All Is Quiet In Lexington

After one of the craziest and most busy weeks in a long time for Kentucky basketball all things have quieted down, for the weekend at least.

UK fans everywhere are waiting to hear from Xavier Henry, DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, and Daniel Orton and where they will be playing next season.

All signs point to Henry attending Kansas in the fall, but for the rest not much is none. Wall in a interview said that at the moment UK was favorite, but you just never know what will happen in the next few weeks.

Kentucky football had their first practice in full pads yesterday and from all accounts the team looked good and Coach Brooks was very pleased with the team.

I will hopefully make it down to practice tomorrow, but I am still not sure if I will be able too.

Tomorrow is also one of the best days of the year, it is opening day and the spirit of baseball is alive. Maybe my Reds can compete for a playoff spot this year. Hopefully Harang will get us off to a good start and bring home a win

I will have a recap of the game and what I saw tomorrow.

In other news my girlfriend and I got engaged last night. No date is set for the wedding yet, but it will be sometime next June.

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Recruiting Update

With John Calipari as the head coach of Kentucky the recruiting situation has become a lot more interesting. While at Memphis Calipari had secured commitments from two of the top three recruits in the nation and had the top recruit in the nation leaning towards Memphis, but now everything is up in the air.

Xavier Henry was committed to Memphis, but yesterday withdrew his commitment and will now decide between Kansas and Kentucky. Henry has not yet visited UK, but is expected to make a visit before he makes his decision.

Demarcus Cousins was also a Memphis commit, but has also since withdrawn that commitment. Last night during the McDonald’s All American game the announcer said that UK is now number one on the list. I would expect to hear something from Cousins in the next week or so.

John Wall is the number one recruit in and was previously recruited by Kentucky, but had crossed UK off his list. Word had it that he was down to Memphis and Duke, but with Calipari leaving it is likely that Memphis is replaced on that list with Kentucky. Wall would be the most important piece of the 2009 class as UK desperately needs someone who can run the point.

Since Calipari has came to Kentucky three recruits previously committed to Kentucky have since reopened their recruitment.

G.J. Vilarino, Konner Tucker, and KC Ross Miller have all opened up their recruitment. This opens up two scholarships for this year which might allow Kentucky to pick up a couple of the guys mentioned above.

Matt Jones at KSR said that Calipari met with Daniel Orton and his family today and things went well. He says that he would expect an announcement on where he stands before the Derby Classic in Louisville next week.

That is going to be it for me today as it is my birthday and I am about to go out and celebrate. Have a great day and I will talk to you later

A Great Day For US Kentucky Fans

John Calipari

Our new head coach.

I will have a new post up tomorrow on what the hire means for Kentucky and the rest of the nation.

It is time to hang banner #8

The football team also started spring practice today as they prepare for what could be a monumental season for the Wildcats.

I hope to be able to make the practice on Monday so I will hopefully have a full post up on Monday night or Tuesday and what i see at practice.

Have a great night, I know I will

Crazy Day In Lexington

Rumors have been flying all day that John Calipari will be names the head coach of Kentucky with a deal that will exceed 5 million dollars a year. Multiple sources have stated that Calipari has accepted the offer to become the coach, but until I hear it announced from the University of Kentucky I will remain silent.

I feel that he will end up here, but I encourage everyone to wait for the official announcement.

If Kentucky can get Calipari and keep the Orton and Hood and maybe get one or two of Calipari’s recruits to follow him to Lexington than UK becomes a final four caliber team next year.

When word breaks one way or the other I will be here to tell you about it.

Kentucky Basketball Must Hit A Home Run

Less than two years after Billy Gillispie became the head coach of the University of Kentucky Billy is out and UK once again finds itself looking for a head coach of the program.

Things must play out very differently this time around as Mitch Barnhart was very quick to pull the trigger on Billy Gillispe after Billy Donovan turned down the Wildcats. It almost seems as if Mitch did not know what he was really getting with Billy when he hired him, which was a guy who wanted to coach basketball and recruit and nothing else.

To many people Mitch Barnhart shares just as much of the blame as Gillispie does and I can somewhat see this. He brought in a guy who really wanted nothing to do with the other parts of the job and here at Kentucky you cannot thrive as the coach if you are not willing to embrace the fans and media. It seems to me that Mitch did not look in every direction that he should and that makes this search so important.

Mitch must take his time, he must make sure that he has the man ready to bring Kentucky back to the top. He must have a man ready to embrace the job and everything that it entails, not just the coaching and recruiting part. The Kentucky fans are going to be very impatient, but Mitch cannot rush this to appease them as that is what he did last time and just two years later we are already for Gillispie’s replacement.

When Mitch makes this hire he must be 100 percent confident that he has found the right man for the job, if there is just 1 percent of doubt than Mitch should not pull the trigger, there can be no doubt in this hire.

Mitch, Lee Todd, and Mike Pratt make up the known members of the search committee and they must find their man and they really must not take no for an answer. Having Mike Pratt a former player who loves UK on the search committee is really important as he knows and understands what it takes to be a Wildcat and will make sure we hire the right man for the job.

Who is the home run? To me the man we must go after until he either accepts or 100 percent says no is John Calipari. He has everything that is needed to be the coach here, he can coach, recruit, and would love the spotlight of being the coach at UK. He would relish the opportunity to take down Rick Pitino every year and the opportunity that comes with being the head coach of Kentucky.

I know Calipari has been accused of recruiting violations, but those accusations were nothing more than rumors. I know with Kentucky’s past problems of probation that we would like to shy away from anyone associated with recruiting violations, but nothing has ever been found on this man and he is the home run Kentucky must hit.

Calipari is the type of coach who would return Kentucky back to it’s normal self of playing for final fours and national championships. If he would come next year you could expect Meeks and Patterson to return and I think he would be able to reel Daniel Orton and Jon Hood back with him. At Memphis he has also secured commitments from from top three players in Xavier Henry and Demarcus Cousins both of who likely might follow him to Kentucky. Plus he is high up on the number one recruit in the county point guard John Wall who could follow Calipari to Kentucky who previously was on Wall’s list.

Calipari could have Kentucky playing for championships as soon as next year. Kentucky needs to go after him with reckless abandon and must do anything in its power to get Calipari.

There are other coaches who if hired would be very successful at UK, but I do not see anyone being as successful as Calipari would be here at Kentucky.

Gillispie Officially Out

At a press conference today it was announced that Billy Gillispie is officially out as the head coach at the University of Kentucky after just two seasons.

That is word and I will have a long update later tonight on what this means and the homerun that UK MUST hit with the next coach

What The Future Holds For Kentucky Baskteball

The next 24-48 are sure to be a wild ride for anyone with a vested interest in the University of Kentucky basketball program, with reports surfacing that an announcement will be made regarding the future of Billy Gillispie most likely at a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

Most reports have Billy out as head coach of the Wildcats, but until the announcement is made all talk will just be speculation.

My opinion remains that Billy should remain as the coach for at least one more year as he has not had enough time yet to right the ship. I understand that if he is dismissed that not all of it will be about the performances on the court, but more or less the way he interacts with the media and his role a head coach of the Wildcats.

I say work with him on it and watch him improve, this man has been a winner every where he has gone and I think with time he would put Kentucky back at the top of college basketball. This man eats, sleeps, and breathes basketball and no one wants to win more than he does, maybe I am wrong in believing that if given more time he will succeed and if I am wrong I have no problem admitting it, but I really think at the current time he is still the right man for the job.

If a change is made than you can expect to hear 5-6 different names thrown around for the job and maybe more. Billy Donovan, Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Travis Ford, and perhaps even other names will possibly be on Kentucky’s short list.

I think maybe 2-3 names on that list would consider, Donovan from all reports is once again Kentucky’s main choice, but just two years after he spurned the Wildcats would he reconsider and take the reigns?

Rick Pitino is the name that plenty of people in Lexington are pining for and Rick has always loved UK and regretted leaving here, but no way do I think we see Pitino on the sidelines next year.

John Calipari has built a dynasty down in Memphis and many really believe that he would be a perfect fit for the Cats, but with a past that includes possible recruiting violations I cannot see Mitch and Lee calling Calipari and offering him the job.

Travis Ford is a man who gets what Kentucky basketball is all about and many believe would have the passion to get us back to the top, will Mitch pull the trigger on a former Wildcat or look elsewhere?

No matter what happens in the next couple of days you can expect to hear anything and everything about what is going on, but until the press conference happens and a decision has been made one way or another I choose to believe nothing.

When word does break you can expect constant updates from me and what the decision means for Kentucky basketball.