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Jim Harbaugh’s Wednesday News and Views


Good morning and happy Wednesday.  Tuesday didn’t provide a lot of action around in the Big Blue world, but it did provide a lot of disappointment in the Go Blue world as college football’s hottest coaching name (as well as WWE GM and the Smoke Monster from Lost), Jim Harbaugh, decided to pass on returning to his alma mater and trying to fix the mess created by an overmatched and stubborn coaching staff.  The news of Harbaugh’s complete lack of interest, though not as damning as his shots at his alma mater a few years ago, got me wondering what kind of chaos it would have created in Lexington if, at the end of the Billy Gillispie era, the most sought-after young coach in the game was a UK alum who publicly bashed the school and made it well known that he had no interest in trying to restore the program to glory.  Would there be riots?  Would the internet explode?  Cannibalism?  At the very least, it would be a embarrassment played out on a national level and a sad day for the program.  Sorry, Michigan.  Hope that doesn’t cut to deep.

Now onto some UK notes…

 – Another day of guarantees that DeAndre Daniels would commmit passed and another day of waiting now awaits.  At this point, DeAndre Daniels has put together a recruitment so secretive, even the Rosenbergs are impressed.  As Tuesday concluded, most of the world seemed to believe that he would ultimately pick Kansas, including Jerry Meyer and Eric Bossi of Rivals.  If that indeed turns out to be the case, the Cats heat on Trevor Lacey will likely pick up and many feel that he’s a guy that likely will end up as a Cat.  Lacey’s game seems to complement the incoming class, as well as the parts likely to still be around next year better than Daniels’ might, but that’s not a knock on DeAndre.  If he chooses UK, that would be fantastic.  If he chooses Kansas, the Cats will still be in good shape.  It’s a nice feeling to have.

 – One of the most interesting notes of Tuesday was the revelation by ESPN’s Chad Ford that NBA folks don’t see Brandon Knight as a first round pick right now.  It’s not just that their evaluation seems odd, it’s that it seems completely strange considering he was said to have been seen as a potential lottery pick prior to the season.  After early struggles, Knight has developed into as complete of a backcourt player in college basketball the last several weeks and while his stock can’t be judged on one-fourth of a season positively, you would think that the first few games wouldn’t affect it so negatively.  There’s still plenty of time for it to play out and, should he be forced to return, that wouldn’t be a bad thing for Cats fans.  But, Knight’s continued progression as the year goes on and his ability to put the points on the board so quietly and efficiently would likely change that projection.  Still, it was surprising, to say the least. 

 – Before the basketball team takes the court again, the football team will square off against Pitt in the BBVA Compass Bowl in a game that is a must-win for Joker Phillips.  Not only does it come on the tail end of a season that can only be deemed as disappointing, the Cats will face a team in complete disarray.  The Panthers have been in limbo for about a month as they waited to find out who would be their coach for the game and had to deal with the incoming head man already being dismissed.  On top of that, they’ll be without the Big East Player of the Year.  They have every reason to be ready for the season to end and the effects of these distractions could be huge.  But, having said that, they have nothing to lose.  Kentucky, meanwhile, has a lot on the line.  After sputtering at the end of the season and limping into a bowl game and having their quarterback arrested, the Cats need something positive to take into next year and Joker needs to give fans a reason to believe in “Operation: Win” the way they believed in Rich Brooks his last several years.  A loss in the Compass Bowl and the honeymoon can be deemed completely over.

– In preparation for the game, the Cats arrived in Birmingham Monday and had their first full practice in Alabama on Tuesday.  It was Kentucky’s 14th extra practice, which is as important as any for playing in a bowl, and Joker Phillips said that he’s impressed with the play of some young guys, particularly Ridge Wilson.  The sophomore linebacker was singled out by UK’s head coach as the guy who has improved the most and said that they’ve worked with him on playing hard every  play, which is something he’s struggled with in the past. 

 – In case you weren’t tuned into ESPNU, Matthew Mitchell and the greatest part in the history of women’s college coaching fell to #3 Duke at Cameron Indoor in a heartbreaker.  The Cats took a 48-46 lead with 2:42 to go in the game before some questionable foul calls and missed shots doomed them at the end.  On the bright side, Shawne Merriman won $3.7 million in a lawsuit against Christian Laettner Tuesday.  So, at least there is that.

 – A quick shout-out to former coach Rich Brooks, whose Twitter game has really stepped up since he stepped down from UK.  Coach took a break from Tweeting about golf and Oregon football Tuesday night to take the refs in the women’s game to task and then offered his take on the Sugar Bowl.  Keep ’em coming, Papaw.

 – Not a good night for the SEC again in basketball as Arkansas scored only 46 points in a loss to Texas.  Things ar heating up for John Pelphrey in Fayetteville and it’s going to take a major turnaround for him to remain employed.  But, things seem to be picking up for the football team (as of writing this).

That’s it for now.  Stay tuned throughout the day for all kinds of fun and ridiculousness.  It all gets going with Kentucky Sports Radio at 10 am.  Make sure you stick around.  See you in a few..

Article written by Thomas Beisner

67 Comments for Jim Harbaugh’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. LansingCat
    11:57 pm January 4, 2011 Permalink

    Dear Michigan,

    Please keep DickRod as your coach. We like him there. He makes you suck.

    Michigan St. University

  2. ukbill
    12:09 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    RichRod is to Michigan football as BCG was to UK basketball

  3. KSR1080Fan
    12:15 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    A Papaw Brooks tweet was also quoted today in this
    good article from Yahoo’s Wetzel about Pryor/OSU charade:

  4. Jay Wade
    12:25 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    If Brandon Knight isn’t considered a lottery pick, let alone first round draft pick… HOW can Terrance Jones be considered one?

    Just an honest question.

  5. The Rock
    12:29 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    4- The same reason Daniel Orton was drafted… Nobody really knows.

  6. lpool003
    12:29 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    2010 Sugar Bowl Winner: Ohio State*

  7. MichiganFan
    12:32 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    No, it doesn’t hurt too much coming from such an illustrious football program as the University of Kentucky.

    12:33 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I’ve got Dibs on Pryor’s MVP trophy. it’ s worth at least 3 tats

  9. KY12
    12:36 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I love the fact that Brooks is still so involved with UK sports, feels like grandad is coming to watch his grandkids play.

  10. Jen
    12:43 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe Daniels is waiting on an Enes verdict? Makes sense cuz he’s a forward. Since Knight is not a first rounder, surely to God Lamb is not. And if Enes is not freed well we wont need Lacey we will need a forward. Which means we need the fricking NCAA to make a decision… like yesterday!

  11. Catsfan
    12:46 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    6, good stuff.

    12:47 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I bet the NCAA is proud of OH Sh!T.
    4 of 5 suspended …….um not suspended players had 4 TD & HUGH interception.
    If Enes is not free to play, we need to seriously consider our own suspensions in the Indy area. THE HOUSE, THE HOUSE…….LET THE……

  13. tyson
    12:48 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    ” …got me wondering what kind of chaos it would have created in Lexington if, at the end of the Billy Gillispie era, the most sought-after young coach in the game was a UK alum who publicly bashed the school and made it well known that he had no interest in trying to restore the program to glory.”

    ummm, isn’t that pretty much what Billy Donovan did to us? Twice?

  14. mores
    12:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    1) Harbaugh hasn’t turned the job down yet, in fact he hasn’t even been offered yet
    2) Michigan hasn’t officially said whether they’re firing Rodriguez (ESPN backed off from their earlier story)
    3) Chad Ford is a moron whose predictions are far less accurate than at least 3 sites I can think of off of my head, all of whom have Brandon Knight in the top 10 or waiting till 2012 for academic reasons (,, walterfootball’s NBA draft [which is surprisingly good]).

    Sorry Beisner, you’ve been kicking ass recently, but this post was really poorly researched.

  15. LansingCat
    1:01 am January 5, 2011 Permalink




  16. Kittylitter
    1:02 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Can Duke men or women’s basketball teams win a close game without the assistance of the officials just one f*#&ing time???? Please, NCAA, just once. It would be such a refreshing change from all the help they usually get. If I live to be 1000, I’ll never understand the NCAA’s love affair with Duke.

  17. Thomas Beisner
    1:02 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    13, Billy Donovan didn’t play for UK

    14, never said he turned it down, just that he wasn’t interested…don’t have Harbaugh’s # so I had to use the best research tools at my disposal

  18. tyson
    1:16 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    beis, as a longtime assistant and was considered the savior of our program, and both the AD and fans were begging for him to come here (twice), i would say it is a descent analogy.

  19. Frank Sobotka
    1:18 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Beisner: Another great post. Thank you.

    If B.Knight leads UK to the National Championship as a freshman like Mike Bibby did in 1997, I guarantee Knight will be a lottery pick in the 2011 NBA draft. If he leads the team to the Final Four and they don’t win it, he may still go in the lottery.

  20. Thomas Beisner
    1:21 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    18, I can concede to that.

  21. Kentucky14
    1:25 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Pelphrey is ok at Ark at least one more year since they have a top 10 recruiting class coming in. If he sucks with them, he will be gone but they aren’t gonna cut him loose and lose all those guys.

  22. 4-8-15-16-23-42
    1:32 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I just watched the replay of the UK/Dook game after I got off from work, and the officiating was awful. At one point in the 2nd half Dook had 25 offensive rebounds and I bet 20 of those were over the back that weren’t called. The girls played well and should have won. It sucks the way Dook won, basically scoring a goal on a deflected pass. It’s pathetic the amount of calls the Dook teams get at home.

  23. tombanjo
    1:38 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    this place started suckin when matt thought he could be another howard stern.

    1:46 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #18…I was beggin for Cal both times.

  25. tombanjo
    1:46 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    evan williams and i are gonna tell you, brother.. you ain’t got it in you. you gotta pick one. you know that’s the truth. i’m your paducah f’n god drinker..

  26. byoung
    1:47 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    chad ford is awful. he also still has harrison barnes listed as the 3rd best nba prospect. and even if gm’s are telling him bknight isn’t 1st rd. he should be smart enough to know 18 & 4 (as a FR) is may be, just may be, good enough for the 1st rd.

  27. tombanjo
    1:49 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    we’re stuck with video games.

  28. Roger
    1:50 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I respect Lou Holtz, but as a commentator, he’s a mess. He goes on and on about all the missed oppurtunities that Arkansas had. They fell on the blocked kick, instead of picking it up and running it in. Dropped touchdown passes. Missed assignments on defense which allowed several 3rd down conversions for Ohio State. He talks about all that, then says the best team won. If Arkansas had to have several mistakes in order for Ohio State to win a close game then I can say that Arkansas is at least as good as Ohio State. Ohio State made plays when they had to, but I do not think they were the better team. But, all that doesn’t matter they won anyway.

  29. LansingCat
    1:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Hey Beezy, Mitch Albom writes for the Freep, and he’s a freakin’ liar. Therefore, you should never totally believe the Freep, as they never fired him for making $h!t up. That paper is worth slightly more than the LOL er, um, I mean the LHL. Take it from a Detroit resident.

  30. tombanjo
    1:52 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    knight, right now, is what the nba needs.

  31. tombanjo
    1:55 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    takes his losses. keeps learning. give him two years he’ll do his thing and eventually be a gm.

  32. tdogg4033011
    1:56 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    FREE ENES !!!!

  33. tombanjo
    2:03 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    there are folks that get all shook up by the thought that lamb might have a prettier shot than chapman.

  34. catcrawler
    2:15 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Arkansas should’ve crushed Ohio St. Receivers dropping perfect passes all night is unacceptable!

  35. manu1433
    2:17 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with Ford…Knight isn’t a starting pt. guard on an NBA team…he has enough talent so that his flaws do not show at the position as much in college…Knight game and size make him an undersized combo guard in the NBA…he is a score first guard that was over rated coming out of high school…I’m not saying that Knight can’t be productive in the NBA, I think he will be a nice role player, just saying I wouldn’t waste my top 15 pick on him if I had one

  36. BPsycho
    2:36 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    #31 You’re drinkin alright…

  37. tdogg4033011
    2:42 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    35) combo gouard he might be in the NBA, but overrated coming out of high school?? Before this season is over, there wont be a better guard in the NCAA except Kemba Walker & might not be now. He’s not a pure PG, but he runs this team pretty dang good ……

  38. Doron aka Cold Buckets
    3:28 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    35….overrated? really dude? the kid was a pure scorer in high school and thats what he is now. Only difference now is that he has the talent around him to drop a couple dimes per game.

  39. Doron aka Cold Buckets
    3:34 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Im still praying for a lockout btw, and I’m gonna list what our roster would be because I get half mast every time I can actually see it written down.

    Guards: Knight, Teague, Lamb, Polson!, Liggins, Hood, Poole
    Forwards: Miller, Vargas, A. Davis, Wiltjer, Gilchrist

    oohhh yeaaaa, that feels niiiice.

  40. Bleed Blue
    5:18 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    The same Chad Ford who says Perry Jones would be the number 1 pick in the NBA draft as of today. The same Perry Jones that scored a whopping 0 points and smashed the glass for 1 rebound in a squeaker against Texas Southern other day.

  41. AgCamel
    5:51 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I love KSR. It is my morning routine every single morning. I’m really worried about the fact that TB may be posting on this thing solo too much and possibly burn himself out. I’m not saying I want less posts…I just want more people than TB posting. I dont want him to stress and ruin his life because of a blog.

  42. manu1433
    6:19 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    chad ford is right…Knight shouldn’t be a lottery pick…he isn’t as good a defender as advertised and he really doesn’t fit a position in the NBA….i’d honestly project him to go late in the first round though as he will be a solid role player on a team…but no way a lottery pick should be wasted on him

  43. Rupert Ergin XI
    7:18 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I can live with Knight coming back. Move him to the 2 Guard and Teague can run the point. That would be a fairly OK back court.

  44. Rupert Ergin XI
    7:20 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    41 – He’s married. His life is already ruined. This blog is his salvation. Saying you want less Beez is like saying you want less money. I can’t wrap my mind around that. If anything, KSR has picked it up in the past few weeks.

  45. SexnNursinHomes
    7:45 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    45- on da money- Beis is kickin more ass than a U.S death squad

    If Knight keeps progressing, by the end of the year he will be the one of the best PG’s in the nation. He is a completely different player than when we started the season.

  46. kyrobman
    8:00 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    I would be happy if all this years team came back next year. The reason the NBA liked Orton, Jones, etc. is their size. That is something you can’t teach. But as far as Knight, if I had my own NBA team and I was able to pick a guard. I would take Knight, now I think he can improve. Which is odd to say a guy with his numbers could improve. But imagine Wall at 1 and knight at the 2. It would be like Teague at 1 and Knight at 2. Go BB Free our man Enes.

  47. ricksVD
    8:04 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    it hurts when I pee

  48. BB Head
    8:07 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Maybe none of the current CATS are 1st rounders. So what? Lets have em all back plus the newbies. It is ok to stay beyond your freshman year.

  49. my dog eats better than this
    8:25 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    clearly KSR is to big-time sports broadcasting what Cal is to NBA PGs … Beisner is just playing the role of Dujuan Wagner or Tyreke Evans … time will tell which one

  50. voice of reason
    8:36 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Laettner must not be able to balance a checkbook. He has been sued multiple times.

    Also, Bobby Hurley was declared bankrupt last year and forced to liquidate his assets, the biggest of which was his horse farm/racing/breeding operation which included the stallion Songandaprayer.

  51. GummyBear
    8:54 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    39.. You forgot Terrance Jones! ..and possibly Kanter, if he’s freed with a one year suspension.

  52. Tej
    8:56 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Good luck to the Cats in Birmingham. A win would be a positive to build on for next year and it would give Newton and/or Moss a good start for the spring. I hope we play a solid game on both sides of the ball. Pitt is a good team despite their off the field problems. I wonder how much the new coaches will contribute to game plan and on field coaching Sat.
    I cannot believe RichRod will survive since his record againt Mich St and OSU is so bad. Surely, Less Miles would not leave the SEC and LSU for Michigan. I know Michigan is a great program but LSU is also and the SEC is the SEC.

  53. twnky
    8:59 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    can someone tell me how many scholarships we will have for next year with Liggans, Hood, Lamb , Poole, Polson, Vargas, Miller? not to mention we have Davis, Teauge, Wiljter, Gilchrist for next season. That excludes Knight, T jones, Kanter and the two targets for next year that include Lacey and Daniels. How many scholarships do we have to give and if so does Polson go back to being a walk on or is that not pc?

  54. douggercats
    9:21 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    If no one goes pro will it be the worst day in the history of Kentucky basketball?

  55. RK Oates
    9:31 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Watching the #10 lady cats play #3 Duke was just gut wrenching! So many calls went against the cats that were so questionable and when the lady cats put in the go a head basket for the Duke team was just unbelievable. Not that anyone would call that home cookin!!!!

  56. Al's IndiCats
    9:38 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    22) I agree with you! How many freaking calls can one team get? I saw at least 4 over the backs from Dook that were never called, and for the life of me I cannot understand why or how UK fouled going up for a rebound with a freakin dookie on her back. What the hell is with this love fest gpoing on with dook?

    The whole OSU and the NCAA not suspending the 4 players for the sugar bowl game is another thing all together.

    1st) The big ten hasn’t won one bowl game against an SEC this year!
    2nd) OSU has been taking it on the chops against an SEC team in both BCS Championships… Fla…LSU
    3rd) The NCAA is as a corrupt organization as you’ll ever see. Pryor,and 4 other OSU players were able to play and “MAY” have to sit out next years first 5 games for selling or giving autographed memorbalia for their own personal gain. For them to look the other way saying it was the fault of the University, Athletic Department, Compliance co-ordenators,coaches, asst. coaches, is just all out BS.
    Then we have a kid that that sits the bench b/c they haven’t the balls to make a reversable decision because he didn’t live in this country.

    I’ll get off my soap box now and take my blood pressure meds.

    I’m not nor will I ever be a Patrino fan by any means, but I honestly think he and Arkansas were screwed in the worst way last night.

  57. NCAA brain Trust
    9:44 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    There are 3 things you can expect in life
    (1) Death
    (2) Taxes
    (3) Dumba$$ moves by us

  58. UKFanCincy
    9:48 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone seen the beanie that Lamb always wears?? Can anyone tell me where i can get one?

  59. Al's IndiCats
    9:49 am January 5, 2011 Permalink


    9:57 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Let me start by saying I love your guys’ site, read it every day….but I want to know why you all think this bowl game is a MUST-WIN for UK and Joker. Furthermore, I’ve been reading on here all year about how this football season was a disappointment, underachievement, etc…based on the talent this team had coming into this season, what made anyone think this team could win 7 or 8 games? I even heard some say they could win NINE! It’s not like this team was loaded with talent like in ’07. I thought 5-7 is what we would finish based on what we had, and that was the most logical prediction I could fathom. Until this year, Hartline had not improved enough to lead us to believe we could win that many games, but as it turned out, he did improve to a level I never thought he would and, combine that with what I thought was an improvement in play-calling under Joker compared with Brooks, our offense was pretty good and went toe-to-toe with most of the SEC. Yes, the defense was bad, but with all that, how can you not say 6-6 was at least acceptable, or BETTER than what we were picked to finish? We were underdogs in every game except for the 4 non-conf games and Vandy, and yes that includes Ole Miss, the game everybody says we SHOULD’VE won. Well I’ll give you two TD’s in that game were gifts from us, but take those away, and it’s still a close game that could go either way, it’s on the road in the SEC, and with our defense being as bad as it was, how can anyone say we definitely would’ve won that game? Bottom line, we won every game we were supposed to win, we had ONE UPSET WIN, which we were darn fortunate to win, it was a miracle we came within 3 pts of the probable national champs, and so we finish 6-6, one game above where we should’ve, and make a bowl game. I think, for what we have on the field, that is a very solid first season for Joker, and I don’t think it is reasonable of any of us to have expected more. Not saying it COULDN’T have happened, but no one should’ve expected it or thought it reasonably possible.

  61. tdogg4033011
    10:04 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    are we gonna have to see projected lineups for next season until the time comes?? lol

  62. Sammydog
    10:16 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Regarding Brandon Knight, I believe the NBA is attracted to flashy players who have star power that will attract media attention and get the press and their fans excited. Brandon is so cool, composed and somewhat cerebral, all good things, but does it sell to the masses who like controversy and an easily definable persona to identify with? Let him throw an emotional fit or two on the court and he will get more attention…

  63. calipari's urn
    10:24 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    who cares who goes pro,very few who do have long carees,as long as they come here and win ballgames is all we should care about

  64. Rex
    10:54 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Pelphrey will be fine at Arkansas. He’s got the #3 class coming in next year.

  65. JustinBeaver
    11:18 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    Good to see Laettner and Brian Davis are still together after all these years.People make fun of them and their lifestyle yet their love has endured.

  66. totaly blue
    11:50 am January 5, 2011 Permalink

    the ncaa and dukes love affair is a big part of the reason why enes is sitting. they will at all times make sure duke and the acc conference has every advantage to win. they will always slap ky. in the face evwry chance they get. there setting of enes has a smell of we will show you who is boss rather than doing what is right or being consistence on there calls. money and abuse of power is more important to them. it is obvious they are out to hurt ky.

  67. NBA league pass
    12:49 pm January 5, 2011 Permalink

    We ALL should be keeping our fingers crossed that Knight will stay. I honestly think he should. He could work on a few things, play on a dominant team, and almost certainly be a lottery pick the next year. Going pro as a soph ain’t all that bad!