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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? CoachingSearch.com 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.