On Tuesday morning, the guys received a very special call during the radio show. Julie Bowen called in to tell the KSR family about her father Bill, who passed away after UK’s win over Wisconsin a few weeks ago. As they always do, Julie and her dad talked after the game, and Bill told his daughter he couldn’t breathe, and died unexpectedly moments later.
Somehow, that story came across John Calipari’s desk, and much to Julie’s surprise, Cal called her Tuesday morning to offer his condolences. Julie says she has no clue how Cal got her number or heard about her father’s passing. Bill was a passionate member of the Big Blue Nation, going back to his time as a tennis star at Murray State and his years at UK Law School. After living in Illinois for many years, Bill retired to Hilton Head Island, where he was known to his friends as “da mayor” of Sea Pines Beach Club, alongside “K-Dog,” the official mascot. To anyone who knew him, Bill was a rabid UK fan and a great friend, always decked out in UK gear, right down to his special Wildcat tennis shoes. One of his friends wrote in our comments section today that Bill told people not to worry about this year’s team, that they were going to surprise everyone. He was right.
Stories like these not only make the Big Blue Nation unique, they illustrate just how perfect Cal is for this job. More than anyone, he gets it. Special thanks to Julie for sharing her story, and thoughts go out to her family. Somewhere up there, Bill is having one hell of a conversation with Bill Keightley right now.
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Cal confirms that Dakari was the player who had no interest in hearing NBA feedback
During one of the many stops on his book tour, Cal said when he met with all the players after the season to talk about their futures, one player told him he didn’t want to hear anything about the NBA. Cal said that after talking to some GMs, he called that player and said that there was some legit interest, and that he needed to discuss that with his mother. Many of you correctly guessed that player was Dakari Johnson, which Cal confirmed in an interview with Jay Mohr on Tuesday. Cal said that three GMs told him that Dakari would be a late first rounder/early second rounder, and Dakari listened to the feedback and still decided to come back, which hopefully means we’ll get more videos like this one…
Our BFFs at KyWildcatsTV made this video for the CATSPYs, and I can’t stop watching it. Even thought it was planned, you could tell there wasn’t much acting going on at all. Dakari was his goofy self we all love, Mitch Barnhart as unsure and awkward about social media as anyone over 40, and Sandy Bell the straight-up-scary Sandy we all know and love/fear. I can’t wait to see the next installment featuring Willie Cauley-Stein, Rock Oliver, and Eli Capilouto.
JuCo DB Michael Mathis expects to join the team in July
Back in February, JuCo DB Michael Mathis didn’t sign with the Cats because of some academic issues, and now, Mathis tells the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that he’s on track to finish his courses at Kilgore Community College in early July, and will join the team a few days later. He says he’ll be a part of next season’s team as a scholarship player, which is excellent news. Mathis says he’ll play either safety or linebacker for the Cats, and can’t wait to get on campus.
Julius Randle and James Young continue their farewell tour of the Bluegrass
On Tuesday night, Julius Randle and James Young signed autographs in Louisville and Ashland, respectively, resulting in some more great pics like the one above. Not able to make it? Don’t worry, the guys will be making the rounds in the Bluegrass the rest of the week. Here’s their schedule:
Wednesday: DRY RIDGE, Wildcats N More, 6:00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Thursday: HOPKINSVILLE, Wildcat Wearhouse, 6:30 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.
Friday: FLORENCE, The Kentucky Shop, 5:30 p.m. — 7:00 p.m.
Sunday: ELIZABETHTOWN, Elizabethtown Mall, 1:00 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Sunday: BOWLING GREEN, Lawton Insurance (812 State Street), 4:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.
John Wall is moving on to the second round of the Playoffs
Congrats to John Wall and the Washington Wizards, who advanced to the second round of the NBA Playoffs with their 75-69 win over the Bulls. Wall had 24 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the win, which will send the Wizards to the second round for the first time since 2005. Do a little dance in his honor tonight.
Jalen Whitlow thinks the rumors of him transferring to Eastern Illinois are bogus
On Tuesday, 247 Sports’ Josh Newberg reported that former Kentucky quarterback Jalen Whitlow was considering transferring to Eastern Illinois, along with former Missouri wideout Dorial Green-Beckham. Whitlow shot down the rumors via Twitter a few hours later, telling his followers that he hasn’t made a decision about where he’s going and “these rumors are bogus!”. His father later told the Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach that Eastern Illinois is one of five schools Jalen is considering, but no decision had been made.
Anthony Davis’ next commercial looks interesting
Anthony Davis posted the picture above on Instagram Tuesday with the caption “On set earlier today!! #konnichiwa.” Davis has already showed off his comedic chops in his Kids Foot Locker ads, and by the looks of it, this one will be just as awesome. First one to make a comment about Anthony’s brow moving down to his lip gets free KSR for a year!
See you in the morning.