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The Harrison Twins’ Thursday News and Views

We’re just under 18 hours away from news that will certainly rock the Commonwealth, when Andrew and Aaron Harrison announce their college destination on ESPNU.

Will it be Kentucky?

If so, Calipari will be well on his way to the hauling in the best recruiting class in the history of offering athletic scholarships to high school students. The Cats will instantly jump to the No. 1 ranking in 2013, with James Young, Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins, Aaron Gordon, and Marcus Lee still out there licking their chops at the idea of wearing Kentucky blue. If the pieces fall the way Cal hopes, the 2013-14 season could potentially be even better than the one we just saw. It’s hard to believe, I know, but with the twins and the addition of a few others, it’s not crazy to think that way.

Or will it be Maryland?

If so, an entire state will boycott the sale of Under Armour, but Big Blue Nation will be okay. It’ll just take us a month or two to get over it.

Prediction:

I see it like this… Calipari was on a recruiting trip up north on Wednesday, 24 hours before the announcement, while Mark Turgeon was making an in-home visit. To me, and this is just my uninformed opinion, that says Cal isn’t sweating it and Turgeon is scrambling to sway the decision. If Cal was worried, he wouldn’t be on the other side of the country watching a Top 50 talent from the class of 2014.

Throw in CatsIllustrated.com’s “source” saying it’s Kentucky and I think it’s going to be a great Thursday evening for fans of Kentucky basketball.

18 hours.

 

 Basketball is on everyone’s mind but we’ll lead off with football talk this evening. The remainder of UK’s season rests on the arms of two freshmen, Jalen Whitlow and Patrick Towles, and both quarterbacks took the field on Wednesday to compete for snaps.

“Physically they look good,” Phillips said of his two quarterbacks. “They both can throw the ball and they both had bright eyes today. Those guys are excited about having an opportunity. We will put them out there and see what they can do.”

Whitlow has seen action in two conference games now, but Towles has yet to see a down of real game acton. Is he ready to face an SEC defense? We’ll know soon enough. Joker thinks the hurry-up, shotgun offense will help his progression; it’s just a matter of getting him out there and letting him go.

“He has pretty good control of the ball and knows where it is going,” Phillips said about Towles. “The thing is getting him in the game and seeing what he can do and how accurate he can be in a game. A game is a lot faster than practice. We are going against scouts right now and he does get a few reps with ones-against-ones but we are mostly going against scouts. The game will be a lot faster on Saturday and we will get to see what he can do and go from there.”

Regardless of what you think about the new quarterback situation, it’s never good to have your No. 3 and 4 quarterbacks sharing the starting job in the fifth game of the season. It’s never good to have any quarterbacks sharing a job, in my opinion. Ask the New York Jets.

 As we reported Wednesday afternoon, CoShik Williams is out for the season with a torn labrum in his hip, thus ending his career at the University of Kentucky.  CoShik came to Lexington as a walk-on in 2008 and worked his way up the rotation, eventually making it to the top, where he played in 25 games as a Wildcat, including seven starts.  He rushed for 738 yards over his career at UK, averaging 4.3 per carry with seven touchdowns. His final touchdown as a Wildcat was the game-winning touchdown in the historic win over Tennessee to conclude his junior year. This season, he was named Kentucky’s starting back to start the year, but only saw action against Louisville and in 14 plays against Western.

“I feel heartbroken for him because the guy has worked so hard,” Phillips said. “Everybody knows his story. The guy came here as a non-scholarship guy and worked his tail off to be a starter and is now out for the rest of the season. The reason why he was the starter is because the starter was already out in Josh Clemons. The next guy has to be up.”

That next guy is Jonathan George or Raymond Sanders.

 To basketball news… Coach Cal was in Massachusetts on Wednesday afternoon to see Goodluck Okonoboh.  Okonoboh is a 6-foot-9 center from Boston, ranked No. 8 at his position in the class of 2014. He’s also a former AAU and high school teammate of Nerlens Noel. According to The Herald-Leader, Okonoboh is the one who told Nerlens he should grow a flattop. If that’s true, UK should offer him right now.

 Cal hurried back from seeing Goodluck in Massachuesetts to make it back to Lexington for the UK Women’s Clinic. Our own Tyler Thompson went through the camp and she’ll have a full report on the site Thursday night. Here’s a picture to hold you over:

 THIS JUST IN: AXE BODY SPRAY ATTRACTS BED BUGS.

University of Louisville students received a campus-wide email warning them of a bed bug outbreak in the resident halls. The email included bed bug statistics and tips for bed bug prevention.

 Frank Martin is holding walk-on tryouts at South Carolina next week:

The Carolina Men’s Basketball team is holding walk-on tryouts on Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00 pm at the Basketball Practice Facility. Tryouts are for male students interested in potentially becoming a member of the Men’s Basketball team.

All potential students interested in trying out must be enrolled full-time at the University of South Carolina for the current term and school year. There are several documents and forms that must be completed PRIOR to tryouts.

Paperwork includes: Clearance from University of South Carolina Compliance Services, Pre-Participation Physical, Sickle Cell Testing, Proof of Insurance, Signed Waiver

To obtain the necessary paperwork, please stop by the Men’s Basketball Office located next to the Carolina Coliseum and Basketball Practice Facility.

All players must meet the following requirements: 2.5 Cumulative GPA / No Student Conduct Violations / Must be available for all practices M-F 3:30-7:00 pm and on weekends

Dammit. I forgot my sickle cell testing form.

 It’s 18 hours away….

Come on down?

 

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

69 Comments for The Harrison Twins’ Thursday News and Views



  1. Marv
    11:26 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    You heard it here first. Harrison Twins will not go to Ky. They want to prove they can win a championship on their own. Wait and see. I’d love to see them in Ky blue, but I’m not sure they understand what it means to wear the UK blue.



  2. jus sayin
    11:32 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    If we get the Harrison Twins retract the offer from James Young. I dont want ANYTHING to deter Andrew Wiggins from wanting to come here.



  3. Duke Sucks
    11:35 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Damn Cal is a great recruiter. I know I’m counting my chickens before they hatch, IF the twins pick UK and that’s a big if and if Wiggens reclassified which is more then likely we could have to turn away top ten prospects because of scholarships. The twins if they come, Wiggens by all accounts is top priority. I would rather have Randle too any of them. Young has stated he wants to play for UK. That’s 5 with Gordon and Lee on the outside looking in. If agian is a little word with big meaning these 5 were to come to UK I could very well see the NCAA changing rules to make sure this can never happen agian.
    These 5 with 3 or 4 that will be back from this tears team would mean you could go ahead and mail us the 2014 title. All of these kid more then likely will not all come to UK. But it sure is exciting inBBN right now. It seems like eons ago since Tubby could get a 5* to even put UK on their list.
    Terrible to say but Willis might as well go to UL. The kid is good and homegrown but Cal is after Great.



  4. Han
    11:43 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    As far as top to bottom talent, it’s sure to be the best class of all time if the Harrisons, Randle, Wiggins, etc, come, but it remains to be seen if they’ll bring the will to win MKG had and the ridiculous ability to impact the game Davis had. And depending on who we return from this year (like if Wiltjer, WCS or anyone else returns), the team could be sorely lacking in experienced returners.

    We’re unlikely to see 2 guys with such impact together on the floor again, and we’re blessed to have had 3 straight-out-of-high-school game changers in Wall, MKG, Cousins. No disrespect to Cousins and the others. BUt I would love to see all these guys come here.

    3) If Willis still wants to come here, he’ll have a place. But if he wants to see the floor, he’ll have to work his ass off in practice and whatever minutes he earns.



  5. Cope
    11:46 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    1….Marve you are what they call an idiot my friend… And obviously have no idea about recruiting…. or you are a troll wishing you were in the same position Kentucky is in year in and year out!!



  6. john4uk
    11:50 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    Here’s hoping Under Armor can’t buy them.That’s my biggest concern.



  7. Duke Sucks
    11:57 pm October 3, 2012 Permalink

    The days of Tubby Ball and poor recruiting seem like a distant bad dream. Cal for president. He could out debate the both of them. And damn sure could recruit any country to side with us.



  8. Linda Taylor
    12:03 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    7 – You do know Cal is a Democrat don’t you? Are you ready for all the Republicans to call him a slimy cheater?



  9. 84Cat
    12:19 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    8, I’m a Republican and I’m not calling him those things.



  10. Linda Taylor
    12:29 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    9 – I should not have said all, but it would happen with great frequency.



  11. Floyd
    12:35 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    My source says Barry Hussein Carter got his ass kicked. Democracy will win over communism every time.



  12. Weekend update
    12:37 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Linda, you ignorant slut. Cal walks on water. He has way more sense than your empty suit Preezy. Cal also has given money to GOP candidates in the past. Cal is more of an old-school dem, not some class warfare, cry-baby, redistributionist new far-left democrat like Obama. I know you’re mad your god got his azz handed to him tonight, but what do you expect? Everbody knows Rev. Wrights boy can’t put two words together without his TelePrompTer. Sorry you’re so mad Linda. I guess you want four more years of FAIL.



  13. sahump1
    12:42 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    A few thoughts, after some bourbon (disclaimer)

    Tyler’s husband is a lucky man

    The weather for Saturday’s football game is going to be AWFUL! Joker, if he has it in him, needs to get his team motivated for that fact somehow.

    Under Armour sucks. All of their stuff should be pulled from the shelves of the stores in Lexington.



  14. Hoping
    1:41 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Want the Harrison twins bad. But little worried they are going to be investigated by NCAA. Maybe to many black clouds over uk? Sure hope not. Just realistically thinking. I hope the dad can cool it though if they decide to come here. Already kinda dislike him



  15. Weston
    1:46 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Going to Maryland…



  16. WCN sucks
    2:03 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    That WCN message board sucks. If you don’t go to their football tailgates, don’t even bother posting.



  17. big daddy
    2:05 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    I just have a feeling they go to Maryland. Can’t explain why, as all signs point to UK.



  18. Badams
    2:20 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, if you wanna talk available scholarships remember this….we have 12 guys on scholarship right now, if they gave Beckham one which I think they did. So that is 2 seniors…Goodwin, Poythress, noel and cauley could all leave after first year and then harrow. Long, malone and polsons are not guaranteed. In other words, Wiltjer and hood will be the only to return. So, we have 7 to 10 scholarships available for next year. Willis plus Harrison twins, randle, wiggins, young, lee can easily come aboard with whomever cal wishes. But, I kno cal likes to keep schollies available. We shall see.



  19. Badams
    2:24 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Also, both Obama and Romney suck big asshole and this country is doomed. Thank God for basketball.



  20. breakingnewsss
    2:49 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Bed bugs and butt chuggs!!!



  21. tdogg40330
    3:59 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    REMINDER: BLUE/WHITE scrimmage tickets go on sale at 9 this morning



  22. Yab
    6:14 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Have we hired Bobby Petrino, yet?



  23. UKBlue1!
    6:24 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    I think a lot of Trolls have invaded the UK fan site. Why would you worry about recruiting. Its not like Calipari has been recruiting 7 footers from England, projects from the Bronx, or point guards that were recruited for football at USC? If the twins don’t want to play for UK, he will still find players.

    ****#2******** Really? A five star that wants to go to UK. I think Cal will be able to find a way to work him into a rotation. The first year he was able to use two point guards with Bledsoe and Wall.



  24. truth
    6:32 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones must be devastated this morning. Even the biggest liberal hack in the media say Obama got crushed. MSNBC poll showed only 20% think Obama won. He is a worse president than that idiot Carter. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is a complete moron. Matt’s hero looked like an idiot yesterday.



  25. Catlanta
    6:45 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The liberal moderator even tried to help Barry out and it still didn’t help.



  26. SATAN
    6:57 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    F*CK BIG BIRD!!!



  27. SATAN
    6:57 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    M*tt f*cked B*rry up last night!



  28. Beavis
    7:02 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Would like to see the twins come to Kentucky but UK and coach Cal will be just fine if they go somewhere else. What escapes many people is the fact that coach Cal can flat out coach.



  29. GD
    7:06 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    It’s funny how people have tried to hijack the word “liberal” and redefine it as something inherently bad.

    http://media.photobucket.com/image/liberal/kradic16/liberal.png?o=9

    Also, twins to UK.



  30. Davefromdagap
    7:13 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Yep, you can tell roundball season is upon us. Nice crop of skinflute tooting, crack sniffing trolls out this morning. And Early.



  31. Dave in Bangkok
    7:24 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    No coach can coach without talent.

    I mean…they can coach. But it don’t matter for shit if you don’t have the talent TO coach.

    That’s just the way it is.

    Cal may be a genius. But he won’t win jack shit without talent. Thankfully, he knows this even if many of the fans are too dimwitted to realize it.



  32. JF
    7:40 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    To various: From what I saw Obama didn’t ‘get his ass kicked’, he stuck to addressing the facts and his policies. You should research what the terms ad hominem and straw man argument mean, because you’re falling for them head over heels. For the record, I just wish there was a realistic third candidate I could vote for.

    Also what’s with this political hullabaloo doing here. I’ve been baited it looks like.



  33. Tired of Being 1 of 12 games
    7:54 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    It seems funny that we have heard for 4 years about the great talent of Morgan Newton, but now UK is going to play 2 true fresh. rather then let him on the field again.



  34. kes
    8:05 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    24. he saved detroit, and killed bin laden. what did bush do? besides get us in this mess? romney would be bush part 2



  35. the truth
    8:16 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Romney won the debate for the common ignorant American. Generalization this, false number that, I’m gonna blame the president without telling what my plan is (which sucks). And I would venture to say 95% of the people on here don’t know what a straw man fallacy even is.



  36. Oh Yeah
    8:20 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky has only won one championship when a republican has been president, 1958. This doesn’t bode well for us if Romney wins.



  37. Obama fail
    8:23 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    35. Awwww somebody’s mad their idol didn’t do so well without his teleprompter.
    Wipe your chin, you got some obama left on it. Bwahahaha!!!!



  38. Tom Foolery
    8:25 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Mitt likes coal. If he’s elected president, every poor person will get some in their stockings.



  39. WERUK
    8:25 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    34. As a member of the military I take offense to those comments… Obama killed OBL? LMAO, thats a slap in the face to all men and women that serve.



  40. WERUK
    8:28 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Obama has never been held accountable to anyone including the media. Romney holding him accountable was shell shocking to him. Obama didnt have a bad debate, hes just had a bad 4 years.



  41. prediction
    8:39 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    at the actual announcement, they will turn around to show one has the letter “U” shaved in his hair, and the other has “K” shaved in his hair … but they will be in the wrong positions and it will appear to be “KU” … UK fans collectively have a heart attack until they realize the WTF-Kansas-wasn’t-even-n-the-final-3 and then calm down … Bill Self will immediately call a press conference and claim this is tantamount to signing an LOI since it is indeed in writing



  42. JF
    8:41 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    37 is a perfect example of what’s actually wrong with America. It comes off that you’re more wishing for Obama to do poorly than you are supporting Romney’s policies. That’s playground politics, like I’d expect from kindergartners. Unfortunately that’s what the media and both parties want: us fighting each others over nebulous ideals and tearing down other human beings than actually addressing the issues.



  43. UKGrad83
    8:42 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    @34 – Bush may not have been President when Bin Laden was eradicated but he’s the one that put the wheels in motion. The “mess” we are in can be attributed to many people, include BHO, but actually started with the Clinton administration, not Bush. Spend a little more time doing some research instead of repeating what you see or hear.



  44. kentuckyrules
    8:44 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Mitt lovers hang on to whatever they can….Mitt wins a debate, yet polls will show he still sucks…you heard it here first. Congrats to Mitt on finally doing something right, even if he lies to do it.



  45. V-in-K
    8:54 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The best choice for the twins is UK, they may go to UM but the best choice is crystal clear.



  46. kywildcat
    8:57 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    60 million people watched Obama say Uh, Uh, Uh 🙂



  47. Luke
    8:58 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    What’s up with the link to buy Maryland B-ball tickets??? Sick joke…



  48. Obama phones for ALL
    9:01 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    45. Cool story bro!!
    You got still got some obama on your chin!! Lol
    4 more years of FAIL!!!



  49. UKMike
    9:02 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    KSR, please clean up the politics trolls. there’s no place for it here.



  50. catzilla
    9:02 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    12…..Well played, I am with you 100%. The old Dems are called Blue Dog, towards the middle not out in LEFT field….



  51. Rev. Wright
    9:04 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Obama’s chickens have come home to roost!!!



  52. JustSayin
    9:04 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    44, Bush dismantled the task force that was looking for Bin Laden late in his presidency. He even said he did not worry much about one man. You may not like Obama but one of the first things he did was re-emphasize the search for him and he showed brass balls by going into Pakistan without knowing for sure.

    Romney won the debate but for me a gigantic whopper was Romney saying his plan did not have tax cuts of 5 trillion dollars. It is actually 4.8 trillion. How Obama did not nail him to a tree on that whopper is beyond me. His policies are trickle down economics and why Obama did not say even that is mystifying. I think Obama was wondering about the Harrison twins decision.



  53. kywildcat
    9:08 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    50 why would they want to do that, they’re the ones that brought politics to the forefront on this site 🙂



  54. Preezy Obama
    9:09 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Ask not what you can do for your government, ask how much welfare I can give you for your vote.



  55. Abraham Lincoln
    9:14 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    “You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
    You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
    You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
    You cannot lift the wage earner up
    by pulling the wage payer down.
    You cannot further the brotherhood of man
    by inciting class hatred.
    You cannot build character and courage
    by taking away people’s initiative and independence.
    You cannot help people permanently by doing for them,
    what they could and should do for themselves.”



  56. The real TRUTH
    9:18 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama Presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their President. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Barack Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the Prince of Fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their President.



  57. OMG
    9:21 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who voted for Dubya twice should not throw stones. Just sayin.



  58. The real TRUTH
    9:21 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield, and government to gain ground. – Thomas Jefferson

    “Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery..” —Winston Churchill

    Unfortunately, most voters don’t know this:
    1. You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity, by legislating the wealth out of prosperity.
    2. What one person receives without working for, another person must work without receiving.
    3. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.
    4. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.
    5. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them; and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work, because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that is the beginning of the end of any nation.



  59. Seriously ?
    9:23 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    59, did you stumble upon a UK blog by mistake? Seriously dude, the political blog is that way ————————–>



  60. kentuckyrules
    9:23 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    #49: same ol confidence that McCain followers had and look where it got them. The people will speak again, and I fear, if we re-elect Obama, those that oppose him will still be obstructionist NOT willing to allow the elected leader to do his job! THAT is unamerican. If Mitt is elected, I would hold all those against him to not be obstructionist as well. Can you say the same?



  61. kentuckyrules
    9:24 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    ….and now back to Sports with Champ Kind!



  62. Yep
    9:28 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    61 speaks the truth



  63. catzilla
    9:35 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    53…You are a Certified Clown, Brass Balls would belong to Bush Jr. NO’BAMA wanted to withdraw ASAP but he was told by all the General’s involved it would be a huge mistake to not get Bin Laden this far into the war. Get your facts straight1 Like 39 said he takes offense to MR. HOPE & Change claiming fame to killing Bin Laden. He is a Muslim Towel Head & swings on Rev. Wrights scrotum….



  64. kentuckyrules
    9:41 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    #64: Sorry for flaming on the internet, but I think YOU are projecting. How is that ‘frumunda’?



  65. Umm
    9:44 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    So those Harrison twin…



  66. JustSayin
    9:54 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    64, WTF! You don’t seriously believe any of that cow manure you just spouted do you? This clown is in Lake Mary, FL. and I’d be glad to meet you anytime, anywhere internet tough guy.



  67. millwooded
    11:19 am October 4, 2012 Permalink

    wow..a good old fashion nerd fight!



  68. bluefan
    1:26 pm October 4, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously, are there no political blogs or message boards you guys can take this crap over to?
    UK, sports, basketball, Harrison Twins, #9!