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By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 11:15am
DaVon Hamilton is a three-star defensive tackle from Pickerington, Ohio that’s committed to Pitt, but according to 247 Sports’ Josh Edwards, he’ll be taking an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Hamilton, considered the 49th best DT in the 2015 class, gave his verbal commitment to Pitt back in June, but Vince Marrow has managed to get him to Lexington for an official. Hmm…
Current UK commit CJ Conrad will also take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend, along with Damien Harris, who will attend fifth UK game. This won’t be an official visit for Harris, but having him on campus yet again is another great opportunity for the staff. It doesn’t hurt that he’s buddies with CJ Conrad, whom he played alongside at The Opening.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, and Drew are at Keeneland for “see blue” day, which marks the official start of homecoming weekend at UK. Keeneland and UK are throwing a pep rally on The Hill, the tailgating area adjacent to Keene Barn. The rally kicks off at noon with the band and cheerleaders, but before that, fans are encouraged to come out to get an early start on the festivities with the guys, who will be doing the show from the tailgating lot.
Some details on “see blue” day:
— UK students, alumni and faculty receive free general admission to the track and access to reserved Grandstand seating with valid UK IDs.
– Lextran will provide a dedicated shuttle for students between UK and Keeneland at a cost of $1 each way from 11 to 5:00 pm. The first 500 students to ride the Lextran shuttle from campus will receive a commemorative “see blue.” Day T-shirt.
— The Jordan English Band will be on The Hill from 12:25 to 2:00 pm.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 9:00am
This is going to be a very interesting final 5 games for Kentucky this season. I would be just as surprised if Kentucky goes 5-0 or 0-5. Every game is winnable, every game is loseable. Certainly after the disappointing effort in Baton Rouge though, expectations have been tempered quite a bit for the year. With that said, I think it’s unlikely Kentucky doesn’t win another game this year. But with that said, this weekend provides maybe the greatest opportunity for Kentucky to make a splash on the national scene. Yes, they get Georgia later in the year, but that game is unlikely to receive the CBS prime slot. The will be Kentucky’s moment in the national spotlight.
Of course, for UK fans, the most “important” game left on the schedule is the final game. And considering that many Kentucky fans think the Cats will beat Louisville this year even furthers that excitement for that game. But this conversation was batted around my office yesterday and I wonder where KSR fans stand:
IF KENTUCKY ONLY WINS 1 MORE GAME THIS SEASON, WOULD YOU WANT IT OVER #1 MISSISSIPPI STATE OR LOUISVILLE?
I think most fans snap judgement would be Louisville. Taking back that rivalry after 3 years of misery and do so against Bobby Petrino would be especially sweet. Having that win and a likely better basketball season would make it even sweeter. And to top it all off, we do it on UL’s home turf. I can understand why a fan would immediately take Louisville in this scenario.
But when I think about it more, Mississippi State is the win I would take this season. First, as already mentioned, it certainly would get more national attention than a win over Louisville. And that’s all fine and good for a couple weeks. If UK wins the MSU game and then loses the rest, the pub garnered will not really be that significant. But what’s more important is recruiting. Let’s be honest, despite the fact that talent in Kentucky high school football has gone up over the last 10 years, the majority of players that Mark Stoops will recruit will be outside of the state. Winning the UL rivalry means nothing to those players. And I am not so sure it means a whole lot to the guys in Kentucky. But beating the #1 team on national television in front of a frenzied home crowd, that is something that attracts recruits. That is something that earns you respect in a league with teams you are recruiting against.
And frankly, it’s just a better win. Rivalries are for the fans, not for the program. The program is better served by beating the #1 team in the country in the SEC than an unranked team in the ACC. Now of course, this is just the scenario I have created. Kentucky can more than win both of these games and others. They could lose them too. But the point of the question is to see which game is of more importance to you as a fan. I think the fan passion side would clearly say Louisville. But I think and hope the fan brain side of you would say Mississippi State. Would you agree?
By Brennan English on ©October 24th, 2014 @ 8:30am
We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.
#10 Jake Kemp
— Jake Kemp (@NotJackKemp) October 24, 2014
Our honorary Wildcat is in this photo. So it’s kind of Kentucky sports-related. And it’s beautiful.
#9 Josh McCoy
@KySportsRadio instead of talking Carolina scandal. Espn college BB front page is "why Kentucky won't win national title"
— Josh McCoy (@joshmccoy92) October 24, 2014
#8 Enthusiastic Karl
— Enthusiastic Karl (@EnthusiasticKAT) October 24, 2014
Why is there an option? Otherwise, glorious.
#7 Jax Teller
//logs on twitter, scrolls TL complaints about UNC coverage Dak puns .@DLamb20 being softer than Drake UK/UL trolling //logs off twitter
— Jax Teller (@jaxteller_KY) October 23, 2014
If only I could log off Twitter..
#6 John Harris
— John Harris (@JHarris_24) October 24, 2014
#5 Michael Rudolph
— Michael Rudolph (@MRudolphComedy) October 23, 2014
#4 Justin Hokanson
Outstanding timing on this UNC online MBA Facebook ad. The responses are what you think they'd be. pic.twitter.com/iKKR6YqTKv
— Justin Hokanson (@JHokanson) October 24, 2014
Top tweet=degree for sure.
#3 Rene Cornette
@KySportsRadio I will never be the same after hearing KY Joe speak from the bathroom. Thanks, Obama.
— Rene' Cornette (@Rene81) October 23, 2014
Scarred for life.
#2 Allen Skaggs
— Allen Skaggs (@OldKYShark) October 24, 2014
WHAT is that thing?
#1 Bourbon n’ Toulouse
— Bourbon n' Toulouse (@ilovecajun) October 23, 2014
I need in on this.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:00pm
It happens every year, a tale as old as time. As a fan, you enter game week soundly grounded by reason, and as the week goes on, optimism swells and inches you off the ground to the point that by Friday, you’re flying high and halfway convinced that Kentucky can pull off the impossible. I know I can’t be the only one who’s gone through that this week. I’ve done all the research, read all about Dak Prescott and how awesome he is (he is awesome), and yes, I remember how Kentucky faceplanted against LSU. Realistically, we should be happy if the Cats play the Bulldogs competitively enough to show last Saturday was a fluke and no one gets injured.
But realistically isn’t fun. Sure, Mississippi State beat three top ten teams in a row, but do you really feel they’re worthy of that number one ranking? Coming off a bye week with Arkansas and Alabama coming up, can we acknowledge the possibility that they could overlook the Cats or, dare I say it, be due for a loss? Kentucky has the chance to not only erase the memory of the LSU loss and become bowl eligible, but turn around the season and make the statement of all statements by beating the number one team in the country. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Stadium, with the crisp fall breeze blowing and a national CBS audience watching at home, why not?
Seriously, let me stay on this high for a little longer, please.
Mark Stoops wants you to bring it on Saturday
For Kentucky to have any shot at an upset, they’ll need a very rowdy Commonwealth Stadium behind them. Mark Stoops touched on that in his remarks today, telling reporters that he’s liked the atmosphere at CWS so far this season. “I think we’re starting to create a great environment at home and we’re looking forward to that,” Stoops said. There are still a few tickets remaining, so if you haven’t yet, head on over to Ticketmaster.com to get yours ($25 upper level reserved with the promo code “BEATMS”). This video should help speed up the process:
Still no word on Boom Williams or Dorian Baker
Or rather, Mark Stoops doesn’t want to talk about it. “I’m not comfortable commenting right now on his status, okay?” Stoops said of Boom. “I’d rather just not comment on it right now.”
He also did not share the outcome of the SEC’s review of Dorian Baker’s hit. Hopefully both players will be good to go on Saturday, because we’ll need them.
Paul Finebaum thinks the Cats can pull off the upset
Finebaum called into KSR this morning to discuss Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, and said that he thinks Kentucky has a legitimate shot at an upset. Finebaum said he hasn’t bought in on the Bulldogs as the number one team and thinks they could be overlooking the Cats. “Being No. 1 does things to programs that aren’t used to it,” Finebaum said.”Common sense tells me, they’re not that fired up about going to Lexington, even in a primetime game.”
Finebaum also told us how he charged Andrew Harrison’s phone at the SEC Network studios during SEC Tipoff yesterday. “I feel like I made a major contribution to UK basketball,” Finebaum quipped. “I will tell you this — I wasn’t looking because its none of my business — but it was buzzing about every two seconds.”
Of course it was. He’s a Kentucky basketball player.
This Throwback Thursday picture of Matthew Mitchell is priceless
That’s Mitchell at his Eagle Scout ceremony back in 1984. Today, Mitchell received the Cliff Dochterman Award for his service to Rotary and scouting. Is there anything this man can’t do?
Titans fans, this is your new quarterback
I don’t know a ton about Zach Mettenberger, other than he played at LSU and got sucker punched by an Alabama fan in a bar in Nashville earlier this year, but this picture is the most interesting thing to happen to the Titans in years, so I’m all in.
CJ Conrad says he’s not interested in Ohio State
CJ Conrad is one of Kentucky’s most prestigious commits in the 2015 class, and with Ohio State in search of a tight end after 3-star Josh Moore flipped to Kansas today, Conrad reaffirmed his commitment to Kentucky in an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
“I am not interested,” Conrad said. “Don’t get me wrong, it would be a great honor to have an Ohio State offer, but I am going to Kentucky with an Ohio State offer or without one.”
Conrad will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Give him a hearty cheer at the Cat Walk, will you?
Rich Brooks visited Brad Durham
Brooks is in town for Saturday’s game, and one of his first stops was to see his former player Brad Durham at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Durham fell from the upper deck of Commonwealth Stadium during the South Carolina game and sustained serious injuries. He was released from UK Hospital earlier this week, and as Brooks said, it’s a miracle that he’s doing so well. Brooks tweeted that Brooks is “up and around and in good spirits.”
KSR will be live from the tailgating lot at Keeneland in the morning for “see blue” day
Tomorrow is “see blue.” Day at Keeneland, marking the official start of homecoming weekend at UK. Keeneland and UK are inviting fans up to The Hill, the tailgating area adjacent to Keene Barn, for a pep rally and a Big Blue Nation party before the races. The rally kicks off at noon with the band and cheerleaders, but you can go earlier for the Friday morning KSR broadcast. Matt, Ryan and Drew will be doing the show from the lot, so come on by to say hello and get a head start on the festivities.
Until then, enjoy this video, which is really all you need to know about Saturday’s game.
By Duncan Cavanah on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:30pm
The Cats ran into one of these last Saturday in Death Valley.
It was mid-October, 2006, and a young(ish) blogger was intent on watching his beloved Kentucky football Wildcats take on the mighty LSU Tigers in Death Valley. As some of you recall, 2006 was a simpler time in the landscape of college sports media. The SEC Network did not yet exist, and there were many Saturdays in which the Cats were not available on television. The Kentucky – LSU game was scheduled to be one such contest. However, at the last minute, the game was made available on a pay-per-view basis on-line. I can say with reasonable confidence that I was the only person in the state who elected to fork over the $12.00 necessary to purchase it. Distrustful of my internet speed at home for such an important event, I made a late night trek through the rain-soaked streets of Hopkinsville to view the game by myself in my office. (Is it just me, or does this story sound more like a mission to purchase meth that to watch a middling football team?) To further demonstrate the very depths of my football depravity, there was no real broadcast to speak of. What was available for my viewing pleasure was simply the feed from the “Tigervision” scoreboard. This entailed one camera, which appeared to have been located somewhere in the stratosphere above Tiger Stadium. To make matters worse, the Cats lost to future NFL bust and cough medicine aficionado Jamarcus Russell and his Bayou Bengals by the score of 49-0, in a game not nearly as competitive as the final score would indicate. I watched every second, and strongly considered checking immediately into some sort of football rehab facility following the final horn.
So why tell this tale of woe in the midst of this generally upbeat season of Kentucky football? First, because I have to write something,and that was as good as anything I could come up with. Secondly, because that game, and what happened in its aftermath, provides tangible proof that there is the possibility of redemption in the wake of the most brutal of defeats.
When the 2006 Kentucky Wildcats fell to LSU 49-0, optimism was not high in the Bluegrass for the remainder of the season. In fact, there was as little buzz about Kentucky football as I can remember. The Wildcats, who had won only 9 games in Rich Brooks’ first 3 season, sat 3-4, and public opinion trended heavily toward the ouster of the veteran coach at season’s end. But led by emerging star players like Andre’ Woodson, Rafael Little and Keenan Burton, Kentucky reeled off 5 of their next 6, to include a win over Georgia, and the Music City Bowl victory over Clemson. This turnaround jump started the most successful era of modern football at Kentucky. The opponent that got that ball rolling? The Mississippi State Bulldogs. Kentucky traveled to Starkville, one of the most happening towns in all of Oktibbeha County, and beat the Bulldogs by a score of 34-31. On Saturday, the Cats have another opportunity to follow a nightmare performance in Death Valley with a season changing win against the Bulldogs.
Dicky Lyons with one of the greatest catches in Kentucky history during the 2006 Kentucky – MSU contest.
Admittedly, the 2014 Bulldogs present a decidedly tougher challenge to the Cats than their 2006 counterparts. Mississippi State is undefeated, ranked number one in the nation, and features likely Heisman front-runner Dak Prescott. They have the second longest active winning streak in college football at 9. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in total offense at 530 yards per game, and average nearly 42 points per contest. The 2006 Bulldog team, on the other hand, finished 3-9, and even though I attended the game in Starkville, I could not pick one player from that team out of a lineup if my life depended on it. But though the opponent is much more formidable, Kentucky can win this game.
Kentucky has three wins over number one teams in its history, the most recent being the 2007 victory over future national champion LSU. I would argue that the talent disparity between Kentucky and LSU on that glorious night in 2007 was significantly greater than Saturday’s match-up with the Bulldogs. Mississippi State is a terrific team, but they are not stocked with NFL talent like the Tigers were in 2007. Mississippi State also has some tangible weaknesses, even if it takes some diligent searching to find them. The Bulldogs rank second to last in the conference in pass defense and dead last in total defense. If the offensive line can keep Patrick Towles upright, the Bulldogs can be vulnerable to the Wildcats’ passing attack.
Playing at home, with the build-up of a 3:30 start, and a packed house in full “blue-out” mode, the Cats can once again use a win over the Bulldogs to springboard from a painful loss to a program-changing season. But with such a dynamic opponent, and in the wake of the deflating effort of last week, the Cats will need Commonwealth to be a hostile environment to the visiting Bulldogs on Saturday. We need to make that happen as a fanbase. With the CBS national telecast, and the SEC Network pregame, Kentucky’s football environment will be showcased on Saturday. College football fans, and most importantly recruits, will be tuning in to decide what Kentucky football is all about. Let’s show them.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:00pm
Exciting news for you trading card lovers: Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it signed a deal with the University of Kentucky to use its university marks on its trading card. Panini signed the same deal with the University of Georgia and the University of Miami, and several more schools are expected to announce similar deals with them in the coming weeks.
This is the first time since 2009 that Panini will include college-branded cards within its NBA, NFL, and MLB trading card properties, and you’ll start seeing the universities’ logos in the 2015 NFL, 2014-2015 NBA, and 2015 MLB products.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:00pm
On Friday and Saturday, the SEC Nation crew will be set up in the Purple Lot at the corner of Alumni Drive and College Way, and fans are encouraged to come out and represent the Big Blue Nation while Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, and Paul Finebaum preview a big weekend in college football. Now, I’ll be honest, I haven’t really watched SEC Nation that much this season; I tuned in to their debut from LP Field for the Vandy/Ole Miss game, but that was mainly to mock the smattering of Vandy fans in attendance. Since then, I’ll flip over between commercial breaks of College Gameday, but it’s clearly not on the same level, no matter how many hijinks they make Paul Finebaum pull.
In hopes of making Saturday’s broadcast at least tolerable, here are some suggestions for the SEC Nation crew to make the show a little bit better.
First, when and where?
The SEC Nation set will be in the Purple Lot at the corner of Alumni Drive and College Way, and they will be taping from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. (The actual show doesn’t begin until 10 a.m. on Saturday, but there will be live appearances on SportsCenter from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and College Gameday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) The first 350 fans who arrive on Saturday will get a free t-shirt, so there’s that incentive.
Now, the suggestions…
1. Have Tim Tebow do the entire show shirtless
This would definitely boost the female viewership. Guys, you get gratuitous shots of scantily clad cheerleaders and dance teams during every single football game ever shown on television, so pipe down.
2. You can mention basketball, but don’t let it be the only Kentucky thing you talk about
I’m excited about basketball. You’re excited about basketball. We’re all excited about basketball. But we’re also excited about football. By all means, tape some footage at Rupp, bring Calipari on the show, and feel free to briefly discuss UK’s exciting upcoming season, but let’s keep the focus on football for the most part. And when Mark Stoops comes on the set, PLEASE don’t ask him about basketball. That’s just rude.
3. Bring Phyllis on the show
Kaylee Hartung is cute, but I’d much rather watch Phyllis handle all of the tailgating segments. “HEY PAWWL, THESE PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE GOT BETTER BBQ THAN DREAMLAND! KISS MY SMOKED BUTT ROLL TIDE!”
4. Get Tim Tebow whisky wasted
Nothing says Kentucky more than a fall day at a scenic bourbon distillery, and nothing would be more entertaining than Tebow sampling the local fare, especially if he has too much. Bourbon drunk Tebow would be television gold.
5. Bring on Calipari and Papa Brooks
SEC Nation brings on special guests at each stop. Cal is a safe bet, and he’ll be the Cal we all know and love, all swagged out in his sweatsuit. Plus, because Cal gets it, he would keep the conversation on football while managing to throw in a subtle shot at Louisville at some point.
Rich Brooks is making the trip to Lexington for Saturday’s game, and I can’t think of anyone better talk about the program’s rise under Stoops. Bonus points if you serve him homegrown tomatoes.
John Short would also be acceptable.
6. Don’t let Kentucky Joe anywhere near the set
If you don’t, he’ll steal the microphone and sing a 20-minute version of “Big Blue Fan in the Morning.”
…on second thought, that might be the most entertaining bit they’ve shown in a while.
7. Have Taylor Wyndham show Tim Tebow around Lexington
Because he probably doesn’t remember his last trip.
8. Stop making Paul the clown and start letting people clown on Paul
On SEC Nation, they love to make Paul Finebaum do wacky things. For instance, a few weeks ago, he stole Jerry Jones’ sunglasses and put them on. Hilarious! Another time, he did a sad little version of the Gator chomp, and man, Tim Tebow sure didn’t think that was funny! Once, they even made him go fishing, waders and all! Get it, it’s funny because he was in the waders and the hat and…
You know what would be better? Encouraging others to pull pranks on Paul. They can start by letting Drew Franklin run out and shine his head every time someone makes a “Dak” pun. (Looking at you, Kyle Tucker.)
By Nick Roush on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 7:00pm
– Stoops has been a part of tons of big games throughout his career, with a few under his belt from his time at Kentucky. He’s also been a part of #1 teams and played against them, like last year at home against Alabama. Is there any difference for Stoops between playing South Carolina or #1 Mississippi State?
“I don’t know if there’s much difference in that. A big game’s a big game. You kind of feel it in the air and the energy and the practice and the focus, so they’re really all big games. Once you get to the point where we’re doing what we’re doing and trying to win a bunch of games, then they’re all important. We’ve got a tough stretch (ahead) and this is our next one.”
– Earlier this week, Stoops challenged his playmakers to earn their title, specifically Ryan Timmons. Timmons is a quiet guy, often seeming too complacent, but he responded with plenty of energy this week, “He’s had a good week and a good attitude, so looking forward to him getting out there Saturday.” The offense can’t do much if the players aren’t making plays.
– Halfway through his first season and Matt Elam has already managed to make an impact on the interior line. He’s had his ups and downs but he’s met, if not exceed, some of their expectations entering the season, “I think he’s right on track. I’m not disappointed at all. He’s going to be a very good football player,” Stoops said.
– Last week Marcus
McClinton McWilson had a career-high 10 tackles and an interception in the end zone that prevented further bleeding. The loss caused most of us to overlook his exceptional game, but ‘quietly killing ‘em’ has kind of been his mantra since his arrival last year. He’s slowly turning into one of the most important players on the defense, “He’s just been more reliable. He’s been better practice habits. He starting to mature a little bit and we’re constantly leaning on him, because we need him to be.”
– Stoops did not wish to comment on the status of Boom Williams today. What that means, I’m not exactly sure, but Lonny has a hunch that it means we’ll see some Boom Saturday.
Zach West and A.J. Stamps have taken their lickings, but both have participated in practice this week and are expected to play.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 6:20pm
According to Adrian with the last name over at Yahoo, the Philly Sixers are interested in former Kentucky point guard Marquis “Mookie” Teague. Teague saw limited time for the Brooklyn Nets this preseason and could use a fresh opportunity to prove himself. Philadelphia would be great because Philadelphia can use any help it can get.
Make this happen.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 5:00pm
Lots of good stuff in this video from Kentucky Wildcats TV at SEC Media Day 2014. It leads off with a real gem: Coach Cal refusing to draw a wildcat on a dry erase board. (Booooooooooooooo)
Then there’s more great stuff from Cal and the Harrison twins, including Andrew saying Aaron would win a 10-game series of 1-on-1 games.
Definitely watch this one.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 4:00pm
While many are ignoring the North Carolina scandal like it doesn’t exist, Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel is all over it and he wants action from the NCAA. Today he writes:
Emmert has been beaten to a pulp during his time in Indianapolis and most of it was self-inflicted.
Here’s his chance to punch back. This isn’t inserting himself into a scandal such as Penn State that was best left to courts of law. This isn’t repeating the tired argument over the value of amateurism.
If Emmert, at 61, still has the old fire he started the job with, if he still has the belief that NCAA rules count for something, if he still believes in college sports and the good it can produce, it he still holds the confidence to walk into a fight and throw haymakers, then this is the weakling waiting to be made an example.
Multi-sport postseason bans? Fines? Scholarship reductions? Death penalty? It all should be on the table.
As Wetzel puts it, North Carolina is guilty of “full-on cheating.” This isn’t small time, one or two people involved stuff. This is an administration and an athletic department knowingly giving its athletes a free pass from academics.
“And it went on for 18 years.”
Give it a read here and then join Pat Forde in demanding the banners come down.