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Dick Vitale’s Monday News and Views


Basketball legend Howard Garfinkel, Dick Vitale, a blogger with his eyes closed, Joe Craft, new UK Assistant Barry Rohrssen and Jack Klompus

This weekend I was fortunate enough to make the trip down to Sarasota, Florida and attend the Dick Vitale Gala to raise money for the V Foundation for Cancer research. The trip was amazing and I had a great time but it also once again proved to me just what an amazing humanitarian Dick Vitale truly is. We all know about Dick Vitale as an announcer, and while his personality often provides strong responses (both pro and con), most everyone would agree that he has been a great ambassador for the game. However the Dick Vitale that we hear getting excited on the air is really only one part of him as a human being and seeing him this weekend confirmed, it has become a decidedly secondary part. Vitale helped raise over $2 million this weekend for the V Foundation, and watching him in his element was something to behold. In a room full of some of the biggest names in college sports, Vitale spoke from the heart, choking up as he told the stories of the children with cancer that he works with and befriends in his spare time. His passion for the cause is tremendous and when you see the young people whose lives he affects, it is hard not to get emotional with their struggle. One of the great joys for me of starting KSR has been getting to know Vitale in recent years and this weekend once again cemented what I have known now for some time…he is one of the great people involved in college sports and his legacy in the field of cancer research will far outweigh his already hefty one in the realm of basketball.


Most random celebrity of Vitale Gala was Jared from Subway, who I took a picture with in what seems like total darkness. He is a big Hoosier fan…his biggest weakness

As John Calipari continues to recuperate from hip replacement surgery, the UK news is very slow. But there are still a few notes:

— I continue to become more convinced by the day that UK is headed for another monster recruiting class in 2015. Charles Matthews III has already committed but the stage is being set for an absolute haul as the summer develops. The big news this weekend was Evan Daniels’ report that Malik Newman and Diamond Stone are saying they will be a package deal for college in 2015. While there is often talk of “package deals” and they rarely pan out, the success rate is much higher when the kids say it on the record, rather than through anonymous reports. Newman and Stone would be a major haul and one has to think the two of them really only have two schools truly in play, Kentucky and Kansas. Newman has long been thought to be a heavy UK lean and if that remains the case, the Cats might get two absolute beasts for the price of one. Throw in the addition of Jaylen Brown (who is absolutely lighting it up this May in games) and you have the core of a class that would compete with the best Calipari has put together. The Cats lost on Luke Kennard, but if they end up putting together just the pieces above, and then throw in one or two other top players, this class looks as good as the 2013 group, and continues the “every other year put together a monster” recruiting pattern that has developed since Calipari has been at Kentucky.

— I wrote earlier (scroll down to read) about the Rupp Arena poll that made news on Sunday night. I do think the question was written extremely poorly and almost assured the negative result about the state funding that was found. If the question were worded differently and we assume the general bias in polls about spending state money (everyone always says they are against state money being spent for any project…until the money is spent and they like the project), we might see more support. But the reality is that the Rupp Arena project is in trouble at this time, for a variety of reasons. This is in part due to how it was presented by Lexington, the timing of the debate (right during the Final Four), the silence by the University of Kentucky and the continued insistence on grouping it with a Convention Center that is a much tougher sell to the public. This summer will be crucial for this project, because without approval soon, it might die on the vine. And if that happens, UK and Lexington will continue to lose money to the UL and the city of Louisville, a situation that could produce some serious consequences in the years to come.

— It is worth noting that the ACC is considering utilizing a 30 second shot clock for some games next season and testing the effect on the college game. They will implement them initially in the exhibition games, but may also utilize them in the next year during selected games within the season. I am a huge proponent of this change as I Think the 35 second shot clock is too long and is unnecessary. College basketball players are talented enough now that the offense can be initiated more quickly and there is no need for the added time, that is often used for very little more than extending the game. My hope is the ACC test is successful and the college game moves to this change in the very near future.

— Finally, the KSR RADIO TOUR is now on schedule and ready to go. We will be on the road for six straight weeks through the months of June and July and we hope to see all of you at some point to come and see us. The dates are below and the locations will be announced in the next two weeks. We will be giving away UK basketball tickets at each stop, so we hope you will make the trip and come out and see the show on the road, as we hit each one of our radio affiliates and one stop in Northern Kentucky as well:

Mon June 23: Prestonsburg
Tue June 24: Whitesburg
Wed June 25: Pikeville
Thu June 26: Williamson, WV
Fri June 27: Shelbyville

Mon June 30: Paintsville
Tue July 1: Columbia
Wed July 2: Jamestown
Thu July 3: Whitley City

Mon July 7: Bowling Green
Tue July 8: Leitchfield
Wed July 9: Morgantown
Thu July 10: Somerset
Fri July 11: Glasgow

Mon July 14: Monticello
Tue July 15: London
Wed-Fri : Peach Jam in South Carolina

Mon July 21: Owensboro
Tue July 22: Morganfield
Wed July 23: Madisonville
Thu July 24: Hopkinsville
Fri July 25: Paducah

Mon July 28: Danville
Tue July 29: Fort Wright
Wed July 30: Maysville
Thu July 31: Lexington
Fri Aug 1: Louisville

Back on radio tomorrow and ready to go….see you folks then:

Article written by Matt Jones

20 Comments for Dick Vitale’s Monday News and Views

  1. Lena
    10:46 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Add Ashland.

  2. Han
    10:54 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    Bring on the 30-second shot clock. Less plodding, more playing.

    Also, give the refs the ability to assess a technical foul to any player who is found to have flopped when reviewing for a flagrant.

  3. SoCal Will
    11:56 pm May 18, 2014 Permalink

    So, Diallo or Bragg at the 4?

  4. ukcat1
    12:02 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Why is Northern KY ignored?

  5. the original JCP
    12:08 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    FORT WRIGHT is NKY!!!! And I’ll be putting in my day off request tomorrow. Can’t wait to meet u guys. A long time listener and repeat caller. So stoked. Thanks for including NKY this year.

    • GrumpyOldDude
      8:39 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Same here…..wonder where in Fort Wright? Maybe CCHS?

    • UKCatNKy
      8:42 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      I thought I heard on the radio show it was going to be Dickmanns

    • GrumpyOldDude
      9:21 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Dickmann’s makes sense, thanks!

  6. Rocky
    12:20 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    John Clay on wrote some interesting news about the failures of Customer Support at Churchill Downs. I hope it increases Keeneland’s chances in landing the Breeders Cup in 2015. If it happens, I want to be the first person in line to volunteer my support services to visitors from out of town for this event.

    Amazing pictures posted tonight on KSR. I look forward to hearing Matt on his radio tour….

  7. blue to the bone
    12:43 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    While I am lukewarm on a change to a 30 second clock, Matt can you please use your power to promote a complementary component of that change to completely eliminate the “5 second penetration” rule. It is frickin’ ridiculous that rule still exists. It was adopted before there was ANY shot clock to force some action against an out-and-out stall. Now there is no need…..and it is rarely called and the refs are very inconsistent on enforcement. Invariably it is called in a crucial point of a critical game after only 3 seconds of no-penetration and after being ignored the whole game until the last minute. Besides, why would it ever be needed with a 30 second clock?! That clock solves the whole purpose of why the rule was implemented in the first place. Matt, I know you hate petitions, but I wish there was some way for the public to weigh-in on some rule changes that could improve the wonderful game we all love.

    • my 2 cents
      6:23 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      I hope they leave the shot clock like it is. The last thing I want to see is any kind of offense that resembles that crap in the n.b.a

    • kentuckyjoe
      7:10 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      What you say about doing away with the five second rule makes great sense to me. And, the 10 seconds to ‘get it across’ should also go away. It doesn’t exist in women’s ball and they use a 30 second clock. The men could learn a lot from the women.

    • Yes it does
      10:37 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Ky Joe, the women do have a 10 second clock now. It was put into effect last season.

    • Megan
      12:03 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Um, they did away with the penetration rule years ago. Those hash marks on the court, the ones you once had to penetrate every so often, no longer serve any function. I don’t know what games you are watching, but no one has been called for lack of penetration in quite some years now.

      Are you possibly talking about the 5-second closely guarded rule?

  8. Dlash
    12:51 am May 19, 2014 Permalink


  9. Sonny
    3:01 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Take the pen…No really, Take the pen!

  10. Justin
    11:12 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Matt….thanks for putting out there Lexington’s shortcomings in presentation when asking for state funding. I’ve spoken to several who were present, and they said their lack of preparation made a huge impact. This is the most under reported element of this train wreck that’s costing the Cats, Lexington, and Fans in general, and I appreciate you mentioning it.

    11:23 am May 19, 2014 Permalink

    Matt, why do you sound so feminine in the bank commercial? You also had 2 nose whistles !

    • Megan
      12:06 pm May 19, 2014 Permalink

      Perhaps he’s been denied the use of a nasal strip.