I think it’s safe to say that until Thursday morning, most of us considered Eli Capilouto a pretty tame person. UK’s twelfth president was mostly known as the guy who refused to cancel classes come rain, come snow, or National Championship game. With his quiet persona, studious looks, and mild manner, President Capilouto seemed like the last guy who you’d want to take into a knife fight.
Until Thursday. On Thursday morning, Eli’s scathing letter to LCC Chairman Brent Rice went public, and it became very clear that when Eli’s a-comin’, you better hide. Eli ripped Rice for his ever-changing and overly optimistic financial plan for the Rupp Arena renovation, specifically calling out the $300 Team Wildcat memberships Rice budgeted to raise $35 million dollars. In his letter to Capilouto, Rice implied that the university’s lack of public support for the Rupp Project was the reason it wasn’t going anywhere, but Eli said that the financial inconsistency made it impossible for the university to back the project in its current state.
Eli delivered the ultimate blow when he told Rice that while the university prefers to play its basketball downtown, they will “explore all potential options,” resurrecting dreams of an on-campus arena. In fact, wouldn’t an arena look great next to Commonwealth Stadium? Sure, traffic would be a nightmare, but it would be glorious, just glorious!!!
Slow down, folks. We’re a long way from that. (Although, I can’t help but wonder what Rick Pitino’s reaction would be.) But, with the university’s lease on Rupp ending in 2017 and the Rupp Arena project flatlining, something has to happen, and it’s good to know that Eli Capilouto isn’t going to let the University be pushed around. Right, Tod Lanter?
Is our president a boss or what??
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) May 22, 2014
Friday morning at 10:30 a.m.: Mayor Gray and Governor Beshear on KSR
We’re not done with the Rupp Project talk just yet. A few weeks ago, Matt organized a debate between Mayor Jim Gray, Governor Steve Beshear, and Senate President Robert Stivers about the Rupp Project, and although Senator Stivers has gone fishin’ and can’t make it, the mayor and the governor are still on board. With Eli’s letter still smoldering, the debate has taken on a new meaning, and knowing Matt, he won’t let them get away with too much political spin. Either way, it will be great radio. Be sure to tune in at 10:30 a.m.
UK Baseball is still battling Mississippi State
As of this writing, the UK Baseball team is down 4-2 to Mississippi State in the bottom of the sixth inning in the SEC Tournament. The Bat Cats have been battling pitching problems all night, but are still in the game thanks to catcher Michael Thomas’ home run in the fourth inning. Dean Bowling will be by with a full recap of the game as soon as it’s over, so stay tuned. Even if the Cats lose, they’re still in the double-elimination tournament, and will face Florida on Friday. If they win, they’ll advance to the semifinals on Saturday.
Mark Stoops is headed back to Youngstown this weekend
Mark Stoops was on the Paul Finebaum show on Thursday, and when asked about his Memorial Day plans, told Paaaawwwwl he’s headed back to Youngstown, Ohio for his nephew’s wedding. Knowing Stoops, he won’t miss out on the opportunity to get a little recruiting done while he’s up there. In fact, Stoops told Paul that he’s been very encouraged by his first few recruiting classes, which he credited to the staff’s “relentless” attitude, and added he’s “real excited about the way things are going this year.”
One interesting tidbit: Stoops said that he and his brothers make it a point to take their staffs to the other’s school during the offseason to “work on football and talk shop,” mentioning a trip he and his staff made to Oklahoma, and of course, the trip Bob and Mike Stoops made to UK’s Spring Practice a few months ago.
Listen to Stoops’ entire interview here. It starts around the 14-minute mark.
The Cavaliers are now interested in Billy Donovan
ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have now turned their sights to Florida head coach Billy Donovan. Of course, a few weeks ago, the Cavs were interested in John Calipari, rumors of which only amplified after Cal’s comments about wanting to coach LeBron one day. However, Cal’s not going anywhere right now, so the Cavaliers are now looking at Billy Donovan. Donovan, who was the coach of the Orlando Magic for like a minute back in 2007, said several NBA teams have contacted him about openings, but he’s not going anywhere. With the Gators down and the Cavs holding onto yet another number one pick, do you buy it?
Fake UK Twitter Account of the Day: @APTheTypeofDude
There are about a million fake UK Twitter accounts out there, but one has me laughing more than others these days. @APTheTypeofDude, or “Poythress the Dude,” is an Alex Poythress parody account that plays up on Alex’s 4.0 GPA, polite manners, and quiet personality. I really can’t put the humor into words. Here are a few of my favorite recent tweets:
Poythress the type of dude to still use real pencils instead of mechanical. "Nothing like a freshly sharpened Ticonderoga."
— Poythress The Dude (@APTheTypeOfDude) May 20, 2014
Poythress the type of dude to go golfing with friends but only drive the golf cart because "that's fun enough for him."
— Poythress The Dude (@APTheTypeOfDude) May 2, 2014
Poythress the type of dude to tweet at his teammates "#BBN" meaning "bed by nine." They need a good nights rest.
— Poythress The Dude (@APTheTypeOfDude) April 25, 2014
I don’t know if it’s because I’m a little giddy because it’s almost Memorial Day Weekend or what, but these crack me up. Hopefully Poythress the type of dude who appreciates a KSR shoutout.
We’ve got a big day coming up, so get some rest. Governor Beshear and Mayor Gray on the show at 10:30 a.m….