Today KSR was in Madisonville, where we had one of our biggest technical difficulty days of all time…which is saying something. Unbeknownst to us, the Hudson Toyota Chrysler Building does not get Verizon service (come on Verizon!) and thus we couldn’t get a signal. After an hour of work, we were able to make it back on the air and actually had a great show…unfortunately it was a bit late. The crowd in Madisonville, home of Drew Franklin (who is celebrating his third anniversary with the site today) was excellent and kept up our tremendous streak on the tour. We have been in six towns across Kentucky, Glasgow, Morgantown, Bowling Green, Columbia, Morganfield and now Madisonville and in each place, we have had over 40 people come out and watch the show. It truly is amazing to see, especialyl considering that it is 9/10 in the morning when people come out. We are truly blessed and want to thank everyone for what has really been a great experience. As we reach the halfway point of our travels, some notes (and a pic of the shirt made in Madisonville for our stop):
— The confirmation today that Nerlens Noel will be on campus for Kentucky was great news. Noel was always in good shape on qualifying, but he did need a stellar summer of schoolwork to make it happen…which he did. Now comes his time to shut up the doubters and showcase his talents. Chad Ford today noted that Noel had slipped a bit in scouts’ eyes and that is fine. Noel will not be Davis and UK doesn’t need him to be Davis. However what he will be is the best shot blocker in America and a tremendous talent that will improve exponentially as the season goes on. Most importantly, he is a humble kid who knows he needs to work…I wouldn’t trade him for any other Freshman in America next season.
— The latest example of Indiana Hoosier Whine (which really should become a product due to its repetition, is the handwringing today about Trey Lyles decommitting because of John Calipari. There is no proof this is even true, as Lyles’ father suggested in an interview that his son hoped to see North Carolina and Duke. But that hasn’t stopped Indiana fans for blaming Calipari, their boogie monster for anything that goes wrong from global warming to Bobby Knight’s hemorrhoids. While the cause of Lyles’ decommitment may be up for speculation, I could not care less if Calipari had been the cause. When someone commits to a school, especially if it is while they are a Sophomore in high school, I have no problem with other coaches continuing to recruit them. Why should a kid be locked in at that point, prior to the letter of intent, to an early decision? It happens all the time in football and for those that complain, they are doing so with a mentality that I hate in college sports. Tom Crean whined on the internet that some coaches don’t “respect” commitments. Well if that “respect” means essentially saying “the school owns them at the time of commitment”, then I don’t respect them either. Let a kid get all the information that is out there before he goes to college. If you have nothing to hide, why are you worried.
As I always say when someone cheats…the easy thing to do is blame the individual they cheated on you with…but what you should actually do is blame either the relationship (for not being strong) or yourself (for being a loser). If Trey Lyles doesn’t love you any more Tom Crean, look in the mirror at your tweets and striped pants and don’t worry about the other schools.
— Much is being made about the UK tickets getting returned for the UL game and I understand why. UL fans want to brag that they “care” more about football than UK fans, and this year they may be correct. But I remember some Kragthorpe years when no one went to games at Papa John’s and this season’s fervor just cements for me how bandwagon their football fans are. The reality is this…for years Kentucky has had more fan support than they have had success. This year that fan support has diminished a bit. For both UK and UL, we are basketball schools…our football interest ebbs and flows based on success. That is just how it is. UK fans have actually been unbelievably loyal over the years when the quality of the product is considered. Because 2000 of them didnt pay UL $78 bucks to watch a game this year does nothing to diminish that in my eyes. Complain about the decrease in season ticket sales if you wish…that I can get behind. But not giving money to the UL football ticket fun is of no consequence to me.
KSR began our daily coverage of football practice for the first time today. Some of the mainstream media will now officially have their collective heads explode as one of their main KSR criticisms (“You dont cover practices like we do to do reporting!”) may go by the wayside. If you didn’t see Nick Roush’s football practice report, check it out. It is quite good. On Thursday, we hit Monticello in Wayne County for Stop 8 of the KSR State Tour. Listen up and cross your fingers for our technical issues. Until then, this picture a fan sent in from the Cadillac Ranch: