Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star →
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:00 pm
No. That title is not a KSR typo. With the latest Jason Strowbridge commitment earlier in the day, the Cats have jumped five spots back into the top 25. Kentucky is now 24th, right behind Wisconsin and ahead of West Virginia. Most importantly, the Cats remain ahead of Louisville who is currently at No. 33 with 18 commits.
Even more impressive is that Kentucky is able to hold this position with just 15 commits overall (3 four stars and 12 three stars). There are only five schools ahead of them with less commitments.
By Courtney Sealey on ©2:00 pm
There have been several people with bad luck who attended the Big Blue Madness campout this year. I thought this guy passed out sleeping on the curb had it bad…..
That cannot be comfortable. Then I thought this guy sleeping in his truck had it bad….
At least he got a pillow though. I think this has to be the worst. He probably thought he had made it through the campout without any issues, but alas….no.
— Trey Minton (@tr3yuk) September 20, 2014
Come on guys, no one likes a tent stealer. But, at least you wont need it anymore, right? Sorry, kid.
Who steals a tent, anyhow?
By Courtney Sealey on ©1:05 pm
— J7⃣ (@StrowKnows_55) September 20, 2014
Class of 2015 3-star strong-side DE out of Deerfield Beach, Florida. Had offers from Florida, Alabama FAU, Georgia Tech and Indiana, and Louisville. However, Jason did just tweet he still plans on taking all of his official visits.
By Courtney Sealey on ©11:30 am
Friday was a full day for UK Soccer. Although the teams were unable to put out any wins, they did make sure to make the games plenty exciting. Here is a breakdown of each match:
Women vs. Arkansas, 2-1
In its SEC Opener, the women’s soccer team dropped their match against Arkansas in double overtime. Despite out-shooting the Razorbacks 18-15, including a 9-7 advantage in shots on goal, the Wildcats couldn’t overcome a 35-yard goal off a free kick from Tyler Allen in the 104th minute. The shot just missed the arms of UK goalie Taylor Braun.
The Razorbacks scored in the 49th minute off a throw-in from Ashleigh Ellenwood. The Wildcats responded in the 68th minute with a goal from Jade Klump. Klump nearly ended it in the second minute of overtime, however she sent the ball just over the crossbar.
Men vs. No. 19 Furman, 0-0
Playing in Lexington, the men were unable to make a repeat of their defeat of a ranked team (#1 ranked Notre Dame). The saving grace of the game, literally, was Junior Goalkeeper Callum Irving who saved a career-high seven shots in his fifth shutout. The seventh save was in the 110th minute when faced with a Furman breakaway in the closing seconds of the second overtime, Irving made a game-saving stop at a chest-high strike from Furman, keeping the clean sheet.
Next on the slate for the women is Mississippi State in Lexington Friday. The men face off against No. 9 Louisville Tuesday in Lexington, as well.
Okay, I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is I have both morning shifts this weekend so we will get to spend lots of time together! Unfortunately, that is the bad news too for some of you. Either way, I am sure the comment section will thrive off of it. I will try to make this as painless as possible.
Now on to some morning links:
— No shocker here…Big Blue Madness tickets sold out within 30 minutes. Thousands of fans were present at the ticket office Saturday and I am told fans even had success online through Ticketmaster. In case you didn’t hear, there was a record number of tents at the campout with 760. Last year there were only 755.
— The VisitiMyrtleBeach.Com 300 is tonight at the Kentucky Speedway as part of the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Chase Elliott is still the leader, but several drive drivers are right behind him, which shows promise for an exciting race (or so I am reading….I don’t really watch NASCAR…at all…(sorry Pop)). The race airs on ESPNews at 7:30 because college football is hogging up the day.
— In today’s ‘well good for him’ news, 2012 Kentucky commit Timothy Jones is doing well. If you remember him, he was an offensive tackle who really never saw the field for us after he was arrested for a weapons charge in 2013.. Now those charges are dismissed and he is looking forward to action on the field with Florida A&M. Get more details here.
— ICYMI: Last night Rex Chapman was arrested in Arizona on 14 different felonies after he was accused of shoplifting. Look here and at the previous post for more information
— Oh, Jameis Winston. What are we going to do with you? After originally being suspended for half of the game against Clemson, FSU has decided to sit him out for the entire game after realizing Winston had lied to them about where he said those….uh…’colorful’….words at the school’s student union. Winston told investigators he was on the floor, although lots of eyewitnesses reported he jumped on the table.
— Last week, Kentucky commit C. J. Conrad had a rough football game after not even catching a ball. However, he rebounded quickly this week by helping put his team up 20-6 with two TD’s. He made a 43-yard punt-return in the second quarter and then followed with a 1-yard touchdown on the next possession which he set up with a 48-yard reception to the 1. Good for you, C.J., good for you.
— What a depressing weekend to not have Kentucky football after last week’s finish. I am ready to see them take out their frustrations on Vandy NOW. Since we can’t, here are some other SEC football games happening today.
By Caleb Epley on ©11:00 pm
Hello, friends. Tomorrow marks the 66th birthday of A Song of Ice And Fire (aka Game of Thrones) author George Raymond Richard Martin. So, in hopes that he will quit killing everyone we know and love, let’s celebrate!
Martin was born in 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. He began writing science fiction in 1970 and wrote several novels and screenplays before starting the A Song of Ice and Fire series in 1991. The first book, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996. Each successive novel seemed to attract a wider following, and in 2007, HBO decided to turn Martin’s story into a television series – resulting in the mega-hit Game of Thrones that we know today.
Interestingly, the A Song of Ice and Fire series is supposed to include seven books. However, Martin has only completed five to date (the last being released in 2011), and has no clue when he’ll be done with the sixth. This is a bit worrisome for book-readers, as the show has already caught up to the fourth novel and will supposedly be showing the fourth and fifth books next season. Martin typically has a 5-6 year gap between books, so it’s very likely that HBO will finish Martin’s story before he gets the chance to – and fans who have been reading the series for almost 20 years will likely have the ending spoiled prematurely. Ouch.
Anywhoo – Happy Birthday, George. Go Stannis.
It’s a record-setting year in Tent City
UK Athletics announced that there were 760 tents in Tent City this morning, breaking last year’s record of 755. The department had to send out a warning that people who weren’t already in line probably won’t receive a ticket:
“Based upon our estimated numbers, any tent or camper not already in line for Big Blue Madness tickets is not likely to receive control cards later today at 2 p.m. ET,” Deputy Athletics Director DeWayne Peevy said. “We will still maintain a limited number of tickets online for those who do not receive control cards or were not able to camp out. Some of those tickets online will have a slightly obstructed view. Due to the anticipated stage set-up inside Rupp Arena, the view may be partially obstructed during a portion of the event for the following sections: 11, 34-44, and 238-241.
The tickets themselves won’t be handed out until tomorrow. You people are actually crazy.
The Courier-Journal gave us another reason to unsubscribe
There was a bit of an uproar this morning when the Courier-Journal ran the above photo on the front page of the Sports section. The picture doesn’t exactly gel with the content of the piece, and the paper apologized this afternoon – but the damage has been done. If there’s any one who still believes the Courier is unbiased, well.. okay no one actually believes that.
Stoops and Marrow to visit the Dowell twins
With a bye-week looming, Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow will be attending a game that features the Dowell twins this Saturday. Andrew (four-star running back) and his brother David (four-star safety) are two of Kentucky’s top targets for the class of 2015. Four-star commit Alex Stump will also be playing in the game. The Twins are considering Northwestern, Kentucky, Vandy, and Wisconsin. Come on down.
Timberwolves offer Eric Bledsoe max contract
Eric Bledsoe has been a free agent for quite some time now. However, things could be changing soon; the Minnesota Timberwolves offered him a 4-year, $63 million dollar contract today – which could be hard to turn down. With Bledsoe, Wiggins, and an improved Anthony Bennett, the Timberwolves could be fun to watch next season.
ESPN publishes story about Hal Mumme
Finally, go read ESPN’s piece about former UK football coach Hal Mumme if you haven’t already. Great stuff.
That’s it for now. See ya’ll later.
By Andrew Cassady on ©9:30 pm
We’ve got the bye week blues here at KSR as like Stoops we “want to go” and watch the team take on Vandy. Still the bye week offers a time to reflect on the first quarter of the season before moving on to a tough stretch of eight straight games before ending the season with Louisville. On top of that basketball and Big Blue Madness are just around the corner so this is the final week without much going on until April. With that said let’s look back at some of the best moments from this year’s young season:
Braylon Heard’s Amazing Runs
Braylon Heard has proven to be the truth on the ground so far this season. His two carries against UT-Martin were nothing short of spectacular as he rocketed up the field for two touchdowns on two touches. The greatest moment of the first touchdown was seeing Patrick Towles running behind his back as Kentucky scored for the first time in 2014. He was injured on the second touchdown trip but bounced back well against Florida this past weekend. Florida didn’t give up much on the ground but Heard still managed to rack up 3.3 yards per carry against the vaunted Gator defense. With Heard only entering his junior year the rest of this season and next look to be bright for the young running back.
Za’Darius Bats a Pass
Big Z started off the season without an impressive stat sheet as Stoops and the crew played the defense close to the chest for the first two games of the season. Then came the Florida game and Za’Darius broke out. Big Z was a part of a team high 11 tackles against the Gators but his best play when he got in the air to swat a Jeff Driskell toss. The game was tied up 3-3 but the Gators were knocking at the door on UK’s five yard line. Matt Jones was wide open but as Driskell released the ball Z got up and deflected the pass. Florida had to settle for the field goal and UK scored on the next drive to take a 10-6 lead. Za’Darius and Bud are set up to have a monster back half of the year.
What have been your favorite moments of these first three games?
By Duncan Cavanah on ©8:45 pm
Big Ten 2014: Now with 100% more Rutgers!
My weekly post typically previews Kentucky’s upcoming football game. However, with the Cats headed into a bye week, that was not an option this time. Despite this, and according to a strongly-worded letter from KSR’s legal team, I am still contractually obligated to generate a post this week regardless of Kentucky’s schedule. (They can’t make me write a good one, though.) Without a Kentucky contest to focus on, we will take this opportunity to focus on college football’s national scene. Specifically, the roaring dumpster fire that is the Big Ten.
For those younger readers, you may be surprised to learn that the Big Ten was once a viable conference . Ohio State and Michigan were both annual contenders for the national championship. Teams like Iowa, Illinois and Michigan State were also respected national programs. Nebraska and Penn State, of course, have celebrated football traditions, but not so much since their inclusion into the Big Ten. As strange as it seems under the current model of college football, the Big Ten was considered to provide the greatest college football product for a great deal of the 20th century.
Things began to unravel for the Big Ten about the time the BCS era began in 1998. Of the sixteen year tenure of the BCS, the Big Ten produced only one national title, with 2002 Ohio State. During the same time-period, the SEC produced nine BCS National Champions among five schools. Tennessee, LSU (twice), Florida (twice), Alabama (three times) and Auburn. Not only did the Buckeyes produce the Conference’s only BCS Champion, Ohio State is the only Big Ten school to even play for a title in the BCS era. Beyond college football’s biggest prize, the Big Ten has struggled mightily in all post-season matchups. The Big Ten has not produced a winning bowl record since 2009. But as bad as things have been for the Big Ten during the reign of the BCS, it may have hit rock bottom in the early portion of the 2014 season.
If the Big Ten is looking to write some sort of redemption story that Tom Rinaldi emotionally narrates over soft piano music on a very special Sportscenter segment, it is not off to a banner start in 2014. Three weeks into the college football season, the Big Ten is a combined 1-10 against Power Five Conference opponents. That lone win is courtesy of storied Big Ten program Rutgers, who slipped past Washington State in a clash of college football heavyweights 41-38. On the bright side, the Big Ten is 5-3 against the MAC this season. Other impressive Big Ten efforts to begin the season include Indiana losing to Bowling Green, Iowa once again falling to Iowa State, TCU throttling Minnesota 30-7, Washington State hammering hapless Illinois 44-19, Virginia Tech ending Ohio State’s National Championship hopes in week two with a 14 point upset win at the Horseshoe, and Michigan being shut out at Notre Dame 31-0. Based on all of this wreckage, it has become clear very early in the college football season that the Big Ten is already out of contention for the inaugural college football playoff.
So what does any of this have to do with the Cats? It is arguable that no school has benefited more in the last couple of years from the collapse of the Big Ten than Kentucky. It has been well documented that much of Mark Stoops’ recruiting success has been tied to raiding the fertile recruiting state of Ohio. Of the 28 players signed in Stoops’ historic 2014 recruiting class, 11 hailed from the Buckeye State. That ratio is even a bit higher with Kentucky’s current 2015 commits, with 6 of the 14 being Ohio kids. To be fair, Kentucky has only occasional beaten out Ohio State for players, but the Cats have frequently beaten out fellow Big Ten schools like Michigan State, Nebraska and Illinois. At the height of Big Ten power in the 1980′s and early 1990′s, these kids would not have come south to Kentucky. The Wildcats are currently locked in a recruiting battle with Ohio State for superstar running back Damien Harris, and may lead for his services, a premise which would have seemed absurd a few years ago. This battle would be much more slanted in the Buckeye direction if the Big Ten was still a formidable conference.
In short, the Big Ten is terrible, and that is good news for the Cats. I apologize to my friends and family in Big Ten land. As our friend John Short might say, you are fine Americans, and frankly you deserve a conference which provides half-way entertaining football and a conference name that is more mathematically precise. So to leave those of you who support Big Ten schools with a positive feeling, here is a picture of Purdue’s giant drum. Enjoy!
Former UK player Rex Chapman has been arrested in Scottsdale, AZ on suspicion of multiple shoplifting incidents which employees say have been happening over the last few months.
Sgt. Mark Clark said at least seven different times Chapman allegedly would pick up items from the Apple store and make it look like he was paying for the items through the self-checkout, using an IPhone app. He then allegedly took the items to a local pawnshop and sold the items for cash. Employees were able to identify Chapman due to the four years he spent playing in Arizona for the Phoenix Suns.
He is accused of stealing $14,000 worth of items from an Apple store. He is charged with nine counts of theft and five counts of trafficking in stolen goods. All counts are felonies.
This is a developing story and we will have more information up as we receive it.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©7:30 pm
We’re big John Short fans here at KSR. In fact, he’s a KSR Hall of Fame inductee. Over on VaughtsViews.com, Larry Vaught has a great profile of John Short written by Tina Cox. Tina sat down with Short for a few hours, in which he told her his life story, including how he became a UK fan, who gave him the “bigguns” line, and the one thing he would change about UK sports talk shows (the answer will make you chuckle). If you’re looking for a feel good story on a Friday afternoon, this is it:
By Drew Franklin on ©7:03 pm
By Drew Franklin on ©6:23 pm
Damien Harris was formally introduced as an Under Armour All-American yesterday in a ceremony at Madison Southern High School. You can see the video of his jersey presentation in the video above from the good people at Under Armour.
As you can see, Harris is a very well-spoken young man and he’s not too shabby at carrying the pigskin too. He’ll make a great Kentucky Wildcat one day.
By Drew Franklin on ©5:47 pm
No one in the world should wake up at 7:00 am on a Saturday for anything, but tomorrow morning is an exception. Those fans who didn’t camp out around Memorial Coliseum this week will need to get up to join thousands of others in the Ticketmaster waiting game. A limited number of Big Blue Madness tickets will be available online at the Ticketmaster website and it’s worth sleeping with your laptop so you can roll over and give it a shot.
If you do get through and lock down some seats, you will only be allowed four per household. Be happy with four, though, because it’s not easy getting any.
Good luck, Cats fans.
Here’s the link.
By Drew Franklin on ©5:00 pm
The waiting game has paid off for Eric Bledsoe. After turning down a very attractive offer to stay in Phoenix, it appeared he was headed toward being without a team during the start of training camp. But now the Minnesota Timberwolves are likely going to land him with a max contract offer for the former Wildcat. The reported deal is worth 63 million over four years, the most he can get from anyone.
Remember when Eric Bledsoe was living in a car? Now he’s rich. Soon-to-be 63 million rich.