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The Day Joe B. Hall Blew Up The Internet….and other notes


It’s been quite a day.  Let’s get through this quickly.

 – Before we jump into all the notes of the day, it’s worth pointing out something that we’re all probably very aware of, but maybe haven’t fully appreciated.  Coach Cal has made the summer blogging period a whole heck of a lot less painful.  This is unquestionably the worst time to look for things to write and find stuff to fill our 15-20 posts per day and summers usually are the time when you sometimes turn on us and we all start hating each other.  But it’s not like that with Cal.  There are actually exciting recruits to follow, events to perpare for and – gasp! – news stories to discuss.  We might appreciate it more, but we all benefit from it.  Being a Kentucky basketball fan has always been a 12-month job.  Now there’s just actually 12 months worth of news to keep up with.  I think we can all be thankful for that.

 – With that being said, the big news Friday was the reaction to Joe B. Hall not being allowed to coach the UK Legends team at next month’s exhibition.  Twitter erupted in support as thousands of fans were joined in the #FreeJoeB movement by Rex Chapman, Tim Couch, Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Erin Andrews.  In the end, Hall found inclusion in the game as Calipari made a move only he could make and essentially flipped a quick bird to the NCAA and gave Coach Hall a spot as an assistant on his Dominican team.  The whole situation seems a little ridiculous still, especially considering former UK players are still allowed to be involved, but there was at least something of a happy ending.  So pat yourself on the back.  Your #FreeJoeB Tweets worked.

 – Matt and Mark Ennis filled in for Lachlan McLean Friday night on WHAS and brought Coach Hall on as a guest and it was a little heartbreaking to listen to.  Joe B. Hall sounded genuinely sad and hurt by not being allowed to coach the UK Legends team.  He told Matt that he still doesn’t know who made the ruling that he couldn’t participate and flashed a little OJ by saying he plans to get to the bottom of it eventually.  He said that he feels a little embarrassed that he’s not allowed to participate and he’s not sure why, pointing out that Cal, former players and Dewayne Peevy are all involved in some way.  However, he noted that all the support from the fans made him feel good and that he absolutely adores John Calipari, who he said is extrememly thoughtful and has a wonderful appreciation of UK’s history.  But he sounded hurt and I don’t like that.  I want to get to the bottom of this too.  No one puts Coach Hall in a corner.  You can listen to that interview here.

 – Though Coach Hall’s situation seems to be resolved, the question still remains as to who will coach the UK Legends team in the exhibition.  Drew offered up some ideas and 41 of you are great Americans, but the search still continues.  The only thing we really know at this point is that it will not be anyone with a tie to the school, so we can rule out former players and coaches, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the well is dry.  Several of you suggested someone like LeBron James, who has no official tie but has been very open about supporting the program.  I wonder if Calipari won’t reach out to his old buddy Larry Brown.  Brown is available, has no connection to UK and would serve as a “stick it, NCAA” type guy to fill in for Hall after he was presumably denied for being a recruiting tool.  The more I think about it, the more I like it.  I’m in full support of this.

 – Tucked away in a Utah newspaper was the note that Enes Kanter will not work out at UK this summer if the lockout continues.  Enes is currently weighing offers from Chinese clubs, who will keep an eye on him during his stint with the Turkish national team this summer, and would probably benefit most from signing with one of those teams and getting some live game action under his belt.  However, if he opts to not go that route, he has ruled out returning to UK and training with the other NBA players on break and will stay in Chicago and practice with Tim Grover.  With that, the Enes Kanter era in Lexington appears to be officially over.  Seems like just yesterday he was walking out to the Undertaker theme.

 – A new name popped up on the UK 2012 recruiting radar Friday and it was quite the name.  John Calipari, along with Jim Calhoun, Steve Lavin and Fran Dunphy, watched seven-footer Blaise Mbargorba play Friday.  Mbargorba, who received an offer from West Virginia earlier in the day, is unrated by Rivals and ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.  He currently also holds offers from Clemson, Cincinnati, SMU, Vanderbilt, St. Joe’s and Temple, but his profile has raised quite a bit this summer.  The New Jersey native is still viewed as a bit of a raw player, but Calipari is apparently at least slightly intrigued with what he could bring to the table.  So, let’s all agree to keep an eye on him.

That’s it for now.  If you missed this morning’s episode of Kentucky Sports Radio, make sure you give the podcast a listen below.  Matt talked about what went down yesterday with the exhibition game and talked about what the final product should look like.  JT called in and said, “If the NCAA were a man, I’d punch him in the face.”  It was great fun for everyone involved.  Make sure you check it out.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

39 Comments for The Day Joe B. Hall Blew Up The Internet….and other notes

  1. tyson
    11:59 pm July 29, 2011 Permalink

    Matt, Beisner, KSR staff, has there been ANY explanation at all from the NCAA regarding why Coach Hall could not coach the UK Legends team? i don’t see any logic in this at all.

  2. Norm!!!!
    12:05 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Larry Brown would be great. He should come out onto the court during intros wearing a Joe B Hall mask and carrying a rolled up program! The roof would absolutely come off of Rupp!!

  3. Norm!!!!
    12:16 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    If not Larry brown how bout Dale Brown, the former LSU coach and an SEC contemporary of Coach Hall’s. You know he’d would love to come out in a Joe B. mask. No one has been more passionate and vocal in pointing out the absurdities of the NCAA as Coach Brown. He has always been my favorite former “rival” coaches. I cant think of a better ally than Brown for Coach Cal in expozing the NCAA for the Bozos they are!

  4. Rick's boyz
    12:20 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Dick Vitale should be the coach. It will give him a chance to actually coach talented players.

  5. ky1der
    12:21 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Give former Transy and Hall-of-Fame Coach Don Kane a call.

  6. ky1der
    12:22 am July 30, 2011 Permalink


  7. Brian Storn
    12:25 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    So JoB will be an asst w/ the DR but still cannot coach the UK Legends!? Hmmm… How about George Clooney or Johnny Depp just as a means of bringing more attention to the complete hypocrisy and stupidity that is the ncaa? But have Pat Riley and Larry Brown to do the real coaching.

  8. Mack
    12:39 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I like the Dick Vitale suggestion, it would be great PR.

  9. UKGoBigBlue
    12:59 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Larry Brown would be awesome !!

    Vitale would also be awesome, and with as much exposure as Vitale has in college basketball, more great marketing.

  10. RidgeRunner
    1:08 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    4…Vitale would be good. He’s an old friend of Joe B’s, as someone else stated “The Voice of College Hoops” and knowing Dicky V, he would get him some more “NCAA-Why-stop-Joe B??” time on the air. Larry Brown is alright I guess, but his Kansas-ties are still in the back of some folks minds. Vitale and Detroit at one time…well, that is like a non-factor -so he is certainly college-impartial.

  11. Big Blue Nation
    1:08 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    My friends and I started this, make it happen

    From now on, the act of licking someone’s taint is “giving someone an Emmert”

    Pass it on

    Emmert is bottom feed

    Excuse me, I’m about to get an Emmert

  12. Buckets
    1:11 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    How awesome would it be to flip Cardinal County the bird and get Denny Crum to coach the UK guys?

  13. RidgeRunner
    1:15 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    12…that entered my mind for like a few seconds…but, umm…it would be like inviting a past enemy to a family reunion. Ex-college coaches (UK not applicable of course) kinda just don’t seem to make the grade for me.

    Nahh… just can’t seem to grasp that. I respect Crum but, nah…

  14. RidgeRunner
    1:24 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Oh & before I crash for the night…almost forgot:

    NCAA SUX!!!!!

    OK, Good night BBN.

  15. Buckets
    1:37 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    13 – I mention it because Joe B. and Denny are such great friends now, and it would be a kick in the groin to Cardinal County to have their former coach fraternizing with UK. Win-win!

  16. Common Sense
    2:03 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I’m glad to see Blaise Mbargorba both as an unrated and 3-star prospect by Rivals. I guess the NCAA are not the only fools that cant seem to make up their minds.

  17. Simpson
    6:13 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    We should sign Mbargorba just to keep Vandy from getting him.

  18. joe joe
    6:14 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I am sorry, but I feel bad about being a UK fan sometimes because of all the whining about the NCAA. Oh poor Joe B Hall. It’s such a tragedy he cant coach the team. Whine whine whine. Get the f over it. There is a lot worse things going on than poor old coach hall not getting to coach. Sometimes UK fans are the biggest whiny b’s I have ever seen. And this is coming from a lifelong uk fan.

  19. emmerts gay
    7:14 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    hey joe joe.. you’re an idiot

  20. hmmm
    7:32 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    18 quit whining…

  21. FU of L
    8:29 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    18 – Get over yourself, d-bag, and quit whining.

  22. RonH
    8:35 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Jerry Tarkanian should coach the UK legends,let the NCAA mill over that.

  23. Mr. Obvious
    8:55 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Couldn’t we call the team “YouKay” the big bloo legends?

  24. bung
    9:28 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    #18…Joe B. former student and basketball player at UK for Adolph…asst coach at UK for Adolph.. head coach at UK..natl Champ, 3 Final fours in 12 years….now 82 yr old with maybe his last chance to coach at Rupp and is stopped by a vindictive out of control nc2a and you call yourself a UK fan?

  25. Scout
    9:36 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    What about Ashley as coach?

  26. Big Blue [email protected]
    9:39 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Could Jay Z do it?

  27. AndyT
    9:48 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    What about Kenny Walker coaching?

  28. Mark
    10:12 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    A contest winning fan could have their chance to “Coach Against Cal”. These UK Legends know what they’re doing right…

  29. blucroo
    11:32 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    The game isn’t an NCAA event. That’s all that need be said on the matter.

    It’s time to get the lawyers involved. It’s bad that it’s come to that, but the NCAA clowns have forced the matter and it needs to be properly resolved.

  30. Sladet87
    11:58 am July 30, 2011 Permalink

    Why is Kanter not on the UK Legends team???

  31. the mayor
    2:20 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    The NCAA says all these things can’t happen can they supply the BIG BLUE NATION with reasons on why they can’t ????

  32. the_donger
    4:13 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    I vote for Orlando Antigua’s brother, Oliver, who is the coach for the Domincan U-17 team.

  33. KD
    5:07 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    For all that we done for Enes this is how he treats the BBN we went to bat for this guy free Enes campaigns threats to the ncaa and he snubs us are we gonna stand for that BBN.

  34. joe joe
    5:34 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    He’s 82 ftard. He had his chance to coach. He doesnt need to coach again. Damn. Whiny bitches. Go cry an f’ing river somewhere. Oh god… coach hall had his last opportunity to coach taken away. Whine whine whine. Who cares?

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  36. FU of L
    10:43 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    joe joe, F off, troll. Go back to

  37. FU of L
    10:43 pm July 30, 2011 Permalink

    joe joe, F off, troll. Go back to

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