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Greg Gumbel’s Friday News and Views

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Greg Gumbel, who celebrates his 66th birthday today, is the fact that you can look up a picture of him from 20 years ago and a picture from yesterday and his smile will look exactly the same. Go perform a google image search for Gumbel. Five hundred pictures. One smile. Gumbel became the first African American announcer to call play-by-play of a major sports championship in the United States when he called the 2001 Super Bowl for CBS. Gumbel got his first break in the industry in 1973 when his brother Bryant, also a sports announcer, called him about a Chicago TV station job opening for a sports announcer. Greg was in Detroit at the time, selling hospital supplies. Since then, Gumbel has worked for CBS and NBC among others. Currently, Gumbel is the #2 play-by-play announcer for the NFL on CBS. Happy birthday, Greg.

 

And now on to the news…

 

– After a week of back and forth, the verdict of the Indiana/Kentucky basketball series finally dropped. The two sides could not reach an agreement, although the comments following the announcement by Mitch Barnhart and John Calipari clearly indicate that Kentucky bent on nearly every issue in an attempt to keep the series alive. A couple of interesting notes about how it all went down:

 

1) Mitch Barnhart claimed that the two schools had verbally agreed in principle to play for two years at neutral sites, with the possibility of revisiting on-campus games at the conclusion of the 2-year deal.
2) Indiana apparently caught Kentucky off guard with a 2 p.m. phone call in which they indicated that they would be ending the series, at least for the time being. Indiana was not willing to agree to the idea of playing the games at neutral sites.
3) Within the negotiations, it seems as if Kentucky was doing everything it could to extend the series. Kentucky was willing to play the game over the next 2 years at Lucas Oil Stadium.
4) Calipari’s commentary on the situation: “We were willing to play them in the state of Indiana and they said no to that. That means they don’t want to play us.”

5) Calipari made a comment about Kentucky still having a game in Lucas Oil Stadium next year, even if it’s not IU. Lucas Oil officials told Peegs.com that Calipari’s statement is not true.

 

-The reaction to the end of the series among Kentucky fans seems to be split. Some fans are disappointed to see the end of an era, with the IU/UK game being a historically important rivalry between two border states. Other fans seem to embrace the “In Cal We Trust” motto, recognizing the flexibility that can be opened up in the scheduling as well as the revenue that can be gained from a neutral site series with another (hopefully) top tier program. The people who really stand to lose the most in this scenario might just be the Kentucky season ticket holders for next year. Without the Indiana game, the home schedule lacks an exciting non-conference game.

 

– In others news, it looks as if the UNC series will hopefully be picked up again in the 2013-2014 season. Unfortunately, the series looks to be a no-go for next season.

 

– The recruiting news of the day came in the form of Wright State transfer Julius Mays. Mays will be eligible to play for his senior season and lists Kentucky among his possible destinations. The sharp shooter is also considering Michigan State, Purdue, Cincinnati and Michigan.

 

The University of Kentucky made a big investment in the future of women’s basketball by signing head coach Matthew Mitchell to a new and greatly improved 7-year contract extension. The extension shows a commitment on the part of the athletic department to keep Mitchell around for the long haul, building upon two Elite 8 finishes appearances in the last 3 years. Mitchell becomes the highest paid coach in the SEC (although Vandy apparently does not release those figures).

 

– Just a reminder that the national champion Kentucky men’s basketball team will be visiting the White House tomorrow. Regardless of your party affiliation, meeting the President of the United States is a cool thing for these players. According to KSR spies (just kidding Courier-Journal) at Men’s Warehouse in Lexington, Eloy Vargas was in the store today shopping for a suit for the big trip. ESPNU will be covering the White House visit starting at 5:00 p.m. EDT tomorrow evening. Andy Katz will be spending some time with the team during their journey tomorrow. ESPNU will also be airing a half-hour behind-the-scenes special entitled “All-Access: Kentucky at the White House” on May 11th at 11:30 p.m. EDT.

 

Anthony Davis is 1 of 18 healthy finalists for the 2012 Olympic team. The roster will be cut to 12 players when it’s all said and done. Davis was quoted following the news, “It’s a tremendous honor to be this young and have a chance to represent my country.”

 

The UK Baseball team dropped the first game of the 3-game weekend series with Florida tonight by a final score of 5-3. The Wildcats need to win the series to remain in the driver’s seat for the regular season SEC title. Game 2 of the series will take place tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Cliff Hagan Stadium.

 

– Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could go pro in something other than sports. But he probably won’t have to…

(MKG helping out at Foot Locker)

 

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

58 Comments for Greg Gumbel’s Friday News and Views



  1. Yayayay
    11:01 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    First



  2. 123456
    11:02 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    123456



  3. gr8ness
    11:18 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Screw IU. They win one game in 100 years and they think they can dictate the terms of a UK game. Continue to celebrate your victory with a display case of pics and needy. Congrats LOOSIERS, You have reached your highest level of bball. Now take your ball and go home.



  4. gr8ness
    11:20 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Not “needy”, JERSEY. Sorry



  5. Not flat top feller
    11:41 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    So we will not be playing UNC or IU next season. That’s crazy for a program of our caliber. I thick it’s good for the Cayts to play more talented teams wary to help prep for SEC and get big game experience all season. It really helped last year’s team. We’ll still beat the snot out of about everybody we play!!



  6. The expert
    11:42 pm May 3, 2012 Permalink

    Cal should be demanding a neutral site after their fans stormed the floor last year. It’s a small miracle that no one got hurt.



  7. girl with hurt ankle
    12:21 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    You might not have got hurt, but I was shoved down by a bunch of inbred moo-moo-hoosiers, then trampled upon and had my ankle stomped. I wondered if I would make it out of there alive, being a decent looking woman from UK, on the ground, and all these pig porkers running around me. Thank the lord most must have made love to their pigs before the game.



  8. UKalum
    12:27 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t really know how I feel about this one. On one hand I understand Calipari wanting to play at a neutral site but on the other this is college basketball and is suppose to be about the students and honestly I think the students deserve a game at Rupp once every 2 years.



  9. NotJorts
    12:36 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    UNC nor IU wants to play UK in any situation? UofL would pull out if we didn’t sell their tix & beer. Buncha Pussies!



  10. Cats
    12:49 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    How old is Bryant?
    Seems like a dumb spelling of
    Brian to me.



  11. LexDoc
    12:59 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    UK baseball is #3 or 4 on ESPN’s Sportscenter Top 10…



  12. Blue Balls
    1:08 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Which one is IU again?



  13. kywildcat
    1:59 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    And the nasty rival got nastier



  14. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    2:32 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry, but if there was an agreement in place to play at a neutral site, we conceded more than enough by allowing 2 in a row at Lucas. The reigning National Champs do not need to bend to the wills of a team a year removed from a losing conference record . Rivalry be damned.



  15. Dissapointing End
    4:58 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but the “in Cal we trust” people make me sick. I don’t really care if we just won a title. Cal’s philosophy around scheduling is just as bad as Billy G’s. People can say what they want about Pitino and Tubby. I wouldn’t trade Cal for either one in a million years. That said, both Pitino and Tubby (especially Tubby) were masters of the SOS.

    Last year Cal thought we were special because we played Kansas, Louisville, UNC, and IU. I’m sorry, but the rest of the non conference scheudle was awful. We played multiple teams that were attrocious that we had no business playing. Spare me the revenue argument. We could easily find some teams with an RPI between 50 and 150 that will play us at Rupp. Playing the school for the blind with an RPI of 290 or 320 is just pointless. I’m fine with one game like that a year, but when we played 5-6 games against awful teams….that is too many and it kills your RPI.



  16. Jim
    5:52 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    In other news, the bank is foreclosing on Richie Farmer’s home – because he hasn’t made a payment since January. How does his lawyer(s) think they are going to get paid? What a total mess.



  17. Mike Sux
    6:01 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yea 15, it sure does really hurt us.



  18. truth
    6:43 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    We need to play tough out of conference games. The sec is a pathetic joke. As a season ticket holder, i am not looking forward to playing little sisters of the poor every night. I guess cal is afraid to lose a home game.



  19. unc fan
    6:45 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is a fat [email protected]



  20. SexnNursinHomes
    6:50 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    19- Cal would knock the f*** outta roy “daggumm” williams. One punch would be all it takes to crush the facial bones of ol’ roy. roy is softer than vanilla. Glass jaw. No soul. roy’s broken facial bones would then tear into his facial tissue causing internal bleeding. Then roy would flop on the ground with a seizure. all because roy can’t handle Cal. Sucks don’t it?



  21. REAL BLY
    6:56 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    GOOD!!! UK got thug’d in Bloomington and are calling a spade a spade…..NO MORE GAMES IN BLOOMINGTON, WE’LL GLADLY PLAY YOU IN INDI OR LOUISVILLE!!!!

    IU / Crean obviously didn’t want any part of it…..don’t blame Cal…blame IU fanbase and horrific ref’s!!!!



  22. UNC fans are dumb
    7:10 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    19 you should know what a pu$sy is…a pu$sy is Ol Roy running off the court while the game is still going and leaving his poor scrubs out there to take the heat.



  23. Ridge Runner
    7:22 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    The schedule will work itself out over the next few years and to be honest, I really don’t put much care into it. Why?

    1-We are UK and we set the bar (as an opponent) to everyone else. everyone! We are their superbowl no matter who it is.
    2-I would go to a UK game at Rupp if they played the YMCA All Stars. UK @ Rupp is magic period.
    3-I have faith in Cal / UK as they know just what it takes to have a mix of decent opponents -even if it means missing out on one or even two at home for one year.
    4-IU is not an elite team yet. We will talk to them in about 3 years if they are still playing inside the top 20. Then, maybe they could have some say on any negotiations. Maybe.



  24. Ridge Runner
    7:26 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    One more thing on one of my 23 comment points…

    Being a preseason #1 or #2 team (IU) and one good year (IU) perhaps….does not make return you to elite status. Come talk to us in 3 or 4 years and we will see if we can make an appt for you to discuss equal talks on scheduling.



  25. kramer
    7:31 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    This just assures the NCAA committee will make us play IU and UNC in the tournament next year!I just hope UK gets good opponents to replace these two!Now instead of Derby talk today I get to hear the pompus radio hosts talk about how scared UK and Cal are to play IU, I hate living here in Louisville sometimes!



  26. Coaches
    7:43 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think Crean is on to something. Indiana stops playing UK. What if other schools stopped playing UK, like UNC and Duke…

    Maybe this would slow UK’s recruiting when all they have left to play are crappy SEC teams.



  27. Ridge Runner
    7:50 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    26- Crean is not on to anything and I’m sure he knows the loss of money from this game is going to hurt them more than us when we bring fans in the gate like no other.

    Others? won’t happen over the long run in todays economy especially…Because they know how much money they lose when they can’t get UK on the schedule.



  28. Some Guy
    7:54 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Crawford is a waste of human flesh. What is wrong with this tool. He does not get it at all…

    http://www.courier-journal.com/article/20120503/COLUMNISTS02/305030120



  29. WHAT DID HE SAY???
    7:57 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    “Anytime, anyplace, anywhere*”. . . (*except Bloomington!).
    Coach Cal – KING OF THE ASTERISKS!!., wussssssssie!!!!



  30. Scottyk
    7:59 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    #12, IU is located in that State that provides that awful stench when there’s a wind blowing South



  31. In Cal We Trust
    8:06 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    #15 Did you get your picture taken with the 2012 NCAA trophy UK got this year yet? That is what makes a season special.



  32. barn
    8:08 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    what is cal’s reason for discontinuing unc/iu series? i have read several articles about it, but have yet to see his logic explained for his decision. i just hope we pick up 2 big programs to replace them with. why not wva? wouldn’t that be a good border rivalry? tosu?



  33. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:24 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    15- That’s a lot of words for such a moot point.



  34. tltaworl
    8:24 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    29. He said that at Memphis. He is not mid major anymore and doesn’t have to go anywhere.
    and #8. When is college basketball about the students? If every UK student was a die hard UK basketball fan they would only be a fraction of the number of fans. This program is about the players, and the people that support the program.
    15. We don’t need a high SOS if we win 30 games in the regular season, silly



  35. Ridge Runner
    8:27 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    33- Bicep, there are more trolls in this post than flea’s in Creans hair.



  36. Azubuike's Bicep
    8:31 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    35-You said it. There are more trolls than illegal Kelvin Sampson text messages.



  37. JohnnyRed
    8:33 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    My theory: IU is going to be kick-ass good next year, Calipari knows it, and does not want to take a home loss. Say what you want, but the BS about Assembly Hall and the IU fans making it unsafe or whatever is merely a smokescreen. I thought you UK fans were tougher than that…HA Try playing a football game in Morgantown if you want a taste of dangerous fan behaviour..



  38. Ridge Runner
    8:33 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    36- haha…I hear ya!



  39. In Cal We Trust
    8:38 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Most of the teams that think that they have a chance to go to the Final Four want to play a regular season game in a stadium. It seems funny that IU’s point is, Indy is to far for their fans to travel for a basketball game?



  40. Ridge Runner
    8:43 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    37- Your theory is based on all you know about basketball. You are used to little league, hanging kids jersey in a display for a reg season home court lucky win, etc..

    When you get to UK’s level and legacy, we set the standards os scheduling and if your a team who can’t agree….see ya. Grow up in your basketball theory mind.



  41. BlueJ
    8:44 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ally, why do you think fans care about schedule flexibility or revenue? If we don’t add a couple big games the non conference is going to be a snoozer. Who will we look forward to playing… we may end up playing no top 25 teams at this rate.



  42. Ridge Runner
    8:46 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Lets cut through the chase hoot fans…

    We set the standards on when and where we play. Not inferior opponents like you.

    IU walked out of the negotiations and quit. IU did. Not us.



  43. sckysportsink
    8:46 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Notre Dame made the same call back in the previous century and a home/away from 01-04. They don’t seem to be as relevant now as they did when UK was on their schedule. Somebody had to go, and I enjoy the UL game more than Indiana; and teams like NC aren’t too bad either.



  44. BNClay
    8:48 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Mizzou coming SEC will add another good game to league play. I would love to see another regional rival picked up at nuetral site such as, Cincy, OSU, or WVU. My fear however is that a regional rival such as Shawnee State U., Maysville Community College, or Scott Co Middle School will be added.

    Don’t think it will ever happen in the regular season but I would like to see that Cats play Memphis. That game would get some big hype.



  45. Ridge Runner
    8:49 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Matt…it is fun listening to trolls disquise their names even at times and the stupid stuff they say…also, its fun at times to go back and forth with them. But, we really need to register for this site and wish you would please turn the corner on this. Yes, I would pay if it comes to that.

    Hell, every once in awhile let the trolls in on one post and let us go at it. But overall…this needs to happen.



  46. barn
    8:54 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    37–have you seen our lineup for next year? i think UK will be doing the ass-kicking



  47. JohnnyRed
    8:56 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    40 – let me make sure I understand. UK wins the NC, and now gets to dictate when and where they play. Good luck with that. If that is the attitutde, then UK’s non conference SOS is going to decline quickly. UK may get little podunk schools to agree to only play at Rupp or at neutral locations, but any decent program is going to insist on a home-and-home rotation. LOL.



  48. Ridge Runner
    9:02 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    47- first, one small compliment: Thx for using a real name that signifies you are a hoot.

    Now…We have a legacy and don’t rely on what happened in one year. You may need to remember that for your own team if it is as good as it is supposed to be next year.

    Attitude is what attitude is. We are on top of the basketball world. We don’t rush our home court when we win and we look to see what is best for our fans. All fans. We love home games for most opponents and we like big venues for lesser opponents. Thats where you fit in right now. We will play good teams at home sooner or later based on what they wish -but you don’t fall into the category yet.

    The UK-IU game itself is what trumps all other circumstances. The game! IU walked away and quit in the talks. IU is the reason we won’t be playing.



  49. JohnnyRed
    9:14 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    48 – Actually, I am not a Hoosier fan. I think their color is technically crimson. My reference to playing an away football game in Morgantown should give you a clue as to where my loyalties are. And while you may not rush your home basketball court, you certainly rushed your home football field after beating a 5-7 opponent, so don’t act too high and mighty on that point.



  50. Mr. Obvious
    9:30 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t stand IU as much as the next guy but how can anyone say that their decision to play an alternating home court schedule is wrong and that Cal’s decision to play alternating neutral sites is correct. After all, they had been playing on their home courts for the last few years. If Cal wasn’t going to budge whatsoever, why is it wrong for IU to walk away? Why should IU have had to give in?



  51. Waitfor9
    9:36 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    49 – changing the subject to football is all you Louisville fans can do when we are in a basketball discussion. The thing about your comparison is…we know our football team sucks, so we rush the field when they get a big win for them. IU thinks their team is great, yet rushed the court. So basically if you want to compare IU’s basketball to UK’s football, we can agree on that, but IU fans don’t see it.



  52. Waitfor9
    9:42 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    and by the way 49, you won’t have to worry about your boys playing in Morgantown anymore since they got the hell out of the crappy Big East. Enjoy Conference USA Remixed.



  53. bluefan
    9:57 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    #15, that schedule brought us a CHAMPIONSHIP! Gotta trust the coach who made that happen. Good grief. Posing as a fan? Because I think most real fans are pretty happy with Coach Cal right now.

    A “Player’s First” Coach does not take his team back to the court where they were trampled. End of story. I just don’t undestand those of you who don’t get that.



  54. Some Guy
    10:02 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    IU pulled the plug and that makes it 100% their call at that point. If UK had done that then as a UK fan I would say then UK 100% their call. So its IU that stopped the series and their fault we are not playing enough said, no IU troll can say anything cause their program called it quits. Bunch of Sissy Quitters. HaaaaHaaa



  55. Scottyk
    10:11 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bottom line- IU has a trophy case this year with stuff from when they beat the Cats in early December, UK has a trophy case with National Championship trophy #8. IU= A team that has been irrelevant and now thinks they’re a national power, HAHAHAHA…..



  56. Scotty P
    10:29 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal knows we are a ranked 10-15 team early next year, and getting beat by IU and UNC possibly by double digits early in the year will drop us down even further.



  57. Blueballn
    10:47 am May 4, 2012 Permalink

    I dont understand y we give them any props at all they one by a point in there barn with us having a horrible game and TJ in a complete daze!! If it hadnt been for the walk they called on MKG when he got thrown to the ground with less than a minute we still would have one and we was not even half the team that we developed into.We kill there so called magical season and go on to win #8 y is this a discussion?



  58. Rae
    12:11 pm May 4, 2012 Permalink

    56. Everywhere has us preseason top 5. Preseason rankings don’t tend to change quickly. Most teams in the top 10 stay in the top 10 until around December at least, unless they lose to their cupcakes. And the UNC game is a 1 year break so that from then on, we have either UL or UNC coming to Rupp, instead of both at home and both away.