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Haywoode Workman’s late Friday notes

Can you feel the excitement?  Forget the Vandy game.  Today is the first morning of 2011 that you can wake up to a Sportscenter highlight of the Cavaliers winning a basketball game.  LeBron’s fat ex-girlfriends knocked off the Clippers in overtime and were able to avoid a collapse after a bucket and assist by Eric Bledsoe closed the gap to one by getting a crucial no-call on one of the most blatant fouls you’ll see.  Who was the ref pocketing the whistle?  None other than former NBA point guard Haywoode Workman, who once shared the Pacer backcourt with current Cleveland coach Byron Scott.  Conspiracy?  Sure, why not?  Whatever it takes for the mention of Workman’s name inspiring thoughts of anything but AWANA.

A few late notes…

 – As Matt noted in the previous post, the decision by Lee Todd to extend Mitch Barnhart’s contract shortly before he leaves office as UK’s president was a bit curious.  However, Todd disagrees.  He defended the decision to WKYT Friday, saying that it was the right thing to do and noted that sticking by Rich Brooks when it wasn’t popular was also a decision that turned out to be the right one.  The most interesting part of the conversation, though, was Todd admitting that Barnhart would have hired Calipari to replace Tubby Smith, but he did not endorse the idea at the time.  Here is what he said was his reasoning:

“To be perfectly honest with that, that was a time where Mitch probably would have hired Calipari, but I didn’t want to do that at that time, because it was back then when these students were playing basketball that went to, what I call, bogus high schools. So we weren’t brining those students in from those schools, but there were some in John’s case,” Dr. Todd said.

You can read the whole story here.

 – In their matinee showdown with Vanderbilt tomorrow, the Cats are one-point underdogs.  Given their struggles on the road to this point, not being favored certainly seems fair.  Maybe even a little generous.  On an unrelated note, Kentucky placed more athletes on the Academic Honor Roll for the fall semester than the Commodores.  Suck it.

 – According to Aaron Cordero of Bleed Blue Kentucky, former Mercer County running back Brandon Ford will walk on to the Kentucky football team next season.  Ford played for City College in San Francisco, the former school of OJ Simpson, and played well enough to make it on to YouTube.  Watch his video here.

 – If you were wondering who the state’s leading high school scorer is, it’s Hobo McCoy of Pike Central.  He’s averaging 31 points per game.  And his name is awesome.

 – Amazingly, the thought that Billy Gillispie could end up as the head coach of the Wyoming Cowboys is picking upa little bit of steam thanks to this story in the Wyoming News.  Conventional wisdom would indicate that Clyde would prefer to hold out for a better gig, but there’s still no guarantee that bigger schools will be willing to gamble on him without seeing him work elsewhere first.  Regardless, my favorite part of the Wyoming News story is the quote saying the Cowboys will hire “either current Division I coach, a high-profile assistant or someone who has been a head man but hasn’t coached in a couple of years.”  The coach will also be a human.  And breathe.  And have a social security number.  Hope that narrows it down.  

 – Hey, look!  Pete Thamel is looking into someone’s grades!  Call me crazy, but I didn’t see that coming.  It’s just so out of character for him.  It does explain why he hasn’t gotten back to us about that contract offer yet.  Dude has been busy.

 – Coach Cal has been very open about trying to motivate his players through the media.  Sometimes it’s a little critical, but it’s mostly just motivational.  Never is it anything like what Bruce Weber said about Demetri McCamey.  Weber put his best player on blast on local radio Friday, which is the first time I can remember a coach doing so.  I bet he responds well to that and their relationship really thrives.  I have a feeling we’ll get a Gregg Doyel column on this. 

That’s it for now.  Stick around all day Saturday as we finish getting you prepped for the Commodores Saturday morning and then spend some time together on the Live Blog that starts at 12:30.  I’ll do my best to get rid of this head cold by then.  I know you were concerned.  In the meantime, take a look at this suggested floor for the Yum! Center, which was originally posted on The Dagger on Yahoo! (that’s a lot of unneccessary exclamation points in that sentence).  It’s like Oregon’s court, but it makes you salivate more.


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

30 Comments for Haywoode Workman’s late Friday notes

  1. Wildcobb Salad
    12:15 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    The Cardinals logo is way too big. It should be about the size of a sewer grate and be in a corner and the center logo should be an extra crispy drumstick.

  2. bleedblue
    12:26 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Finger lickin’ good.

  3. deer boss
    12:37 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    can i get in trouble for changing my email accout to [email protected]>>>>>>>>?

  4. tdogg4033011
    12:50 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Mercer County REPRESENT ….. YESIRRRR !!!!!

  5. old_school
    12:51 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    So Todd had some academic integrity at one point by refusing to pimp out UK’s program to bogus star athletes from bogus high schools.

    I’m so sorry he compromised his standards. I guess that’s what pressure can do to a man.

    Too many in Kentucky think Todd’s first and foremost duty as UK president is to serve as Director of Basketball Operations. While athletics is hugely important in raising funds and publicity for a school – it’s not a school’s primary function.

    Todd should have stuck to his guns.

    Of course – I wonder if Todd’s comments are actually true.

    Might he just have made those comments as an attempt to paint a rosier picture of the relationship between Cal and Mitch? As the outgoing president, was he merely trying to deflect criticism from Mitch because it’s widely perceived that he and Cal don’t see eye to eye.

    It’s like Todd was saying “Look, Mitch always wanted Cal. In fact, I’m the one who didn’t want him the first time around. Mitch is here for the next 8 years fans – but don’t worry – he’s solidly in Cal’s corner.”

    I ain’t buyin’ it.

  6. TardinalFan
    12:54 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    We are sponsored by Adidas, not by Nike. Jus’ sayin’

  7. charlie
    12:58 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hobo McCoy is good enough to play at UK. Cal needs to take a look.

  8. Easy
    12:59 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    I wish BCG only the best . He will make someone a good coach ……… Not ready for a Kentucky though .

  9. Tubby's gopher
    1:35 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    #7, No, maybe EKU or MSU, not the CATS!

    Pete Thamel is gay and always will be a homo!

  10. level 9 pissed
    1:35 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    You guys won’t give up until you make a controversy out of the Barnhart contract will you?

  11. Dylan
    2:32 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    cobb to come back if lock out

  12. Chief McHeath
    2:51 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hobo is the biggest prick at the bus station.

  13. bleedblue
    3:42 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Austin Rivers got a technical for a Kuric-like stare down after a sick dunk. At least they’re consistent…

  14. Cats R Back
    5:26 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    UL is adidas not nike, The Dagger tards lose credibility on that one…and yes the center logo should be a chicken wing on a hanger…

  15. Robasama
    8:00 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Beez, did you grow up with AWANA?

  16. Red Rooster
    8:06 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Todd’s smarter than you, and me. Let’s just leave it at that.

  17. Beetle bum
    8:19 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t care about the Gillispie watch.

  18. nlk
    8:48 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    I like the Colonel’s Court. Met the man once, helluva guy!

  19. Geert Hammink's Game
    8:58 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    If true about Demetri McCarney, I really don’t see an issue with what Weber said at all.. He didn’t say the kid was a head case or slander him. Or curse him. He simply said he thinks his player is being distracted by what others think of his game rather than being dissatisfied by what he doesn’t have mastery over.

  20. bung
    9:04 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Sign Hobo….Free Enes….what happed 2 Pres. askin nc2a for explanation? Has that meeting happed yet? Always get Pres and AD that are Ky Blue.

  21. OneAndDone
    9:18 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Lee Todd is the shiznit. Don’t question his actions

  22. Michael Bush arrested in Clark county Indiana for DUI saturday at 5AM, good job representing the UL! Their cardinal should show a front view, and a profile like most of their players.

  23. 15th Region
    10:08 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Hi, I’m the weakest region in the state. Hobo McCoy plays in me. He is a good kid, but benefits from me being so bad and the oppurtunity to take lots of shots. Hobo couldn’t contribute at Alice Lloyd. I hope #7 was joking.

  24. Al's IndiCats
    10:16 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    14, 22, I damn near spit my coffee on those comments of yours.
    But what I’m still wondering is what the hell is with the bird with teeth? I’d be more forgiving if it had a line beard or something else but TEETH?

  25. CardHater
    11:41 am February 12, 2011 Permalink

    How about SEXtino with his pants down while kissing Tommy Turtleneck on the lips..That would be a real stunner…and right on track..

  26. TheGuyPitinoForgotToPayToGetFreshFishAtPorchinis
    3:50 pm February 12, 2011 Permalink

    So what changed Lee Todd’s mind on allowing Calapari to be hired after vetoing the decision when Tubby left?

    The fact that they couldn’t do any worse than Gillispie?

    If that’s the case, he’s admitting he AND his AD directly/indirectly drove the program into the ground. Then abandoned his principals in order to what? Save his job???

    Honorable men accept responsibility for the damage done by their actions. They also don’t reward people for forcing them into abandoning their principles because the current surface appears is favorable. Lee Todd is sliding down the slippery slope and ensuring the University is stuck with this legacy long after he is gone.

  27. LindaS
    5:49 pm February 12, 2011 Permalink

    Only one thing that I want to say concerning this story…Neuter Thamel.

  28. martinbluther
    3:32 am February 13, 2011 Permalink

    The dude in the pic should work for UPS. I’m just sayin’. Good for him. Of course, I hate him.

  29. Did You really?
    12:34 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Did Brandon Ford really include Red/White scrimmage footage in his highlight film?

  30. CatsFan03
    11:57 pm February 13, 2011 Permalink

    Haywoode is a great guy. He was my coach at b’ball camp YEARS ago. Couldn’t ask for better guy with kids trying to learn. Always hoped for success for him!