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Kentucky dropped out of the AP Top 10.
The Cats come in at No. 11 in this week’s AP college basketball poll, dropping out of the top ten for the first time this season. Arizona is the new No. 1, followed by unbeaten Syracuse, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Duke, UConn, and Villanova.
UK is ranked tenth in the new USA Today Coaches poll.
Matthew Mitchell’s team won’t open any more UK double-headers.
Calipari joked, kind of, about the women playing “nine” overtimes in AT&T Stadium before his team could take the floor Friday night. Though it was exciting for the women’s basketball program and an incredible game for the fans, it’s the last time the women will open for the men. If there are any double-headers in the future, the women get the nightcap.
Cal told the media on Monday, “If we ever do a double-header, they will play after us. I don’t care if it’s 11:00 at night, you will never play before us again.”
It’d be easy to blame UK’s unexpected loss on the extremely late start in Dallas, if not for the Cats’ 16-7 lead five minutes into the game. The blame goes on the effort, free throw shooting and rebounding, not the women’s game running longer than planned.
“Still should’ve won the game,” Cal said.
Yeah, we know. We were there.
Why Baylor and not Indiana?
The IU question is back. Oh boy! Here’s how Calipari responded:
“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana and they said no. I said, we offered to play them two years in Indiana and they said no. We played Baylor, where did we play them? So we move on. Our schedule is one of the best in the country and we’ve got other stuff coming up. We offered two years in Lucas Oil. They won’t do it, what do you want me to do? I can beg them, ‘please, we’ll play in your state twice.’ They won’t want to do it, it’s OK. They’ve got a great program, Tommy (Crean) has done a great job, we’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program.”
It appears he is still putting all the blame on Crean and Indiana for the demise of the UK-IU series. Crean wants to play in Assembly Hall; Calipari wants to play at a neutral site, even if that neutral site is in Indianapolis. Neither will budge. Personally, I don’t mind that it’s over. These games in future Final Four stadiums and domes better prepare the team for April. It’d be nice to play Indiana in one of those games, but if Crean is committed to Assembly Hall, we’ll catch ya later. I’m OK with never going back to that place.
Don’t sleep on Boise State.
Don’t let that 12-point spread fool you; Boise State is legit. I’m surprised the Broncos aren’t ranked after starting the season 8-0 — I thought they’d be ranked in the preseason — and you’ll see why Tuesday night, if you don’t already know. Boise is a high-scoring team, currently ranked first in the nation with almost 92 points per game, with a number of guys who can really fill it up in a dribble-drive style offense. The Broncos are a much smaller team than Kentucky, often running with four guards, but their quickness and scoring efficiency will cause problems for Kentucky’s defense if the effort isn’t there, as we’ve seen several times throughout the season.
Kentucky’s size should win out, but Boise is a good, experienced team capable of leaving Lexington with a W if they get hot and UK isn’t in it for 40 minutes.
Jerry Meyer now predicting Rashad Vaughn to UK.
247Sports basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer switched his Crystal Ball pick from UNLV to Kentucky on Monday. Meyer predicted UK for Vaughn early in his recruitment but switched to the Rebels when contact between John Calipari and the five star guard dwindled this fall. Now that the Cats are back in play, Meyer, one of the most trusted in the business, once again believes Vaughn will become a Cat.
You can see all of Rashad Vaughn’s Crystal Ball predictions here. Iowa State leads with 41 percent of the vote, ahead of UNLV’s 30 percent and UK at 16 percent, but most of the predictions were made over the summer before UK re-entered the picture.
Nick Saban visited Matt Elam on Monday.
The Alabama head football coach arrived in Elizabethtown a day early to check in on one of his top remaining targets. Elam will welcome Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly to E-Town Wednesday, followed by a visit from Mark Stoops on Thursday and then he will officially visit the University of Kentucky this weekend.
Alabama recently took the lead over UK in Elam’s Crystal Ball predictions.
The acoUstiKats just killed it on The Sing-off.
UK’s a capella singing group performed “Blurred Lines” for Jewel and the other judges on NBC’s The Sing-off. You can see the video in the post below this one. Nice job, fellas.
John Calipari sat down for a one-on-one interview with Bill Raftery.
Coach Cal was featured on Fox Sports 1′s 1-on-1 interview series Monday night with Bill Raftery. Most of what he said in the interview sounded very familiar to UK fans (imagine that) but it was still very entertaining to watch. One interesting tidbit I don’t believe we’ve heard before… He said he cheated his family early in his career by not being around, focusing solely on becoming a great basketball coach. He wishes he had been there for Erin, his oldest, more than he was, but “she’s a doctor now, Ellen had it under control.”
We hope to have video on the site tomorrow.
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We’re excited about our partnership with 247Sports.
In case you missed it earlier today, we have entered a partnership with 247Sports that we believe will benefit all parties, you especially. For KSR, it means additional content from 247Sports experts here on our site, where football recruiting news has been scarce. It DOES NOT mean KSR will be charging for anything, now or 12 months from now. KSR will remain exactly the same but with additional recruiting-specific content from Chris Fisher and others in the 247Sports network.
The partnership also means we’ll be joining the 247Sports/Cats Pause message board community. The comments section on KSR has always been great for interaction, but as the posts move down the page, the discussion goes away. 247Sports provides us with a platform to do what we’ve always wanted to do here: have funny, intelligent dialogue with our readers and fellow UK fans. Our posts over there will always be free; it’s just a way to do what we wish we could do here. You can join us by creating a free account here.
That’ll do it for now, ladies and gents. Join me back here Tuesday as we preview the game.
By Matt Jones on ©11:05 pm
Some late basketball recruiting news tonight as 247 Sports recruiting expert Jerry Meyer has moved Rashad Vaughn to a UK pick in his “Crystal Ball” prognostications. For those of you that don’t know what that is, Meyer and others predict where they think all of the top recruits will go and then lock their predictions in. Meyer had Vaughn going elsewhere, but today he changed that pick to Kentucky. Vaughn is ranked #13 overall in the 247 Composite Rankings and is an elite 5 star Shooting Guard. If Kentucky can get him, it would be a huge late Calipari grab and make the class end up with the one thing it is lacking right now, a great wing.
For more on Vaughn as a player and the other predictions for him, check out his player page here.
By Andrew Cassady on ©9:30 pm
Three years ago Brandon Knight led the Cats onto the floor in Maui where he proceeded to go 3-15, including 0-8 from downtown, in a loss to UConn. Marquis Teague seemed to be a turnover machine until hitting his stride against Arkansas and averaging more assists for the remainder of the year. Tyreke Evans had a bunch of 4, 5, and 6 point games before becoming an offensive juggernaut that couldn’t be contained. The guys who make the leap instantly go on to be number one picks like John Wall and Derrick Rose, the rest just take some more time. Andrew Harrison is going to need some more time.
Maybe it’s a bit unfair the young point guard draws all this criticism. After all through 9 games he is averaging 10 points, +2 Assist-to-Turnover ratio, and leads the team from the charity stripe with 80%. Perhaps his biggest knock is simply the body language. If only he played every play with fire and passion. If only he took foul calls in stride without a glare to the ref. If only. If only. Coming into the year we thought we had a point guard who was the ultimate combo of all of Cal’s guys. A bit of Teague, Knight, and Evans to mold an unstoppable player.
Maybe we were right although in different ways. Maybe he has the outside shot like Knight but needs until March to get the clutch shot to fall with consistency. Perhaps he can find the open man like Teague but needs the time to develop that confidence and chemistry to know who to go to and when. Could he be like Evans and come off of a slow start to be one of the elite players in all of college basketball. Those guys all had players around them who could shoulder the blame as they needed time to mature. This group of Cats needs their point guard ready right now.
I think Andrew Harrison can be the elite combo of all of Cal’s guards that we envisioned to start the year. But like those guys its just going to take some time. Do you agree or do you think Andrew was all hype with no substance?
By Drew Franklin on ©8:00 pm
With the loss and inclement Dallas weather still fresh on their minds, your University of Kentucky Wildcats have a quick turnaround before tomorrow night’s game against should-be ranked Boise State. The Broncos come into Rupp Arena for a 9:00 pm tip-off in the first ever meeting between the two schools and one of the five most difficult contests on UK’s non-conference schedule.
Many of you know Boise State as that school out west with the blue turf and the running back who proposed to a cheerleader after a bowl game, but the basketball program is making some noise of its own and I have a little information for you below. Enjoy and get educated.
Boise State University is in the state of Idaho, not the state of Boise.
Boise is the capital and most populous city in Idaho, America’s “Gem State.” It is the 99th largest U.S. city by population and it reeks of potatoes. Ask any Boise resident and they’ll tell you they hate potato jokes. Hate ‘em. They also hate Napoleon Dynamite jokes.
Boise State plays in Taco Bell Arena.
If you know me, you know why I’m begging for a home and home series with Boise State for the next 50 years.
Boise State bumped Kentucky from the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Remember UK being on the bubble last season and then failing to reach the Big Dance?
Blame Boise State.
The Broncos were one of the last four in, leaving Kentucky as one of the last four out.
Five starters return from a year ago.
That makes Boise one of the most experienced teams in the country and the only 2012-13 tournament team to bring the entire starting rotation back for another season.
90 percent of the minutes and 92.4 percent of the scoring is back from last season.
Kentucky and Boise State have one common opponent this season in UT-Arlington.
Both teams defeated the Mavericks by 29 points.
That means whatever you want it to mean.
The Broncos are the highest scoring team in college basketball.
At 91.9 points per game, you won’t find a team that fills up the scoreboard like Boise State. The Broncos cleared the century mark in three of its first four games and fell two points shy of hitting a hundo in the fifth game of the season, at home against Idaho.
Kentucky ranks 40th in scoring at 82 points per game, while giving up 64.3
Boise is 8-0 for the first time in school history.
Only 14 other teams remain unbeaten at this point in 2013-14.
Leading scorer Anthony Drmic is from Australia.
Drmic is averaging 20.4 points per game in seven games this season. He missed Boise’s last outing, at home against Carroll College, but he will return to the court against Kentucky.
Fran Fraschilla calls him “a baller.” He also leads the team with 19 steals.
Junior guard Derrick Marks scored 39 in a game earlier this year.
The Chicago native had game highs of 38, 35, 30, 27 and 27 last season as a sophomore, so he can really score when he’s hot.
Keep an eye on that guy.
The Broncos are currently on a bus, somewhere in Indiana.
After its flight out of Chicago was canceled, the Boise State men’s basketball team boarded a bus for Lexington around 5:30 pm Monday night. That puts the Broncos somewhere in the middle of Indiana, surrounded by windmills and broken Hoosier dreams. They’ll be lucky to arrive in Lexington by 1:00 am.
Boise State is a 12-point underdog against Kentucky.
That’s too high, if you ask me. This team is good. Very good.
Good luck to UK a capella group the acoUstiKats tonight as they perform on NBC’s “The Sing-Off” at 9 p.m. ET. They’re among ten groups who have been selected to compete on the reality show, which features the nation’s top a capella groups, and one of only two college groups chosen for this season. They’ll compete for the grand prize of $100,000 and an Epic Records/Sony Music recording contract. “The Sing-Off”‘s judges include Ben Folds, of Ben Folds Five; Jewel; and Shawn Stockman, of Boyz II Men.
Here they are singing Matt Jones’ new favorite song, “Wake Me Up” by Avicii:
By Chris Fisher on ©7:00 pm
December 1 marked the beginning of the recruiting contact period for college football coaches, and since that time Mark Stoops and the Kentucky staff has been criss-crossing the country. The UK staff is not only trying to put the finishing touches on the Wildcats’ 2014 recruiting class, but also laying the groundwork for 2015 as well.
Some notes from those travels thus far:
– Literally and figuratively, Elizabethtown (Ky.) John Hardin five-star defensive tackle Matt Elam remains Kentucky’s top overall target to close out the 2014 class. The losses of Mister Cobble and Donte Rumph on the interior of the defensive line will leave a huge hole in the middle of the UK defense. Landing Elam would do a lot in helping to fill that void.
Several members of the UK staff met with Elam and his mother for an in-home visit on the first day of the contact period, and Alabama head coach Nick Saban was scheduled to conduct an in-home visit with Elam earlier today.
247Sports reported it is unlikely that Elam will visit either Alabama or Notre Dame again prior to making his announcement at the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio Jan. 4. This is good news for Kentucky, who will get the last crack at Elam when they host he and 16 of the current UK commits for visits this weekend, which will go a long way in nailing down the 2014 class.
On paper, Kentucky would have no business competing with the likes of Alabama and Notre Dame for Elam’s signature come February, but sources indicate that program prestige isn’t going to play as big a factor as some believe. The idea of being the big man on campus in Lexington is something Elam finds extremely appealing.
The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently projects Elam to Alabama (60 percent).
– Kentucky hosted Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville four-star offensive lineman, Ohio State commit and U.S. Army All-American Marcelys Jones for an official visit over the weekend. All indications are that the visit went very well and some within the UK program are optimistic the Cats can flip Jones prior to signing day.
UK assistant Vince Marrow is very close with Glenville coach Ted Ginn Sr., but Glenville has been a strong Ohio State foothold for years. Jones is a prospect the Buckeyes seem intent on holding onto in this class.
Offensive line remains a position of need in the 2014 class.
– Speaking of offensive line, Havana (Fla.) East Gadsden offensive tackle and former Kentucky commit Derrick Kelly Jr. has quickly become a hot commodity, picking up recent offers from the likes of Florida State, LSU, Florida and Tennessee.
The UK staff met with Kelly last week, and he is still scheduled to take an official visit to Lexington the weekend of Jan. 25. However, it sounds as though it could be tough for the Wildcats to get him back in the fold.
Kelly is the cousin of former UK defensive back Eric Kelly.
– Cleveland (Ohio) Heights wide receiver and UK commit Dorian Baker took an official visit to Minnesota over the weekend, but there is little cause for concern over the strength of his commitment. Baker is close friends with Golden Gophers freshman outside linebacker De’Niro Laster.
Baker will be on the UK campus for his official visit this weekend.
– Even with Drew Barker enrolling in January, Kentucky would still like to sign a quarterback in its 2015 class. The Wildcats’ top two targets remain Stephenville (Texas) four-star dual-threat quarterback Jarrett Stidham and Princeton (Ky.) Caldwell County four-star, pro-style quarterback Elijah Sindelar.
The UK staff traveled to Texas last week to meet with Stidham, who is a Kentucky native and considered the No. 2 dual threat quarterback in the country according to the 247Sports Composite, which takes into account rankings across various major recruiting outlets.
UK offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Neal Brown also stopped by Caldwell County last week to see Sindelar, who passed for 3,374 yards and 44 touchdowns as a junior this season in leading the Tigers to a 12-0 regular season record and a No. 1 ranking in Class AA.
Sindelar needs 39 touchdown passes to break the state career record of 133 set by former Leslie County phenom and UK great Tim Couch. Sindelar could make a college decision by the end of January.
For more recruiting scoop, check out CatsPause.com
By Corey Nichols on ©6:30 pm
Note: Not the same Pharaoh. This guy is actually funny.
There’s a lot going wrong with athletes and responsibility these days, whether its rumors, lack of accountability, or just plain disrespect toward other human beings. Seems like you can’t turn on ESPN without hearing about another “professional” player committing a very unprofessional gaffe. So every once in a while it’s nice to see a situation where justice wins in the end, and irresponsible athletes are held to the same standard as normal people.
Enter the University of Oregon. A few days ago, the campus suffered a pretty decent snow-storm, and certain members of the football team thought they’d take full advantage of it. No harm there. However, their way to enjoy the snow? Trap cars in traffic, force drivers to open the door, and throw snow into the cab by the bucketful. Then, when the driver (also a professor) gets out to address the crowd, continually pelt him with snowballs. Sound implausible? Watch for yourself:
Don’t watch it if you don’t want to get infuriated.
However, in some small meting of justice, at least one of those guys had fun at his own expense:
UPDATE: Oregon suspends starting TE Pharaoh Brown for Alamo Bowl for his role in snowball fight on campus where players targeted cars.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 9, 2013
Looks like Brown will get to enjoy that snow a little more, since he won’t be making the trip to the Alamo Bowl.
By Matt Jones on ©6:00 pm
Boise State is coming to Lexington (now by bus) and in making the trip, they find themselves bigger underdogs than I imagined. Vegas has made Kentucky a 12 point favorite tomorrow night in Rupp Arena. It is an interesting spread considering that Boise leads the nation in points per game (at 91.9 ppg) and is undefeated. The Broncos aren’t ranked (but should be) and also took the last NCAA berth last year from Kentucky (with most of their players returning). For all of those reasons, this could be a battle in Rupp…but in Vegas at least, the Cats are still double digit favorites. Do you agree?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:30 pm
Congrats to junior defensive end Bud Dupree and senior linebacker Avery Williamson on being named second-team All-SEC by the Associated Press this afternoon. Here’s the release from UK…
University of Kentucky junior defensive end Alvin “Bud” Dupree and senior linebacker Avery Williamson were named second-team All-Southeastern Conference performers by the Associated Press on Monday for their strong 2013 seasons.
This is the first AP All-SEC honor for Dupree and Williamson. The two stars were named All-SEC third team last season by Phil Steele’s College Football, while CollegeFootballMadness.com named Dupree a third-team All-SEC performer and Williamson a second-team All-SEC performer in 2012. Kentucky has had at least one AP All-SEC second-team selection every year since 2002. Both players were named second-team Midseason All-SEC by Phil Steele College Football earlier this season.
Dupree had a great year for Kentucky ranking 37th in the conference with 61 tackles, including 5.5 tackles per game. The native of Irwinton, Ga., finished the season with a team-best seven sacks, ranking sixth in the conference and 40th in the nation in that category. The junior also finished with a team-high 9.5 tackles for loss, one pass breakup, three quarterback hurries and two fumbles forced. Dupree had a career game against Mississippi State with 13 tackles, two tackles for loss and a sack. The 13 tackles in a game was the most for a UK defensive lineman since game-by-game records were available back to 1993.
Williamson finished the season as UK’s leading tackler for the second consecutive year, posting 102 total tackles to rank tied for fourth in the SEC in that category. The senior also had four tackles for loss, one sack, three quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. The native of Milan, Tenn., finished his career with 296 total tackles. Williamson, who played in 49 career games with 24 starts, had double-digit tackles in four games in 2013 and ended his career with 12 double-digit tackle games.
Thanks for making us proud, boys.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:00 pm
On Friday night, it wasn’t just the uniforms that were new. Willie Cauley-Stein debuted a new blond streak in his fro, making him look more like Willie Bride of Franken-Stein. The ‘do, an apparent nod to Wiz Khalifa’s new hairstyle, was a hot topic of conversation throughout the game.
This isn’t the first time Willie’s hit the bleach bottle. Check out this pic of him from high school, when he showed off a similar style (h/t to GYERO):
A week ago, we begged Willie not to cut his hair. Now, will we beg for him to dye it back?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©4:30 pm
Apparently the Cats aren’t the only ones who have had travel problems in the past few days. According to @BroncoSportsMBB, Boise State’s flight from Chicago to Lexington has been canceled due to the bad weather, which means they’ll be doing the last leg of their trip via bus.
Mother Nature, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©3:45 pm
It’s a new week, and John Calipari is ready to put the Baylor loss behind him. Cal talked about what the loss taught him, and the changes the Cats must make to get better. Here are my five highlights:
1. It’s time to use the bench
Going into this season, Calipari couldn’t stop raving about having his bench back. Many of last season’s problems stemmed from the Cats not having enough players to sub in so he could sit those that needed to learn a lesson. Nine games in, Calipari admitted he’s not using the bench as much as he should, and several guys played way too long on Friday:
“What we have is some guys who are playing with no real intensity that did not deserve to be out there that long. Or, we’re just getting pushed and shoved, and you don’t deserve to be in there.”
2. No defensive intensity, specifically at point guard
Kentucky’s defense was horrid against Baylor, and Cal says he’s still baffled by how his team can look so good one minute, and so badly the next.
“This team, what they seem to do is they get it going and do it right and then they get arrogant and they step back. We, the first five minutes of that game, had no pressure on the ball. None. No talking. And just got shoved out of the way and it’s just–where did we go from where we were and how do we step back? That’s just what young teams do.”
A lot of the problems on defense stem from the guard play, Cal noted: “It starts with point guard. If he can’t pressure the ball, somebody else needs to play.”
Does that mean Dominique will get more minutes?
3. Back to basics
Cal said that if they wanted to teach these kids everything they needed to know, they’d have to have seven hour practices. Unfortunately, they can’t do that, so they have to teach what they think are the most important lessons. Like communication. Cal said that yesterday, they taught the players how to huddle at the free-throw line, and how to be a good teammate, including getting up to greet players as they sub out of the game. Babies, folks. Babies.
4. When it comes to doubleheaders, chivalry may be dead
Once the women’s 4OT game was finally over, it was nearly 11:30 p.m. Calipari acknowledged that and joked that if they ever have a doubleheader again, no more “Ladies first”:
“The women had nine overtimes, we went out, came back in, went out, came back in. If we ever do another doubleheader, they [women's team] will play after us. I don’t care if it’s 11 at night. They will never play before us again.”
No word on the offer for first class seats.
5. Someone asked about the Indiana series again
A reporter asked Cal towards the end of the press conference why he was willing to play Baylor in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and not Indiana in Lucas Oil Stadium. Cal corrected him and said that Kentucky offered to play Indiana twice in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Hoosiers refused.
“We offered to play Indiana twice in Indiana and they said no,” Cal said. “So, we move on. Our schedule is one of the best in the country and we’ve got other stuff coming up. We offered two years in Lucas Oil. They won’t do it. What do you want me to do? Beg them, ‘Please, we’ll play in your state twice.’ They don’t want to do it. It’s okay. They’ve got a great program. Tommy’s done a great jobs. We’re hanging on down here. It hasn’t hurt either program.”
Finally, your Calipari .GIF of the day:
Today we at KSR are excited to announce that we are entering into a new partnership agreement with 247Sports. It is an exciting moment for KSR and we believe it will help make KSR even better in the years to come. Here is the official announcement of the agreement:
247Sports is proud to announce we have signed a partnership agreement with Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR), the largest independent college sports blog in America. With power brands like KSR and The Cats’ Pause working together in the Kentucky market, fans of UK football, basketball and recruiting should benefit immensely.
“KSR is the undisputed champ in the Kentucky sports market,” 247Sports founder and CEO Shannon Terry said. “247Sports has a war chest of talent, content and products for fans – highlighted by the industry-generated 247Sports Composite rankings and Crystal Ball prediction engine. By working together, Kentucky fans can have the best of both worlds.”
KSR and 247Sports will continue to operate kentuckysportsradio.com and CatsPause.com independently, but this formal partnership allows the free KSR blog and CatsPause.com’s premium subscription site to complement one another and make each brand stronger.
“We are very excited about the chance to partner up with 247Sports and increase what we can offer to UK and KSR fans,” KentuckySportsRadio.com founder Matt Jones said. “KSR has always strived to be, and will remain, the premier free place for UK fans to gather and get their UK news in the ‘most ridiculous manner possible.’ But now with the resources that 247Sports can provide, especially in the way of recruiting, we think the KSR blog will only become better.”
KSR readers will get exclusive posts and stories from CatsPause.com recruiting writer Chris Fisher and contributions from other recruiting experts in the 247Sports network.
KSR staffers like Matt Jones, Drew Franklin, Tyler Thompson and others will will be a part of CatsPause.com’s message board community and will be available – along with CatsPause.com staffers Chris Fisher, Darrell Bird, Jon Hale and Josh Edwards – to interact with fans day and night to discuss all things UK. All the experts will also make 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions to help UK fans stay informed during the recruiting process.
“247Sports is light years ahead of its competition in cutting edge content, and The Cats’ Pause is the legendary name in the world of UK sports that is known by nearly every fan in the Big Blue Nation,” Jones said. “This partnership will allow all of these entities to work together and thereby create for UK fans the best and most complete Internet coverage in college sports.”
So you may be asking yourself, in layman’s terms what does this all mean? Well as a starting point, it is important to know that, there will be absolutely no change to the KSR Blog or KentuckySportsRadio.com. Drew and Tyler will still be full time KSR blog employees, I will still be doing all the same KSR things and the post formats and numbers will be the same as always. The one major difference is that we will now have contributions on this blog from 247Sports employees such as Chris Fisher and national recruiting analysts. In fact, in the area of recruiting, KSR will be taking a MAJOR step forward, providing even more recruiting information, specifically on the football side. It isn’t a secret that we haven’t focused on football recruiting here on KSR, and now you will see the type of information that is normally only found on pay sites here on KSR for free for the reader. In fact, the first of these posts by Chris Fisher will be up on the site a little bit later today.
While the KSR blog will not change significantly (except to improve), we will be providing some changes for 247Sports’ UK site, CatsPause.com. Drew, Tyler and I will participate in their message board community there, and it will allow us to interact with fans in ways that we haven’t really been able to before. The KSR comment section doesn’t really lend itself to “discussion” (except during the show thread and times to yell at each other and call each other names), so we have for years been kicking around the idea of having a place to interact and talk with KSR fans. We now will be able to do that on CatsPause.com. The message boards there are free (with the occasional “VIP” comment) and Drew, Tyler and I will be a part of them to discuss what is going on in the world of UK sports. When something relevant is discussed there, we will link it here and the hope is that many of you will come over there, register for an account (which you can do at this link) and chat with us. Its just another place to talk UK sports in a forum that we have never had here on KSR. We will also be part of their Crystal Ball prognostications and some of their discussions on the site. None of our work will be in the “VIP” section, but instead will be there for the free account holders.
So why are we doing this? Simply put, 247Sports in the best overall college sports website network in the country. We believe that KSR is the best independent college sports site in the country. We want to always keep that independence but also want to give our readers access to some of the advantages that a network can bring, especially in the world of recruiting. Thus this partnership agreement allows us to do that. You will see many of the cutting edge changes created by 247Sports on this site and the amount of recruiting information will grow exponentially here, especially in the world of football. Simply put, it will make KSR even better, while retaining our independence and “most ridiculous manner possible” mindset.
Our hope is that this partnership agreement will give you even more of what you want in your college sports coverage. You now will have all the benefits of the old KSR, with new coverage from the 247 employees, while also having the ability to go on the 247 site and interact and use their databases and cool products like Crystal Ball, Class Calculator and others in ways you may not have before. We think it is a win-win for both of us, and more importantly for the KSR fans. We hope you enjoy.