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Now how about some News with a side of Views?


Derek Anderson is in trouble with Big Blue Nation.

Derek Anderson, the beloved Wildcat from the mid-90s, went on a radio show in Louisville today and was very critical of John Calipari’s system at Kentucky. Not only did D.A. take shots at Cal, he was hard some of the players, like Dakari Johnson, for instance:

“If Coach Cal wanted to keep these kids and develop them, he should tell them that. He’s just running them in and out. It’s not him, it’s not just him, it’s the parents. If my son is supposed to go second round, ‘Son, you need to stay in school, get your degree in case something happens, and also finish the job. Make sure you make these people know you can actually play.’ They’re just running them out of here. Like Dakari Johnson. I hope he makes it, but he’s a 7-footer who can’t jump. What’s he going to do with no degree when he’s done in two years?”

And it’s not just the one-and-done system that Anderson is against; he isn’t a big fan of Cal’s coaching, either.

“Last year, when we went to the Final Four with [Julius] Randle and them, it was because of pure talent, and the reason we lost? Coaching. Why did Louisville beat [UConn] by 30? They pressured their guards. We let the kid Shabazz Napier—he walked the ball up and just shot in our face the whole night. I’m like, ‘did you not watch the tape of Louisville beating them? They pressured these guys.’”

While I can agree Cal’s made a few coaching mistakes here and there, this example is just dumb. Louisville pressured UConn with quick guards who tried to stop the ball all season long. Kentucky had the Harrison twins; two excellent guards, but not known for their quickness and ball pressure. It was just a bad matchup for the Cats and the Huskies were hot. And let’s not forget, Kentucky beat Louisville (Pitino) in that same tournament.

Anyway, Anderson insists it’s not personal with Cal. He just thinks he could do a better job coaching:

I love Coach, I think he’s a great guy, he helps people out, he brings us back, he’s treated me with nothing but respect, but I’m talking about coaching. I’m not talking about personal, I’m talking about coaching. If you’re going to coach these kids, let’s make them play the game the right way.“

You can hear the entire interview here.

If Anderson has beef with Cal’s tactics, there are definitely better ways to voice his opinion. And CERTAINLY other radio shows to do it on.

We’ll hear his explanation in the morning on KSR at 10:30 am.

Sam Malone didn’t like Anderson’s comments.

Post-basketball Sam is the best version of Sam. He’s been on fire lately.

Kentucky and Indiana are talking about renewing the series.

According to the Indiana Business Journal, there’s hope for a renewal of the UK-IU basketball series. The IBJ talked to officials from the two schools and both parties acknowledged there have been general discussions about reviving the rivalry.

The report mentions the possibility of a game as early as next season, but with several non-conference games already locked in, that is extremely unlikely.

However, it could be a thing in the near future if the two sides can come to an agreement on how to get it done.

Get your popcorn buckets ready, Bloomington.

Alex Poythress is jogging again.

Poythress, Marcus Lee and Tyler Ulis were available to the media Monday afternoon to talk about life after the mass exodus. The biggest news of the day was Poythress telling everyone he has started to jog again.

“I’m jogging right now,” he said. “I’ll probably start some single leg jumps and stuff soon. I’m progressing. It’s been a struggle and a journey. That’s how it is with ACL injuries. It’ll all be worth it when I finish rehab and everything. I’ll be fine for the preseason. “

Marcus Lee said, “When Alex comes back, it’s going to be game over.”

Marcus Lee hasn’t left the gym since the Final Four.

Lee knows it’s his time and he is already putting in the work to make the most of his upcoming opportunity. He told reporters he hasn’t left the gym since the team got back from Indianapolis, but what aspects of his game he is working on, he will not reveal.

“I’m not going to tell you that. This (the gym) is my place. You guys can figure that out when it comes.”

Shaun Kirk signed with N.C. State.

Who is Shaun Kirk, you ask? He’s that three-star forward we talked about for a couple hours yesterday. You know, the one Cal offered Monday night after he gave a verbal commitment to N.C. State earlier that day.

Well, he’s gone now. You can forget we ever typed words about him. You can forget the name Shaun Kirk altogether if you choose. No offense to the kid.

Moving on…

Billy Donovan is about to become the new head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

According to ESPN, a deal is almost finalized and an official announcement will come Thursday or Friday.

So who gets the Florida job?

Tomorrow is BUD DUPREE DAY.

Good luck to Bud Dupree tomorrow night the in the NFL Draft! He is all set to become Kentucky’s first first-rounder in over a decade and only the third in the last 30 years.

We’ll have plenty of Bud coverage throughout the day as we count down the hours till he lives out his dream.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

11 Comments for KSR’s Free $20 Derby Wager’s Wednesday Night News and Views

  1. HanOfTheBluegrass
    11:15 pm April 29, 2015 Permalink

    On BIlly D, we’ll see. Waffle House never closes, you know.

  2. WeareBBN
    12:15 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

    I do hate the one and done but that is not Coach Cals rule, it’s the NBA. I do think Cal likes saying we have x many NBA players and in turn some college kids believe Cal puts players in the NBA. Two points to all this…
    1. I, as a UK fan, would rather have titles than NBA players. Cal flat out says he is about getting these kids paid, in so many words. There is no way anyone should look at the twins and Dakari and tell them the best thing for them is to go to the draft this year, they may get paid but are at risk for very short careers {I hope not but odds are not in their favor}.
    2. Cal does not put players in the NBA but he does recruit NBA players. AD, MKG, Randle, Knight, Noel, Wall, Towns among others would have all been top picks no matter where they played, and most would have been right out of high school. We have also had several players that would have been drafted higher out of high school than they were after playing at UK for Cal. Look at Young, Andrew, Aaron, Goodwin, Noel {he was still projected lower than after high school before the injury} among others. I do like that Cal is our coach but don’t think he is one of the premier game coaches. He has brought lots of talent and some great young men to the program, plus he teaches them about giving back.
    Just my 2 cents and that is probably what it is really worth.

  3. Irememberharrylancaster
    6:50 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

    I gotta say….I agree with EVERYTHING DA said……..100%. First of all, this is a whole lot better than Tubby ball, etc. But, I think it would be better if Cal didn’t try to fill the whole roster with one and dones. Recruit about 3 a year and fill out the recruiting with guys who will stay and develop. Honestly, still down over this years Final Four. People, there is NO WAY that team should have lost. Why recruit all that talent when you can’t win the title with it???? But, occasionally, we may luck up and win it. That’s good.

    • RealCatsFan
      7:40 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      It looks like you will get your wish this year. Cal has missed on most of the one and done players he wanted. He will have no choice but to fill the other spots on the roster with multi year players. It might turn out to be a good thing. I’ll tell you one thing- it gives Cal a chance to prive that he can win without a roster stacked with first round talent, although I think he proved that in 2011.

    • mcp157
      7:50 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      If Nerlens doesn’t get hurt in 2011 we go to the tournament and that season looks a lot better. You can’t blame that one on Cal.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:20 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      Mcp, Nerlens got hurt in 2013. We went to the FF in 2011.

  4. mcp157
    7:39 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

    Compare the record of wins and losses between Pitino and Cal. When Cal was at the weaker schools, UMass and Memphis, Pitino had a slight edge in wins but once Cal gets to a superiror school than Pitino it isn’t even close. To those who do not think that Hall of Fame Cal is not a superior coach, you have rocks in your head. Cal is the best thing that has happened to UK since a pre-traitorous Pitino came in the late 80s. If the NBA would allow high schoolers to go right away to the NBA and college guys would stay 2 years Cal’s record would be even better. You can’t blame college kids going for money right away because their body is like a great car, it has a certain amount of miles at premium performance and why should they waste those miles not getting paid. There is a fine line determining when just the right time to go to the NBA and there will be good choices and bad, but that is the nature of this current beast.

    • cats paw
      9:49 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      I wouldn’t trade Cal for anyone because we will always be competitive with him…having said that- it’s hard to say he’s a good coach when he has had FAR superior talent over any team in the nation for the last six years and gets out coached when it counts. I would also like to know a couple players he has “developed”? Seems to me he holds every kid he has back! He brags about AD taking the 5th most shots on the team, which is STUPID when you have that talent.

    • J-Dub421
      9:58 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      Davis was still raw offensively, so of course he took fewer shots. He was there for defense. All of our players develop over their time here. Look at WCS and the Harrisons and tell me you can’t see improvement during their time here. Every player Cal has put in the NBA got better during their time here. Go read comments from Patrick Patterson about how Cal developed his game and made him a better player who now has the skills to succeed in the NBA.

    • theWilkman
      11:40 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

      Nice try, cats paw. Patterson, Jorts, Liggins, Miller, WCS, Poythress. Next year we’ll be able to add Ulis, Marcus Lee, hopefully Hawkins and Willis.

  5. Ken Grizzle
    8:32 am April 30, 2015 Permalink

    All Cal does is tell the truth. Some of you hindsight assistants can’t handle the truth. Dereck Anderson needs to remove his head from pitino’s butt and look around once in a while. Cal can’t coach!!??? is total bullsh*t.