Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 2)

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I thought since it was the off season, then maybe we could pace out the "William B. Keightley Oral History Project" and listen to an interview a week.

Here's the Second Interview.

Interview with William B. Keightley, October 28, 2005 [01:17:00]

Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

Keightley discusses the rural schools he attended as a child, Kavanaugh High School in Lawrenceburg (Ky.), and his recollections of teacher and administrator of that school, Mrs. Rhoda Kavanaugh. He recalls his high school basketball career, teammates, opposing players and coaches, as well as differences in the game and in equipment between that era and today's. Keightley concludes with remembrances of Pearl Harbor and the effects of World War II on his daily life, including being drafted as a Marine in 1945.

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 1)

WT Administrator

I thought since it was the off season, then maybe we could pace out the "William B. Keightley Oral History Project" and listen to an interview a week.

Here's the first Interview.

Interview with William B. Keightley, October 25, 2005 [1:14:02]
Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

This is the first interview that Jeffrey Suchanek conducted with Mr. Keightley and it is largely biographical in nature. Mr. Keightley discusses his family and his hometown, the daily life of a child growing up during the Great Depression and the experience of growing up on a farm. He covers his family's ownership of livestock, the crops they raised and the daily life and routines of a farm family. Keightley extensively discusses tobacco farming during the era, and touches on early radio and telephone services and how his family's holiday traditions. Finally, he discusses the generation gap between himself and players.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Video: Coach Calipari Interview on ESPNU

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University of Kentucky Coach John Calipari gives a interview on "College Basketball Signing Day"

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Video: "Calipari, Calipari"

Cool song about UK and Calipari. Enjoy it, as it will give you goose bumps as players from teh past are mentioned along with Cawood and Keightley..

Friday, April 10, 2009

UK Great Mike Casey passes away

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Unfortunately, time marches on and great UK players fade into the past and memories of those fans who saw them play.

Mike Casey's UK Career Statistics

Folks, Mike Casey was one of the best 15 players to ever wear the Blue and White!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Casey is ranked #13 in Kentucky Career Leaders in Points

As a soph.....Casey led UK in scoring at 20.0 PG.....Issel was 2nd at 16.4....Pratt hit for 14.0 that year.

As a Junior....Casey averaged 19.0 PPG....2nd to Issel's 26.6......Pratt hit for 16.8
The summer before Mike's senior year he broke his leg in a car accident and missed his senior year with Issel, Pratt, Parker....IMO, the loss of Casey cost UK an NCAA championship.

Casey did play his senior year and averaged 17.0 PPG, but Issel and Pratt had graduated.

For his career, Mike Casey averaged 18.7 PPG.

The UK family has lost not only a great past player, but a class act who will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all those UK fans who saw Mike play in Memorial Coliseum. Our prayers and thoughts are with the Casey family.....thanks Mike for all the wonderful memories you gave UK fans over your fabulous career.....Mike Casey will be greatly missed!

Video: John Wall UK Prospect

John Wall the number 1 high school prospect does two sick 360 layups in traffic in back to back games at the City of Palms Tournament in Florida. Wall considered to be interested in Kentucky since John Calipari was named the new UK mens basketball coach. Calipari is on the recruiting trail and is watching Wall along with some others prospects this weekend in a tournament in Portland, Oregon. Wall is also listing UNC, Duke, Baylor along with Kentucky.

Monday, April 06, 2009

My thoughts on Calipari

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The University of Kentucky has just invested in an 8 year 31 million dollar contract for Calipari to turn the UK program around. Previously, they built a 30 million dollar state of art practice facility. Now UK is considering a brand new arena in the near future. These kinds of huge financial investments demand a team that competes at the highest level in college basketball....not a team that loses a ton of games and remains unranked for 4 years. To accomplish these goals, Calipari must recruit top talent and only players who can thrive and succeed in his unique offense.

Coach Calipari is bringing an entire new offense to UK...."dribble drive motion offense" in which only certain skilled players can execute. Calipari has reviewed Gillispie's recruits and been upfront and honest with them regarding their ability to play in Calipari's offense. It would be ridiculous for Calipari to bring recruits into the program who simply can't play in his offense.

Coach Calipari is holding practices to access the abilities of returning UK players in playing in his offense. Kyle Macy recently said, after attending a practice, that there are no more than 7 players on the current UK roster who have the ability to play in Calipari's offense.

Calipari will encourage any current players....except seniors....who he feels would never get off the bench...that it would be in their best interest to transfer to a school where they can play.

We all appreciate kids who love UK and want to be at UK, but unfortunately coach Calipari must make these tough decisions regarding players that are in the best interest of the program.

As coach Calipari said.....as a player...."I can't hide you". Importantly, you can trust Calipari to be fair in his analysis of each player's ability to play for him.....and I feel that most players will be appreciative of any coach who is upfront and honest with them......not misleading them into thinking that they will play when the coach knows that they would never see the floor.

I realize there will be disappointments among certain recruits and players, but that simply can't be avoided. Coach Calipari wasn't paid this huge sum of money to retain a roster of players that can't play in his system or accept Gillispie's recruits who also can't play in his system. Folks, there is a new sheriff at UK and major changes are coming.....all for the better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

Video: Calipari Interview on CBS

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UK Coach John Calipari Interview on CBS 2009 Final Four Pregame show in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field.

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

John Calipari UK's New mens Basketball coach

The University of Kentucky hired Memphis head coach John Calipari as UK's 22nd men's basketball coach on March 31, 2009. The University of Kentucky introduced John Calipari on April 1, 2009 Wednesday morning in a 9:30am press conference at the Joe Craft Center. John Calipari signed a 8 year, $31.65 million contract deal making Calipari the highest paid collage basketball coach. Calipari said, that money wasn't the reason for accepting the UK coaching position, it was his dream from when his UMASS team played UK in the early 90's in Rupp Arena for the first time. Calipari said, he loved the environment and atmosphere back then and still does and his hope is to add more NCAA Banners in Rupp Arena. Calipari also added that, I’m a regular guy, and I don’t walk on water. I don’t have a magic wand. I’m not the emperor. When I walk in the door at home, I'm grounded..He went on to say, that he would meet with each current UK player in a one on one meeting and they would decide what was best for the player and their future, as its all about the students and some my not fit his style of play..

Here's a quick look of Coach John Calipari Bio :

Overall Record: 455-140 (.761)
March/April Record: 94-28 (.770)
NCAA Record: 25-11 (.694)
Conference Record: 208-66 (.759)
Conference Tourney Record: 34-8 (.810)

NCAA Division-I Active Winningest Coaches
By Percentage - Min. 10 yrs. at Division I level
Rank Coach Team Years Pct.
Roy Williams UNC 21 .811
Mark Few Gonzaga 10 .800
John Calipari Kentucky 17 .761

NCAA Division-I All-Time Winningest Coaches
By Percentage - Min. 10 yrs. at Division I level
Rank Coach Years Pct.
1.Clair Bee 21 .826
2. Adolph Rupp 41 .822
3. Roy Williams* 21 .811
4. John Wooden 29 .804
5. Mark Few* 10 .800
6. John Kresse 23 .797
7. Jerry Tarkanian 31 .784
8. Dean Smith 36 .776
13. John Calipari* 17 .761
* only active coaches in top 15 on all-time list