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Wiltjer To Explore Other College Options

mrsec-breaking-newsForward Kyle Wiltjer will not play on the Kentucky basketball team next season and is considering transferring to another school.

Wiltjer, who averaged 10.2 points and 23.8 minutes a game as a sophomore last season, announced in a letter he plans to spend the next year working to develop his body and improve his game.

“I want to find a situation that will help me do this as well as play a more significant role, wherever that may be,” Wiltjer wrote. “Even though I might physically leave Lexington, I will never forget the support and kindness that everyone has shown my family and me.  It is difficult to put into words how hard it is to possibly leave BBN, yet I am confident that whatever I choose, I will give it my all. Regardless, I will always bleed blue and will never forget these amazing last two years at Kentucky.”

Wiltjer was expected to see a reduced role next season with the nation’s No. 1 signing class arriving in Lexington. But Kentucky will have to replace the outside shooting of Wiltjer, who made 36.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season.

Kentucky coach John Calipari expressed disappointment in Wiltjer’s decision but left open the possibility of Wiltjer returning to the Wildcats.

“Kyle’s choice to explore options at another school disappoints me, but it’s his decision at the end of the day, and I fully support his decision,” Calipari wrote on his website. “I would love for him to go through this process and return to us, but I will support him and help him in any way I can. He’s a terrific young man, a great student, a tremendous basketball player and an excellent teammate. If he does choose to go somewhere else, that school will be very lucky.”

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Car Wreck Sends Kentucky Safety Lowery To Hospital

Ashley LoweryKentucky junior safety Ashely Lowery is reportedly in critical but stable condition following an early Saturday morning wreck that threw him about 100 feet from the car.

It happened near Lowery’s hometown of Cleveland, Georgia.  He was driving a 2008 Nissan Altima that left the road,  flipped several times and ejected him. He was not wearing a seat belt. He was taken to a hospital by an ambulance after medical helicopters were unable to fly due to the weather.

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops sent out this tweet late last night.

 

 

 

 

Lowery was fifth on the team in tackles last season with 43. He started eight games for Kentucky in 2012.

 

 

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Calipari Shoots Down Knicks Rumors Via Twitter

We must be closing in on April.  There’s more daylight each day.  My allergies are making me wheeze.  And John Calipari is being mentioned in connection with an NBA job.

Talk about a story getting old.

Today, Mike D’Antoni resigned as the head coach of the New York Knicks.  Each and every April it’s suggested that the Knicks — regardless of the status of their coach or GM — are about to make a run at Kentucky’s coach and offer him both roles.  Calipari’s ties to agent William “Worldwide Wes” Wesley and — by extension — to Wesley’s big name NBA clients make it a natural fit.  All in the Big Apple, basketball’s biggest stage.

But Calipari — as we say each and every spring — has to only look at Rick Pitino’s life to realize that he’s got it as good as it gets in basketball.  Pitino left UK for the Boston Celtics, his dream job.  That job turned into a nightmare, Pitino returned to the Bluegrass State as Louisville’s coach, and now he plays jester to the guy who’s currently seated on his old throne.

Coach Cal should know better than to leave Kentucky — where he’s the star — to move to the NBA where everyone on his roster would make more cash than him.  Besides, he’s practically coaching an NBA team now.

The Wildcats coach took to Twitter today to let it be known that he’s not looking for any new challenges:


“As I’ve said before, I have the greatest job in basketball at any level.  Why would I be interested in another job?

I love being the coach of the commonwealth’s team.  To that #BBN & all the recruits that are coming or want to come, I will be at Kentucky.”


Coaches lie about jobs all the time, but in this case, we’re buying what Calipari’s selling.

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Calipari Apologizes For Cursing Freshman Jones

In the aftermath of Alabama’s upset of Kentucky last night, John Calipari was caught cursing at freshman Terrence Jones by ESPN cameras.  Not surprisingly, he’s now come out with an apology via Twitter.  (I wonder if Woody Hayes would have ever apologized via Twitter?)

Jones scored 17 points for the Cats last night to lead them in scoring, but UK’s coach has been riding him pretty hard about his selfish play of late.  Last night, Calipari drew up a final shot for Doron Lamb.  Instead, Jones took the final wild miss from near halfcourt as time expired.  Calipari then reacted with some salty language.

And here’s how he reacted to his reaction on Twitter:


“First of all I want to apologize for my language at the end of the game.  I got caught up in the emotion of the game, but that’s no excuse.”

“Sometimes you don’t realize in the moment that what you’re saying is on national TV.  The BBN deserves better and so do my players.”


BBN would be “Big Blue Nation.”

And in case you’re wondering, Calipari called Jones a “selfish mother…” shut yo mouth!

Really.

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