Memphis coachTommy West fired

After being shellacked by cross-state rival Tennessee, Memphis fired head football coach Tommy West.
Coach West had some parting words for the nattering naybobs of negativity……

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Billy Clyde Gillispie shown the UK door

It has been the grist of rumor mills all over SEC chat rooms, and it is now official. Billy Gillispie is no longer the head basketball coach at the University of Kentucky. After a two year run, the PTB@UK decided that finishing in the middle of the pack in a mediocre basketball league was, in a word, unacceptable.

Make no mistake about it SEC fans, the league has been down for the last couple of years, and until the level of talent catches up with the other power conferences, the league will remain mired in mediocrity. Getting the talent is every bit the responsibility of the head coach, just as much as gametime X’s and O’s. Gillispie, it seemed, was unable to excel in either area.

Kentucky must excel in college basketball. Gillespie couldn’t get it done. Simple as that.

Reminds me of Richard Williams during MSU’s FF run in ’96 when he sarcastically said to an interviewer, “yeah, I guess we’re a crummy league: Kentucky and the 11 Dwarves.” Even though he was joking, there was a lot of truth in that statement as to how the league is perceived in the national sports media. Arkansas has had some nice runs, so has Florida. MSU, LSU, and others have made some noise in the big dance. But Kentucky is the blue blooded royalty of the conference.

Speaking of Arkansas, it must have really irked long time Hawg Fans to see Mike Anderson’s Mizzou team use “40 minutes of hell” to put Memphis to bed last night. I know the Arkansas faithful were tired of Nolan Richardson’s mouth, and Anderson was part of his regime, but his system was always a tough out. And, the rest of the conference probably looked kind of longingly at Mike’s team last night too. Any one of them could have gotten him from UAB. Oh well, spilled milk and all.

BTW Kentucky fans, the rumor is that Billy Donovan will take over the helm in Lexington (didn’t we just go through that?). Now, I’ve got a question for you. If Billy D.’s last two years at Florida would have occurred at Kentucky, would you now be showing him the door?

/just sayin!

P.S.
the rumors that MSU’s Kodi Augustus was planning on transferring were put to bed today. “I love Mississippi State,” said Augustus, as reported by CL’s Kyle Veazey. That means the top 7 starters and reserves return for next season. Time to hit the weight room and bulk up. If anything, this year’s Big Dance shows that the Big East is as good as advertised, and the one thing they can all do well is grind it out in the half-court. That requires muscle in the front court.

Read more:
Billy G out at Kentucky

Gillespie the latest victim of Kentucky pride

Kentucky pulls trigger; Arkansas shows patience

From Channel 11:

UK News conference – Part 1 | Part 2

Gillispie runs from WHAS11’s Mark Hebert

LIVE CHAT: Cats and Cards

Gillispie Out: As it broke on WHAS11 News

Continuing WHAS11 Gillispie coverage

WHAS11 Gillispie announcement

P.P.S.: Want to know why Memphis’ Calipari won’t be offered the gig at UK? Calps’ last two teams were good enough to win it all, but they fell short. Free Throws. They couldn’t hit their free throws, and it cost them two National Championships. Can you imagine a Kentucky team hittingless than 60% of their free throws? I can’t either. Calipari can get the talent, true, but it’s the little things that separate great teams from championships.

P.P.P.S.: Alabama hires Anthony Grant (Donovan protege)

A Miami, Fla., native, Grant is no stranger to the Southeastern Conference having served 10 years on the staff at Florida, five years (1996-2001) as an assistant coach and five years as associate head coach under Billy Donovan (2002-06). Grant helped lead the Gators to their first national title in 2006 and laid the groundwork for UF’s 2007 national championship before departing for VCU. While on the Florida staff, the Gators won the SEC Tournament in 2005 and 2006, captured three SEC Eastern Division titles (2000, 2001 and 2002) and earned back-to-back SEC Championships in 2000 and 2001. In 1999 and 2000, the program made its first back-to-back ‘Sweet 16’ appearances in school history and appeared in the national championship game in 2000. During Grant’s time in Gainesville, the Gators advanced to the NCAA Tournament in eight straight seasons and compiled a 226-98 (.698) record.

Noted as a strong recruiter, Grant recruited and coached nine McDonald’s All-Americans and seven NBA first-round draft picks at Florida. Four of his last seven recruiting classes at UF were ranked in the top five nationally. At VCU his 2007 recruiting class was ranked as the fifth best in the mid-major ranks.

Monday night linkage

nukehat

Here’s an interesting start to the week, from the UK Telegraph

Israel has launched a covert war against Iran as an alternative to direct military strikes against Tehran’s nuclear programme, US intelligence sources have revealed.

Maybe this is a sign of sources to come. In fact, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to believe that if President Bush were still at the helm, this would have been front page in the NYT.

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EIB calls for salary caps at NBC News. GE took TARP money, should be subject to same rules as Wall Street. Especially since GE Capital accounts for 55% of GE’s revenue.  Heh.

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I received this invite from Eric Odom Nashville. should be a lot of fun.

During the 2008-09 campaign season, the free-market movement witnessed the opposing side of the political isle literally walk all over us when it comes to eActivism. Specifically, the translation of online political activism to offline political success.

Many within the freedom movement have discussed different ways of advancing our online efforts. But few, if any, have been able to collaborate on ways to implement these ideas and put them to work.

RootsHQ 2009 is a new Tech/NOW Media Summit that aims at tackling this problem. Our conference is geared towards tech savvy, online activists who have ideas to share, and want to learn from others as well.

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If it’s good enough for Chavez, then how about The One? This didn’t take long

Mr. SERRANO introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary
JOINT RESOLUTION
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to repeal the twenty-second article of amendment, thereby removing the limitation on the number of terms an individual may serve as President.

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Get your vintage children’s books now before Henry Waxman outlaws them.

It’s hard to believe, but true: under a law Congress passed last year aimed at regulating hazards in children’s products, the federal government has now advised that children’s books published before 1985 should not be considered safe and may in many cases be unlawful to sell or distribute. Merchants, thrift stores, and booksellers may be at risk if they sell older volumes, or even give them away, without first subjecting them to testing—at prohibitive expense. Many used-book sellers, consignment stores, Goodwill outlets, and the like have accordingly begun to refuse new donations of pre-1985 volumes, yank existing ones off their shelves, and in some cases discard them en masse.

Thanks Henry. I feel safer already. Besides, it’s for the children, right? What a dickhead.

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The SF Chronicle isn’t too enthused about The One’s power grab at the Census.

Allowing Obama politicos like chief of staff Rahm Emanuel – a top House Democratic strategist in his prior life – anywhere near the census adding machine is too partisan. It’s a Chicago-style setup that should worry any voter.

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The Memphis Commercial Appeal has come under fire for invading the privacy of private citizens by posting personal information of CCW permit holders. Their justification for this outrage is laughable. In fact, Chris Peck says it’s all a “misunderstanding.” Then, he channels Henry Waxman and tells us he did it “for the children.”

A mom might now check the list to see if the parents at her kid’s sleep-over next door had a concealed weapon permit. If so, maybe it would be worth talking to them to make sure the gun is locked up.

A school official, concerned about whether teachers were bringing guns onto school grounds, might check the list to see whether anyone on the staff has a permit to carry, and then have a discussion about it.

Oh, please. I know the C/A has a great Sports section, but this is just too much. It’s time for Memphians to speak in the language that the C/A can understand. Cancel your subscription. And, if any of your neighbors has a subscription to the C/A, “maybe it would be worth talking to them” about it. And, after you do so, drop Chris Peck an email and let him know why. More: Walls of the City gives C/A a proper fisking.

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Obama Portrait GalleryAnd finally, while browsing the web this evening, I ran across Brad Warthen’s blog at The State. Brad discovered some interesting pixellation embedded in the Obama- hope poster. Click on the photo to enlarge.

[cue spooky music…]

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