Happy Independence Day to the Big Blue Nation, Kentucky, and the United States. I hope you are all enjoying your long weekend and celebrating with friends, family and food -- lots of food. And fireworks and all that. It's great to have this annual reflection our our country's founding, and it gives us all an opportunity to consider how lucky we are to be citizens of the greatest nation in the world.
Now, for the UK-related news:
One of the things that should really disturb UK fans is when the school they love does something that appears deliberately deceptive, and that is exactly what has happened in the Billy Gillispie lawsuit.
UK filed a response to Billy Gillispie's lawsuit against them in Federal court asserting that the former UK coach was suing the wrong party, namely the UK Athletics Association
Administration. The school says that Gillispie was employed by the University of Kentucky, not the UKAA, and the proper party was therefor the University of Kentucky itself:
"It is unfortunate that Mr. Gillispie has sued the UK Athletics Association, a nonprofit supporting foundation that was not his employer, in Federal Court in Texas," the release said. "Mr. Gillispie was a university employee, and the volunteer Board of the UKAA serves the university in a valuable, but purely advisory capacity."
It turns out that the UKAA has filed tax returns over the years showing coaches, including Gillispie, Rich Brooks and former UK Head Coach Tubby Smith as their highest-paid employee, indicating in each case the lion's share of the salary. So the question now becomes, who was Gillispie's employer? If it was the school, then it seems unlikely that the UKAA can list Gillispie as an employee for tax purposes. If it was the UKAA, then filing a response claiming a prima facia untruth as a basis for dismissing the suit would seem, at minimum, to draw the ire of the judge. In fact, it looks like a deliberate dissimulation, which the bar of both Texas and Kentucky would presumably frown upon, to say the very least.
Either way, there is no circumstance this layperson can see where UK comes out looking good. From a public relations standpoint, this is a slam-dunk for Gillispie no matter what legal technicality exists that might rescue UK's argument, or explain this apparently inexplicable dichotomy. Legally, I am less sure -- there may be some way that UK's argument is defensible and reasonable, but from a "common sense" standpoint (which, admittedly, isn't a legal analysis) this looks very bad for the University and their legal team.
I'll leave it to the attorneys in our membership to amplify this question from a more professional standpoint. Once again, I'll call on UK to make a serious attempt to settle this case before it becomes a debacle, if it didn't become one just now. Stuff like this might motivate Gillispie to take his chances with an actual jury.
ZAGSBLOG " Irving, Gilchrist to Team Up in College?
Oh, please let this happen. I think the possibility is very real, and it would be just great for UK. Both these players are just the kind that would thrive in Calipari's system.
Bluegrass State Basketball: Gillispie Was Employed by UK Athletics Association?
Bluegrass State Basketball has more on the subject.
X’s & O’s of Basketball: John Calipari Dribble Drive Motion 5 Offense
This is a very good, fairly simple explanation of the DDMO.
UK Basketball News
4th of July Clickables
True Blue Kentucky gives us some Fourth of July links.
Is this guy Wright in the head?
"Wright was approached by the Kentucky Wildcats back in March, according to multiple sources, and he respectfully declined. It was actually the second time he said "thanks but no thanks" to Wildcats athletic director Mitch Barnhart — as Wright had no interest a couple of years ago before Barnhart went with the train wreck that was Billy Gillispie."
We hear this all the time from The Loathsome Troll, but his "sources" have proven highly suspect before concerning UK coaches. I doubt this one.
Red-hot college basketball rivalries for the 2009 season
Well, UK-U of L is an easy number one, but Michigan-Purdue? Why not Michigan-Michigan State. Rutgers-Seaton Hall? Huh? Big12-Baylor? What the heck kind of "rivalry" is that?
Talented Sophomore Perry Ellis to Visit UK Saturday
This guy has skills, and is considered the best in his class right now. It would be a great thing to get him into the fold.
Pat Forde May Have Forgotten What The World Rivalry Means - Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician
I question some of Forde's choices, also.
Miller, Mack quiet in U19 victory
Looks like a typical Miller game to me -- doing the little things well and not worrying too much about his offense. He'll have to worry about offense a bit more for UK this year.
C.J. Leslie strongly considering Kentucky
Wall seems to be working him hard.
UK Football News
McCord proud of LaGrange pipeline | Vaught's Views
This pipeline is contributing significantly to the resurgence of UK football.
Scout’s list of Top-10 H.S. Football players in Kentucky
Tim Patterson is a stud, and we are doing a great job of recruiting Louisville these days.
Other UK Sports News
NCAA Sports News
Florida’s arrests under Meyer gain attention
This is a problem for Meyer that is not going away, and the roar from the media is starting to get deafening. What will Urban do to stem the tide of Fulmer Cup updates?
Let’s hope Carl Henry has learned to shut his mouth
I actually think this guy has the right party in mind.
Kentucky's Calipari Is the New King of the Court When it Comes to Salaries
Pearl said he would be in favor of college coaching salaries being reduced, with one condition.
"I would say if you want to do that, give me tenure," Pearl said. "When you have eight coaches in our league that have been fired in the last three years, there's very little job security in this day and age."
I think this is reasonable. But I don't think the NCAA will attempt to regulate coach's salaries. It didn't work the last time they tried it.
Florida may be toughening schedule
I know UK should have learned that a cupcake out of conference schedule is not the way into a high NCAA seed. Better to fail catastrophically than die the death of a thousand cuts.
Other News of Interest
2010 Big Board Released | NBADraft.net
John Wall is #1, unsurprisingly.
Armstrong under doping watch
I think France is just angry that Armstrong has won their national race so many times.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Kentucky Evil Empire T-shirt from Zazzle.com
Embrace the hate!