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Will Lentz’ Thursday News and Views


June is a weird month at the KSR Compound as the confetti and balloons stay up just about the entire month as we celebrate the birthdays of just about every person on the staff.  Thursday is one of those official party days as our resident swim coach blogger, Will Lentz, celebrates his escape from the womb.  You might not know a whole lot about Will, but no one else really does either, so don’t feel like you’ve been left out of the loop.  I know that he writes on this site, had a beard at one time (and still might) and says “definitely” a lot on podcasts.  I also know that he’s a swim coach and that he’s never been arrested for anything weird, so that makes him among the sport’s premier coaches. Other than that, he’s a mystery.  So, today, let’s celebrate that mystery.  Will Lentz, you’re the greatest guy I’ve ever known through text messages and email.  Happy birthday.

A few notes…

 – At some point in the next few days, Kentucky will announce that they’ve agreed to an extension with John Calipari, which will officially end a chapter of some chilliness between the coach and his boss, Mitch Barnhart.  The word is that the extension will not increase monetarily, but will simply add some years to the life of the massive 8-year, $31.65 million deal he signed in 2009.  Cal was adamant Wednesday in talking with Brett Dawson to point out that it was not an issue brought up by him, which is true, but it was an issue that became very important to him after Mitch Barnhart publicly announced that he wanted to work on something a year ago.  It won’t make a lot of waves when it’s finally announced, but it’s significant progress and reflects well on Barnhart.

 – In that chat with Dawson, Calipari also commented on the debate over his 500 wins for the first time, playing the old “it’s about the players” card and saying he doesn’t care what his record is.  While that might have some truth in it, you better believe that Calipari does care quite a bit about the pissing match with the NCAA.  UK will most certainly – or already has – respond to the NCAA about the goofiness of their request and I think it will be an extremely interesting case of reading between the lines if the letters make it public.  Kentucky really has no choice to apologize or at least acknowledge the error in some way since the NCAA has a way of making things uncomfortable for you once you’re on their list.  If they issued a flat-out apology though, I’d be shocked.  I’d love to be in a room putting together carefully choosing the words that accurately reflect the feelings, but give the NCAA the bare minimum of what they want. 

 – Oh, Twitter.  How you create a stir.  Kentucky quarterback Morgan Newton sent out a Tweet late Wednesday that seemed to be rooted in a lot of frustration with the way his team is progressing at this point.  Here is what Newton had to say:


At first glance, this might not get a great reception, but is it really all that bad of a thing?  There’s no Randall Cobb anymore.  No Mike Hartline to compete with.  This is Morgan Newton’s team, for better or worse.  I love that he’s challenging his teammates to push themselves to get better and be committed to each other.  Is Twitter the best outlet for it?  Maybe not.  But if it makes guys angry in the locker room, good.  I hope they get offended.  So offended that they start working harder to prove him wrong.  If it’s received any other way, then there’s a much bigger problem to worry about. 

 – CBS ran a show called “Inside College Basketball” Wednesday featuring the usual Jon Rothstein, Wally Szczerbiak and screaming Steve Lappas lineup, this time focused on the NBA Draft.  They chatted with Coach Cal and broke down the Cats’ squad for next year (we’ll have the video in the morning) and also spent some time projecting the NBA Draft unlike anywhere else I’ve seen.  That’s because Alaa Abdelnaby placed Enes at the top of the draft to the Cavs and had The Master of Skype, Kyrie Irving, going to the Cavs at #4.  Will it happen?  Probably not?  But does that make Alaa Abdelnaby a friend of Big Blue Nation?  Of course not.  He went to Duke.

 – There is some breaking bad news to report:  Vancouver Canucks fans are rioting after their team lost to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.  The breaking good news?  They’re only destroying Canada.

That’s it for now.  Make sure you hang around all day for other stuff about Kentucky.  There will be a lot.  I promise.  Matt will be by at his normal time of 10am with Kentucky Sports Radio on Talk Radio 1080.  In the meantime, enjoy our early birthday gift to our friend Will Lentz.  This one’s for you, my friend…


See you in a few…

Article written by Thomas Beisner

26 Comments for Will Lentz’ Thursday News and Views

  1. meh
    11:50 pm June 15, 2011 Permalink

    Can’t wait for 5-7 this year…

  2. yoyoyo
    12:17 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Are we ever going to see a top 10 from the Louisville or online people? We’ve only seen Lexington!

  3. Well
    12:19 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Not a good sign seeing Newton calling out his teammates. What does this say about Joker with all the controversy we had last year about off field problems and now nobody working hard… Not a good way to start out Joker

  4. Norkaintuck
    12:19 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Nice Family Guy reference there TJ.

  5. block party
    12:33 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to be in Vancouver and see if a hybrid burns with less gas also

  6. littlefeller
    12:43 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Funny how Hartline was bashed for “throwing players under the bus” but Morgan gets praised for it. Double standard anyone!

  7. BPsycho
    12:49 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    #5 You want to see a fire eh? I know all aboot that, in Vancouver they call me BPyro.


  8. Thomas Beisner
    12:55 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    6, I think the difference is Hartline was blaming his poor play on his teammates. Newton is just saying they need to work harder. I like that.

    1:11 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    8, I dont like you

  10. Thomas Beisner
    1:13 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    9, I love you. The reverse jinx you had on the Mavs was brilliant.

  11. Gator Pedro
    1:29 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    8. It’s so adorable how you try to spin things in such a positive way. The football team may never have winning seasons, but the false hope you give a hand full of fans who are stupid enough to be swayed is simply ADORABLE.

  12. Kenny Walker
    1:55 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Can KSR PLEASE put all the football talk/posts on another page. Can you separate football and basketball? Football in Kentucky sucks and Morgan Newton just confirmed that with his tweet. I’m going to sleep. Wake me up in November.

  13. BPsycho
    2:17 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    #10 Gator Pedro thinks you’re adorable, and Kenny Walker is talking crazy cause he overdosed on your false hope.

  14. BravoBigBlue
    5:46 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    We’ll find out pretty quick if Newton has the respect of his teammates. What the H is going on, Joker? Can’t you get your players to work hard?

  15. tdogg4033011
    6:13 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I dont think Newton was talkin about his team, just generally speaking. Thats just my thought.

  16. TheTruth
    6:34 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    We hired Kragthorpe Junior. It’s not going to end well for Joker.

  17. Mr Schwump
    6:40 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Morgan, been going on for decades.

  18. SexnNursinHomes
    6:47 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Happy bday Lentz, it wasn’t so long ago that you slid out of the womb all wet with bloody clumpy afterbirth, and then you smiled for the first time not realizing that you and KSR would one day meet. Just like giving a Santa a boner there young man. If you have any leftover placenta from your birth, then send it to my address here in Florida. Thanks Lentz, it makes a great snack.

    Morgan Newton is now our inside source, and his news disturbs me. We probably have the talent to win 6+ games, but it sounds like they are only motivated for 4 wins. ouch.

  19. Tom Handy
    8:24 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I applaud Newton’s calling out of his teammates, shows he’s actively stepping into a leadership role…

  20. tyrus
    8:35 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    That’s a pi** poor way of motivating his teammates. It’s Newton’s opinion and he should keep that to himself or in the locker room. What good comes from outing your teammates through a social media…not a darn thing. Newton hasn’t done squat so who cares what he says. Twitting about your team’s work ethic doesn’t make you a team leader Newton…it’s a little harder than that. Accomplishments on the field gets player’s respect. UK needs ban athlete’s twitter accounts once practice for the season starts.

  21. tom
    8:42 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Great, our quarterback-to-be is already whining and we are still 6 weeks away from the start of practice. Newton has enough to worry about with his own game. He hasn’t EARNED the right to be critical of his own team mates yet.

    On another issue “…they are only destroying Canada.” Great line…very funny.

  22. Ummm
    9:00 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    20. I agree that twitter accounts should be banned, but the fact is official practice hasn’t started. These are off season workouts.

    21. I disagree about earning the right to criticize your teammates. If you are busting your butt every day to become better and your teammates aren’t, then you have the right to say something. However, I think he should have found a different way to motivate them.

  23. Ben
    9:06 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Let’s hope that Newton applies the same standard to himself that he does for others! It is very concerning that he feels the need to call his teammates out in public. I hope he does well this year, but he has never shown the ability on the ground or in the air that he came to Kentucky with. The games that he got credit for winning were the work of Cobb and others!

  24. DerbyDemon
    9:21 am June 16, 2011 Permalink

    #20–Piss poor? SOMEBODY has to; it’s apparent Joker can’t. After some opponents mop the field with this football team, let’s see what you’ve got to say. All Newton implied was that some of his teammates didn’t want to work on improving. Is that really so much to ask of a teammate?

  25. ebell55
    12:05 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    Twitter is a cowardly way to air your grievances! If this is Newtons idea of leadership I see why hartline got the start over him last year! This action only puts a negative vibe around your program, additional heat on your coach, and fire to the negative Nacys! If you can’t man up and address this with your teammates face to face all the while getting their attention and respect, you aren’t much of a leader and putting them on blast on twitter isn’t going to do a damn thing. I hope Joker addresses this and Newton grows up. This is worst than Hartlines statement!

  26. Football Man
    1:06 pm June 16, 2011 Permalink

    I would like to see wildcat paw stickers for helmets for good work! The big size ones like buckeyes!