Part two in an eight part series previewing the 2014 Kentucky Football Wildcats. Cats hope →
By Drew Franklin on ©6:00 pm
When Team USA scrimmages tonight at 9:00 pm EST on ESPN, DeMarcus Cousins has the opportunity to prove to America he deserves a spot on the final roster for the FIBA World Cup. With all of this talk of Mason Plumlee likely to get picked over him, Boogie can throw more fuel on the debate by standing out in tonight’s game. He can put the pressure on Coach K to do the right thing when everyone gets to see how he stacks up with Plumlee, not just the handful of coaches who have been watching behind closed doors in Vegas.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was the first to suggest Coach K is considering Plumlee over Cousins, last night on Twitter. However, Krysxzeswksiwski said it will still be some time before any roster is final.
Krysewskiwskixvytski said this to News10′s Sean Cunningham yesterday:
“In DeMarcus’ case, the style we play lends itself to what Anthony [Davis], or even what [Mason] Plumlee does and a little bit of [Andre] Drummond. DeMarcus’ game is different, so he an adjustment to make and he’s trying to make it. Also, as he grows, we have to look and see if there is something we can do to bring more out of his game. We’re going to take a good look at our bigs.”
“He’s been attentive and [he’s] tried – diving on the floor for loose balls. They all have to adapt and it’s a different way of playing defense – ‘how do you play defense with all these athletes, and how do you help out?’ We [will] have to see in games – these exhibition games – how that will wash out. We haven’t made a decision and we won’t for a while, but we will definitely take a long look at the bigs.”
Show ‘em what you got tonight, Big Fella.
By Drew Franklin on ©5:15 pm
60-inch box jump? That ain’t no thing for B. Knight.
I would break all of the bones if I attempted this.
By Drew Franklin on ©4:46 pm
It’s hard to believe, I know, but it’s true. The NFL season is right around the corner and our friends at DraftKings.com are already offering some online fantasy action for KSR readers and listeners.
The new NFL $100K Play-Action Contest is live and ready for you to join with a guaranteed $100,000 prize pool. First place (me) will take home a cool $10,000 with the other top 11,499 players earning some form of payment for their success.
The contest is for the first week of games, beginning Sunday, September 7th at 1:00 EST. The draft lobby is open now so you can go ahead and select your team — eight players and one team defense.
And as always, first time depositors receive a 100% bonus up to $600.
Get to it!
By Drew Franklin on ©4:04 pm
We’re getting lots of questions, comments and complaints regarding the whereabouts of today’s podcast so I’ll give a quick update to ease the situation before some of you start storming the radio station with bats, Molotov cocktails and ear buds.
Because Shannon The Dude, Maria and pretty much everyone involved with the show was actually at today’s show, and it’s a Friday, we’re a little behind in getting it uploaded to the 1080 website. Matt is in touch with people who know people who know people who can do it, so we’re hoping it appears online shortly.
Sorry for the inconvenience. We know how bad you want to hear Ryan Lemond frog gig a Pitino-signed basketball. We want you to hear it and we have our fingers crossed for you.
By Drew Franklin on ©3:17 pm
We’re starting to see some names of former players who will be participating in the alumni game at the end of the month and the one that was just confirmed has me shimmying all over the office.
Antoine Walker, maybe my favorite Cat from that era, announced on Twitter he will be in Lexington during the Fantasy Camp/Alumni Game weekend. ‘Toine was here two years ago and he was a hit at camp and in the game. (You may remember Boogie playfully taunting him with his own dance move.)
He says he is looking forward to seeing everyone again this year:
— Antoine Walker (@WalkerAntoine8) August 1, 2014
Derek Anderson and Randolph Morris also said publicly they will participate and I’ve been told Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and James Young are planning to play.
Hopefully Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall are too busy at the FIBA World Cup. We’ll call that an excused absence.
By Drew Franklin on ©3:00 pm
Christie Horan, a captain on last year’s UK dance team, is a finalist to become a Wizards Girl for the upcoming 2014-15 NBA season and she would really appreciate your support in making that dream come true. (And we can never have too much #BBN in Washington.)
The good people in charge of selecting the squad saved a spot on the team for a ‘Fan Favorite,’ going to the dancer with the most online votes leading up to Monday night’s Finals Audition Showcase. That is where you come in, Cats fans. You can lend Christie a hand in the tryout process by simply giving her a vote and, hopefully, raising her vote count above the others so she is awarded that coveted ‘Fan Favorite’ spot.
To vote for Christie, all you have to do is send out a tweet with the hashtag #CHRISTIEforWG on the Twitter device. That’s easy enough, right? Put whatever message you’d like in the tweet, just be sure it includes #CHRISTIEforWG in it somewhere. Tweet about your dinner or your favorite episode of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo if that tickles your fancy; just end it with #CHRISTIEforWG and she’ll get credit. That’s all it takes and I know she will represent us well with John Wall in D.C. next season.
By Drew Franklin on ©2:00 pm
Mark Stoops delivered some news regarding the receiving corps at his luncheon today. Two of his projected starters, sophomores Alexander Montgomery and Jeff Badet, are still recovering from injury entering Monday’s camp.
Montgomery, who caught two touchdown passes last season, will not be ready to go on Monday. He’s still easing back from a torn ACL, an injury he suffered while celebrating a touchdown in the eighth game of the 2013 season.
Badet will practice but he will be limited until later in the fall. The third-leading receiver from a year ago broke his leg in spring practice.
This is an opportunity for the new guys to take advantage of the extra reps with the first team.
By Chris Fisher on ©1:45 pm
John Calipari filled the last remaining spot on his basketball staff at Kentucky Friday when the school named former Auburn coach Tony Barbee as special assistant to the head coach.
But interestingly, on the Jalen and Jacoby podcast July 25, ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose would neither confirm nor deny rumors that he was contacted by Kentucky to fill one of those vacancies.
“There are a few college coaches that I would consider working for,” Rose said. “John Calipari is one of them.”
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By Drew Franklin on ©1:30 pm
Fall camp begins next week and UK head coach Mark Stoops is asking his players to do one thing before they get to work: “Submit.”
“Submit to the process,” he asks his guys. That means give football your undivided attention throughout camp. Turn everything off. No distractions. Focus on improving as a player. Focus on improving as a team. Submit to football.
Stoops spoke at the annual Kentucky Football Kickoff Luncheon in Lexington today and he echoed a lot of what he said yesterday on Kentucky Sports Radio and during his media tour last week. Today’s event marked the end of “Talkin’ Season” and now he’s ready to get work.
They report early Monday morning. Real early.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:45 pm
JUCO transfer linebacker Ryan Flannigan needed some extra coursework before he could enroll at Kentucky, so he hasn’t been around to work out and bond with his new teammates in Lexington. Defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot has been in constant contact with Flannigan throughout the summer, going over the defense with him via phone and talking him through workouts.
But with the beginning of fall camp just days away, UK now has its prized linebacker on campus, ready to roll. Flannigan arrived in Lexington today.
Wazzam Kentucky 😼
— Ryan Flannigan (@RFlannigan5) August 1, 2014
Stoops believes Flannigan will compete right away for playing time at linebacker despite the late start. He recently said, “”Look at last year, Javess (Blue) came here very late. Javess had a lot of work to do and he had an impact on our team. So we’ll get Ryan caught up. Of course we wish he was here at mid-term, but it didn’t work out. He did the work and he’s good to go.”
It’s almost football time in the Bluegrass.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:17 pm
Friends, family and admirers of Wallace “Wah Wah” Jones attended a visitation service in memory of the Kentucky legend today at Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington. Several people from all over the state stopped by to pay their respects, including UK head football coach Mark Stoops, before he hosts the Kentucky Football Kickoff Luncheon today at noon.
Among the guest speakers were Governor John Y. Brown and Phil Greer, two of Wah Wah’s long time friends.
The service closed with the playing of the UK Fight Song by the UK Pep Band.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:40 am
UK officially named Tony Barbee its “special assistant to the head coach” today. The former player and assistant under Calipari will fill the position left open by Rod Strickland when Strickland followed Orlando Antigua to South Florida.
“Tony has been a part of my basketball family for over 20 years,” Calipari said in a release from UK. “I’ve had the pleasure of watching him grow up and mature with this game since I started recruiting him when he was 16 years old. I’m thrilled with the knowledge and experience he brings to this program and our staff and am looking forward to working with him again.”
Barbee said, “I’m so excited to reconnect with my coach, mentor, and friend Coach Cal on his staff at Kentucky. I can’t wait to join the Big Blue Nation in its quest for No. 9.”
By Drew Franklin on ©11:00 am
Because that’s what we do here at KSR.
The ball was donated by Gibson, who said he doesn’t want Pitino’s “Best Wishes” anymore.
By Drew Franklin on ©10:40 am
Braylon Heard emerged victorious from UK’s Kickoff Playoff, beating out seven of his teammates and their song suggestions to earn the honor of hearing his song played before kickoff. Heard’s suggestion of “Who Run It” by Three 6 Mafia will be played over Commonwealth Stadium’s speakers leading up to the opening kick.
Three 6 Mafia is the most famous rap group to ever come out of Tennessee, so I’m sure the players on UT Martin will be excited to hear their home state anthem before the game. That’s very hospitable of UK.
You can hear it below but DO NOT play it at work or around children.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:51 am
Kentucky Sports Radio radio is live on location one last time before we park the KSR caravan for another year. The 2014 statewide tour comes to a close today in Louisville at Buffalo Wild Wings, and as you can see, it is a packed house.
Matt and Ryan have two tickets to the UK-UofL game to give away, plus John Calipari will call in to announce the winner of the Bahamas trip.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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