Kimber Criticized: The shocking news from court yesterday, that Kimber Albarado was dropping her EPO against her jockey/husband Robby, was more shocking after details of their bedroom encounter were read in court. WHAS-TV’s Claudia Coffey had the reaction from the CEO of the Center for Women and Families, who seems to think it was a bad idea on Kimber’s part. Albarado still faces charges.
Knight Still Enrages Big Blue: In a speech that found its way to YouTube, Bob Knight inspired ire in Big Blue land by saying that all the starters from UK’s team last year hadn’t gone to class in the spring semester. This was, of course, false, and everyone at UK from AD Mitch Barnhart to forward Patrick Patterson (on Twitter) were lambasting Knight.
And in Sports: Is this a trend? During WAVE-TV’s late news, anchor Scott Reynolds read highlights of the Bats’ and Reds’ games and talked over video of Derby horses arriving at Churchill Downs. No sports dude. It kind of makes you wonder if that’s where the next round of staffing cuts will come.
Incredible! If you’re into local TV, you should pick up David Inman’s new book, “Louisville Television.” He discussed it on WFPL’s State of Affairs yesterday. It covers 50 years of local TV, with the stopping point the recent retirement of WAVE’s Tom Wills. It’s your chance to remember Angie Humphrey. And Melissa Forsythe.
U of L’s Big Marketing Hire: There’s been plenty of speculation for a while now about who U of L would hire to head up its marketing efforts, and it turned out to be a Jim Ramsey favorite. Becky Simpson, who has been a principal at New West for 15 years, will get this huge title starting next month: “Associate Vice President for Communications and Marketing and Special Assistant to the Office of the President.” Try getting that on a business card.
Derby Rumor Dept.: Take it for what it is, but more than one source has told me that U of L will not be hosting a Derby Eve gala next year, that this will be the last Julep Ball.
2.0 Talks — We’re Skeptical: Check out Dave Houvenagle’s post on last night’s Merger 2.0 meeting. He nailed it.
Local Gymnast Excels at Penn State: Here’s a shout-out to Parker Raque, a Penn State sophomore from Louisville who led the Nittany Lions to a 6th-place finish in the NCAA Championships.