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The Joe B Hall Statue’s Tuesday News and Views

Tuesday morning, when you’re just getting nestled in at your desk for another fun-filled day of work, the University of Kentucky will unveil a new statue of Joe B. Hall in front of the Wildcat Coal Lodge. The unveiling is scheduled for 8:00 am in front of the newly constructed lodge by Memorial Coliseum. The sculpture will sit outside the main entrance to honor and commemorate Coach Hall and all his contributions in helping to bring about the idea of the Wildcat Lodge.

According to the release from UK, the Joe B. Hall sculpture is cast in bronze and weighs roughly 400 pounds. It began as a clay sculpture, which was executed based upon photos of the coach taken from 1972-1985. The sculpture was produced over a period of eight months and was then cast in bronze using the lost wax method. It was created by J. Brett Grill, a figurative sculptor currently residing in Columbia, Missouri.

I hope Brian Long appreciates it every time he walks by.


There was a lot of news on Monday so let’s get to it…

 As always, Joker Phillips met with the media on Monday to discuss the previous game and look ahead to the upcoming opponent. This time, however, the tone was a little different following the worst loss of his short career as head coach. I’m sure he knows his future at Kentucky is in serious jeopardy, and the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker gave him a chance to make his case, when Kyle asked why he deserves more time to turn things around.

Joker responded, “Well, I mean, we got 72 freshmen and sophomores in this program.  We just played a program that has 50 juniors and seniors in their program.  I get that we got to be better than that.  But we got a lot of good, young players playing ball for us.  Outside, I said, ‘This oughta be good,’ as I got out of the truck and he (I don’t know who “he” is) said, ‘That’s the exact same thing Rich said when we got beat by Ohio U.’  We got a lot of young players here.  Again, 72 freshmen and sophomores.  A lot of them playing significant roles. My job is to make sure we win football games, continue to do the things we need to do to win football games.  The first order of business is focusing on Florida.”

He would later add, “I’m built for this. We just talked about it. I’m built for this. I was 0‑10‑1 (in 1982). We’ll get it turned. Stay together. 6‑6. 9‑3 (in 1983 and ’84). I’ve been around some head coaches that I’ve got a chance to watch go through this. We’re fine. I’m fine.”

He isn’t worried, either. Not worried about anything past this coming Saturday.

Don’t worry. I haven’t got time to worry,” he said. “My worry is making sure we get prepared for Florida.”

 Joker talked about that preparation for Florida in his opening remarks to start the press conference. He broke down what he’s seen so far in the short amount of time he’s had to scout the Gators, specifically four big stats that stick out.

“This is a really tough football team we’re about to play,” he said of the Gators. “Florida, there’s four stats that I say that stick out.  Returning offense, rushing for 232 yards per game.  Their rushing defense, giving up just a little over a hundred yards rushing.  The quarterback has thrown for 70% with no interceptions.  Their tailback is leading the league in rushing.  Then they’re 3‑0.  It’s actually five stats.  It’s really impressive. Really good team defense.  Running the football.  They’re only throwing the ball about 58 times.  You’re talking about 18, 19 times a game.  They’re hanging their hats on the run.”

He followed that up with what his guys need to do to contain the undefeated Gators.

We have to do a better job of stopping the run,” he said. “It should be a big challenge for us. But also we’ve got to possess the ball offensively.  That’s the one stat that if you look at we’ve had the ball 24 minutes, and our opponents have had it 36.  That’s a stat that if we can just keep possession of the ball, we have done a good job of moving the ball and scoring points, as long as we take care of the football, those are the things we have to do. Obviously, we’re going to have to stop the run as well as these guys run the football.  We also have to continue to possess the ball.”

 News broke on Monday that three UK football players were charged with possession of marijuana last week. Raymond Sanders, Bookie Cobbins, and Marcus Caffey were all cited by campus police Thursday night for possession. Sanders and Bookie sat out Saturday’s game for the “violation of team rules” but they’re back with the team this week. Caffey was ruled academically ineligible prior to the start of the season.

When asked about his three cited players, Joker said, “Kids don’t always do all the things right. The thing we do is we hold our kids accountable. We discipline right away. We don’t wait. We try to get as many of the facts as we possibly can. We got them on Friday and we disciplined right away.”

Sanders, Cobbins, and Caffey will be in court on October 9.

 Your Boone’s Butcher Shop Injury Report:

Day-to-Day: Cartier Rice (thigh bruise); CoShik Williams (hip strain); Darrian Miller (ankle sprain)

Doubful: Josh Forrest (thigh bruise)

Out: Gabe Correll (hip flexor)

 With the uncertainty of CoShik Williams’ role in the rotation, Jonathan George could start at tailback against Gainesville. George leapfrogged Raymond Sanders on the depth chart after a solid performance against Western and Sanders’ recent off-the-field troubles. George had over 100 all-purpose yards with three touchdowns in the loss to the Hilltoppers.

“The we he played, he deserves to be the starter,” Joker said on Monday.

 Switching over to basketball news, Calipari extended a scholarship offer to 2013 power forward Marcus Lee during UK’s in-home visit Sunday night. Coach Cal was out in California to meet with Lee’s family and he gave the offer before returning back to Kentucky. Lee is ranked as high as No. 15 overall in the class of 2013 rankings and his stock continues to rise. He is scheduled to attend Big Blue Madness next month.

 As we mentioned earlier on Monday and throughout the entire weekend, Julius Randle’s official visit to Kentucky went very well. Now, it’s a waiting game. Randle told that he’ll definitely wait until the spring to commit after he sees how coaches show interest throughout the season. Some of you have expressed concerns with UK hosting Randle for his official visit so early, but when Drake is on campus with enough NBA players to fill an entire roster, I think the alumni game weekend is an exception to the “too early” rule. Big Blue Nation put on quite the show for Randle, and, as always, never doubt John Vincent Calipari’s ways.

 With interest from Julius Randle on the rise, the likelihood of Jabari Parker coming to Kentucky is almost completely gone. Parker will host four more schools — Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford — for in-home visits before he cuts his list down to five schools and sets up his official visits. His father, Sonny Parker, told that he’s unsure whether or not Kentucky would even get a chance to visit Jabari in-home.

We’re all-in on the Harrison twins and Julius Randle.

 Miami and Jorts. Jorts and Miami.

It’s a match made in heaven.

 It’s everyone’s favorite week of the year, when Cats fans flood the area surrounding Memorial Coliseum with tents for the Big Blue Madness campout. Tickets for the 2012 Big Blue Madness at Rupp Arena will be available Saturday, September 22nd at 7:00 am at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at and Tickets are free again this year, and there will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum.

Fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum are asked to do so no earlier than 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19th. Control cards will be issued to those camped out on Friday, Sept. 21st, beginning at 2:00 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution. Control cards will not be distributed after 7:00 am on Saturday, September 22 and all persons with control cards must be in line by 7:00 am.


That’ll do it for now. We’ll have more from the John Calipari Fantasy Experience in the morning once I get it edited and uploaded to YouTube.


Article written by Drew Franklin

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

26 Comments for The Joe B Hall Statue’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. tdogg40330
    11:48 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    what would the fan base do if Joker finished the season about 8-4?? lol, I’m
    pullin for him …. hope he can knock off a few of the big boys !!!

  2. BigBlueFever
    12:07 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    @1 Do you honestly think there is a chance in hell that happens?

  3. JBR
    12:23 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Either Joker is the dumbest person on earth…or he still believes in Santa Claus or something. His total cluelessness should be an indication that he has no idea what he is doing. It is almost sad…and would be if he were not doing these kids such a disservice. If he cared, he would resign NOW. He is correct…we do have some decent young talent…we just need someone TO COACH THEM.

  4. BigBlueFever
    12:27 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    @3 I agree 100%.

  5. Put up or shut up
    12:42 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    The question should be why are we so young? Joker has been here for a long time and the last 4 years either as head coach or CIW so why isn’t the team loaded with upper classmen. I would have maybe listened to this from Papa Brooks during probation when we didn’t have all of our scholarships. I thought we were young Jokers first year and the same last year. I thought Joker deserved the job due to his years with the program, and I thought Joker should have got 3 years to show his self. Now it’s time to show in wins it’s not happening so it’s time to move on. I don’t want to hear about being young or Barnhart not putting up the money. Those are excuses for a failed tenure!

  6. Mike
    1:38 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the deal with Brian Long? I see a lot of writers hating on him on this site

  7. Henry Earl
    2:04 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    3 and 4 he’s obviously a professional and isn’t going to get up there and whine about being scared of losing his job. he has a team to lead that is just as aware of everything the media says about them as we are. if you think he’s going to go in front of those reporters and act any different it’s you who are the dumb*sses.

    that said, as much as I want to believe Joker can turn it around he’s shown nothing to suggest that he might. his time may be up.

  8. C'mon
    2:08 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    @6 it’s a running joke

  9. Rob Chapman
    2:20 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    I like the idea of one of the Ryan brothers, perhaps both, if they become available at the end of the season. Either of them or at least a coach with a Harbaugh Attitude would fire up the program and rattle the mild mannered Southern Gentleman’s approach to football that infects the entire Commonwealth. Like in basketball we should stop accepting the table scraps of the SEC, get a little “Justified” and go all Hal Mumy in Commonwealth Stadium.
    What do we have to lose?

  10. Baldy in Mendo
    3:32 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    “I hope Brian Long appreciates it every time he walks by.” Dude, that killed me

  11. letsroll
    4:10 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wow 72 freshmen and sophmores I’am trying real hard to be pro Joker ,but he has to get another defense coordnator.

  12. letsroll
    4:13 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Maybe we can hire a defense coordnator bring him in and make him a coach in waiting .

  13. iucansuckabigblue....
    4:26 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    What exactly is the ”lost wax method” ? Someone get Billy Clyde on the horn..

  14. Joker
    6:11 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Sooooo when do I get my statue? Come on, I’m doing a great job! We almost beat Western Kentucky but they stole it from us in OT! They stole it I tell ya!

  15. UKBlue
    6:15 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Joker & Charlie Strong should take a speaking class together; God Lord these two murder the English language !!

    Joker: Turn It around, really, come on man, you think you have an ounce of creditability left. Joker honestly is the perfect representative of UK past & present: he lost when he played at UK & he is still a loser at UK now.

    With Jorts in Miami & Meeks in LA, a wildcat could be winning a championship.

  16. Bear Bryant's Gold Watch
    7:35 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Could you imagine being the parent of a recruit and Joker comes to your house? He has taken the best program in the state to third best in two years, he has no chance for survival as a coach and he speaks with the fluidity of Ebonics Speech Therapist. The longer he stays the worse it’s going to be.

  17. Tubby Smith
    7:37 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    While you guys are in the process of erecting a statue of one of UK’s National Championship coaches, how about hanging a jersey in the rafters for another one?

  18. Lost Wax Method
    7:41 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    I am the reason that Eastern European women are the polar opposite of Brazilian women when it comes to southern hirsutism.

  19. Hooter
    7:52 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    What is the word on Josh Clemens? He is a beast, I hope we get to see him play this year. Steve Brown doesn’t look so bad now as our D cordinater!! Minter, you freaking suck!!!

  20. ucla? ??
    8:08 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    On mike and mike – (news crap on the side of screen) – it said “ucla freshman out for year.” Haven’t seen anything anywhere else.

  21. barn
    8:27 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    why no pictures of the joe b statue?

  22. Number 18
    8:32 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    is the best comment I’ve seen on here in a long time. Props.

  23. barn
    8:52 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    20–it’s about a freshman cornerback on the fball team. he’s out with shoulder surgery

  24. Joe Dirt
    11:43 am September 18, 2012 Permalink

    Still waiting on Bookie Cobbins to be the next Randall Cobb, as predicted on this sight. Haha

  25. Really?
    1:55 pm September 18, 2012 Permalink

    There are still people saying give Joker time? When they asked Joker why he didn’t have any upperclassmen, mushmouth said, I guess it didn’t work out. What they didn’t ask was, when Rich Brooks said that he was rebuilding a probation ridden team….what’s your excuse?

  26. putinrichie
    5:55 am September 19, 2012 Permalink

    3 – You are a joke. So, you expect Joker to be pessimistic and go full blown doom and gloom freak out like the unrealistic portion of BBN?