The newest KSR member Drew Franklin and Coach Cal today in Madisonville
The picture above makes me happy…in part because it confirms that our newest KSR writer looks 12, but also because of the sign. While Billy Clyde likely would have held some KSR signs (mostly with expletives and directional commands), it isnt like what Calipari will do. Drew offered to put on the Jon Hood mop suit in order to get the pic, but luckily did it just by throwing names around (BTI’s name will get you anywhere) and pulling strings. Good stuff.
(1): The biggest news of the night comes from Jim Tirey at TCP who says that UK has a “soft commitment” from Tennessee NT Tim McAdoo. McAdoo is a beast of a man that has been rated as a 3 star recruit by at least one service, but is as of yet unrated by the major sites. He has lower offers from Sun Belt and MAC schools and gave Kentucky a commitment just recently. He is however open to other schools if they decide to get involved. For Kentucky, McAdoo could be a very solid player and it might be better for the Wildcats if he doesnt have a great season…thus drawing the eye of his home state school or other SEC programs. For now though, he is a Cat….only the 4th so far in the class.
(2): The SEC schedule for ESPN Super Tuesday was announced today and Kentucky was once again given the maximum of four games on the network. As has often been the case, three of those games are on the road, with the South Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida games all being shown on ESPN. The Cats will get Ole Miss at home on the network, making four opportunities for Calipari to act better than Billy Clyde with Jeanine Edwards. The rest of the schedule will come soon, but this likely means that both Tennessee games and the home Florida game will find its way to CBS, which will show at least 3 regular season UK games on national television. All in all, a very similar national television package as UK gets most years in the SEC….the difference will be with the lower SEC games, which will find themselves on other ESPN affiliates more and thus available nationwide.
(3): Coach Calipari showed the importance of Twitter and the ability of coaches to control information flow tonight when he put out a blog post in which it was stated that his Pitino comments were taken out of context. Some fans were a little upset this past weekend when a Mike Decoursey and Andy Katz article seemed to suggest that Calipari would “walk out” of Rupp Arena if UK fans did not treat Pitino with respect. There was some backlash from a group of fans who suggested that Calipari thought himself bigger than the fans, and many suggested they would yell at Rick either way. Today Calipari said that while he wanted to see UK fans act with respect, he would be coaching no matter what and the situation in which the writers compared his previous threat to walk out (while at UMass) was not similar to this one. All in all, crisis averted…and we should expect Rick to get a rude greeting at UK….although hopefully not too over the top.
(4): Zagsblog reported today that Achraf Yacoubou, a 2011 New York city shooting guard with a mad jumper, has UK in his top 3 and will be visiting for Midnight Madness in a few weeks. Achraf has been one of the recent revelations in the 2011 class and gives UK a shooting option that some have worried has been lacking in the recent recruits. Dustin Rumbaugh (who continues to do amazing work by the way) spoke with Achraf tonight, so expect to see his comments on here in the next two days.
(5): Andre’ Woodson played tonight in New York and I admit that I only watched a couple of series, but it was painful. Come on ‘Dre…we are pulling for you.
Today will be your chance to make your “Who Wants to be a Blogger” selections. Greg Turner, Brian Reed, Patrick Barger, Will Lentz and Jared Quillen are up for ouster. You can save two of them with your votes beginning at 11 am and going until Wednesday afternoon. Be ready to cast your ballots and pick who will join our five others in the next round.
More all day………