This is Norris Lake. These are Cats fans. This is called “The Jumping Bridge”. If you’re a Louisville fan, you might want to look into it. Things aren’t getting better any time soon. With that being said, a few notes for you to think about all night long…
– We’ve found ourselves again in a July evaluation period and Coach Cal was in Vegas, which will host three events this week, checking out the action at the adidas Super 64. Cal spent some time watching a number of players, many of whom are the same names you’ll recognize from the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis earlier in the month. We’ll dive deeper into all of the names Saturday when I have sole duty of filling space on this pretty little blog all day. For now, here is a list of a few of the more notable names he saw:
– I’ve never been to Vegas, but I have seen The Hangover, so I know that to survive in the city, forming a formidable and trustworthy wolfpack is essential. John Calipari did just that Friday. Coach Cal and John Wall paired up to watch Shabazz Muhammad – a text buddy of Wall’s – do his thing in a crowded gym. The list of coaches in attendance is lengthy and they all have their own presence at these events. But only one guy had a former #1 overall draft pick who just three years ago was playing on the same summer circuit and that’s what elite players pick up on. Of course, Billy Gillispie wasn’t impressed. He was heard mumbling, “Big deal. I take my sponsor everywhere too.”
– The story that ignited a fire and then dissipated nearly overnight concluded with Tony Woods ending up at Oregon. The former five-star big man seems to have landed in a good situation, where he’ll be able to contribute immediately and get his basketball career back underway in relative anonymity. The issue for Woods at Kentucky – and at Louisville and Texas to a smaller degree – was the baggage that would travel with him following his circumstances at Wake Forest. At Kentucky, it would not only be magnified for him personally, but it would likely serve as a potential distraction down as Kentucky continued to advance in the tournament and the media focused more attention on them. In the end, Woods heading somewhere other than Lexington is probably the best decision for both himself and Kentucky. After all, you don’t want to make Eloy angry. You won’t like him when he’s angry.
– In what might be the absolute biggest story of the day in more ways than one, Jared Lorenzen was named commissioner of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. It’s Lorenzen’s second jump to a front office position. The Hefty Lefty started last season as the general manager of the Northern Kentucky River Monsters before deciding to become their starting quarterback. Lorenzen’s new job carries a number of responsibilities with it, but one that’s more awesome than the rest: blogging. The Pillsbury Throwboy will be making weekly blog posts updating fans on the league and its development. He remains my favorite Wildcat of all time.
That’s really it right now. If you missed the show today, make sure you check out the podcast below. Chip Cosby filled in admirably and welcomed Brett Dawson and Randall Cobb to the show. Matt will be back in control Monday.