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Today on KSR: Happy Valentine’s Day!

After back-to-back wins on the road over Tennessee and Vanderbilt, the Kentucky Wildcats are back home getting ready for the Ole Miss Rebels to come to town.

But before that, the Big Blue Nation is celebrating Valentine’s Day!

To get you ready for a day of love and romance, KSR’s own Drew Franklin put together some customized valentines to share with your friends and loved ones.

Here are just a few of my personal favorites:

To check out all of the printable UK basketball-themed cards, check them out in Drew’s post below:

For You: Printable UK Basketball-Themed Valentine Cards

Will Vince Marrow return to Kentucky?

On Thursday morning, sources told KSR’s own Matt Jones that the Kentucky football program had extended a counteroffer to UK associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow in an effort to keep him in Lexington.

“Sources tell KSR that UK has returned with a counteroffer to Vince Marrow that is essentially equivalent to the Michigan St. offer,” KSR’s Matt Jones wrote on Twitter. “Now it’s just about what he wants to do.”

On Wednesday, KSR broke the news that UK head coach Mark Stoops returned from a trip one day early to meet with Marrow in an attempt to convince him to stay at Kentucky.

We then reported on Wednesday afternoon that Michigan State is offering Marrow enough money to make him “one of the two highest-paid non-offensive/defensive coordinator assistants in America,” with Justin Rowland of Rivals.com adding that the Spartans could afford to give their new associate head coach – Marrow’s potential position – upwards of $1,000,000 annually and that a decision was expected in the next 48 hours.

The ball is now in Marrow’s court. Will the Big Dog return to Kentucky?

We may find out as early as this morning. Stay tuned.

NBA All-Star Weekend begins tonight

We have officially reached All-Star Weekend in the NBA, as festivities are set to begin this evening in Chicago.

And yes, several former Wildcats are set to participate as early as tonight.

First up? The NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

NBA Rising Stars Challenge*

Friday, Feb. 14, 9 p.m., TNT

  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC), World Roster
  • PJ Washington (Charlotte), U.S. Roster

*Note: Tyler Herro (Miami) was originally named to the U.S. Roster but will not play due to injury.

Prior to the Rising Stars Challenge will be the 2020 Celebrity Game, set to broadcast live at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

And then on Saturday, three Wildcats are set to participate in two separate events.

The first? The Taco Bell Skills Challenge.

Taco Bell Skills Challenge

Saturday, Feb. 15, 8 p.m., TNT

  • Bam Adebayo (Miami)
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (OKC)

Immediately after, Devin Booker will look to return as champion of the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest.

Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest

Saturday, Feb. 15, 9 p.m., TNT

  • Devin Booker (Phoenix)

The night will end with the AT&T Slam Dunk Contest at 10 p.m.

To close things out on Sunday, three Wildcats will participate in the 69th NBA All-Star Game.

69th NBA All-Star Game

Sunday, Feb. 16, 8 p.m., TNT

    • Anthony Davis (LA Lakers), Team LeBron Starter
    • Bam Adebayo (Miami), Team Giannis Reserve
    • Devin Booker (Phoenix), Team LeBron Reserve

EKU linebacker suspended indefinitely after body-slamming police officer

You know who won’t be getting a Valentine’s Day card from local law enforcement this year? EKU linebacker Michael Harris.

Harris, a former four-star linebacker in the class of 2018 and Auburn transfer, has been charged with three counts of felony assault on a police officer, along with misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct (two counts), resisting arrest (two counts), obstructing officials business (two counts), and persistent disorderly conduct while intoxicated (two counts) after body-slamming an officer in Grove City, Ohio this week.

Check out the footage, courtesy of TMZ Sports:

On Thursday afternoon, EKU sent KSR an official statement on the matter, noting that Harris has been suspended by indefinitely.

Eastern Kentucky University Athletics is actively monitoring an incident involving one of our student-athletes, Mr. Michael Harris, that resulted in criminal charges against Mr. Harris.

Mr. Harris is currently enrolled at EKU and listed as a redshirt sophomore on the EKU football roster. He has been suspended from all team and football-related activities at this time.

Understanding that details of the incident are still under investigation, and, abiding by FERPA laws and regulations, we must respect the privacy of our students. When the facts are established, and the investigation complete, Eastern Kentucky University and EKU Athletics will decide how to move forward responsibly.

We will have no further comment at this time.

John Calipari, Matthew Mitchell, players set to speak

Before they celebrate Valentine’s Day with their loved ones, John Calipari and Matthew Mitchell, along with select men’s basketball players, are set to speak with the media this afternoon.

The players are expected to get things rolling at 2 p.m., followed by Calipari at 2:15 p.m. and Mitchell at 2:30 p.m.

We’ll have all of the updates from the media opportunity right here on the website. Be sure to tune in.

KSR in an hour

This morning, Matt Jones, Ryan Lemond, Drew Franklin, and Shannon the Dude are LIVE from Simpson Optical in Lexington from 10 a.m. to noon.

There, the KSR crew will be giving away tickets to the Kentucky vs. Ole Miss game on Saturday. If you’re lucky, they also may be bringing out a special guest…

Needless to say, you won’t want to miss it.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR