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August 29th, 2014

UK FOOTBALL TOMORROW! (Friday Show Thread)

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We’re almost there, folks. In 26 hours, we’ll finally be watching Kentucky football, which means the long offseason is finally over. Get ready for tomorrow’s game by tuning into Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from a radio studio in Manhattan. The guys went out to celebrate Matt’s birthday last night, so hopefully we’ll hear some good stories, as well as all of the football previews you can dream of. For some of you at least.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: The Streak You’d Rather Break

When you go through the down times that Kentucky has over the last several years, you tend to develop some negative streaks that can be quite the embarrassment for the fans.  And certainly at UK, we have become accustomed to streaks.  The Tennessee losing streak hovered over this program for nearly a quarter century.  The current Florida losing streak is starting to do the same, where every year the game is played the first thing brought up is the length of the losing streak.

But right now, there are 2 streaks that are attached to this program that I think are the ones that we should struggle with the most.  I wonder which of these 2 you are most embarrassed about as a fan and would rather see broken this season, if only 1 of the 2 can be broken:

1. 16 STRAIGHT LOSSES IN THE SEC

-Currently it’s the 2nd longest conference losing streak in UK history.  But the record is 17, so if Kentucky doesn’t want to surpass that, they will have beat either Florida of Vanderbilt.  But whether they get past 17 straight losses or not, the number that we absolutely can not get to is 24.  A 3rd straight 0-8 conference season would be an utter disaster for this program.  We would turn into the Northwestern of the early 1990′s or Rutgers or Temple of more modern times.  Personally, I don’t really care where it comes from, there has to be an SEC win in there somewhere.  The schedule sets up to give Kentucky several shots at a win and I fully expect them to execute.  But the longer that number remains and gets bigger, the more pressure for each game.

2. 3 STRAIGHT LOSSES TO LOUISVILLE

-Kentucky lost 4 straight to Louisville at the end of the Bobby Petrino Era #1.  But it’s been especially tough recently as UL has gone to another BCS Bowl and now brought back Petrino.  UL fans believe they have a grip on this rivalry now and for the future long term.  Which is more reason that Kentucky breaks that losing streak sooner than later.  Not only are there actual ramifications on the recruiting trail if that streak continues, but the general misery of UK fans until basketball season begins having to hear crap from Cards fans needs to stop.

Now, I am not sure that both of these streaks can’t be broken this season, but if I told you that only one of them could happen in 2014, which one would you rather see happen?  Personally, give me an SEC win this year and a win over Louisville next year in Commonwealth.


KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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So …. this made me smile

FOOTBALL IS BACK. 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 Mark Ennis

BwIFY3kCIAIEBA8

 

 

#9 Gnash

#AWinForUsPlease

 

 

#8 Evan Daniels

Sorry Evan.

 

 

#7 Kimburllee

Of course we do.

 

 

#6 Tom Fornelli

OK.

 

 

#5 Lee Howard

Get rowdy.

 

 

#4 Jason Oaks

Kid has taste.

 

 

#3 John F. Cox

Sponsor this.

 

 

#2 Bandit

Finebaum smash.

 

 

#1 Oscar Combs

GET EM OSCAR

 

@BrennanKSR + Funkhouser


Kenny Football’s Thursday News and Views

Photo Credit: USA Today

Photo Credit: USA Today

All eyes tonight were on Kenny Hill, Johnny Manziel’s replacement under center at Texas A&M. Under the bright lights of college football’s first big game of the season, Kenny Hill stepped into Johnny Football’s shoes by breaking Manziel’s Texas A&M single-game records for completions and passing yards. Hill went 44-60 for 511 yards and three TDs in his debut as a starting QB, snapping No. 9 South Carolina’s 18-game home winning streak, which was the longest in the nation. The Aggies’ 680 total yards was the most South Carolina has ever allowed in its history. Hill joins Kentucky’s Tim Couch in the SEC record books by becoming the third QB, along with Eli Manning, to complete 40 passes in a game. Let’s consider ourselves lucky that the Cats won’t face the Aggies this year.

Now, on to the UK news and views of the day …

– Before we head into another academic year, take a look back at the year that was in UK sports (and Rifle) courtesy of Kentucky Wildcats TV:

(At about the 3:24 mark, Ryan Lemond makes an appearance)

Kentucky announced the addition of two new basketball staff members. Joel Justus was added to the staff as the team’s director of analytics.

According to UK, Justus’ main responsibilities will include analyzing player and team performance by utilizing various stats and data to help develop efficient strategies through video. Justus comes to UK after serving as the head coach at Davidson Day High School in Davidson, N.C., since 2012. In both years at the helm, he guided the Patriots to the Elite Eight in the state tournament.

The other addition to the staff is Robert Harris, the Cats’ new assistant strength and conditioning coach. Harris previously held the same role at Arkansas and worked with the Bengals for three years.

– At the time of this posting, kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium against UT Martin is less than 37 hours away. Click here for the highlights from Mark Stoops’ Thursday press conference:

If you’re going to the game Saturday, get there early. Mitch Barnhart, Eli Capilouto, and Lexington mayor Jim Gray held a press conference to discuss the gameday changes at Commonwealth Stadium for this season. Click here for more details from TT.

Bruce Pearl pulled in another big recruit. Trayvon Reed, a former Maryland signee, committed to Auburn. Reed is considered the ninth best center in the 2014 class by 247 Sports Composite. It’s the fourth commitment Pearl has received since his recruiting ban ended Sunday at midnight. His 2015 class is shaping up very well.

– Bobby Petrino was named to a top-10 national list today.

– Last but certainly not least, Happy Birthday to Matt, who was serenaded by Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Kentucky Joe and Fake Barney on the air today.

A variety of special guests also called in to give their predictions for the football season. If you haven’t listened yet, you’ll definitely want to check out the podcast. And of course, tune in tomorrow at 10 a.m. for the last regular KSR radio show before the season kicks off Saturday. Go Cats.


2014 Season Football Preview of Non-Football Players

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Graham

Last Year: 2013 was a rough year for Graham, as he had that one night where he got really drunk at the Alabama State game and his foot went through that sewer grate, requiring some minor medical attention. He also was really into the Black Keys then, and talked about them all the time; it was really annoying. You remember.
This Year’s Outlook: If Graham’s going to be valuable at a tailgate, he’s going to have to stop telling everyone about his gallbladder surgery over the summer — we’ve all heard the story and it’s gross and we don’t care. Graham is on the bubble for the 2014 season; he could turn out a great tailgating season or he could blow it all by mid-September.
What the Media is Saying: “Graham is one to watch on Saturday, because it’s really a make-or-break day for him. If he brings his A-game and can just be cool about things, that’s good. If he has more than four bourbons, all bets are off — we wouldn’t want to be cleaning up that mess. And who’s he into these days? Ed Sheeran? Yeah, he best just leave all that at home.”

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Rick

Last Year: Rick had a great thing going in 2013; despite a long trip in from western KY on Game Day he was pretty good about rallying. We won’t soon forget his scathing “Taylor Hudson Sucks” chant about the Vanderbilt punter or the colorful and creative impromptu songs he made up about Alabama’s Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix. He only urinated in his pants twice that we know of, a strong uptick since 2012 when that was a frequent occurrence.
This Year’s Outlook: Rick has a new truck, a crew cab F450 adorned with UK magnets, and has been boasting an optimistic outlook on Stoops & company for the new season. “Rick said he’s going to get tore up this year,” said his longtime friend Charles Ray, “but not so tore up that he doesn’t make it to the game. That’s big for him. He means it.”
What the Media is Saying: “Tailgating with Rick is like drinking Chardonnay at a wedding. It’s fine because it’s there, but cross the line and it’s just too much. Sure, he’s really fun when he’s leading everyone in a chorus of  ‘Country Girl (Shake it for Me)’, but the next thing you know he’s shoving you by the shoulder and telling you nobody wants you there. You can have too much of a good thing. Let’s hope he keeps things in the green zone for 2014 and we don’t have a repeat of the messy ‘Big & Rich has still got it’ fiasco of 2013.”

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Shawn P.

Last Year: Shawn P. struggled during halftime rushes at the north concourse concession stand, a problem which led to write-ups from Brad twice during the season; he regularly suffered from customer complaints of not enough ice and the occasional “being creepy.” Also, he had the unappetizing habit of regularly putting his thumb into a customer’s ice cream cone, something he claims was an accident because “the cones are too small for his hands.”
This Year’s Outlook: This year has seen some changes which should help Shawn P. — not the least of which is a relocation to the lower south concourse, requested because his staring was making Brittany uncomfortable. This stand boasts a new cheese dispenser, which should be easier to maneuver, and fill line marked inside the cups this year will serve as a benchmark for the amount of soda to provide.
What the Media is Saying: “Shawn has the rare opportunity to really turn things around for himself this year. For starters, no one else at his location is into anime, which should cut down on the distracting small talk. He’ll also be second in command by seniority, which should help put him into a leadership role. All of this can change for Shawn P., but only if he can keep that weird white dried up spittle from collecting in the corners of his mouth. He has to keep an eye on that if he wants to succeed, because no one wants to see that; it’s nasty.”

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Tracy

Last Year: Tracy’s 2013 started strong but really took a downturn in late October; she was really fun to be around for the first few games, and her friends were okay too, but then she broke up with Cameron and things really took a dark turn for her. She was constantly asking people what Cameron was doing, and whether he was hooking up with anyone else, and then she brought that guy everyone hated to the Tennessee tailgate and told us all she loved him and that he was so much better than Cameron. Whatever. We all knew she was just looking for attention from Cameron.
This Year’s Outlook: Tracy had a fling with one of the guys at her apartment complex over the summer so she seems pretty happy at the moment; his name’s Tad and I guess he’s okay even if he seems like kind of a chode. Anyway, we better get used to him because he’s going to be around every tailgate. Cameron’s with Serena now, and I don’t know if Tracy knows that yet — when she finds out she might go crazy. So, you know, 2014 is going to be interesting.
What the Media is Saying: “If Tracy’s really over Cameron, like she says, she might have a shot at being a solid tailgater in 2014. If not, look for more of her crying and being weird, like that really sad moment last season she was hitting herself in the head with the barbecue tongs and telling herself she didn’t deserve to be loved. Could go either way for Tracy this season.”

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Duke

Last Year: Keith brought Duke to every tailgate.
This Year’s Outlook: Keith will bring Duke to every tailgate again, and Duke will just stand there and occasionally eat a hot dog or some chips that fell on the ground. So look for more of the same from Duke in 2014.
What the Media is Saying: “Look, everyone knows Duke’s only here because Keith has to be the cool guy who brings his dog everywhere. And that’s fine, I guess. We all get it, just like we get that Keith goes hiking and eats quinoa and bikes around. Yeah, fine, okay, you’re outdoorsy. Leave the dog at home, Keith.”

 


First Up…the Mighty Mighty Skyhawks!

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As you, my loyal and devoted reader, enjoy this insightful post, we sit less than 48 hours from kickoff of the 2014 Wildcat football season. Once you’ve finished reading, you have my full authorization to head on over to Commonwealth to initiate tailgating festivities. Your boss/teacher/spouse/probation officer (Louisville guests) told me it would be fine.  Each Thursday evening of this football season, we will delve into the match-up with Kentucky’s upcoming opponent.  This week, on the eve of year two of the Mark Stoops era, we preview Kentucky’s first ever football tilt with the legendary UT Martin Skyhawks. So what do we know about these guys?  I did a little research to find out.

 

Skyhawks was a 17 episode television cartoon series sponsored by Mattel that aired from 1969 to 1971.  As it type that sentence, it occurs to me that this information is likely not pertinent to Saturday’s game.  You win this round, Wikipedia.   Looking a bit further, I ultimately found the UT Martin athletics official site, and managed to uncover a few interesting tidbits for Cat fans to consider when heading to the game this weekend.   First, UT Martin is an FCS program (Division 1AA for old timers) competing in the Ohio Valley Conference.  The Skyhawks are historically a mediocre program even by the standards of the lower tier of college football, but have experienced some degree of success under current coach Jason Simpson, who has compiled a 52-39 record in his 8 years at the helm. The Skyhawks finished 7-5 in 2013, but lost convincingly on both occasions in which they faced FBS opponents.  Boise State bludgeoned the Skyhawks 63-14 and the atrocious Memphis Tigers beat them 21-6.  Both results bode well for the Wildcats’ chances on Saturday.

 

In addition to relative program history, comparative physical size favors the Cats in this match-up as well.  It is a rare Saturday that finds the Cats fielding the more physically imposing roster, but such is the case this weekend.  Specifically, UT Martin projects to start two offensive guards who weigh under 250 pounds.  At 6-1 and 230 pounds, starting right guard Kenneth Crenshaw is four inches shorter and eight pounds lighter that  Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles. There is a reasonably decent chance that at some point in Saturday’s game, Crenshaw will attempt to block Matt Elam, who outweighs the diminutive Crenshaw by 145 pounds, or roughly one TV Williams.  That play alone will be worth the price of admission.  The size differential is not limited to when the Cats are on defense.  The Skyhawk defensive line averages only 260 pounds, and will be out-girthed by 44 pounds per man by the Kentucky offensive line. This should give both Patrick Towles and the deep stable of Wildcat tailbacks ample room in which to operate.

 

The size factor is only one example of a larger point.  For one of very few occasions during Mark Stoops’ rebuilding process, Kentucky simply has far better football players than its opponent.  Only Skyhawk linebacker Tony Bell, an FCS All American in 2013, would likely see the field for the Cats.  Kentucky should roll on Saturday.  I’m going with 45 -7.  And if you don’t enjoy the new stadium music, don’t blame me.  I voted for ‘Lil Scrappy.


Know Your Wildcat: Braylon Heard

Photo by: 247 Sports

#5 Braylon Heard

Vitals

– Height: 5’11”

– Weight: 189 lbs.

– Class: Redshirt Junior

– Experience: Transfer

– Position: Running Back

– Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio

– High School: Cardinal Mooney

Class of 2011 High School Ranking

– Rivals.com: #5 RB, 

– 247Sports.com: #5 RB, 

– ESPN Recruiting: #25 RB, 

How He Got Here

After playing two seasons at Nebraska, Heard transferred to Kentucky because he found himself behind two other running backs on the depth chart. Braylon decided then it was time for a fresh start somewhere new. Heard wanted to come to Kentucky because it was closer to his hometown. Heard says that his mom will now be able to drive to his games instead of fly which was another key factor.

Nebraska Career

During his first two season, Heard rushed for a total of 452 yards and scored four touchdowns. During his sophomore season, he played in all 12 games averaging 5.9 yards per carry. His career-high game came against Idaho State, where he rushed for 74 yards with a career best 27-yard run and a touchdown.

Something You Didn’t Know About Him

Braylon took an service/educational trip to Ethiopia this past May.

Something We Made Up About Him

After constantly breaking out in hives and weird rashes for two years at Nebraska, Braylon finally went to the doctors to figure out the problem. After multiple tests, the doctors finally diagnosed Braylon with a corn allergy. Knowing that his corn allergy meant he couldn’t stay in Nebraska, Heard knew it was time to leave. With much thought, Braylon decided to come to Kentucky because if football does not work out, his other dream job is to be bourbon distiller and open his own distillery.

Unfair NFL Comparison

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Outlook for 2014 Season

Coming to Kentucky as a transfer, Heard has a lot to prove in his first season here. After impressing the coaches and making great strives while sitting out, Braylon is ready to show the #BBN what he has to offer. His quickness and agility will give Kentucky the backfield they need after losing veteran Raymond Sanders. Expect Heard to be the guy we need to get our running game back where it needs to be.

 

@kbernhardKSR


A few notes from Mark Stoops’ Thursday press conference

-The team is getting everything wrapped up for game day and putting in the finishing touches in preparation for the Skyhawks at home on Saturday. The offensive unit had to kick the press out of the UK football team room for a meeting that looked pretty important.

- Stoops is going to be using a different routine to get the Cats ready for game day this year. He’s switching up the Thursday-Friday practice schedule on game weeks to where Thursday will be the light walk-through day, and Friday will be a fast game-paced practice. Stoops said he had heard of many coaches doing it previously, but pointed out Chip Kelly at Oregon as a coach who had great success with it in the past.

-Mike Edwards, the freshman safety who found out he doesn’t have to have shoulder surgery, has reported to campus and was spotted walking around inside the UK Nutter Training Facility today. Stoops confirmed, though, he is not currently practicing with the team and isn’t ready to do so anytime soon.

-Stoops feels very anxious about playing against the Skyhawks. He didn’t downplay the importance of the game and said he really feels his team is ready to go to battle on Saturday. “I feel good about where we are right now going into this game, I know the players are all ready to get out on the field and finally play.” Said coach Stoops.

-Coach Stoops wants to show the fans on Saturday that Kentucky has something to prove. He mentioned that it’s important for UK to put up a good performance against UT-Martin to get the fans behind this team. Stoops made a big point about how it’s the team’s job to go out and impress the fans, and give them what they deserve in this season’s opener.

-Lastly, Stoops will be kicking back and watching the Ol’ Ball Coach play the Aggies tonight. He said it’s an important night to relax and enjoy some good early-season football, and he shall be joining in on the festivities.

@kaansoloKSR


The Stadium is Striped and Ready to Go

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Top Stars That Kentucky Struggled To Replace

Photo credit: Boston.cbs.local.com

Photo credit: Boston.cbs.local.com

The college football season is finally here. Texas A&M and South Carolina are kicking off the season in style, on the brand-new SEC Network as we speak. The two schools are moving on without the services of Johnny Manziel and Jadeveon Clowney. It’s yet to be determined how difficult it will be for each school to replace its big star, but this has me thinking … in recent history, which Kentucky football and basketball stars have been most difficult to replace after their departures?

We’ll consider “recent history” to mean any player since the start of the Rich Brooks and Tubby Smith eras. This is not a list of the best players Kentucky has had during this period, although they are probably all in the conversation. It’s a list of players who have been the most difficult to replace. Much of the list has to do with the talent, or lack thereof, that followed each star.

Let’s begin, in chronological order:

Jared Lorenzen
The Hefty Lefty was the third of a trio of good QBs at Kentucky. Tim Couch passed down the torch to Dusty Bonner for a solid 1999 campaign, but the job was Lorenzen’s from 2000-2003. Lorenzen threw for 2,221 yards and 16 TDs with eight INTs in 2003, the first year of the Rich Brooks’ era. He was primarily replaced by Shane Boyd, who totaled only 1,328 passing yards with seven TDs and nine INTs in 2004. Lorenzen’s loss could also be felt in the 2005 season as Andre Woodson took time to develop into the great QB that he would eventually become in 2006 and 2007.

Chuck Hayes
Hayes was a key player in the best four-year run of the Tubby Smith era. When Tayshaun Prince’s eligibility expired after Hayes’ freshman year, most expected UK to regress in 2003. Instead, the Cats went 32-4, ran the table in the SEC and earned a No. 1 overall seed. With Keith Bogans gone the following season, 2004 was also thought to be a rebuilding year. Wrong again. Although the Cats were upset by UAB in the second round, Kentucky went 27-5, earned a No. 1 seed and was ranked No. 2 in the final regular season AP poll. The one constant key to the success of Kentucky through these years was Chuck Hayes. As a senior, he averaged 7.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists, along with 10.9 points per game in 2005. The next two seasons without Hayes, Bobby Perry led Kentucky’s forwards with just 3.9 and 3.5 rebounds per game. The Cats had to rely on their point guard, Rajon Rondo, for a team-leading 6.1 rebounds per game in 2006. That was the first of four straight double-digit loss seasons.

Jodie Meeks
Kentucky easily replaced and improved in almost every area in John Calipari’s first season. John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and company joined an NIT team and instantly turned it into a Final Four contender. The one key part they lost from 2009, however, ended up being the one thing they needed most in the NCAA Tournament. Jodie Meeks’ outside shooting wasn’t replaced and it may have been the one thing that stopped the Cats from winning it all in 2010. Meeks made 117 three-point shots at a percentage of .406 in 2009. In 2010, the Cats’ two best long-range threats combined for less made threes than Meeks made alone the year before. Darnell Dodson made 50 threes at a percentage of .347 and Eric Bledsoe made 49 (.383). And in that final game against West Virginia, those two combined to make 2-of-14 and the team made just 4-of-32 from long range.

Mike Hartline
Yes, Mike Hartline. Hartline wasn’t as beloved as the other players on this list and was often unfairly criticized, but it’s been four years and Kentucky has yet to replace his production or go to another bowl game. He had one of the strongest seasons in the SEC as a senior in 2010. Hartline threw for 3,178 yards, 23 TDs and 9 INTs. He led the SEC with 268 pass completions and finished second in passing yards. In 2011, the year after he graduated, Maxwell Smith led the team with just 819 passing yards.

Randall Cobb
In addition to losing Mike Hartline, Kentucky lost one of the greatest all-around players in its history in 2010. Randall Cobb did everything in his three years in Lexington. He spent time at QB while Hartline was developing or injured, made a huge difference in special teams, and developed into a 1,000-yard receiver as a junior. He totaled 1,441 yards from scrimmage that season. No player played a bigger part in helping Kentucky reach five consecutive bowl games than Cobb, who kept the streak going for three more years after Andre Woodson, Stevie Johnson, Jacob Tamme, Wesley Woodyard and company had departed after the 2007 season. There hasn’t been another player step into his shoes, but to be fair, there likely never will be a player like him again.

Danny Trevathan and Winston Guy
The bowl streak was snapped in their senior year, but they also helped end the losing streak to Tennessee in their final game. These two kept Kentucky competitive with a five-win season in 2011, despite an offense that was struggling to adjust to the losses of Randall Cobb and Mike Hartline. The two combined for 124 solo tackles and 263 total tackles. The duo of Avery Williamson and a young Bud Dupree fell short of those numbers with 226 total tackles between them in 2012. In the win-loss column, Trevathan and Guy’s absence showed as the Cats went from five wins to two and Joker Phillips was on his way out.

The 2012 National Championship team
It wouldn’t be fair to name just one or two players from the 2012 National Championship team that were toughest to replace. The reality is Kentucky lost its entire team and completely started over again in 2013. Anthony Davis’ freakish skill set couldn’t be replaced even by a healthy Nerlens Noel. Darius Miller’s veteran presence was gone. MKG’s work ethic was nowhere to be found. Doron Lamb’s deadly shooting was missed. Terrence Jones at his best was a beast. And we would have loved another year of Marquis Teague at point guard. All six players lost that season are worthy of this list and none of them were able to be replaced in a 2013 season that ended sadly and bizarrely in Moon Township, PA.

Agree? Disagree? Sound off in the comments section below.


Bruce Pearl pulls in another big recruit

(Photo: Mark Jordan)

Bruce Pearl is on a roll. Today, Trayvon Reed, a former Maryland signee, committed to Auburn. Reed, considered the 9th best center in the 2014 class by 247 Sports Composite, was kicked off Maryland’s team after he was arrested for stealing a candy bar. (Really.) He’ll spend a semester at Elev-8 Prep and will be eligible to play for Auburn in January.

This is just the latest of Bruce Pearl’s coups since taking over for Tony Barbee. Pearl’s recruiting ban expired Sunday at midnight, and since then, he’s picked up commitments from 2015 4-stars Danjel Purifoy and Horace Spencer, and JuCo guard TJ Dunans, which has pushed Auburn’s 2015 class into the Top 10 nationally. More elite recruits are visiting this weekend.

Needless to say, this is getting the Twitter world all excited.

Whoa, slow down there buddy. It’s fun to have Bruce back in the SEC, but let’s not get crazy.


UK Fan Casual Gamer Reed Makes his Comedy Central Debut

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You may remember Casual Gamer Reed from his various appearances here on KSR. He is a huge UK fan who likes to predict UK games and talk about the Cats (while wearing UK gear). He bills himself as “the #1 UK fan on YouTube. Here is an example of some of his work:

Well it turns out that besides talking about UK, Casual Gamer Reed also does product reviews. And the Comedy Central show “Midnight” has found him amusing…the good news is that he is wearing a UK hat during his national debut. Check it out (about 1:30 into the video)


Coach K says DeMarcus Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup

Image via USAB.com

Coach K was very close to becoming an Enemy of the Commonwealth earlier this summer when reports surfaced that he was going to pick Mason Plumlee over DeMarcus Cousins for Team USA; however, he redeemed himself (slightly) when he kept Boogie on the final roster. In fact, Krzyzewski told ESPN this week that Cousins has cemented himself as Anthony Davis’ backup in Team USA’s rotation.

Boogie told USAB.com that making the team was “a huge accomplishment” that he’s been working all summer towards, and makes him realize how far he’s come from his childhood in Mobile, Alabama:

“Me and my mom talk about it all the time. My story is crazy. Anything that I’ve been through, anything that I have accomplished, it was always the hard way. Nothing ever came easy for me, and that is just something that I have kind of accepted. I know it’s never come easy for me, and I think that is why I am the way I am.”

DeMarcus, Anthony, and Team USA take on Finland in their first game of the FIBA World Cup Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. Keep making us proud, guys.

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Samantha Drake will forego her senior season of UK Hoops

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A sad note from the UK Hoops family: Samantha Drake has decided not to play her senior season after tearing the ACL and meniscus in her left knee last November. She will instead focus on her academics and graduating in the spring. The former Nelson County star played in 88 games and started 23. She issued a statement thanking Mitch Barnhart, her team, and her coaches:

“I would like to thank Mr. Barnhart, all of my teammates and coaches for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this amazing women’s basketball program at UK,” Drake said. “I was given the chance to show my talent and be a part of a lot of success during my four years. Although I won’t be playing anymore, I’ll still be the biggest cheerleader for the team. I am going to turn my focus on academics and walking across that stage in May to receive my degree.”

Matthew Mitchell also issued a statement in support of Drake and her decision.

“We support Samantha and her decision to forego playing her senior year,” UK Hoops head coach Matthew Mitchell said. “Samantha contributed to so many victories during her career and we are grateful for her efforts. We will continue supporting her any way we can as she works toward graduation.”

Tough, tough news. Best of luck to her going forward.