Tuesday, June 30, 2009
And by press conference Thursday, apparently he means no press conference is scheduled. He says so with this link.
Even Daniel Orton gets giddy thinking about the possibility of playing with high school rival Xavier Henry. I guess this would be considered the second time the rumors of a rift between Xavier Henry and Daniel Orton would be shot down. Oh well, whaddaya do?
Monday - November 2, 2009 - Campbellsville University Tigers
Friday - November 6, 2009 - Clarion University (Division II) Golden Eagles***
*** = The top two stories on the CU Athletics basketball page are about Calipari.
The story that will not quit. And from the sounds of it, the story might not quit until Xavier Henry officially enrolls at Kentucky. The latest coming today being he might be having regrets on committing to Kansas. Xavier's mother (above, left) was the main reason he went with Bill Self and the Jayhawks, but after a Kansas City Star article portraying the Henry's in an unflattering light, the family seems to be having second thoughts.
This seems to clear the picture a bit more on why Coach Cal left us with only twelve scholarship players, also saying one more could leave. This would certainly open the door for Brothers Henry to come to Lexington.
Rivals.com reports that Bill Self and Danny Manning are on their way to Oklahoma City tonight to meet with the Henry family, presumably in a last-ditch effort to keep the star player in Lawrence this fall.
Quick summary: Xavier Henry really wants to play for Cal. Signs LOI with Cal/Memphis. Decommitts when Cal leaves. Chooses Kansas (no LOI) partly because both his parents went there. His mother didn't like the prospects of moving to Kentucky. Still not feeling KU. Kansas City Star feature comes out. Mom says she's cool with him in Lexington. He knows we have a scholarship.
Two things are certain at this moment:
- The crapstorm will come from everywhere if Xavier Henry decides he's going to Kentucky. That is a fact. Get ready. We will be under the microscope. Why didn't he just wait for Jodie to get drafted?
- If his family is upset with an article from the Kansas City Star, what's gonna happen when Jerry Tipton gets his claws on a Henry family feature? I don't see how this can end well.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Three Wildcats: DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Patrick Patterson are all listed among the top 30(ish). This should come as no surprise to anyone following UK basketball, just be prepared. We all know how fans took it when Jodie let his intentions be known.
Here is the nugget about each.
- DeMarcus Cousins - Cousins comes to a team expected to compete for the national title with plenty of hype. But how John Calipari uses him and how he meshes with Patrick Patterson are questions still unanswered. He's not ready for the NBA, but if Kentucky has a banner season and he flourishes, he could be tempted for a short stay with the Wildcats.
- Patrick Patterson - Patterson returned to school because he didn't think he was ready for the NBA. Great call. He clearly knows his game. He should flourish playing for Calipari, and there's no doubt the interest in him will only increase, as he likely will lead Kentucky to great things. Without Jodie Meeks, Patterson will be counted on to be more vocal. If he stays healthy, proves he's a leader and continues to be productive, his evaluation likely will be extremely positive.
- John Wall - Wall will be the projected No. 1 pick throughout the season. He has game-changing ability on every possession. He can fly as a lead guard and will be extremely tough to stay in front of on a possession. He could, and should, be Calipari's second No. 1 pick in three seasons after coaching Derrick Rose at Memphis in 2008. Of course, it helped Rose's candidacy for the top spot when he led the Tigers to the national title game. Wall could do the same at Kentucky.
This type of thinking is in the official UK fan handbook: Never enjoy what you currently have, always worry.
And you know Pitino was excited to get away from everything Kentucky (trial, rivalry, etc.). Im guessing he showed up last night and either saw the sign or Coach Cal and immediately thought, "You gotta be shittin' me?!?" Stuff like this will never get old.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Two Cats now in Milwaukee, guess I'm a Bucks fan now, eh?
Good luck to Jodie and Go Cats.
You only have to look at the most recent postseason run to realize Rondo was the most consistent guy on the team. His statline during the 2009 NBA Playoffs: 16.7 pts - 9.7 rebs - 9.8 asst. I would be willing to put those numbers up against any other point guard in the 2009 Playoffs.
Everyone knows Rondo has room for improvement, but his skills far outweigh his weaknesses. Lockdown D and a freak rebounder says what? He just turned 23. I'm guessing Ainge could find a few suitors to take his "problem" away from him.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
December 5, 1983
A blast from the past. While checking out Sports Illustrated today, I came across the SI Vault with a feature on Twin Tower Sam Bowie and their destruction of Louisville.
It was the first game in the renewed regular season rivalry. Louisville had taken Kentucky out in the 1983 NCAA Tournament to kickstart the rivalry again. The way the players talked trash and how the players, coaches, and fans literally hated one another was really refreshing.
There was not even a compromise on where the announcement would take place:
Two years ago, when a preseason publication wished to pose Kentucky and Louisville players together on the steps of the Capitol in Frankfort, Crum was more than willing but Hall refused to cooperate. This summer, after the schools finally agreed to play, Louisville Athletic Director Bill Olsen proposed that the announcement be made at the governor's office. His Kentucky counterpart, A.D. Cliff Hagan, refused. When Olsen recommended Shelbyville as a neutral site, Hagan wanted to know if that town was closer to Lexington or Louisville. The result was that Olsen consulted the AAA auto club and determined the exact halfway point—which turned out to be a cow pasture off U.S. 60.
Great stuff and a great read on an uneventful Wednesday night. Oh yeah, the Cats took 36 free throws and Louisville only took 5. You gotta love a renewed rivalry, no?
While this is not a USA/USSR hockey type upset, it's easily a top two or three win in USA soccer history.
The loss ended a 35 game win streak for Spain dating back to 2006. Spain will play the loser of Brazil-South Africa in the consolation match.
What: Rumble at the River
Tickets: (800) 928-CATS
Prices: $35 upper - $45 lower - $75 club level
Monday, June 22, 2009
Sunday, June 21, 2009
The guarantee comes from the Denver Nuggets (pick #34), which would be an excellent fit for Meeks. Their up-and-down style would suit his game and would give him the opportunity to play in the open court and get some shots up as a reserve. Not to mention Jodie would be going to a team that made it to the Western Conference Finals this past season.
The only workout Meeks has been through since the June 15th deadline was for the New Jersey Nets. Rumor has it the Nets will try to trade down to possibly get an extra late first round pick. They currently only hold the 11th overall pick with the rumor of trading it to get the 16th and 26th from the Chicago Bulls. Therefore we might get to see a bidding war for the services of our former shooting guard.
I'm really looking forward to Draft this Thursday as it seems like its been an eternity since a UK player has been drafted. Hopefully the NBA Draft will be a sign of things to come from our current crop of Wildcats.
Happy Father's Day!
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Once again your Coach has his fingerprints all over this roster, as it includes two youngsters from Kentucky (Darius and Shelvin Mack of Bryan Station/Butler fame) and two youngsters from Memphis, TN. Therefore one-third of the team has some sort of tie to UK, only because everything revolves around anything with a Kentucky tie.
No word from the NCAA yet on whether or not they are looking into the situation. If we've learned anything from the punishments set forth for Florida State, Alabama, and UCONN, it's that they will probably discontinue the basketball program at Kentucky.
Andy Katz has a writeup about the selection process and USAbasketball.com has feature all about Darius during the tryout. Well done Darius, please don't get hurt.
Sources say they will take a getaway to the innards of New Zealand and do a remake of Lord of the Rings, except with tall people.
... in 1988, Clay County's Richie Farmer, who led the Tigers to five consecutive Sweet Sixteen high school basketball tournaments and the 1987 state title, was named Kentucky Associated Press High School Athlete of the Year. He averaged over 27 points per game for a Clay County squad that finished runner-up in the state finals. Eddie Sutton was very hesitant in recruiting the 'stache, but Farmer went on to survive the probation years, a new coach, the worst season in school history, to finish his career with a jersey in Rupp's rafters. The combination of his legend as a Kentucky high school player and being a part of Kentucky's Unforgettable team made Farmer one of the most popular players in UK's storied history.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
North Carolina was scheduled to have the camp, but after a scheduling conflict the camp was moved to UK. And although coaches and players cannot be involved in any way, the public can!
The players will compete in league games, attend personal development seminars, receive SAT preparation strategies (isn't this what Derrick Rose is having trouble with currently?), and take practice tests. Two All-Star games will be played Sunday June 28th.
Daily tickets are $5 for kids under 18, $10 for adults. Weekend passes are available for $30.
Get your creep on!
James Harrod rode an army tank into town, parked it on a hill, walked a few miles down the road, and built the above settlement. The parking lot, stairs with railing, and stone walkway didn't come for another six months or so. He then started the world's first County Fair & Horse Show, followed by the first Beef Festival and Wine Tasting west of the Appalachian Mountains.
Scholars maintain the great Woodstock Festival in 1969 was derived from the nation's first hippy festival formed by Harrod and his crew. He called it the Terrapin Hill Harvest Festival, or Turtle Days.
To book your Harrodsburg getaway, click here.
Katz has a nice writeup of just how important the Kentucky sophomore will be in the upcoming season:
If he can he make this squad, that would go along way toward proving to Calipari that he can be a baller, too.
"I'm not paying attention to that," Miller said of all the talk about everyone else. "I'm glad for the team that everyone is talking good about us and saying we can compete for a national championship. That's my only goal."
Darius also said that while he wished friend and former teammate Jodie Meeks would have come back for his senior year, he thinks everything will be fine:
... But after seeing Wall and Bledsoe in an open-gym scrimmage, he's anticipating a seamless transition for the Wildcats.
"They were a good fit and the few times they were on teams together they played really well," Miller said. "We were all playing well, but we're not there yet, but we're getting there."
Man, I'm absolutely torqued to see Darius this fall and wish him well this summer. Go Cats.
- UK senior golfer Jordan Blann (from Bowling Green) won the Kentucky State-Am by two strokes, becoming the first Cat golfer since J.B. Holmes to do the deed. Blann's teammate Ben Fuqua (Danville) finished in a tie for fourth.
- Kentucky sprinter Rondel Sorrillo placed 2nd in the 200m finals and 5th in the 100m finals at last weekend's NCAA Championships. He had a hand in all of Kentucky's 15 points for the meet. The rest of the team didn't do as well.
- Kentucky softballer Molly Johnson was selected to the US National team and will take part in the Japan Cup later this summer. Good news for an up-and-coming team that comes back loaded next year.
He has a great chance of being drafted in the first round next week. Whether or not it happens is yet to be seen, but he's gonna get drafted. Hopefully a team will reward his great career and realize the kid can fill it up. Good luck Jodie in your new endeavors.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
What everyone forgets to tell you is that they've already made their preseason picks. Remember, two seconds after the Final Four was over, every "journalist" came out with their rankings for 2009-10. That is, until those rankings were dubbed meaningless when players started going pro.
This doesn't even include the numerous coaching changes, recruits decommitting, late signings, NCAA violations, etc. Oh, and don't forget that we're talking about 18 year-old kids that have never played college basketball before. Or players who have never played in a game for their new coach.
We've had preseason rankings for a solid 75 days now. So discuss the following amongst yourselves for a while to give these guys a vacation. At least until they make more preseason predictions next week.
Andy Katz - ESPN - preseason rankings - #7
Gary Parrish - CBS Sports - preseason rankings - #2
Luke Winn - Sports Illustrated - ranking the offseason moves - #2
Mike Miller - NBC Sports - preseason rankings - #3
Jeff Goodman - Fox Sports - starts vacation today - new poll shortly
Monday, June 15, 2009
... in 1989, Tubby Smith and Billy Donovan joined Rick Pitino's staff as assistant coaches. Smith, 37, was an assistant coach for South Carolina. Donovan, 24, played under Pitino at Providence and is best known for
In short, probably not. But I'll ask you this: Are we getting new uniforms next year? Yes. Is Jodie coming back? No.
And since everyone and their mother will have a reason why he's not coming back, I'm gonna use this one. Nike single-handedly cost us the Championship in 2010. All I've gotta say is that these uniforms better be good.
Now that we've gotten that out of the way, today's news sucks. I think every UK fan kind of had a feeling Jodie would come back. We all thought this because of OUR own agenda, though, not his.
You have to ask yourself: Why do people go to college? The answer is to give themselves a better opportunity at earning a living in a specialized field. It just so happens that his specialized field offers much more than yours.
But in this bad news, we will find out who wants it and who doesn't. This gives a tremendous opportunity to the players on the current roster to step up and make some noise. We will be young in the backcourt, but we will be talented in the backcourt. This most likely sets up as a two PG team. How many other teams next year will be able to boast two ball handling freaks like us?
I would've liked Jodie to be a part of what I think is going to be a special 2009-10 year, but you can't blame the guy. Consider the alternative*.
* = Billy Clyde coaching. No Pat. No Jodie.
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Friday, June 12, 2009
So says Gary Parrish of CBS Sports. Well, he didn't actually say "world", but that's what I gathered. He is probably the biggest name left to decide on his future. Obviously, its the most important decision for everyone in the Bluegrass.
The world of Internets says the decision will come this weekend. Of course this is the conclusion they come to because the deadline is Monday. Nothing gets past the Internets.
Gary lets us know the college basketball world and its meaningless preseason rankings hinge on Jodie's decision. If he comes back, we could be #1. If not, we'll still be a top team, but the chances of winning a national title decrease significantly. Tis the calm before the storm. And I'll actually be in Sparta, KY watching the Nationwide race, go figure.
In other news, Jody Demling reports Jon Hood is up to about 200 lbs. now. He is getting ready for the Kentucky-Indiana All-Star games this weekend. Saturday in Indianapolis, Sunday at Bellarmine. No word if Twinkies are to blame. What a fatty.
He just got done with his Atlanta tryout and is now heading to Buffalo. Hopefully, Stevie Got Loose has some pull with player personnel decisions.
And he also wants you to follow him on Twitter. Help a Dicky out.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Matt May and the internets are confirming tonight that Kevin Galloway and Matt Pilgrim won't be returning to the UK basketball team this fall. Rumor has it that Galloway's grades weren't in order and I'm not really sure what the Pilgrim deal is about.
If Pat, Cousins, and Stevenson are all out after this coming year, only Orton and Harrellson remain as low post guys for 2010-11. This is the thinking of a Kentucky fan, though. Always worry about the future.
With this news tonight, you'd have to think Jodie is coming back. I have no proof, but I'll take the opinions of Mike Pratt and Tom Leach over anyone else online.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Holmes has struggled quite a bit recently on Tour, but still ranks 46th on the money list ($947K) and 47th in FedEx Cup points. So it's all relative, right? Just under a Mil in under six months of work.......very relative.
You know what they say, you can't win if
He is one of top prospects in all of college baseball as he throws massive heat and is a southpaw. This unique combination has team's foaming at the mouth. He has been projected anywhere from 3rd to 30th overall, but most mock draft have him going somewhere in between. Thanks to Mr. Paxton for keeping Kentucky baseball in the news.
His teammate, right-hander Chris Rusin is also slated to be picked today as well. He seems to be a possible third-round choice.
Eric Lindsey, at Cat Scratches, also found a nice piece from the Wall Street Journal raving about the University of Kentucky baseball program. They say over the last 10+ years, Kentucky rates as the third best baseball factory for pitching in MLB Drafts. Sending prominent big leaguers Brandon Webb, Joe Blanton, Scott Downs, now James Paxton and Chris Rusin. Not even mentioning the numerous Wildcats in the minor leagues currently.
Not bad for a school known for basketball, and more recently football. Having publicity like this doesn't hurt at all for our up-and-coming baseball program and helps cement the fact that the University is one step closer to world domination.
MLB Draft tonight at 6:00
Monday, June 8, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Jerry Tipton is pissed off that he went to the NCAA hearings today and didn't find out any dirt on your coach or team. What I'm gathering from his commentary is that he feels like if something fishy is going on in your vicinity, you should know. Or possibly go on probation. He asked Len Elmore about it today just to get his fix:
As a former All-America player for Maryland and then a longtime college basketball commentator, Elmore knows the ways of big-time athletics.
"You can't tell me that coaches don't have control over situations that have a direct impact" on an incoming player and the program, he said. " ... I'd really be surprised if there wasn't at least some inkling. Coaches have intuition. They've been around. Many of them have been around a long, long time. They know what the proper path to recruiting and admission of a student-athlete would be all about. And they also probably would be able to smell something that wasn't right."
These are strong words from Tipton and Elmore. Having said that, if I decided to pull the wool over on the SAT officials, I could've had someone take the test for me, and if I got caught, I could throw all of the blame to the Head of Finance at the University of Kentucky.
In conclusion, Len Elmore and Jerry Tipton hate Finance professors.
How dare he! We, as a nation, were led to believe the NCAA hearings today were going to pull the curtain back on John Calipari. A meeting so intense that one day might not cover it all. These allegations against Memphis were somehow passed onto Kentucky's lap by the liberal media looking for a story.
A story that might forever tarn...... Wait, what's that? Oh, the hearing is over already? It lasted under four hours? But Jerry Tipton went to the hearing looking for a story that could uproot the Kentucky basketball empire. Hmmm, let me think. Aha.
BBB has found an excerpt from a story due to come out in tomorrow's papers. Again, the following is 100% factual.
... Today is the day we've all been waiting for. A
chance to rid the world of one of the most notorious members of one of the most
pure sports in America: college basketball. His name is John
Calipari. A man who has played with NCAA fire one too many times. I
am here to tell you, after today, his time is over...
... From forcing an innocent kid, Marcus Camby, to meet with
the mafia and accept money -- to manipulating/kidnapping the moderator during
Derrick Rose's SAT test, Calipari and his tentacles have probably even reached
into your local community...
... John Calipari and his shadiness used sleazy mind games
through the telephone from China to corrupt the NCAA hearings today (Note: All members of the NCAA committee were wearing American flag pendants because they love America more than you). They had planned on going for days, weeks, even months, but this man forced the NCAA to end it only after four hours. After being told he HAD to attend the hearings, Mr. Calipari fled the country to hang out with his communist friends in China...
So there you go Big Blue Nation. Beware of the coming storm from our media friends across the country.