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The Triumvirate’s Tuesday News and Views

Well this week is off to a bang, isn’t it?  Just when you thought the Memorial Day weekend was going to close quietly, Coach Cal stoked his own fire a bit Monday night by taking aim at “The Triumvirate” and, my personal favorite part, their “compadres”.  The wrath of Cal was rooted in the the silence of the Forde/Thamel/O’Neil over not just Brett McMurphy’s Monday story about his generosity, but the consistent closed eyes and finger-in-your-ears routine they exhibit regularly when Kentucky is portrayed positively.  As regular followers of Kentucky basketball, you and I see and hear the positive stories that surround the program.  From Cal’s charity to the story of DeAndre Liggins’ journey to the improved grades and APR to Haiti to even the goofy story of Patrick Patterson giving Fake Gimel’s wife a ride home, the off-the-court positivity that’s come with this return to on-court success has been abundant.  The problem is, the rest of the world doesn’t always know that because those stories don’t make waves on Twitter.  “The Triumvirate” and their “compadres” have no problem re-tweeting negativity or going on the air and “accidentally” saying things like UK is on probation.  And that’s part of the reason why it’s so acceptable for others to bag on Calipari or say things about UK that are not true.  When the rest of the world is only getting one side of the message fed to them, they assume it to be the truth.  Apparently, that has Calipari a little fed up.  Can’t say I blame him either.  As we’ve said thousands of times, the bellowing of the negative will only grow louder with each success and if we ever reach a point where people aren’t taking shots at Cal or seen as openly biased toward him, that’s a sign things aren’t going exactly as planned.  But, having said that, their reaction if Kentucky lands Tony Woods will surely be amusing.

Now onto some other UK notes…

 – Prior to Calipari’s tweet, the most notable and easily most perplexing headline as the announcement that Derrick Jasper has joined Billy Gillispie’s staff at Texas Tech.  Gillispie’s tenure at Kentucky was marred by a number of ugly incidents and more than a handful of black marks, but none more than the saga of Derrick Jasper.  He was rushed back onto the court after microfracture surgery, which caused further complications, and ultimately ended with him transferring to UNLV on terms that were not exactly stellar.  Now things seem to have come full circle and he’s going to work for Clyde.  As far as their previous relationship, I guess that’s just what happens when a tornado meets a volcano.  This arrangement is so strange that I’m not sure another thousand words could properly even begin to make me understand it.

 – Summer recruiting is in full swing and things took an interesting turn over the weekend when Mitch McGary said UConn has asked him to reclassify to the 2011 class.  The 6’10” five-star forward was on an unofficial visit to Storrs over the weekend and Tweeted out Monday that the staff has asked him to think about the switch.  As you know, Kentucky has ramped up their push for his services over the last few weeks.  If he does indeed decide to reclassify, you’d have to think that the Cats would remain in the conversation.  They still have a scholarship to work with.  I’m hoping to talk to McGary today, so hopefully we’ll have an update on the site later.

– The biggest story of the day was unquestionably the resignation of Jim Tressel from Ohio State.  There are a million different angles to the story, including what might have been the most hyped article in the history of Sports Illustrated being released Monday evening, but for Kentucky fans, you have to wonder if the uncertainty in Columbus helps the Cats further push a little bit in the state of Ohio.  The staff has made it a priority to gain traction in the Cincinnati area and they’ve made some early progress with some important guys in the area.  If there was ever a time to maybe steal a player or two, this might be it.  The Buckeyes could very well pick up a big name coach and get right back into the swing of things, but if I’m Tee Martin or Joker or Rick Minter, I’m getting after it hard with those kids right now.

 – Fresh off his blasting of the media, Coach Cal will be in Destin, Florida Tuesday to kick off the SEC Meetings.  He has been allotted ten minutes to speak.  I’m hoping he takes the mic and tries to sell someone a timeshare, but he’ll probably talk about basketball and the strenght of the conference or something.  Should be fun.

– Quietly, the recruitment of Kevin Ware concluded with him pledging his services to Louisville.  The four-star point guard who was once destined to be a future Vol came back around to the Cards after he seemed to be all over the place and fully entrenched in the Brandon Bender and Kenneth Caldwell debacle.  We’ll discuss the more amusing portions of him re-upping with the Cards later in the morning, but for now, Cards fans can spend the evening deleting those Tweets they sent him a few weeks ago.

 – Don’t forget, tonight is the start of the NBA Finals.  I’m obviously extremely biased, but the matchups in this series are outstanding and I think there’s a good shot this one goes seven games.  Let’s enjoy it together.  And if you’re going to be in Miami, give me a shout.  I’ll let you buy me dinner or something.

 – Finally, please continue to pray for T.C. Drake who remains hospitalized after being struck by a drunk driver Sunday evening.  If you missed the story Monday, Drake was riding his motorcycle without a helmet when a car pulled out in front of him and he collided with the passenger side door.  Drake was flown from Bardstown to Louisville and suffered two fractures in his skull and lost all his teeth.  The driver was charged with first degree assault and operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

That’s it for now.  Make sure you stick around all day as we get back into the swing of things.  Matt will be by with what should be must-listen Kentucky Sports Radio as he gives his take on “The Triumverate”, Kevin Ware and Derrick Jasper heading to Lubbock.  The awesomeness will only continue from there.

See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

25 Comments for The Triumvirate’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. AKA cold buckets
    11:40 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    just wondering, when did TMZ go after Cal/UK?

  2. tyson
    11:47 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    any guesses as to who the “compadres” are? has Cal ever taken a shot at local media?

  3. JBR
    11:58 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Horrible about TC Drake, and I hope he recovers fully. I’ve had an accident involving losing some teeth, and tht it itself, although not life-threatening, is a royal pain. And I am not saying anything negative about TC, but I cannot understand why anyone would be on a motorcycle without a helmet. If they can pass laws to make seatbelts mandatory, then a law for helmets on motorcycles is a no brainer. He**, if safety is such an issue that we have seatbelt laws, they should outlaw motorcylces altogether…speaking strictly from the safety standpoint.

  4. samus
    12:04 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    1.) fyi, all you had to do was google “TMZ uk” and voila….

  5. AKA cold buckets
    12:06 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    4/5…..thanks, but it’s much easier for me to just have you post it for me. LOL.

    Also, whoever made the Caliparication song needs to make a song called Radio Silence.

  6. blueinmemphis
    12:23 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Might want to delete the “beer or ten” reference just before the Drake story about the drunk driving incident. Just doesn’t go well together.

  7. Bg Cat
    5:21 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Dont Know What Is The Biggest Wtf Moment ~ Clyde Having The Gonads To Ask Jasper To Work For Him Or Jasper Saying Yes. Thats When I Started Not Liking Billy G When He Rushed DJs Return To The Court.

  8. Briar Gates
    6:18 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Ladies and Gentlemen… Lets give a big round of applause to STUPID. Yeah that’s you #3. We really need more safety related laws that no one pays attention to. How bout we try keeping drunks off the road first.

  9. Gilchrist on D
    7:08 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    that TMZ story was like something the “onion” would report.

  10. mark p
    7:43 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Face it Forde has a bromance with Pitino. He harpooned U of L when Pitino was at UK and is now his, Pitino’s, weapon at U of L.

  11. Bad Hair
    8:09 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    It would seem to me that the relationship between BCG and DJ is not/was not as strained as everyone would believe it to be. Best of luck to both of them.

  12. cracka
    8:18 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    what’s the over/under of days on a ware decommit? deandre daniels knows he’s has to leave high school, right? i think we should put another negative article about cheater vest up, just so there’s another one to pop up when he is googled.

  13. KSR Spy
    8:29 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    #3 You’re a moron. Since when has making a law helped ANYTHING? It’s illegal to drink and drive, but guess what…that’s what caused the accident. Not wearing a helmet didn’t cause the accident. If people want to be stupid and not wear a helmet/seatbelt…LET THEM! It’s their life at stake, they aren’t hurting anyone but themselves.

    If they want to enforce things they need to make harsher penalties. If you said, “OK, if you get caught drinking and driving…1st offense we cut off your right hand.” Then I GUARANTEE YOU that almost NOBODY would have the gonads to drink and drive. Alcohol related fatalities would be down 95%.

  14. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    8:47 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    #3 and #14- I certainly hope T.C. drake is ok. However, it seems rather strange to see “buckle up its the law” advertisements on television all the time, even though motorcyclists are allowed to disregard their lives on a motorcycle without a helmet. Doesn’t make sense. And #14… I love statistics more than anyone. Where did you get the 95%. 😉 tee hee

  15. jlragweed
    8:55 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed the difference with respect to the handling of Jim Tressel than Coach Cal? All I heard on ESPN this morning is how the rules should be changed. Really? Tressel is a victim? Would this be the same approach if this were Coach Cal???

  16. bmt22033
    9:30 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    I guess Paul Newberry at the Associated Press must be considered one of those “compadres”. He just wrote an article entitled “How about a ‘death penalty’ for coaches?” which includes this statement:

    “A two-strike-and-you’re-out-rule would prevent someone such as Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari from skipping around the country just ahead of those pesky investigators. He had already moved on to his next gig when first UMass, then Memphis, had to forfeit any mention of their Final Four appearances because they had used ineligible players.”

    You can tell him how you feel about that by e-mailing him ([email protected]) or on twitter at

  17. IfThenElse
    9:38 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Jasper transferred to UNLV because he broke up with his girlfriend NOT entirely because of BCG. I don’t expect to be believed, but I can only tell you what I have seen with my own eyes and heard with my own ears. Every morning in the student center parking lot, Jasper and his girlfriend would argue like little b&^ches and he would get out of her car on the verge of tears. I have nothing against Jasper; good pg and all, but he couldn’t handle the special lady friend. Fights every morning for months and a few weeks later, he bolted.

  18. The Rick Bozich O Face
    9:38 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    So by process of elimination, Dana O’Neil is the one on the left with the beard?

  19. bung
    9:42 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    3)I think we need a helmet law for riding mowers and a loss of mowing privilege if caught mowing drunk on someone elses lawn.

  20. CatsFanattic
    10:08 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Its about time we hit the Ohio pipeline, regardless of Tressels resignation.

  21. RYNO
    10:10 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Give your Photoshop guy a raise- great pic!

  22. Wasting My Time
    10:10 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    @4, @5 & @6…

    Do you realize how old that story is??? Check your dates and quit wasting my time.

    “7/2/2010 4:18 AM PDT by TMZ Staff”

  23. Final Four
    11:36 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Whould Pitino use Ware at the PG?

  24. Bob
    9:31 pm May 31, 2011 Permalink

    #14 that would only result in more left-handed people.