The Southeastern Conference has long been regarded as the premier league in college football. And for good reason.
The league has won seven straight national championships and just had a whopping 63 players selected in the NFL Draft.
As dominant as it may seem, Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops doesn’t seem too impressed. During a recent caravan stop, Stoops reportedly called the SEC’s dominance “propaganda” and said the gap between it and the rest of the conferences isn’t as wide as people may think.
Stoops referred to the bottom half of conference as evidence.“Well, it depends on what gap you’re talking about,” Stoops said. “What are the bottom six doing? “So they’ve had the best team in college football,” Stoops said. “They haven’t had the whole conference. Because, again, half of ‘em haven’t done much at all. I’m just asking you. You tell me.”In a way, Stoops does have a point, as flawed as it seems. The five SEC schools, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, Auburn, and Tennessee, who failed to go to a bowl game last year were a combined 19-41. Meanwhile, the bottom half of the Big 12, Texas Tech, TCU, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Kansas, combined to go 29-35 overall.“It depends on who you want to listen to,” Stoops told the Tulsa World. “Listen, they’ve had the best team in college football, meaning they’ve won the national championship. That doesn’t mean everything else is always the best. “So you’re listening to a lot of propaganda that gets fed out to you,” he said. “You’re more than smart enough to figure it out. Again, you can look at the top two, three, four, five, six teams, and you can look at the bottom six, seven, eight, whatever they are. How well are they all doing?”
When Nerlens Noel tore his ACL, Kentucky’s chances of cutting down the nets again essentially vanished. So the freshman sensation is passing his time with contributing a verse to a rap song about Kentucky’s quest for a ninth national title with Wes Grams.
During their blowout win over the Kentucky Wildcats, the Florida Gators decided to have a little fun during one of the second half timeouts. The Cheerleaders, the Dazzlers,the mascot Albert and the Rowdy Reptiles decided to do the Harlem Shake.
Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari ripped into Duke’s players for flopping during Tuesday’s game between the teams.
Newly drafted New Orleans Hornets big man Anthony Davis made national headlines last week when he revealed he had trademark several key phrases concentrating on his now famous unibrow. However it has also been discovered he only applied to have those phrases trademark.
That’s where a savvy businessman named Reid Coffman comes in as he actually trademarked “Fear the Brow” last November to use the phrase on merchandise in his Kentucky apparel store Blue Zone. As you might expect, he is not willing to give it up at a discounted price.
“If someone like Nike took this slogan over it could be worth millions,” Coffman said without naming his price.
The Charlotte Bobcats decided they should throw a draft party for its fans yesterday as they had a 25 percent chance of landing the number one spot for prized selection Anthony Davis out of Kentucky. That didn’t go as planned and the recently league owned New Orleans Hornets walked away with the prize selection.
Can you really call it a NBA Draft party if only 31 people show up?
Presumed number overall NBA Draft pick Anthony Davis was spotted wearing an old school Charlotte Hornets cap before the NBA could hold it’s lottery. The Hornets up to a few weeks ago was owned by the league and after last night they found themselves proud owners of the number pick.
The NBA lottery slotting systems has brought out the conspiracy theorist in the past and Davis falling into the Hornets hands will only bring out a few more. This photo circulating the internet of Davis in a Hornets cap will definitely keep the theories coming.
Charles Barkley has put the NBA on notice that he won’t believe the lottery is legit if this year’s biggest catch, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis, lands with the New Jersey Nets. Barkley said that he will “be watching the draft lottery very closely, because I don’t want no shenanigans.”
Asked to expand on that suspicion, Barkley said:
“I’m going to be very leery if Anthony Davis ends up in Brooklyn. You know, I’m going to be very leery because I know the NBA has a lot riding on that new arena, especially if Deron Williams leaves New Jersey. They didn’t get Dwight Howard. I’m going to be very leery if New Jersey gets that number one pick.”
“You know, I go back to Patrick Ewing, so I believe in the conspiracy theories.”
Charlotte Bobcats figure to have the best chance to win the lottery, but the Nets have an iffy situation, and could wind up with two first-round picks, or none.
Kentucky Wildcat freshman Kyle Wiltjer and sophomore Jared Polson are aspiring rappers. Rapping under the name White Boy Academy the pair and some friends have dropped a Final Four championship celebration video set in and around Rupp Arena to help celebrate the teams National Championship.
Betting on the NCAA Tournament has surpassed the Super Bowl in legal wagering totals. The first four days of the tournament alone approach the Super Bowl’s betting handle. USA Today’s findings emerge just days before Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State and Kansas square off in the Final Four on Saturday. The championship game is Monday.
Now remember that’s all the on-the-level transactions in Nevada. Off-the-grid office pools and shady offshore outfits contribute to Americans illegally betting $2.5 billion on the NCAA Tournament each year, the FBI estimates.
In another indication of the tournament’s greater allure for gamblers, a survey found that 65 percent of office workers participate in a workplace March Madness pool, compared to 58 percent for the Super Bowl.
For UK and UofL fans, the rivalry often runs deep. But police say, they never expected to get called to a dialysis clinic for a fight between fans.
“I think this is a first at a dialysis center,” Lt. Robert Swanigan commented while handing over the police reports.
Officers were called after a UK and UofL fan gave each other a full court press during treatment at the Georgetown Dialysis Clinic.
“He just happened to think UofL would beat UK and he started to run his mouth,” explained dialysis patient Ed Wilson. Wilson also happens to be a self-proclaimed die hard UK fan. “That’s what started it.”
But Charles Taylor, who was waiting to get hooked up to a machine saw things differently. “I didn’t talk to him about the ball game; I was talking to another guy about the game,” The UofL fan exclaimed. “He was meddling. And told me to shut up and gave me the finger!”
“I wasn’t gonna take no more from him,” UofL fan Taylor said.
UK fan Wilson explained “I’m sitting there hooked up to a machine and I can’t do anything.”
So, offended by Wilson, Taylor took action. “I went up to him and I hit him, ” he said. “Didn’t hit him that hard, but I hit him.”
By the time police arrived, the fight was over.
“I’m sorry it even happened,” Wilson said. “Hopefully, he won’t come at the same time as me anymore.”
Georgetown Police say their case is now closed and they investigated it as harassment.
Wilson says he’s not filing charges against Taylor, but he does hope the Wildcats win.
The Kentucky Bourbon company Maker’s Mark will produce 20,000 numbered, limited edition bottles with former quarterback Tim Couch on the front, who was an All-American, Heisman Trophy finalist and the No. 1 draft pick of the Cleveland Browns after he left Kentucky in 1999.
Couch received the greatest honor anyone in Kentucky could receive his likeness on a bottle of Maker’s Mark. The bottle is a commemorative limited release that will feature Couch, a native of Hyden, Ky., who was a highly-touted recruit coming out of high school but decided to stay home and play for the Wildcats, in his Kentucky playing days. The proceeds from sales of the 20,000 limited edition bottles will go to the Gill Heart Institute at University of Kentucky HealthCare.
“The most important thing about this bottle is that the proceeds from it will go to help my fellow Kentuckians fight and win the battle of heart disease especially in Eastern Kentucky,” Couch said in a statement. “Winning this is very near and dear to my heart and more important than any football game. My father passed away from heart disease, and everyone has a family member that this terrible disease has affected.”
The bottles will hit shelves in Kentucky on April 6 and will cost about $49.
University of Kentucky Wildcats super fan and Hollywood actress Ashley Judd has access the to teams locker room and that all out access caused a bit of mix up. After Saturday’s win over Iowa State accidentally stole forward Terrence Jones’s phone.
Judd realized her mistake after she was long gone from Louisville but had someone meet up with her to give the phone back and she wrote him a note of apology, which Jones tweeted a picture of that night. No word if she included a nude pic in his photo album for the mishap.
University of Kentucky’s Anthony Davis has a unibrow and there’s no hiding it, not even when Mom is up in the stands wearing a unibrow mask to show support of her son.
Every Thursday Sports Grind Entertainment will present you with the Mama Margie’s Major Meltdown. The recipient of this honor goes to University of Tennessee football for losing to the Kentucky Wildcats snapping a 26 year winning streak against the school with a 10-7 victory that kept the Volunteers from reaching bowl eligibility. Kentucky had not won the game between the two schools since 1984 and it came with the help of senior wide receiver Matt Roark who filled in at quarterback with 124 yards on 24 carries. Roark filled in at quarterback because Maxwell Smith and Morgan Newton were injured. Roark finished 4 of 6 for 15 yards passing.
The Vols last lost on the road to Kentucky in 1981 and, coupled with their 6-7 finish last year, have ended seasons with consecutive losing records for the first time since 1910-11.
As the NBA lockout continues it’s put a strain on the relationship with players and owners even if that owner is Jay-Z. The rap mogul and percentage owner of the New Jersey Nets had to turn away several NBA stars from the VIP area of a GQ party in Los Angeles this past week.
Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown, among others were in attendance.
“So all the athletes were clamoring to talk to Jay-Z in his private section, even Melo, but because of the lockout, Jay had to turn them all down. He refused to let any of them thru, and also warned his security to watch out because of his NBA ownership, he wasn’t allowed to fraternize with them,” said a source.
Last time Jay-Z broke the NBA rules the league hit him with a $50,000 fine for hanging out in the University of Kentucky lockerroom.
A convicted drug dealer offered testimony against a partner charged with murder that said former NBA player Derek Anderson may have financed a cocaine operation. WAVE TV in Louisville, Ky. reported that Francois Cunningham exchanged recorded testimony for an early release on drug trafficking charges. A portion of his testimony seemed to implicate Anderson.
According to the report, Cunningham was asked by detectives if Anderson was present at any of his drug buys.
“Nah, he stays away from you know, he’s just the money and he’s not going to get around any of it,” said Cunningham. “But that’s who funnels the money.”
Anderson has never been charged with a crime connected to the investigation. He is a native of Louisville who played for the University of Kentucky and in the NBA for Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Miami Heat, and Charlotte Bobcats from 1997-2008. He made an estimated $60 million in salary during that time.
The target of the probe is Ricky Kelly, once charged with eight murders but now facing one murder charge in federal court. Cunningham testified that he did surveillance for Kelly on individuals who were later murdered by his partner.
Miami Heat star LeBron James has struck sponsorship deals with the basketball programs of Ohio State, Kentucky and Miami to wear his Nike-branded gear. James will follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan, whose Nike gear is associated with his alma mater, North Carolina, California and Cincinnati through sponsorship deals.
James has close ties to each of the programs he will sponsor as he is from the state of Ohio, openly roots for the school and frequently wears Buckeyes gear. He also maintains a close relationship with Kentucky coach John Calipari and has scrimmaged against players from the Miami Hurricanes program since joining the Heat in 2010.
University of Kentucky held a celebration for men’s basketball head coach John Calipari’s 500th win after their defeat Florida on February 26th. It turns out now Calipari hasn’t reached 500 career victories after all. The school says it will change Calipari’s career record because of 42 vacated victories from his time at Memphis and Massachusetts. In a statement, Kentucky said it had consulted with the NCAA and determined it was “in error” to have celebrated the 500th win against Florida.
The school says it will report Calipari’s career record “consistent with the NCAA’s official records and statistics.” The school had debated the issue with the NCAA because Calipari was never found to be at fault for the violations that led to the vacated wins.
Back on March 1st, we posted the report that former Kentucky Wildcats quarterback and New York Giants backup Jared Lorenzen left the NFL for the role of general manager of the Ultimate Indoor Football League’s Northern Kentucky River Monsters. Then Lorenzen decided he wanted back in and put down the spreadsheets and put on uniform in hopes of catching the eye of an NFL scout. He caught the eye all right.
Over 200 members of the University of Kentucky Wildcats athletics got together over the weekend and in just one take performed a flash mob of Taio Cruz’s ‘Dynamite’. However the guy at the 2:55 mark, his “not sure if I’m on or what to do next” facial expression gets me every time.
More often than not people have the tendency to put too much weight in the opinions of blowhards like TNT’s Charles Barkley and ESPN’s Bob Knight believing that when they speak they are knowledgeable or have done the research in on what they speak about. That was the case when Knight spoke in front hundreds of people over the weekend and caused a stir when he said that the 2009-10 Kentucky Wildcat basketball team had five starters who did not attend spring classes.
Knight’s statement was a blatant lie with obvious little fact checking done by the Hall of Fame coach, for he would have found that Darius Miller, was still in school and another, Patrick Patterson, graduated in three years and got a degree in 2010, while John Wall had a 3.5 GPA for that spring.
The clear mistake done by Knight has lead him to apologize to Kentucky and coach John Calipari.
The New Jersey Nets were hit with a $50,000 fine following minority owner Jay-Z’s impromptu visit to the locker room of Final Four squad the Kentucky Wildcats last month. The expensive slap on the wrist from NBA officials was due in part to a ruling set in stone by the league that professional team personnel must avoid any contact with collegiate athletes that are not yet draft eligible. Video surfaced of Jay-Z congratulating Kentucky team members at the Prudential Center after the squad clinched a Final Four berth by defeating the North Carolina Tarheels.
The NBA plans to investigate New Jersey Nets part-owner Jay-Z for the rapper’s visit to Kentucky’s locker room after the Kentucky Wildcats clinched a Final Four berth in Newark, New Jersey on Sunday.
Jay-Z was photographed and videotaped congratulating the Wildcats after the game. Kentucky has a few NBA prospects on its roster including freshmen Terrance Jones and Brandon Knight, who are both projected as lottery picks by some mock draft sites. CBSSports.com who first reported the investigation noted that the interaction could be considered similar to when Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sat next to Kevin Durant’s mother during the 2007 Big 12 Tournament when Durant was at Texas. Ainge was fined $30,000 for the incident.