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The NBA Draft Lottery is complete and we now know that the New Orleans Hornets will get the draft rights to Anthony Davis. Also, with the Washington Wizards getting third pick , Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could be heading to Washington to play with John Wall.
I was contacted by Fred Glass, Indiana AD, on May 10 via telephone about the mutual interest of continuing the series, starting this fall. He mentioned the possibility of a four-year series with the first two years in Indianapolis before playing in Lexington in 2014-15 and Bloomington in 2015-16. I informed Fred that we were disappointed that our previous verbal agreement for a two-year neutral site contract was off the table, but we would consider the new proposal. I also noted there were some challenges in our current schedule that were not present prior to Indiana’s announcement on May 3 that they were moving on with their schedule for 2012-13.
After May 3, we finalized a home-neutral series with Baylor for the next two seasons that included our women’s teams in a doubleheader in Dallas and restarted our home-and-home series with North Carolina beginning on the road in 2013-14. Those two additions to our schedule were made prior to hearing from Indiana on May 10.
During the process, DeWayne Peevy and I conducted a conference call with Fred Glass on May 21 along with Indiana scheduling contacts Chris Reynolds and Jayd Grossman to further discuss continuing the series. We offered the possibility of playing in Indianapolis on December 15 or 22 this season and possibly playing as part of a multi-team event in Indianapolis again in December 2013 while continuing discussions about a future home-and-home series.
On May 24, DeWayne Peevy expressed to Jayd Grossman our concerns about buying out either Portland or Samford and signing a four-year agreement. Jayd responded that he would talk with Fred about our concerns and also get back to DeWayne about Indiana’s availability on December 22. However, we did not receive a response until Fred Glass’ letter dated May 25 arrived this afternoon.
We currently do not have any agreements with more than two years remaining and would like to maintain the current flexibility of our future scheduling. If we entered into a four-year deal with Indiana, including the last two years at campus sites, not only would that alter our flexibility but it would also mean that we would have to end our home-and-home series with Louisville in order to keep our non-conference road schedule balanced. We are not interested in doing that.
We also finalized dates with both Samford and Portland that affected Indiana’s desire to play on December 5 or 8 this season. We did not feel that it was fair to Samford or Portland to pull out of a contracted game at this point in the scheduling process.
We have held the last two games on our current schedule while continuing discussions with Indiana about playing this fall. December 15 and 22 are still options for the upcoming season and Lucas Oil Stadium is available for both dates. In the best interest of our fans, I would hope we can come to a conclusion to continue this storied series this December. – Mich Barnhart
The NBA Draft Lottery will be held tonight, May 30th at 8:00 PM. The lottery will decide which team gets the right to the first overall pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. This year, Anthony Davis is everybody’s pick and will be drafted to who ever the ping pong balls find worthy. You can watch it live on ESPN, or watch it online via ESPN3.
The Kentucky Wildcats are the 2012 NCAA Mens Basketball National Champions! Celebrate the teams historic season with this exclusive look at the Wildcats championship run featuring behind the scenes video alongside interviews with players and head coach John Calipari. Led by freshman Anthony Davis, the Associated Press’ college basketball Player of the Year, watch the Kentucky Wildcats wrap up an unforgettable season!
Coach Calipari is quick to brag about his basketball program. Not only did the Kentucky Wildcats win their eighth national championship, but his team also excelled in the classroom. The basketball team earned a GPA of 3.12 . That is a very solid performance in the classroom for the basketball Cats. The 3.12 average is sure to shut up some Calipari haters who insist that one and done players don’t go to class.
In a statement today, Calipari took an off handed jab at Bob Knight, who is chief among Calipari haters. Calipari’s statement read ” “We had a GPA as a team for this term with five players who are leaving early, so all this stuff bitter old men say that they don’t go to class, it’s not true.” Some , including me, believe that the bitter old man that Calipari is referring too is good ole Bob. And yet again, Calipari does something else to make the BBN love him even more .