Good weather abounds as do the notes:
— Terrence Jones’s high school coach channeled the Athletic Director when he said he believed that Jones would stick with Washington, before also mentioning that no one could know for sure. Those close to Jones (and Evan Daniels, who knows those folks well) still think Washington is the pick. Those in Lexington still think the Cats are in good shape. One day we will find out…maybe.
— Mitch Barnhart’s statement that he was working to extend the contract of John Calipari makes us all happy. After one year, a “contract for life” might seem a bit excessive, but unlike Charlie Weiss, Calipari will most certainly earn it and if it includes a large buyout, it could be very good for the University. Mitch and Cal may never summer in the Poconos together (I have no idea if people actually do summer in the Poconos, but I hear that phrase), but they both know they need each other to succeed and a good long-term deal could do a lot for everyone.
— Not good news for Matt “Beast” Pilgrim in Oklahoma. An Emergency Protective Order has been entered against him based on an allegation from a female on the OSU campus. No official word of the allegation has been given, but it does look to be a serious one considering the heightened standard used in Oklahoma for issuing such Orders. We of course know the truth or validity of the allegations, but it is most certainly the case that Calipari’s desire to avoid off the field headaches makes those around UK glad it is not occurring here.
— Former UK women’s coach Mickie Demoss is headed back to Tennessee to become part of Pat Summitt’s staff yet again. Her departure from Lexington was crowded with speculation, but from all indications she is a nice woman. We wish her the best in Knoxville, at least until she plays the Big Blue.
— Samardo Samuelsleaves Louisville and hires an agent, thus ending his time as a Card. He has to know he is unlikely to go in the first round, so this must be a “I simply dont want to be in college any more” move. So what do the Cards do? They give the scholarship to our Eastern Kentucky friend Elisha Justice. We wish Elisha well, but this is clearly the second summer in a row that things havent really worked out for Rick.
— Speaking of not working out for Rick, the Karen Sypher trial has been postponed until the end of July. If you think I am going to attend and cover for the blog, you would be correct.
— Very sad to see Ernie Harwell passed. Great Detroit Tigers radio announcer whose work I listened to during his final year on the air.
— To our Nashville Cat fans and those that care about them, you can donate to the Nashville Red Cross for flood relief there by texting REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10 donation. If you can, please do.
— The UK players will be at the Paul Mitchell School for an autograph signing with the UK seniors. It is from 6-8 pm on Boston Road.
More later in the day….