Friday, April 24, 2009

Pikeville College Players Earn Postseason Honors


Pikeville College's Josh Samarco and Adam Simmons received national honors from the NAIA recently.

Sarmarco was named NAIA second-team All-American following a tremendous season for the Bears. Samarco, a 6-0 junior from Ypsilanti, Mich., led the Mid-South Conference with an average of 20.4 points per game, scoring 611 points in his first season as a Bear. He finished 13th in the country in that category.

“He had a tremendous season, there’s no question about that, and he’s very deserving of this honor,” said Coach Kelly Wells. “He’s had a season as good as you’ll see and we’re very proud of him.”

He led the league in three other categories: Three-point shooting (47.8 percent), three-point shots made (3.3 per game) and free-throw shooting (88.7 percent). His three-point percent was second in the country while his free-throw number was third nationally.

Samarco scored at least 34 points five times this season, including his 41 on Feb. 19 when the Bears knocked off Georgetown College 84-80.

Adam Simmons, a 6-6 junior from Huntington, W.Va., was named to the 2008-09 NAIA Division I & Division II Men’s Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete team, released by the national office on Monday evening.

“We couldn’t be more proud of Adam,” said Coach Kelly Wells. “He represents all we’re about at Pikeville College and is an outstanding representative of our school. He works hard on the court every day and this honor clearly proves he is equally diligent in the classroom.”

Only 198 men’s basketball players in the NAIA’s two divisions qualified for the honor this season.


Kentucky Wildcats - Quick Notes

A few notes to pass along tonight:

- Kentucky is believed by many to be in the lead for John Wall

- Darnell Dodson has officially signed to play basketball for UK next season

- Kentucky will play Morehead State

- Kentucky is not actively recruiting Lance Stephenson

Pikeville College Basketball Camp Dates Announced

Pikeville College Basketball Camp Information


Youth Camp - June 9-12, 2009
- Youth camp application

Team Camp - June 15-18, 2009
- Team camp application



Pikeville College Basketball

Karen Sypher Charged with Extortion in Pitino Case

Karen Sypher is now facing federal extortion charges as a result of her alleged attempts to extort Louisville head coach Rick Pitino. Reports state that she first demanded tuition for her children and cars, then late escalated the demands to $10 million. The federal complaint says that Sypher's husband, Tim Sypher, brought Pitino a written list of demands including tuition, two cars of her choice, paying off her house and $3,000 per month. The demands later escalated to $10 million.

Karen Sypher, who also is accused of lying to the FBI in the case, did not enter a plea at a court appearance Friday and was released on her own recognizance.

The information that Sypher has been trying to use to extort Pitino has not been disclosed. The complaint states that Pitino believes the information related to an "unspecified encounter" with the woman in 2003.

Complete Article on ESPN.com

Thursday, April 23, 2009

John Wall: A Kentucky Lean?


Add me to the growing list of those who believe that John Wall may be favoring the Kentucky Wildcats as the team he will play for next season. Wall told a Rivals Site today that he is closing in on making a decision.

"I think I know where I want to go, " he stated.

There is a growing belief that Wall is likely Kentucky's to lose at this point.

Wall is the overall #1 player on the Rivals150 List. If Kentucky were to land him, they would almost certainly have the top-rated recruiting class for 2009 (what a difference a month makes, huh?).

I spoke to a source close to the situation tonight about Wall's recruitment. He labeled Wall as "a difference-maker that can single-handily turn a program around."

My source was not at liberty to discuss Wall's recruitment specifically, but he did add that the recruiting process has been "very positive." He predicts that next season "will put Kentucky basketball back where it belongs..."

My Thoughts: I feel that John Wall will be a Kentucky Wildcat. If that happens, UK will have a great team next season. Things are already looking good, but we are still a true PG away from greatness. Regardless of how the Wall recruitment turns out, the future is looking bright in Lexington.

Pat Forde's Article About the Rick Pitino Soap Opera


Pat Forde of ESPN has published an article about the Rick Pitino situation. The article is decent but it still fails to announce what Karen Sypher's claims are. While it is not Earth-shattering, it is a worthwhile read.


A few quotes that I pulled from the article:

Judy Cunigan (Karen Sypher's mother) on Rick Pitino: "I want to kill him," she says, "for what he's done to my family."

"It's like an out-of-body experience," Karen Sypher said in a phone conversation Tuesday afternoon. "It's like I'm not here. It's a terrible, terrible nightmare. … I feel like I'm being stoned to death because I talked."

Karen Sypher on her former attorney, Thomas Clay (Clay has decided to no longer represent Sypher): "[Clay] has not helped me," Karen Sypher said earlier in the day by phone. "He tells me to keep my mouth shut and he'll keep me out of prison. This is ridiculous. What have I got to lose here?"

Karen Sypher: "I feel like I'm in this web here, and I didn't start it. I am the victim here, not Rick Pitino, and I'm sick of it."

Manhattan's Chris Smith Will Transfer to Louisville

The Courier-Journal is reporting that former Manhattan player Chris Smith will transfer to Louisville. Smith is a 6-3, 200-pound sophomore guard from Millstone, New Jersey. He averaged 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Manhattan during the past season.

Smith is the brother of Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith. He will be required to sit out one season and then will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Article from Louisville Courier-Journal

ESPN Player Profile

Follow John Calipari on Twitter


Kentucky head coach John Calipari has entered the Twitter world. It has been announced by UKAthletics.com that the account actually belongs to the Kentucky coach. He has added 7 updates in about 6 hours and already has close to 3,000 followers.

How can the Big Blue Nation not love this guy?

Follow the UK coach here:

http://twitter.com/UKCoachCalipari

Some of Calipari's "Tweets" today:

"In Chicago to see DRose get the Rookie of the Year trophy. Asked to be here, I couldn't turn it down. Always good to see former players"

"Can you imagine Rajon Rondo in the Dribble Drive Motion offense? I'm loving UK!"

"I'll be on NBA tv at half time of the Bulls-Celtics game"


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Future Hilltopper Jordan Swing Named Alabama POY

Jordan Swing, who has signed to play for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers next season, has been named the Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year. The Gatorade honor is an all-encompassing honor and their selection takes a look toward the total student-athlete effect, not just on-court performance and production. Swing is a three-star recruit (Rivals) and is ranked #141 on the Rivals150 List.

Swing, who plays for Vestavia Hills, was also named Player of the Year by The Birmingham News several weeks ago.


Article from The Birmingham News

MCU Signs Trigg County's Bradley Davis

Mid-Continent University has signed Bradley Davis from Trigg County High School to an NAIA Letter of Intent. Davis averaged 11.5 points, four assists and two steals during his senior season.

Press Release from Mid-Continent

Clint Henderson Signs with Lindsey Wilson

Green County's Clint Henderson has signed to play basketball for Lindsey Wilson College. Henderson was the KHSAA state leader in three-point field goal percentage for this past season at 57.8%. He averaged 20.8 points and 4.0 assists per game during his senior season.

"Clint is a tremendous shooter," said Lindsey Wilson assistant coach Chris Starks. "I feel that his potential is unlimited and he is a terrific fit for our program at Lindsey Wilson."

Press Release from Lindsey Wilson

Mason's Keith Downing Signs with Transylvania

Mason County's Keith Downing has signed to play basketball at Transylvania University. Downing averaged 6.7 points a game for the Royals this season and excelled on the defensive end.

Downing chose Transylvania over Thomas More and Centre.

Source

Jeff Rogers Named Thomas More Head Coach

Thomas More College has announced the hiring of Jeff Rogers as the new head men's basketball coach. Rogers has been an assistant at Thomas More for the past two seasons.

"We are extremely excited to have Jeff Rogers take over our men's basketball program," commented Terry Connor, the schools Athletic Director. "He has a tireless work ethic and is a great teacher of the game of basketball. We are very confident that he will help maintain our position among the conference and region's best academically and athletically."

Thomas More Press Release

Xavier Henry Makes it Official

Xavier Henry will be a Kansas Jayhawk. He officially announced his intentions at a press conference this morning.

ESPN Article

Nolan Dennis Commits to Baylor

Rivals is reporting that Nolan Dennis has committed to Baylor. Dennis was mentioned in Kentucky's recruiting a few weeks ago but he apparently never received an offer. He was originally heading to Memphis but backed out when John Calipari left for Kentucky.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Breaking News: Darnell Dodson is a Wildcat

Darnell Dodson has confirmed that he has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats...

Source: KentuckyInk.com

A Closer Look at Darnell Dodson


Darnell Dodson

Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Washington D.C
High School: Eleanor Roosevelt HS
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 215
Position: Forward

Summary:

Dodson was a 3-Star (Rivals) recruit in the 2007 class. He was ranked #129 on the 2007 Rivals150 list and originally committed to Pittsburgh. He also received offers from Providence, Rutgers, George Mason, VCU, DePaul and Georgetown. Dodson failed to qualify at Pitt and transferred to Miami Dade Junior College.

After a season in the JUCO ranks, Dodson is a 4-star (Rivals) recruit. He committed to Memphis with teammate Will Coleman in the 2009 class. With the departure of John Calipari from Memphis, Dodson has been granted a release from his letter of intent. He is expected to follow Calipari and commit to Kentucky soon.

ESPN Evaluation:

Dodson is a quick and athletic small forward who uses his perimeter jumper to set up his slashing and pull up game when needed. He can knock down open jumpers off the catch and dribble if the defense gives him space. He also has range from 20 to 22 feet. He has improved his strength and is finishing stronger at the basket.

Statistics:

2008-09 Miami Dade JC

25 Games 15.8 PPG 5.6 RPG 1.3 APG 1.5 SPG 41-120 (34.2%) 3PT

2007-08 Miami Dade JC
Redshirted

2007 Eleanor Roosevelt HS

29.1 PPG 11.0 RPG 2.6 SPG

2006 Eleanor Roosevelt HS

18.0 PPG 7.0 RPG 4.0 SPG 43.0% 3PT

Jeremy Tyler Will Quit High School; Play Overseas

Jody Demling is reporting that Louisville 2010 recruit Jeremy Tyler will skip his senior year of high school and play basketball professionally overseas. Tyler is a 6-9, 240-pound forward that committed to Louisville in 2008. He is ranked #9 on the 2010 Rivals150 list of top recruits.

Rivals Recruiting Profile

Darnell Dodson to Kentucky?

Darnell Dodson has been released from his letter of intent at Memphis and will likely be committing to the Kentucky Wildcats. Dodson is a 6'7", 215-pound small forward from Miami Dade Junior College. He originally committed to Pittsburgh out of high school and then transferred to junior college.

I'll have more on Dodson later.

Here is his ESPN recruiting profile

"It's done" Henry Brothers to Kansas


Jeff Goodman is reporting that it is a done deal and Xavier Henry, along with brother C.J., will be Kansas Jayhawks.


A Henry press conference has been scheduled

Kentucky, Louisville Recruits on USA Today Teams

USA Today has announced its high school All-American teams and national player of the year. Two future Kentucky Wildcats, DeMarcus Cousins and Daniel Orton, were selected for the teams. Peyton Siva, who is heading to Louisville, was chosen, as well.

USA Today Player of the Year: Derrick Favors

First team

Derrick Favors, 6-9, Atlanta, GA (Georgia Tech)
Avery Bradley, 6-3, Henderson, NV (Texas)
Demarcus Cousins, 6-10, Mobile, AL (Kentucky)
John Wall, 6-4, Raleigh, NC (Undecided)
Renardo Sidney, 6-9, Los Angeles, CA (USC)

Second team

Lance Stephenson, 6-6, Brooklyn, NY (Undecided)
Xavier Henry, 6-6, Oklahoma City, OK (Undecided)
John Henson, 6-10, Tampa, FL (North Carolina)
Mouphtaou Yatou, 6-9, Rockville, MD (Villanova)
Ketih Gallon, 6-8, Mouth of Wilson, VA (Oklahoma)

Third team

Peyton Siva, 6-0, Seattle, WA (Louisville)
Brandon Knight, 6-3, Fort Lauderdale, Fl (junior)
Kawhi Leonard, 6-7, Los Angeles, CA (San Diego St)
Ryan Kelly, 6-10, Raleigh, NC (Duke)
Daniel Orton, 6-10, Oklahoma City, OK (Kentucky)

Source: John Clay of the Herald-Leader

Kentucky All-Stars Announced for Indiana Series

The Kentucky All-Stars have been announced for this season's series with the Indiana All-Stars. Kentucky will be lead by Mr. Basketball and future Kentucky Wildcat Jon Hood. The games will be played in Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on June 13 and at Bellarmine University in Louisville on June 14.

Kentucky All-Stars:

Jon Hood (6-foot-7, Madisonville)
Darren Ballou (6-foot-7, Adair County)
DeLon Butler (5-foot-9, Apollo)
Ethan Faulkner (6-foot-1, Elliott County)
Evan Faulkner (6-foot-1, Elliott County)
Corey Jackson (6-foot-1, Shawnee)
Russ Middleton (6-foot-4, Mason County)
C.J. Penny (6-foot-5, Anderson County)
Vee Sanford (6-foot-3, Lexington Catholic)
Corey Wilford (6-foot-1, Christian County)
Aaron Wilson (6-foot-3, Fulton City)
Ridge Wilson (6-foot-4, Central)

Source: Fields Notes

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Xavier Henry will be a Kansas Jayhawk


The Henry Brothers' Roller Coaster is a great ride!

Marc Maggard is reporting that Xavier and C.J. Henry will be playing college basketball at Kansas.

UPDATE: Jody Demling says that multiple folks have told him that the Henry's are going to Kansas, but at least one good source says it is not a done deal just yet.

UPDATE #2: I talked to a source that I trust for solid information and he says that he doesn't feel it's a done deal at this point.

LAST UPDATE: My source just called back...he says that the Henry's to Kansas is "unofficially official..." We can probably expect an official announcement soon unless something changes drastically overnight.

Some comments from Xavier earlier tonight:

“I’ve never paid any special attention to Kentucky,” Henry said Saturday in a video interview with The Shiver.

Asked what he thought about Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich returning to Kansas, Xavier said: “It means a lot to me that they’re going to try and stay and win it all.”

A Kansas source said Tuesday they had not heard directly from the family, but a source very close to the situation said: “They’re going to end up going to Kansas.”

Source: Zagsblog.com

Karen Sypher's Side of the Pitino Situation

There is an article Fox41.com that offers Karen Sypher's side of the Rick Pitino extortion case. Sypher and her family spoke with Fox 41 News on Monday.

Sypher says she can feel the stares from people who have heard the allegations she tried to extort money from U of L coach Rick Pitino.

"I thought, how can you judge me?" asks Karen Sypher. "You don't know. You haven't walked in my shoes. You don't know what I'm going through, what my family are going through."

Sypher has made claims "of a personal nature" that are the center of alleged extortion attempts against Pitino. Pitino has released a statement calling the allegations false and defamatory.

Karen Sypher says, "It is worse than a nightmare. I'm scared to close my eyes to sleep, and I'm scared to wake up."

Here is the Complete Article

Kansas Site: "I strongly prefer Stephenson at this point"

I came across an interesting article on a Kansas City sports site concerning the recruitment of Xavier Henry. Xavier, here's what they think about you:

"Xavier, we don't want to know ye."

"I have nothing against Xavier Henry or CJ Henry or Carl Henry or John Henry or Hammering Henry Ford or any other Henry, but I have to be honest. If I never hear the name again, it will be too often and too soon!"

"Frankly, I have never really known the kid or had an opinion of him, but what I have learned through all this is that I don’t like his wavering and I absolutely hope he does NOT come to Kansas. I strongly prefer Stephenson at this point!"

"The key now is to salvage the one person that can make it better – Lance Stephenson."

"The saga continues, but being held prisoner by a One and Doner doesn’t have to."

Complete Article Here

Xavier, we will welcome you to Lexington with open arms and will fully support you if you decide to be one and done.

Could someone forward this article to the Henry's?

NBA Draft Scouting Report on ESPN

Jodie Meeks, SG, Jr., Kentucky

Meeks was a scoring machine at Kentucky this season. His speed and shooting ability really stood out. So did that 54-point performance against Tennessee. However, his lack of great size or explosive athleticism hurts his stock a bit. He's a second-rounder if he stays in the draft. More likely, he returns to Kentucky for his senior season and lets John Calipari work his magic.

Patrick Patterson, PF, So., Kentucky

Patterson is going to test the draft waters and he's probably going to get mixed signals from NBA teams. On one hand, they love his NBA body, huge hands, elite athleticism and post game. However, they are concerned about his lack of ideal size for the position (some scouts say he's closer to 6-7), his lack of a consistent jump shot, and his so-so defensive effort.
There's a pretty wide range of opinion on him. Some teams see him as a potential late lottery sleeper. Others have him firmly planted in the late first to early second round. A year with John Calipari could probably help his stock, but if he can get a team to commit to him in the lottery he's probably going to take it.

Earl Clark, F, Jr., Louisville

Clark hasn't made an official announcement, but NBA agent Dan Fegan confirmed to ESPN.com on Saturday that he has signed Clark as a client, ending Clark's eligibility. Clark is one of the most versatile players in the country. His skill-to-size ratio is off the charts. However, he still lacks a consistent perimeter shot. He reminds some scouts of Julian Wright. He has top-five talent, but his inconsistency and concerns about his work ethic could cause him to slide into the late lottery or mid-first round.

Samardo Samuels, PF, Fr., Louisville

50/50 chance that he'll enter draft


Complete Draft Analysis from ESPN

Monday, April 20, 2009

Patterson and Meeks: Career Numbers and Contributions

The Kentucky Wildcats' dynamic duo of Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson have both submitted their names to the 2009 NBA Draft. While both are "testing the waters" and have not hired agents, it is possible that their Kentucky careers are over. I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the career accomplishments and statistics of the two so fans can recognize the contributions each player has made to the Kentucky program.

Jodie Meeks

Games: 81 Minutes: 2,243

385-883 FG (43.6%); 177-459 3PT (38.6%); 299-336 FT (89.0%)

247 Rebounds; 130 Assists; 86 Steals; 8 Blocked shots

1,246 Total Points

Accomplishments:

- UK Single Game Scoring Record: 54 points vs. Tennessee
- UK Single Game Record for 3-Pointers Made: 10 vs. Tennessee
- UK Season Record for 3-Pointers Made: 117 in 2008-09
- 2008-09: All-SEC First Team (AP & Coaches)
- 2008-09: All-American [Consensus (2nd), AP (2nd), USBWA (2nd), NABC (2nd), Sporting News (2nd), FoxSports.com (4th)]

Ranking on UK Career Lists:

- Points Scored: #33
- Steals: #37
- Free Throws: #19
- Free Throw %: #2
- 3-Point FG's: #8 (tied)
- 3-Point FG Attempts: #8
- 3-Point FG %: #14

Patrick Patterson

Games: 59 Minutes: 2,035

402-679 FG (59.2%); 0-4 3PT (0.0%); 216-287 FT (75.3%)

508 Rebounds; 109 Assists; 42 Steals; 101 Blocked shots

1,020 Total Points

Accomplishments:

- 2007-08: All-SEC 2nd Team (AP & Coaches)
- 2007-08: All-SEC Freshman Team
- 2008-09: All-SEC 1st Team (Coaches)
- 2008-09: All-SEC 2nd Team (AP)

Ranking on UK Career Lists:

- Points Scored: #54
- Rebounds: #47
- Blocked Shots: #15
- Field Goals: #53
- Field Goal %: #5

Daniel Orton: "100% Committed" to Kentucky

Kentucky recruit Daniel Orton has confirmed that he is "100% committed" to the Kentucky Wildcats. For several weeks, Orton seemed to go back-and-forth on his commitment, but has now decided that he will be in Lexington for sure.

"He's 100 percent now," Larry Orton (Daniel's father) said. "I asked him if he was sure this was it and he said it was."

Orton is 3rd-rated center in the 2009 class and ranks #22 overall on the Rivals150 List.

Article from Larry Vaught

Surprise: Xavier Henry May Visit Kentucky After All

In the ever-changing saga of Xavier Henry's future, it now appears that Xavier and brother C.J. will visit Kentucky after all. Earlier today, the Kansas Rivals site stated that the brothers would no longer visit Kentucky and that a decision was coming in 48 hours. Now, ZagsBlog.com is reporting that the brothers will be in Lexington this weekend.

"Now they're going to visit Kentucky at the end of this week," Carl Henry (the players' father) said early Monday afternoon. "My youngest son [Xavier] called me and said he wanted to go visit. It just happened thirty minutes ago."

“Both of them get out of school Friday,” Carl said. “They’re both going to go visit [Kentucky].”

Article from ZagsBlog.com

Vee Sanford Has Committed to Georgetown University

Lexington Catholic guard Vee Sanford has decided to play his college basketball at Georgetown University. He plans to sign next week.

Congrats to Vee and best of luck in the Big East!


UPDATE: Here is an article from the Courier-Journal

Kentucky the "Definite Leader" for John Wall

Matt Jones at Kentucky Sports Radio is reporting that he talked to a source close to John Wall and the source had three interesting points:

1. As of today, John Wall has all but made up his mind to go to Kentucky. They are the “definite leader” said the source.

2. Wall is a smart kid and wants to (a) make trips and (b) keep his name in the spotlight.

3. Sonny Vaccaro is hard on Wall to try and be the second player to go straight to Europe and play for a year, skipping college. Wall is listening, but is unlikely to take that step.

Source: Kentucky Sports Radio

Xavier Henry Will Skip UK Visit; Decide Soon

The Kansas Jayhawks' Rivals site is reporting that Xavier and C.J. Henry will decide on their college choice in 48 hours. This information is coming from Carl Henry, the pair's father. The site is also reporting that the Henry's will not visit Kentucky before making a decision.

“They told me they want to get it over with and really don’t need to make a visit to Kentucky,” former KU player Carl Henry said. “They know the styles of play of both coaches and will make a decision without making any more visits. That’s what they told me.”

My Thoughts: This is either really good or really bad news for Kentucky.

Kansas Rivals Site (Sign-up Required)

UPDATE: His father is now stating that there has been a change in plans and the Henry's WILL visit Kentucky this weekend.

Morehead State Signs JUCO Wing Sam Goodman

The Morehead State Eagles have signed Sam Goodman, a junior college standout from Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Florida. Goodman averaged 5.5 points, 3 rebounds and 2.5 assists while always guarding the opposition's best perimeter player. He is a 6-2, 185-pound wing player that can be used in multiple positions.

"Sam is a versatile guard who can play multiple positions on the perimeter," said MSU Coach Donnie Tyndall. "He is a tremendous defender who will be able to help our team immediately.

Goodman is a native of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and was a high school standout at Central Gwinnett High School.


Announcement from Morehead State

Interesting Take on John Wall from a North Carolina Site

I stumbled upon an interesting article on TarHeelFanBlog.com this morning. The author states that John Wall has a negative cloud surrounding him and there are questions about his character, academics and associations.

Here is the article

A few statements I have pulled from the article:

"Why I Will Be Just Fine If Wall Goes Somewhere Else."

"Given the nature of this saga I have to ask: Why did Roy opt to get involved at this late date?"

"On the flip side, there are all sorts of questions surrounding Wall. Up front, let me say that I do not know John Wall from the guy down street. He could show up at my Monday night basketball game and I am not sure I would recognize him except for the fact he would be the only guy there dunking. While I do not know Wall, it is clear there is a cloud around him. With Wall there are questions concerning his character, his academics, his associations and the influence of his AAU coach, Brian Clifton who also used to be an agent. All of these unknowns tend to make recruiting a player like Wall and bringing him into the program a risk."

"I have to ask: With UNC operating at this level of success, why take the risk with a player who has a cloud surrounding him?"

My Thoughts: This is certainly an interesting take on John Wall, who is clearly the top point guard in the 2009 class. This sounds like the author is almost building a cushion to fall back on if/when Wall goes elsewhere. I tend to believe that if Wall chooses North Carolina, this same site will have an article explaining how great John Wall is and how he is going to be the next great Tar Heel.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Louisville's Equipment Manager Releases Statement

Tim Sypher, the Louisville Cardinals' equipment manager, released a statement this morning concerning the bizarre Rick Pitino extortion case. Sypher's wife, Karen, has been identified as the person making allegations against Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Mr. Sypher issued this statement through the university's sports information office:

"I am devastated by the bizarre allegations that my estranged wife is making against both Coach Pitino and myself. At this point, my primary concern is for my young daughter and four stepsons, both to the impact of their mother's actions on them, as well as the impact on Coach's family and the University. I love my children, and want to protect them. At the same time, I intend to defend the allegations vigorously and will have no additional comment at this time."

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

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