Saturday, June 13, 2009

Are You Ready for Jodie Meeks' Announcement?

Jodie Meeks will likely make it official tomorrow that he is planning to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky. He technically has until Monday to make the final decision, but I have been told that the decision has already been made and the announcement is coming soon.

Meeks will give Kentucky a formidable outside shooting threat and will help make the Wildcats a legitimate threat to make a Final Four run in 2009-10.

Lexington ABA Team to Have Kentucky Flavor

The Bluegrass Stallions, the ABA's newest basketball team, will definitely have a Kentucky flavor in its inaugural season.

For starters, the team will be coached by former Kentucky Wildcat legend Kyle Macy. In addition, several former Wildcats are expected to be on the roster. Bobby Perry, Ravi Moss and Preston LeMaster all attended Saturday's team tryout session. Two other former Cats, Ramel Bradley and Jared Carter, are expected to make the team despite schedule conflicts during today's tryouts.

Former Georgetown College star Aubrey White has already secured a spot on the team because of ABA transfer rules. Former Eastern Kentucky Colonel Darnell Dialls also attended the tryout.

Complete Article from Kentucky.com

Galloway on Calipari: "...he told me like a man."

Kevin Galloway is not happy about leaving the Kentucky basketball program, but he says he respects the honesty of coach John Calipari.

“I can respect Calipari for what he’s done, because he told me like a man,” Galloway said.

Galloway is one of the seven Wildcats that will not be returning next season. He joins Michael Porter, Landon Slone, Jared Carter, Donald Williams, A.J. Stewart and Matt Pilgrim.

Pilgrim felt that he had nothing to worry about and was a little surprised at the news.

“To tell you the truth, I thought I was safe. But it went down like it did and now I’ve got to find a new home.”

Stewart states that he met with Calipari and the two basically reached an agreement.

“I pretty much had a meeting with Calipari and he broke things down with me. My situation wasn’t going to work out and we came to an agreement.”

Article on WKYT.com

Indiana Defeats Kentucky All-Stars

Article from WKYT.com:

Indianapolis Cathedral's Errick Peck had 16 points and 12 rebounds as the Indiana All-Stars beat Kentucky 78-65on Saturday.

Peck, a Cornell recruit, had just two points in the first half.Evansville recruit Ryan Colt scored all 12 of his points in the second half for Indiana.

Jordan Hulls, Indiana's Mr. Basketball, finished with just two points on 0-for-7 shooting, but the Indiana recruit out of Bloomington South had six assists in the second half. He didn't score until he made the first of two free throws with 2:38 to play. Mooresville's Matt Kenney added 11 points for Indiana, which has won nine of the last 10 meetings in the series.

Kentucky's Jon Hood, a University of Kentucky recruit, led his team with 20 points.

Coach Calipari at Kentucky Speedway Today


Kentucky coach John Calipari continues his goodwill tour around the state. Tonight, he is at the Meijer 300 race at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.

Here he is posing with Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson.

He posted this on Twitter earlier tonight:

"http://twitpic.com/7c8d7 - With Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson in owners box at KY Speedway."

Vacation Time is Over

We arrived home safely about an hour ago. The drive home was interesting with two severe thunderstorms and two tired kids. We stopped in Hoover (AL) for a burger this afternoon, so I figured I would check out Hoover High School and see what all the chatter is about. The Bucs have a very impressive high school and an awesome-looking football field (see picture).

We had a great week away from the real world, but it is time to get back in the groove. I will have some updates coming soon, including the latest on Jodie Meeks.

Vacation Log: Day 7


We are heading back to Kentucky tomorrow morning. It has been a great trip. I was badly in need of a vacation and now feel refreshed and ready to tackle life.

One of the coolest parts of the trip happened early this morning as I was fishing. I heard a loud rumble and saw a group of military jets flying over in perfect formation. When they were 10-15 miles over the ocean, they simultaneously kicked the afterburners in and broke into pairs of two. They were basically showing off and it was awesome to watch.

We are going to try to catch the space shuttle launch tomorrow morning at 6:17 a.m. (Central Time) as we are preparing to leave.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Triple Crown Sports Cancun Challenge Schedule


The Kentucky Wildcats will participate in the Cancun Challenge this November and the schedule has been released. Kentucky will play against Sam Houston State, Rider, Cleveland State and either Virginia or Stanford (assuming a Kentucky win against Cleveland State). The schedule is as follows:

Nov. 18

Oral Roberts at Stanford

Nov. 19

Sam Houston State at Kentucky
Rider at Virginia
Florida A&M at Cleveland State
Nov. 21

Florida A&M at Stanford
Oral Roberts at Virginia
Rider at Kentucky
Sam Houston State at Cleveland State

Games in CANCUN, MexicoGame times TBA

Nov. 24

Kentucky vs. Cleveland State
Virginia vs. Stanford
Florida A&M vs Rider
Oral Roberts vs. Sam Houston State

Nov. 25

Kentucky-Cleveland St. winner vs. Virginia-Stanford winner
Kentucky-Cleveland St. loser vs. Virginia-Stanford loser
Florida A&M – Rider winner vs. Oral Roberts-Sam Houston State winner
Florida A&M – Rider loser vs.Oral Roberts-Sam Houston State loser

Vacation Log: Day 6


We are finishing the vacation up in a strong way. We visited the harbor tonight and talked to several ship captains. It was awesome to see all the fish those guys brought in after a long day of fishing.

I bumped into a Florida Gators fan and he is not a happy camper with the way things are shaping up in Gainesville and Lexington.

This morning, I dug a jacuzzi-sized hole on the beach (much harder work than you would think) and made a ditch that allowed the higher waves to shoot water into the hole. My 2-year old son absolutely had a blast playing in the water. The hole may have been the highlight of his vacation.

I am waking up at 5:00 a.m. tomorrow to go fishing.

One of the Best Bumper Stickers Ever


I came across an SUV at the Destin harbor this evening that made me laugh out loud. I generally think bumper stickers are useless, but this one is brilliant.

Jim Cantore, of course, is the meteorologist at the Weather Channel who shows up when your area is about to be leveled by a dangerous hurricane.

James Pilgrim: "Royalty Over Loyalty"

"Sometimes royalty (wins out) over loyalty."

Those are the thoughts of James Pilgrim, father of former Kentucky Wildcat Matt Pilgrim, in a discussion with Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald Leader. Pilgrim was referring to the decision by Kentucky coach John Calipari to not renew his son's scholarship for the upcoming season.

"You can't depend on getting a college education. You're like a puppet on a string. they can pull that string at any time," the elder Pilgrim stated.

Calipari has decided to not renew the scholarships of Matt Pilgrim and Kevin Galloway in an attempt to get Kentucky's roster to its limit of 13 scholarships.

"Calipari has a pro mentality," James Pilgrim said. "It's a business to him. He understands the ins and outs.

"I'm not knocking anybody for it. That's just how it is. Nobody is the bad guy."

When asked what options his son was considering, James Pilgrim said schools in the Big 12, the Big East and Conference USA had expressed interest.

"His phone is ringing off the hook," James Pilgrim said. "He has a lot of options. He'll play basketball somewhere. My main objective is for him to get his degree."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Spalding Announces Eight Commitments for 2009-10

Coach Kevin Gray has announced the addition of eight new players to his 2009-2010 Spalding University men’s basketball roster. Five of the eight players are from the Louisville area, while the remaining three hail from various counties in Kentucky. “Each of these young men will bring something different to our team next season, and each has the size and skill we are looking for,” commented Coach Gray. The Golden Eagles finished this past season with a 9-15 record, relying heavily on a strong freshman class that gained valuable experience and improved throughout the year. “We will have much more experience on the floor and on the bench this season with the 11 sophomores returning,” remarked Coach Gray. “Seven of them played over 200 minutes each throughout the year.” Freshman DeWhon McAfee led the 2008-2009 team in scoring with 366 points.

Spalding will begin play this coming season in the Saint Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC). “The SLIAC is a great basketball conference and we will have our hands full in each game,” said Coach Gray. “Our freshman will have to get the needed experience right away.”
Below are listed the eight commitments to the men’s basketball program.

The New Commitments Are:

Evan Skaggs 6’6 Center Holy Cross
Branden Raider 6’4 Guard Woodford County
Michael Medley 6’8 Center St Xavier
Justin Higdon 6’4 Guard North Bullitt
Blake Prewitt 6’7 Forward Menifee County
Labrice Williams 6’2 Point Guard Webster County
Quayshaun Hamilton 6’3 Guard Southern
Chad Rogers 6’3 Guard Butler

2009 Kelly Combs Union College Basketball Camp

Press Release from Union College:

The 2009 Kelly Combs Union College Basketball Camp has been scheduled for July 6-9 inside Robsion Arena.

Union head men's basketball coach Kelly Combs will be the camp director. He has 22 years of camp experience and Combs completed his seventh season at Union collecting his 100th career victory.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Campers will have an opportunity to learn and improve basketball skills, camp T-Shirt and basketball.

For more information, click here or email Combs at kcombs@unionky.edu.

Bellarmine Set to Host Kentucky/Indiana All-Star Games

Press Release from Bellarmine:

Bellarmine University will host the 2009 Anthem Kentucky-Indiana All-Stars Basketball Classic on Sunday, June 14. The classic features high school all-star teams from the neighboring states battling for bragging rights. The girls game will start at 3 p.m. with the boys following at 5 p.m.

The previous night Indiana will host the annual series at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The series dates back to 1940, when the boys teams began playing. The girls game became a tradition in 1976.

For more information and to order tickets visit the Anthem Kentucky/Indiana All Star Classic website

Kentucky Boy's Roster:

Jon Hood, Kentucky, (Kentucky Mr. Basketball)
Darren Ballou, Morehead State
DeLon Butler, Undecided
Ethan Faulkner, Radford
Evan Faulkner, Northern Kentucky
Corey Jackson, Southeastern Illinois
Russ Middleton, Georgetown College
C.J. Penny, Undecided
Vee Sanford, Georgetown University
Corey Wilford, Connor State University
Aaron Wilson, Southeastern Illinois
Ridge Wilson, Kentucky (football)

Poor Attempt at Humor by a Memphis Site


Here is a pathetic attempt at humor by a Memphis site (a joke by the infamous Sour Grapes Express), but I thought I would pass it along for everyone to check out:

Calipari, Pitino, Pearl & Pastner Go Rock Climbing

Four college basketball coaches making the headlines lately were in the news again as they headed off this past weekend on a rock climbing trip to the Ozark Mountains.

University of Kentucky coach John Calipari, University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino, University of Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and University of Memphis coach Josh Pastner wanted to bury the hatchet among them and enjoy some time together off the court.

However, the small media contingent accompanying the group reported the four did have a spirited but good-natured argument about which coach was prepared to make the biggest sacrifice for his school’s fans.

Upon reaching the top of the mountain, Pitino proclaimed to the other three coaches, “this is for the Louisville Cardinals!” and quickly threw himself off the mountain to prove his love for the U of L.

Not to be outdone, Pearl stood at the edge of the peak and said, ”this is for the Tennessee Volunteers!” and followed Pitino by throwing himself off the mountain.

Refusing to be outdone by Pitino and Pearl, Pastner stood atop the peak and yelled at the top of his lungs, “this is for the Memphis Tigers!” and with that, promptly picked up Calipari and threw his a** off the top of the mountain.

Source: Moondogsports.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Vacation Log: Day 5


If you ever visit Destin, you need to make it mandatory to visit the Lighthouse Restaurant. I was told by a good friend that it was a must-visit and I'm telling you the same. They tout themselves as the home of the original happy-hour. The difference is, rather than drinks and appetizers, they have all 32 entrees on the right side of the menu at half price between 4:30 and 8:00. Tonight, I had a superb seafood meal for less than $15.00. Trust me - you must eat at this restaurant.

We took a nice fishing trip early this morning and actually landed some differing species. We brought in a saltwater catfish, a permit, some ladyfish and a sheephead. It was also awesome to watch dolphins playing near us, stingrays swimming all around and Air Force jets practicing dogfighting directly overhead.

Source: Jodie Meeks Will "Reluctantly" Return to UK


I just received a call from a good source who says that Meeks is not on the first-round draft boards of any NBA team and he will be withdrawing from the NBA Draft.

I use the word "reluctantly" because it has become obvious that Meeks would love to enter the NBA now. Meeks officially has until Monday to make a final decision, but it appears he is going to return to Kentucky.

UPDATE: ZagsBlog.com is now reporting that it is likely Meeks will return:

Guard Jodie Meeks has until Monday to pull his name out of the NBA Draft and reports indicate he may do so and remain on campus for his senior year.
UPDATE #2: Jodie Meeks has made a last-minute decision to stay in the NBA Draft. He will not return to Kentucky.

Two More Wildcats to Transfer Soon

There are reports surfacing today that Kevin Galloway and Matt Pilgrim will be transferring from the Kentucky basketball program.

Galloway, who would be a senior, played sparingly last season under former coach Billy Gillispie. Pilgrim is a transfer that sat out last season and has yet to see the court at Kentucky.

Kentucky's scholarship numbers have been over the limit and it has been known from many weeks that some players would be leaving the program.

UPDATE: It's official, WKYT.com is confirming that Galloway and Pilgrim will be leaving Kentucky. The move places Kentucky at its limit of 13 scholarships for the 2009-10 season.

Ralph Willard Will Join Pitino's Staff in Louisville

Article from Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com:

Holy Cross head coach Ralph Willard is leaving to join his best friend, Rick Pitino, on the Louisville coaching staff.

According to a source close to the situation, Willard made the final decision on Wednesday morning and is expected to inform his players later in the day.

Willard later confirmed that he had told Holy Cross of his decision to re-join Pitino's staff.

Willard, 63, worked briefly with Pitino in the NBA with the New York Knicks from 1987-89 and also went with him to Kentucky in 1989. The pair attended the same high school — St. Dominic in New York.

Willard spent four years as a head coach at Western Kentucky and five seasons at Pittsburgh before taking the Holy Cross job in 1999.

Willard, a Holy Cross alum, has led the Crusaders to four NCAA tournaments in his decade at the helm and a 192-117 overall mark. Holy Cross was 18-14 last season and returns a team that could be favored to win the Patriot League this year.

Pitino has reached out to Willard in the past when he's had an opening on his staff at Louisville without success. However, Willard has had health issues over the past few years — prostate cancer in 2005 and heart issues in 2008 — that may have changed his mindset.

Goodman's Article

Latest SI Mock Draft Has No Meeks

The latest SI.com NBA mock draft is out and it does not include Kentucky's Jodie Meeks in the first round. SI has Louisville's Earl Clark and Terrence Williams going as the 16th and 27th picks, respectively. The top 10 picks in the mock draft are:

1. Blake Griffin
2. Ricky Rubio
3. James Harden
4. Stephen Curry
5. Jordan Hill
6. Hasheem Thabeet
7. Tyreke Evans
8. Jrue Holiday
9. Brandon Jennings
10. Jonny Flynn

Complete SI Mock Draft

Morehead State Assistant Coach Accepts New Job

Morehead State (Ky.) University associate head coach Barry Wortman was named head basketball coach at Oak Ridge High School this morning.

ORHS athletics director Mike Mullins confirmed the hiring of Wortman, who follows Ricky Norris as head coach of the Wildcats. Norris resigned on April 29 to take the head coaching job at Webb School.

“Barry Wortman comes to Oak Ridge High School with a plan to continue the excellence of our boys’ basketball program,” said Mullins.

“He is an outstanding basketball coach and a perfect fit for ORHS. He has all of the coaching and leadership skills along with an impressive resume at the collegiate and high school levels.

Mullins said Wortman was selected by the ORHS search committee from a pool of 33 applicants.

Article from KnoxNews.com

Former Mr. Basketball Walt Allen Transferring to Asbury



Walt Allen, the 2006 Kentucky Mr. Basketball out of South Laurel High School, is transferring from NCAA Division I Presbyterian College to Asbury College this season.

Allen is the all-time leading scorer for South Laurel, scoring nearly 2,000 points in his career. He averaged 15 points and nine rebounds per game his senior year. He was the key player in South's championship season in 2005.

The 6'4" forward played in 48 games in his two season for Presbyterian. He averaged 3.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 30 games and seven starts his sophomore year before redshirting his junior year.

Allen will join former South Laurel teammate Jordan Hammonds, who averaged 15 and 6 in his first year with the Eagles. Hammonds transferred from North Greenville College (N.C).

Allen should immediately become a go-to guy for Coach Will Shouse. His size and athleticism will create plenty of matchup problems at the power forward spot.

"He'll be an instant impact on both ends of the floor," Shouse said. "I think he's a born leader, and people listen to him right away. He gains respect immediately from being Mr. Basketball."

Shouse said Allen's strong Christian faith will make him a great fit at the Methodist school. He traveled with some of the players on a mission trip to Costa Rica in May.

"The guys are looking forward to him coming," Shouse said. "He's a big pickup at Asbury — he's going to be good."

Article by Tyler Young

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Vacation Log: Day 4


Some of our party visited the Bass Pro Shops store in Destin tonight. It is a fisherman's paradise and they have plenty of attractions for the kids, as well.

We spent most of the day on the beach. This evening, we enjoyed a great meal that included red snapper and amber jack fillets.

If all goes as planned, we will be up around 5:00 a.m. tomorrow morning and fishing for several hours.

Dismissed Sooner Juan Patillo Transfers to WKU


Juan Patillo, a 6-foot-5 forward who was dismissed from Oklahoma last month for a violation of team rules, has signed to Western Kentucky.

Patillo averaged 6.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocked shots in 15 minutes a game.

Ralph Richardson Joins EKU Hall of Fame

Press Release from Eastern Kentucky:

The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame 2009 induction class features six distinguished individuals and the first-ever Team of Distinction. The class will be enshrined in the historic Keen Johnson Building on Friday, October 30.

The 2009 induction class includes: Josh Anderson (baseball); Danny Copeland (football); Kim Mays Rose (women’s basketball); Ralph Richardson (men’s basketball); Kim Sarrazin (softball); Everett “Poo Lu” Talbert (football); and the 1979 national championship football team (Team of Distinction).

Friday’s activities begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception in Walnut Hall, followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner in the Keen Johnson ballroom. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. The group will also be recognized just prior to the Colonels’ football game against Southeast Missouri State at 1 p.m. on Saturday, October 31.

Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are $25 and can be purchased by calling the Colonel Club office, 859-622-2046. The deadline for registration is Friday, October 23. Tickets will not be sold at the event.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Vacation Log: Day 3


Today was another great day in Destin. We did some fishing and spent plenty of time hanging out with the kids.

One thing that was pretty awesome this morning was watching Air Force jets simulating dog fighting maneuvers over the water. They are really fast, really loud and extremely fun to watch. I felt like it was real life "Top Gun."

This evening, we took a trip to the beach and did a little shark fishing in the surf. As you can see in the picture, a statement that sums the adventure up best might be, "I think we're gonna need a bigger rod-n-reel."

Jodie Meeks Returning to Kentucky?

It is still difficult to guess what Jodie Meeks is going to decide, but HoopsWorld.com is reporting that he is likely to return to Kentucky for his senior season. The site reports that Meeks has not received the first round guarantee that he is seeking and will likely withdraw from the draft as a result. Here are the comments from HoopsWorld.com:

"Jodie Meeks and Tyler Smith are expected to pull out of the class - both players were seeking a first round commitment and neither have gotten it."

It's Starting to Look Like Deep SAT

There are reports coming out that a third recent Memphis player had questionable test scores in high school.

First, it was superstar point guard Derrick Rose. Next, we learned that Robert Dozier has an SAT score that was flagged and he was not accepted at Georgia. Now, reports have surfaced that guard Doneal Mack was not allowed into Florida after his test score was flagged.

Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com reports the following:

While at Statesville Christian (N.C.), he took the ACT for the first time and received a score that was on a verge of qualifying. He took it again, the score jumped significantly and it was flagged.

Florida, where he was committed to at the time, said he had to take it a third time in order to be admitted. His third score was slightly higher than the first one, but was still thrown out because it wasn’t high enough.

Florida deemed him inadmissible and he wound up qualifying to play at Memphis – where his third test score was admissible.

That means that three of the top six scorers from John Calipari's team last season have question marks with their test scores.

My Thoughts: Once again, innocent or not, this adds to the media's negative image of John Calipari.

Will Ralph Willard Join Pitino at Louisville?

It appears that Holy Cross head coach Ralph Willard is considering taking Rick Pitino up on his offer to be the head assistant at Louisville. Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com is reporting that Willard is currently leaning towards taking the Louisville job.

Goodman states: "According to a source close to the situation, Willard is expected to meet with his players on Monday night and make a decision shortly thereafter – perhaps as early as Tuesday. One source said the meeting with the players could ultimately change his mind, but that right now Willard is set to leave and become Pitino's associate head coach."

Jodie Meeks Will Workout for Chicago Bulls


Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks will continue his NBA pursuit on Thursday when he works out for the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls will evaluate five players today, eleven players tomorrow and six players on Thursday.

The Bulls feel that Meeks could be "a bigger version of Ben Gordon..."

Pikeville College Team Camp Schedule Released


Pikeville College head coach Kelly Wells has announced the schedule for the Bears' upcoming team camp.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Vacation Log: Day 2


Today was a great day. We did some early-morning fishing that was not very successful. It is difficult for freshwater fishermen to figure out the changing tides, winds, depths and various species of the ocean. There is also a great deal of difference between fishing in a bay and fishing in the actual Gulf of Mexico. We are going to give it another go tomorrow morning.

After fishing, we spent the day at the beach under perfect conditions. The water was perfect, the temperature was hot but not humid and there was no sign of jellyfish or other pests. We visited the pool for the afternoon and then came home for a brief rest. I attempted to take an outdoor nap on the front porch swing with my 2-year old son, but we were awakened by a neighbor that decided to trim palm trees with a chain saw (see picture). For some reason, my son thought the man was a pirate, so he started saying, "Look daddy, pirate! Arhhhh!"

We ate at a little seafood joint called Elmo's tonight. If you visit Destin, you have to spend an evening at this place. The food was great and they offered an all-you-can eat deal on various types of shrimp, crayfish or crab legs. As a little bonus, there was also some family-oriented live entertainment that included the chicken dance, the hokie pokie, the electric slide and much more.

Tonight, we are soaking down a few beverages and relaxing while watching the NBA game.

Billy Gillispie is Finished With Kentucky Gear


Former Kentucky head coach Billy Gillispie is selling all of his UK gear on Craigslist. I have verified that this apparently is indeed from Gillispie (although he may not have actually made the listing).

When you break up with your boyfriend, you burn his stuff. When you break up with your basketball team, you sell all your stuff on Craigslist.

Here is the listing:

Coach Gillispie's UK GEAR

Reply to:sale-uh5ku-1202141442@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]Date: 2009-06-02, 5:47PM EDT

All authentic UK gear of Coach G various new and used items. Nike Shirts, Nike warmups, uk wool letter jacket, t-shirts, shorts, cutter and buck, and much more. Sizes range from xl to xxl.

Prices vary - all his personal issued gear from uk.

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

PostingID: 1202141442

UPDATE: In fairness to Gillispie, I want to add an update. I received an e-mail tonight stating that Gillispie actually donated some of the items to a charity for kids. The rest of the items are being sold by a friend that will be earning at least a share of the profits.

Boston Celtics: Rondo Trade Rumors are False

A source within the Boston Celtics organization insisted that contrary to reports, the team is not looking to trade point guard Rajon Rondo.

"Can he be frustrating at times? Absolutely. But no one is ready to give up on him," the source said.

"Whoever put the Rondo rumors out there obviously works for someone other than the Celtics."

The source added that the Celtics "are not looking to gut the team" following a 60-win season, which ended in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Orlando Magic.

The rumors were reported here several days ago from Hoopsworld.com, but this appears to be false speculation.

Article from ProBasketballNews.com

NCAA Hearing in Indianapolis is Brief

The NCAA Committee of Infractions conducted a rather short hearing Saturday on allegations of major rules violations by the University of Memphis men's basketball program. The program was led by Kentucky head coach John Calipari during the alleged infractions.

Unexpectedly, the meeting yesterday lasted only three hours and fifty minutes, surprising since the entire day had been blocked off for the hearing.

Memphis legal counsel Sheri Lipman distributed a statement from school president Shirley Raines that struck an optimistic tone.

“. . . We believe we were able to fully answer the Committee’s questions and present the actions that we have already taken based up our internal investigation,” Raines said. “. . . We are hopeful that we will receive a favorable decision.”

NCAA spokesperson Stacey Osburn, who did not sit in the hearing room, noted that it is not unprecedented for a hearing to end so much quicker than expected.A judgment from the NCAA’s judicial body, its Committee on Infractions, generally comes within six to eight weeks of a hearing. A decision sooner than that was within the realm of possibility, Osburn said.

John Calipari joined the meeting via conference call as he is currently on a week-long tour of China.

Article from Jerry Tipton

Article from TheMemphisEdge.com

Two Campbellsville Players Are NAIA Scholar-Athletes

The Campbellsville University men's basketball team had two student-athletes named to the 2009 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete Award list.

Hristo Petkov, a senior forward from Botevgrad, Bulgaria, and Jordan Benock, a junior guard from Battletown, Ky., earned the honor for their outstanding academic performance.

Petkov graduated in May with a 3.740 grade point average, earning a bachelor of science degree in marketing with a sports management minor. Benock maintained a 3.595 grade point average in exercise science/sports medicine.

In order to be a recipient of the Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, one must fulfill these requirements: the recipient must be a junior or above in academic standing; has been in attendance at the nominating institution a minimum of one full year of attendance; has a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) at the time of nomination at the nominating institution; and has been certified as eligible.

Press Release from Campbellsville

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