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Valentine’s Day’s Friday News and Views


I miss these cards.

If you’re here reading this post tonight, cheers to you, my friend.  It looks like we’re in the same boat. While 95% of America is cuddled up in bed with that special someone — after a long day and night of blowing money on dinner, chocolates, gifts, edible skivvies, and overpriced flowers, followed by two to three minutes of making sweet, passionate, uncoordinated love under a mutual agreement to not turn the lights on — you and I are rebels of love, the nonconformists of the Feast of Saint Valentine. F*** Hallmark, man. We don’t need a designated day to be romantic, especially not one in the middle of basketball season. We’re modern day revolutionists who chose to sit at the computer, alone, in the dark, in our footed-jammies, on Valentine’s Day night. We’re going against the grain! Trend setters! And by that, I mean, I’m single so I volunteered to do tonight’s News and Views. What a guy.

Thanks for logging on and keeping me company.  I love you.

Let’s talk sports…

 

 Nerlens Noel is still gone and will continue to be gone for the remainder of the season. There’s nothing you or I can do about it, although I’m willing to keep trying if you have any suggestions. We have to move on, as hard as it is, and get behind the team as they play for an NCAA tournament bid. The first test in the A.N. (After Nerlens) season is this Saturday in the unfriendly confines of Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville. The Vols are looking to snap a six-game losing streak to Kentucky and get back to .500 in the Southeastern Conference this season. For Kentucky, whatever happens in the game will likely be a sign of what’s to come in the final six games of the regular season. Will the Wildcats rally and battle for their fallen teammate? Or will the loss be too much for the Cats to withstand? We’re about to learn a lot about Calipari’s young team and how they deal with adversity. Everyone will need to step up.

  Okay, just one Nerlens Noel note.  We can’t resist.  Noels’ brother, Rodman Noel, told CBSSports.com that he’d be surprised if Nerlens returned to Kentucky for his sophomore year. “Right now people still say he’ll be a top-five pick. It would only be smart to take it while you can,” he said. The older Noel, a starting linebacker at NC State, told Jeff Goodman that Nerlens is devastated by the injury because he is unable to finish out the season or compete in the NCAA tournament.

 The McDonald’s All-American game rosters were announced Thursday and, as expected, five soon-to-be Wildcats were invited to participate. Dakari Johnson is the odd Cat out on the East roster; he’ll be going up against Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Marcus Lee and James Young on the West squad. The game will take place April 3 in Chicago.

 Notably absent from the McDonald’s All-American rosters is UK target Julius Randle. Randle, the top-ranked power forward in the class, did not get an invite because he’s missed the majority of his senior season with a broken foot. However, there’s still a chance for Randle to be a late addition to the All-American game if he can get back to the court soon.  His mother told the USA Today that her son will return to action this Friday for his team’s senior game. If he’s able to play at a high level, expect the McDonald’s people — Ray Kroc, or whoever calls the shots — to give him a late invite.

 Andrew Wiggins made a guest appearance on ESPNU during the McDonald’s All-American television special to discuss his recruitment. He said that he’ll make his decision in April, and then named Kentucky first when listing the schools he is considering. Wiggins said he’s looking for a good coach, good facilities and good fan support.

 From the Herald-Leader, Mark Story thinks UK should look to the Billy Gillispie era for inspiration. I stopped reading after the title. I can’t imagine anything below the picture making sense.

 And in case you missed it earlier, Rex Chapman wrote a phenomenal piece on Nerlens Noel for NCAA.com. It’s so good, it almost made us forgive him for writing for NCAA.com.  What’s up with that, Rex?

 Check out the championship rings the 1996 UK team will receive during their reunion at Rupp Arena on February 27, the night of the Mississippi State game.

The team didn’t receive fancy rings from UK after winning the title in 1996, they only got the crappy ones from the NCAA.  Now, they’ll have some bling they’ll be proud to show off, like the 1998 and 2012 championship teams.

 I think we’ve found the biggest John Wall hater in North America and it’s not Colin Cowherd, surprisingly. David Falk, the former agent of one Michael Jordan, said John Wall will never be good as Kyrie Irving was in his first week in the NBA. Falk told The Washington Post, “You guys are in dreamland. Because this team stinks so bad you guys want John Wall to be someone he will never be. Before Wall becomes Nene, I would trade him and get rid of him.” Wow. Falk said Wall has all the size and athleticism but he only knows one speed. “He doesn’t have a feel for the game,” he added. While I agree that Wall could stand to have a better feel for the game, to say he’ll never be as good as Kyrie was in his first week is a little harsh.

 Terrence Jones got called up from the D-League, so, there’s that. Good for him.

 In football news, the Kentucky Senate Appropriation Committee passed House Bill 7, which includes the projects put forth by the University of Kentucky, including renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, the Nutter Training Facility and the construction of that new science building you’ve all been hoping for. The committee did make one change to the bill, adding wording to state that UK is not allowed to raise tuition to fund the projects for Commonwealth Stadium. The bill will now go in front of the full Senate for approval. #StoopsEffect

 We’ll close with two pieces of football recruiting news:

NATE WILLIS WILL BE A CAT:

Forget everything you heard over the last 24 hours.

 

NEBRASKA IS SALTY:

Running back Braylon Heard, a former star at Cardinal Mooney in Ohio, will transfer out of Nebraska and he is lovin’ him some Kentucky.  The only problem is Nebraska granted him his release under one condition: he cannot transfer to Kentucky. Apparently, the folks in Lincoln are still upset over Marcus McWilson picking the Cats.

However, clauses like these rarely last and Heard should be able to work his way around it.  If he does, which everyone expects, Stoops and the staff won’t put too much effort in signing a running back to the 2014 class because Heard will be the guy. He was the No. 5 back in the country when he committed to the Huskers in 2010 and he’ll have two years of eligibility wherever he goes.

 

That’ll do it for tonight, folks.  Tune in to Kentucky Sports Radio radio in the morning when Ryan and I fill in for Matt Jones, with special guest Mary Jo Perino.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

42 Comments for Valentine’s Day’s Friday News and Views



  1. tdogg40330
    11:10 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins wants a good coach, good facilities and good fan support huh??
    Sounds pretty familiar to me …..



  2. Owen
    11:13 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Wait, so Kyrie Irving has had all season to get the Cavs to the same record that John Wall led the Wizards to in a month… and they have pretty comparable rosters. They’re completely different players but come on.



  3. tdogg40330
    11:14 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    btw, I’d be surprised myself if Noel decided to return, but atleast Calipari
    is tellin him to keep the door open. You never know, he might wanna play
    1 more year in college and be part of somethin special.



  4. The Rza
    11:29 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Question….If the ’96 team is gonna be at the Miss. St game, is Pitino going to be there and is he getting a ring as well? lol



  5. eastcoastcat
    11:34 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    NERLENS NEEDS TO COME BACK AND GET THAT QUADRUPLE-DOUBLE!!! but good luck in the PROS, man. I’ll be rooting for u.



  6. Ridge Runner
    11:43 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t mean to aggravate anyone with multiple postings on this of late, but if this can trigger “1” person as a reminder to vote…it’s worth it.

    Time running out folks, initial voting for this rd ends Feb 27th.

    Infinity Coaches Challenge ESPN
    You can vote once per day after midnight!
    http://promo.espn.go.com/espn/contests/infiniti/2013/

    South Region Current Leaderboard…Haith 25%, Calipari 22%, Gottfried 13%, Donovan 13%. Let’s go BBN!



  7. BlueTexan
    11:43 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Ray Kroc died in 1984.



  8. Julie
    11:45 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    The intro to this post was fantastic, thanks.



  9. Bluehaze
    11:49 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    Closer to a football stadium renovation. Is it really happening?

    6, no worries ridge. Thanks for the reminder.



  10. John in Akron
    11:59 pm February 14, 2013 Permalink

    I think what Coach Cal is doing this year is awesome. Aside from all he has done with individual coaching to certain players, his position today with Noel and our players first program was again, ground breaking.

    6, or anyone, do you have to register with ESPN or have facebook to vote?



  11. UKBlue
    12:04 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    The fact UK did not give the 96 team a ring is beyond ridiculous. This is so unlike something UK would do, makes you wonder who killed it.



  12. Jason
    12:27 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, blatantly taking, almost word for word, Rowland’s info on Rivals, not giving him credit at all, then deleting everyone who calls you out. Way to go.



  13. LaRueBigBlue
    12:39 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Am I the only one who thinks Bo Pelini is sort of an ass? I hope Braylon does come to KY instant impact player in the SEC. Congrats to Nate Willis on becoming eligible.



  14. dave
    1:00 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    once again, good to know schools care about the athletes by telling them where they cant transfer.



  15. Juliet
    1:18 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t it nice to piss off Nebraska instead of Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture?

    Also, I wouldn’t blame Nerlens one bit for taking his millions and running before he gets injured again, although it sounds a bit like brother might want a piece of the pie and be pressuring him a bit. However, jumping into the ocean with a bum knee and doing that recovery in an unfamiliar place surrounded by strangers can be a scary prospect. If he wants to take his time recovering in a familiar, loving environment with the support of Coach Cal and his brothers, as well as #LaFamilia, I would welcome him back to our lake with loving open arms.



  16. SadCat
    1:30 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    UK has the number 1 Psychology
    Department in America!!!



  17. SadCat
    1:35 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    UK has the number 1 Basketball
    Department in America!!!
    They can find a paying job!!!



  18. John Ellis
    2:21 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    According to the post, the ’96 team got rings, just not good rings.

    It’s hitting me that Nerlens’ absence won’t hit me till the team takes the floor against UT. There’s a lot of talent on this team, and a short time to grow up for it this year. Tennessee is certainly a proper incubator.



  19. #12 Jason sucks
    5:55 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    12) Cry me a river! You sound like a big baby. Are you going to take your ball and go home. Since your so worried about rivals pay site info being on a free site why don’t you take your ball and go back to rivals and leave the rest of us alone. My guess is KSR must have turned you down and you have sour grapes!



  20. Fica
    6:13 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    The game on sat could gt ugly, hopefully Cal has goodwin on a mall leash and sits him down when he goes 1 on 4 and throws up a circus shot with no chance of going in while being called for a charge.



  21. henry earl
    6:19 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    19 big fan of the “take your ball and go home analogy, huh”



  22. henry earl
    6:19 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    those end quotes should be after the word “home”



  23. Minni
    6:35 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    How do you all think AG and AP will play on Saturday?



  24. Reality
    6:58 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    23) Like garbage. Both should have been benched multiple times, I’m talking sitting in street clothes. But Cal did not have the testicular fortitude to do it early in the season. Now it is too late.



  25. Antoine Walker
    7:09 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    good i can get money off that ring and pay some debt



  26. Eli
    7:34 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggins appearing onTV is very interesting, considering he says he doesn’t like publicity. Feeling a lot better about UK’s chances now



  27. Ville Cat
    7:37 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone have insight as to how Heard could end up at UK if that was the stipulation from Nebraska? I’m hopeful but don’t know the ins and outs as to how it could happen. GO CATS!!!



  28. Bob
    7:51 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Any chance the 96 team could suit up while they’re getting honored? Those guys could probably still do some damage or at least show this team what it means to wear the uniform.



  29. Air Raid 2.0
    8:07 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Did anyone else notice Drew Franklin doctored the tweet by Nate Willis in this story. He posted that tweet around 5:30 yesterday because I was in class when I saw it, and Drews story shows 10:28. I guess they’re trying to make up for being so far behind on the story.



  30. MustangCat
    8:13 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    You go Bo!! Knock yourself out! Make more enemies at Cardinal Mooney High while Stoops and Morrow lock that school up! Well get Heard in the end, and they’ll be meeting you at the door of CMHS. And not with an invitation. I hope you hard line the Heard situation! I really do. You go messin with their kids and you’ll lose Ohio altogether! Which is fine by us! Well take them all day long. We’ll see who wins the recruiting battles over these kids going forward?! You’ll be able to look at Heard and know why…..



  31. DrSayre
    8:15 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Cant%20wait%20to%20hear%20Drew%20and%20Ryan%20host%20the%20show!%20%20Should%20be%20radio%20gold!



  32. MustangCat
    8:18 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops has turned into Nebraskas worst nightmare and I love it!!! Great news about Willis!! My manic depression was about to kick in……. Not. Am stooped to hear that though!



  33. Hey!
    8:18 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t believe you guys are talking sports when an asteroid is coming so close to earth!



  34. Axe Cop
    8:40 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    33. Do what you love.



  35. bigbluelou
    8:47 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Guess Nebraska is feeling the butt hurt big time! Agree that it is really stupid for them to put that stipulation on his transfer.



  36. bil
    9:00 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Noel should go to the NBA next year for the money. He could come back and reinjure the the knee or the other knee and lose millions. I wonder just why playes on these other teams do not go pro before their four years are up. Doesn’t the NBA want them? Like Zeller and Plumblee?
    Does Calipari always get future NBA players?
    Maybe he does.
    It only takes a couple of good players to stay at UK to win a championship with the new ones.
    This year’s NCAA tournament is going to be really interesting with the top 10 teams in the nation.



  37. bil
    9:01 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    No. 13 the bible talks about things like this in the last days.



  38. Just saying
    9:08 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t it ironic they’re getting rings the night we play Miss St, while Calipari is coaching UK?? UKs only 2losses that season were to Calipari (UMass) and Miss St in the SEC championship game.



  39. Jen
    10:19 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    38. No, that’s a coincidence, not ironic.



  40. Cat89
    10:43 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Just read the piece written by Rex. My first impression, Rex can write. I thought it was a well written piece. Second he confirmed what I and I’m sure many of you had come to believe, Nerlens isn’t your “typical” high school phenom. I found his comment that Nerlens could easily have played for Bobby Knight especially complimentary. Today’s super stud athletes are for the most part not wired for that type of environment. It would be difficult enough for a team to overcome the loss on the floor of such an impact player, a difficulty compounded by the youth of our team. They are further challenged with filling the gap created by the unique intangibles possessed by Nerlens. This young team is going to need the patience, encouragement and affirmation of its broad fan base now more than ever. Without it, “we” will be setting them up to fail. GO BIG BLUE!!



  41. MustangCat
    11:21 am February 15, 2013 Permalink

    @33 – a steroid is coming at the earth??? Great. Now i have this image of a giant hyperdermic needle out in space pointing directly at us…..



  42. njCat
    12:24 pm February 15, 2013 Permalink

    Football recruiting would be much less volatile if coaches had noncompetes like everyone else in the world that voluntarily leaves a job for a competitor. If a kid wants to change schools – so be it. But a coach that leaves a program should be restricted from contacting a player that he already recruited for another school. I know that would have hurt UK this year, but in the long run its better for everyone.