The Trophy Tour's Friday Night Notes

The Trophy Tour's Friday Night Notes

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Our Fearless Leader appeasing the Owensboro fanatics (photo courtesy a Facebook friend who probs doesn't even know I write for KSR) John Calipari really knows this Kentucky fanbase. After winning #8, Cal took the NCAA tournament trophy (along with Matt Jones and company) on an impromptu tour of the state so that the great Commonwealth of Kentucky could all revel in its glory. We dedicate this night post to the wondrous Trophy Tour. From Ashland, to Pikeville, to Frankfort, to Midway, to Owensboro, to Paducah, to every Shoneys, McDonalds, and Orange Leaf in the state - this thing was a HUGE success. Take a look at all of the great pictures from each place. Amazing crowds came out, entire cities shut down, and every was smiling. Number Eight has been a joyride - an absolute, utter trip of a year. We watched some amazingly talented players take it to the limit. Let's keep enjoying this as long as we can. On top the Trophy Tour, we got that flat-top feller to commit to the Cats! Nerlens Noel made this week even better. And that's why we are testing out his little avatar for tonight's nuggets. On to the news... - Earlier today, Drew Franklin called BS on Shabazz Muhammad's father's denial of any shoe company (read: ADIDIAS, all day I dream about Shabazz). I concur. It's a semi-common thing, and there's no need to get all defense, guy. Your son will star anywhere he goes, but he won't get the Kentucky spotlight because of this choice. In closing, Ron Jeremy >>> Ron Holmes.
- The KSTV Casting Call is back!!!! (extra emphasis necessary). Drew posted the details earlier, but here's the important stuff:
DATES & LOCATIONS April 21st — Northern Kentucky — Florence Insight Communications Studio, 7906 Dixie Highway, Florence, KY 41042 Registration from 8AM to 10AM April 28th — Lexington, Kentucky Lyric Theatre & Cultural Art Center, 300 E. 3rd Street, Lexington, KY 40508 Registration from 8AM to 10AM May 12th — Louisville, Kentucky Swope Auto Center, 10 Swope Autocenter Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 Registration from 8AM to 10AM At the end of the casting call you will know if you have made it to the next round.
- Rashawn Franklin asked earlier today whether we'd rather have Bennett or Oriakhi. Turns out, that question is moot. Alex Oriakhi committed to the Missouri Tigers this evening. He was slated to visit the Cats next weekend. Oh well. Hello there, Anthony Bennet. - Speaker of Tigers, there will be No Tubby Club for LSU - The Tigers hired Johnny Jones out of North Texas today. It seems that Orlando Smith said no to another SEC team, or people were just blowing smoke again. Gary Parrish tweeted this nice info-nugget: Jones was the coach at Memphis the year before Calipari was hired.
- Earlier today, we featured a post featuring quotes from Nerlens Noel on his commitment and he shed a little light on his mother's involvedment. Mama Noel 'gets it' after Nerlens (and Cal on his own) gave her a talk.
- Brad Beal and Andre Drummond declared they will be going pro. These super talented dudes are going to make a lot of money. For the first time in a while, Billy Donovan didn't hold back a professional-level kid from making the leap after one year. Congrats to him. And by him, I mean Brad. Andre, on the other hand, may have been the most elusive uber-talent to play college in a while. Like Nerlens, he reclassified for the class above, and then failed to dominate like he should have. Still, I am sure both of these guys will make NBA impacts before their careers are over. - The #shoneysremodel on the Trophy Tour caused a lot of ruckus. - It looks like the ball is really rolling with the Rupp Arena renovation - the folks in charge are currently looking for a an architect for the project. - Did this quilt actually sell for 275k on eBay?! Or am I just internet-illiterate?
- KSR's own Chris Tomlin was published on McSweeney's today. Pretty awesome. Check it out, and also check out his post from earlier today featuring excerpts from Bobby Knight's upcoming word-vomit guide to hating The Power of Positive Thinking. Congrats, friend!
Stay tuned all day Saturday, as Stuart Hammer and I will be chronicling all the (non) breaking news that happens. (A magical Comic-Sans font appears! And I can't fix it because it's 11:30 on a Friday. Oh well.)

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