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The 5 things you need to know from Barry Rohrssen’s introductory press conference

UK’s new assistant coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen met the Lexington media for the first time this afternoon, and spoke for about twenty minutes about how he’s settling into his new role and new city. Here are my highlights:

“In the Big Blue Nation, they do things big.”

Rohrssen said he’s already overwhelmed by the Big Blue Nation’s passion, and said he really appreciates “how consumed” the town and state are by basketball. Slice said that he was struck by the BBN’s love of basketball a long time ago while working at Joe B. Hall’s basketball camp–back when he had “a lot more hair and a lot less weight”–and it left a lasting impression on him. In fact…

“Kentucky is a dream come true”

It’s already clear that Slice is an emotional guy. A true New Yawker, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and couldn’t help but get a little emotional when he described what being a coach at Kentucky meant to him. “Kentucky is a dream come true,” Slice said, getting a little choked up. Cal and Slice met each other in college when they were counselors and roommates at the Five Star Basketball Camp, and have been friends ever since. Slice said that in the past, the two had talked about being on the same staff, and now that the opportunity has presented itself, Rohrssen knew he better take it: “I better take it this time. Could be a time he doesn’t ask any more.”

He’s a momma’s boy

Rohrssen told reporters that he’s from a single parent home, and seeing how his mother sacrificed for him influenced him to help others in the same situation, one of the reasons he got into coaching. Slice mentioned his mother again later, thanking her for putting him in the position he’s in. Something tells me she got a nice Mother’s Day present.

About that nickname…

Of course, Rohrssen was asked about the nickname “Slice,” which he said was given to him by Howard Garfinkel at the Five Star Basketball Camp:

“Growing up in New York, you really didn’t shoot the ball that well, so the only way to try and stay on the court and win a game was to navigate your way into the basket. Mr. Garfinkel affectionately called me “Slice.” That’s how it started and where it started, and it’s kind of stuck.”

He still doesn’t have a place to live

Rohrssen said that before the press conference, he was meeting a landlord to discuss a lease, and the landlord said he wanted to have the ability to sell the place, in which case Rohrssen would have to vacate the property in 30 days. Slice made it clear that he wouldn’t have time to move until “hopefully April,” and that he’s still looking for a place. Paging Ryan Lemond…

Slice added he’s getting used to Lexington and “still trying to find a place that has like Hot Browns with parmesan cheese on it.” I think that calls for some recommendations from the comments section…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

21 Comments for The 5 things you need to know from Barry Rohrssen’s introductory press conference

  1. Will
    3:08 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Ramsey’s could probably hook Slice up…

  2. KC
    3:13 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink


    Are you sure Slice is able to afford something nice for his mom? He’s only making $375K.

  3. Tinfoil Hat
    3:19 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Slice will be making a good salary at UK and will probably be looking for a upmarket rental property. The rental market in Lexington is extremely tight for higher end homes. If he is looking at renting a house that would normally sell in the $500k+ range, I would be surprised if he could find a dozen options total. If he has kids and wants to get into an area zoned for a good elementary, middle, and high school, he might have zero options. I am aware of several professionals who recently moved or are moving to town and had similar problems. Most had to buy homes fairly quickly, because there simply were not any suitable rentals available to occupy for six months or a year.

  4. Irwin R. Fletcher
    3:19 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Allison Heights (behind Kirklevington Park) was a pretty decent, and inexpensive, complex back in 1998-2000. Plus, the third floor units had vaulted ceilings & sky lights!

  5. John Yellman
    3:25 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Suggins on Romany Rd for Hot Brown

  6. WestWorld
    3:26 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    I can’t wait for the day when the people who organize press conferences begin using wireless mics so that we can actually hear the questions.

  7. Mxyzptlk
    3:28 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Move out to Stuart Hall or Chilesburg. It’s quiet, safe, and easy to get to Richmond Rd for late night coaching jam sessions at Coach’s house. Best neighborhoods in Lexington! Even the HOA aren’t too overbearing like some places around town.

  8. Tinfoil Hat
    3:52 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    If Slice is making $375k/yr, he’s probably looking for something fancier than Stuart Hall or Chilesburg. I think most of the houses in the area are in the $200k-$400k range. Also, the school zoning around Chilesburg and Stuart Hall is all screwed up. Houses within walking distance of the nice new elementary school down have to ride the bus to the below average Breckenridge Elementary. Maybe he might look at some of the $400k-$600k houses in nearby Andover (which are safely zoned for the good elementary school), or the Beaumont or Palomar Hills areas, or somewhere around Tates Creek Road inside of New Circle.

  9. Out-Of-Office
    4:13 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    This just further proves Chris’s point that $375,000 is hard to live on. Slice can’t even afford a home. Also notice he is not wearing a suit. Poor slice.

  10. Nibrocboy
    4:15 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Is Slice married? Children?

  11. classof68
    4:25 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    He sure got choked up when he talked about leaving Pitt and the area. Since he’s only making 375K, he should go to Cunningham’s for his hot brown when recruiting in Louisville (if that ever happens). Hell, I’ll even pay for it. Poor guy.

  12. classof68
    4:27 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    I wonder if Mrs. TT would make Slice a hot brown sandwich?

    • Luther
      6:10 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      She will NOT make Slice or anyone else a sandwich. Period!

  13. Brandon
    5:55 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Winchells–Hot Brown. nuff said

  14. Andy
    6:52 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Greyhound Tavern in NKY for Hot Brown. The best!

  15. voyagerlaw
    7:38 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Regular or veggie hot brown from Ramsey’s

  16. Cindi Johnson
    8:58 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Slice, go to Wallace Station (outside of Midway) and get their Hot Brown Sandwich. Awesome!!!!! Best Ever!!!!! Go CATS!!! Welcome….

  17. North Carolina CAT FAN 54
    10:00 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    BEST Hot Brown is my wife’s Hot brown but in KY the best comes from the Brown Hotel in Louisville.

    • Bigbluetrue
      8:15 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Hard to argue against the Brown Hotel since that is the place where it was invented.

  18. DavidPat
    12:11 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Slice is nice! and welcome!

  19. dsparklender
    5:53 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    find a Realtor outside of Lexington and buy a home instead of renting. The realtors in the surrounding areas are far more knowledgeable than the ones in and more “user friendly” during the process and are more apt to find you the home you need other than the home they can make the make the quickest buck off of