Monthly Archives: February 2015

Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings apologizes for profane comment to player

 

Vanderbilt basketball coach Kevin Stallings issued a public apology through his team’s official twitter account late Thursday night for a profane comment he made toward Vanderbilt freshman guard Wade Baldwin in the aftermath of the Commodores’ 73-65 win over Tennessee at Thompson-Boling Arena.

“After the game, an incident occurred in which I need to apologize for,” Stallings said. “One of our players acted inappropriately and violated what we believe is good sportsmanship following the game.”

“In my haste to resolve the situation, I made a very inappropriate comment. While obviously it was not meant literally, it was still inappropriate. I apologized to the player immediately following the game. Displaying good sportsmanship is of the highest priority in our program, win or lose. I am very remorseful of my actions tonight.”

Baldwin, who scored 13 points in the Vanderbilt victory, initiated his coach’s wrath when he clapped in the face of UT junior forward Armani Moore after the final buzzer.

Stallings criticized Baldwin after the game, but his apology stems from what said when he lashed out at Baldwin during the postgame handshake line before the ESPN2 cameras pulled away.

“We don’t do that! I will (expletive) kill you!,” Stallings shouts to Baldwin after he learns of the Baldwin’s postgame antics.

Stallings said this in an interview with ESPN:

“I handled it completely inappropriately and I apologized to Wade — and I need to apologize to our fans and the Vanderbilt administration,” the longtime coach told ESPN. “Having said that, and it may seem as though I’m trying to rationalize my behavior, sportsmanship will continue to be a high priority. I did not mean it in the literal sense and I’ve never touched a player in all my years as a coach. That’s not me. I will learn from this and handle this situation differently in the future.”

Baldwin posted this message to his Twitter account late Thursday night.

Kentucky’s Devin Booker checks on Tennessee cheerleader

 

Kentucky freshman guard Devin Booker did a little bit of everything Tuesday night against Tennessee.

He scored a game-high 18 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished an assist.

He also accidentally crashed into a Tennessee cheerleader named Kristen Huskey when he was fouled on a layup attempt.

Here’s the scary scene:

Kudos to Booker, though. He checked on Huskey via Twitter after UK’s 66-48 victory.

Turns out she’s doing just fine.

Tennessee basketball offers scholarship to Khalil Iverson

 

 

The Tennessee basketball team has offered a scholarship to Khalil Iverson, a three-star small forward in the 2015 class.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound prospect from Delaware, Ohio, also holds offers from Wisconsin, Bowling Green, North Florida, Penn State, UNC Asheville and Winthrop, according to 247Sports. The scouting service considers him to be the No. 61 small forward in the 2015 class, and the 11 prospect in Ohio.

Iverson, who plays at Delaware’s Rutherford B. Hayes High School, visited Knoxville for the Vols’ game against Texas A&M on Jan. 24.

Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall hopes to sign two players during the regular signing period, which runs from April 15 to May 20. Incoming signees include three-star guard Shembari Phillips and three-star small forward Admiral Schofield.

AP photo

Georgia’s Marcus Thornton cleared to play against Vols

 

ATHENS, Ga. — Tennessee will have to face Georgia’s top scorer and rebounder today.

Senior forward Marcus Thornton has been medically cleared to play after missing the last two games with concussion related symptoms, Georgia announced an hour before tipoff.

The Vols (13-8, 5-4 SEC) play the Bulldogs (14-7, 5-4) at noon (TV: ESPN2) at Stegeman Coliseum.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Thornton averages 13.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. That ranks 13th and sixth in the SEC, respectively.

“He’s a pretty good player,” UT junior forward Armani Moore said of Thornton this week. “Obviously, he would be one of the guys we would key into for this game. We just have to really focus in and make sure we don’t let him get going early.”

Thornton sustained a concussion against Vanderbilt on on Jan. 27. He finished the game, but symptoms surfaced later. After winning five games in a row, the Bulldogs lost the two they played without Thornton, falling at South Carolina and No. 1 Kentucky.