The news today is fairly pedestrian -- Dave Stengal will not pursue charges against Pitino (shock -- the FBI also declined to do so, also citing credibility and evidence problems), Billy Gillispie is writing a book, and UK is asking the state for $100,000 to fend off the lawsuit he filed against the UKAA.
More on these, and lots of others below.
UK hiring Texas firm to fight Gillispie | KentuckySports.com
$100k for one
monthyear's work. UK is getting deep in this. It's pretty funny that they can't seem to locate a process server who can find Gillispie.
Mike DeCourcy gets it right
3. Why is Kentucky leeching $100,000 off the state government to fight the lawsuit brought by former coach Billy Gillispie?
DeCourcy: A better question is why UK would fight the suit in the first place. Kentucky owes Gillispie. They hired him to coach and fired him ahead of schedule. That guy gets paid at any school.
Seems simple to me too, Mike.
Jurich, Sypher issue statements about Pitino
Offered without further comment.
The Billy Gillispie Story
Why not, I guess.
UK Basketball News
SLAM ONLINE | " 09 SEC Recruiting Breakdown
Nice stuff from SLAM online. The SEC has really done well recruiting this year, not just UK, although UK has inarguably done the best.
World Wide Wes and Coach Cal: A History
Patrick Patterson underrated?
Wow. Jason King, a Duke alum and fan, picks Patrick Patterson. Who would have thought that? But he makes some very sound points.
John Calipari Talks About Nike Peach Jam, Recruiting | WJBF
Some interesting comments from Coach Cal, particularly about recruiting and the "one and done" rule.
UK’s Patterson ascending to legendary status
An almost lock lottery pick for this year’s NBA draft, Patterson decided to stay and live out college life. That’s his decision and we should applaud him for making a choice as such. Far too often, college teenagers the quick road to the NBA and don’t experience college for what it is. Patterson isn’t one of those people.
I can't quite agree with this. Patterson could be a lottery pick, but he is a tweener, as many have noted on here. The NBA drafts more on potential than development, so I am not nearly as sanguine as this guy.
UK Football News
Peters Runner-Up for Emmitt Smith Award
Heh. Seems an odd thing, but the name of the award has nothing to do with position on the field. Congrats to Corey Peters.
Mr. SEC picks UK dead last
It could happen, I suppose. But I don't think it will.
Other UK Sports News
- Nothing today.
NCAA Sports News
Sizing up the SEC East
Interesting comments at GatorSports on the basketball team.
Three years later, colleges cooling to NBA draft rule
This is a really nice look at the "one and done" rule. While most of the coaches interviewed were critical of the rule, the article is remarkably fair and avoids making judgments. In my opinion, a nice piece of journalism by Bret Dawson.
Other News of Interest
Former Kentucky football star Derrick Ramsey to interview for South Alabama's athletic-director position - al.com
Maize n Brew's 2009 Guide to Livin, Chapter 37: How to Irritate the Hell out of an SEC Fan - Maize n Brew
HIgh-larious. Warning -- some light NSFW language.
Jerry Tipton reports Orbzut gets married.
Congrats to Lukasz.
Casinos say ex-Cat Walker owes $822,500 in gambling debts | KentuckySports.com
This is the second brush with the law for Walker this year. He was charged with suspected drunken driving in Miami Beach in January.
When are these athletes going to learn to stay away from Las Vegas. They can't seem to handle it.
Meeks keeps rolling in Summer League | KentuckySports.com
Heh. Meeks is shooting 60%. Not bad.
The Daily Schadenfreude
Rivals.com College Football - Despite struggles, Cards' Kragthorpe confident
Kragthorpe is big on motivational ploys. In 2007, he carried a baseball bat around the football complex as a way of symbolically telling players to be "better after today," a pledge to improve after each practice. He also put mousetraps around the locker room to remind players not to overlook foes.
Huh? Baseball bat? What kind of motivation are we talking about here? Mousetraps? Yikes.