes is not playing right now is because he is from Turkey. The NCAA sees this as a groundbreaking ruling and they don’t want to make it easy for players in Europe to get benefits then come to play at American colleges to gain exposure for the NBA. However, I do believe Enes should be allowed to play. He has done all he could to be eligible, he wants to be here, he is not simply using the NCAA to get exposure and, based on the OSU/AU rulings, he should be afforded the same break as some domestic players are getting.

  67. El Dude
    12:50 pm January 7, 2011 Permalink

    #66 -the NCAA isn’t picking on anyone. They have rules on amateurism that are outdated and simply don’t work anymore. They are figuring out how to graft them on to an international landscape. I’d like Kanter to play, but don’t think it will happen. I wish we could all just move on.

  68. WildcatterOfGA
    6:53 pm January 7, 2011 Permalink

    Was there any more made of allegations of a Kansas player’s father’s profiting off of ticket sales…Morningstar? He’s still playing, too. Free Enes!!!