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Ruben Studdard’s Wednesday News & Views

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “I wonder how Ruben Studdard is doing in life?” No? Really? Well, you’re about to find out anyways. Since winning the second season of “American Idol” back in 2003 (yes, the show has been on for that long. Put it out of its misery, please), Ruben’s released five albums, been nominated for a Grammy, gotten married and then divorced, become a vegan, lost 80 pounds because of said veganism, and appeared on numerous television series. Who knew the “Velvet Teddy Bear” had it in him?

Now, Ruben lives in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, promoting his new album, working with charities, and, I like to think, calling Clay Aiken every now and then to reminisce about the old days. You know, back when there was only one singing talent show on television. (Seriously, how many are there now? And why is Britney Spears involved with any of them?)

Anyways, happy birthday, Ruben. Enjoy some vegan birthday cake and some news and views.

— Rick Minter and Randy Sanders met with the media on Tuesday, with no big news to report. CoShik Williams was back at practice and running “close to 100%”, meaning he will likely play on Saturday. Sanders and senior Morgan Newton also discussed Newton’s new role in the offense, which saw him playing both running back and wide receiver against Kent State, a trend that will continue the rest of this season. Sanders said Newton is an athlete they have to get involved in some way on offense, and Newton is ready for the challenge, telling reporters he is willing to help the team out in any way he can. He even made a joke about his infamous “self-sack” against Western last year, a cringe-worthy moment he said he’s added to his blooper reel. Life’s better when you’re laughing with us, Morgan.

— You want recruiting news? I’ve got recruiting news. On Tuesday, Cal and crew were in California visiting Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson. Gordon, a 6’7″ power forward, is a top five player in the 2013 class; Johnson, a 6’6″ small forward, is ranked 17th in the 2014 class by In case you’ve ever doubted Cal’s commitment to recruiting (why would you?), just check this tweet out:


— How about the Harrison Twins? On Tuesday, we learned that Cal visited them on Sunday, along with Julius Randle. The Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts spoke to their father, Aaron Harrison Sr., who said that his sons will not visit Kentucky again before their October 29th decision. Why? Their previous two visits to Lexington told him “all I need to know.” Hmm. What about that trip to Maryland for Midnight Madness? Harrison Sr. says that contrary to earlier reports, it’s not a done deal, and still something that the family is considering. You can take this news one of two ways: 1) The Harrisons’ visits to Kentucky have impressed them to the point that they are going through the rest of the visits as a formality, or 2) They’ve seen what Cal and the Cats have to offer and may be leaning towards other options, such as Maryland. Considering Kentucky’s program, facilities, and tradition, odds are its the former, not the latter.

— Suddenly, Julius Randle’s recruitment has turned into “Bling Wars.” Remember how impressed Julius Randle and his mother were by Calipari’s National Championship ring? So does Roy Williams, who “thirty-one upped” Cal on Tuesday night by bringing a case of thirty rings he’s collected over the years, ranging from conference titles to Final Four berths to national titles. Needless to say, Randle was impressed:

“When coach Williams opened the case you almost couldn’t look directly in it for fear of going blind,” Randle joked. “It was crazy.”

Daggum Roy also brought along Michael Jordan’s 1992 NBA championship ring, which Randle said Cal’s couldn’t compare to. His mother added:

“Yeah, coach Williams was ready for coach Cal with those rings. He got him there.”

Clearly, Randle and his mother are impressed by shiny things. I hope he gets the chance to check out the crystal National Championship trophy at the Craft Center this weekend. I hear it’s real shiny, and thankfully, doesn’t reek of desperation.

— Cal merely being in a recruit’s state seems to boost the Cats’ chances these days. 2013 PF Marcus Lee of Deer Valley, CA has narrowed his list to Kentucky, Louisville and California. He’s the 15th overall player in the 2013 class according to

— Just when you thought Enes Kanter‘s life couldn’t get any weirder, he goes and tweets this:

When Enes posts a picture of him and Verne Troyer, then I’ll be worried.

— UNC may have escaped the wrath of the NCAA when it comes to their academic scandal, but things are not getting any better for the Tarheels’ reputation. On Tuesday, Chief Fundraiser Matt Kupec resigned after an in-house investigation revealed he had taken non-work related trips on the university’s dime with Tami Hansbrough, the divorced mother of one Tyler “Booby Eyes” Hansbrough. Mrs. Hansbrough, a fundraiser for the university’s dental school, has been placed on administrative leave. Kupec and Hansbrough, who had been dating since fall of 2009, dipped into the university’s funds to travel to see Hansbrough’s other son, Ben, play for Notre Dame. Even better? Kupec was responsible for getting Hansbrough the job, which she started on Valentine’s Day 2011. How romantic.

— Soccer fans rejoice! The University announced plans for $7 million worth of renovations to the UK Soccer Complex, which will include upgrades to the locker rooms and training rooms, as well as new seating and a new press box. The project will be funded by private UK Athletics funds.

— Finally, check out KSR College’s own Havana Childers modeling these Nerlens Noel jerseys and flat-top wigs at Kennedy Book Store:

Make those flat tops flatter, ladies!

See you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

30 Comments for Ruben Studdard’s Wednesday News & Views

  1. Coach Durbin
    11:18 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    $7M for a soccer renovation, $14M for track renovation, softball renovation and Coach Cal sending championship rings to dozens of people. Yet the sport that brings in the vast majority of the money (football) still can’t get a recruiting room. Unbelievable.

  2. BlueBallin'
    11:27 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Millions about to be made off his ‘likeness’ (albeit an over-sized wig) and jersey…but Nerlens can’t get a dime of that money stashed away for himself. I side more with Ed O’Bannon on that EA Sports lawsuit everyday.

  3. Carl
    11:30 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry Tyler and Ben ur mom ain’t nothin but a ho-bag and UNC was pimping her out.

  4. Betty Crocker Test Kitchen
    11:38 pm September 11, 2012 Permalink

    So Mitch can’t raise money for football, or earmark the money football brings in to be used for football but he can raise money for soccer. Guess we know where the football team and its’ fans rank with Mitch. If we are “microwave fans”, Mitch is a crock pot when it comes to football.

  5. Kablooey
    12:54 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Randle must see through Roy Williams alledged attempt to present “30 rings” and in time he will realize the genuine move was by Cal who is gratified personally with his current reign as champion and for a man who has never had it and has shown the state his love of the trophy and honor bestowed, he will surely not reliquish such a superiority without a fight. The wildcats will fight every game and epic off games will cause loss but I declare on this day we will move forward toward every action building a better team and going to be greater than the ul ucla ku iu unc duke?’s of the field and perform like Kentucky does. Like Champions Do!

  6. Kablooey
    12:57 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Call to arms!

  7. Buckets
    1:02 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    So we can spend $7 million on FREAKING SOCCER, but not on a recruiting room for football??? What about Commonwealth Stadium upgrades? No? We’re going to spend $7 million on FREAKING SOCCER??? Who gives a [email protected]#$ about soccer?????

  8. luckybluemoon
    6:19 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    If we’re going to be making fun of Tards fans for poor spelling and grammar, please
    don’t use words like “Anyways”. It is grossly improper, and something we’d expect
    from a 12 year old. If you want to be a professional writer or even only just
    an exceptional one, learn not to use “anyway” in the first place, and certainly
    never “anyways” under any circumstances.

    Other than that, steller work as usual. Thank you, and GO BIG BLUE.

  9. reese witherspoon's chin
    6:30 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    hey luckybluemoon, it is “stellar” not “steller” and you complain about spelling and grammar.

  10. SexnNursinHomes
    6:36 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Roy’s home visit already gave Randle 3 credit hours.

  11. Han
    6:41 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    I wonder how many of those rings ol Roy would have to give back if the NCAA wasn’t full of hypocritical, biased jerks? Also, who shows off rings for Final Fours and other crap? National Titles or bust.

  12. James K
    7:00 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Can’t believe Ruben Studdard is using an SM58. I really thought the full range clarity of the SM86 would best capture the fullness of his manliness, but I guess I am just a dreamer.

  13. dusty380
    7:16 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    also hard to compete with that whole ‘degree without even having to attend class (maily because class doesn’t exist) thing’ too – a great selling point for 18 year-olds i’m sure….especially when you can tell them the ncaa doesn’t even care….

  14. CatGrad7072
    7:20 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Who knew Marge Simpson had a twin and liked UKBB to boot?

  15. hmmm
    7:24 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    I’m embarrassed for anyone who wears that fake flat top and for the person who created it. That’s just ridiculous.

  16. Yabba Do
    8:18 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Private athletic funds, my ass. Is there any wonder why UK football fans have stopped buying season tickets? UK has the most screwed up priorities when it comes to funding athletics. The football program could potentially make more than double what it actually made at it’s peak, if these idiots would invest in it. But, no, let’s invest in a sport that will never be anything but a money pit.

    Mitch, your 15x15x15 plan has broken the spirit of the most loyal fan base to ever exist, the UK football fans.

  17. Some Guy in Kentucky
    8:22 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    $7 million for soccer, but UK can not find money for football that makes money? It did make money. Mitch is too much.

  18. barn
    8:42 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    is ted mack still living?

  19. carnifex
    8:44 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    How many rings were for mythical Helms championships? College Bowls? Graduates from AA studies? Roy is a smarmy bastard hiding behind a Huckleberry Hound accent. Who knew?(besides UK fans).

    Barney, Barney, Barney. Damn guy. You must have the longest dick in the world…you keep steppin’ on it. What a total douche we have as an AD. Man, I wish MY ex-boss screwed my new boss over by giving ME such a golden parachute. Lee Todd-Sweeney Todd, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the oak.

  20. Rockfield, KY
    8:48 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    If Julius Randle likes shiny things so much, look out for him to pick Duke. He’ll get all the bling he can handle for free and there will be no investigation into it. Much better than going to UNC and not having to go to half your classes or going to UK and the only ring you’ll get is WHEN you win the national championship your freshman year while having to go to classes.

  21. Voice of Reason
    8:49 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Um, I don’t get the snivels over the soccer money. Key word in that was private. When you donate money you can designate where your donation is spent. It’s nearly 100% likely here that the money was donated by someone who earmarked it for soccer only. So, go back to beating up the AD for things he can actually control. The real culprit here is the lack of wealthy fans willing to pony up for the football team.

  22. Voice of Reason
    8:50 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    *is that it was private.

  23. The truth
    8:51 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Are those Nerlens Noel jerseys or just left over Terrence Jones jerseys. We will never know.

  24. barn
    8:52 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    21–i was just ready to point that out after i went back and read the entire paragraph. don’t see where we can fault mitch for it.

  25. BillDozer
    9:21 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    #21….that almost makes it worse. We have a soccer fan willing to give $7 million for upgrades but do not have a single UK fan willing to give that kind of money for the football program. Pretty sad in my eyes. I want out soccer programs to succeed and have nice facilities, but not before football.

  26. Betty Crocker Test Kitchen
    9:43 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    #21 – My point, obviously not well made, was that our AD has not been effective or seemingly even ACTIVE in attempting to raise private funds for football despite pleas from fans and Coach Brooks. It is my understanding that fund raising for sports is a large part of the A.D.’s job. If he’s all about equity, then why isn’t he giving the same fund raising attention to football that he is soccer or the other sports? Secondly, if he’s not going to raise the funds, then let football keep a larger portion of the money they bring to the table. I don’t begrudge any other sport their funding or the need for it. I just think you “feed the cash cow” and ours (football) is anemic.

  27. Jordan
    10:36 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Note to Cal: Don’t show 1 national championship ring when you know the other coaches recruiting your guy have 2, 3 or 4 national titles. Just not smart. Sell him on the NBA, not your title.

  28. schwing
    10:48 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    bringing 31 rings is just flat out desperation. you wear your most current one, obviously, which is what cal did. why didn’t roy just bring julius out to the driveway to show him his new porche?

    also, who in the eff gets rings for conference championships? we have so many we have to put them up on small plaques around rupp arena.

    11:38 am September 12, 2012 Permalink

    Screw Feetsball!! We sUcK at Feetsball! May as well spend the money on a new cow barn for the AG Dept.
    It would be money better spent than paying Choker!!

  30. LouisvilleFan
    3:38 pm September 12, 2012 Permalink

    yeah, what 29 said. yall suck at feetsball. Here at UofL we only suck at spelling and basketball. and life in general. used spell check this time! L yeah!