Happy Wednesday, sweet KSR readers, and, to all of you Botswanian folks out there, Happy Independence Day. I’ve been out of commission the past few days thanks to a nasty bout with the swine flu a respiratory illness, which was conveniently contracted shortly after a few Tebow jokes, and I’m very happy to be back. I know my short absence was harder on you than it was on me, and last night’s overnight post got your emotions burning, so let’s just keep tonight simple. Let’s just jump right into some of the happenings of this late Tuesday night/early Wednesday morning.
– A pretty large story, which made some rounds nationally, was that Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and head coach Urban Meyer sent a letter to the editor at the Herald-Leader. In the letter, the pair thanked the UK and their athletic staff for the support it provided to Tim Tebow following his injury in Saturday’s game. While this likely won’t ease the pain that Wildcat fans felt after a lackluster performance by their football team, it was a nice gesture from the Florida staff and a solid piece of PR for UK. If you want to read the entire letter, you can see it here on Chip Cosby’s blog (which still remains free).
– In some somewhat promising recruiting news, Kyrie Irving announced via Twitter that he will still be visiting UK’s Big Blue Madness on October 16. It was rumored a few days ago that Irving was on the verge of a commitment to Duke following a trip to visit the Blue Devils and a very public breakup with Indiana, who was believed to be his leader. But, he confirmed late Tuesday that UK would still get a visit, which has to be seen as a positive for the Cats.
– In other recruiting news, Larry Vaught is reporting that UK will visit Perry Ellis Wednesday in Wichita. The 2012 big man is regarded as one of – if not the – top players in the class and started making headlines last year when he started receiving scholarship offers as a freshman shortly after the NABC made a statement frowning on the subject. The 6’8″ forward, who made an unoffical visit to the Kansas-Duke football game two weekends ago (what a game!), is being recruited by nearly everyone and, according to Rivals, holds offers from six schools including UK.
– Also, the Cats got a bit of good news when 2010 Terrence Jones trimmed his list to six and included UK in the mix. Jones rates as Rivals #3 PF and the #13 player in the class and had Coach Cal in home last week for a visit. On his newly trimmed list, the Cats are joined by UCLA, Washington, Oklahoma, Arizona and Kansas, meaning that two schools who had in-home visits (UNC and Maryland) had been removed. However, according to Zagsblog, his mother said the Portland native will also take an unofficial visit to Oregon.
– Switching gears into the football foe of the week, the Alabama Crimson Tide, Tom Leach has his weekly game week interview over on his blog. The voice of the Wildcats chatted with the voice of the Tide, Eli Gold, in preparation for Saturday’s game. Gold tells Leach about the differences from this year’s team and the one that the Cats played close last year and what to look for on Saturday. Listen to the whole interview here.
– Rich Brooks mixed things up a bit at practice today and had the first team offense square off with the first team defense for an extended period of time. The goal, according to the UKAthletics.com site, was to get both units more prepared for the game speed they will see from Alabama on Saturday. Seems like a good idea, I suppose.
– One of my favorite stories of the past couple of days (and I don’t think we’ve posted it here) is the apparent friendship between John Daly and John Calipari. I can’t think of two guys that are less likely to be buddies, which adds to the amusement I get from this story. Also amusing: I saw John Daly getting carried out of Hooters by two guys last year during a Monday Night football game….at halftime. As they took him out to the car, a woman was giving him the Pillsbury Doughboy poke to his stomach and he was giggling like an intoxicated sorority girl. I immediately went home, started a bucket list, wrote this on it and then crossed it off. And, yes, I’m aware that this has nothing to do with UK basketball.
Well, that’s it for now. Stay tuned throughout the day as we start getting things focused in on the second chance at a UK football upset in as many weeks. Will the Cats bounce back and give the Tide their best shot this week? We shall see. Stick around. We’ll see you in a few….