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Eli Capilouto’s Friday News and Views

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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?

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:

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….

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.

41 Comments for Eli Capilouto’s Friday News and Views

  1. Carlos Toomer's thought of the day
    11:11 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    OH Napier was, indeed, an outlaw.

  2. mashburnfan1
    11:26 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    BAT C-A-T-S update. Were down 4-1 in sixth inning but they rally in the bottom of the sixth scoring 3 runs to tie the game at 4-4 starting the top of the 7th. Actually had a great chance to get more than 3 runs and get the lead but will settle for the tie.

  3. Han
    11:42 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    How are the waffles in Cleveland?

  4. mashburnfan1
    11:43 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Well sheet. Bat C-A-T-S give up a run in top of 7th, now batting in bottom of 7th down 5-4. One good thing is MSU only got 1 run, had bases loaded and no outs yet only scored one on a double play.

  5. mashburnfan1
    11:53 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    UK responds in bottom of 7th by loading the bases with just one out. However Storm Wilson grounds into double play so we still trail 5-4 in top of 8th.

  6. Tom
    11:54 pm May 22, 2014 Permalink

    Only Kentucky fans would think it positive that their President throws cold water on the plans to renovate Rupp. Was the LCC a bit aggressive, sure, but in the end UK needs the LCC.

    Personally, I agree with Capilouto, the emphasis on on-campus building is way more important to the long term reputation for the University.

    But that the Matt Jones fans seem to think that bitch slapping the LCC spokesperson is a good thing is nuts.

    Better hope you can kiss a little but to get back in sync, or fund your own arena.

    • VinD
      12:06 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      You’ve got it the end LCC needs UK. Ask yourself a very simple question: if Rupp Arena is not renovated, will UK basketball fans stop coming and sell out every home game? No is the answer to the question. UK could be playing the Taliban and the arena would sell out.

    • Tom
      12:44 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      I think you just made my point? LCC doesn’t need UK, it already has it.

      UK will play at LCC, upgraded or not, until it raises the funds (now doubtful?) to build its own arena.

      While I agree that UK fans could likely fund their own arena, how crazy would it be to do so in a town the size of Lexington?

  7. mashburnfan1
    12:22 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    for those still awake UK ties game in bottom of 8th. Now in top of ninth inning tied 5-5. Side note AJ Reed will lead off bottom of ninth.

  8. mashburnfan1
    12:25 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Well sheet again. MSU has scored and is still batting in top of ninth. 6-5 MSU.

  9. Al/in/Indy
    12:26 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I’d say Tom has it all wrong. Evidently Tom hasn’t been in Lexington for while. Anything AND everything in downtown has everything to do with UK. Unlike the Yum where (in due time all the taxpayers in Jefferson county will be paying off junk bonds WITH interest because of the shady deals made) the bars and eating establishments in Lexington make their collective livings off of UK fans in both football and basketball.
    In Loogieville after the games they go home and wash their faces taking off the line beards drawn on them earlier.

    • Tom
      12:45 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      No, I think I have it right. LCC already has you (UK). You don’t have LCC.

      They (LCC) have the upper hand for now, only a new, on campus arena changes that dynamic.

  10. mashburnfan1
    12:41 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    We have extra baseball. C-A-T-S score in bottom of ninth to tie game, AJ Reed had a huge leadoff double, and we are now going to top of tenth.

  11. mashburnfan1
    12:52 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    UK able to overcome 2B Heady error, his second in as many innings, and hold MSU scoreless in tenth. Austin threw a runner out at home for final out, great play. Leading off in bottom of tenth is ss Matt Reida, who is 3-4 on the game, needing just one run to win it.

  12. Scott in Nashville
    12:52 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    WOW!! Great play at the plate in top of 10th to keep Miss St from scoring. UK batting in bottom of 10th.

  13. VinD
    12:53 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Tom – you seem like you think you’re very smart. Do have any idea how an P/L works? UK is drivng this bus, you’re along for the ride. Related to the Mayor, perhaps?

  14. mashburnfan1
    1:00 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    3 up and 3 down in bottom of tenth…..Going to top of 11th. Must win game if we want the SEC tourney title. Loser here will struggle vs UF Friday while winner gets much needed day off. Side note AJ Reed was lifted for a pinch runner back in ninth so he will not be hitting in bottom of 11th.

    • VinD
      1:04 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      mashburnfan1 – where is the live feed?

  15. mashburnfan1
    1:05 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    That was fast, we get them 3 up 3 down. To bottom of 11th and I think we win it here. Kuhn, Tom or Thomas will get it done.

  16. Look
    1:11 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Any possible plan for UK to build a new arena on campus is not going to fly with the legislature and without legislative approval the point is moot. There is no way the general assembly is going to allow Rupp to disappear or become an empty box and leave downtown Lexington in the lurch. It would be economic suicide for the city. No matter how much posturing Eli does he really knows when it is all said and done UK will be playing at Rupp. He is trying to secure the best contract possible for the school. As JP said on the radio this morning, the Yum lease has UK wanting to get more out of the agreement.

  17. mashburnfan1
    1:21 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Bottom of 11th inning went like this: Kuhn leads off with a single…Carson strikes out….Tom hit by pitch….Thomas struck out….Storm Wilson with an infield single to load the bases…… But Pernal pops out to end the inning……To the 12th dang it.

  18. mashburnfan1
    1:36 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    on we go….bottom of 12th still tied 6-6.

  19. blueblooded
    1:46 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks Mash! I may be the only one awake with you, but I appreciate your updates. I can’t get the link to work on my phone. You’re doing a great job with the play by play. Thanks again

    • mashburnfan1
      1:50 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      No problem, glad someone is here with me and always glad to help out my BBN family….We got the big win so it makes losing the sleep worth it.

  20. Scott in Nashville
    1:48 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Bat Cats win in bottom of 12th. 7-6

  21. bigredbleedsblue
    1:49 am May 23, 2014 Permalink


  22. mashburnfan1
    1:49 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    C-A-T-S WIN..Matt Reida leads off bottom of 12th with a double..gets to third with no outs on wild pitch….Hairston pinch hits and walks….Cousino was intentionally walked to load bases with no outs….. Kuhn struck out on 3 pitches….Z. Arnold pinch hits and the Soph from Frankfort gets the game winning hit……GO BIG BLUE……..Next game is Saturday afternoon in a single elimination semi-final game

  23. blueblooded
    1:52 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Thanks again for all the updates! I gave KSR enough refreshes to keep the site in the black for another month or two!

  24. Whatagame!
    1:53 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Didn’t start watching til the tenth and it still felt like watching a doubleheader. Crazy.

  25. gokycats33
    2:04 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I was keeping up with the Bat Cats on Twitter, since I wasn’t able to get ESPN3 to work on my laptop. I finally got it to work during the bottom of the 11th. From all the tweets, and reactions on Twitter, sounded like a great game? I know it was from when I finally got to watch it! Keep it up Bat Cats! GO CATS!!!

  26. Yeah
    3:47 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    Putting an alternative to Rupp anywhere near the location on that map would be the worst idea in many ways. Rupp benefits from being downtown and downtown benefits from Rupp. Whatever that picture is depicting is downright suburban, which shouldn’t be the goal.

  27. Wes
    7:46 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    If traffic is a major concern, UK does own some land out by 75. A “gold standard” basketball arena would look good off of Newtown and 75.

    • RUPPS_rhetoric
      8:28 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t think traffic will be a concern. It’s next to the Football Stadium 24,000 < 64,000. If they can handle traffic for a Football game, wouldn't you think they'd be okay with a basketball game?

  28. Tennessee Wildcat
    8:18 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    I love Rupp Arena like everyone else and watching games there, but my question is, who allowed Rupp arena to be built away from UK in the first place in the mid 70s? I would love for an on-campus arena to be built or Memorial improved so that the players could practice right there and play there. I am not from western Kentucky and don’t care about the city.

  29. msnthrop
    8:39 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    That empty field that is marked in the picture is being dug up for construction right now, so no on campus basketball is going there unless they tear down whatever their building now

  30. clam
    8:59 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    It is amusing that KSR is now praising Capilouto for being a tough guy. It really shows how little KSR and most of the readers know about running a university. The president of a major university is head of an organization with thousands of employees, billions of budget dollars, and an extremely high profile. The politics–internal and external–are murderous. Do you think that Capilouto rises to this position by being a wimp? It shows that even most people who go to college have no idea how a college is run.

  31. hahahaha
    9:58 am May 23, 2014 Permalink

    KSR promoting their writers’ fake twitter accounts on the site again? At least Drew doesn’t openly toot his own horn anymore.

  32. LL's That Type of Guy
    12:31 pm May 23, 2014 Permalink