Saturday, August 7, 2010

Anthony Davis Meets John Calipari Face-to-Face

Here is some footage from a recent game when 2011 star Anthony Davis Jr. hustles out of bounds for a loose ball and meets Kentucky head coach John Calipari:



* Video from danpon1 's YouTube Channel

Davis Family, Kentucky in "Quite a Spot" Now


John Templon of ChicagoNow.com feels that the family of Anthony Davis and the University of Kentucky are now in "quite a spot" with the Chicago Sun-Times.

Here is an excerpt of Templon's thoughts:

First of all, the Davises have put themselves in quite the spot. They now have to come forward with the lawsuit, one that could be potentially damaging to their son's eligibility if the Sun-Times is able to come forward with the evidence their reports suggest they have. Also, Kentucky has also put itself in quite a spot by saying that it will support the Davises as they fight the lawsuit.

Running with a story once with one source, as O'Brien did with the first article he published and the $200,000 figure, is one thing, but having three sources that independently corroborate reports of requests for payments is a whole different matter. If in the course of discovery for the trial the information comes out, it's going to give us a whole new view about what really happens during a college recruitment.

Complete Article

My Thoughts: I have to think that the Davis family would not be willing to file a lawsuit if they are indeed guilty of asking for money from various schools.

I personally think the three so-called sources are the persons who are in "quite a spot." If a court case is filed, those three sources will be made public and will certainly have some explaining to do.

Jamel Ferguson Hopes to Land Overseas Soon


Former Georgetown College guard Jamel Ferguson hopes to find a professional basketball home overseas soon.

Here is an excerpt from NYPost.com:

He is a seminar course away from complete his college degree in communications. It’s a journey that has seen Ferguson land at multiple schools starting with him transferring from St. John’s Prep to Murry Bergtraum after his sophomore season. He then went on to play three seasons at Manhattan College where he averaged just three points a games in limited minutes over three season. Last year Ferguson averaged 4.3 points per contest playing for Georgetown College a NAIA school in Kentucky. The Tigers went 27-6 last season.

“I just wanted a change so I could focus,” he said. “I was too close to home. I wasn’t as focused as I could have been.”

Following graduation, Ferguson’s focus will turn overseas. He said he has already got some interest from a few agents and hopes to start a career. Ferguson is a regular on the streetball circuit playing at Dyckman, Hoops in the Sun, EBC at Rucker and Tri-State. He enjoys the energetic atmosphere, especially at his home court at Dyckman. Ferguson is looking to add a pullup jumper to his game, though shooting itself has never been a problem.

Complete Article

Pitino and Sypher Tell Their Differing Sides of the Story


Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and Karen Sypher, who was found guilty of trying to extort Pitino, have each talked to the media and offered their respective (and very different) sides of the ugly trial.

Pitino spoke with Andy Katz of ESPN and explained that he had no choice but to go public with the extortion attempt:

"I paid the price," said Pitino by phone Friday, a day after the 50-year-old Sypher was found guilty of three counts of extortion, two counts of lying to the FBI and one count of retaliating against a witness.

"I used extremely poor judgment and I've made my peace with God and my family."

Pitino said that he had no choice but to go to authorities after Sypher attempted to extort him, knowing full well that the information would become public.

"I had no choice in this fight," Pitino said. "I had to take it on. I didn't want this to go public, but she went to the news stations."

Pitino added that he has told the truth of day one:

"I'm not concerning myself with the perceptions," Pitino said. "I told the truth from day one [of him being extorted in 2009, not of the encounter in 2003] to my employer to [UL athletic director] Tom Jurich and to Dr. [James] Ramsey and to my family right away. The only thing I was concerned with was telling the truth. I taught my players over the last 30 years that if you tell the truth your problems will become a part of the past. If you lie, they are a part of your future."

Here is the complete article from ESPN.com

Sypher, on the other hand, compared the trial to a "witch trial" and said she was not treated fairly.

Here is an excerpt from NYPost.com:

Comparing her prosecution to a "witch trial," convicted extortionist Karen Cunagin Sypher yesterday said she never stood a chance in a federal courtroom against a local legend like University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

"This was a 1700s witch trial from the very moment I was raped," Sypher told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "I knew that I couldn't get a fair trial here to begin with, but I tried one more time to believe in the justice system."



Quincy Miller Impressive on Adidas Nations Day 1


Quincy Miller, who is being recruited by both Kentucky and Louisville, stood out with his excellent play on day 1 of the Adidas Nations Experience event.

Here is an excerpt of some excellent coverage from Adidasnations.com:

The prep stars played first; USA 2011 played Europe, Africa played China and USA 2012 took on Latin America. USA 2011 jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back, as their defensive pressure proved to be too much for Europe. Quincy Miller led the way looking the most impressive, contributing in all assets of the game. Not only was he able to score the ball, but he did a great job on the boards and was a vocal leader for USA 2011. Ryan Boatright, Wayne Blackshear and Quinn Cook all stood out, as well. After leading by 18 at the end of the first quarter, the Americans never let up, beating Europe 100-79.

Kentucky natives Shelvin Mack (Butler) and Scotty Hopson (Tennessee) played well in the college portion of the event:

Following the high school games, the college players took the floor for some shorter, less intense matchups. With so much talent on the court, there was, of course, an equal number of NBA scouts to see the action. In the first set of games — two 10-minute halves — Josh Selby, Mason Plumlee and Marcus Morris led their team to a 38-37 win over a Nolan Smith-led squad. In the other game, Shelvin Mack spearheaded his team to a 38-29 win over Scotty Hopson, Jared Sullinger and Co.

Chicago Bulls Sign Former Wildcat Keith Bogans


The Chicago Bulls have signed former Kentucky star Keith Bogans to a two-year contract.

Here is confirmation from NBA.com analyst David Aldridge via Twitter:

daldridgetnt Bulls add to their depth, sign former Spur Keith Bogans to a two-year deal, 2nd year partial guarantee. Story up soon on NBA.com.

daldridgetnt Since some have asked...signing Bogans does not preclude Bulls from continuing to pursue Rudy Fernandez...still under cap & only 12 players.

daldridgetnt Assuming Bogans got $1.2-1.5 in first year, Bulls still have more than $2 million in cap room. Rudy only at $1.25 next season.

Bogans spent 2009-10 with the San Antonio Spurs. In 79 games, he averaged 19.7 minutes, 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

Photo Source: NBA.com

Family of Anthony Davis to Sue Chicago Sun-Times


It is being reported that the family of Anthony Davis Jr. will file a law suit against the Chicago Sun-Times as a result of a series of damaging articles published about the 2011 recruit.

According to ChicagoTribune.com:

An attorney representing Anthony Davis Sr., father of Perspectives-Calumet's Anthony Davis, said a lawsuit "will be filed next week" against the Chicago Sun-Times and reporter Michael O'Brien for stories claiming the Davises had a financial deal in place that would pay the 6-foot-10 senior's family in exchange for his commitment to play for the University of Kentucky.

On Wednesday, a story by O'Brien on the paper's high school sports Web site claimed Davis had agreed to go to Lexington for $200,000. That story was edited later and eventually removed. In Friday's editions of the Sun-Times, another story by O'Brien claimed "sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son's commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000."

Davis Jr. has visited Kentucky, DePaul and Ohio State and reportedly also is considering Syracuse.

Davis Sr.'s attorney, Georgette L. Greenlee, called the allegations "baseless" and said "this is defamation of character and very harmful."


Complete Article

Friday, August 6, 2010

Kentucky Responds to the Chicago Sun-Times...Again


The University of Kentucky has responded to the second article from the Chicago Sun-Times and Michael O'Brien:

PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY
August 6, 2010

The University of Kentucky is dismayed by the continued lack of professionalism and responsible journalism exhibited by Michael O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in running yet another false and defamatory story on August 6, 2010, regarding the University’s recruitment of a high school student-athlete. Both the father of this student-athlete and the University have repeatedly told Mr. O’Brien that these unsubstantiated “rumors” are untrue. Neither the University of Kentucky nor any member of its Athletic Department has offered or paid any money or other illegal benefits to the student-athlete or his family.

Mr. O’Brien’s August 6 story also mischaracterizes the NCAA’s involvement in this matter by stating that “the NCAA is ‘checking’ into the recruitment of” the student-athlete. The University of Kentucky spoke with David Price, NCAA Vice President of Enforcement, who advised that the NCAA contacted Mr. O’Brien simply to inquire as to the alleged sources for his article and that “this in no way confirms an NCAA investigation of the University” or an examination of the recruitment of the named student-athlete. It is the University’s understanding that such an inquiry represents the NCAA’s normal procedure any time allegations of misconduct are made, no matter how outrageous or unsubstantiated they may be.

The University of Kentucky has put Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times on notice that these published statements are false and defamatory. The University fully supports any action the student-athlete and his family may take against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times. The University is also evaluating all available rights and remedies it may have against Mr. O’Brien and the Chicago Sun-Times in responding to these false and defamatory statements.

Eastern Kentucky Scores Big with Georgia Game


Contracts have revealed that Eastern Kentucky will collect $80,000 for a December 31 road game against Georgia.

Here is an excerpt from AJC.com:

The contracts show that the teams coming to Athens without reciprocal visits from the Bulldogs in other seasons will receive $75,000 to $80,000 for the games. Mississippi Valley State and Charleston Southern will get $75,000 payouts from UGA, while Arkansas State, High Point and Eastern Kentucky will get $80,000.

In other EKU scheduling news, the Colonels will participate in a tournament November 12-14 at Loyola. The tournament will also include Indiana State and Texas-Pan American.

Western Kentucky Will Face Minnesota in Puerto Rico


BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU will face Minnesota in the first round of the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off on Thursday, November 18 at 6:30 PM (CT), and tickets are on-sale now with additional travel packages to be announced at a later date.

The Hilltoppers and the Golden Gophers are part of an eight-team field that includes 2010 Final Four participant West Virginia, perennial power North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Davidson, among others. Games will be played November 18, 19 and 21 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan, P.R. The combined 2009-10 record of this year's eight tournament participants was 167-107 (.609).

"We are excited about the opportunity to participate in the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off," WKU head coach Ken McDonald said. "This year features an outstanding field and will definitely provide some great early season challenges for our team. At WKU, we continue to schedule aggressively in our efforts to play one of the toughest schedules in the nation, and participating in this first-class event helps us achieve that goal. Our hope is that the Hilltopper faithful will enjoy traveling with us to a great destination at the start of the 2010-11 season."

WKU and Minnesota have never met on the hardwood, although fourth-year Golden Gopher head coach Tubby Smith was the coach of the fourth-ranked Kentucky team that the Hilltoppers upset at Rupp Arena on November 15, 2001, 64-52.

All 12 games of the 2010 Puerto Rico Tip-Off are scheduled to be televised by the ESPN family of networks, although no television information is currently available for the WKU-Minnesota opening-round matchup. Should WKU beat Minnesota, the Hilltoppers would advance to play the winner of the Hofstra-North Carolina game on November 19 at 7:30 PM (CT) on ESPNU.

Complete Release from WKU

Rajon Rondo Has a Message for You: "I Have a Ring"



Don't criticize Rondo - this is actually a shirt he wore during filming of a 2K11 shoot in Los Angeles. The shirt reads:

"I have a ring. I'm better than Derrick Rose & David Lee"

UK Recruits in First 12 of 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 Roster


ESPN RISE has revealed the first 12 players that will participate in the 2010 Boost Mobile Elite 24 event.

There are several Kentucky recruits listed including: Adonis Thomas, Austin Rivers, Johnny O'Bryant, Lebryan Nash, Deuce Bello and Quincy Miller.

Here are the first 12 (Click to enlarge):

Chicago Sun-Times Does the Unthinkable: Rewrites Davis Story and Adds More to It


Despite the threat of legal action by the University of Kentucky, the Chicago Sun-Times has rewritten the rumor-filled article about Anthony Davis Jr. and added more damaging allegations to it.

The new article acknowledges that UK has threatened legal action, then adds to the previous allegations by stating that the NCAA is looking into Davis' recruitment.

Here are some excerpts:

Repeating the original statements based on "sources":

Sources told the Sun-Times the father of 6-10 Anthony Davis, a highly recruited senior basketball player, negotiated a deal that promised $200,000 from someone who wanted Davis to commit to Kentucky.

Another "source" says the NCAA is looking into the situation:

Another source told the Sun-Times that the NCAA is ''checking'' into the recruitment of Davis.

''The University of Kentucky has spoken with Mr. David Price, NCAA vice president of enforcement,'' according to the letter to the Sun-Times, which was written by Kevin G. Henry of the Lexington, Ky., law firm Sturgill, Turner, Barker and Moloney, PLLC. ''He advised that whatever inquiry you received from an NCAA person was merely asking you for information about your sources for your article, and that this is not confirmation of an 'investigation' of the University of Kentucky or an examination of the recruitment of the named student-athlete by the NCAA.''

Even more "sources" from other universities claim wrongdoing:

Sources from three separate universities told the Sun-Times that Davis Sr. asked for money in return for his son's commitment, with the amounts ranging from $125,000 to $150,000.

O'Brien even contacted Davis' father again:

When reached Thursday, Davis Sr. declined to respond further, saying: ''Thanks for ruining my son. Thank you very much.''

The article closes with these shots fired at Kentucky head coach John Calipari:



Thursday, August 5, 2010

Things will be Harder for Rick Pitino Now


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com thinks things will be much more difficult for Rick Pitino on the Louisville sidelines as he enters the 2010-11 season in the wake of the Karen Sypher extortion scandal.

Here is an excerpt of Goodman's thoughts:

Rick Pitino needs to win. In fact, he has to win.

For now, seeing Karen Cunagin Sypher — who tried to extort more than $10 million from the Louisville coach — land in prison can serve as a victory for Pitino.

However, it still won’t alter the perception many now hold of Pitino.

Now, that vision for some is as an adulterer — at a restaurant table with Sypher back in 2003.
The jokes have already begun to surface about Pitino and his “15 seconds” — the total time he said elapsed during the entire sexual encounter.


Attached to Goodman's article is an online poll that asks: Will Rick Pitino ever reach another Final Four?

- 59% of those that responded chose No

Calipari Picks Up A+ Report Card from the NCAA


John Calipari has earned excellent academic progress rates (APR) numbers from the NCAA.

Here is an excerpt from Jerry Tipton's blog:

His 2007-08 University of Memphis team had a perfect APR score of 1000. His final Memphis team of 2008-09 had a 980 APR score.

“I have always been committed to academics,” Calipari said during a camp appearance Thursday morning in Maysville. “The kids have had the support they needed. they’ve had the discipline they’ve needed.”

Calipari’s final four Memphis teams’ composite APR would rank in the top 20 nationally, the NCAA said.

“It’s hard to argue the numbers,” Calipari said. “The numbers, whether APR or graduation rates, will be good. Hopefully it’ll get higher and higher with everything we’re doing.”

For comparison’s sake, Louisville Coach Rick Pitino had a perfect 1000 APR score in 2006-07 and a 936 four straight years before dipping to a 923 in 2008-09, the last school year involved in Thursday’s release.

Complete Article

APR Numbers from the NCAA

John Calipari to Speak in Ashland on September 6


Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be a guest speaker Monday, September 6, at the Ashland Plaza Hotel for the Ashland Main Street fundraiser.

Here is an excerpt from IrontonTribune.com:

Reservations can be made by contacting Missy at the Alliance office at (606) 324-5111. Seat reservations are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Seats at the head table (limit nine) with Coach Calipari are $1,000 each and only seven seats remain available.

Sponsorship levels of 10-seat tables in the ballroom are: one table $5,000, two tables $2,500 each, nine tables $1,250 (pricing based on proximity to head table).

Individual seats are $75 each in the restaurant area outside the ballroom. There will be a big screen television in the restaurant area and the ballroom doors will be open.


Complete Article

Campbellsville 2010-11 Schedule Highlighted by Trip to OSU


For the first time in program history, Campbellsville University men's basketball will be going up against one of its former head coaches, as Travis Ford and Oklahoma State University plan to host Keith Adkins' Tigers for a season-opening exhibition game Nov. 5, 8 p.m.

"We tried several times to try to work out dates with Travis since he left Campbellsville … This is the first opportunity Travis really had to help us out, and he's being generous in extending this game to us," Adkins said. "It's a great opportunity, just like the Kentucky game and Arkansas game the past couple of years, because of the level of play. The notoriety helps you in a number of ways."

Ford began his head coaching career with a three-year run at Campbellsville from 1997-2000. Hired to replace the late Lou Cunningham in 1997, Ford's Tigers went 16-17 the first season, but bounced back to win 28 games the following year, finishing in a tie for first place in the Mid-South Conference, but do to NAIA penalties, no postseason was allowed for the Tigers. Ford led CU to a 23-11 record the next year before moving on to Eastern Kentucky for five seasons and then the University of Massachusetts for three.

Adkins, who coached with Ford as an assistant at Campbellsville, took over the Tiger program in 2000-01. In his nine years, he has led the Tigers to two Mid-South Conference Championships and holds a .622 win percentage with a 186-113 record.

Complete Release

2010-11 Schedule:

November

% 5 8:00PM @ Oklahoma State Exhibition
12 vs. Southern University at New Orleans

Georgetown Classic

13 vs. TBA
Georgetown Classic
19 vs. Trevecca Nazarene University

Lindsey Wilson Classic
20 vs. Cumberland Univ.
Lindsey Wilson Classic
22 8:00PM @ Union University

26 8:00PM vs. Indiana Wesleyan University

Lou Cunningham Classic
27 4:00PM vs. Brescia University
Lou Cunningham Classic
29 vs. Asbury College Warsaw, Ky.

December

* 2 8:00PM vs. Shawnee State University
* 4 4:00PM vs. Georgetown College
11 @ Life University
* 16 8:00PM @ Rio Grande College
* 18 4:00PM @ West Virginia Tech

January

3 7:00PM vs. Union University
* 6 8:00PM vs. Pikeville College
* 8 4:00PM vs. UVA-Wise
13 7:00PM vs. Life University
* 15 4:00PM @ St. Catharine College
* 20 9:00PM @ Lindsey Wilson
* 22 4:00PM @ University of the Cumberlands
* 27 8:00PM @ Shawnee State University
* 29 4:00PM @ Georgetown College

February

* 3 8:00PM vs. Rio Grande College
* 5 4:00PM vs. West Virginia Tech
* 10 8:00PM @ Pikeville College
* 12 4:00PM @ UVA-Wise
16 7:00PM vs. King College
* 19 4:00PM vs. St. Catharine College
* 24 8:00PM vs. Lindsey Wilson
* 26 4:00PM vs. University of the Cumberlands

Karen Sypher Found Guilty on All Counts


Karen Cunagin Sypher has been found guilty on all six counts in the Rick Pitino extortion trial. She will face up to 26 years in prison for demanding millions of dollars from Pitino following their sexual encounter in 2003.

Here is an excerpt from NBCChicago.com:

Karen Cunagin Sypher, 50, faces up to 26 years in prison for demanding millions from Pitino after the 2003 tryst. The jury reached its verdict after deliberating for just five hours.

Sypher, 50, was convicted of extortion, lying to authorities and retaliating against a witness. Pitino, who is married, was never charged, though he admitted having what he called consensual sex that lasted just 15 seconds, because, he said, she told him she was "extremely fertile."


Complete Article

Murray State to Battle Stanford in 76 Classic


Murray State will play Stanford on Thanksgiving Day as part of the 76 Classic.

The bracket drawing was held earlier today and the Racers were paired with the Cardinal at 9:00 p.m. EST in an ESPNU game.

MSU will play the winner/loser of Tulsa and UNLV on November 26.

The opposite side of the bracket features Virginia Tech vs. Northridge and DePaul vs. Oklahoma State.
2010 76 Classic Schedule

(Home team listed second; Cal State Northridge will be home team in each of its games)

Thu, Nov 25 (All-times Central)

1 p.m. Game 1: Virginia Tech vs. Northridge ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Game 2: DePaul vs. Oklahoma State ESPN2
8 p.m. Game 3: Murray State vs. Stanford ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Game 4: Tulsa vs. UNLV ESPN2

Fri, Nov 26

1:30 p.m. Game 5 Winner of Va Tech-CSNU & DePaul & OSU on ESPN / ESPN2
4 p.m. Game 6 Loser of Va Tech-CSNU & DePaul & OSU on ESPNU
8:30 p.m. Game 7 Winner of Murray State-Stanford & Tulsa-UNLV on ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Game 8 Loser of Murray State-Stanford & Tulsa-UNLV on ESPNU

Sun, Nov 28

12:30 p.m. Game 9 Consolation Game
3 p.m. Game 10 Consolation Game on ESPNU
5 p.m. Game 11 Consolation Game on ESPNU
8 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

Kentucky Will Face Oklahoma in Maui Invitational


The drawing for the Maui Invitational bracket was held this afternoon and Kentucky will face the Oklahoma Sooners in the first round.

In the second game, they will face the winner or loser of Virginia and Washington.

The other half of the bracket will see Wichita State battle Connecticut and Michigan State take on Chaminade.

The Oklahoma vs. Kentucky game will be on Monday, November 22 at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

Complete Brackets (Click to enlarge):






Creative Juices are Flowing at the Chicago Sun-Times


The creative juices are really flowing in the sports department at the Chicago Sun-Times.

After Michael O'Brien delivered arguably the most poorly written sports article in recent memory, the University of Kentucky responded with the threat of legal action.

The published letter from UK legal representation apparently inspired a wealth of creative knowledge as O'Brien's article has been completely rewritten. The article is now titled "Davis no longer a hidden talent" and focuses on the improvement the 2011 star has shown in a short period of time.

The article now has a different set of quotes from recruiting analyst Joe Henricksen and there is no mention of Davis' recruitment holding a $200,000 price tag.

Rather then tucking unfounded rumors of major recruiting violations in the last couple of paragraphs, the article now tucks this in at the end:

A source says Davis will choose Kentucky. The Kentucky-based blog ''Nation of Blue'' has reported that two unnamed sources also are claiming Davis has chosen Kentucky.

Davis Sr. responded via text when asked Monday if Kentucky would be his son's choice: ''Tell them 2 have fun guessing.''

Davis visited Kentucky on Sunday and DePaul on Monday. He took a class trip to Ohio State last year but hasn't visited Syracuse, the other school on his list.


Here is the new version of the article

There are no apologies and no acknowledgements of wrong-doing.

And, in case you want to compare and contrast, here is the old version (click image to enlarge):

My Thoughts and Opinion: I'm not here to bash actual journalists. I respect hard work by anyone in this business and I have great friends ranging from national media to local media to photographers to bloggers.

I am not a journalist by any means - my degrees are actually in business management and computer information systems. I am a basketball fan who has a passion for the game and the motor to do what I love.

Now that we have established that I know who I am and what I am, let me give my opinion on this entire situation.

There are certain times in life when the only acceptable choice is to do the right thing. The author of the original article that appeared online yesterday blew it. He may not have realized he blew it until it was too late, but there is no question that he knows now.

The article was an attack on an institution, a basketball program and most importantly - a kid. Printing allegations based on rumors that a high school athlete and his/her family are on the take is irresponsible and damaging.

Removing the damaging content is not enough. Rewriting the original article is not enough (actually, the rewritten article is a waste of space). Even disciplinary action directed at the author is not enough.

The only action that can be taken to rectify this situation is to do the right thing.

The author of the article and the Chicago Sun-Times must replace this article with the truth and deliver a public apology. Sometimes it pays to just admit that a mistake was made. There are many times along the way when the "truth will set us free" and this is one of those times. Save this kid's reputation and just admit that you are human, you made a mistake and apologize.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

UK Threatens Legal Action, Demands Retraction by Sun-Times


The University of Kentucky has responded to the baseless article written by the Chicago Sun-Times earlier today.

UK has demanded a retraction and threatened legal ramifications.

Here is an excerpt from UKAthletics.com:

Enclosed is the University of Kentucky’s response to Wednesday’s suntimes.com article written by Michael O’Brien. This letter was sent by counsel for the University at 5:30 p.m. ET Wednesday afternoon, August 4, 2010. Some information was redacted in compliance with NCAA Rules & Regulations.

And here is the enclosed letter (click image to enlarge):

Davis Sr. on Sun-Times Article: "It's crazy. Nonsense."


Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com spoke to Anthony Davis' father tonight and he is clearly upset by the rumor filled article printed by the Chicago Sun-Times earlier today.

The Sun-Times published an article online that stated Davis Jr. is headed to Kentucky and added:

"The rumors/sources that have Davis choosing Kentucky are also alleging that the commitment cost $200,000. Davis Sr., has flat out denied everything.”

Davis Sr. told Goodman: "I'm clearly upset. It's crazy. Nonsense."


2011 Adidas US National Team Roster Announced


The 2011 Adidas US National Team final roster was announced earlier today. The roster includes several Kentucky and Louisville recruits.

2011 Adidas US National Team:

00 Quincy Miller F 6’8” Quality Education Academy Winston – Salem, NC
2 Le Bryan Nash F 6’7” Lincoln Dallas, TX
3 Kevin Ware G 6’4” Rockdale Conyers, GA
4 Quinn Cook G 6’1” Dematha Bowie, MD
8 Deuce Bello G 6’3″ Westchester Academy High Point, NC
11 Nick Johnson G 6’3” Findlay Prep Gilbert, AZ
12 Jahii Carson G 5’10′ Mesa Gilbert, AZ
22 Ryan Boatright G 5’10′ East Aurora Aurora, IL
30 Adonis Thomas F 6’7′ Melrose Cordova, TN
40 Cody Zeller F/C 6’9” Washington Washington, IN
42 Damien Leonard G 6’4” JL Mann Greenville, SC
50 Marshall Plumlee F/C 6’11” Christ School Winona Lake, IN
52 Micheal Chandler C 6’10″ Lawrence Noth Indianapolis , IN
55 Rakeem Christmas F/C 6’9” Northeast Catholic Philadelphia, PA

Durand Johnson Down to Six, Including Louisville


Durand Johnson, a 6-6 small forward in the 2011 class, is down to six schools: Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John's, Louisville, Seton Hall and UNC-Wilmington.

Here is an excerpt from ZagsBlog.com:

Durand Johnson, a 6-6 small forward from Baltimore, said he will transfer to Brewster (N.H.) Academy and also announced a top six, according to Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop.

“My top six is Marquette, Pittsburgh, St. John’s, Louisville, Seton Hall and UNC Wilmington,” Johnson told Kline.

Complete Article

Johnson ranks No. 125 overall on the Rivals150 List for 2011.

Chicago Sun Times Says Anthony Davis Will Choose Kentucky, Cites Rumors that He Had a Pricetag


Michael O'Brien of The Chicago Sun Times, which one would think is a reputable news organization, has written an article that is destined to become the talk of the Internet.

O'Brien sites a "reliable source" as stating that Anthony Davis, a 6-10 star in the 2011 Class, will choose Kentucky.

The article continues with a couple of quotes (via text) from Davis' father including: "Tell them 2 have fun guessing."
All seems well at this point in the article.
Then, out of nowhere, O'Brien states:

"Rumors that Davis’ commitment is for sale have surfaced since he cut his list of schools down about a month ago."

He adds a damaging statement (to himself and his employer) that says:

"The rumors/sources that have Davis choosing Kentucky are also alleging that the commitment cost $200,000. Davis Sr. has flat out denied everything."
I expect this article to be removed soon, but I took a screenshot (and read it three times to make sure I understood what O'Brien was saying):



Here are a few links that at least one person mentioned in this article may need soon:



My Opinion:

This article is one that will long be remembered by me as the worst piece of true journalism that I have ever read. A high school kid has been slandered on the basis of a so-called rumor/source. There is no excuse...only ramifications.

Photo Source

John Calipari Visits Cincinnati Bengals in Georgetown


Kentucky head coach John Calipari posted on Twitter that he paid a visit to the Cincinnati Bengals Training Camp at Georgetown College this morning.

Calipari posted:

UKCoachCalipari Looks like I've fixed our depth problem. How would Chad look in blue and white? http://twitpic.com/2bjc6d

He followed that up with a Lexy audio post:

UKCoachCalipari #CoachCal Bengals training camp...wow!. hear my audio tweet: 888-659-7863 http://bit.ly/aOQQin #lexy

Then, some trivia:

UKCoachCalipari What yr did Chris Collinsworth's father play @ UK & did he win a title? What yr was his wife a UK Cheerleader? http://yfrog.com/0u508yj

And finally, some comments on T.O. (Terrell Owens):

UKCoachCalipari With the NFL Coach of the Year. I saw T.O. & he looks like he's 25. He & Chad on the field 2gether, ridiculous! http://yfrog.com/0750717818j

Calipari returned to Twitter this afternoon to issue a friendly Twitter challenge to Chad Ochocinco:

UKCoachCalipari Big Blue Nation, we need to stay ahead of @OGOchoCinco on Twitter. So lets do what he does so well: Gain some separation from our pursuer!

For the record, UKCoachCalipari currently has 1,113,499 followers and OGOchoCinco has 1,058,641.

Photo Source: John Calipari's Twitter Account

2011 Star Quincy Miller Sets Official Visit to Louisville


Mike Hughes of Inside the Ville (Scout.com site) has broken the news that Quincy Miller, the No. 2 overall prospect in the 2011 class, has schedule an official visit to Louisville.

Here is an excerpt of the Scout article:

BREAKING NEWS: Quincy Miller, Scout.com's No. 2-overall prospect, has scheduled his official visit to Louisville. Rick Pitino's program has put a full-court press on the 6-foot-9 forward this summer and hope Miller's visit leads to a huge commitment for the Cardinals.


Miller was long rumored to be a Kentucky lean, but some think there has been a shift in his recruitment lately.

With rumors circulating about Anthony Davis and Kentucky, one has to question if Miller will look elsewhere. Davis and Miller are both talented power forwards in the 2011 class.

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Former Hilltopper Jeremy Evans Visits Youth Camp


Former Western Kentucky star Jeremy Evans, who was drafted by the Utah Jazz in the second round, visited a group of youth basketball players in Kanab, Utah recently.

Evans worked some drills with the kids, played some games and more.

Here is an excerpt from SUNews.net:

Evans did some drills with the kids, played some fun games, even had a trivia question session, with the winners getting to take on Evans one-on-one. The area youth were very good with the answers, some of the questions were very hard. And no, no one beat Evans one-on-one!

He ended the two hour session signing autographs and handing out a glossy photo of himself in a Jazz uniform. Evans is on a swing thoughout southern Utah, where he is visiting over 30 towns covering 19 days.


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Bulgaria Tops Portugal in International Game with KY Ties


Bulgaria surprised Portugal 67-59 in an international battle with several Kentucky ties.

The Bulgarians were led by former Western Kentucky sharp-shooter Filip Videnov, who scored 17 points.

Heshimu Evans, a former University of Kentucky star, led all scorers with 19 points for Portugal. Evans also pulled down 9 rebounds in the loss.

Source: Eurobasket.com


Thomas More College Releases 2010-11 Schedule


Thomas More College has released it's men's basketball schedule for 2010-11:
11/17/2010 BLUFFTON HOME 7:30 p.m.
11/19/2010 at Marietta Shrine Tournament Marietta, Ohio 5:30/7:30 p.m.
11/20/2010 at Marietta Shrine Tournament Marietta, Ohio 2/4 p.m.
11/24/2010 MOUNT ST. JOSEPH HOME 7:30 p.m.
11/27/2010 at Costal Carolina Conway, S.C. 3 p.m.
12/01/2010 GROVE CITY * HOME 7:30 p.m.
12/11/2010 WESTMINSTER * HOME 3 p.m.
12/16/2010 CAPITAL HOME 3 p.m.
12/27/2010 vs. UC CLERMONT (Coach Connor Classic) HOME 7 p.m.
12/28/2010 vs. MARIAN (Coach Connor Classic) HOME 7 p.m.
12/31/2010 WILMINGTON HOME 3 p.m.
01/03/2011 at Geneva Beaver Falls, Pa. 7:30 p.m.
01/05/2011 WASHINGTON & JEFFERSON * HOME 7:30 p.m.
01/08/2011 at Waynesburg * Waynesburg, Pa. 3:30 p.m.
01/12/2011 BETHANY * HOME 7:30 p.m.
01/15/2011 at Thiel * Greenville, Pa. 3 p.m.
01/19/2011 at Saint Vincent * Latrobe, Pa. 7:30 p.m.
01/22/2011 at Grove City * Grove City, Pa. 3 p.m.
01/29/2011 at Westminster * New Wilmington, Pa. 4 p.m.
02/02/2011 GENEVA HOME 7:30 p.m.
02/05/2011 at Washington & Jefferson * Washington, Pa. 2 p.m.
02/09/2011 WAYNESBURG * HOME 7:30 p.m.
02/12/2011 at Bethany * Bethany, W.Va. 3 p.m.
02/16/2011 THIEL * HOME 7:30 p.m.
02/19/2011 SAINT VINCENT * HOME 3 p.m.

Asefa Estudiantes Extends Chris Lofton's Contract



Former Kentucky Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton has extended his contract with Asefa Estudiantes for one more season.

Lofton joined Estudiantes, a member of Spain's top-level ACB League, in December and quickly became of the team's leading players. In 22 games, he averaged 12.5 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

The former Mason County star has a brilliant career with the Tennessee Volunteers. He began his professional career in Turkey and then made the transition to Spain.

Source: Eurobasket.com

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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Former UK Student Manager to Work for DeMarcus Cousins


Former University of Kentucky student manager Andrew Rogers will be working for former UK big man DeMarcus Cousins soon.

The plans have not been finalized yet according to KyVoice.com, but Rogers is expected to sign a formal contract in the next couple of weeks.

Here is an excerpt:

The plans haven’t been finalized, but George Rogers Clark graduate Andrew Rogers will be working for former University of Kentucky standout DeMarcus Cousins in the immediate future.Rogers, a former student manager at Kentucky under Billy Gillispie and John Calipari, is expected to sign a formal contract in the next couple of weeks.

Murray State Will Discover 76 Classic Opponent Thursday


Now that the Murray State men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to play in the 76 Classic Nov. 25-28 in Anaheim, Calif., the time is almost here to learn of the pairings and game times for this prestigious event sponsored by ESPN.

ESPN News will announce the pairings for the 76 Classic Thursday, August 5, at 12:30 p.m. central time.

While the pairings and game times will be announced, MSU already knows their first game in the event is Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25 with games to follow Nov. 26 and 28.

The 76 Classic field is very strong with three teams that competed in the NCAA Tournament last spring, including the Racers ( Ohio Valley), Oklahoma State (Big-12) and UNLV (Mountain West). Two teams, Tulsa (Conference USA) and Virginia Tech (ACC) appeared in the NIT. Cal-Northridge (Big West), DePaul (Big East) and Stanford (Pac-10) make up the rest of the field.

All 12 games of the 76 Classic will be televised on the ESPN family of networks and played at the Anaheim Convention Center.


Source: Murray State University

Georgetown College to Play Florida Gators in November


Georgetown College will travel to Gainesville for an exhibition game against the Florida Gators on November 3.

The game was announced via a press release from Florida:

The Gators open exhibition play on Oct. 28 against Florida Tech, the earliest start in school history, and close exhibition play on Nov. 3 against Georgetown College (Ky.). Florida then opens the season on Nov. 12 against UNC-Wilmington in the opening round of the Global Sports Invitational, the first of four games of the event to be played in Gainesville.

Enes Kanter is Facing "Extensive Questioning" from the NCAA


Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com says that Kentucky freshman Enes Kanter "is facing extensive questioning from the NCAA about his amateur status and has not yet been cleared to play for the Wildcats this season."

UK spokesman DeWayne Peevy confirmed that Kanter has not been cleared by the NCAA at this point. Reports indicate that Kanter has been cleared from an academic standpoint but his amateur status is still in question.

Here is an excerpt from Parrish's article explaining the uncertainty:

The 6-foot-10 forward's amateur status is uncertain because he played for a professional team in his native Turkey before moving to the United States. Kanter will not be allowed to accompany the Wildcats on a three-day trip of exhibitions in Canada unless he is cleared by Aug. 15.


My Thoughts: I expect Kanter to eventually be cleared, but it's not likely to happen before August 15. It is worth noting and keeping an eye on, however.

2011 Star Anthony Davis Has Decided; Will it be Kentucky?


Dave Telep of Scout.com has learned that 2011 superstar Anthony Davis has made a college decision.

Telep reports that Davis "has reached a decision" but he "is taking his time with the announcement."

Here is an excerpt from Telep's article at Scout.com:

Anthony Davis, one of the elite players in America, has reached a decision. He's not going to share it with anyone at this time but the 6-foot-9 power forward out of Chicago Perspective Charter is taking his time with the announcement.


The confirmation of a decision would seem to bode well for Kentucky as Davis just visited UK on Sunday.

Davis, a 6-10 power forward, confirmed his unofficial visit to Kentucky and gave the following quotes to ZagsBlog.com:

“Both visits were great,” Anthony Davis Sr. said by text. “Still waiting to visit Ohio State and Syracuse.” As first reported here, Davis ruled out North Carolina and is considering Kentucky, Syracuse and Ohio State. The visits were first reported by Scout.com.

Davis ranks No. 8 overall in the 2011 class by Rivals.com, but is expected to climb up the rankings when they are updated - possibly all the way to the top spot.

My Thoughts: Davis took unofficial visits to Kentucky and DePaul and then said he has made a decision before visiting Syracuse and/or Ohio State. That would seem to be a very good sign for Kentucky.

Kentucky, Calipari Offers 2012 Point Guard L.J. Rose


Jody Demling of the Courier-Journal has reported that Kentucky has extended a scholarship offer to 2012 point guard L.J. Rose.

Rose, a 6-3 junior at Houston Second Baptist (Texas), is rankd No. 12 overall by Scout.com and No. 23 overall by Rivals.com.

Here is an excerpt from Demling's article:

Rose said other schools on his list are North Carolina, Duke, Villanova, Georgetown, Connecticut, Notre Dame and pretty much “all of the Big12.”

He confirmed that UK has offered a scholarship and said he is excited to check out Lexington.

“Every kid wants to go there,” he said. “It's everyone's dream to make it to the league and have a chance to play for a national championship.”

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Increase Approved for UK Basketball Ticket Prices


Fans will notice an increase in ticket prices for University of Kentucky basketball games at Rupp Arena this season.

The UK Athletics Department has announced the following increases:

- Game-day tickets for the 2010-11 season will cost $7 more; lower arena seats are now $40 and upper arena seats are now $33

- K Fund donations will jump from $1,350 to $5,000 for prime lower-arena seating

According to UK officials, there are 8,140 seats that require a K Fund donation and will incur the increase.

Rondo is One of NBA's Top 5 Penetrating Point Guards


Dimemag.com has listed former Kentucky star Rajon Rondo as one of the NBA's top 5 penetrating point guards.

Joining Rondo on the list are Deron Williams, Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose and Chris Paul.

Here is an excerpt about Rondo:

RAJON RONDO

When talking about just pure speed, it’s tough to find anyone more blinding than Rondo. Add that to his huge hands and you have the recipe to effective finishing at the rim. Phil Jackson used to marvel at Michael Jordan’s ability to contort his body and move the ball around in the air while still being able to hit shots. Rondo’s enormous hands give him the same advantage (that’s also one of the main reasons why he’s such a great rebounder). A first-time All-Star last year, Rondo has a great floater and is one of the best at maneuvering and throwing up shots from weird angles around the hoop. Most defenders never really know when he is going to shoot because his style is so different. Rondo hits 65 percent of his shots around the rim.

He also benefits from being surrounded by a few pretty good players. As Boston moves forward and the ball is in his hands more often, Rondo might become the best in the NBA at this. And if he gets a decent 17-footer? Watch out.

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Kentucky Wesleyan's Jason Hall Appears on ESPN2


Kentucky Wesleyan signee Jason Hall was featured on ESPN's "First Take" show this morning between 9 and 11 a.m.

Hall's appearance was to discuss how he has been able to play basketball at a high level with only three fingers on each hand since birth.

Here is an excerpt from AmericanChronicle.com:

Hall, a 6-foot-3 guard from Philadelphia who played at West Hill Community College in Coalinga, Calif., last season, will talk about how he has been able to play basketball with only three fingers on each hand since birth.

Hall earned All-Central Valley Conference recognition last season as he led the Coalingas in 3-pointers made (64) and 3-point shooting (43.8 percent). He finished second in scoring (19.2) and third in rebounding (4.3), assists (2.2) and steals (24).


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Former Wildcats and Chris Lofton Compete in Maysville


Former Kentucky Wildcats Ramon Harris and Perry Stevenson joined former Mr. Basketball Chris Lofton and many other big name players in Maysville recently to compete in the annual Maysville Hoops Classic.

Lofton's team won the event as the former Tennessee star drained a game-winning three-pointer in the final seconds of the championship game.

The winning team included Lofton, Tee Commodore, Wes Jones, Mikah Turner, Trevor Setty and Treg Setty.

UK's Darius Miller, who also won Mr. Basketball during his Mason County career, was in the stands watching and former Cats Harris and Stevenson competed in the event.

Here is an excerpt from Maysville-Online.com:

Johnson was also impressed with the vast amount of talent that assembled at the Lady Royals Gymnasium (and former home of the Bulldogs) in downtown Maysville during the tournament.

"It's always a treat when Chris can come back and play, and he won the most valuable player award for the third time, which was presented to him by Micki and Tina Moore, who are Pat Moore's nieces," said Johnson about the late coach who was devoted to youth sports for many years in the local area. "Brian Miller (the father of UK junior-to-be Darius Miller) plays every year, and he's also a big help with the tournament. Darius was in the crowd Saturday, and we had a couple of Wildcats play too, with Ramon Harris and Perry Stevenson coming in. We drew some really outstanding players from Lexington and northern Kentucky, and we had Division I referees, which helps a lot. This was the first year we had 12 teams playing, and we also had an impressive fan base."

According to Fleming County assistant coach Lamont Taylor, other players on Lofton's team included former Mason County standouts Tee Commodore, Wes Jones, Mikah Turner and Trevor Setty, along with current Royal Treg Setty.

Taylor added that the runners-up, which fell to Squad Up by one point on Lofton's bomb, included former University of Louisville star Alvin Sims and former Paris standout Clinton Sims.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Kentucky Looks for a Head Start in Canada


Andy Katz of ESPN.com writes tonight that Canada gives Kentucky a head start to the 2010-11 season.
John Calipari will use the trip up north to help implement his infamous dribble-drive motion offense and also for an opportunity to check out the new faces on the UK roster.

Here is an excerpt from Katz's article:

Calipari said freshman forward Terrence Jones is out with an ankle injury and might not be able to play in Canada. Jones would still go on the trip. The 6-9 Jones was a huge get for Calipari after Jones initially committed to Washington out of Jefferson High in Oregon. Jones will likely be one of the top producers from the wing.

Enes Kanter, a heralded 6-9 center out of Turkey, was “more skilled than I thought,’’ Calipari said. Kanter is academically eligible, according to Calipari, but is still going through his amateurism clearance. Calipari doesn’t expect a hiccup for the season but Kanter might not be cleared to play prior to the trip.

The good news for Kentucky is that the other likely contributing newcomers -- freshmen point guard Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb, Stacey Poole and JC transfer Eloy Vargas -- are all good to go.

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Canada Schedule:

August 15, University of Windsor, 7:00 p.m.

August 16, Western Mustangs, 7:00 p.m.

August 17, University of Windsor, 11:00 a.m.

Juan Pattillo Will Make a Major Impact for WKU


SportsIllustrated.com feels that Oklahoma transfer Juan Pattillo will make a major impact at Western Kentucky in 2010-11.

Here is an excerpt about Pattillo:

Juan Pattillo, Western Kentucky

The athletic Oklahoma transfer signed with the Hilltoppers after being dismissed by the Sooners after playing just half a season. He averaged 6.2 points and 3.6 rebounds off the bench for Oklahoma and should fit in nicely in the undersized-but-active Sun Belt.

Vitale: Rick Pitino Deserves a Second Chance


ESPN broadcasting legend Dick Vitale says that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino deserves a second chance.

Here are some thoughts from Dickie V:

Make no mistake -- what he did was wrong. A married man obviously had no right to carry on the way he did around midnight at that restaurant in 2003. But I thought we lived in America, a place where people could get a second chance to redeem themselves. Pitino has stood tall, saying how he embarrassed his family and humiliated himself. What more can he do?

My friends, strength comes from making a change. Pitino will be better than ever as he has a sense of pride. Trust me, he regrets what has happened, and what his family has gone through. He has learned from his indiscretion and should be allowed to move beyond it. We have all made mistakes in our lives.

In the long run, Louisville basketball will also be better than ever once he and the program move forward.


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