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The Season Never Ends’ Tuesday News and Views

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   We’re 11 hours away from what is expected to be a huge announcement for Kentucky basketball when Karl Towns announces his college decision.  Towns is scheduled to announce Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. from a press conference at his high school.  The 6-foot-11 prep star is currently ranked No. 1 in the 2015 class, but he is expected to reclassify to 2014 to get his college basketball career rolling a year early.  Towns, of course, spent part of the summer in Lexington with John Calipari as part of the Dominican Republic National Team.  He was most recently in Lexington to watch Kentucky and LIU-Brooklyn on November 23.

USA Today’s Jason Jordan reported on Monday that Karl Towns moved his decision up after he had an epiphany while sitting at home during Hurricane Sandy.  “You just have all the time in the world to reflect when you don’t have power,” said Towns’ father Karl Towns Sr. “He came to us four days after we got our power on and said he wanted to set a date to make a decision. We were a little shocked, but we supported it. He just didn’t want the whole process to weigh on him. He’s got other things to worry about.”

Come on down, young man.  Come on down.

  With Kentucky riding a two-game losing streak, just the second of the John Calipari era, Twitter is one of the last things John Calipari should be talking about during his press conferences.  But that’s the world we live in and Twitter was a hot topic when Cal met with the media to talk Samford.  “I know it was good for Josh (Harrellson),” he said of Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Julius Mays and Kyle Wiltjer deleting their Twitter accounts.  “So maybe it will be good for them. It wasn’t my suggestion. But, I will tell you what, it worked Josh into an NBA player.”

The departure from the Twitter world came after a handful of Kentucky fans blasted the players for the way they’ve been playing over the last two games.  Calipari downplayed the negative reaction as just a few fans.  He said, “I don’t think it’s all of our fans. You have a few. Our fans cheered this team coming off (the floor vs. Baylor). I’m not sure I would have cheered them, but our fans cheered them walking on and off the court. I think it was a personal decision of ‘let’s get down to work.’”

  One of the problems Coach Cal is seeing with this group is he doesn’t have any gym rats.  “Individuals have to fall in love with the gym,” he said. “They haven’t yet.”

Last year’s team lived in the gym.  This bunch is still looking for it.

   Is he worried about UK’s fall from the AP top 25?  “It doesn’t matter.  We can beat anybody in the country if we put our minds to it.”

  New UK head football coach Mark Stoops surprised students at the ticket lottery Monday night in Memorial Coliseum.  He told the crowd, “I’m proud to be the newest member of Big Blue Nation.”

  Stoops also hosted his first official radio show Monday night.  A lot of what was said was similar to what we heard on Sunday, so the real stars of the show were the callers.  John Short’s phone call was so bizarre, we’re working to replay it Tuesday morning on KSR.

  Tuesday will be a big day for Stoops and Kentucky football as he hits the road in hopes of finding an offensive coordinator.  Stoops said on the radio show that whoever it is “will be able to throw it around a little bit,” making the Neal Brown rumors sound pretty legit.  Brown is definitely on the list of candidates and he’s expected to be interviewed on Tuesday.  Some message board folks think it’ll be a done deal by Wednesday.

  Joker Phillips will win a bowl game over Louisville this season.  Take a second to let that sink in.

  Is D.J. Eliot the new defensive coordinator? believes so.  The website reported that he has agreed to be UK’s defensive coordinator next season.  Make sure you read Tyler Thompson’s “Getting to know D.J. Eliot” just in case.

  Can you name this current Lexington media member?

His name rhymes with Schmuzz Schmaker.

  That’ll do it for now.  Make sure you join us all day Tuesday for what is sure to be a jam-packed day of news.  It’ll get started at 10:00 a.m. when Karl Towns picks the Cats.  From there we’ll follow the offensive coordinator search and Kentucky basketball’s attempt at breaking the slump.

Talk to you soon.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

57 Comments for The Season Never Ends’ Tuesday News and Views

  1. lawnorder
    11:08 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    The TUBBY never ends!

  2. Uncle Si
    11:11 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Dave “Buz” Baker. Franklin High School Class of 1978.

  3. UK Freshmen
    11:12 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Haihahaha. Don’t know what’s more funny. Crediting deleting a Twitter account for making the NBA, or actually calling Josh a NBA player.

  4. Jerry Tipton
    11:16 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I see the students are already booing Stoops. This does not bode well for Kentucky

  5. JORTS
    11:17 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    4.) Well he has a roster spot on the defending NBA champs and plays on the same team as arguably the greatest player in the world. What else would you call him? You’re a douche and so are the rest of the crown royal drinkin’ drug usin’ line beard douche UL fans.. Want to know how the world perceives you fags? Ask your own coach ! #STRONGBBN

  6. carrico
    11:22 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    will ukathletics or 630 have a link to replay of Stoops show?

  7. Db2015
    11:23 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Sigh I had the miss the lottery for a study group.

  8. Db2015
    11:23 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Lmao at 5

  9. Db2015
    11:24 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Had to*

  10. Wow
    11:31 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    That’s the most attractive lady the calendar folks have gotten yet. She grinds my gears.

    11:39 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Hey powers that be at KSR, are you gonna put the post game up of the Baylor game? Do you put those up selectively, or are you gonna put em all up? I appreciate your concern towards this matter.

  12. Steve D
    11:40 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Is that Joel Pett on the left?

  13. Steve D
    11:41 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, my bad. He’s always on the left….

  14. JJ
    11:42 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    At what minute mark was John Shorts call?

  15. JORTS?
    11:45 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    I think 5’s comment was directed at 3.. posts always get deleted on here tho no biggie

  16. I say
    11:46 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    #15 It works doesn’t it?

  17. new_school
    11:50 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    We’re gonna be OK

  18. sonny lesbos
    11:56 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    15-hope not jerry tipton gives you a h/t for that. doesnt even need to change a word.

  19. uk4-9
    11:58 pm December 3, 2012 Permalink

    Old-school: Cal may not have a 6’7″ junior on the bench but doesn’t he have a 6’6″ junior from Kentucky that was ranked in the top 50 out of high school??? He just hasn’t lived up to expectations unfortunately.

  20. old_school
    12:00 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I’m miserable all the time. If you saw what I see in the mirror my constant negativity would make total sense to everyone. I’m so bitter Cal didn’t keep Landon Sloane. Cal doesn’t play Kentucky boys or develop his bench yet it is still working and it drives me crazy. How does he do it!! Basketball just isn’t the same as in the 1940’s and I’m so angry! Where’s my Metamucil damn it?! I hate these fancy breakaway rims. Peach baskets were the way to go. I thought that dunk shot had been outlawed years ago? Why does Cal let them do it?

  21. nu_school
    12:05 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    21) There is no way you’re a UK fan. It’s impossible to be that big of a prick after a national title.

  22. Bradley
    12:05 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t win a title without Miller, Jones and Lamb? Wtf kind of point is that? In case you’re unaware he did recruit and sign 2 of those 3 players. You sound more foolish everytime you post.

  23. Bradley
    12:10 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    27. Crazy Cal!! Playing those damn players with NBA talent over the players who aren’t as good!! I mean, what good coach plays his best players the most minutes?

  24. old_school
    12:15 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Jon Hood could be one of the best players, if not a player of NBA caliber if Cal is as good as you say he is. I mean, Cal does have a magic wand.

  25. theSkinny81
    12:16 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    29 – you, sir, are a miserable human being.

  26. old_school
    12:21 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    30. You call me a bad person because I value hard work and discipline? If I had it my way, Billy Gillespie would still be our coach. I bet John Hood feels the same.

  27. old_school
    12:24 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    29 and 31 – Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. My sincere thanks.

    However – I must say that Gillispie was a terrible hire for UK.

    Gillispie was the result of very poor and rash judgment.
    Calipari however, was the result of desperation and a surrender of core values to the win-at-all cost crowd.

  28. Holy Coley's Rock n Rollies
    12:37 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    32. Can you not tell the difference between a great coach and the ignorance that spews forth from the mouth of an old man who believes himself to be wise?

  29. jpo
    12:38 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Guys, just don’t respond

  30. UKBlue
    12:47 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Funny how all the Cal haters come out; go look in the mirror and see what you’ve accomplished? Until you’ve become a multimillionaire, coached the most power college basketball program, put kids in the NBA, won a National Title, own a Championship ring, been the envy of ever basketball coach in the country, fund raised millions of dollars for charities shut the hell up !

    UL fans are really happy because the new Crown Royal Maple just came out. This should help with the ass whippin Florida is going to lay down on them. Wonder how good Teddy going to be with a Florida linebacker drilling him into the ground.

  31. Rae
    12:49 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    7. You are supposed to hold the study group AT the lottery. They last all night, after all. I can’t remember how much homework I was forced to try to finish at lotteries. Even during Billy G’s last year.

    32. You are looking at the past with nostalgia goggles. Face it, the scrappy hometown boys winning it all for the school they love is dying. Even Zeller is probably gone after this year, and there isn’t that much difference in one and done and two and done in terms of education or college experience. Still leaving early with no degree.

    Maybe Hood just isn’t that good. Maybe he doesn’t put in the work? Cal doesn’t force guys to develop. They have to want to and work for it. That’s actually the biggest problem with this year’s team, no time in the gym on their own. Work ethic is a killer. Also, Hood tore his ACL last year. Of course he didn’t get to develop last year, and that loss of time probably hurt him because he didn’t get to practice against last year’s squad.

    Besides, not every player lives up to the hype. You get that at every school. Not every kid coach K has ever coached is in the NBA or even saw decent PT at Duke. Did he fail at developing them? Or did it just not pan out? It happens. People fail, and sometimes it is just their fault. Not every low star kid can make the NBA. That is what made Jorts’s story so cool-it doesn’t happen every day.

  32. theSkinny81
    1:32 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    37 – You know what else Harangody and Lofton have in common? Neither possess a Championship ring.

    …..even after a combined 8 years of college experience.

  33. SeaCat
    1:36 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    What’s the story on Neal Brown?
    Why is he thought to be so good?

  34. Rod Strickland's Secret Smile
    2:23 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Dear moderator,

    Since the Notre Dame game, the comments section for most basketball posts on this site have turned into a referendum on the verifiably looney ramblings of a poster who goes by “old_school.” The problem is less that his ideas are ridiculous – though they are – than that he repeats them endlessly. No admonishment to “not feed the trolls” can work for long, since at least one or two fans inevitably take his bait. And each time they do, one more comments section degenerates into a pointless debate about whether Billy Clyde Gillespie deserves credit for the Cats’ success the last three years. This is boring. And sad. But mainly boring.

    If you won’t ban this fool, could you find a way to add an “ignore” button, so that those of us who are tired of his schtick don’t have to endure it? I won’t lie and say that I’ll stop clicking on comments if you don’t, because who am I kidding? Of course I will. But I’ll be irritated when I do. Can’t you help a cracker out?


  35. Buckets
    2:47 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    40 – Couldn’t have said it any better myself. I do not understand why they haven’t banned the idiot who obviously has no life and nothing better to do than spew constant negativity in the KSR comments sections.

    Amazing how one person could be so dense they don’t see what is right in front of their face: No one likes you, dude, no one cares what you think and no one agrees with you.

    You have to be one of the most miserable, worthless human beings on planet earth to get your rocks off by trolling KSR comment sections all day, every day. It’s just pathetic.

  36. Buckets
    2:50 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    And I’m sick and tired of seeing the worthless idiot hijack the comment sections. It makes them unreadable and no fun at all for the rest of us who enjoy reading the funny stuff. Please, KSR, do us all a favor and ban that d-bag once and for all.

  37. soggyUKgrad
    3:22 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #40 I agree with you!!!

  38. Go Ahead
    4:44 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    UK Freshmen, or whatever you call yourself-You are a joke. Go ahead and laugh at your pathetic one-liners. No one else is. Now, back to your studies so you don’t have to repeat the third grade. Again.

  39. SeaCat
    5:49 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Thanks tdogg!
    Brown looks great!
    By the way, is that model a UK
    grad or Kentucky girl?

  40. aka kywildcat
    7:12 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    All KSR is anymore is TROLL INC.

  41. bluebayou
    7:13 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    old school if you listened instead of spewing negativity and what you consider basketball IQ you would know that Calipari has said that he values veterans and leaders on his teams. It just didn’t work out this year things happen in recruiting Cal has to plan ahead and as others have pointed out I will trust Cal to know who needs to play. Now just please please STFU!!!!

  42. Big Whoop
    7:20 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “It doesn’t matter. We can beat anybody in the country if we put our minds to it.” -Cal

    Statistically, this is true. This issue is that these kids have not yet “put our minds to it.” Some worried about the same issue this time last year, but we had the settling effect of Jones, Lamb and Miller. This year we don’t have that unless you count Mays, Polson and Wiltjer. I haven’t given up on this team, but am worried more than any time since Cal has been here.

    The future, however, looks bright for next year with Wiltjer, Polson, Harrow, Poythress and Goodwin (maybe Cauley-Stein as well) becoming the settling influences for the super talent that’s walking in the door. Competition in practice is going to fierce and the result will be 2014 National Championship. #9 is sure to come because no other team will have as much experienced talent coupled with the super-talented freshman.

    A lousy season (for UK and Cal) is but a small price to pay.

  43. RealCatsFan
    7:40 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    old_school, I agree with you somewhat that I would like to see some of the bench players like Hood, Polson and Beckham getting a little more playing time. I have also been one to critique Cal a little bit for waiting until the last minute to put the subs in. I was a little miffed a few times last year when we had huge leads over teams, and he waited until around the 2 minute mark to clear the bench. It has almost come back to bite him on a couple of occasions – I recall in 2011 when Liggins and Lamb both sprained ankles in the waning minutes of an SEC Tourney game.

    That being said, Cal’s position on this has been that he is trying to develop teamwork and synergy by keeping giving starting rotation as much court time together as possible. He is fully aware that he is behind the 8-ball on developing these kids. He is also on record as saying that he would like to see the 1-and-done rule go away, but until that time he is going to recruit the best talent that he can get. That is his philosophy, and so far it has worked for him. Will it work this year? The jury is still out, although some think not due to this team’s early struggles. We will have to wait and see. You know, there are other perennial powers out there that have struggled recently – UNC is a good example.

    Also, Cal is not the only coach who has had kids who didn’t develop. Look at Josh Carrier under Tubby. Out of HS the kid was supposed to be an excellent shooter, but he never found his groove at UK. I was hoping to see Hood develop too, and he still might, but last year’s injury set hhim back considerably.

    At this point in time, I am quite happy overall with the job Cal is doing with the UK program. There are very few coaches who bring the level of energy that Cal brings to the job, and very few who do as good of a job “selling” the program and bringing exposure. Coaching and recruiting are not the only requirement for the job. It’s a little bit like running for POTUS – it takes a certain personality type to excel.

    BTW – I see no reason to ban old_school. He presents his arguments for the most part without resorting to profanity or personal attacks, so he is not violating any TOS. Even if we don’t agree with him, you still have to allow free speech – it’s one of this country’s founding principles. However, there comes a time where an argument becomes tiresome, and hopefully old_school will realize when he is beating an old, dead horse.

  44. SexnNursinHomes
    7:46 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “To troll or not to troll”

    Hope ya’ll realize that old fool isn’t a Cat fan. He’s a hoosier fan. Once UK gets this thing figured out ad starts winning, you’ll not hear a peep outta old school. Just like last year, old school was nowhere to be found as were hanging #8. He quit after we waxxed iu ass.

  45. Bledsoe's Biceps
    7:48 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Why the hell do some people keep responding to old_school and just encouraging him. Do you people really think you’ll be the one who’ll change his mind or are you just attention freaks too? For the love of everything good and decent, please STOP.

  46. PutTheCrackPipeAway
    7:52 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    That stuff is going to really hurt you Old School!

  47. Derek
    8:01 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    1) Stoops is not a big Rah Rah guy. I like it. All business
    2) Twitter…Who cares. I am sure some stupid UK fans posted on their twitter account but i am sure fans of other teams piled on. Also it goes to show that this team is not as mature as other teams if that bothers them. Its just noise…you will hear it all your life regardless of your job. Move on.
    3) Dave Baker. Franklin OH. He is a legend in his own mind…

  48. Old_School Douche
    8:10 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Seriously…old_school, if you are so upset and irate about the job that Coach Cal has done (most successful three-year stretch in school history) then go up the road to UofL. God knows they could use a passionate fan or two. And it’d make all of our lives much better to not have to put up with your asinine shit anymore.

  49. Duffus
    8:10 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    DUFFUS SAYS: I went to “tomahawknation” and read about our new DC. He is the real deal according to the FSU fans–C-A-T-S say welcome aboard Coach Eliot(ace recruiter)!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Eric
    8:18 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Im ready for matt to ban Old School. This site’s threads will immediately improve, just like with the other few people that he banned a couple weeks ago. His ignorance makes my eye twitch.

  51. josh
    8:27 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    calender girl call me

  52. FrankTheTank
    8:36 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    Old_school, welcome back brother. We haven’t heard from you since….well since Kentucky was rolling through the NCAA tournament on our way to NUMBER 8. Like a few others have noted, I’m suspicious of your motives. You’re here to stir the pot because you got tired of swimming in the toilet over at!!!

  53. FrankTheTank
    8:37 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    I have a serious question for all Directv customers. Is it pissing you off that Kentucky’s games are only televised on the Fox Networks and you have to pay an additional 240 per year to get those networks, or is it just me???

  54. Tim
    9:11 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    “John Short’s phone call was so bizarre, we’re working to replay it Tuesday morning on KSR.” The writers here have the tact of junior high school mean girls.

  55. duffdeen
    9:23 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    #4; It wan’t “Boooo”, it was “Stooooooooooooops”

  56. Yummy
    11:28 am December 4, 2012 Permalink

    If I buy that UK calendar, does SHE come with it? What a hottie!!!