Tag:Rick Ross
Posted on: October 14, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2011 8:12 pm

Rick Ross is alive and still headed to FedExForum

By Gary Parrish

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Big Blue Madness should be wild here at Rupp Arena tonight, but John Calipari's old school is where the Madness news is this afternoon because a plane carrying Rick Ross from Fort Lauderdale to Memphis had to make an emergency landing after the rap superstar reportedly had a seizure.

TMZ.com reported the news.

This is a basketball story because Ross was scheduled to perform at tonight's Memphis Madness.

And he still is.

Exactly what happened on that plane and to Ross remains unclear. But Ross has already called Memphis officials and said "don't believe the media reports," Tigers coach Josh Pastner told CBSSports.com by phone. "He said he's OK. He'll be here."

That news was a relief to Pastner.

"I had people calling asking what I did to the Boss," Pastner said, and you should know that Boss is one of Ross' many nicknames. "But the Boss is still coming. He's alive."

Crisis avoided.

Long live Ricky Rozay.

UPDATE: Ross had another seizure this afternoon on a private jet headed to Memphis, according to TMZ.com. He's now reportedly hospitalized in Birmingham, Ala. So if you're keeping track, that's two seizures and one TwitVid in the past 12 hours for the Boss. Crazy. And scary.
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:33 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 12:38 pm

Pastner: Rick Ross gives Memphis 'street cred'

By Gary Parrish

High school basketball players listen to hip-hop.

I realize that's a blanket statement that isn't 100 percent true.

But it's mostly true ... and precisely why Josh Pastner booked Rick Ross for Memphis Madness.

"The benefit is that it gives you a little street cred," Pastner told CBSSports.com on Friday moments after announcing the rap superstar will perform at Memphis Madness on Oct. 14. "The kids love it. It's a great recruiting tool."

Pastner, of course, is not the first coach to recognize this. Jay Wright once had 50 Cent at Villanova's Madness. Drake has been to Kentucky's. Wale was at Georgetown's last year, and Memphis had Yo Gotti each of the past two years. But for Memphis to get someone of Ross' stature at a time while Ross is hugely relevant in the hip-hop scene represents Pastner taking the event to another level.

Memphis Madness has soldout more than 18,000 seats each of the past two years.

A third straight sellout is now practically guaranteed.

"It's all about recruiting," Pastner said. "A young kid, even a freshman or sophomore, might come to see a practice, then see 19,000 people and Rick Ross. Those things stay in your mind. You say, 'I want to be on that floor someday. I want to play for the Tigers someday.'"

There are unintended consequences of doing something like this, too.

One is that Memphis is only allowed to host 12 prospects on official visits this year.

That means Pastner must be careful about who he hosts and who he doesn't host for Memphis Madness.

"I think some kids now want to come on an official visit for Memphis Madness even though they don't really want to come to Memphis at all," Pastner said. "Kids want to be there, absolutely."
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