Had a very late night at the office and after some brief family/homework time, a 10 pm dinner and a quick round of dishes, I need to hit the sack and get all psyched to do it again tomorrow! So, instead of the usual bundle of entertainment and information that you usually get on your Wednesday News and Views, you’re going to get Beisner at about 65%. Don’t worry, it’s still better than BTI or Matt at 100.
Some quick notes…
(1) Obviously, the big news of the day was the non-news regarding Stacey Poole. As Wildcat fans slept with visions of a commitment dancing in their head, the Worldwide Leader was making a deal with Poole to announce his college decision live on ESPNU Thursday at 5:30. Of course, the world turned late in the day to a Twitter exchange between Jeff Goodman and Justin Young, where Young said Poole was heading to Kentucky. While that seems to be the general consensus with those who have followed his recruitment, nothing official will apparently be said until he takes his place on the U Thursday. I find the most interesting part of the conversation to be that Goodman termed it “pathetic” that the network would let the #58 player in the class announce live. I say Goodman must just not have watched much ESPNU. It’s absolutely necessary. They’re strapped for fresh programming over there.
No word yet if Insight will be letting Lexington residents with basic cable packages see that for free too.
(2) Also, late Tuesday, WYMT reported that Billy Gillispie is reviewing a plea deal in his Anderson County DUI case. No word on what that plea might be, but the conference scheduled for Wednesday to review Gillispie’s case has been canceled. If only the $6 million question could be answered this quickly….
(3) Kenny Colston at the Kernel has a cool piece on Landon Slone, who has ended up back at UK after transferring to Morehead shortly after losing his roster spot when Calipari arrived. Slone, who famously did not get to meet with Coach Cal, igniting a message board war and forcing Cal to apologize publicly, says that he lost his love for the game after leaving Lexington and is back as a student at UK….although he says the basketball itch is returning and would welcome a transfer to Eastern, Western or the Filthy Cards next year.
(4)Urban Meyer seems to be engaging in some pre-emptive excuse-making – or at least that’s what Lane Kiffin would say if they were playing the Vols again this week. Meyer announced that six more Gators are suffering from the flu, Only one player is a starter (linebacker A.J. Jones), but should they engage in some open-mouth kissing after practice, this could potentially affect Tim Tebow. Or, he could be identified as the source….but, then again, half the media would have it already.
(5) Finally, Rich Brooks and John Calipari weren’t the only ones using the Governor’s Cup game as a recruiting event. Women’s basketball coach Matthew Mitchell landed a commitment from point guard Meagan Conwright of Arlington, Texas. The 5’9″ guard, ranked as a three-star player by HoopGurlz (can’t we get a better name?) and the reigning Texas Defensive Player of the Year, attended Saturday’s game at Commonwealth. She is Mitchell’s third commitment for the class of 2010. The #11 player in the nation, Ronika Ransford, also attended the game, but no word yet on how she felt about her time in Lexington.
That’s it. Sorry it’s so pathetic. We’ll really pick up the pace today and get you all fired up for Saturday’s big shakedown with the Gators. Say it with me: We. Believe. We. Believe. We. Believe. Ok, keep repeating that and we’ll be back in no time at all. See you in a few…