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Two Bluegrass Tidbits in Andy Katz’s “3-Point Shot”

“…and then he says, ‘Rectum? Dang near killed ‘im!'”

KSR’s favorite Andy released a few quick-hitters early this morning, and because his notes are about basketball, he had a lot to say about Kentucky.  First, went out of his way to calm the collective nerves that some around Lexington may have had regarding Nerlens Noel’s academic situation:

1. Kentucky coach John Calipari said during our Thursday taping of Katz Korner on ESPNU that incoming freshman center Nerlens Noel should be finishing up his two last classes and be eligible and on campus next month. Noel reclassified for the 2012-13 season and had to finish his degree requirements before he could attend Kentucky. So Noel wasn’t able to participate in any of the summer workouts since he was prohibited from finishing his requirements anywhere but back in high school. Calipari continued to praise incoming freshman Willie Cauley and his ability to produce during workouts. Calipari insists he will try playing the 6-10 Cauley and Noel together during the season. Cauley was the lowest-profile of the four newcomers (Alex Poythress andArchie Goodwin are the others).

“Cal insists he will try playing the 6-10 Cauley[-Stein] and Noel together during the season.”  The second-coming of Bowie and Turpin could be on its way this coming season.  What a defensive frontcourt that would be…  And it’s also good to hear that Calipari doesn’t expect any undue hassle with Noel’s academic progress.  As will happen when a junior decides in the spring that he wants to graduate THAT semester, there are some wrinkles that need to be ironed out.  However, as we’ve hoped, there don’t appear to be any issues that would hamper his enrollment.  Good news.

Katz shifts gears a little bit to address the coach at that school down the road:

2. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said that he has been energized coaching this recent Cardinals crew the past two seasons. Pitino also clarified on Katz Korner that he will coach until his contract were to run out, which happens to be in 2017. He said if his deal were to have run out in 2021 he would have said the same thing. He didn’t seem like he was ready to retire anytime soon. If he were offered an extension it doesn’t sound like Pitino would say no. He simply isn’t projecting like someone who is nearing the end. Pitino also overly praised the job done by his rival John Calipari. Pitino said he didn’t think a team dominated by one-and-done players could win a title, until Calipari accomplished the feat in April (by beating Louisville in the national semifinal before taking down Kansas). Pitino said the biggest surprise so far in workouts has been guard Kevin Ware. Pitino said it probably wasn’t fair to him to bring him in midseason. Ware didn’t log too many minutes, averaging just 5.3 a game. But Ware has already made an impact on Pitino as a potential serious rotation player for a possible Final Four squad.

Can we move past hating Rick Pitino now?  Teasing him is fine; I’ll try not to, but that’s the name of the game in college sports.  Rival coaches have to expect a certain amount of ribbing… (see me, letting that one go? Perfect genteleman.)  But Ricky showed some class by wishing Calipari well last year after the semifinal game, by saying he hoped Cal could bring the trophy back to Kentucky.  Now he seems like he’s doing something people aren’t used to seeing him do: relaxing, and enjoying being a coach.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Cal has his number and wouldn’t trade head coaches for the world, but I think we can take the vitriol out of the taunting.  Pitino’s changed a lot over the past year or two, and I think it’s pretty fun.

Article written by Corey Nichols

40 Comments for Two Bluegrass Tidbits in Andy Katz’s “3-Point Shot”

  1. TShlew
    9:07 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    There’s a storm coming, Mr. Nichols…

  2. UK Fan
    9:09 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    What else can Pitino say? He has to put up the brave facade, but deep down it is killing him that UK is doing just fine with out him…

  3. Josh
    9:09 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    pitino is a traitor my friend

  4. OneAndDone
    9:10 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    He coaches our rival, so no I won’t stop hating him. It does worry me some that he is relaxed, he needs to be on edge and on the verge of falling apart…..

  5. UK
    9:15 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    1) His punishment must be more severe. When UofL is in ashes, then he has my permission to die.

  6. Bob Sugar
    9:16 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Nichols did you ask your daddy if you could ask “Can we move past hating Rick Pitino now?” And by daddy i mean the nasal queen, matt jones. While we could stand to “take the vitriol out of the taunting” I don’t know if his precious fan site could come up eith new material. 15 seconds this, tard that, L yeah, chicken bucket hahaha.. To the uninitiated Rick Pitino is and always will be a villain. If you think he was sincerely rooting for Kentucky to win than you are an absolute fool. Pitino plays the media game as well as anybody, he says the right things when he’s supposed to, and goes back to his lair with “the boys” and pulls hard for whoever Kentucky plays against. THis year is going to be huge game at the YUM center and we could perhaps see Louisville deep in the tournament. And that renewed sense of coaching passion Rick has is nothing more than the arrogant strut of a coach with a national title within his grasp. So, nice work Corey you’ve embarrassed yourself with your lack of insight once again.

  7. Mack
    9:19 am July 27, 2012 Permalink


  8. Nick Papageorgio
    9:20 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    “Can we move past hating Rick Pitino now?”…you can’t be serious with that. Just because Pitino said something “nice” about Calipari? Get a clue…

  9. Nope
    9:27 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Can we change the article title to “Rick Pitino Lovefest”? Would be more descriptive.

  10. Matthew Hays
    9:29 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hm… Pitino’s contract set to end in 2012, just like the Mayan calendar. Coincidence? It’s food for thought at least.

  11. BlueBallin'
    9:30 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Agree with you, but I get the writer’s overall point…that the days of the combative Ricky P & all the bravado he brought with it are dead. If you’ve seen a good HD close-up or have seen him in person the last 5 years, his face has aged another 10 years on top of that. He got humiliated on a national stage. But on the other end of his cheating rainbow, he kept his family together (it seems); kept his job (crap job that it is); and made a Final Four with a bunch of B talent. So at his age & knowing how bad he almost mucked up his legacy, why not be relaxed?

  12. HamnEggs
    9:36 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    You just can’t seem to stay outta your own damn way can ya Nichols. One step up, two steps back kid.

    This place is for the birds

  13. UK
    9:40 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m all about not hating anyone including Pitino, but you Mr. Nichols are the next BTI. U su_k something horrible!

  14. Musehobo
    9:50 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Wow….really?…wow. I can’t believe this. It’s bad enough that you’ve littered us with old news and acted like it’s hot off the wire. The Nerlens Noel news has been coming in steady for a week or so, and Matt reported the Cauley/Noel blurb when Cal initially said it a couple weeks ago or so. But I understand, some people may have missed it, apparently you’re one of them.

    But now you’re asking us to snuggle up next to our FRIGGIN ARCH RIVAL cause he knows how to play the media? Are you even a UK fan? Where’s BTI?

  15. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    9:51 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Move past hating Pitino? If General MacArthur had switched sides and starting commanding the North Korean Army, would we start liking him again after a few years had passed?

  16. gannon-BBN
    10:13 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    we are definitely not gonna stop hating on slick rick! remember how he left us??? remember how he said that he was returning home and said that his home was in loserville??? this post is the most un-KSR post ever.

  17. catfan
    10:17 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Not gonna happen today, tomorrow…………….ever!So just get over it!

  18. gannon-BBN
    10:18 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m getting really sick of people wanting to quit hating on rivals. It’s just like the Christian Laettner thing. He comes on KSR and now all of a sudden everyone thinks, “oh he’s such a nice guy, why did we hate you?” HE’S EFFIN CHRISTIAN LAETTNER! THAT’S WHY! slick rick is no exception! he’s probably more hated by a lot of fans.

  19. Jon
    10:18 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Corey Nichols…turrible, just turrible. Shades of BTI.

  20. you guys
    10:18 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    haha BBN cracks me up sometimes

  21. gannon-BBN
    10:23 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    new hashtag #NicholsIsBTI

  22. Ukwildcat_fanatic
    10:31 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Looks like Ricky 3 Stacks is at it again. His top recruit is going to prep school rather than enroll in the fall. Something about playing time….Good thing he’s not a college senior this year.

  23. Bballdoc
    10:37 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    “brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible”
    Hatred is not fun. Sports is fun. Let’s try not to mix them up too much.

  24. atlantacat
    11:10 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    How is it possible for so many children to get together on one site? You kids are just absolutely ridiculous. I would bet most of you are too young to remember the mess Pitino inherited, the work required to put the school back together. You may remember the ultimate success but not what it took to get there.
    Yes, Pitino left for the NBA then came back to UL – so what? You can dislike UL all you want and Pitino as well but if not for him, we wouldn’t be where we are today. If you’re too ignorant to see that, then you are the child I think you are. I totally believe his favorable about UK were genuinely felt, especially after losing the semi last year. He may be in Louisville but he still holds a love for UK.
    Grow up, stop hating on something as trivial as a basketball coach.

  25. bluefan
    11:19 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Dang, Corey, I try to take up for you all the time against the haters but you are just begging for it this time.

    NO, I won’t stop hating on Pitino! EVER. Seriously, what did you expect him to say after the Final Four loss? A foot-stomping hissy fit would have been amazing, but he was prepared to lose and had a speech ready.

    Please just give us news. Don’t tell me who I have to like. Ugh.

  26. the Big Dog
    11:20 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Have you been drinking the red Kool Aid again? Shame on you.

  27. Ruppeat Offender
    11:53 am July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Corey – I’m sure you were just a pup in 1999, when The Traitor set up shop in Freedom Hall – so you don’t remember the hurt. On top of that, you weren’t even born in 1988, when Eddie Sutton, who had been watering down our once proud program for years, stuck it in our no-no place, broke it off and walked away. Pitino swooped in and took a Kentucky team, under serious NCAA sanctions, back up to the mountaintop. Fans loved him HARD. Way beyond the Cal crush – he really was UK’s savior and he was the King of Camelot and of college basketball in general. Then, he left for Boston – and we were sad, but a lot of UK fans became Celtics fans. He even drafted UK players to Boston (Lexington North). But then he made a mistake that he can never be forgiven for – he started sleeping with our ugly, retarded little sister whose room is right next to ours. Love is fleeting, Corey. But hate? Hate is forever.

  28. catcrawler
    12:15 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve never hated R.P.
    He did the exact same thing that elite ball players do: He went and got the money (Celtics) and then did what was “best” for him and his family. (Return to College Ball) At the time he couldn’t return to UK, so for HIM UL was the next best thing.
    I’m actually glad that the Bluegrass has 2 top knotch programs.
    That being said, I can’t wait until Louisville hate day 🙂

  29. HicksPickSix
    12:17 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I’m going to take the bait here, albeit begrudgingly. This post is a clear example of Corey being “coached up,” for lack of a better phrase, by the KSR crew. Corey started with some legitimately bad posts, got ripped by readers, and even had daddy Matt chime in to say the comments were becoming too negative. In response, Corey has tried to unsuccessfully mold himself after BTI. In a sad attempt to embrace his criticism, Corey creates gimmie posts–today’s being a perfect example–to simply piss off readers. BTI used that tactic, but unlike Corey he had writing chops. Don’t expect this trend to change. I’m all for give Corey credit where credit’s due. That being said, there are too many other worthwhile writers on this site to let Corey’s simplistic, thesaurus-reliant posts water down the KSR product.

  30. Unboltedharp
    12:17 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Right 24, a drunken bum and his son trash the program. He’s replaced by a egotistical lier. Yes, he brought the program back. But he was never bigger than the program except in his own mind. He vanished without a word for money and did the unforgivable, started coaching little brother. Thank God Kentucky did not lay down like florida.

  31. Big Blue Coming at You
    12:40 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Cory, you continue to amaze me at how dumb you are. Same goes with some fans that hear Pitino make one good comment and think that it erases the embarrassment he is not to mention he’s still coaching UL. I’ll never forgive him for that and not stop hating the man for the terrible person he is. You never hear about Pitino doing charity work around Louisville, the state or anywhere else. Nor does he involve his players in charity / community work either. He’s only in it for himself. He’d rather bang a money hungry skank in a restaurant after hours, pay for her abortion then yell at the media for calling him out about it than do good things for his players and the community. That’s the real Pitino. Is that someone you really want to have sympathy for and forgive or welcome back with open arms? Wake up people!

  32. ZCG
    12:57 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    “On top of that, you weren’t even born in 1988, when Eddie Sutton, who had been watering down our once proud program for years…” — not sure what you mean by ‘watering down’, but with 3 recruiting seasons that included Chapman, Manuel, Ellis, Mills, Woods, and Kemp, plus the Unforgettables, hard to say he was watering down the talent level.

  33. Fishersblue
    1:06 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    The Cats were not domimated by 1 and done players. They had 3 along with 4 other core players including 2 sophs and a senior.

    No team has yet won a championship dominated by 1 and done players.

  34. kentuckyjoe
    1:41 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone that hates, or even dislikes, Rick Pitino, well, I have no respect for. After what he did for UK it is crazy not to like him. I want him and the Cards to do great. Just not as good as UK.

  35. Bradley
    1:52 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I hate Pitino, almost as much as a Corey Nichols blog entry…almost.

  36. Uh, No
    2:36 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    33….did you miss the draft? Notice who went #1 and 2? UK brought home #8 because we had the best two players on the floor every game we played. As the DOMINANT players of the best 7-man rotation college ball has ever seen, safe to say the 1-and-done’s got it done…with great help.

  37. cracka
    2:50 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    hate pitino? i don’t hate pitino … i love beating our rival u of lol

    whatever happened to the polls on ksr … i think we should bring it back … a) i only hate pitino b) i only hate loserville c) i hate both

  38. jsp
    3:45 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    It’s like breaking up with a girlfriend, you dont want them to go find someone better. You want them to find someone that is always going to make them a little more miserable than you are.

  39. Stan
    4:35 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t hate Rickie P, I hate Jerry Tipturd. Rickie P just don’t matter anymore, his 15 seconds was up a while back. I still can’t stand to look at Tipturds picture, makes me sick.

  40. Ruppeat Offender
    5:43 pm July 27, 2012 Permalink

    ZCG – worst example ever. Kemp never played for UK – he stole Sean Sutton’s jewelry and was dismissed from the school. Eric Manual cheated on his entrance exams and had to sit out all year before transferring out. Chris Mills transferred out after it was discovered that he was paid to come to UK, resulting in the NCAA sanctions. We went 13-19 in ’88 (the only losing season in the modern era) with Sean Sutton running the point. Of course, the Unforgettables were never coached by Eddie Sutton. They would have been completely unknown if he had.