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October 18th, 2017

More details on the UK-Morehead State charity game

Earlier today we told you Kentucky will be playing Morehead State in a special exhibition game for charity on October 30.

UK has since released more details on the game and we now know it is the inaugural “Kentucky Cares Classic” to raise funds for those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California:

“People around our country are facing some trying and tragic circumstances,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am thankful for the leadership of John Calipari and our men’s basketball program and the partnership of Morehead State in putting this game together to make a small but important impact. I look forward to seeing the members of the Big Blue Nation unite behind their Wildcats, as they always do.”

Net proceeds from the game will go to Team Rubicon, a non-government 501(c)(3) organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is currently active in Florida in response to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and is soon to begin work in response to wildfires in California.

“I want to thank Morehead State and its staff for coming together on this so quickly,” Calipari said. “This was an opportunity for us to do some good that we just couldn’t pass up. With everything that’s happened in and around our country the last couple of months, I felt like we needed to do more to give back and make an impact on the countless number of people who have suffered at the hands of the recent natural disasters.”

The game WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, so you will only be able to see it if you buy a ticket, which will go on sale Friday at 10 am online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase in person at the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets will range from $10 to $100 with net proceeds going to victims of the recent natural disasters. A full breakdown of the ticket pricing is below:

  • Lower premium – $100
  • Lower sideline – $50
  • Lower corner/end – $30
  • 200-Level sideline (first 12 rows) – $20
  • 200-Level standard – $10

Season ticket holders and UK students will have access to a special pre-sale that begins on Thursday at 10 am and runs through 10 pm online on Ticketmaster.

The UK Sports Network will broadcast the radio call of the game.

 


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Top Four Quotes of the Day: the Best from the Defense

The defensive players and coaches spoke with the media following today’s practice and, as always, they had plenty to say. Here are the top quotes of the day:

“I ain’t gonna lie to you: it’s cool.” – Josh Allen

When asked about being named an AP and Sports Illustrated Second-Team Midseason All-American, Allen was honest. But just because he’s happy with the recognition doesn’t mean he’s content with stopping here.

“But it’s only mid-season. I want to wait for the end of the season so it can be official,” Allen said. “Second team sounds good, but I’m trying to aim for the first team.”

The former two-star recruit is tied for third in the nation with 6.5 total sacks. He’s fourth on the team in tackles with 35.

While the Bulldogs have only given up three sacks so far this season, Allen is determined to change that.

“I just heard – somebody told me today – they’ve only given up three sacks,” Allen said. “So, hope I can get four, five.”

“He’s a really physical runner – he’s not your typical quarterback runner.” – Matt House

Defensive coordinator Matt House isn’t one for chatter, but he had plenty to say about Mississippi State’s quarterback, Nick Fitzgerald. The 6-foot-5 junior is considered a dual-threat quarterback. In addition to being the team’s leading passer, he’s the Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher. Fitzgerald has surpassed 100 rushing yards twice already this season: he ran for 111 yards against Louisiana Tech and had 100 yards against BYU.

“He really is like having another downhill back in the backfield. So tackling becomes important,” Coach House said. “They do a good job with cut blocks on the perimeter, so we’re going to have to do a great job of playing the cut and just playing good fundamental football, but also creating the extra number.”

“I don’t know nothing about the cowbells.” – Eli Brown

The sophomore has yet to travel to Davis Wade Stadium, but he isn’t scared of the atmosphere.

“I love playing away,” Brown said. “I ain’t gonna lie; I ain’t gonna sugar coat it. I love playing away. They’re yelling for their team, but you feel like they’re yelling for you.”

But what about those annoying cowbells? I was standing outside of practice today while the cowbell noises were playing, and, to state the obvious, they were annoying.

But the veterans have been warning the younger players about the intensity of the cowbells, saying the fake noises are “nothing” compared to the real thing, according to Brown.

“I’ve been hearing them in practice, but it’s not going to be like in a game, man,” Brown said. “You just have to be ready, be ready to play, and I think that we’re all just ready.”

“The great thing is it’s just halfway.” – Matt House

When Coach House was asked about Josh Allen’s mid-season honors, he reiterated that they are, in fact, just midseason honors. But being just halfway through this season applies to a lot more than Allen’s sack record.

While a 5-1 start feels great, there are still a lot of unknowns about this team. Yes, Kentucky could be undefeated and bowl eligible had it not been for a few costly mistakes against Florida, but the record could also be significantly worse – especially if those final plays by Eastern Michigan and Missouri had been more successful.

Mississippi State is a huge test for the Cats. Saturday’s game against the Bulldogs marks the transition into the tougher part of the season, and having a road game against arguably the strongest remaining quarterback on the schedule doesn’t help.

But this is also where the season gets exciting. So buckle up, because we’re just halfway done.


@MaggieDavisKSR


John Wall just DESTROYED the Philadelphia 76ers

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

The vast majority of former Wildcats are getting their NBA seasons underway tonight, and one of them has already made a jaw-dropping highlight.

John Wall just destroyed Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Viewer discretion is advised.

RIP to that poor, poor 76er. John Wall is officially back.


Kentucky’s practice two days ago was their best yet

Photo by UK Athletics

John Calipari has gone on and on about how “painful” practices have been so far due to this team’s inexperience; however, their performance two days ago gave him hope.

“Two days ago, we practiced and it was our best practice. We scrimmaged and I left thinking, I love this, we’re going to be alright,” Cal said. “I walked out of the gym and knew we got better and it was one of our better days. Individual players got better.”

Cal emphasized that there’s still a LONG way to go — they don’t have a press in yet, there is no in-bounds play — but with an historically young team, even for him, he’s taking it day by day.

“We’ve got to grab that and live with that that day, not worry about the team we’re going to play on November 10, November 13 because, that anxiety, there’s no need for it. Let’s just try to get better. I’m trying to lead that way where they know I’m staying in today. I’m not worried about anything else.”

What was the difference on Monday?

“Guys are listening. Individual players now are more focused on how we’re telling them to play and after 13 practices, they’re starting to develop habits that they must have to win and they had none of. I don’t try to break habits because you’re not going to break habits. You’re trying to create new habits. We just go and say, here are the six or seven habits you must have and we do it everyday, we work on it everyday. We make them focus on those things. I’m seeing them start to take hold. And then I’m seeing individual players play in a way we need them to play. But I’m still saying there’s two or three guys that aren’t where they need to be, in my opinion, even at this state. But they’re getting better.”

I asked Hamidou Diallo what was different during Monday’s practice.

“I feel like we were very competitive that day,” Diallo said. “Very competitive. We were coming off two double practices in a day, so we brought it. We brought energy and everybody went after each other and we just really got a lot accomplished.”

Baby steps.


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Matt discusses Matt Bevin’s plan to tackle Pension Crisis on Hey Kentucky!

Today was a big day for the government in the state of Kentucky.

Matt Jones tackled Matt Bevin’s public Pension Plan, discussing both the good and bad that comes with it on Hey Kentucky!

Watch it here:

Also, Matt and Lee Cruse talk about a very interesting giveaway involving a bump stock in Georgia:

You can watch the full episode here: http://wp.me/p7TGZa-1qP


SEC Country: Immanuel Quickley gives recruiting update on Zion Williamson and Keldon Johnson

It’s no secret Kentucky’s 2018 recruiting class is expected to grow sooner rather than later. As of today, five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley is the lone commitment for the Wildcats, but names like Zion Williamson, Keldon Johnson, and Bol Bol could pop at any moment.

Kyle Tucker of SEC Country caught up with Quickley to ask him his thoughts on UK’s chances with some of his buddies left on the recruiting board and when they may make a decision.

Quickley opened with his thoughts on Zion Williamson and what he felt about his time at Big Blue Madness.

“He said it was even better in person. He liked it a lot,” said Quickley, who has spent months selling Williamson on their connection from the Adidas AAU circuit and as roommates at several international events. “I think in the end it’ll work. I think Kentucky fits him and I know he liked the visit, so I think it’ll work.”

After Big Blue Madness, Quickley tweeted a picture of both he and Williamson in Kentucky jerseys.

According to Quickley, however, it wasn’t an indication of a silent commitment or anything of the sort.

“Nah, nah, nah,” he said, laughing, “just trying to get one of my good friends to come play with me.”

The latest hot rumor, however, is that five-star forward Keldon Johnson is a heavy Kentucky lean, and a commitment is on the horizon.

Quickley agrees.

“I’ve been talking to Keldon a lot. He says he likes Kentucky a lot, too, so hopefully I can get him to come with me,” Quickley said. “I think Kentucky is definitely his leader.”

A few weeks back, Quickley told reporters a few commitments were coming for Kentucky. Tucker asked him to follow up on those comments, and who he’d like to play with as a Wildcat.

“I can’t say when, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some decisions come before basketball season,” he said. “I’m just trying to get all my friends to come play with me. I just want to play with good players.”

You can read Kyle Tucker’s entire article over on SEC Country here.


WATCH: Everything Matt House has to say about Kentucky vs Mississippi State

Following today’s practice, defensive coordinator Matt House spoke with the media. He previewed Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, plus he talked about Jordan Jones’ return and Josh Allen’s success so far this season.

See everything he had to say here:


@MaggieDavisKSR


Calipari hints Jarred Vanderbilt could be out longer than expected

Photo by Elliott Hess | UK Athletics

A week ago, John Calipari suggested Jarred Vanderbilt could be back sooner than anticipated from his foot injury. Today, he told ESPN that Vanderbilt may miss the entire year.

“If he’s not 100 percent, he won’t play,” Calipari told ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “If he can’t get ready this year, then he won’t play this year.”

That update came after Calipari told reporters earlier today that Vanderbilt will be evaluated next week.

“If that evaluation says it, then yes [he could miss more time],” Calipari told Borzello. “My hope is, for him, that he’s able to try it, we watch it, we evaluate it and he’s good to go. A lot of this is putting to Jarred, what do you feel capable of doing?”

Welp. I hope that evaluation goes well.

[ESPN]


Denny Crum’s wife claims Jurich tried to get her fired for bargaining leverage

Now that Tom Jurich is out at Louisville, you’re going to hear a lot of negative things about how he did business as UofL’s athletics director.

So let’s go ahead and get it started with a comment from Denny Crum’s wife on Facebook, in which she said Jurich tried to get her fired from her job as a bargaining chip for broadcast rights:

And there is this too, which is the mindset all Louisville fans should have right now…

And so it begins!


Roast A Mascot: Mississippi State Bulldogs

I’d like to preface this post by saying, I love dogs. Dogs of all different shapes and sizes, they’re all great. I’m sure a majority of you reading this would agree. However, this does not mean we can’t make fun of them from time to time. 

The bulldog was ranked as the third most common college mascot in an article posted by Buzzfeed in 2013. A total of 40 schools use the bulldog as their symbol. Not only is it incredibly unoriginal but it begs the bigger question of: why? Have these schools ever been around a bulldog? Of all dog breeds I’ve been around I’ve never encountered one as lethargic and uninspired as the bulldog.

Normally, I like to use the entirety of this post to cut down another school’s cherished symbol but this week there is no point. For the bulldog, it has already been done for me, in a way that I simply could not outdo no matter how hard I may try.

The bulldog was already roasted on the popular HBO series, Silicon Valley, by actor Matt Ross’ character, Gavin Belson. Belson is a billionaire tech entrepreneur who is CEO of Hooli – the show’s fictional equivalent of Google. Belson often uses animal metaphors in his board meetings and in one meeting he shines light on, you guessed it, a bulldog.

There is no point in trying to reinvent the wheel, so I’ll let Gavin Belson take the reigns and roast this week’s mascot: the Mississippi State Bulldog

Consider the bulldog before the Cat’s take on Mississippi State this Saturday.

“A kindly pet or humanity’s cruelest mistake?”


Calipari: No matter changes to the sport, “You’re helping Kentucky”

Earlier this week, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the one-and-done rule’s days are numbered, but regardless what happens, John Calipari says Kentucky will be just fine.

What could take the one-and-done rule’s place? A likely solution would allow players to go to the NBA or the D-League directly from high school or to college for two years. In a lengthy rant, Calipari outlined several issues with that scenario: 1) it would lead to NBA scouts preying on high school players; 2) it would devalue high school academics; and 3) most high school kids aren’t cut out for the D-League.

“I believe these kids should be able to go out of high school,” Cal said. “The problem with that is, the NBA then has to go back into putting scouts in high school gyms when kids are juniors. Then I ask you, how healthy is that for these young kids?”

Calipari actually praised the NCAA for raising academic standards a few years back, which forced recruits to get their academics up to come to college. If the rule changes to where players can go directly to the D-League/NBA, he fears all of that progress will go out the window, and 98% of the players that would go to the D-League wouldn’t make it.

“If you send high school kids to the D-League, how many of them will make the NBA? Give me a number. Five percent? You know that’s too high. Probably two or three percent. What do we do with the ones that don’t make it? Tell me.” 

“We just had the highest graduation rate of basketball players in the history of our sport, the highest African-American graduation rate in the history of our sport. Let’s not throw all this out. Let’s figure out how we tweak this. If there are issues we want to deal with, let’s deal with them.”

Calipari said the D-League should remain a training ground for players who want to get back into the league, not kids who are fresh out of high school.

“My thing is, there’s going to be unintended consequences if we don’t think of these kids. The D-League is unbelievable. I have five or six kids in it right now fighting to get back in the NBA. That’s what it should be for. To have a kid out of high school, on his own, getting up on his own, when mom was waking him up every single day. I don’t know if they’re built for that.”

Back to the one-and-done rule. Calipari wondered who it is actually failing: the players or the coaches who can’t land them?

“Who is this not working for? Is it individual schools? Then don’t recruit these kids. If it’s not working for you, don’t recruit them. Recruit who you want to recruit. You have a choice. If it’s not working for the NBA, tell me what’s not working for the NBA. If it’s not working for universities, tell me what’s not working for the universities. I just need to know. You can’t say it’s not working. Tell me what’s not working. Why, for ten or twelve kids, would we change this whole thing? Just throw it out? Now, I’m saying there are things we can do if we come together.”

One suggestion Calipari had is giving the top 15-18 players every year a loan so that their families could travel to see them play.

“The NBA cares about these kids. So there’s 15, 18 of them, meet with them and their families, and let them have a loan. Let those families have a loan for expenses for families to travel back and forth to games. Let them have a loan. Let the loan go through the university. We can do this kind of stuff.”

No matter what happens, Calipari said Kentucky will eat first.

“I’m going to make everybody mad, so listen closely. If they say, either go to the D-League/NBA or to college, we’re benefitting. [Players] are going to say, do I go to the D-League, am I ready to be on my own? Or do I go to Kentucky for two years and build my brand and win and be a part of this? I’m going to Kentucky.”

He even fit in a dig at Jerry Tipton.

“We’re benefitting. So, you want to go that route? And — Jerry, you won’t be here by then — I will have teams for two years now. I wouldn’t know what to do. I would be whistling and skipping in every practice. I’d have teams for two years. Are you kidding me? The unintended consequence of doing some of this, you’re helping Kentucky. That will change it, so that ain’t happening now.”

Swag.


Calipari: “Behaviors will change” in college basketball following FBI investigation

My view of today’s circus.

As expected, John Calipari was asked a lot of questions today about the FBI investigation into shoe companies and financial advisors funneling money to recruits. Calipari, who said last week Kentucky has not been contacted by the FBI, said he believes the investigation will rid the sport of bad “behaviors” and force the powers that be to reevaluate how to make the sport better for the players.

“Behaviors are going to change now,” Cal said. “You’re not going to go do something because, ‘Am I going to jail?’ That’s the difference. Behaviors will change. The question is, going forward, are we going to make this better for these kids? That’s the question that’s out there.”

When asked if it should be left to the NCAA or law enforcement to monitor agents, runners, and advisors in the sport, Cal once again suggested fear will stop all of that in its tracks.

“Behaviors will change. ‘Who am I talking to?’” Cal joked, pretending to pat down a reporter for a wire. “Behaviors will change. Believe me. Some of the stuff we’re talking about, some of this stuff — look guys. Behaviors are gonna change. How do we make it right for these kids without saying, these 12, we’re going to change this all because of 12 kids. What? That I don’t get.”

How does Calipari make sure his “house is in order” re: compliance?

“Through the hiring process. One of the things is, the guys you’re hiring are basketball coaches that are are into what we’re doing, that are into the kids. That also know our culture and how we do things and it is different. From managers on up, you meet with them, you talk to them about it. I have good people around me and I feel good about how we do what we do.”

 


He Gone: Tom Jurich fired by Louisville

Tom Jurich has been fired.

The UofL board of trustees deliberated for several hours Wednesday afternoon before coming to a 10-3 vote to permanently remove him as the university’s athletics director. The firing came three days shy of the 20th anniversary of his hiring; thus ending a long, scandalous era of UofL athletics.

Vince Tyra, a UK grad and former Wildcat baseball player, is the new AD in the Ville.

Sports radio will be electric in the coming days.