What a night! News came fast and furious. Here we go…..
— The biggest news comes from Louisville, where the Courier Journal reported that Rick Pitino told Louisville police he had a consensual relationship with Karen Sypher and paid for her abortion. Those comments were part of a long report linked in the post below and were the main highlights of an open records request by the paper. The article showcased that the dispute between Pitino and Sypher centers around a night at Porcini’s Restaurant (the Frankfort Avenue spot will forever be a Louisville landmark), in which the two had sex. According to Sypher, that sex constituted rape and according to Pitino, it was consensual. The police reports suggest that Sypher soon thereafter became pregnant and Pitino paid for the ensuing abortion. Pitino will not be charged criminally in the case, mainly because the police have made the determination that Sypher’s rape allegations are not credible. But the article does showcase that Pitino and Sypher did have a relationship and his reputation is certainly hit.
A quick word on the story. While I will leave a review of the more salacious details to someone else, big kudos to the Courier Journal. We are quick on here to sound the death bell for mainstream journalism and sometimes in the local area, that can seem fair. But this article is well-researched, thorough and pulls no punches. It took a long time for the media to come up with the guts to do the story. The fact is that most outlets had this story months ago and it was common knowledge in media circles. So while I still lament the way the media quivered for so long and question whether they needed the crutch of the police report to go with what they already knew, nevertheless the Courier did finally write it and did it very well. This is the type of thing the mainstream media can do better than others and I am glad to see it flex its reporting muscles here.
— Turkey Hunter via text on the story: “Adultery and paying for mistress’s abortion…Billy Clyde you have been check raised my friend.”
— On the court, we found out tonight that UK’s basketball schedule is ready and is only waiting on final agreement from the folks at ESPN and the SEC. I dont expect another power game on the schedule, as all the dates had been filled but one, and then the Long Beach State game was announced. Still, there will be a television show on the Big Blue Network to announce the game and I expect a lot of excitement and a huge rating for the festivities. One thing is for sure, this group knows how to market itself and we are just seeing the beginning of that success.
— Also in basketball, Calipari announced that the Freshmen had a 3.25 GPA collectively this summer, which is good news. One of the unsung worries that UK will have to deal with is the APR index, which will punish UK for some of its early departures and the like. The best thing that can happen for that index to be taken care of however is for everyone to get solid grades while they are here. The previous two coaches thought (correctly in my view), that since you could count 15 players to the APR total, having smart walk-ons helped raise the score. Calipari is against that, so it will be even MORE important for the grades to be good so scholarships are not lost…like Tennessee had this year.
— On the football end, some bad news as Jorge Gonzalez and Aaron Boyd face suspensions. Gonzalez is for one game and Boyd is actually for seven days of practice, which makes one wonder which is worse in the long run. We already discussed the impact on Boyd, but the impact for Gonzalez is important as well. The Center will miss the first game and someone with little to no experience (Matt Smith?) may end up starting at that position. With the Center playing such a key role in giving out blocking assignments and Hartline having such a good relationship with Gonzalez, it is a blow early in camp.
We will have more all day….more on Pitino, more on the basketball schedule and more on Drew Franklin, who begins on Thursday. Stay tuned!