The celebration is over but it can live on forever inside your home or office with this Final Four print from Stadium Frame. The 34×24 framed photo is matted with coins and features a shot of the Superdome court just after the final buzzer sounded to end Kentucky’s magical 2011-12 season. Go to www.Final4Prints.com to purchase the print you see here, or pick out another print or variation of this one from Stadium Frame.
— There is some potentially big news out of Louisville and it doesn’t involve the football program or an underground sex cave in the Louisville Slugger museum. Dez Wells, the guard who was expelled from Xavier for sexual assault allegations, could announce his new school as early as this week and the Cards are a strong possibility. It was reported last week that there was a little interest between Wells and Kentucky, but now it’s looking like Louisville, Texas or Memphis will be where he ends up. Wells would create another scholarship issue for the Cards, but on the positive side, he’d also be someone Rick Pitino could relate to when it comes to off the court activities.
— Rashawn has a solid report from today’s football practice in a post just a couple spots down from this one. To sum it up briefly: Tuesday’s practice was physical; Max Smith is “millions of mile ahead” from where he ended the season; and the offensive line is strong but it’s not deep.
— BeyondTheBets.com, the website that humiliated me earlier this year in my handicapping competition with “Grandma,” has a fancy preview of Kentucky football for gamblers, including a countdown clock to basketball season. (Funny.) The site looks at Joker’s trends as head coach at UK, how the Cats have fared over the last five years, and the early lines for each game of the 2012 season. It’s definitely worth a look.
— #LouisvilleHateDay is almost here and I appreciate everyone submitting photos and suggestions. There is so much to laugh at when it comes to the University of Louisville so if you think there is a story, photo, or topic out there that we might miss, please let me know at [email protected] or on Twitter at @DrewFranklinKSR. I’m trying to replay the last year in my mind but my memory isn’t what it used to be so feel free to remind me of a football player tweeting about cocaine, something idiotic Chane Behanan said or a great photo from Card Nation. #LouisvilleHateDay is a group effort.
— It seems John Calipari has slowed down a bit the past few days, at least when it comes to frequent flyer miles. After teaching his son how to parallel park in the Joe Craft Center last night, Cal stopped by football practice today to check up on Joker Phillips and the team’s preparation for Louisville. If there is anyone that knows a thing or four about beating Louisville, it is John Calipari.
— Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi called Julius Randle the most NBA ready player in the new class of 2013 rankings. That’s scary to those of you who watched Aaron Torres’ interview with Randle, when he admitted to never lifting weights. This kid is going to be a monster when he gets to college and works with a strength and conditioning coach.
— To celebrate his 21st/26th/28th/34th/50th birthday, Matt counted down his seven favorite songs on this morning’s radio show. He and Ryan also looked ahead to the Governor’s Cup and Ryan explained why he’s not all there in the head. Enjoy…