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July 31st, 2015

Two former Dance Cats need your help to become Wizards girls

Former UK dance team members Christie Horan and O’livia Foster are finalists to become Wizards Girls for the upcoming 2015-2016 NBA season, and the BBN can help one of them make the final squad.

The folks 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’s where you come in, BBN. Vote for Christie and/or O’livia by tweeting using the hashtags #CHRISTIEforWG or #OLIVIAforWG. Pretty easy, right? You can tweet whatever message you like, just use those hashtags.

The more Cats in DC, the better, right?

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When’s the next Yahtzee?

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After an exciting week of Yahtzees, today feels super slow, doesn’t it? Have no fear, we’re hearing more good news is on the way…after the weekend. 2017 four-star running back Mohamed Ibrahim was scheduled to visit Kentucky today, but, according to Patrick Loney, pushed his visit back to Monday. He’s expected to commit to UK on that visit, which will keep the momentum flowing heading into camp.

The 5’9″ 178 lbs. Ibrahim is considered the 18th best running back in the 2017 class and the 9th best player in the state of Maryland, Tommy Mainord’s territory. Ibrahim’s teammate, four-star athlete Joshua Paschal, could join him on the visit, which would make the staff very happy. The 6’4″ 255 lbs. Paschal is the brother of former Cat TraVaughn Paschal, and is considered the 27th best athlete in the 2017 class. If you read the tweet leaves, he’s very high on the Cats as well.

Package Yahtzee? Bring it on.

Here are some of Ibrahim’s highlights:


Notes from the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon

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Think about this for a minute. 700 folks attended a UK function in downtown Louisville. If I were from the ‘Ville and wore red on a daily basis that would absolutely drive me nuts. Well done Jefferson County’s BBN Chapter. Mark Stoops finished up speaking season with a short question-and-answer session with Tom Leach and his two coordinators. No Earth-shattering news came about as the Wildcat coaches appeared to be ready to put the jawing season to bed and get camp started.

Over 30 former football Cats attended. That is by far the most in the event’s history. The luncheon was great. Tons of folks there. Food was tasty. But the noteworthy aspect to me was all the has-beens in the crowd and their pre-lunch interaction with Stoops, Eliot, and Dawson. Former players represented coaches from Bear to Brooks. Impressive.

On more than one occasion, a letterman would ask Mark Stoops if it was ok to stop by practice. I saw a semi-mad Stoops come out during these questions. His repeated answer was absolutely. And he meant it. See, I think he finds it offensive that players felt that they had to ask. The “All In” mantra sincerely extends to us. That’s refreshing. That’s also not new. Joker had that policy, so did Brooks. But there’s something different about this staff. Something that signifies to former players that UK is on the horizon of reaching a point in which most failed to meet. For the first time in my has-been career, I felt like part of the program. I had at least five others tell me the same.

I loved it. But, I again badly failed KSR. Much like the Governor’s Cup, I couldn’t keep up with interview questions and to be honest, I got caught up in the informal reunion and joined the boys in telling lies and making fun of each other. I’m sorry. Maybe one day I’ll actually report something newsworthy. Every time I reached for my phone to tweet, I’d get slapped in the back of the head and asked if I played defensive tackle or right guard. Very funny. Fat jokes never get old around the alpha-dog heavy world of washed up football players.

I can accurately say that I saw thirty plus former players with a sincere look of excitement. We almost had to tie former fullback and SEC knockdown block leader, Andy Murray, to his chair. He was full nostril flaring and had the same look he had in the huddle on third and short situations. I fully expected him to head-butt Matt Bradford or Ronnie Robinson. Andy epitomized the mood. We were all carrying on sidebar conversations before the coaches walked up to the podium. When Stoops started to talk, I was reminded of being back in the Nutter Center when Jerry Claiborne would begin a team meeting. We all sat up straight, sucked our guts in, and paid attention. No matter how old the audience may be, Mark Stoops is a motivator.

You have to remember, not all of us ever experienced a winning season. I did, but just one. You don’t think that hearing about UK’s less than stellar football history for thirty years doesn’t get our blood boiling? It absolutely does. We take it personally. However, hearing about the state of the program and where it is headed is our vindication.

John Ryan and Dean Wells should be commended. They worked for months inviting alumni and preparing for today’s festivities. Not surprising from each. Both highly successful men with a passion for all things Blue. I’m tired of talking season. I’m tired of projection. Let’s tee the darn ball up and play some football.


Get ready for Fancy Farm with another article about KSR

The crowd for this morning’s show (Photo by @ElderKY)

The Fancy Farm Picnic is tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET, and the guys got a taste of the atmosphere this morning by hosting the radio show on site. What can we expect tomorrow? Matt told the Associated Press’ Adam Beam that he’s going after Rand Paul, who decided NOT to attend the biggest political event in his own state.

“I am going to hammer Rand Paul for not coming,” Jones said. “You’re a senator in a state, you’re up for re-election next year and how do you not come because you want to go to New Hampshire? That to me is really weak.”

Beam wrote a nice profile of Matt, who he said is known more for hating UofL and Pitino than politics, which is true. He also called KSR “a must-stop for any political candidate seeking statewide office in Kentucky,” which sounds weird but is also true. Click here to read the entire article.
If you can’t make it to Fancy Farm, KET will televise the speeches live starting with a “pregame show” at 2:30 p.m. ET. Hilariously, the folks at the event have requested that Drew and Ryan also sit onstage with Matt, so if anything, you can laugh at them as they attempt not to knock anything over.

Here’s the speaking order for the picnic, which begins at 3 p.m. ET. If you miss it on KET, it’ll replay throughout the week. (For a full schedule, click here.)

Speaking Order                                           Minutes
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Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros

Bishop William Medley………………Invocation

Ms. Ramsey Carpenter……….……..My Old Ky Home

Ms. Carson McKee…………..………The National Anthem

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Matt Jones – Emcee……………………………..3

Rep. Richard Heath (R)………………………….2

Sen. Stan Humphries (R)…………………..….2

Cong. Ed Whitfield (R)…………………..….….3

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)…………………..…5

Gov. Steve Beshear (D)…………………………5

*Gov. Cand. Jack Conway (D)…………………5

*Gov. Cand. Matt Bevin (R)…………………….5

Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen (D)…………..…………….2

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Jeanean Hampton (R)…….…4

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Sannie Overly (D)…………….4

Ag. Comm. James Comer (R)…………………2  (pending)

*Ag Comm. Cand. Jean Marie Spann (D)…….4

*Ag. Comm. Cand. Ryan Quarles (R)…..…….4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Andy Beshear (D)…..………4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Whitney Westerfield (R)……4

*Sec. of State Incum. Alison Grimes (D)……..4

*Sec. of State Cand. Steve Knipper (R)…..….4

*Aud. Incum. Adam Edelen (D)……………….4

*Aud. Cand. Mike Harmon (R)…………………4

Treas. Todd Hollenbach (D)………………..…..2

*Treas. Cand. Allison Ball (R)……………….…4

*Treas. Cand. Rick Nelson (D)…………………4


So, this video of the basketball team working out is awesome

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Time for a basketball fix. Our friends at KyWildcatsTV snuck into the weight room to check in on the basketball team’s strength and conditioning workouts, and shot a pretty awesome 30-second video of the guys running, lifting, and throwing medicine balls around. That sounds boring, but it’s actually kind of awesome:

The best part? Isaiah Briscoe throwing chalk in the air ala LeBron. GIF of the Day, hands down:

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Happy birthday, Tim Couch!

Today we celebrate the birthday of a UK football legend. Tim Couch turns the ripe old age of 38 today, but judging by recent pictures, he looks like he could still sling it around the field like he did 20 years ago.

When Jermaine Eskridge committed yesterday, many said he could be the most important UK Football recruit since Tim Couch. I don’t think UK football has ever been as exciting as the years Tim Couch and Hal Mumme ruled the roost, and watching him turned this UK basketball fan into a football one as well. My parents made me clean out my room at their house on a recent trip home, and I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of my old #2 Cleveland Browns jersey. In fact, I had to bring it back to Nashville with me.

In a neat moment, a fellow Eastern Kentucky boy wished Tim happy birthday on Twitter today:

Let’s relive Tim’s great game against Alabama in 1997 in his honor:


FAQ: Yahtzee!

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Why does Coach Stoops keep yelling Yahtzee? 

Since 2013, Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Football coaching staff have used the term “Yahtzee” to denote a commitment to the UK Football program. Stoops and his staff routinely use this term in social media to help build excitement as new and promising recruits enter into the University of Kentucky sports universe.

Is Coach Stoops actually rolling a big pair of dice? That seems extravagant.

Probably not. This is probably an embellishment for purposes of conveying enthusiasm or a metaphor for a specific game he is winning, in this case perhaps the college football “recruiting game,” at which he is succeeding.

In the game “Yahtzee” a “Yahtzee” denotes five of the same dice rolled on one roll. Am I to believe that when Mark Stoops announces “Yahtzee,” he has just recruited five players of identical skill sets to fill the same position? Because I am not entirely sure that is the best use of his recruiting time.

No, it generally refers to one player at a time.

Not five? Because a “Yahtzee” is five.

No, not five. Just one.

Then shouldn’t he yells “Uno!” That is also a popular game, and “uno” is Mexican for “one.”

He says “Yahtzee.”

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Why “Yahtzee,” then? 

Again, it’s just a colloquial term; like Coach Stoops, many of our past UK coaches have relied on metaphorical terminology to signify recruiting success. Joker Phillips used “Jenga!” to imply he was “stacking” solid players on top of one another to create an effective team. Hal Mumme would announce “You sunk my battleship!” when landing a major commitment, insinuating that this new recruit was “sinking” the “battleship” of his preconceived notions of the limits of a player’s ability. Rich Brooks would exclaim “Mousetrap!” whenever a giant net trap would spring and fall onto one of his recruits, and beloved coach Jerry Claiborne would announce “Potato and Spoon Race!” sometimes just because it was one of his favorite games growing up as a young boy in Hopkinsville. Each coach has his own way of doing things.

Yes, but if Coach Stoops were rolling a big PAIR of dice, he would be playing “Yahtzee” wrong. “Yahtzee” is played using five dice. It would be much easier to roll two of the same number than five of the same number.

This is a good point. But you get the idea. It’s just a figure of speech.

I guess “Snake Eyes!” or “Boxcars!” isn’t as exciting as “Yahtzee!” 

No, it’s not. “Boxcars!” would not be very exciting at all.

You know what would be great though? “Hungry Hungry Hippos!” That would mean that we have some big players and that the players are also hungry. For football game wins.

You should bring this up with the coaching staff. I think you’re putting way too much thought into this.

I will do that. Do you have Coach Stoops’ phone number or electronic mail address?

No, I don’t. Sorry.

That’s a good game, too. “Sorry.”

Yes, it is.

Kerplunk!

Yes, that’s a good game as well.

Oh, no, I didn’t mean the game “Kerplunk.” That was just the actual sound of me accidentally dropping my glasses into the toilet.

Good luck with that.

 


Mark Stoops had swagger at the Louisville Kickoff Luncheon

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Mark Stoops, Shannon Dawson, and DJ Eliot just wrapped up their remarks at the UK Alumni Kickoff Luncheon in Louisville, and Stoops received a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd of 700+ fans when he walked in. After a historic recruiting week, the man certainly deserves it.

“It’s been a slow week,” Stoops joked to raucous cheers. Freddie was at the event and will be by with his take later, but here are some quick newsy bits to tide you over…

— Stoops wasn’t afraid to address what he called “the elephant in the room.”

“We started 5-1 and didn’t finish,” he said. “You’re going to see progress, you’re going to see a better football team.”

— Stoops told the crowd he’s proud of his team’s discipline and hard work this summer. “You’re going to see a team you’re going to be very proud of,” Stoops said. “They’ve worked relentlessly.”

— Still no word on the eligibility of Courtney Love or Javon Provitt, but Stoops told reporters he expects to know by Media Day.

— By all indications, the quarterback race will continue into camp and no timetable has been set.

— Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson landed a big commitment in 2017 quarterback Mac Jones this week, his second QB commit at Kentucky behind Gunnar Hoak in the 2016 class. While Dawson couldn’t speak about either of those players specifically, he did say that the main things he looks for are accuracy, timing, and leadership.

— DJ Eliot told reporters he’s expecting his freshmen cornerbacks to have an impact early on, some good news at a position that needs immediate help.

Like I said, Freddie will be by with more later…


Harrison Barnes confirms he’s in for the UK/UNC Alumni Game

Because of NCAA guidelines, UK can’t release the names of the pros participating in the UK/North Carolina game, but that doesn’t mean the players can’t announce it themselves. North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes was the first to do so earlier today, sending out this tweet:

Barnes played at UNC from 2010-2012, and is, of course, referencing the Cats’ last-second win over the Heels in December 2011. Also, their win over the Heels in the 2011 East Regional, which gave us these awesome pictures of Cal and DeAndre Liggins:


Raise your hand if you’ve seen Devin Booker on his scooter this week

…Because I’m starting to think that’s the only way he gets around now. Devin is in town along with the rest of UK’s 2015 Draft Class to help out with John Calipari’s ProCamps, and pardon him if he wants to look really cool doing it:

Can you imagine having Devin’s life right now?


Watch Stoops thank the CWS construction crew

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Yesterday, Mark Stoops bought the Commonwealth Stadium construction crew lunch as a way to say thank you for their hard work, and KyWildcatsTV was on hand to film some footage, which they just posted online. Listen to Stoops talk about the crew’s “blue collar work ethic,” which he is trying to instill in his team:

Stoops is about to speak at the annual kickoff luncheon in Louisville. Freddie Maggard’s on site for us, so stay tuned for updates.


The UK/North Carolina Alumni Game on Sept. 13 is official; tickets on sale Aug. 14

Almost a month ago, KSR told you that an Alumni game between UK pros and UNC pros was in the works. This morning, UK made it official, announcing that the Alumni Game will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13 and tickets will go on sale August 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $5 (upper level) to $100 (premium lower level). Here’s the blurb from UK:

Set to tip off Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET, the game will feature UK players either currently or formerly playing professionally against North Carolina players either currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to don the Blue and White against other elite talent. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game.

Our friend Les Johns points out that the release is careful to say “North Carolina players,” not UNC players, so the team may include players from other schools in the Tarheel state.

It’s okay, I’d be scared too, Tarheels.


#1 (football) recruit in the country says he wants to visit Kentucky

What if I told you the number one recruit in the country wants to visit Kentucky? You’d say, “Sure, Tyler, that’s just another Friday morning for John Calipari,” but this time around, it’s football. While recapping his visits to LSU and Georgia, 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the consensus number one player in the 2016 class, told Scout’s Brian Dohn that he wants to visit Kentucky. Seriously.

“Looking ahead, I spoke to him about what schools has he not seen but he wants to get to, the two he mentioned: Kentucky and USC,” Dohn said.

Crazy enough, according to his offer sheet — which is riddled with every major program you can think of — Kentucky hasn’t even offered Gary a scholarship, but I doubt Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and Jimmy Brumbaugh would mind if Gary came by for a visit. The odds he’d end up committing to Kentucky may be low, but hosting the number one recruit in the country is never bad press for an up-and-coming program like ours.

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KSR meets Fancy Farm (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, and Drew are at Fancy Farm in Graves County to prepare for tomorrow’s big picnic. Attending Fancy Farm is a KSR first, so come on out to make the guy feels welcome and enjoy what is sure to be a very entertaining show. Who knows, you may just leave with tickets to a UK basketball or football game from GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com.

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

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops:

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

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GuyOnTheCornerTickets.com is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!