Friday, October 2, 2015

Katina Powell on Louisville: "We've done so many recruits, it is sickening"

PR Newswire has issued a press release about the book Breaking Cardinal Rules by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Dick Cady and escort Katina Powell. 

In the release, Powell boldly states, "(we've) done so many recruits, it is sickening."

Here is the release:

INDIANAPOLISOct. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Dick Cady and escort Katina Powell have written an expose of recruiting tactics used in the basketball program at University of Louisville, based on Powell's experience providing sexual services at the school.
Breaking Cardinal Rules ($17.95 Perfect Bound will be available at ibj.com/books$9.95 ebook available on Amazon.com, iTunes, Nook & Google), explores the length that a storied basketball program will go to secure the nation's top high school basketball talent.   
"I looked in those young faces, and their eyes reflected their fear and loss of innocence.  (We've) done so many recruits, it is sickening," Powell laments. Escorting, dancing and sex was Powell's occupation.  She ran the business with a troupe of strippers, including her own daughters.
Powell kept five journals with details of her escort escapades, sexual encounters, murdered relatives and activities at the University of Louisville.  Most of the U of L services she provided took place in the men's dormitory where basketball players reside.  Her main contact and the man who paid for her services–the school's former director of basketball operations and former graduate assistant, Andre McGee–kept Powell and her girls busy from 2010 to 2014. She has hundreds of text exchanges with him to set up her services as well as pictures of her girls with players and recruits.
Powell does not present a sympathetic character. Her life is full of contradictions. She has no remorse for her life or the choices she has made. Her story is true, and Breaking Cardinal Rules goes into firsthand and graphic detail. "This story needs to be told," says publisher Patricia Keiffner

Photo Surfaces That Allegedly Shows Louisville Player with an Escort

A photo was released by IBJ News tonight that allegedly shows a Louisville men's basketball player with an escort.

Supposedly, the book Breaking Cardinal Rules includes more pictures of Louisville players with escorts.

Indiana Releases Statement About Situation at Louisville

Indiana University has released a statement about the evolving situation at the University of Louisville. 

"At no time did Indiana University have contact with teh NCAA on this issue, contact a member of the media or act in malice in any way towards Louisville, and any suggestion contrary to these facts is false," the release reads.

Here is a release from IU (via Eric Crawford on Twitter):


UMKC Places Andre McGee on Paid Administrative Leave

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has placed assistant men's basketball coach Andre McGee on paid administrative leave. 

McGee, of course, is the focal point of allegations against the men's basketball program at Louisville.

UMKC issued this release:

“The University of Missouri-Kansas City is aware of today’s reports alleging wrongdoing by a current UMKC employee while he worked at another institution,” read a release from the school. “UMKC is taking the allegations seriously and we have already initiated our own review of the matter.”
Louisville's Rick Pitino said he has spoken to McGee once since he was made aware of the allegations.
“I spoke to Andre one time,” Pitino said. “I just asked him a few questions. I don’t want to speak for him. I’ll let Andre speak for himself. At no time did he own up to any of what’s being printed right now."




Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/umkc/article37388640.html#storylink=cpy




Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/college/umkc/article37388640.html#storylink=cpy

Tom Crean Denies Any Involvement in the Louisville Situation

Rick Pitino and Tom Jurich both mentioned Indiana during this evening's press conference about the allegations surrounding Louisville's men's basketball program.


Jurich said Louisville first learned of the entire situation from an Indiana associate AD who was "acting on behalf" of a powerful IU booster.

Pitino noted that the law school at Indiana is named after the person who published the book.

Indiana coach Tom Crean had this to say:

Louisville Releases Statement Regarding Escort Allegations

The University of Louisville has released a statement about the allegations of a former men's basketball staffer hiring escorts for players and recruits. 

Here is the statement via Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports:

"The University of Louisville first learned of these allegations when the Indianapolis Business Journal contacted the University’s sports information department seeking comment in late August," the school said in a released statement. "... The University, on its own initiative, notified the NCAA Enforcement Staff regarding this matter and has been in regular communication with them."
In the book’s final chapter, it quotes a statement it says it received from the university in response to a request for comment on the allegation: "The University of Louisville has retained an outside expert to investigate allegations evidently contained in a book that IBJ Book Publishing, LLC has been asked to publish. The outside expert is aggressively reviewing this situation in full cooperation with relevant authorities, including the NCAA. The university notes that the publisher has provided sparse detail to date and repeats its request for additional detail in order to further the thoroughness of the investigation. If the investigation uncovers any misconduct by University employees, the university will deal with it swiftly and severely."

Rick Pitino, Tom Jurich Will Hold a Press Conference at 5:45 p.m.

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich will hold a live press conference at 5:45 p.m. ET to discuss allegations that a former men's basketball staffer hired escorts for players and recruits.

The Courier-Journal will be streaming the press conference live here

Book Claims Louisville Basketball Staffer Hired Escorts, Strippers to Entertain Players and Recruits

There are shocking claims about the Louisville men's basketball program in a book that is set to be released as soon as Saturday.

According to multiple reports, the book claims a former Louisville basketball staffer hired escorts and strippers to entertain players and recruits.

The entertainment allegedly included stripping and sexual acts.

Here is an excerpt from IBJ.com:

The details of the book, which is based on hundreds of journal entries and thousands of text messages kept by the head of the escort service, have triggered the University of Louisville to launch an internal investigation into its storied men’s basketball program. During the years described in the book, the Cardinals went to the Final Four in 2012 and won the national championship in 2013.

The Indianapolis-based NCAA has been told of the internal investigation, according to University of Louisville officials.


Titled “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen," the book tells the story of Louisville stripper and escort Katina Powell. She claims she was hired repeatedly by former University of Louisville basketball staffer Andre McGee to provide strippers and prostitutes during the campus visits of highly sought high school basketball players—and in some cases their fathers—as well as then-current Louisville players. The book names players involved.

McGee, who played for the Cardinals from 2005-2009, was a Louisville graduate assistant for two years before being promoted to director of basketball operations in 2012. McGee left the school in 2014 to take an assistant coaching job for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

In her book, the 43-year-old Powell said she provided entertainment for 22 parties from 2010 to 2014, many at Billy Minardi Hall, an on-campus dormitory for many Louisville basketball players. The dorm is named after Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino’s brother-in-law, who was killed in the 9/11 attacks in New York.


At the parties, a number of women—including Powell and three of her daughters—stripped and danced in front of the Louisville recruits and players—as well as performed sex acts with them, said Powell.

At those parties, Powell said, high school-age recruits were offered alcohol by McGee, who also arranged additional payment to her and her dancers if the recruits wanted to have sex with them.


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Obviously, these are shocking allegations that would result in heavy penalties if proven to be accurate. 

Louisville has called a press conference for 5:45 p.m. ET today. 

Worcester Academy's Tanner Johnson Picks Up Offer from Bryant University

Former Lexington Catholic shooting guard Tanner Johnson, who decided in August to transfer to Worcester Academy (MA) and reclassify to the Class of 2016, has picked up an offer from Bryant University.





Johnson, who stands 6'5", originally committed to Centre College in May.

Bryant University is an NCAA Division I program in the Northeast Conference.

Kentucky Releases Finalized Men's Basketball Schedule for 2015-16

The University of Kentucky has released their finalized men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.
 
Here's a release from UK:
 
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The 2015-16 Kentucky men’s basketball schedule features 31 games on national telecasts after the remaining games were finalized Friday.
 
UK will be a prominent fixture among the college basketball television scene yet again with 26 total games set for national telecast by the ESPN family of networks and five more scheduled for CBS.
 
The Wildcats’ season opener will take place Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. against Albany. The game will air live on the SEC Network. UK will then take on NJIT in Rupp Arena on Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. with the game airing on SEC Network+ via the WatchESPN app.
 
A midweek contest against Duke in the Champions Classic in Chicago is followed by the Wildcats returning home to take on Wright State on Nov. 20. Tip time is set for 8 p.m. UK will then meet Boston on Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. The games with Wright State and the Terriers will both air on the SEC Network.
 
Kentucky’s two exhibition contests are slated for Nov. 2 vs. Ottawa and Nov. 6 vs. Kentucky State. UK will matchup with Ottawa at 7 p.m. on SEC Network+ (WatchESPN). The Wildcats will take on Kentucky State at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.
 
UK’s home date with Tennessee on Thursday, Feb. 18 is now slated for an ESPN or ESPN2 designation and will tip at either 7 or 8 p.m. Confirmation of a network and time will be released at a later date.
 
The unofficial start to the 2015-16 season takes place at Big Blue Madness on Oct. 16. The men’s and women’s opening night will air on the SEC Network.
 
For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com. 
 
Here's a look at the finalized schedule (click to enlarge and print):
 
 

Milton Chavis Signs to Play in Luxembourg

Former Morehead State forward Milton Chavis has signed with Kordall Steelers in Luxembourg's second-level N2 league.

Here are details from Eurobasket.com:

Kordall Steelers (N2) agreed terms with American forward Milton Chavis (198-95kg, college: Morehead State, agency: Bluestar Sports Management). He was about to sign at Worthing Thunder in British EBL D1. The last season Chavis played also at Worthing Thunder (EBL D1) in United Kingdom. In 10 games he was the best scorer with impressive 26.2ppg and averaged 7.3rpg, 4.1apg, 2.4spg (in top 3) and 1.4bpg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-British EBL Division One Honorable Mention. His team made it to the OVC Tournament Semifinals in 2012.

Chavis graduated from Morehead State in 2013 and it is his third season as a professional player.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Ballard, Hopkinsville to Play in Next Level Hoops Fest in December

Ballard and Hopkinsville are in the eight-team field for the Next Level Hoops Fest event at Christ Presbyterian Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.

The event will be held December 28-30.

Here is an excerpt from the Tennessean:

The field has been announced for the second annual Next Level Hoops Fest, which will be held in Nashville at Christ Presbyterian Academy for the second consecutive year.

The teams include CPA, Whitehaven High School (Memphis), Mountain Brook High School (Ala.), Spain Park High School (Ala.), University High School (La.), Arkansas Baptist (Ark.), Hopkinsville High School (Ky.) and Ballard High School (Ky.).

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Timelapse Video of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Tent City

Check out this timelapse video of Kentucky's Big Blue Madness "Tent City":


2016 PF Wenyen Gabriel Commits to Kentucky

Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-foot-9 power forward in the Class of 2016, has committed to the University of Kentucky.



Gabriel currently ranks No. 17 overall on the Rivals.com list for 2016.

He chose the Wildcats over Duke.


Dakari Johnson Will Spend Entire 2015-16 Season in the D-League

Former Kentucky forward Dakari Johnson will spend the entire 2015-16 season with the Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA Development League.



Johnson took a chance on the NBA Draft but slipped to the second round.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

UK Compliance Department Reminds Fans That It's Not OK To Sell Autographs

The UK Compliance Department took to social media this morning to remind fans that it is not OK to sell autographed items of student athletes who are currently in college.



BBN, if you receive an autograph while camping out, it is with the mutual understanding that the item will never be sold or traded for another item of value as long as any autograph on that item represents a current UK student-athlete. Thanks for your cooperation in protecting our student-athletes. Go Cats!

Fans at UK's Big Blue Madness Campout will be around student athletes and may acquire autographed items. It is not permissible to sell those items.


Kentucky Basketball's Secret Recruiting Weapon: Drake?

Chris Marquette of the Picayune Item believes Kentucky has landed several high profile recruits because of John Calipari's friendship with Drake.

According to Marquette, "Calipari’s use of his friendship with Drake has certainly swayed a number of undecided recruits to 'rock Kentucky blue.'"

Here's an excerpt of Marquette's thoughts:

Drake, one of the most popular artists today and a well-known Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan, has been a fixture at UK events for some time now and has a friendship with Head Coach John Calipari. It is undeniable that these young, impressionable kids, many of whom love Drake’s music, are influenced by his affinity for the Wildcats—in the last couple years Kentucky has consistently had among the best recruiting classes.

It is well documented how invasive and strict the NCAA recruiting restrictions are, but there is little they can do about censoring the lyrics of recording artists about particular players or schools.

Calipari’s use of his friendship with Drake has certainly swayed a number of undecided recruits to "rock Kentucky blue."

Whether or not Drake’s allure is harmful to young student-athletes still remains to be seen, but what is for certain is he is a factor.

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EKU Introduces Freshman Forward Anthony Pratt

Getting to know Eastern Kentucky University forward Anthony Pratt:

American Sports Network to Broadcast 10 OVC Basketball Games

The Ohio Valley Conference has announced that American Sports Network will broadcast 10 OVC basketball games during the 2015-16 season.

The television schedule includes games with Murray State, Western Kentucky and Morehead State.

Here's a release from the league:

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference has announced that 10 OVC basketball games this season will be broadcast by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. on the American Sports Network (ASN).
 
The schedule includes eight men’s basketball contests (three of which are non-conference games) and two women’s basketball games. That number is up from five total contests a season ago.
 
The American Sports Network is an initiative of the Sinclair Networks Group, LLC, owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and operates programs and provides sales serves to 164 television stations in 79 markets, reaching approximately 43 percent of U.S. television households. It includes FOX, ABC, CBS, MyTV, CW, NBC, Univision and Azteca affiliates.
 
The exact stations each of the games will air will be announced at a later date.
 
A complete television schedule with additional national exposure will be released soon.

2015-16 OVC American Sports Network (ASN) Television ScheduleTuesday, November 17              Middle Tennessee State at Murray State             7:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, November 18         Western Kentucky at Belmont                            6:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, December 12             Ole Miss at Southeast Missouri                          2:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, January 6              Belmont at SIUE                                                8:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, January 20             Southeast Missouri at SIUE (WOMEN’S GAME)  8:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, January 23                 Jacksonville State at Morehead State                 12:00 p.m. ET
Thursday, January 28                 Tennessee State at Tennessee Tech                   8:00 p.m. CT
Saturday, February 6                 Southeast Missouri at Eastern Illinois                 11:00 a.m. CT
Wednesday, February 10           Austin Peay at Eastern Illinois                            8:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday, February 24           Eastern Illinois at UT Martin (WOMEN’S GAME)  8:00 p.m. CT

St. Catharine College Announces Schedule for 2015-16

St. Catharine College and new head coach Joe Krupinski have announced their men's basketball schedule for the 2015-16 season.

Here's a look:

St. Catharine College Basketball (M) Schedule

Date Opponent Location Coverage Time
Oct. 27, 2015 @ Indiana University Southeast New Albany, Ind. 7 p.m.
Oct. 30, 2015 Union College Lourdes Hall 7 p.m.
Nov. 5, 2015 Martin Methodist University Lourdes Hall 7 p.m.
Nov. 10, 2015 @ Indiana University East Richmond, Ind. 7 p.m.
Nov. 13, 2015 @ Asbury Classic vs. Asbury University Wilmore, Ky. 6 p.m.
Nov. 14, 2015 @ Asbury Classic vs. Brescia University Wilmore, Ky. 2 p.m.
Nov. 19, 2015 @ Gerogetown College* Georgetown, Ky. 8 p.m.
Nov. 21, 2015 @ Shawnee State University* Portsmouth, Ohio 4 p.m.
Nov. 28, 2015 @ Bethel University Bethel, Tenn. 4 p.m.
Dec. 3, 2015 @ Cumberland University* Lebanon, Tenn. 8 p.m.
Dec. 5, 2015 @ Lindsey Wilson College* Columbia, Ky. 4 p.m.
Dec. 11, 2015 @ Belarmine Classic vs. Bellarmine University Louisville, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12, 2015 @ Belarmine Classic vs. University of Southern Indiana Louisville, Ky. 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 15, 2015 Indiana University Southeast Lourdes Hall noon
Dec. 17, 2015 @ Brescia University Owensboro, Ky. 8 p.m.
Jan. 7, 2016 Port City Bible College (Exhibition) Lourdes Hall 7 p.m.
Jan. 9, 2016 Life University* Lourdes Hall 4 p.m.
Jan. 14, 2016 University of Pikeville* Lourdes Hall 8 p.m.
Jan. 16, 2016 University of the Cumberlands* Lourdes Hall 4 p.m.
Jan. 21, 2016 @ Campebsllsville University* Campbellsville, Ky. 8 p.m.
Jan. 25, 2016 @ Kentucky State University Frankfort, Ky. 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 28, 2016 Georgetown College* Lourdes Hall 8 p.m.
Jan. 30, 2016 Shawnee State University* Lourdes Hall 4 p.m.
Feb. 2, 2016 @ Union College Barbourville, Ky. 7 p.m.
Feb. 6, 2016 Campbellsville University* Lourdes Hall 4 p.m.
Feb. 11, 2016 @ University of the Cumberlands* Williamsburg, Ky. 8 p.m.
Feb. 13, 2016 @ University of Pikeville* Pikeville, Ky. 4 p.m.
Feb. 16, 2016 @ Morehead State University Morehead, Ky.
Feb. 18, 2016 Cumberland University* Lourdes Hall 8 p.m.
Feb. 20, 2016 Lindsey Wilson College* Lourdes Hall 4 p.m.
Feb. 25, 2016 @ Life University* Marietta, Ga. 7:30 p.m.
Mar. 3-6, 2016 @ Mid-South Conference Tournament Frankfort, Ky.

* - indicates Mid-South Conference event
All times are local.

Morehead State Announces Plans for Hardwood Hysteria

Morehead State University has announced that the annual Hardwood Hysteria basketball preview event will be held Saturday, October 10, at 6:00 p.m. ET.

The event is free and will take place at Johnson Arena on the campus of MSU.

Here is a release from MSU:

MOREHEAD, Ky. - With the start of the 2015-16 men's and women's basketball campaigns nearing, Morehead State fans can get a jump start on the season with the Hardwood Hysteria preview event, set for Saturday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. ET.

The event, which is FREE and open to the public, will take place at Johnson Arena. It will follow the homecoming football game vs. Butler, which kicks off at 1 p.m.

Hardwood Hysteria will feature a variety of events for Morehead State students, alumni and supporters. The Alumni Association Chili Supper, which is also free and open to the public, will take place in the Johnson Arena lobby prior to the start of the event. Fans can take part in Select-A-Seat, which will allow them to choose their 2015-16 season ticket location. There will also be games and prizes for MSU students.

It will also mark the first opportunity for fans to see the brand new court design and hear the brand new public address system.

"We are looking forward to introducing our team," Men's Head Coach Sean Woods said. "This should be a fun way to kick off the season, and we hope everyone will come out and enjoy a great night of activities. We can't wait for fans to get to know our players, coaches and support staff because we value the importance of the campus and community in helping build a successful program."

Woods will be joined by second-year Women's Head Coach Greg Todd, who will also introduce his squad.

"We are excited to be a part of the activities, and hope fans will get to know our players and staff. We want to see a big crowd at this event," he said.

Autograph sessions, performances by the MSU dance team and cheerleaders, skills challenges, three-point competition, dunk contest, dance competitions and many more surprises are in store for attendees.

Season tickets for all 30 men's and women's basketball games are available for as low as $80, just $2.67 per game! Or get a reserved chair back seat with a name plate for every game for $190, just $6.33 per game! Select your seat during Hardwood Hysteria, or call (606) 783-2386 or visit MSUEagles.com/HoopsTix for more info.

Be sure to check out the official site of Morehead State Athletics at www.MSUEagles.com, follow the Eagles on Facebook at Facebook.com/MSUEagles, and catch us on Twitter and Instagram at @MSUEagles. Also, download the free Morehead State Athletics Eagle Empire iPhone or Android app, which features live audio, awards for attending MSU athletic events, and much more.

Getting to Know EKU Freshman Nick Mayo

Eastern Kentucky University introduces Nick Mayo, a freshman from Maine:

Big Blue Madness Campout Reaches Full Capacity in Just 4 Hours

Kentucky's Big Blue Madness Campout has already reached capacity and no more tents will be accepted.




Here's a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Within hours of the start of the Big Blue Madness campout, camping space has reached capacity. As a result, no new campers will be able to set up and no control cards for free tickets to the annual event will be issued to those not already camped out. Fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to acquire tickets to the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball teams.
 
The annual campout officially began at 5 a.m. on Wednesday, and by 9 a.m. approximately 585 tents had been set up. Space for this year’s campout is limited by construction to the University of Kentucky campus immediately surrounding Memorial Coliseum.
 
Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. In a change from previous seasons, the ticket distribution will take place on Friday night to allow fans to attend the home football game vs. Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 3. The ticket distribution will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m., following the 7 p.m. home UK volleyball match vs. Mississippi State.
 
Tickets for the 2015 Big Blue Madness will be available at 10 p.m. both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age. There will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be canceled.
 
A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out earlier on Friday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Fans will receive a maximum of four tickets per control card Friday night. Fans with control cards are encouraged to start lining up for Friday night’s ticket distribution by 8:30 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.
 
Big Blue Madness times and broadcast info will be released at a later date.
 
For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com.

Eric Bledsoe Transforms Into a Jedi Master

Former Kentucky guard Eric Bledsoe is apparently a Jedi Master now.

Bledsoe posted a picture with a lightsaber on his Instagram account:

Andrew Harrison Will Spend 2015-16 Season in the D-League

Former University of Kentucky point guard Andrew Harrison will spend the entire 2015-16 season in the NBA D-League.

Harrison will be a non-roster D-League player, which means he will spend the entirety of the season playing for the Grizzlies affiliate, the Iowa Energy. This delays his NBA free agency clock by one year.

Tent City Live to Make Debut at Big Blue Madness Campout

The Big Blue Madness Campout at UK will have an added feature this season. 

The UK Sports Network will be debuting "Tent City Live presented by Papa John's" this week.

Here is a release from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – There aren’t many fan bases that camp out for days in order to get free tickets to what equates to a glorified basketball pep rally, but then again, there aren’t many fan bases like the Big Blue Nation. In yet another example of how wild and passionate they are, the UK Sports Network will be debuting “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s.”

“Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s” will be a two-day live stream broadcast from the heart of the Big Blue Madness Campout outside Memorial Coliseum on Avenue of Champions. The live stream will air from 8-10 p.m. ET on UKAthletics.com/tentcitylive on Wednesday and Thursday. Dave Baker and Christi Thomas will host the show on Wednesday. Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio and the UK Sports Network will join as co-host on Thursday.

Special guests will join throughout the two-day event, including UK men’s basketball head coach John Calipari, the voice of the Cats, Tom Leach, Kentucky Sports Radio and the UK Sports Network’s Freddie Maggard, and many more.

Fans at the Big Blue Madness Campout will not only be able to watch “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s” on the UK Sports Network from the Coke stage on Avenue of Champions, but those who are not in the area will be able to enjoy all of the events online through a live video stream onUKathletics.com/tentcitylive.

Along with special guest interviews, “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s”will have giveaways and contests for lucky campers, including a Fischer’s hot dog grilling station by Specialty Foods Group, complete with a hot dog eating contest. Also, the ever-popular Papa John’s pizza giveaway will be held Thursday evening. Throughout the “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s”broadcast, there will be an opportunity for eight lucky fans to test their Kentucky Basketball knowledge against one another in the Academy Sports+Outdoors eight-person trivia bracket challenge. Fans are also encouraged to submit questions and comments for the hosts and guests to the UK Sports Network via Twitter at @UKRadioNetwork to be answered on the live stream.

New this year, Tempur-Pedic and Sleep Outfitters are giving away a Big Blue Glamping experience. At the beginning of the “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s” broadcast, one camper will be chosen to win a luxury tent upgrade, with an interior designed by Folk Magazine & Circa Home and a meet-and-greet “tent warming” visit by Coach Cal.

To get involved, campers will need to stop by the Big Blue Glamping tent(located on the southwest side of the Joe Craft Center nearest the Wildcat Coal Lodge) and fill out a card to register for a chance to win the Glamping upgrade. UK Athletics will announce the winner Wednesday during the live broadcast, “Tent City Live presented by Papa John’s” on UKathletics.com. Beginning that night, the winner and a guest will be able to enjoy the upgraded glamping experience for the remainder of their stay at the Big Blue Madness Campout.

EKU Lands Commitment from 2016 PG Parker Chitty

Eastern Kentucky University recently picked up a commitment from 2016 point guard Parker Chitty from Columbus East (Ind.).


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

SMU, Larry Brown Hit With Severe NCAA Penalties

The NCAA dealt SMU and head coach Larry Brown serious penalties following allegations of academic fraud, unethical conduct and head coach control.

The punishment for the basketball program includes a postseason ban, a 9-game suspension for Brown, 3 years probation, 9 scholarships lost, a vacation of wins in which the ineligible player participated and recruiting restrictions.

Here's a rundown of the allegations against the men's basketball program from the NCAA:

A former assistant men’s basketball coach encouraged a student-athlete to enroll in an online course to meet NCAA initial eligibility standards and be admitted to the university. After he enrolled in the course, a former men’s basketball administrative assistant obtained the student’s username and password then completed all of his coursework. The student-athlete received fraudulent credit for the course and, as a result, competed while ineligible during his freshman season. When speaking with NCAA enforcement staff, the student-athlete admitted that the former administrative assistant asked him to provide false information during the interview. In its decision, the panel noted it is very troubled that academic advising was administered by athletics staff.

The former administrative assistant violated NCAA’s ethical conduct rules when she provided false information during her interviews and attempted to influence a student-athlete to provide false information during his interview. The administrative assistant initially cooperated with the investigation, but later ended the second interview early, refused to provide documentation and denied additional interview requests.

While the university noted the head basketball coach received rules education, the panel noted it did not see a record of steps the he took to establish and ensure a culture of compliance within his program. Although the head basketball coach did not have direct knowledge or involvement in the misconduct, he did not follow up on the completion of coursework. Upon learning of the misconduct in 2014, the head basketball coach did not report it to the compliance staff, conference office or enforcement staff for more than a month. When asked by the NCAA enforcement staff about the potential violations, the head basketball coach initially denied having any information about the conversations with the former administrative assistant and student-athlete.

The head basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program. He failed to report the violations when the former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of the student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.

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Dick Vitale believe Brown should be banned from college basketball:

I have a big problem when a coach puts three major schools on probation during his watch. It happened at UCLA, where he did a great job on the court.

Brown went from there to have an exceptional career coaching in the pros. He is the only man to win both and NBA and NCAA championship as a head coach.

Later on, he gets a third chance to coach in the college ranks. He gets to take over struggling SMU. He builds it back up, doing a phenomenal job revitalizing the program. He created excitement there, made Mustangs basketball games a destination for fans clamoring for success.

All along, there were problems galore. According to the NCAA report, Brown lied about having information of wrongdoing between a student-athlete and former administrative assistant.

The NCAA said the head basketball coach failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance within his program. He failed to report the violations when the former administrative assistant committed academic fraud on behalf of the student-athlete and he initially lied to enforcement staff about his knowledge of the potential violations.

He turned his back on the situation.

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AEK Athens Expected to Cut Daniel Orton Following Locker Room Tirade

Former Kentucky big man Daniel Orton, who is trying to salvage his professional career overseas, seems to find trouble at every stop.

Reports out of Greece say that AEK Athens is expected to cut Orton following a bizarre incident in the locker room during a recent game.

Orton was reportedly laughing during halftime and was called out by his head coach. Orton then became "out of control" and to smash things inside the locker room. An assistant coach tried to calm him but Orton "pushed him back."

Here is an excerpt from SDNA.gr:

AEK have called Orton to apologize since they are very troubled with his behaviour. Orton,in the halftime of the game between AEK and the Skyliners,was laughing in the locker rooms. Sakota admonished him and when he left the locker rooms, Orton was out of control and started to smash things. Assistant coach Angelos Koronios tried to calm him down but Orton pushed him back. What is more,the 25-year-old center in the past, had missed unreasonably a training and had abandoned a team dinner. As a result it is quite possible for the American center to leave the "Queen".

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Orton was previously let go in the Philippines after he made some negative statements about boxing legend Manny Pacquiao.

Prior to that, Orton was involved in a brawl in China.

Monday, September 28, 2015

John Calipari Explains Comments About Loyalty to the Harrison Twins

John Calipari has posted some more thoughts on his comments about the Harrison twins in the Final Four loss to Wisconsin.

Here's what Coach Cal had to say on social media:






John Calipari Says He Stuck With Struggling Harrison Twins in Final Four Out of Loyalty

University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari admitted during a coaching clinic Sunday that loyalty to the Harrison twins might have cost the Wildcats a national championship last season.

Calipari told a group of coaches that he knew Andrew and Aaron Harrison were struggling but opted to stick with them out of loyalty even though Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis might have been better choices.

Here’s an excerpt from USA Today:

Speaking at a basketball coaches clinic on Sunday, Calipari noted he stuck with the Harrison twins, then sophomores, rather than play Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis, then freshmen, when Kentucky faltered down the the stretch against Wisconsin in the semifinal game of the 2015 Final Four.

“Now you may say, ‘Why didn’t you have Tyler and Devin in at the end of the Wisconsin game? You probably would have won,’ ’’ Calipari said during his hour-long talk. “Because I was being loyal to those other two who led us to a championship game a year ago and they deserve to be on that court. That’s why I did it. I knew who was playing well and who was struggling. You think I wasn’t sitting there watching?

“But I owed it to those two (the Harrison twins) to do it.’’

Kentucky went ahead 58-56 on Aaron Harrison’s layup with 7:51 to play. But the Harrisons missed seven of their final eight shots from the floor as Wisconsin pulled away for a 71-64 victory that ended Kentucky’s season at 38-1.

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John Wall Donates $400,000 to Washington, D.C. Center That Helps Homeless Children

Former Kentucky star John Wall made a surprise visit Friday to a Washington, D.C. center for homeless children.

Bright Beginnings, an early childhood development and learning organization that serves around 162 children a day, announced that Wall also gave the organization a $400,000 donation.

Here's more about the visit from WashingtonCityPaper.com:

Bright Beginnings, an early childhood development and learning organization that serves around 162 children a day, announced the contribution in a news release. The money from Wall will help the center open its second planned facility in Ward 8, which will serve 100 additional children and their families and is expected to open in 2017.

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Donnie Tyndall Volunteers to be Associate AD at Tennessee Wesleyan College

Former Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall has volunteered to serve as Associate Athletic
Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Tyndall was let go at Tennessee after one season due an NCAA investigation into his time at Southern Miss.

Tennessee Wesleyan College is an NAIA Division II program in Athens, Tennessee.

Here is a release from TWC:

Former University of Tennessee men's basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall has volunteered to serve as the Associate Athletic Director at Tennessee Wesleyan College this year. Tyndall and his wife, Nikki, have moved to Athens, where Tyndall will begin his tenure as volunteer Associate AD.

"I am very excited about my new position at TWC," Tyndall said. "I am thankful for this incredible opportunity. This position will give me the chance to share my experiences with our student athletes and help them launch their careers. My goal is to help our college, our community and our students. I'm very thankful to the entire TWC family for welcoming me in. I can't wait to get started!"

As Associate Athletic Director, Tyndall's primary role will be game management. He will attend TWC athletic events to ensure the events run smoothly.

"I'm looking forward to Coach Tyndall joining the TWC Athletic Department as Associate Athletic Director," TWC Athletic Director Donny Mayfield said. "He and I have discussed several administrative tasks that he will oversee, and I feel that his years of athletic experience at different collegiate levels will only enhance the department and our athletic offerings at TWC.

During his time at TWC, Tyndall hopes to share some of the lessons he has learned with the athletes and coaches he comes in contact with. He chose to volunteer at TWC in part because of TWC's commitment to servant leadership, a cause in which Tyndall believes deeply.

"Coach Tyndall has a servant's heart," Mayfield said, "and I appreciate his willingness to volunteer with our athletic department to aid in the supervision of our athletic programs and provide his insight with new ideas and experiences that will better serve our campus and community."

Tennessee Wesleyan College, founded in Athens, Tenn., in 1857, is a comprehensive liberal arts institution affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The college's dedicated faculty and staff believe in providing the resources and support students need to become socially responsible, intellectually skilled and spiritually developed members of our community. TWC is a member of the Appalachian Athletic Conference of the NAIA, with over 20 athletic teams. For additional information about Tennessee Wesleyan College, visit www.twcnet.edu, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TNWesleyan, or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TNWesleyan.

UK's Big Blue Madness Tickets Will Be Distributed October 2

Tickets for the University of Kentucky's annual Big Blue Madness event will be distributed Friday, October 2.

Here are details from UK:

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tickets for the 2015 Big Blue Madness in Rupp Arena will be available on Friday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Ticketmaster.com. Big Blue Madness, the first open practice opportunity for UK’s 2015-16 men’s and women’s basketball teams, is Oct. 16 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free again this year for the annual spectacle in Rupp Arena, which will feature introductions of both the men’s and women’s basketball teams, practice drills, videos, and more. In a change from previous seasons, the ticket distribution will take place on Friday night to allow fans to attend the home football game vs. Eastern Kentucky on Saturday, Oct. 3. The ticket distribution will take place on Friday, Oct. 2 at 10 p.m., following the 7 p.m. home UK volleyball match vs. Mississippi State.

Tickets for the 2015 Big Blue Madness will be available at 10 p.m. both at the Memorial Coliseum ticket windows on Euclid Avenue and online at Ticketmaster.com. All patrons require a ticket to Big Blue Madness, regardless of age. There will be a limit of four tickets per person at Memorial Coliseum. Online orders will have a minimal service fee attached, and there will be a limit of four tickets per household. All duplicate orders will automatically be canceled.

A limited number of control cards will be issued to those camped out earlier on Friday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. Fans will receive a maximum of four tickets per control card Friday night. Fans with control cards are encouraged to start lining up for Friday night’s ticket distribution by 8:30 p.m. All fans must be present to obtain their control cards and only one control card per person will be accepted at distribution.

Campout

At the request of campus public safety officials, fans wishing to line up ahead of time at Memorial Coliseum for ticket distribution are asked to do so no earlier than 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 30. At that time, campers are encouraged to be courteous to their fellow Wildcat fans and use caution when crossing Avenue of Champions over onto the Memorial Coliseum block to occupy a spot in line. Public safety officials will be on site to aid and assist in a safe move-in. Campers displaying unsafe/disorderly conduct risk being removed from the line.

With the surrounding campus undergoing construction, space will be limited for fans wishing to line up ahead of time, and fans are encouraged to use Ticketmaster.com to obtain tickets. Once available space for fans has reached capacity, remaining fans will be asked to acquire tickets online at Ticketmaster.com. As in past years, UK Athletics will inform fans when available space has reached capacity and they are unlikely to receive control cards for the in-person ticket distribution.

The athletic department will provide portable restroom facilities, but the use of permanent, wooden-type structures, portable generators, and propane tanks or other open flames used in cooking is prohibited due to safety concerns. Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are not permitted. Additionally, selling sports tickets in excess of face value is illegal in Kentucky.

Parking and Transportation

Fans camping out for the Big Blue Madness ticket distribution may utilize the Wildcat Plaza area located directly across Avenue of Champions from Memorial Coliseum for a maximum of five minutes to drop off campers or unload their vehicles. Campers may also pay to use the metered spaces directly north of the Joe Craft Center for short-term unloading needs.

Campus safety officials request that campers not block bike lanes and/or sidewalks with their vehicles at any time. Vehicles left unattended or creating a traffic hazard will be cited and/or towed.

After unloading, campers must relocate their vehicles to off-campus locations. Public parking options near campus include the Transit Center Garage and the Lexington Center Corporation, both of which have entrances accessible via High Street. Both parking lots are within walking distance of Memorial Coliseum and provide daily parking for a small fee. Please visit lextran.com/routes for information regarding Lextran bus routes to campus.

Beginning at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, the gates of the South Limestone Garage (PS #5, located next to Kennedy’s Wildcat Den) will be open and the structure will be available for free parking. The garage will remain open until 1 a.m. on Saturday.

Big Blue Madness broadcast info will be released at a later date.

For the latest on the Kentucky men's basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and on the web at UKathletics.com.

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