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Good evening, friends. It’s Drew here, carrying the KSR load this week while Mrs. Tyler gets ready for her Caribbean vacation. She deserves it so I don’t mind locking myself in the KSR office for five days. Just giving you a heads up that we’ll be seeing a lot of each other during a week where news will be sparse. I can’t wait to ring in the New Year with you, together, as one. It’s going to be unforgettable. Let’s wrap up Day 1 with notes from Monday brought to you by your favorite KSR post sponsor…
Kentucky moved up in both polls, but not far.
The Cats are ranked No. 15 in the new Associated Press college basketball poll, up three spots from a week ago, and No. 16 in the USA Today coaches poll, two spots higher this week.
Kentucky is the highest-ranked three-loss team, three spots behind 10-2 conference foe Florida.
Chane Behanan dismissed from Louisville. It’s real this time.
Rick Pitino and Louisville finally parted ways with Behanan on Monday. His fourth, fifth and sixth chances weren’t enough to get it right, apparently. Behanan, a McDonald’s All-American in high school, has battled off the court issues since arriving at Louisville in 2011 and Pitino can’t stick his neck out there for him any longer. He is now left with two options: transfer or enter the NBA draft.
While it’s easy to laugh at Louisville for this, and most of us did, the story of Chane Behanan isn’t funny. He’s a troubled kid with an incredible gift and he’s running out of time before it’s too late to make something of himself on the basketball court. The potential to reach the NBA is there, but if he doesn’t straighten up soon he’s going to squander it all away before he knows it’s gone. I hope to see him land on his feet at a new school, one that will be a little harder on him and keep him focused.
I will continue to laugh at Rick Pitino for this, though, and how he continues to spread lie after lie while dodging any criticism from those in the media. Rick said Behanan played bad against Kentucky because Behanan “knew the hammer was about to fall,” yet no one asked Rick why Behanan was allowed to play if this was coming. Must just be a big coincidence that he was dismissed less than 48 hours after the UK game.
Check out this photo gallery from Saturday’s game.
View the gallery here.
DeAndre Liggins named NBA Development League Performer of the Week.
Liggins is still fighting the good fight in the NBA’s D-League and he’s fighting it well, as indicated by his P.O.W. honors announced on Monday. Liggins is playing for the Sioux Falls Skyforce (what a name) and he averaged 23 points with 9.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks in three games last week.
Sioux Falls is an affiliate of the Miami Heat.
SEC Network hires Tim Tebow.
Tim Tebow finally landed another job in football, but he won’t be taking snaps or throwing passes. The former Florida Gator has been hired by ESPN as a college football analyst for the SEC Network. He will appear on “SEC Nation,” the network’s version of “College Gameday” that will travel around SEC campuses each Saturday.
Tebow’s first appearance as an ESPN analysts will be during the BCS National Championship coverage on January 6.
James Young is Andy Katz’s Player of the Week.
Young was also named SEC Freshman of the Week on Monday.
Kentucky and Vanderbilt will tip at 3:30.
UK announced that its January 11th game at Vanderbilt has been awarded the 3:30 ET time slot on CBS. Plan accordingly.
The picture of young Lou Holtz playing basketball is amazing.
He could be 13 or 40. I really don’t have a clue.
Let’s make the Rupp Arena national anthem a UK tradition.
With all due respect to the talented people from UK’s School of Music who sing the national anthem before basketball games, I vote for dropping the performers and let Big Blue Nation handle “The Star Spangled Banner.” I got chills joining 24,000 of my closest friends singing the national anthem before the Louisville game and think we should do it again and again and again. Let’s make it a tradition in Lexington. Whaddaya say?
Watch it again…
God bless America.
It’s Matt Elam decision week.
Elam’s long-awaited decision is less than a week away when he announces between Alabama and Kentucky at this Saturday’s Army All-American Bowl on NBC. Elam insists he still hasn’t made up his mind, but he admitted to 247Sports on Sunday that he feels more comfortable at Kentucky than at Alabama. Bama’s prestige still has his attention, though, so it’s still up for grabs, if you believe he hasn’t finalized a decision.
Kentucky now has the lead in Elam’s Crystal Ball predictions with 58 percent. It could potentially be a very big day for Mark Stoops and the Kentucky football program if Elam stays home. Can’t wait for the announcement. Yahtzee, anyone?
I am going to crash the radio show party on Tuesday.
I got used to doing the show during the #KSRAcrossAmerica tour a couple weeks ago so I’m going to drop in Tuesday morning and join Matt and Ryan for a recap of 2013. If nothing else, I’ll just sit there and make sure Ryan stays off his phone.
Talk to you then.