Saturday, August 2, 2014

Billy Hicks Responds to Jon Hood: "He doesn't know what he's talking about"

Scott County head coach Billy Hicks has responded to former Kentucky player Jon Hood following Hood's comments on Twitter about the Scott County program and Hicks.

Hicks spoke to Ryan Alves of the Georgetown News-Graphic:



Here is an excerpt of the article:

“I don’t know Jon Hood and he doesn’t know me,” Hicks said. “He doesn’t know anything about Scott County basketball. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him at one of our games. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

For as long as Hicks has been at Scott County, the coach and the Cardinals have been under fire for its high-profile transfers, which have included former Mr. Basketball winners Rick Jones and Scott Hundley.

“In most years, we’ve had less transfers in basketball than many schools in the 11th Region,” Hicks said. “Because people know it’s hard to transfer in to play here. Now, the ones we have had have been very good, so I guess it does bring some recognition.”

Among others transfers that drew the ire of basketball fans around the state were former University of Kentucky Wildcat Jared Carter, as well as a trio of newcomers in Dakotah Euton, GeLawn Guyn and Chad Jackson in 2009.

The last two seasons the Cardinals have also had transfers from a pair of 7-footers, one from Charlotte and another from Florida.

Hicks, though, states he’s never picked up a phone to ask a kid to move in.

“I never recruited a kid in my life,” he said. “Kids have come to me. That’s the kind of program we have here. Kids want to be a part of it. I won’t apologize for that.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Kentucky Officially Announces the Hiring of Tony Barbee as Special Assistant to John Calipari

The University of Kentucky has officially announced that former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has joined the UK staff as a special assistant to John Calipari.

Barbee replaces Rod Strickland in the role of special assistant.


Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Former UTEP and Auburn head coach Tony Barbee has joined the Kentucky men’s basketball staff as the special assistant to the head coach, John Calipari announced Friday.

He will take on an administrative role in operations formerly held by Rod Strickland, who left to become an assistant coach at the University of South Florida.

Barbee was previously the head coach at UTEP and at Auburn and has served as an assistant coach under Calipari for a total of nine seasons in his career.

“Tony has been a part of my basketball family for over 20 years,” Calipari said. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow up and mature with this game since I started recruiting him when he was 16 years old. I’m thrilled with the knowledge and experience he brings to this program and our staff and am looking forward to working with him again.”

"I’m so excited to reconnect with my coach, mentor, and friend Coach Cal on his staff at Kentucky,” Barbee said. “I can't wait to join the Big Blue Nation in its quest for No. 9."

Barbee played for Calipari at UMass before starting his coaching career as a graduate assistant on the Massachusetts staff in 1995-96. The Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Final Four in Barbee’s first season as a member of the coaching staff.

He served as an assistant coach for two seasons at UMass before taking an assistant coaching position at Wyoming. Barbee rejoined Calipari as an assistant at Memphis for six seasons from 2000-06. The Tigers earned a 20-win season in each of his six years on staff. The Tigers claimed a pair of Conference USA titles and advanced to the NCAA Tournament three times during his tenure including an Elite Eight run in his final season.

Barbee was hired as UTEP’s head coach in 2006. During his four-year tenure at the helm of the Miners program he averaged 20.5 wins per seasons and exceeded his win total from year-to-year. His most prolific season at UTEP was his last in which he led the Miners to a 26-7 overall record, a C-USA regular-season title and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2009-10.

He became Auburn’s head coach prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. He spent four seasons as the head coach of the Tigers and has amassed an overall 131-127 record as a head coach.

As a player, Barbee helped lead the Minutemen to a pair of Atlantic 10 championships and two NCAA Tournaments. UMass went 91-39 during his four-year career. Barbee still ranks among the school's all-time leaders in numerous statistical categories, including scoring with 1,643 points. He was a second-team All-Atlantic 10 player in 1991 and 1993 and All-Atlantic 10 Freshman team selection in 1990.

The Indianapolis native played professionally in Spain and France after his playing career at UMass. He earned his B.A. in sports management from UMass in 1993, with a minor in African-American studies. He and his wife, Holly, have a daughter, Hayden Alexandra, and son, Andrew Marsh.

Pitino Would Have Dinner With Cawood, Pearl Would Host a Barbecue

ESPN asked several college coaches to name four people they would have dinner with and to name the location of said dinner.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said he would have dinner with the late Cawood Ledford, Florida head coach Billy Donovan, the legendary Jerry Tarkanian and the fun coach Bob Huggins.

Here is an excerpt of Pitino's choices:

Location: Il Mulino in downtown New York City. I’d have Veal Milanese.

Cawood Ledford: He was the voice of Kentucky basketball, and I became close friends with him.

Billy Donovan: Love him like a son. We always have a great time together.

Jerry Tarkanian: Has been a friend for 40 years and is one of the best this business has ever seen.

Bob Huggins: He’s just plain fun, but I’d need to rest up for about two weeks before and afterward.

Bruce Pearl gave a surprising but funny answer. He would simply host a barbecue at his house (of course) and the first person on his invite list would be NCAA President Mark Emmert.

Pearl also would like to break bread with Pitino.

Location: That’s easy. A barbecue at my house.

Mark Emmert: Because of the changing landscape, I’d want to tell him how much good there is going on in college campuses in terms of educating student-athletes and how they aren’t treated differently anymore. He’d be proud of the fact that they go to class and are held accountable. I’d also like to ask him what he thinks the future of the NCAA holds and also apologize for my mistakes and let him know how devastating it was for my family, my coaches and my program to go through what we did.

Rick Pitino: He’s the best I’ve ever gone against. He knew what I wanted to do, why I wanted to do it and how to attack it. It was like he was in our huddle.

Memphis head coach Josh Pastner said he'd like to have dinner with former boss John Calipari:

John Calipari: He brought me to Memphis, and I was able to learn a lot from him. He gave me an opportunity to be a part of the greatest run in college basketball history, even if it was only for one year. Without him, I wouldn’t have a shot to be the head coach here.

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Mike Listerman to Be Named Head Coach at Holmes High School

According to a report, Mike Listerman will be named head coach at Holmes High School later today:

Listerman will replace Jason Booher who retired from coaching earlier this week.

Chad Posthumus Signs With Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japan

Former Morehead State University big man Chad Posthumus has signed his first professional contract with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo in Japan's top-level NBL league.

Per his agent:

Slan Sports Management is pleased to announce that Chad Posthumus has signed a one-year contract with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo of the National Basketball League of Japan (NBL).

Posthumus, a 6’11” center, played the past two seasons at Morehead State University. In his senior year, he was the 4th leading rebounder in the NCAA, averaging 10.9 per game in just 25.7 minutes. He led the country in rebounds per 40 minutes at 17.1 as well as rebounding percentage at 25.2%. Posthumus also averaged 9.6 points per game and was named to the All-Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Third Team, leading his team to the OVC Tournament Semi Finals. After graduating, he was selected as one of the top 64 seniors in the country, participating in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and was invited to pre-draft workouts with the Toronto Raptors and Chicago Bulls. Posthumus was eventually invited to the Chicago Bulls minicamp where he earned a spot on their Las Vegas Summer League roster.

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Coach K Likely to Take Former Duke Player Over DeMarcus Cousins on Team USA Roster

According to a report by ESPN's Brian Windhorst, Mike Krzyzewski is likely to pick former Duke player Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins for a roster spot on Team USA.



Plumlee, primarily a reserve in the NBA, started the week on the select team that was brought in to practice against the national team. He was promoted to the national team after one day.

Here is more from Windhorst:

Krzyzewski has strongly hinted that Plumlee will make the first cut and there is a rising belief that he has a chance to make the final roster. Coach K also made a point to state that Plumlee has impressed the entire coaching staff, which is on board with his advancement; this was an attempt by Coach K to quell any belief there was Duke favoritism going on as Plumlee played for Krzyzewski in Durham.

Because of the flexibility of the forwards and the overall depth at guard, it is unclear whether the team will keep two or three centers, which means Plumlee could end up fighting for a roster spot with DeMarcus Cousins.

This is somewhat controversial because Cousins is more talented than Plumlee and certainly more established. However, the role of being Davis' backup may be more suited to a player like Plumlee because of his quickness and defensive ability. Krzyzewski has complimented Cousins on his attempts to adapt to the style needed for the international game but it is not his strong suit.

"In DeMarcus' case, the style we play lends itself to what Anthony does or even what Plumlee is doing," Krzyzewski said. "DeMarcus' game is different, so he has an adjustment to make and he's trying to make it."

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Last season, Cousins started 71 games for the Kings and averaged 22.4 points, 11.7 rebounds and shot 49.6% from the field. Plumlee started just 22 games and averaged 7.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 floor slaps.


Multiple Reports: Tony Barbee to Join Kentucky Staff

According to multiple reports, former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee will be joining the University of Kentucky staff as soon as today.

CatsIllustrated.com reported the news first. Here is an excerpt:

Kentucky is expected to hire former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee in an administrative position, likely the spot vacated by Rod Strickland.

Multiple sources on Thursday confirmed discussions between Barbee and UK. The hire could be announced as early as Friday, a source said.

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Evan Daniels of Scout.com said he confirmed the news on Twitter:


Barbee and John Calipari are long time friends with Barbee playing for Calipari at UMASS. He was also an assistant on Calipari's staff at Memphis.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

West Virginia Will Play a Road Game at Northern Kentucky This Season

West Virginia will play on the road at Northern Kentucky University on Sunday, December 7.

Here's a look at the Mountaineers' Non-Conference Schedule:

Day Date Opponent Location
Sunday Nov. 9 Shepherd (Exhibition) Morgantown, W.Va.
Friday Nov. 14 Monmouth Morgantown, W.Va.
Sunday Nov. 16 Lafayette Morgantown, W.Va.
Thursday Nov. 20 Puerto Rico Tip-Off ^ San Juan, Puerto Rico
Friday Nov. 21 Puerto Rico Tip-Off ^ San Juan, Puerto Rico
Sunday Nov. 23 Puerto Rico Tip-Off ^ San Juan, Puerto Rico
Wednesday Nov. 26 vs. VMI Charleston, W.Va.
Saturday Nov. 29 College of Charleston + Morgantown, W.Va.
Thursday Dec. 4 LSU $ Morgantown, W.Va.
Sunday Dec. 7 at Northern Kentucky Highland Heights, Ky.
Sunday Dec. 14 vs. Marshall # Charleston, W.Va.
Saturday Dec. 20 vs. NC State ! New York, N.Y.
Monday Dec. 22 Wofford Morgantown, W.Va.
Tuesday Dec. 30 Virginia Tech Morgantown, W.Va.

^ Puerto Rico Tip-Off, San Juan, Puerto Rico
+ Non-Bracketed Round Game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, Morgantown, W,Va.
$ SEC/Big 12 Challenge
# Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic
! Gotham Classic
- All Dates Subject To Change

Kentucky Offers 2016 5-Star Forward V.J. King

Kentucky recently extended a scholarship offer to 6-foot-7 small forward V.J. King of Paul VI (Va.) High School.


King ranks No. 14 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

Photo: Rivals.com


Kyle Kuric Agrees to Terms with Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 in Spain

Former Louisville swingman Kyle Kuric has agreed to terms with Heralife Gran Canaria 2014 in Spain's top-level Liga Endesa.

Kuric recently played for the Clippers in the NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas, In 4 games, he averaged 4.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Herbalife Gran Canaria 2014 (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 25-year old American swingman Kyle Kuric (193-88kg-89, college: Louisville). He has played for the last two years at Estudiantes (Liga Endesa). In 34 games he recorded 13.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.1spg last season. Great year indeed as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish Liga Endesa Honorable Mention.

Among other achievements Kuric's college team won Big East Tournament in 2009 and 2012. He received also CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America All-District 2 1st Team award in 2012.

Kuric graduated from University of Louisville in 2012 and it is his third season in pro basketball. In July he attended NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas with Los Angeles Clippers and in 4 games he scored 4.8ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.3spg with 38.1% from the field.

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Fordham University's Chris Whitehead Transfers to Bellarmine University

Bellarmine Univresity has announced the addition of 5-foot-9 guard Chris Whitehead for the 2014-15 season.

Whitehead is a transfer from Fordham University.

Here is a release from BU:

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Bellarmine University Head Basketball Coach Scott Davenport announced today that former New Albany High School standout Chris Whitehead will transfer into the Knights' program for the 2014-15 season. Whitehead, a 5-9 guard who played at Fordham University last year, will have one year of eligibility.

After a stellar high school career, Whitehead went on to play at Weatherford (Texas) College before earning NJCAA Division II First Team All-America honors at Danville (Ill.) Area Community College while leading the Jaguars to a 28-4 record in 2012-13. Last season at Fordham he saw action in 29 games, starting five and registered a season-high 13 points against UMass.

"We are tremendously fortunate to have Chris Whitehead join our program," said Davenport. "He brings a wealth of winning experience to our backcourt. Chris fills a crucial void at both ends of the court. He is a very solid player with great understanding of how the game should be played.

"In speaking with Chris, our staff has been very impressed with his desire to put team first and win! His attitude has been outstanding in his transition to Bellarmine University!"

Whitehead said he chose to transfer for a variety of reasons, but the opportunity to compete for a national championship was near the top of the list. "The main thing is to get a good education, and I can do that at Bellarmine. Secondly, I want to win (on the basketball court), and Bellarmine's been winning for a long time now," he added. "Being close to home is always a plus, and I know that Coach Davenport is a great coach."

As a high schooler, Whitehead was a two-sport star for the Bulldogs, and in the 2010-11 year was named as the Evening News and Tribune football and basketball player of the year. As a senior on the hardwood, the athletic point guard averaged 17.3 points, 6.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds a contest while also earning a spot on the prestigious Indiana All-Stars.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Cordia Head Coach Rodrick Rhodes: Knott County Cannot Beat Us this Year!!!

Cordia head coach Rodrick Rhodes is apparently taking a "glass is half full" outlook on the news that his program has been banned from play in 2014-15, postseason play in 2015 and 2016 and fined some $25,000.

Rhodes posted the following on his Facebook page:

Well Cordia fans the good thing is Knott County cannot beat us this year!!! We will be ok!!! Thank you for all the support!!!

#GlassIsHalfFull

Samardo Samuels Named to 2014 Jamaican National Team

Former Louisville big man Samardo Samuels has been named to the Jamaican national team for 2014.

Here's a look at the roster:

Jamaican National Team 2014

4 Dylan Ennis 187-G-91 Villanova USA
6 Patrick Ewing Jr. 203-F/C-84 Trikalla Greece
7 Garfield Blair 196-G-87 Marin Spain
9 Akeem Scott 185-G-83 Guaiqueries Venezuela
11 Jerome Jordan 215-C-86 Granarolo BO Italy
12 Christopher Walker 198-F-81 Cedarville USA
13 Adrian Forbes 211-F/C-88 Cognac France
14 Samardo Samuels 206-F/C-89 EA7 Armani Italy
15 Vashil Fernandez 208-F-92 Valparaiso USA

Steve Payne Adds Ron Jirsa to Coaching Staff at Tennessee Tech

Head coach Steve Payne has added longtime coaching veteran Ron Jirsa to his staff at Tennessee Tech University.

Jirsa has been a head coach at Marshall and  Georgia. He last worked as Tubby Smith's assistant coach at Minnesota. Jirsa has also made stops at Tulsa, Dayton, Garder-Webb, VCU, Delaware, Connecticut College and Belmont Abbey.

He was 78-104 overall as a head coach.

Coaching career

1981–1983 Connecticut College (asst.)
1983–1984 Delaware (asst.)
1984–1985 VCU (asst.)
1985–1988 Tulsa (asst.)
1988–1989 Belmont Abbey (asst.)
1990–1991 Gardner-Webb (asst.)
1991–1994 Tulsa (asst.)
1994–1995 Tulsa (assoc. HC)
1995–1997 Georgia (assoc. HC)
1997–1999 Georgia
1999–2003 Dayton (asst.)
2003–2007 Marshall
2007–2013 Minnesota (asst.)

Head coaching record

Overall 78–104

Here is a release from TTU:

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team took one more huge step towards the 2014-15 season, as head coach Steven Payne announced the hiring of Ron Jirsa as assistant coach to the Golden Eagle coaching staff.

"We are very excited about the addition of Coach Jirsa to our staff," Payne said. "Anytime you can add a man with the reputation, integrity and character, as well as the success in coaching, that Coach Jirsa has had, it's obviously a plus for any program, especially here at Tennessee Tech. We're really excited to add a man with the kind of background and character that he has."

"I know Coach Payne from having worked with [former Tech head coach] Mike Sutton, who's a close friend of mine," Jirsa explained. "It was easy for me to call Coach Payne because I know about his ability as a coach, his integrity and the type of person he is. I was excited that there was an opening here at Tennessee Tech that I could apply for."

A veteran of the coaching profession for over 30 years, Jirsa's responsibilities with the Tech squad will consist primarily in two areas of his expertise: coaching the Golden Eagle big men and recruiting.

"I think he'll do very well working with our post players," Payne said. "He's got some strong ties from his head coaching days at Georgia and Marshall and his recruiting contacts are tremendous from all the places he's been. I think he'll help us a lot in recruiting and I think he'll do a great job with our bigs.

"We're looking forward to having a lot of success with Coach Jirsa here," Payne added.

"I got to see the Tennessee Tech facilities on a visit and I also got to see our players and see their talent level," Jirsa said. "I met some of the guys after they worked out and I was really impressed with how easy it was to get to know them and with their work ethic. Seeing them out there working and sweating and putting in the extra effort was very impressive.

"I loved the Eblen Center," Jirsa added. "It is a very impressive building when you first walk inside and so are the basketball offices to go with it. I just loved the feel of the campus and everybody I met was extremely friendly. We got a chance to go around town and see what a nice place it would be to live. I'm excited to move my family here and get them started."

With experience as both a head coach and assistant at several different institutions, Jirsa, 54, joins the Tech staff after spending last season as a recruiting coordinator at Bethel University in Arden Hills, Minn.

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Ray Kasongo Denied Admission to Oregon, Back on the Market

Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com is reporting that former East Ridge High School and Pikeville High School forward Ray Kasongo has been denied admission to the University of Oregon.


Former UPIKE Star Trevor Setty Signs with Surrey United in BBL

Former University of Pikeville and Mason County High School star Trevor Setty has signed with Surry United in the British Basketball League.


Setty played last season for Plymouth University in the BBL.

Jon Hood Explains Comment About Scott County and Billy Hicks

Former UK player Jon Hood made a controversial statement about the Scott County boy's basketball program and head coach Billy Hicks on Monday.

Today, Hood explains that he was just making a general statement and was not attacking the Scott County program:







Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Video: 2013-14 Kentucky Basketball - "The Greatest Story Ever Told"

Kentucky fans will want to check this one out .

2013-14 Kentucky Basketball: "The Greatest Story Ever Told"



* Video by ukcats8fan on YouTube

Western Kentucky Has Reportedly Offered Emmanuel Nzekwesi

Western Kentucky has reportedly extended a scholarship offer to 2015 forward Emmanuel Nzekwesi.




Several UK Recruits Make the Cut for USA U17 Team

Several University of Kentucky recruits have made the final cut for the USA Basketball's U17 team that will be playing in the World Championships in August.

Some familiar names on the final roster include Tyus Battle, Malik Newman, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan and Jayson Tatum.

Here's a look at the roster:

• Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard’s School/ Edison, N.J./2016)
• Henry Ellenson (Rice Lake H.S./Rice Lake, Wis./2015)
• Terrence Ferguson (Prime Prep Academy/Flower Mound, Texas/2016)
• Harry Giles (Wesleyan Christian Academy/Winston-Salem, N.C./2016)
• Josh Jackson (Consortium College Prep H.S./ Southfield, Mich./2016)
• V.J. King (St. Vincent-St. Mary H.S./Akron, Ohio/2016)
• Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss./2015)
• Ivan Rabb (Bishop O’Dowd H.S./ Oakland, Calif./2015)
• Devearl Ramsey (Sierra Canyon H.S./Los Angeles, Calif./2016)
• Diamond Stone (Dominican H.S./Milwaukee, Wis./2015)
• Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind./2015)
• Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo./2016)


Video: James Young Interview at John Calipari Pro Camp

Former Kentucky star James Young talks to the media at John Calipari Pro Camp:


One Former Player Confirms He'll Play in Kentucky Alumni Game

Derek Anderson has confirmed via Twitter that he'll be participating in the upcoming UK basketball alumni game.


Anderson doesn't have the hops the once had, but he can still play:


Nerlens Noel Held a Block Party During the NBA Summer League

Former Kentucky star Nerlens Noel held a block party during his limited time in the NBA Summer League.

Check out these highlights:



Make sure you like Noel's Facebook page

Louisville's Akoy Agau to Miss Six Weeks Following Surgery

Louisville's Akoy Agau will reportedly miss six weeks of basketball after undergoing surgery this morning to repair a sports hernia.

Agau posted a picture of himself in a hospital gown on Instragram (@akoy22). The caption on his picture said, "Pre-surgery. Out in Philly about to go under the knife. About to get fixed up!! Then waking up and getting a huge Philly cheese steak."


 
 


Former UK Player Jon Hood Fires a Shot at Scott County

Former University of Kentucky player Jon Hood gave a few thoughts on the Cordia situation last night via Twitter.

Hood also mentioned Scott County and head coach Billy Hicks.

Here are his Tweets, in order:






Shots fired!

Cordia Administration Releases a Statement Regarding KHSAA Ruling

Cordia administrator Alice Whitaker has released a statement regarding the sanctions handed out by the KHSAA.

Head coach Rodrick Rhodes posted the statement on social media:

"We have no comment at this time on the KHSAA sanctions. We are handling this matter through our lawyers, due process, and the courts to rebuke this unfair, unjust, and unprecedented ruling. We are going through the proper appeal process and will be going through the courts, because clearly the KHSAA has no interest in being a fair and unbiased authoritative governing body."

Alice Whitaker
Lotts Creek Community School

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cordia Basketball Program Receives Serious Penalties from the KHSAA, Team Banned From Competition in 2014-15

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed out serious penalties to the boy's basketball program at Cordia High School.

The KHSAA has handed down the following punishment to the Cordia program:

- Suspension of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball team from playing scrimmages or contests during the 2014-15 regular and postseason, as well as the 2016 postseason. During its suspension, the school would be permitted to conduct regular season practices from October 15 until the first allowable day for district tournament play. Included in this penalty is a stipulation that representatives of the boys’ basketball team with eligibility remaining may transfer to specific KHSAA member schools without penalty;

- Forfeiture of all boys’ basketball games from the 2013-14 season for the use of at least one ineligible player in all games. The score will be recorded as 2-0 for all games which Cordia won, and the game score will remain the same for losses but will be noted as forfeits;

- Probation for Cordia’s interscholastic athletic program through the 2018-19 season. With this probation, Cordia will be placed on conditional membership, with its membership status to be reviewed at the end of the 2014-15 school year to determine whether its membership should continue to be recommended for approval by the Board of Control beginning with the 2015-16 season. Also as part of its probation, all Cordia coaches and athletic administrators shall be required to attend an in-service workshop in Lexington, conducted by the KHSAA staff concerning Association Bylaws and Kentucky law that affects interscholastic athletics during the 2014-15 school year. Additionally, an Assistant Commissioner will also be assigned to work directly with the Superintendent of schools and the Principal of Cordia to ensure development of policies, procedures and best practices to be implemented in the athletic program;

- Suspension of two members of the Cordia HS boys’ basketball coaching staff from the 2014-15 postseason boys’ basketball tournaments sanctioned by KHSAA.

- An aggregate fine of $25,980 for various infractions per the fine schedule in Bylaw 27.

Here is a summation of the allegations against Cordia:

- Falsifying records, or maintaining inaccurate records with regards to living arrangements of transferring student-athletes;
- Allowing a staff member to lease housing to the family of a student-athlete without ever receiving payment;
- Impermissible contact with multiple student-athletes with the intent to sway them to enroll at Cordia for the purpose of competing in athletics;
- Providing free transportation to relocate a student from an out-of-state school;
- Providing plane tickets on two separate occasions to a student-athlete so he could travel out-of-state;
- Facilitating housing for a student-athlete at no cost to him or his family;
- Providing money and clothes to student-athletes;
- Conducting tryouts for non-enrolled students;
- Paying the entire cost of education for two students on an F-1 exchange VISA to attend Cordia;
- Providing housing to numerous students that participated on the boys’ basketball team, as well as housing for their families;
- Allowing ineligible players to practice and compete in contests before they were cleared to participate;
- Requiring players to attend practice prior to the official start date for preseason practice (October 15), and disciplining students who missed these practice sessions;
- Holding “open gym” practices that were limited to the boys’ basketball team and thus mandatory, following the elimination from the postseason; and
- Failing to properly monitor the coaching requirements for individuals coaching in the boys’ basketball program, including the obligation to complete the legislatively mandated Sports Safety Course. These violations included a 30-day period during the 2013-14 season when no member of the coaching staff met the requirements of Bylaw 25.

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Jason Booher Steps Down at Holmes, Announces Retirement

Jason Booher has stepped down as head boy's basketball coach at Holmes High School and announced his retirement from coaching.

Booher sent the following release to several members of the media this afternoon:

This letter is to announce my retirement from coaching high school basketball. After coaching eighteen years of Kentucky high school basketball (thirteen as a head coach), I am ready to shift gears. God has truly blessed me throughout my career with great players, teams, assistant coaches, and support staffs. It has been a greater ride than anything I could have ever dreamed of eighteen years ago when I first started coaching at Corbin high school as their freshmen coach. I want to thank all my former players, assistant coaches, support staffs, schools and communities for all you have done for me and my family during my career. I also want to thank my wife and two kids for their unbelievable support of me during my career. Much has been achieved on the hardwood, but most meaningfully, it is my player’s development as young men that has mattered the most to me. It has truly been a magical ride!

My son and daughter are in middle school now and both play sports all three seasons of the year. I want to be able to attend their sporting events and spend more time with my family before my kids graduate. I also have more professional career goals that I would like to accomplish before retiring from education. I will continue to share my testimony “From Tragedy to Championships: Surviving Our Nation’s Worst Drinking and Driving Crash” around our state and nation. Writing a book about the bus crash and the magical ride I have been on as a Kentucky high school basketball player and coach is in the beginning stages as well.

I want to wish my team the best of luck next season. We have a really good team coming back next year that will be led by Mr. Basketball candidate, James “Beetle” Bolden. I have confidence in my current staff that they can lead this team to Rupp Arena this upcoming season.

God Bless to ALL & GO BULLDOGS!!!

Head Coaching Records and Accomplishments

Holmes High School

2013-2014 28-6

Shelby Valley High School

2009-2010 32-4
2012-2013 32-3
2011-2012 23-7
2010-2011 21-11
2008-2009 31-5
2007-2008 24-5
2006-2007 29-4
2005-2006 18-13
2004-2005 26-6

Belfry High School

2003-2004 11-17

Henry County High School

1998-1999 10-16

Overall Record 285-97

• KHSAA Sweet 16 Boys Basketball State Champion (2010)
• 2-time All “A” Classic Boys Basketball State Champion (2009 & 2010)
• 5-time Region Champion (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 & 2013)
• 8-time District Champion (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2014)
• 2-time All “A” 15th Region Champion (2009 & 2010)

Head Coaching Awards

• 3-time Associated Press Kentucky State Coach of the Year (2009, 2010 & 2013)
• Courier Journal’s 2009 State Coach of the Year
• Kentucky High School Athletic Directors Association’s 2009 Outstanding Coach of the Year (All Sports)
• Kentucky-Indiana All-Star Head Coach (2011)
• Kentucky Association of Basketball Coaches 15th
• 9th Region Coach of the Year (2013)
• Eastern Kentucky’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes Coach of the Year (2007)
• Adidas Appalachian Coach of the Year (2010)
• WYMT-TV’s 15th Region Coach of the Year (2009 & 2010)
• Kentucky-West Virginia All Star Series Head Coach
• Gatorade Appalachian All Star Game Head Coach
• Coached Kentucky’s 2010 Mr. Basketball Elisha Justice

A Part of 10 Regional Championships

1990 & 1991 Player at North Hardin High School
1997 Assistant Coach at Corbin High School
2001 Assistant Coach at North Hardin High School
2002 Assistant Coach at Shelby Valley High School
2005, 2007, 2009, & 2010 Head Coach at Shelby Valley High School
2013 Head Coach at Covington Holmes High School

Lindsey Wilson College Releases Men's Basketball Schedule for 2014-15

Lindsey Wilson College has released the school's men's basketball schedule for the 2014-15 season.

The Blue Raiders will open their season November 1 with an afternoon game against Benedictine College at the Lou Cunningham Classic in Campbellsville.

2014-15 Men's Basketball Schedule

Day Time Opponent Score Record

November

1 1:00 PM vs. Benedictine College Campbellsville, Ky. (Lou Cunningham Classic)
2 2:00 PM vs. Ohio State-Mansfield Columbia, Ky.   
5 7:00 PM @ Martin Methodist Pulaski, Tenn.   
7 8:00 PM vs. Miami University-Middletown Columbia, Ky.   
9 4:00 PM vs. College of Saint Joseph in Vermont Columbia, Ky.   
* 13 8:00 PM vs. Life University Columbia, Ky.   
* 20 7:00 PM @ Shawnee State University Portsmouth, Ohio   
* 22 3:00 PM @ Georgetown College Georgetown, Ky.   
28 8:00 PM vs. Voorhees College Columbia, Ky. (Lindsey Wilson College Classic)
29 4:00 PM vs. Robert Morris College Columbia, Ky. (Lindsey Wilson College Classic)

December

* 4 8:00 PM vs. Campbellsville University Columbia, Ky.
* 6 4:00 PM vs. St. Catharine College Columbia, Ky.   
16 7:00 PM vs. Ohio Christian University Columbia, Ky.   
19 6:00 PM vs. John Brown University Little Rock, Ark. (Philander Smith College Classic)
20 4:00 PM @ Philander Smith College Little Rock, Ark. (Philander Smith College Classic)

January

3 2:00 PM vs. MidAmerica Nazarene University Columbia, Ky.   
5 5:00 PM vs. Martin Methodist Columbia, Ky.   
10 7:00 PM vs. Fisk University Columbia, Ky.
* 15 7:00 PM @ University of Pikeville Pikeville, Ky.   
* 17 3:00 PM @ University of the Cumberlands Williamsburg, Ky.   
* 22 8:00 PM vs. Cumberland Univ. Columbia, Ky.
* 29 8:00 PM vs. University of the Cumberlands Columbia, Ky.   
* 31 4:00 PM vs. University of Pikeville Columbia, Ky.

February

* 5 7:00 PM @ Campbellsville University Campbellsville, Ky.   
* 7 3:00 PM @ St. Catharine College St. Catharine, Ky.
* 12 8:00 PM vs. Georgetown College Columbia, Ky.   
* 14 4:00 PM vs. Shawnee State University Columbia, Ky.   
* 21 3:00 PM @ Life University Marietta, Ga.   
* 26 8:00 PM @ Cumberland Univ. Lebanon, Tenn.

* Conference Event
% Scrimmage
^ Exhibition

2015 Star Antonio Blakeney Cuts Final List to 7 Schools

Antonio Blakeney, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Oak Ridge (Fla.), has cut his final list to seven schools.

According to Scout.com, Blakeney is down to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC.

Here is an excerpt:

Antonio Blakeney tells Scout.com that he is down to seven schools.

The five-star prospect out of Orlando (Fla.) Oak Ridge cut his list to Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and USC.

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Blakeney ranks No. 16 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2015. He is No. 20 overall on the Scout.com list.

Photo: Rivals.com


UK Basketball Legend Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones Passes Away at 88

University of Kentucky basketball legend Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones has passed away at the age of 88.

Jones was the lone surviving member of the famed Fabulous Five, which won Kentucky's first two national championships in 1948 and 1949.

In 1948, the All-American was also a member of the U.S. team that won the Olympic gold medal. Jones also starred on the football field as he was an all-Southeastern Conference football player for former head coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.

During his four-year career at Kentucky, Jones scored 1,151 points. He was an All-SEC performer during all four seasons as a Wildcat. He was also a three-time All-American.

Jones was drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in the 1949 NBA Draft.


Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/07/27/3354327/legendary-uk-basketball-and-football.html#storylink=cpy

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