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The Answer’s Thursday News and Views

The Answer is retiring from basketball. Say it ain’t so, Ivo.

After a three year hiatus from the NBA and no hope for a return in sight, Allen Iverson is set to officially retire from the game, finally. The 6-foot-0 point guard that captivated us all with his crossover and undersized, tatted-up frame is releasing the desperate grip he’s held on the league since February 2010, when we last saw him in an NBA game. According to SLAM Magazine, he’s finally come to terms with the fact it is over.

One of the best scorers in league history, Iverson averaged 26.7 points and 6.2 assists over his 14-year career with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and a brief stint with Memphis, good enough for sixth all-time in career scoring average. He won the scoring title during the 1998—99, 2000—01, 2001—02 and 2004—05 seasons in Philly, and was named 2001 NBA Most Valuable Player after leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals that year. His NBA resume also includes several other prestigious accolades, including 1997 Rookie of the Year, 11 All-Star Game appearances, two All-Star Game MVP awards, and three First Team All-NBA honors. Iverson’s playoff career scoring average of 29.7 points per game is second only to Michael Jordan. This Michael Jordan:

Gimme those ankles.

 

We have a lot to talk about, some of it practice — practice? we talm-bout practice? — so let’s get to it…

 When you woke up Wednesday morning, I bet you didn’t expect your Thanksgiving holidays to soon change forever, but turkey days will never be the same after this year. What was once a holiday reserved for feasting and pretending to enjoy family will become the weekend of Kentucky versus Louisville on the gridiron, beginning in 2014.

The entire 2014 UK football schedule was released on Wednesday and it contained a couple surprises, mainly the move of the Governor’s Cup from early in the fall to the final game of the season. Though some are upset with the unexpected change, most members of Big Blue Nation seem to be in favor of a late November whoopin’ of the Cards.

After practice Wednesday, Mark Stoops said, “I just left a pretty good rivalry at the end of the year. Florida-Florida State is pretty big — a pretty good deal at the end of the year. From my understanding, that was what was best for both conferences. So that will be great. That will be a lot of fun.”

Neal Brown added, “I think (the rivalry) gets lost in the shuffle a little bit. Some people may disagree with that. But later in the year, playing on that rivalry weekend, I think it will be good for us. It doesn’t matter anyway; we’re going to play it at the end.”

Can you imagine those two teams going into the November 29, 2014 meeting with five wins apiece? Playing for a bowl and to send the rival team home? Even if bowl eligibility isn’t on the line, the chance to end the regular season with a win over Louisville will do wonders for momentum heading into the offseason. Personally I’m all for the rivalry moving to Thanksgiving and I’m looking forward to celebrating Louisville Hate Day around the dinner table with the ones I love.

Here’s a look at the entire schedule:

Aug. 30: UT Martin
Sept. 6: Ohio University
Sept. 13: at Florida
Sept. 20: Open
Sept. 27: Vanderbilt
Oct. 4: South Carolina
Oct. 11: ULM
Oct. 18: at LSU
Oct. 25: Mississippi State
Nov. 1: at Missouri
Nov. 8: Georgia
Nov. 15: at Tennessee
Nov. 22: Open
Nov. 29: at Louisville

We’re going to Baton Rouge!!!

 Wednesday marked the end of fall camp for the football team as they move on to WKU game prep on Thursday. Stoops called it a good day of practice but had very little newsworthy things to say. “We just kind of cleaned up some things from camp and went a little lighter than usual today and really just wrapped up some corrections from the scrimmage yesterday,” he said of practice. “Overall, pretty mellow day. Wasn’t a whole lot, much to talk about as far as anything major happening out there today. Just some basic clean-up work.”

You’re not helping my job here, Coach.

 Offensive coordinator Neal Brown was a little more candid when discussing the afternoon. He spoke very highly of Ryan Timmons and confirmed Timmons is in a heated position battle with Daryl Collins at one of the H position. He said Collins has really stepped up and met the challenges from the younger guy coming in and trying to take his job. “But Ryan can run,” he said. “Ryan’s familiar with this offense, so the learning curve wasn’t as steep as it was for some of those other freshmen. And he’s really good with the ball in his hand. He’s fast and he can make people miss.”

 Brown also had good things to say about Bud Dupree and how he has helped the offensive line step its game up by playing so well. Brown called Dupree a “quick twitch guy” and said his initial burst on the end is as good as anybody they’ll see all season, with the exception of Jadeveon Clowney and maybe a couple more. Stoops called Dupree the most active guy they have up front. Za’Darius is still injured.

 If you’re free tomorrow night, be sure to check out “UK Football 2013: Attack Every Day”, an hour-long UK football preseason TV show. It will debut Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET on Fox Sports South and will air again Friday afternoon and then three times next week. Produced by the UK/IMG Sports Network, the show will be hosted by Jeff Piecoro, Dusty Bonner and Rob Bromley, and will feature exclusive content including a one-on-one interview with Mark Stoops, a drawing board session with Neal Brown, insight from former and current players on the 2013 season, and much, much more.

 So how ’bout that four-star center tweeting about Kentucky? That’s huge, right? Luke Hiers, the No. 1 center in ESPN Recruiting’s 2015 football class, tweeted: “Thinking #Kentucky is the right place for me, got to go see the school. Then will probably make a decision #bbn #stoopstroops”. Heiers even has the UK logo as his Twitter profile‘s header photo. Is it too early for a Yahtzee???

 Speaking of highly-ranked centers, Scout.com updated its 2014 basketball rankings and two centers are at the top of the list. Jahlil Okafor is still sitting comfortable at No. 1, but Myles Turner — the same Myles Turner who was unranked at the beginning of the year — finds himself all the way up to No. 2. His recruitment won’t be as quick as his rise up the rankings, though; he plans to take his time thinking over his eight remaining schools and will decide in the spring.

Also important to note, Emmanuel Mudiay jumped ahead of Tyus Jones as the top-ranked point guard and Kelly Oubre climbed 18 spots to No. 11. Karl Towns is still No. 10 overall.

 John Calipari, Josh Perkins will no longer sit around and wait for you to offer him a scholarship. The Huntington Prep guard is washing his hands clean of Kentucky and moving on with the process, which he plans to end this weekend. Perkins announced that he’s down to Minnesota, UCLA and Gonzaga and one of those three will receive his verbal commitment on Saturday. No, Kentucky. He’s not waiting around for you.

 If you believe everything Oscar Combs says, and you should, the Harrison twins are expected to be on campus by Monday morning at the very latest. Oscar’s sources wouldn’t lie to him and he wouldn’t lie to us. So if Andrew and Aaron are not in Lexington by then, it may be time to panic. School starts Wednesday, I believe.

 I made the mistake of mentioning this on Twitter and got bombarded by irrational and illiterate Louisville fans, but it’s worth mentioning on here, too. Louisville’s 2013-14 basketball schedule is a joke. I know they’re caught in an awkward year between conferences, but that’s the best they could draw up? BSNvUMdCcAA7Tyo

Have fun with that, season ticket holders. And good luck with the RPI.

 Thursday’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio will be coming to you live from SUBWAY on 412 S. Hancock Street in Louisville, right next to the UofL hospital on campus. It’ll be an interesting scene, so be sure to stop by in Kentucky blue if you can.

That’ll do it for now. Have a good’n and Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

39 Comments for The Answer’s Thursday News and Views



  1. SeriousQuestion
    11:16 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Which is worse:Louisville’s football schedule or their basketball schedule?



  2. SeriousAnswer
    11:20 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Not even close its their basketball schedule. So they can’t get any of their old Big East brethren to play them, nor any of their new conference foes minus the probably UNC game from that Hall of Fame Classic? Wow. Pitino really wants to shoot up that all-time wins last as quickly as he can.



  3. Capt
    11:21 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    THE ONLY THING keeping UL from an undefeated regular season is UK. If they were to pull off the upset, they will be undefeated at least until the tournament. Truly pathetic schedule.



  4. J in Orlando
    11:26 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    I dont think UL is going to be nearly as good as some of you all do…the pollsters got that one wrong imo…I see a few losses for them. With the emphasis that is supposed to be placed on hand checking/grabbing on defense, they will struggle to guard several teams…



  5. Rei
    11:38 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    UL will still 5 or more games. That schedule is weaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak.



  6. Kicking Lois?
    11:40 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    #4 are you the same guy that keeps posting about the “emphasis that is supposed to be placed on hand checking”? I hear that crap every year! Or “the refs are gonna clean up play in the paint”, or “they are really gonna crack down on carrying the ball”. BS, ain’t gonna happen. Quit dreaming that UofL is gonna be handicapped because they never follow thru on any of these stupid “areas of emphasis” when it comes to enforcing rules. Never.



  7. Random
    11:40 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    That’s truly pathetic. They’ll be bragging all year about their padded record, pretty much ensured a 1 seed on the likely record alone, and god forbid the nightmare scenario of an undefeated season with this joke of a schedule.



  8. Big Perm
    12:00 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Uofl has a real shot at going undefeated if they sonehow upset us.



  9. Seven Eight Nine
    12:10 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Louisville is in the same situation Kentucky was in last year. Not a lot of opportunities for good wins and a lot of chances for a bad loss



  10. Chairman Rowe
    12:10 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Fear the mighty Kangaroos of UMKC.



  11. CSM
    12:28 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville plays in the “new” American Athletic Conference. This conference has one single “STATE” University school in their conference and that is Connecticut. The SEC has so many “State” schools in their conference it is hard to count them. Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, and Tennessee. The SEC wins the National Championship every year these days. Bottom line. It was a good idea to move UL to the end of the schedule. I actually prefer them them to be off the UK schedule due to the fact UK plays everyone in the top 10 teams in the country these days. UK needs to plays some lesser foes if they are going to compete in the nations’s top football conference in the USA year after year…. But I am optimistic, Coach Stoops is a great recruiter! Go Cats!



  12. Curious
    12:34 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Drew, any idea when you guys are gonna put the 1st ever KSR radio show up on the site in honor of the anniversary? Matt mentioned this morning that they would try to put it up if possible, I’d love to hear it. Thanks



  13. Bunny
    12:35 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    AI was a selfish punk and thug…



  14. Seriously?
    1:04 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    9… That is a terrible comparison. UL’s schedule is truly pathetic



  15. CSM
    1:04 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I want to give one more reason why UK should not play UL in football. The Governor of Kentucky should be supporting competition inside the state. Who cares about the Governor’s Cup? I care more about ALL Kentucky teams surviving economically…



  16. Rod
    3:10 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I see my post pointing out the plain and simple fact that UK’s basketball schedule is just as pathetic as UofL’s got deleted by the moderator. I’m still trying to figure out what and where Montevallo is. And, besides Mich. State, who on UK’s OOC or in the SEC is better than Memphis, Cinn., UConn and Temple????

    And, I’m no “troll”. I’ve watched and cheered at Rupp and Memorial for the Cats since well before most of you KSR folks were born, back when the OOC was filled with top 10 teams, instead of a bunch of no names.

    Finally, deleting my earlier post was as pathetic and hypocritical as Drew’s criticism of UofL’s basketball schedule.



  17. Rod
    3:12 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Well, surprise, surprise, my earlier post is back!!!!



  18. Bulldawg
    4:13 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #16 well, since you asked, Mich. St., UNC, Boise St., Belmont, Ole Miss, Missouri, and Florida. Your post is doo doo and should have been deleted. Just because you are older than dirt doesn’t make your opinion any more valuable than anyone elses. and you can’t just discard Mich. St because it fits your arguement. Hey, don’t take my word for it, look at what the national “unbiased” media has to say about the subject here… http://collegespun.com/features/comparing-louisville-and-kentuckys-2013-2014-schedules-statistically. Go cheer for Ricky P and their juggernaut of a schedule if you want to, just don’t act like a UK fan when you are trying to take up for loserville. Man, people are twisted. Pick one team or the other, not just any of the 2 that just won something. I bet you were a bandwagon fan in 1922 as well…



  19. hate to say it
    6:28 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky’s basketball scedule last year wasn’t much better then Louisville’ s this year.



  20. hate to say it
    6:35 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    *schedule



  21. Florida Cat Fan
    7:15 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Won’t UK vs UofL at Thanksgiving interfere with our preparations for the SEC Chamionship game the following week? We may need to re think this in a year or two.



  22. O T I S
    7:18 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Win one SEC game first



  23. carrico
    7:20 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    this new subway is not anywhere near campus.



  24. O T I S
    7:50 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    My motto is: You can’t win them all until you win the first. Served me well in getting me through my last grade of elementary school last June. First one in my family to achieve this level!



  25. BlueFins
    8:02 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Iverson may be retiring, but he’s still shooting. And yes, Loserville’s schedules are truly sad.



  26. Wi Tu Hi
    8:04 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    So, Iverson is going to retire 3 years after he stopped playing?



  27. jdneedstoknow
    8:41 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I might have missed this but when was the last time that Tennessee wasn’t our last regular season game?



  28. KevinM
    8:48 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    AI retirement…very newsworthy……thx Coach Stoops for no ammunition.

    That AAC championship is within the Cards’ grasp….another monumental occassion.

    Seriously though, the UNC game will be a good sample for us…..unless of course those Spiders don’t have to deal with PJ.



  29. JK
    8:53 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    “So if Andrew and Aaron are not in Lexington by then, it may be time to panic” I thought KSR has been saying we have nothing to worry about all along so I have not worried about it, but when I read this line, I am going to worry until they show up!



  30. Al/in/Indy
    9:16 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Iverson retired? Man…..I thought he went to Europe for the last few years….HUH…..(in the voice of Mr. Obvious) I never thought of that!
    21) I like the way you think!
    …………………….GO CATS!!!……………………..



  31. just sayin
    9:33 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    I had NO IDEA that Louisville’s basketball schedule was seriously THAT terrible. wow. I am speechless.



  32. DublDownDrew
    9:38 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Baton Rouge is a fun town! I recommend Parrain’s for reasonably priced seafood (chargrilled oysters are awesome), Juban’s for more upscale dining (the foie gras app is incredible), or Tsunami downtown for some good sushi. Other good places are any of the Schlitz & Giggles (sort of like their Wick’s), Walk-Ons or Chimes (which is very near campus). Lots of fun bars to go to as well.



  33. False
    10:24 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Louisville’s football schedule is a joke, but their basketball schedule isn’t nearly as bad as you guys are saying…

    (#1)UK, (#11)UNC, (#14)UConn (twice), (#23)Memphis (twice). Plus they play decent teams like UC and Temple twice as well. (Rankings are according to King on ESPN)



  34. Clye
    11:13 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    Funny Iverson saying that, since he didn’t like to practice and would prefer to just show up for the games.



  35. Chicago Chris
    11:30 am August 22, 2013 Permalink

    But in the end, I just watched a bunch of Jordan clips in that video window.



  36. Curious
    2:00 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #30- Thanks



  37. Curious
    2:05 pm August 22, 2013 Permalink

    #30- Guess I spoke too soon, that wasn’t a link to the 1st ever show, it was a link to yesterday’s show. Lol



  38. catdaddyd
    12:01 am August 23, 2013 Permalink

    AI, what a great shooter. Career 39% fg, wow. That great crossover move inspired the Deavon Downey crossover. Talk about carrying/palming. Hated watching him play and get praise for being a selfish player. Glad he’s broke. Thug Life…