During the season, I introduced the KSR Emoji Index, a breakdown of the month’s most interesting topics in emojis, the most popular language with kids and women over 40. While news may be slower in the summer, there are a handful of stories that have kept us talking over the past few weeks, so I dusted off the old emoji keyboard and got to work.
¯\_(ãƒ„)_/¯ The mess at UofL
Just when you thought things were a little too quiet on Floyd Street, here comes Governor Matt Bevin to shake things up. When Bevin initially announced he was disbanding the UofL Board of Trustees and President James Ramsey was resigning, it seemed like reform was coming to an institution that desperately needed it; however, in the weeks since, it’s clear the situation is much more complicated than that. Ramsey offered his resignation, but there was no timeline for it, and Bevin cannot remove him as President of the UofL Foundation, the true center of corruption. Today, Bevin appointed ten new board members, and those board members could refuse Ramsey’s resignation. In fact, Ramsey released a statement today saying he looks forward to working with the new board, so who knows.
While it seems things at UofL may end up staying as corrupt as ever, keep in mind that the NCAA Notice of Allegations is expected to drop at some point in the near future, so there are plenty of popcorn moments on the horizon.
ðŸ˜‚ Freshmen sharing SnapChat scoop
UK keeps a pretty tight leash on its players when it comes to media opportunities, so it can be hard to get to know their personalities off the court; well, not so with this group of freshmen. More than any group we’ve seen before, the 2016 class is sharing their experiences at UK on social media, particularly SnapChat. I follow all of them, and, I know people joke about millennials never putting down their phones, but man, it’s true with this group. Some quick observations from a month or so of watching:
- They share pictures of their early morning workouts (with time stamp) almost every day
- De’Aaron Fox does not like to wear a shirt
- Late night H-O-R-S-E in the Joe Craft Center seems common
- They really like to take videos of themselves lip syncing
- Doron Lamb would be proud of how many pictures they take of Brad Calipari sleeping
- Wenyen Gabriel loves filming the woman who works the registration desk at the Lodge, and her reactions are hilarious
- Tai Wynyard rolls with the rest of the freshmen
One final observation: this group is really funny. Who knows if they will live up to the hype on the court, but so far, they’re exceeding my expectations off of it.
ðŸ¿ Calipari vs. Pitino
What would the offseason be without some passive aggressive jabs between John Calipari and Rick Pitino? Cal ruffled Rick’s feathers on Mike Lupica’s podcast a few weeks back when he said coaches should be aware of what happens with their players (and assistant coaches) on campus. A few days later, Cal claimed those comments were not directed at Rick, but Rick had already jabbed back, telling Cal in the most polite, passive aggressive way possible to “keep my name out yo mouth.”
I love Cal, but you’re not going to convince me that he wasn’t referencing Rick there. Here’s hoping the two cross paths at next week’s Peach Jam, because the sports world needs more of them sparring.
ðŸ˜³ Kentucky at the NBA Draft
I had a blast at the NBA Draft last week, but after all was said and done, I’m not sure Kentucky’s players would say the same thing, particularly Skal Labissiere. The consensus was that Skal was going 11th, but he slid all the way to 28th, a move that had everyone in the building anxious. Someone who was in the area around Cal that night said Cal was beyond frustrated with how things went for Skal, who now joins the most dysfunctional team in the league in Sacramento. Sure, he has three fellow former Cats on the roster right now, but there were so many better scenarios for Skal, who will have to fight for playing time and maintain confidence in a loaded frontcourt. And while it’s heartwarming to see Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker reunite in Phoenix, the Suns backcourt is also very crowded (although there are rumblings Eric Bledsoe or Brandon Knight could get traded).
And now, it’s your turn to chime in…