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Gary LeVox’s Monday News and Views

I didn’t want to do this. I’ve spent the past two days away without a television or a computer and I really wanted to get this thing started on a positive note and with something fun. Instead, Ryan Lemond wouldn’t stop calling my cell phone until he got what he wanted. And what he wanted was a 41st birthday tribute for Rascal Flatts singer Gary LeVox. You probably know LeVox as the man with a woman’s voice, who blends all the creepiness of Jessica Simpson’s dad with the trying-to-hard-to-be-a-teenager wardrobe of far too many youth pastors. What you might not know is that LeVox is an Ohio State grad and is great friends with Jaime Foxx. And now you know five things about Gary LeVox you wish you didn’t. So, no matter how much this pains me, happy birthday Gary LeVox. You’d be a lot cooler if you were robbing pharmacies for Oxyontin.

Now onto a few UK notes…

– There were a handful of things we found out over the first few days of the first July evaluation period, but none more recognizable than Shabazz Muhammad as the ultimate 2012 prize. John Calipari was in Georgia Sunday to watch Muhammad again, after watching him in Indinapolis at the adidas Invitational earlier in the week. Matt talked quite a bit at the end of last week about Muhammad and his adidas ties, but Kentucky continues to push on quite successfully nonetheless. Jeff Goodman Tweeted Sunday that many believe that UCLA is still the leader, but the “smart money” is on Kentucky. The 2012 class is heavy in talent at the shooting guard position and Kentucky is sitting nicely with two other five-star prospects, Archie Goodwin and Ricky Ledo. But Muhammad appears to be from a different planet and Calipari’s prominent presence in both Indianapolis and Georgia is a pretty good indicator fo that. Man crush? Maybe.

– If Shabazz Muhammad’s frim grasp as the star of 2012 was the most notable story, Kentucky’s strong pursuit of Perry Ellis was right there with it. The Kentucky coaches watched Ellis play six games in the past several days, which not only sends a message of strong interest to Ellis, but also serves as somewhat of a cannonball into the shallow end that the other coaches are wading in. We talked late last week about how these days were called an evaluation period, but for John Calipari, it was more about sending messages through his presence. There might not have been a stronger one than what was sent on the Perry Ellis front. The battle to land him appears to be set for a Calipari-Bill Self-Coach K showdown and that should be more than enough to get you excited.

– The Cats also thrust themselves into the mix for the breakout star of the adidas Invitational, point guard Kasey Hill, with a scholarship offer. The 2013 point guard won MVP honors at the Indianapolis tournament and was clearly the star of the title game televised on CBS College Sports, dropping 26 points and 7 assists. Hill got to the basket with ease and finished at the rim just as easily as he dropped off to his open teammates, one of whom was UK target Chris Walker. He’s not currently ranked in the Rivals 150, which will most certainly change, but is rated by Scout.com as the #28 overall prospect. Kentucky is already hot after point guard Andrew Harrison, the nation’s top player in 2013, and showed some interest in Bronson Koenig this week, but Hill’s breakout weekend has put him on the wish list of a number of schools, Kentucky included. Video:

– Hill wasn’t the only 2013 player to reportedly receive an offer as four-star power forward Malik Price-Martin also received a scholarship offer. Price-Martin is also a Florida native and an AAU teammate of Hill and Walker and already held offers from Ohio State, Miami (Fl.), NC State and South Carolina before the weekend. He’s a long player (seven-foot wingspan), who has a strong presence on the defensive end and prides himself on an inside-outside game offensively. At least that’s what ESPN says. I say he’s a player from Florida and I like stealing those. In fact, I love it. If there was such a thing as pressure as coach of the Florida Gators, it would be on Billy Donovan to lock down the Florida Rams trio or at least keep them away from Kentucky after the Cats stole Brandon Knight last year. Instead, he can probably just make a decent effort and then not worry about it anymore. Video:

– Maybe the biggest and certainly the most discussed topic of the weekend was the report that UK would be wearing LeBron James gear this season. What seemed like a great move by the school to set itself apart again on the recruiting trail by uniting with a player who, though he’s slipped considerably in the court of public perception, is still the most recognizable and enviable player with prospects was met with some unhappiness from fans. I assume most of it has to do with “The Decision”, which is just as overblown now as it was a year ago, but it really can’t be seen as anything more than a huge positive for what it will do for the program. Kentucky gets to be one of the pilot schools, which gives them a leg up on brand recognition from the start, and now will be tied to uniforms that will most likely be the best of the best in terms of Nike’s much talked about “technology”, as well as fashion. When I was in high school and we walked uphill barefoot in the snow, a handful of schools signed on to the Jordan Brand, the most prominent of which was the University of Cincinnati. Though they looked like nothing more than cutoff t-shirts, every kid I knew wanted to wear those jerseys and wanted their school to have that affiliation. So don’t let your frustration with LeBron going to the heat make you lose sight of what is important in UK agreeing to be a part of the LeBron brand. It’s big – huge in fact – for keeping the program at the forefront as a school that players don’t just consider, they wait for an offer to play for. Besides, if you’ve ever worn a pair of those LeBron shorts, you know how wonderfully freeing they make you feel. They’re like Breathe Right strips for your privates. That can only help performance.

– Along that same line, UK’s strong affiliation with King James was evident Sunday night when he sent out the following Tweet supporting Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the UK team.

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Can Phil Knight do that? No. Michael Jordan? Probably not (because he owns an NBA team). But LeBron can. It’s innocent, but effective on levels that only recruits might appreciate. I’ll take it.

That’s it for now. Make sure you stick around all day as we get you back into the swing of things and promise to talk only a tiny little bit about women’s soccer. As usual, Matt Jones will be by in the morning to get things going on Kentucky Sports Radio at 10am on Talk Radio 1080. In the meantime, while you’re still waiting in traffic outside of Kentucky Speedway, just know that Richie Farmer is out there waiting somewhere too. Find him.

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See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

43 Comments for Gary LeVox’s Monday News and Views



  1. t
    12:09 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    A1Laflare10 Archie Goodwin
    A majority of my followers are Kentucky fans. Thanks for the love
    9 hours ago

    This is where twitter gets interesting… How much does it impact recruiting?



  2. Peter Parker Swag
    12:14 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    If you’re a UK fan and you hate on Lebron you need to stop. This guy is an advocate and a fan of UK. He hasn’t been caught cheating on his wife or arrested. He’s a stand up guy and someone kids can look up to which is something you can’t really say about many player anymore. I really don’t understand what makes this guy so hateable to the general public.



  3. Drew Franklin
    12:14 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    2. – So I can’t make fun of him for folding under pressure anymore?



  4. cracka
    12:21 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    when mj was the same age as lebron is right now, he had zero rings … ended up with 6 … don’t get all down on lebron too quickly. as soon as you do, he’ll have a 3peat and being trying out for the marlins or indians because he’s bored with basketball.



  5. BBN
    12:43 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    yep 2, and 4. Just wait till next year 3. Heats gonna dominate



  6. BBN
    12:51 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    For 2012 I think we get.
    Archie Goodwin
    Shabazz please!!!
    Dajuan Coleman
    Ricardo Ledo
    Who do you all think??
    I wish we could get drummond but he will prolly go to the NBA



  7. Moses
    1:45 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    look at Richie big dollar goverment driving that tax payer car



  8. Buckets
    3:37 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    All the haters need to get off LeBron’s n-u-tz. The Heat are going to win at least a few titles. Yeah, The Decision was lame. But let it go. LeBron is one of the best in the world and the kids idolize him. This is a good thing for UK.



  9. Buckets
    3:38 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    And Rascal Flats sucks arse.



  10. Moses
    5:48 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    D Rose would beat Lebrons ass one on one.. Believe that you jive ass turkey



  11. Marcus L. Owens
    6:41 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    6. Goodwin
    Shabazz
    Ellis
    Coleman



  12. Jason
    6:45 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Micheal Jordan didn’t say he’d win not 3, not 4, not 5, call it easy, give excuses and then call all of his skeptics poor and say they had to return to their lives. That’s why people hate lebron and he deserves most of it because he’s brought it on himself.



  13. SexnNursinHomes
    6:54 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    There is never enough mid 40’s guys wearing monster tee shirts. looks like Larry Bird with a mid life crisis.

    I love all this recruiting news KSR is putting out. woo hoo!!



  14. Bco
    7:18 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Rascal Flats embodies everything wrong with “country” music. I hope he has a terrible birthday and that the lone gift he got was a card with a note inside that said “For the love of Waylon, stop making music immediately.”



  15. Tom Handy
    7:42 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Looks like Richie was stuck in the Kentucky Speedway traffic fiasco just like everyone else….



  16. bung
    7:43 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    we need McGary



  17. manbearpig
    7:49 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Man their music sucks. I hope someone steals his car radio on his birthday



  18. SexnNursinHomes
    7:59 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    17- hahaha



  19. OrvilleofMonkeysEyebrow
    8:00 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    does McGary have one a them FaceTwitter thangs?



  20. Old_Pogue_Bourbon
    8:11 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Richie should have stayed overnight at Belterra ($$$) to avoid the traffic.



  21. Fred
    8:55 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Any word on which former UK players, now NBA players, are headed back to school in the fall?



  22. awesomtron
    9:00 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    That shirt is awful. He dresses like those 40 something guys at bars that have this odd sense of over confidence despite being at the bar alone. It’s the same kind of person that interjects in conversations only to tell you what you’re saying is wrong or how much crazier things were “a few years ago”.

    I saw one of these types at Drake’s one night. Embroidered button up, expensive jeans and weird, pointy leather shoes. He sat at the bar by himself fake laughing when trying to start a conversation with the bartender. He hit on everything that was within a 10 ft radius of him while he was there. He offered to buy 30 girls drinks and most said no. On the rare occasion a girl said yes, he paid with a $100 dollar bill. He did this 3 times, using a different $100 each time. When he tried the fourth, the bartender calmly said to him, “You can stop paying with $100s, I’ve given you change and I know you have smaller bills, thanks.” After this he got up and left. Odds are he wemt to SkyBar.



  23. Dacci
    9:05 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    @Moses “D Rose would beat Lebrons ass one on one.. Believe that you jive ass turkey”….I’m assuming you didn’t watch the eastern conference finals then…. Number 2 is right. We love Kobe, he raped a girl, MJ was an adulterer and a gambler and a selfish player. Ben Roethlisburger raped a girl twice, and you guys hate Lebron because he had a press conference? Give me a break.



  24. Lakesidecatsfan
    9:08 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Gary Levox may sing like a sissy but he is actually a big hunter. I do envy his friendship with Tiffany Lekowski from “the crush” which is a tv show, and the meaning behind his shirt in that picture.



  25. right said fred
    9:12 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Where is that dude’s left hand and why is Richie smiling so much?



  26. .
    9:39 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    .



  27. gog8ors
    10:06 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Chris Walker and Hill don’t play on the same Florida Rams team. Do a little research before you print something acting as though you know a little bit about recruiting. Also, Donovan won’t stoop to sell his soul to people like Worldwide Wes in order to get recruits. Donovan can sleep at nights not worrying about getting his wins vacated.



  28. SexnNursinHomes
    10:12 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    27- haha how’s our ass taste? It’s nice taking all of your fl recruits. ha ha! life is so good to UK.



  29. Lil Wad
    10:23 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Gary LeVox kills monster bucks year in, year out though so he is ok in my book. GO CATS!!!



  30. gog8ors
    10:25 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    28- Yeah, Florida fans are really envious of your NIT winning, NCAA games vacating coach. We will stick with our 2 time NCAA Championship winning coach that turned down the UK job twice. How does that taste? Duh, winning!



  31. SOforgettable
    10:28 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Since he is running in Kentucky, he has a shot at anything. We are the state that elected Capt. ASS HAT Rand Paul.

    5) Just like the Heat dominated this year huh? Closed out at home by an inferior team missing one of their best players. Keep dreaming!!!



  32. SOforgettable
    10:48 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    30) NIT winning? Next time you go to the o dome look up and tell me how many banners you see. Look past the ones that say SEC runner-up cause I’m sure there is quite a few of those. SEE POST 28) How’s our ass taste? When you get 7 NCAA Title banners hanging let us know!!!



  33. Spread The Love
    10:51 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    That description of the Rascal Flats dude is spot on!



  34. Ryan Lemond
    11:19 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Happy Birthday Gary! Call me up and we can “Bob that head”



  35. Peter Parker Swag
    11:33 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Drew- Lebron did fold under pressure in the finals on the greatest stage but people act as if it is inevitable that he’ll fold in every pressure situation. It’s funny how quickly people forget how dominant he was in the fourth quarters of the Celtics and Bulls series. Also, in one of the Heat losses to Dallas Lebron had a triple-double and people were still talking about how bad he played. He’s probably the only person in the history of basketball that can have a triple-double and it be considered a bad game.

    If he weren’t an advocate for UK I could certainly understand not being a fan. But I think all of us on here are UK fans first and NBA fans somewhere else down the line.



  36. gog8ors
    11:58 am July 11, 2011 Permalink

    32-We will see 2 NCAA championship banners won by our coach. How many of those can your coach say he has won? In case you weren’t aware, the only championship Calipari has won was the NIT a few years ago so yeah, NIT winning. UK has 7 Title banners but how many times have they had violations and probation? Cheaters never win, they vacate, ask your coach. Duh, WINNING!



  37. Lebron
    12:45 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    I tweet stuff like this because I just want ANYBODY outside of Miami to like me. My image took a bit hit last year because I’m an idiot.

    2) I don’t cheat on my wife because I’m not married. I won’t marry the mother of my two children (and long time girlfriend). I’m the best family man!



  38. gog8ors
    12:49 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    gfgdfgasdftadfg dfghdh eh aeyh h n nfgfsnghgh



  39. SexnNursinHomes
    12:50 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    30- hahaha those 2 fluke banners are your schools last 2 banners. ever.



  40. SexnNursinHomes
    12:58 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    36- cheaters never win? fl football program is dirtier than a drug addict’s urine. I lived in ocala, I know about your shit ass school. it’s total garbage. matter of fact your school is trashy and low class



  41. Soforgettable
    1:04 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    36) Zero title banners from our current coach; Give him time. I do know of one SEC Championship banner he won last year…DO YOU REMEMBER THAT ONE? Can you say ass whipping? (DUH WINNING!!!)

    P.S. The only two people who thought Parsons deserved SEC POY were Chandler and his mom!!!!



  42. gog8ors
    2:14 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    ?



  43. Jones Returns
    2:25 pm July 11, 2011 Permalink

    Kasey looks real good