When the KSP Records and Technology Center sends an e-mail asking to be UK Fans of the Day, one would be crazy to deny that request. So, here they are, not only because it’s a good picture, but because I might need to get out of a speeding ticket one day.
I’m told the guy on the far right was bragging about his cool “infrared” socks too.
Happy Friday, folks.
— There’s quite a bit of news floating around today on the KSR newswire, but the story that sticks out the most is the mutiny going on down in Lubbock, Texas. Andy Katz reported earlier today that members of the Texas Tech basketball team are threatening to transfer if Billy Gillispie isn’t let go. After several individual meetings with compliance officers at the school, the players met with the Texas Tech athletic director to voice their frustrations over the way Gillispie runs the program. A source close to Gillispie told CBSSports.com that it is a “very, very serious” matter, so it appears Billy G’s future in Lubbock is in Jeopardy. Out of all the straws he has gone through, this has to be his last one. It’ll be tough to find a school that’ll take him in if Texas Tech lets him go.
— To make matters worse for UK’s former ball coach, Gillispie has been hospitalized at University Medical Center. A UMC spokesperson said he is in “satisfactory condition.” He underwent an ultrasound at earlier today.
— Down in Chapel Hill, everything is all good for the time being after an NCAA investigation found zero violations. That is NO violations at North Carolina, where student-athletes have been taking make-believe classes for a decade. Meanwhile, Kentucky committed a secondary violation when Rod Strickland offered advice to a player who stumbled into his office, and UK football assistant Randy Sanders sent a text to a recruit to let him know that a visit would have to be postponed due to the passing of Sanders’ father. If anyone can explain it, please enlighten us all.
— Dez Wells will not be a member of the University of Kentucky basketball team. He cut the Cats from his list and added Oregon and Ohio State to go along with Maryland and Memphis. He’ll announce on Tuesday.
— In football news, sports bettors are slowly jumping on the Kentucky train as the line in the Governor’s Cup has dropped to -13 in Louisville’s favor. If the Cats can at least cover that spread, I think fans will still have a reason to hold their heads high (somewhat) on the way out of The John. But if the Cats fall by two or more touchdowns, we’re going to see a lot of people giving up on the season before UK even plays its first home game. With that said, I believe it’ll be a close game throughout. If UK can hang with them for the first half and early in the third quarter, then Louisville will start feeling the pressure, similar to what UK felt in the Final Four, towards the end. Unfortunately for Louisville, they don’t have a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to take over if the Cats tie it up late. Kentucky has nothing to lose and I hope they play like it.
— We were at Fan Outfitters in Louisville for this morning’s radio show to talk one last time before the big game. Have a listen in today’s podcast…