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Hillsborough’s Wednesday News and Views


I spent a good portion of tonight watching the ESPN “30 for 30” on the English football disaster that occurred in 1989 entitled “Hillsborough.” For those of you that don’t know the story, at a FA Cup Semifinal game (the major tournament that is part of the English football season), 96 Liverpool fans were killed after being crushed in the stands during an overcrowding situation. The scenes and video from the disaster are haunting and the documentary describing the events is one of the more heartbreaking things I have ever seen. I can remember as a kid seeing a picture of the scene in Sports Illustrated that showcased people being crushed against the metal fences, and the image haunted me for a very long time. After watching the documentary tonight, it will be in my mind once again. After telling the story of the events, the documentary also features a good deal on the coverup perpetrated by the police and authorities in England to try to blame the fans for errors that were caused by those in charge. Now even 25 years after the events, there are FINALLY open investigations taking place about what happened and justice may come for the 96 fans that passed away on that day. If you get a chance, make sure and watch the documentary on ESPN (it replays Sunday at 10 pm) or read more about the story here.

With that, some notes on the stories of the day:

Players Making Their Draft Decisions:

The NCAA deadline came and went today and as expected, no UK players announced their decisions. The real deadline is the one imposed by the NBA and that is April 27, giving all players 12 more days to decide their futures. Rumors began to spread today that the Harrison Twins could be close to announcing a return, likely fueled by speculation from a couple of UK reporters suggesting that good news was on the way. While I think it is perfectly possible that the Twins could return, I also think that all opinions on this subject are complete guesses. There are people “around” the Twins who are talking about the decision but I firmly believe that those folks are speaking with little knowledge. I was told by Mr Harrison at the Final Four that the decision would be made by his family and his family alone and there would be no leaks. I believe that and I don’t think the folks around UK know what the twosome are going to do either. Any guess by me would be just that…a guess and I think all speculation is exactly the same. Hopefully we will find out soon, although it could come at any time.

As for the rest of the players, I still believe we will hear a decision on Randle and Young this week and I expect both to enter the Draft. If either were to reach a different decision, I would be shocked. Alex Poythress has been the subject of some speculation today, but I still believe he returns to Lexington, where he is happy. That leaves Dakari Johnson, who is a true wildcard. One week ago, I think he was assured to come back to UK for another year, but at this point I am not sure. I still think smart money is on a return but he is definitely now actively considering leaving, something that didn’t seem possible just a week or so ago. These are anxious days for UK fans, but Willie returning does make everything a little brighter.

Calipari Continues to be Everywhere

At this point, I would be shocked if John Calipari does not end up on “Duck Dynasty” or “Party Down South” over the course of the next week or so. Calipari has been everywhere and is doing a great job at all his appearances. He will show up bright and early tomorrow on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC and then will find his way next week to “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central (which has the potential to be epic. He continues to harp on the same themes about institutional change to the NCAA and there is no doubt that this is his focus throughout his travels. I am currently reading his book “Players First” (which is actually really interesting) and will be doing an event with him in Louisville on April 24th that I think you should check out. One of the things we have learned over the last couple of days is that Calipari is the master of the media and his appearances this week continue the theme of sports world domination that he is undertaking.


For what its worth, I am hearing that the Yahoo report of a UK basketball trip to Spain is not correct. The Cats are going to take a summer trip in August and my assumption is that it will be somewhere that isn’t Windsor, Canada. But I am hearing that it is much more likely to be a place like the Bahamas, or the like, rather than to Europe. Either way, save some time on your schedule for August basketball.


AT the time of this writing (a bit before 11), we are still waiting to hear what will happen to the Rupp Arena funding. The legislators have until midnight to make it happen and the Republicans in the Senate are still the ones holding up the process. We will know what they do by the morning and will deal with it then. If they don’t pass the money, after the University and city of Lexington made a number of the changes requested by them and after giving similar money not only to the Yum Center but to the Louisville Convention Center in this session…well somebody has some explaining to do.

Big day tomorrow…we are doing KSR Radio LIVE from Sleep Outfitters on 2105 Hurstborne Parkway in Louisville and giving away a trip to Las Vegas, Miami or another destination of your choice. If you don’t come, that is on you. So see you there…

Article written by Matt Jones

21 Comments for Hillsborough’s Wednesday News and Views

  1. Michael
    10:55 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    My biggest question heading into next season will be how Cal handles a front line that includes Lee, Lyles, Dakari, Towns Jr., Poythress, and Cauley Stein. Not enough minutes.

    • Cincy Cayt
      11:09 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      They’re all such different players. Even if you group them all together (which you shouldn’t), then you have 6 guys spread across 2 maybe 3 (since Poy can play SF) positions. They will be able to play loosely since they know they’re so deep. Hope this happens!

    • Michael
      11:48 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      I’m not following you Cincy Cayt. They’re front court players. Why wouldn’t I group them as such? And if Poythress is playing major minutes on a wing we’re in trouble.

    • No such thing as stupid questions, just stupid people...
      11:55 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      Hey Michael, did you crawl back on the bandwagon after the Wichita State or Louisville game?

    • Cincy Cayt
      7:44 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Just saying they all bring different skills to the table. Some are “back to the basket” guys while others can play the stretch 4, etc. Cal will find a way even if it’s a non-traditional looking lineup.

    • Michael
      6:04 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Stupid questions: Actually, I spent most of the season on here defending the team and coach from clowns such as yourself.

  2. Hazard Kidd-Katt
    11:04 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Staying up late to learn what happens with Rupp.

  3. Rei
    11:15 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Stivers is going to do something stupid again. He’s already wanting to take the insurance his own people in Clay county signed up for so expect him to mess up Rupp’s funding.

    Why did the Dum Center get funding when UL can’t even pay for it, but they won’t give a team who can actually sell tickets the money?

    • Brad
      11:23 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      Answer: Mitch McConnell

      McConnell is pressuring the Ky senators and legislators to block funding for Rupp and approve funding for UL projects. It’s that simple. The KY legislators do not want to ruin their careers by opposing McConnell.

  4. OldTownJason
    11:26 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    I’m so excited about the possibility of a renovated Rupp. I think it will obviously bring in more money for the university, help in recruiting, and make for a better fan experience. But, this is more than just that. Anyone who is against this funding needs to explain their decision to Dick Gregory and his family.
    At this point, Rupp needs the renovation for safety reasons. The upper concourse is dangerous.

  5. empireblue
    11:37 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Republicans are ALWAYS effing everything up. Par for the course.

  6. Mirror
    11:42 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink


  7. Frankie
    12:22 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    I heard a few minutes ago that a press conference has been set for Thirsday at 5pm with Cal and the 6 undecided players, has anyone else heard this or is it just garbage?

    • Frankie
      12:24 am April 16, 2014 Permalink


  8. Geoff
    2:44 am April 16, 2014 Permalink


  9. shot
    8:52 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    food for thought. coach cal pining for president of ncaa?

    • bbr
      12:34 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

      Nope, just on a book tour and trying to sell his book. I believe he does want to see changes but he is not a politician and that is essentially what president of the ncaa is.

  10. Megan
    9:14 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    You’ll notice, Matt, that the linked graphic to the Hillsborough disaster makes a point of identifying the fans as Liverpool fans, as though they were the ones responsible.

  11. BPM
    9:57 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    The Hillsborough documentary was incredible – powerful, tragic and infuriating. I too was affected by those photos as a kid and knew a little bit about the story but never knew the extent of what went on. I always bought in to the media (and policitcal and adminstrative) perpetuated story that it was all about drunken “hooligans”. The story is exhibit A for why I distrust politicians, the police and the media. Sad on a number of levels.

  12. kybigblue
    12:10 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    UK playing in the Bahamas in August: They are predicting a light hurricane season but, of course, they predicted an active hurricane season last year and got it wrong.

  13. BigBlueNationBigRedMachine
    12:36 pm April 16, 2014 Permalink

    JFT96, YNWA, & Go Big Blue!