Bet you didn’t expect this picture on basketball kickoff day, did you?
As we usher in the start of the regular season tonight against Morehead State University, all eyes will be focused on the matchup this evening at Rupp Arena. But, it’s only fair to also keep an eye focused on Sunday morning, when Matt Jones and Dicky Lyons will host (insert name of radio show) live from Furlong’s in Louisville. As usual, the show will air on 970 AM and online through Louisville Sports Buzz, but this is your chance to come out to Shelbyville Road and grab some food and talk sports live with an expert and Matt Jones. Don’t miss out.
How’s that for a plug? I bet you didn’t see that coming. Now, as I’m still suffering from the longest, most stressful 72 hours of my life (so far), let’s make quick work of this tonight….
– The closest thing to big news today was the announcement that Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton will both be available for Coach Cal tonight against Morehead. Bledsoe sat out the Clarion exhibition with an ankle injury and Orton left the game with some chest pains, but neither proved to be serious. Here is video of Cal talking to the media (courtesy of Tom Leach).
– Coach Cal also officially welcomed a new member to the UK family as Stacey Poole signed his Letter of Intent. He remains the only member of the 2010 class, but Cal said in his Thursday press conference that he’d like to sign one more player before the fall signing period ends. But, on the subject of the one bird in the hand, UK released an official statement with this quote from Cal:
“Stacey Poole is in the line of players that we’ve signed in the past who have a skill set and the work ethic to play in our system,” said UK head coach John Calipari. “He’s a slasher who can play multiple positions and a defender that is capable of shutting down people. Stacey really wanted to play for us and we’re glad to have him as a part of the UK family.”
– WLKY profiled LeBron’s relationship with Coach Cal Thursday night in a piece where LeBron said he hopes to attend a UK game this fall….if his schedule permits. I don’t think I need to reinforce how cool this would be.
– As some of us may or may not be aware of, there is a football game on Saturday against Vanderbilt. Rich Brooks told the media Thursday that both Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton would play against the Commodores, though the starter would not be determined until game time. You can form your own opinions on this.
– As all the details continue to emerge from the environmentally friendly armed robbery in Knoxville, the latest twist is quite interesting. One of the victims says the three players should still be allowed to play for the Vols. You must not question his fanhood. Here was the dialogue from his interview:
“I think they should still be able to play football, regardless,” he said. “Tennessee is my place. It’s my football team.”
“Even after they put a gun in your face, you say let them play football?” 6 News asked.
“Yeah, it’s Tennessee. That’s the way it is sometimes,” Zickefoose said.
They some low down, dirty snitches.
– On Sports Illustrated dot com, Michael Rosenberg takes a look at the one-and-done rule and mentions John Wall and how Coach Cal has benefited from star players making a college pit stop. I am an obnoxiously firm believer in there being no age limit, but I think we can all agree we’ll enjoy the benefits while we can.
– In case you missed it, Jay Cutler threw five interceptions tonight. Quite impressive. Hopefully an omen for Saturday.
That’s it for now. I’m going to try to squeeze in a few hours of sleep before hitting the course and giving JB Holmes all the golf-clapping he can handle at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic. Everyone else will be manning the ship as we get all geared up for Cal’s first regular season game. See you in few…