1. The Cats need to keep the momentum rolling. Despite another conference loss, the Florida →
By Drew Franklin on ©3:45 pm
Former Kentucky guard Doron Lamb has a shot to stick around the league this upcoming season thanks to the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs signed Lamb to a deal one week before training camp begins. There is no guaranteed money in the contract, but it is a contract nonetheless. Lamb will have to earn his spot in camp.
In related news, Doron Lamb’s Twitter account is still the best.
Beauty isn't about having a pretty face. It's about having a pretty mind, pretty hreat, and pretty soul.
— Doron Lamb (@DLamb20) September 22, 2014
By Nick Roush on ©3:15 pm
1. The Cats need to keep the momentum rolling. Despite another conference loss, the Florida game validated the players’ “we can beat anybody” belief. Unfortunately they didn’t have the chance to prove themselves during the Bye Week, but they did address fundamental areas in need of improvement.
“We’d like to continue to build on some of the good things we’ve been doing and try to clean up some of the mistakes,” Stoops said. This team’s mantra has been energy. Today’s practice will reflect how well the Cats managed their time off this weekend.
2. Somehow Kentucky is not the younger underdog. When was the last time anyone in the BBN said that? With 31 freshmen playing, Vanderbilt is the youngest team in the nation. The key to keeping the young guys down, is starting fast and stepping on the accelerator. Stoops’ quote was extremely long, but the gist is, “we need to do what teams did to us last year.”
When it comes to being favored, it doesn’t matter when you haven’t won a conference game since 2011. “Don’t pay much attention to it. We need to be hungry.”
3. Vandy is rebuilding, but getting better. After poo-pooing during their first three games, the Dores finally looked respectable against South Carolina. Their biggest threat is in the kicking game. Last week Darrius Sims had two return touchdowns, a facet of the game Stoops said the Cats needed to improve on following the Florida game.
Stoops is familiar with Vandy Coach Derek Mason’s Stanford background from his time at Arizona. “(They’re) very fundamentally sound, very tough at the core of who they are, and they do a lot of creative things with big sets,” Stoops said of their multiple tight end formations. “They create some real problems in the run and the pass from big sets. It’s really new now, not too many people are doing it.”
4. It wasn’t a win on the field, but it’s helping recruiting. Stoops’ staff spent the off weekend on the recruiting trail. It was only one weekend, but he can already tell a difference in the way UK is viewed in that specific atmosphere.
“I do think it’s important for us to show progress. I’ve never hid from that. I don’t define that all the time by wins and losses. I know how important wins are, but I think there was a positive vibe out there that recruits know we’re getting better. They can see it.”
5. “He’ll be fine.” There were a lot of mental hiccups in Gainseville. Jordan Swindle had three false start penalties, Ryan Timmons dropped a critical pass, and Fred Tiller had an interception hit him in the numbers. When asked if he had any serious concerns, Stoops never flinched, “He’ll be fine.”
In Tiller’s case, he knows what it feels like to drop six points. For defensive backs, it’s a moment that everyone has, and one they’ll never forget. “I remember one — I bobbled it about three times. I had an easy touchdown and I batted it to myself three or four times. Maybe I just wasn’t fast enough to run it in.”
6. Keeping the kids’ heads on straight. The sport of football has been filled with more off the field scandal than excitement on the field. Stoops’ staff has not been blind to the social situations. After numerous preseason meetings and refreshers last week, Stoops is pleased with how his players have conducted themselves on campus.
“We could have those kinds of meetings everyday,” Stoops said. “Knock on wood, our players have been very good. We’re not perfect, but I think they’ve been really trying to embrace the leadership and do the right things. I think you’re starting to see that carryover from off the field actions, to on the field.”
By Drew Franklin on ©3:03 pm
By Drew Franklin on ©2:04 pm
Court documents obtained from TMZ Sports say Rex Chapman pocketed $5,460 in cash from pawning off $14,278 worth of stolen goods from the Apple Store in Scottsdale. Apple’s Beats By Dre headphones were among the products Rex allegedly took from the store without paying, using the self-checkout app to deceive employees into thinking he made the purchase.
TMZ also has video of Rex’s appearance in front of a judge via satellite:
I still can’t believe this is happening.
By Matt Jones on ©1:43 pm
Today, the Courier Journal “apologized” to John Calipari via this letter:
Dear Coach Calipari,
Please accept our apology for the inappropriate illustration used with a column in last Friday’s Courier-Journal. The illustration reflected neither the tone of the column it accompanied nor our editorial standards.
This was a failure in our procedures. We have reiterated to those involved and our entire staff that any illustration of this nature must be approved by senior editors, which did not happen in this case.
We regret that this episode cast a bad light on you and the University of Kentucky basketball team.
Guess they realized that running a cartoon of Calipari as a baby wasn’t the smartest marketing move in the world.
By Drew Franklin on ©1:28 pm
Gather around, everybody!!! Let’s play a fun game of “Who Was The Asshole At UK’s Press Conference?”!!!
Hands on your buzzers…
For 1,000 points: According to a reporter at Mark Stoops’ Monday press luncheon, an older male reporter asked a young female reporter to make him a sandwich at the buffet table. The young lady refused — as she should’ve — and told him to join 2014.
So who was the old guy with an empty stomach and no respect for a female counterpart?
I can name plenty who would want a sandwich, but I can’t imagine any of the ones we know doing that and being serious.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:49 pm
Veteran offensive lineman Zach West has been out with a mysterious nerve injury in his neck but it sounds like he may return to football sooner than later. Today during his Monday press conference, Mark Stoops said West is getting better and will participate in some form in today’s practice. There is a chance he and wide receiver Jeff Badet play this Saturday against Vanderbilt.
Wide receiver Alexander Montgomery is the only player who still needs a little more time to recover from injury, although he is “close” to coming back. Stoops said Montgomery’s injured leg has healed but he needs to strengthen it before making his return.
Other than that, the Wildcats are healthy entering the Vanderbilt game. Gotta love that.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:59 am
Mark Stoops is in the Wildcat Den for his weekly Kentucky football press conference today. Tune in via WatchESPN to hear his comments regarding the week off and the upcoming SEC home opener with Vanderbilt in Commonwealth Stadium.
If you can’t access WatchESPN or are too busy at work to sneak away, Nick Roush will be by with a rundown of Stoops comments later this afternoon and our friends at Kentucky Wildcats TV will have the entire video online for your viewing pleasure.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:49 am
Kentucky’s October 4th home contest with South Carolina is set for 7:30 pm on the SEC Network. The Saturday morning SEC Nation gameday show will be broadcast live from outside Commonwealth Stadium that morning at 10:00 am, plus it’s opening weekend of Keeneland.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:29 am
Gamblers love the Cats this weekend at home against Vanderbilt despite UK losing three straight to the Commodores and going winless in the SEC in the last two seasons. Kentucky opened as a 10.5 point favorite and the line has moved all the way up to -15.5 in several Las Vegas sports books. That’s quite a swing after a day and a half or so on the board.
Remember, UK scored a grand total of 14 points in its last three meetings with Vandy while giving up 100, so the Cats are now favored by more than they’ve scored in three years. This is a must-win game and a cover will have Big Blue Nation looking toward South Carolina with confidence.
By Drew Franklin on ©10:26 am
Kentucky football’s Monday morning depth chart is out and there are no surprises on either side of the ball. UK looks to be in good health after the bye week and ready to take on the Commodores.
85 Steven Borden, 6-3, 246, Sr-1L
80 Ronnie Shields, 6-5, 254, Sr-3L
77 Darrian Miller, 6-5, 292, Sr-3L
68 Nick Haynes, 6-5, 319, Fr-RS
74 Cole Mosier, 6-6, 348, Fr-RS
75 Zach West, 6-4, 318, Jr-2L
72 Jon Toth, 6-5, 301, So-1L
57 Zach Myers, 6-3, 287, So-Sq
69 Ramsey Meyers, 6-5, 300, Fr-RS
64 Max Godby, 6-4, 298, Sr-1L
70 Jordan Swindle, 6-7, 306, Jr-2L
73 Kyle Meadows, 6-5, 294, Fr-RS
9 Demarco Robinson, 5-10, 158, Sr-3L
6 Blake Bone, 6-5, 198, Fr-HS
1 Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 195, So-1L
82 T.V. Williams, 5-10, 160, Fr-HS
8 Javess Blue, 6-0, 191, Sr-1L or 2 Dorian Baker, 6-3, 197, Fr-HS
81 Rashad Cunningham, 6-4, 225, Jr-1L
87 Joey Herrick, 6-1, 197, Jr-1L
19 Garrett Johnson, 5-11, 176, Fr-HS
14 Patrick Towles, 6-5, 238, So-1L
12 Reese Phillips, 6-2, 218, Fr-RS or 7 Drew Barker, 6-3, 216, Fr-HS
39 D.J. Warren, 6-0, 251, Sr-3L
10 Jeff Witthuhn, 6-3, 246, So-Sq
5 Braylon Heard, 5-11, 189, Jr-Tr or 3 Jojo Kemp, 5-10, 194, So-1L
59 Kelly Mason, 6-3, 223, Jr-2L
13 Jared Leet, 6-3, 196, Jr-2L
99 Austin MacGinnis, 5-10, 168, Fr-RS
9 Landon Foster, 6-1, 198, Jr-2L
18 Stanley “Boom” Williams, 5-9, 200, Fr-HS
5 Braylon Heard, 5-11, 189, Jr-Tr or 11 J.D. Harmon, 6-2, 201, So-1L
9 Demarco Robinson, 5-10, 158, Sr-3L
1 Ryan Timmons, 5-10, 195, So-1L
94 Za’Darius Smith, 6-6, 263, Sr-1L
91 Farrington Huguenin, 6-4, 275, Jr-2L
90 Melvin Lewis, 6-4, 320, Jr-JC
69 Matt Elam, 6-7, 375, Fr-HS
50 Mike Douglas, 6-4, 288, Sr-3L
67 Cory “C.J.” Johnson, 6-3, 299, Jr-JC or 96 Regie Meant, 6-4, 286, Fr-RS
6 Jason Hatcher, 6-3, 242, So-1L
47 Jabari Johnson, 6-1, 276, Jr-1L
2 Alvin “Bud” Dupree, 6-4, 264, Sr-3L
41 TraVaughn Paschal, 6-4, 257, Sr-2L
45 Josh Forrest, 6-3, 236, Jr-2L
41 TraVaughn Paschal, 6-4, 257, Sr-2L
22 Khalid Henderson, 6-1, 228, Jr-2L
33 Ryan Flannigan, 6-2, 225, Jr-JC
24 Blake McClain, 5-11, 194, So-1L
29 Kendall Randolph, 6-0, 168, Fr-HS
3 Fred Tiller, 6-0, 170, Jr-2L
11 J.D. Harmon, 6-2, 201, So-1L
5 Ashely Lowery, 6-1, 220, Sr-3L
15 Marcus McWilson, 6-0, 210, So-1L
1 A.J. Stamps, 6-0, 199, Jr-JC
28 Eric Dixon, 5-11, 193, Sr-3L
16 Cody Quinn, 5-10, 172, Jr-2L
21 Nate Willis, 6-0, 168, Sr-1L
Mornin’ sports fans. Kentucky Sports Radio radio is back after a fun-filled weekend, with eyes on the upcoming Vanderbilt game. Today we kick off the week with a recap of the last two days and a preview of what lies ahead.
Matt and Ryan are talking Rex, UK football recruiting, packing Commonwealth Stadium and getting that first SEC win under Mark Stoops. Have a listen.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
Every Monday I will detail with little commentary how the offense generated yards after each game. I will break it down into 1st down, 2nd and long, 2nd and short, 3rd and long, and 3rd and short situations and tell you how many passes and runs were called in each situation, along with the success or failure of those situations. And then you have the opportunity to discuss how you thought the coaches did with the playcalling. Of course, there was no game this weekend so this gives us a good chance to talk in generalities about the first 3 games. Certainly a ton of positives can be examined but there still is progress to be made.
Run: 49 rushes for 230 yards (4.7 ypc), 3 TD
Pass: 30-46, 527 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacks for -11 yards
2ND AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 19 rushes for 156 yards (8.2 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 13-28, 182 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks for -18 yards
2ND AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 16 rushes for 122 yards (7.6 ypc), 2 TD
Pass: 4-5, 6 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 sack for -12 yards
3RD AND LONG (6 yards or more)
Run: 3 rushes for 11 yards (3.7 ypc)
Pass: 14-24, 245 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
3RD AND SHORT (5 yards or less)
Run: 16 rushes for 80 yards (5.0 ypc), 1 TD
Pass: 2-5, 9 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 2 sacks for -13 yards
So, what stands out to you from these stats? Have you been satisfied with Neal Brown’s playcalling at this point in the season, and if not, what would like to see more out of the offense? My quick analysis:
-UK has been very good on 1st down. They have been balanced and successful with both the run and pass. This helps so much to give yourself reasonable 2nd and 3rd downs. As Rich Brooks always highlighted, you have to get the negative yardage plays out of there.
-Love the YPC on 3rd and short because that translates to UK converting those more often than not, which they have. Past teams have struggled in all scenarios on 3rd down but this team has been much better.
-The one area I would like to see a little more variety is 2nd and short. That is often a situation where you can attempt to be aggressive but UK has generally stuck to the run in those scenarios, playing it safe.
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.
@KySportsRadio I tried to get in touch with you a few times about your show on Friday. Is there an email where I can reach you?
— MadisonSouthernBands (@MadSouthernBand) September 21, 2014
Oh boy. This should be good.
#9 Ryan Timmons
You know I wasn't going to pass this up😎 pic.twitter.com/JiQx9tx12h
— Ryan Timmons (@Rimmons_5) September 21, 2014
What a great way to reveal your inner child while still acting like an adult.
#8 Nick Fulkerson
How do you know? YOU CANT SEE HIM RT@KySportsRadio: John Cena is currently at the Joe Craft Center with the UK Basketball Team
— Nick Fulkerson (@Nick_Fulk) September 20, 2014
There he is!
#7 EJ Floreal
I was told that someone at campout has me as there phone case…I must see this if it's true !
— EJ Floreal (@BouncyE_24) September 20, 2014
Welp. Found her.
— Kali Lay (@Kali_Morgan3) September 20, 2014
#6 Matt Kazunas
— Matt Kazunas (@M_Kazunas86) September 21, 2014
This is Matt’s way of slowly getting back at ATT for bad service. He is taking over Safari one test phone at a time.
#5 Sam Malone
— Sam Malone (@SamMaloneuk13) September 19, 2014
Didn’t your mom ever tell you not to get in the car with strangers? Or go back to their hotel rooms?
#4 Amanda Lemond
— Amanda Lemond (@mandylemond) September 19, 2014
See? Ryan is great with kids!
#3 Not Jerry Tipton
Jameis Winston says he wants to be a better person, but if he really did, he'd have a daughter and then caddy for her.
— Not Jerry Tipton (@NotJerryTipton) September 20, 2014
Petrino should write a book so people understand this.
#2 Hal Mumme
Special thanks to ESPN, Kevin & crew, for fulfilling my lifelong dream of wearing a coonskin cap at the Alamo. pic.twitter.com/8ECS2acmgt
— Hal Mumme (@HalMumme) September 19, 2014
This is the greatest picture ever and I don’t care if anyone disagrees.
#1 Kyle Skaggs
— Kyle Skaggs (@KyleSkaggs) September 21, 2014
Some guys just don’t know how to take ‘no’ for an answer.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:13 pm
Matt is experiencing technical difficulties at the KSR Louisville office this evening so I got a late Sunday night call-up from the night post bullpen to help out. Forgive me for being a little behind and messing up your Sunday bedtime reading routine; we’re doing the best we can given the circumstances. I should also point out that I just got in from a three-day bachelor party in Atlanta so there may be more typos than usual. Bear with me, friends. Now let’s get to some quick-hitters from the weekend…
Rex Chapman’s arrest shocked us all.
I couldn’t believe my eyes when reading the text messages (lots of them) at dinner Friday night. Rex Chapman, King Rex, arrested for shoplifting at an Apple Store? No way, I thought. This has to be made up. But then I pushed my blue cheese wedge to the side and read the details from the Arizona news report and it blew me away, as I assume it did you. The former Kentucky great is alleged to have stolen $14,000 worth of Apple products on seven different trips to the Scottsdale store and pawned the goods off for cash. To me, that’s about as low as someone can get. The steal-and-pawn move is an act of desperation and it’s shocking to see Rex Chapman, King Rex, stoop to that level. I don’t know what’s going on in his life that put him in that situation but I hope he lands back on his feet and recovers from this embarrassing low.
Kentucky football landed a new commitment.
The Cats had a bye on the football field, but Stoops still managed to come up with a win off of it by landing a prized recruit from the 2015 class over the weekend. Jason Strowbridge, a four-star defensive end from South Florida, announced his commitment to Kentucky on Twitter, picking UK over the likes of Louisville, Miami, Tennessee, North Carolina and North Carolina State. He still plans to take five official visits and will consider the other schools, but he is the 15th member of UK’s recruiting class, for now. Yahtzee.
Ohio State offered Alex Stump.
Current UK commit Alex Stump picked up an offer from the Ohio State University on Sunday. The four-star wide receiver is from Cleveland, so Kentucky’s got some work to do to keep him around. Clearly Urban Meyer believes Stump can be flipped, but Stoops isn’t giving his prized receiver up without a fight. He and Vince Marrow attended Stump’s game in Cincinnati on Saturday, although Ohio State was also there.
Kentucky opened as a 10.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt and the line keeps moving.
Before the season, many people thought Vandy would enter that game as the favorite. Now the Cats carry a double-digit point spread after hanging with Florida in the Swamp. It is already up to 14.5 points after opening at 10.5. Time for that first SEC win under Stoops! #PackCWS
Skal Labissiere enjoyed his official visit to UK.
He sent a selfie from his hotel on SnapChat and posed with Coach Cal in the locker room in Rupp Arena. “Visit to UK went great today,” he posted with the photo below.
We’ll have more from Labissiere’s official visit to Kentucky tomorrow.
John Cena attended a Kentucky basketball practice.
Cena wrestled Brock Lesnar in the main event of the WWE pay-per-view in Nashville tonight. I don’t know who won but I’m sure the spanish announce table was shattered at some point in the night.
Tyler Ulis CAN dunk…
… on a lowered goal.
I asked Ulis in the Bahamas if he can throw one down on a 10-foot goal and he told me his hands are two small to palm the ball but he can off a well-placed lob.
Matt took a selfie with Matthew Mitchell and John Calipari.
Wait a minute… He asked me to help out tonight because his Wi-Fi was down. That looks like a party to me.