Its been kind of a hectic day around the KSR Compound, as we have taken some degree of heat for the earlier post on The Cats Pause. While some of the criticism has been based solely on me (of the “you suck” variety), some raised valid points about whether such a post was necessary and/or petty. In hindsight maybe it was not needed, but as of now, few have disagreed with the premise of the article, just whether it should have been written. As anyone who has ever done a blog can attest, sometimes you write quickly and wish you could go back and hit reset. I still stand by the comments but take to heart those who say such posts are unnecessary. Your thoughts have been heard (and if you listen to today’s radio show linked at the bottom of this post, you will see I agonized over them all morning). Now to some important nonsense:
— I dont know how I missed the story of the UL Sexual Harrassment case from Friday…oh wait, I know…because no one in the city covered it. The lack of coverage by the Courier Journal is beyond bizarre and showcases the unbelievable fear that newspaper has of the Louisville Athletic Department. The newspaper could have easily fit the story into a larger theme about “The Boys” network that we saw in the Sypher trial and now this case. It is clear that for some period of time, some amount of Louisville employees around the Athletic Department and Basketball Office were…well, middle-aged men making crude comments to women. It was admitted at the Sypher trial and now found in a verdict in court. It would be interesting to explore how that happened, but we certainly wont see that from the Courier Journal. Maybe Beisner or Drew can do it in a future KSR “Body Issue”.
— As Beisner said earlier, UK gave an offer for 2012 to Shabazz Muhammad, one of the top prospects in his class. Calipari is now traveling the country making offers for 2012 and I expect we will hear more about those offers in the next few days. Evan Daniels says Shabazz is uber-talented and a guy who will play at the next level…sounds perfect for Calipari.
— In non-UK basketball news, ESPN released documents last night to suggest that part of the issue concerning illegal phone calls at Tennessee centered around their top recruit Tobias Harris. Harris of course picked the Vols after also considering the Cats and he is the crown jewel of UT’s team this season. If Bruce Pearl survives this investigation, Harris will be a centerpiece of the team he is left with, and it looks as if his recruitment is a key part of the investigation…something we didnt know last week.
— On our radio show the most popular topic of the last two weeks has been the lackluster atmosphere at the UK football games this season. Some blame the fans, others the poor starts, but all agree that the University simply HAS to make a better pre-game and in-game feel to the contests. The intro music is bland and there is nothing during the game that pumps up the crowd in any way. Some old school folks take the view that “the football should be enough”, but that isnt realistic in today’s day and age. Every school, including the great ones, adds to the atmosphere with music and surrounding sounds. UK must make it better…because as it is now, it is somewhat embarassing.
— Another question that gets asked nearly every day is whatever happened to Aaron Boyd.? The short answer is that I am not sure anyone knows. Literally no one around the program ever mentions his name and he isnt in real contention to get on the field. People forget that he was the crown jewel of his recruiting class and is not totally an afterthought. Will that ever change? Time is wasting.
Below are the latest radio shows, including today’s fascinating interview with the great Dick Weiss. Dick talked about Calipari and the UK Freshmen, but also went into detail about his love of the state of Kentucky and his memories of Cawood Ledford and Bill Keightley. It is fascinating and a must listen, especially for those of you that dont remember those UK legends. Check it out.