The students at Ole Miss University are voting on a new mascot today, and there’s a groundswell of support for an unexpected nominee: Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi. While the university has the final say on the new mascot — meaning Ackbar’s nomination will probably be ignored — that hasn’t stopped Mississippi’s students from trying to effect change.
As Kentucky suffers through its worst season since Rick Pitino took over for the disgraced Eddie Sutton, it’s been hard on the fans. Loads of “Billy versus Tubby” talk going on. And then this ESPN piece didn’t paint UK’s now-beleaguered coach in the best light. All-in-all, it’s been a season to forget with — save a Jodie Meeks 54-point outing — very little to cheer about.
In the above video, Kentucky fans might have found a salve to help them recover and prepare for next season: Patrick Patterson told reporter Alan Cutler he would in fact be returning to the Wildcats next season. The sigh of relief you hear can be attributed to the state that’s bordered by Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Illinois. Now if they can get the same from Jodie Meeks, there might actually be some positive feelings about next season.
During last night’s “fall on your face” loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, Kentucky had a two-point lead at the half. As is ESPN’s mantra, the sideline reporter, in this case, Jeannine Edwards, had some questions about Kentucky’s star player and the defense Ole Miss was playing to limit his touches. That’s when Billy Gillispie decided to share his feelings on Edwards’ reporting style (check out the lead video).
Gillispie seemed perturbed that Edwards had the audacity to ask the Kentucky coach why his best player wasn’t having his normal game, and the Kentucky coach informed Miss Edwards that Kentucky was more than just Jodie Meeks, his team had the lead, and he thought she had asked him a “bad question.” With that, the Big Blue Nation of Fans erupted, some trying to defend Gillispie’s remark, while others tried to blame the loss on what was said. An example (all sic’d up for your enjoyment):