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September 14th, 2014

Nerlens Noel sends out a campus-wide email asking students to help Kelly Melton

By now, you’ve heard of Kelly Melton and the Kickin’ it 4 Kelly campaign. In November 2012, the 6-year-old Melton was diagnosed with Leukemia and for the past two years, he’s been in a constant battle with the disease. Kelly has had his ups and downs. His friendship with Nerlens Noel is well-known, and Nerlens has taken him to the Derby two years in a row. Kelly is also close with UK kicker Max Strong, UK Dance team member Sarah Amalia, and several football and basketball players, who visit him regularly in the hospital.


With the Melton family feeling the financial pressure of two years of medial treatments, Nerlens and the Kickin’ It 4 Kelly team sent out an email to the UK student body today to ask them for prayers and donations. Right now, the family has $100,000 in medical bills they’re not able to pay, and although Nerlens says the Meltons “are the must humble people we have ever met,” he wants to help alleviate their financial burden. Read the entire email after the jump, and click on the link below to donate:

The Kickin’ it 4 Kelly Cancer Fund

To help raise awareness for pediatric cancer and Kelly’s fight, Marcus Lee and Landon Foster took part in the whipped cream challenge:

Marcus gave the Harrison Twins 46 hours to complete the challenge, so hopefully we’ll see some more videos soon…


Marlana VanHoose will sing the National Anthem at the UK/Vandy game

Here’s some awesome news: Marlana VanHoose will sing the national anthem for the UK/Vandy game on September 27. If you don’t know her story, she was born blind and suffers from cerebral palsy, but that hasn’t stopped her from achieving her dream. VanHoose has performed at several UK Hoops games, NBA games, MLB games, and this will be her first time performing in front of the Commonwealth Stadium audience.

Here she is bringing the UK Hoops crowd to their feet back in February:

Drew Franklin would kill me if I only posted one video, so two more are after the jump.


Stoops doles out praise to Patrick Towles, freshmen, and defensive line

© Kim Klement

© Kim Klement

When he wasn’t talking about how much the loss to Florida ticked him off during his appearance on KSR this morning, Mark Stoops was praising his players, namely his quarterback Patrick Towles. Towles’ performance in the Swamp was incredibly impressive. He was 24-45 for 369 yards, three touchdowns, and three interceptions. Towles showed poise and control in a very difficult road environment, and his 369 yards passing are the most yards passing allowed by Florida since 2007. Matt asked Stoops about Towles’ throw on 3rd and 16 from UK’s 1-yard line, a pass that Stoops called “unbelievable”: “That throw right there was unbelievable,” Stoops said. “That pass was unbelievable, it hit our guy right in the face. He really is doing a good job. There are certain plays in the game that you look at that really stand out and he’s making some big time throws. Overall, he’s managing the game very well, making good decisions, he’s been very accurate, so we’re very pleased with him.”

All 30 of Kentucky’s points were scored by freshmen on Saturday, a stat Stoops said speaks to how his young players have stepped up to fill in for injured players like Javess Blue. “To some extent, they’ve exceeded even our expectations of them this early. They’ve really played well,” Stoops said. “We’ve really had to lean on these young guys, especially at wide receiver and that’s not easy to do. To go into the Swamp and they have good DBs, and to do what they’ve been doing, it’s very impressive.”

Stoops is a defensive guy, and although the Cats lost, he said he was very impressed with his defense on Saturday, telling Matt they gave a “perfect” effort. “I thought we really played good defensively, and I know some people will say, ‘Oh Coach, they had so many yards.’ They had 17 possessions. I mean, 17!,” Stoops laughed. “That includes the overtimes, but at the end of regulation, to hold them to 20 points in the Swamp, that’s a pretty good effort. That’s the best I’ve ever seen us battle, just get after it. It was a physical game. Our guys were beat up and battling like you’re supposed to in a big-time SEC environment, on the road, and our guys just competed at a very high level. We were not perfect, but our effort was perfect.”

Here’s audio of his complete interview:

UL Set out to Create the “UL Version of Matt Jones”…This is What they Got


A couple of months ago, I was told by a friend that UL was creating the “UL version of Matt Jones to take him down on the Louisville airwaves.” I found the statement rather funny for a variety of reasons, primarily because it was clear to me they had no idea what they were doing. I was told they wanted a radio person who could “crush John Calipari on a daily basis and expose all of the UK lies being promoted.” The UL Athletic Department then shopped him around to a variety of stations (including those in my building) and after being turned down by most, found a place for him to practice his craft. Tom Jurich and company, after trying for years to get me off the Louisville airwaves, now finally had their answer (or so they thought). But therein lies the problem…the success of KSR is not due to the fact that I make fun of UL (although I occasionally do), but because of UK’s rabid fanbase and our connection with them through this site and the show. From day one, I knew the enterprise would be a failure, which it will be.

Then I found out that Louisville picked John Ramsey (pictured above) as the “UL Matt Jones”. I dont know much about John except that he is on tv here locally, always looks overly tanned and is usually hawking some form of impotence pill. Over the years in conversations with him, I found him generally pleasant, although lacking in anything resembling an interesting personality. Over the past month or so he has been on local radio blasting me, and occasionally I would hear second-hand something he would say. His go-to moves seem to be suggesting that I look like Opie/Howdy Doody (which showcases just how current his references are) and inferring that I am gay. While neither is true (although a girl did once call me here “blue-eyed Opie” in law school), they both showcase just how clever everyones favorite juiced up dad can be. Then I got sent this article on Ramsey and the video below…his introduction to being the “UL Matt Jones” via making fun of UK, its fans, Oscar Combs and me…it is a train wreck:

Hear that laughing sound? Nah, me either. The humor seems to be that UK fans have country accents, Dick Gabriel’s name is “Dick” and Wynonna Judd is fat…all very clever notions. But there you have it folks…the “UL Matt Jones” at work. Little brother has arrived on the airwaves…they are just as lame as you imagined.

CJ Johnson and Ryan Flannigan stop by the BBM Campout


The Big Blue Madness Campout doesn’t officially begin until tomorrow morning, but campers have been lining up across the street from Memorial Coliseum since Sunday night. This morning, UK defensive tackle CJ Johnson and linebacker Ryan Flannigan stopped by to see the campers and pose for a few pictures. Knowing CJ Johnson, he probably told a few jokes, too.

With the football team on a bye week, I hope we see more football players mingling with fans at the campout. Maybe they can convince fans to pick up some tickets to the Vandy game along with their Madness tickets. $20 general admission tickets are still available for the Vandy game, and you can only get them by calling the Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or going down there in person. #PackCommonwealth #NoExcuses

Apparently Carlton Banks Knows More Than One Dance


Monday night was the season premier of Dancing With The Stars on ABC. This season, the cast of “stars” include such names as Randy Couture, Lolo Jones, Michael Waltrip and Antonio Sabato, Jr.  However, the breakout performer after Monday night’s debut episode is one Mr. Alfonso Ribeiro.  You may know him as the host of Game Show Network’s “Catch 21″ -OR- you might remember him as the tied-sweater around the neck wearing, Carlton Banks from Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.  And it’s very easy to say that Alfonso killed it last night, check it out:

Ribeiro racked up the highest score of the night with a 36/40.  You know it must be gratifying for ole’ Carlton to have success on Dancing With The Stars after being known for just one dance his entire life.  Any time you normally see the face of Alfonso Ribeiro, all you can think of are the tones of Tom Jones’ “It’s Not Unusual”, and Ribeiro doing the “Carlton Dance”.  But good for him, hopefully he will stay on the show long enough for them to make him to do the “Carlton”, and looking at the cast list, I’m sure he’ll be on for the remainder of the series.  That is, if he can figure out the treadmill…



John Calipari will visit Malik Monk and Skal Labissiere today

Picture via ZagsBlog

John Calipari’s trek across America continues, and today, he’ll watch 2016 shooting guard Malik Monk play in Bentonville, Arkansas as well as visit 2015 center Skal Labissiere in Olive Branch, Mississippi. Evan Daniels is reporting that Skal will host Calipari on an in-home visit at some point today. Skal will take an official visit to Kentucky starting on Friday.

Memphis is still considered the favorite for Skal, whose high school career may be over after he was ruled ineligible by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association last week. His final six schools are North Carolina, Tennessee, Baylor, Georgetown, Kentucky and Memphis.

Mark Stoops wants the stadium packed for the Vandy game

Photo by Clay Jackson/

Photo by Clay Jackson/

Mark Stoops just wrapped up another awesome appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio, and after breaking down the Florida game, he told Matt and Ryan that he wishes his team wasn’t on a bye week right now. “I want to go. I told the team, I don’t want to hear that ‘we’re drained, it’s a late game, it’s emotional, it’s physical’–bull. I wanted to get back to work and we’re gonna get out there and have three great practices,” Stoops said. “It is what it is and we’ll deal with it. We have more in our tank, and our players have more, they have more in their preparation and we can play better.”

Stoops admitted that he’s still frustrated the Cats didn’t pull off the win in Gainesville, but said it’s more incentive to snap another streak of SEC losses against Vandy. “I wanted to win that game so bad for our team and what we’re doing. I really do because of our fan base and you hear it in stories, and I say I don’t listen to it, but the streak, this and that, it was ticking me off. And I wanted to win that game and I wanted to deliver for the fans,” Stoops said. “We’re going to try the best to do our part and put out a good quality football team and compete at a high level, and when we do, I want that stadium packed.”

Make it happen, BBN. $20 general admission tickets are still available for the Vandy game, and you can only get them by calling the Ticket Office at 1-800-928-2287 or going down there in person. #PackCommonwealth #NoExcuses

Wake Forest sends UK recruit a Kim Kardashian photoshop

Kengera Daniel is a three-star defensive end from Raleigh, North Carolina, and currently, Kentucky is among his favorites, along with Alabama, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, Michigan, NC State, Tennessee, UVA, and Wake Forest. Daniel is considered the 23rd best weak-side defensive end in the 2015 class, and his Crystal Ball currently sits at 81% UK, 10% Florida State, 5% Wake Forest, and 5% Alabama. Wake Forest may seem like the outlier among those schools, but the Demon Deacons are still in it because they’re close to home. This morning, Wake threw a Hail Mary when they sent Daniel this Kim Kardashian photoshop.

Now, there’s A LOT going on here. First, the photoshopping is pretty amateur, but I found Wake Forest trying to call the ACC “the real power conference in college football” much more offensive. The “KimGera,” a spoof of “Kimye,” is laughable, as is the fact that an esteemed academic institution such as Wake Forest has resorted to using Kim Kardashian as a recruiting object. As far as famous people recruiting photoshops go, the Beyonce one Tennessee sent Shy Tuttle was much better.

Good job, good effort, Wake.

Why did Antonio Blakeney really decommit from Louisville?

Late last night, news broke that Antonio Blakeney has reopened his recruitment after committing to Louisville eleven days ago. This led to a meltdown in the Card Nation on Twitter and rumors swirled as to why Blakeney decommitted, with 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer tweeting it was “shoe company related.” Blakeney’s high school coach Alex Jackson spoke to the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones this morning and denied that shoe companies had anything to do with it, and Blakeney simply told him he wanted to take more visits and felt he had rushed his decision. The shoe company argument in recruiting has lost a lot of steam recently, as several top prospects, like the Harrison Twins and Andrew Wiggins, have gone against their “shoe allegiance” when picking colleges, but it’s a convenient excuse for Blakeney decommitting from Louisville, right?

Meyer is also reporting that Blakeney will take official visits to Kentucky, LSU, Oregon, and Missouri. Another interesting wrinkle in the story happened Sunday, when Malik Newman and Blakeney spoke via phone. Newman denies this had anything to do with Blakeney’s decommitment, but the two are close and Newman is one of  UK’s top targets in 2015. However, Blakeney is also close with Ben Simmons, the number one player in the class who is currently committed to LSU. He’s considered the third best shooting guard in the country, and Cal’s currently laying the groundwork for the 2015 class, so stay tuned…

Stooooooooooooops!! (Tuesday Show Thread)


Good morning and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Mark Stoops will stop by the Lexington studios around 11:05 a.m. to talk about his team’s three overtime thriller against Florida and what he’s looking forward to the rest of the season. There’s plenty of other stuff to talk about before then, including the Big Blue Madness campout and how a certain top recruit decommitted from Louisville last night. Does that mean the Cats are back in the picture? Tune in to find out.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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KSR Affiliate List

WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WAIN (93.9fm): Columbia
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson


WCBL (1290am): Benton, 12-2pm
WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Tim Couch had some fun with Vanderbilt

Tim Couch started twice against Vanderbilt in his career.  Things went pretty well:

1997: 17-36, 168 yards, 1 TD (Kentucky 21, Vanderbilt 10)
1998: 44-53, 492 yards, 5 TD (Kentucky 55, Vanderbilt 17)
Combined: 61-89, 660 yards, 6 TD (Kentucky 2, Vanderbilt 0)

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day


Alton Strupp | Courier-Journal

Alton Strupp | Courier-Journal

As Kyle Tucker said, this pic is proof that Andrew CAN smile. 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 Nick Roush

But our #1 class!!??



#9 Doron Lamb




#8 King Tyler D




#7 Ryan Lemond

Anchor DOWN.



#6 Drew Frog

Steve <3



#5 Patrick Towles

Noon kickoff=no problem.



#4 Terry Brown

Good effort.



#3 Alen Nukic

Guy in front looks like he’s seen some $*#! (Sypher-Pitino?)



#2 BBN Sports Talk

Courthouse or it didn’t happen.



#1 Stephen Wilson

If it were Indiana–banner.


@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser

Surge’s Tuesday News and Views

Did you hear the news??? Surge is back! Yes, SURGE IS BACK. The popular, potentially deadly soft drink from my youth is available for consumption again, Coca-Cola announced on Monday. It is being sold exclusively on for $14 dollars for a 12-pack of 16-ounce cans in the original packaging, although it is currently sold out thanks to 30-year-old men across America.

Surge burst onto the scene in 1997 as a “fully loaded citrus soda with carbos,” Coke’s attempt to dethrone Mountain Dew. It saw a little success before retailers began dropping it from its stock and school districts banned it from vending machines. It returned today thanks to a popular Facebook page called the Surge Movement.

Now who wants to race across couches?


UK and Vandy will kick off at noon.

It was announced on Monday that Kentucky’s September 27 home game against the ‘Dores will kick off at 12:00 ET in Lexington. It will be televised on the SEC Network.

UK will be healthy for the Vandy game.

On his weekly call-in radio show, Mark Stoops said the team is in pretty good shape following the Florida game. Braylon Heard and Javess Blue have recovered from Week 1 ankle injuries and he expects his offensive tackles to be back at full strength when Vanderbilt comes to town. As for his two injured wide receivers, Jeff Badet and Alex Montgomery, Stoops expects Montgomery to be back on the field soon but Badet still needs time before he can return.

You can buy an upper-level general admission ticket for $20.

UK is selling uppers for the Vandy game to football fans for 20 dollars. And if you’re too good for the upper level, there are some lower level reserved seats for 50. Stop by the UK ticket office or call 1-800-928-2287 to claim yours before Big Blue Nation gobbles them all up. That game is lining up to be UK’s first conference win since 2011, so let’s pack the house to show our support for the rising program.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski went at Coach K.

It’s safe to say Adrian Wojnarowski will not be receiving a Christmas card from the Kryzewszszskis this year. Yahoo’s NBA writer wrote a pretty scathing article on how Krysewsksiiski uses his position with USA Basketball to benefit himself and Duke basketball. At one point Wojo writes, “As much as ever, USA Basketball has been co-opted into a Krzyzewski leverage play for the Duke Blue Devils. If that doesn’t rile Kentucky’s John Calipari, wait until the Duke coach is credited for DeMarcus Cousins’ maturity with the Sacramento Kings this season.”

Read it here.

The exhibition against Georgetown moved to Sunday, November 9.

Kentucky basketball’s second exhibition game of the season has been rescheduled for Sunday, November 9. The game was originally scheduled for Friday, November 7 but it has been pushed back two days. It will tip at 7:00 pm ET and will air on the SEC Network.

Antonio Blakeney was on the phone with Malik Newman before he decommitted from Louisville.

24 hours before he announced he is no longer committed to Louisville, Antonio Blakeney was on the phone with Malik Newman, one of Kentucky’s top targets in the class. Who knows what the two five-star guards talked about (probably shoes) but one may speculate there was a little persuasion to consider playing together in college. I like to think Newman called him and said, “Hey Antonio, how are you? Good. I love that movie too. So I was thinking… You wanna go to Kentucky and share a backcourt with me? Louisville is terrible.” Yeah, that’s exactly how it went.

I never believed I could play D-line in college football, and then I saw this guy.

I can do that.

Mark Stoops will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Tuesday morning.

Fresh off the loss to Florida and enjoying his team’s bye week, Mark Stoops will stop by the Lexington studio to talk football with KSR. Stoops will go on the program around 11:05 am to lead off the second hour with a review of the first three games of the season and what lies ahead. Tune in.


Antonio Blakeney decommits from Louisville

Not even two weeks after committing to the University of Louisville, Antonio Blakeney is no longer committed to the University of Louisville. The third-ranked shooting guard in the 2015 class announced he is opening his recruitment back up to consider other schools. Kentucky, LSU and Missouri were in his final four when he chose the Cards on September 4.

Go get him, Cal.