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Rupp Arena (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rupp Arena (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Could Rupp Arena Be on Its Way Out?

What are the characteristics of a “legend”? First, I think a legend can be anyone or anything. John Wayne was a legend. The Ford Mustang is a legend. “I Love Lucy” is a legend. I wanted to make sure you understood my personal definition of a legend, because I’m going to throw a legendary structure into that mix—Rupp Arena, home of the UK Wildcats. And why did I ask the question that opened the post? Because I think, sometimes, legends must retire or be retired. See, I've heard rumblings and seen stories and I think we’re headed in that direction with regards to Lexington’s legendary sports facility.

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John Calipari and John Wall (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
John Calipari and John Wall (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Locked-Out Ex-Wildcats Wanted Back on UK Campus

University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari is a great recruiter. That is no secret. University of Kentucky head basketball coach John Caliapari has a great big heart. That, too, is no secret. But now, Coach Cal has combined those two highly valued assets and has essentially re-invented the whole recruiting process. At the same time, he's allowing former UK players unable to work due to the NBA lockout to use the university's practice facilities AND continue their education, if need be. The man is a stone cold genius.

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UK Coach John Calipari (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
UK Coach John Calipari (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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NCAA Unhappy About UK’s Calipari Milestone Celebration

Back in February, the University of Kentucky had a great big celebration in honor of head basketball coach John Calipari's 500th victory. Confetti, a big cake, pin the tail on the donkey--you know, the works! Everybody had a very good time...except the NCAA. Because in their eyes--and according to their official records--John Calipari does NOT own 500 victories.

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Coach John Calipari (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Coach John Calipari (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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Calipari/Pitino Rivalry Blazes Hot in the Offseason

For big college basketball fans like myself, the May-September offseason is the equivalent of Interstate 40 between Nashville and Memphis--it never seems to end. Thank God that in the doldrums of June, University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and University of Louisville head coach Rick Pitino have seen fit to fire shots--albeit subtle ones--across each other's bows.

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Former NC State point guard Ryan Harrow (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Former NC State point guard Ryan Harrow (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Coach Cal, New Wildcat Top Off-Season UK News

Sure it's May 31st, but there's bound to be a University of Kentucky basketball story somewhere. Sure enough, we have one...no, make that two. The UK basketball team--already flush with extraordinary talent for 2011-12--has added another to its roster. And this time, it wasn't Coach John Calipari who found him; he found UK.

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UK’s Terrence Jones Will Return for Sophomore Season

As Animal Kingdom was winning the 137th Kentucky Derby, Wildcat Kingdom was celebrating the return of UK freshman star Terrence Jones for his sophomore year. Even without point guard Brandon Knight, the 'Cats figure to be loaded for 2011-2012.

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Chris Trotman/Getty Images
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For UK, There Is No Off-Season

Sure, they play the game from November until (hopefully) April. But Big Blue Nation never stops thinking about Wildcat basketball. Even the smallest item about Kentucky magnifies a hundredfold in the minds of the average 'Cat fan. And so far, this off-season hasn't disappointed.

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Big Mouth Bobby Knight Knocks Cats

Ugh. Former Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach sounded off his opinion about University of Wildcats coach John Calipari and last year's team. Read all the trial here.

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Chris Trotman/Getty Images
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Your Official Jorts Alert!

I'm not warning you of the impending arrival of a Dr. Seuss character. No, it seems everybody's favorite University of Kentucky center Josh Harrellson--nickname: Jorts (for all those jeans shorts he wears)--wants to visit Owensboro. He tweeted his plans this morning.

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Oh, What Might Have Been

If I never hear CLANK! again for the rest of my life, I will be very thankful. Last night's brick-fest between UConn and Butler set college basketball back a hundred years. You know, when basketball was all about a soccer ball and couple of peach baskets. And after last night's game, University of Kentucky fans have to wonder about a certain alternate reality.

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UK Locker Room Visit Under Fire

Following their Final Four-clinching win over North Carolina last Sunday afternoon, the Kentucky Wildcats were surprised to find a very special visitor waiting in the locker room.

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Houston? No Problem!

For the majority of humans, 13 years lasts about 13 years. For Big Blue Nation, it lasts about 13 centuries. But the hand-wringing can stop. The Kentucky Wildcats have returned to a familiar place, a place they've been--whaddya know--13 times before. UK is back in the Final Four!

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