Good morning, folks. It sure doesn’t feel like the offseason right now… Let’s get right into the news you need to know for Thursday after a BUSY Wednesday in sports.
Jai Lucas to speak with media
Kentucky Men’s Basketball continues its camp/community service schedule for this week and assistant coach Jai Lucas is available for a media opportunity today at 3 p.m. hosted at Boyd County Middle School in Ashland, KY. Shortly before then, the team will make two community service pit stops at the King Daughters Hospital and The Neighborhood, both located in Ashland, KY.
In case you missed it, Dontaie Allen was in front of the mic on Wednesday at Ryle High School. We’ll have more from that event coming up throughout the day, as well, but Allen did have some words about Davion Mintz’s decision to return to Kentucky for another season or turn pro.
“I hope he comes back,” Allen said to a question about Mintz’s status. “But at the end of the day, from my point of view, I want him to do what’s best for him and his family. That’s just me being honest. I want him to do what’s best for him and his family.”
Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski announces retirement
Shocking the entire sports world, Duke’s long-time Men’s Basketball head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, announced on Wednesday that the 2021-22 college basketball season will be his last.
Kentucky has faced off against the Blue Devils multiple times over the John Calipari era, with another coming up this season at the annual Champions Classic in November. Coach Cal offered up a few words on the retirement of Krzyzewski.
Coach K has been synonymous with college basketball for as long as I can remember. His benchmark for excellence has pushed all of us to be better teachers and students of the game. He has challenged me as a coach to be my best. The bar he has set will go unmatched! pic.twitter.com/kUcvTvaZme
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 3, 2021
5-star center Dereck Lively II will visit UK
One of the fastest-rising prospects in high school basketball will take an official visit to Lexington later this month.
2022 five-star center Dereck Lively II tells KSR that he has scheduled a trip to Kentucky from June 20-22, his third scheduled visit since in-person recruiting returned this month. The 7-foot-1 center also has trips to North Carolina and Duke scheduled for June 8 and June 29, respectively.
Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com was the first to break the news.
2022 five-star center Dereck Lively II tells KSR he will take an official visit to Kentucky from June 20-22, his third scheduled trip. Also set to see UNC (June 8) and Duke (June 29), only three visits scheduled at this time.
One of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation.
— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) June 2, 2021
Brad Stevens would rather not coach than coach at Indiana
Shortly before the news about Coach K dropped, another massive move in the basketball world shook up the landscape of the future: Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens will replace Danny Ainge as the President of Basketball Operations for the organization, leaving his post as head coach.
Following the firing of head coach Archie Miller back in March, the Indiana basketball program put Zionsville, IN native and Coach Stevens at the top of its wish list to take over. At one point, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski even reported that IU was prepared to offer Stevens, who led Butler to two Final Fours in 2010 and 2011, a contract worth $10 million per season over the course of seven years. But as we all know, Indiana ended up with 63-year old Mike Woodson, instead.
Bob Baffert banned (for two years)
Not to be outdone by the basketball world, the horse racing community decided to break some news of its own.
Churchill Downs announced it is suspending Bob Baffert for two years, effective immediately. Baffert, and any trainer directly or indirectly employed by his stables, will not be allowed to run a horse at Churchill Downs or its other racetracks through the 2023 spring meet.
The ban comes on the heels of Wednesday morning’s confirmation that Kentucky Derby 147 winner Medina Spirit’s second drug test sample also included betamethasone, an anti-inflammatory that is prohibited from use on race days. It its press release announcing the news, Churchill Downs said the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s investigation into whether Medina Spirit is disqualified is still ongoing. Once the disqualification becomes official, Medina Spirit’s owners will forfeit $1.8 million in purse and Mandaloun will be named the official winner of Kentucky Derby 147.
Louisville fans are Louisville-ing
KSR was recently sent a screenshot of a scathing review that was left by an unhappy customer at a Louisville-based restaurant. The complaint revolved around former Kentucky quarterback Terry Wilson, but not for reasons you or I would ever think are logical or necessary. The person who sent KSR the complaint said that they hung up a sticker of Wilson throwing up (or down?) the “L’s Down” hand gesture that has become all too familiar for both Kentucky and Louisville fans alike the last several years.
It’s one of those complaints where you have to read it to believe it–and even then it’s tough to contemplate the energy that went into getting frustrated over a sticker, filing such a detailed complaint, reading it over, then hitting the send button, and doing so without a hint of sarcasm.
The sticker in question?
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