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The Season Never Ends’ Saturday News and Views


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It’s almost the last Sunday of Advent. Let’s do this.

– Some of you guys may be aware that today we have a basketball game. It’s against the Chattanooga Mocs and Coach Cal and the team have been looking forward to this one since those Indiana students nearly trampled that poor “Playboy” model. Cal talked with the media today and said that the team has  approached practices differently this week:

“I think the one thing I learned after the game at Indiana is that we need to have more rough-house practices, a little tougher and we need to do more conditioning. So we did that this week so they might have thought it was tougher. It was from what I saw from my team. Also we needed to go over situational stuff; you can’t blame them if you haven’t covered a lot stuff. One thing I’ll say though about doing situations, at the end of the day you can’t predict what is going to happen. You have to have a player make a play like Anthony (Davis) made (vs. North Carolina). Somebody has to just go make a play and that’s part of what we have on this team but they just haven’t been in many of those deals.”

– Anthony Davis echoed his coach and said that the team is ready for this game:

“We are really eager to go out there and play, especially after a loss like that. That kind of loss can crush a lot of spirits so we are just ready to go out there and play.”

– Twany Beckham was available as well and he told Larry Vaught that some of his teammates were surprised when told that he’d be eligible for the game this week. Normally that would make me think that he hasn’t factored into the game plan that much.

– Coach Cal said that Beckham wouldn’t be playing any point guard because he doesn’t understand the position. According to Cal, WBA veteran Jarrod Polson is probably ahead of Twany at the point guard spot. Cal did say that Twany will earn his minutes through his defensive presence. If he can use his athleticism to make things happen on the defensive end of the court, we may see more out of the Kentucky native than expected. However, I wouldn’t expect to see him much in the game tonight.

– Another person I don’t expect to see in the game tonight is Mocs starter Chris Early. Early was suspended indefinitely today after one Drew Franklin posted a series of tweets by Early that seemed to show his displeasure with the efforts of Coach John Shulman. While Early didn’t have to “run through hell in gasoline draws” he needs to send a thank you note to Drew for preventing his playing for Shulman in at least this one game. The crazy thing about the whole situation is that the tweets had been out in the twittersphere since mid-November. C’mon Mocs, up that social media game.

– In light of the Early suspension, Real Time RPI predicts UK to win by 52 points.

– Keith Bogans was waived by the Chicago Bulls today. As someone who lives in Chicago and has to associate with Bulls fans on a daily basis, this is exciting news for me. I was so tired of supporting that team purely for Bogans’ sake. Keith plays good defense and can knock down a three point shot. Hopefully, he’ll be able to provide spot minutes for a contender.

– Khem Birch has officially left the Pitt Panthers and is now in Toronto with his family. CBS Sports reported that Birch said he had no transfer schools in mind at this time. Birch is a good player, but it was stupid to go to Pitt and expect to get big minutes as a freshman. That’s not how Jamie Dixon operates. Assuming everyone opts for the draft at the end of this year, Birch could do worse than joining a depleted UK front court next season. If that’s going to be the case though, he needs to leave the attitude in Canada.

– If you guys like heart warming holiday stories, you’ll hate this. The man who inspired the movie Rudy has been fined in an investment scheme.

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, who founded and ran the Rudy Nutrition sports drink company before it fizzled, was considered a key player in the investment scheme, the Securities and Exchange Commission said. He and 12 accomplices were accused of inflating the company’s  penny stock price so they could profit from the run-up.

One of the claims Ruettiger and others made was that his sports drink outsold Gatorade 2-1 in a major Southwest test. Another claim was that a national distribution agreement had been signed for the sports drink, which hadn’t happened, the SEC said.

In settling his involvement in the scheme, Ruettiger agreed to pay back $382,866, the SEC said.

Spoiler alert: turns out Rudy has the exact same ending as The Pursuit of Happyness

– Jerry Meyer tweeted that Shabazz Muhammad identified UK, Duke, UCLA and UNLV as standouts in his recruitment and that UCLA is losing ground. I’d like to find a recruit with whom UCLA is gaining ground.

– Ignore the fact that the Wizards are down by 40. John Wall, ladies and gentlemen…

Article written by Matthew Hays

17 Comments for The Season Never Ends’ Saturday News and Views

  1. yep
    11:56 pm December 16, 2011 Permalink


  2. dave
    12:04 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    rudy was offsides. f*** rudy

  3. Reba
    12:15 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Those uniforms are silly.

  4. GZA
    12:52 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    You must have been really SMRT at math…….

  5. dave
    4:55 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    nc state -2.5 over uofl

  6. Bluemist
    7:56 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Once a cat always a…well, we love ya anyway Darn Darn

    HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Southern Mississippi guard Darnell Dodson has been reinstated to the basketball team and is eligible to play immediately.

    The 6-foot-7 senior transferred to Southern Miss from Kentucky last January, but was dismissed from the program after pleading guilty to grand larceny last spring, according to the Hattiesburg American.

    Southern Miss released a statement on Friday afternoon that said Dodson “has served his suspension with the university, fulfilled all obligations and is eligible to return to campus.” The statement says he will enroll in January and is expected to graduate in May.

    Southern Miss (7-2) will host Mississippi (9-1) on Saturday afternoon. The Golden Eagles have won five of their past six games.

  7. billy
    8:11 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Why wouldn’t they be ready against a team like this? Means nothing to beat them by 40-50 points. Just a gloried practice sesssion.

  8. Dane Brammage
    8:13 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    That John Wall move and dunk was… ‘nicety’.

    In re Darnell Dodson, he has always demonstrated good hands – having never passed up any five finger discount. He also now plays with ‘conviction’; what a good ‘felon’.

  9. GoCats2
    8:37 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to see Wiltjer, Polson, Vargas and Beckham to get around 15 minutes of PT tonight.

  10. SexnNursinHomes
    8:57 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    9- yeah, like Bazz needs money. haha where do people come up with this shit? I’m guessing you are a GD troll.

  11. bigbluedude
    9:21 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    i worked many years with a guy who played on that notre dame team. said rudy was a goofball and that whole movie was fake as hell

  12. Ncaa
    9:21 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Time n ch game in?

  13. Bubba Earl
    9:42 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Good ol’ Rudy is slapped with a small fine when in fact he made approximately 12 million! What a system we have.

  14. Wildcat Kyle
    9:47 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    Diggin the unis! Change the name back to the Bullets!!! We as a country are too sensitive to some things.

  15. cpacat
    11:29 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    He could be playing his Junior year at UK this year…kinda makes you want to cry doesn’t it!

    11:59 am December 17, 2011 Permalink

    What’s up with the Wizards uniforms? They even look ridiculous on John Wall.

  17. bala
    12:41 pm December 17, 2011 Permalink

    The Wizards uniforms are a throwback to their Bullets days. I think they’re pretty dope. Wall kinda sucked in his preseason debut, but then again, it’s the preseason.