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September 14th, 2014

Watch Mark Stoops and Jeff Piecoro break down game tape

KyWildcatsTV has a neat feature called “Coaches Cutups” in which Mark Stoops and Jeff Piecoro break down game film, this time it looks like from the season opener against UT-Martin. Football die-hards, this one’s for you.

UK will play Louisiana Lafayette in football next season

Some early 2015 scheduling news for you: Louisiana Lafayette’s athletic director Scott Farmer announced on a radio show this afternoon that the Ragin’ Cajuns will play Kentucky at Commonwealth Stadium next season. This past weekend, the Ragin’ Cajuns lost to Ole Miss 56-15, but made a cool $925,000 off the game. Next season will be the first meeting between the two teams, and UL-Lafayette is 0-38 all-time against SEC squads.

There’s a little bit of a Kentucky connection: UL-Lafayette’s head coach Mark Hudspeth was high school football teammates with UK Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell. We actually linked a pretty interesting story about their connection on this site last week, so check it out.

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Does BBM Campout really have to be the end of football season

Full team at BBM

Well, it’s that time of the year again, the time that BBM Campout begins and football season comes to an early halt to make room for basketball. *sigh* It seems like throughout history we have been forced to have to pick between football or basketball and I don’t understand it. Does it REALLY have to be that way? I don’t think so.

This concept is not new. It seems like for the longest time fans have just attended football games to get their sports fix until basketball season starts. Even Jared Lorenzen on the show a few weeks back that he dreaded the thought of Big Blue Madness because the fans go with it. I don’t know when this started or why, but there are two things the football program could do to help ease that for this year.

One thing they have already done, they have the fans attention. After playing what is arguably one of the best games in recent history, fans were left wanting more even though that game was a loss. We all saw a potential in that team we didn’t think we would see for at least another season. Now, with an important Vandy game next on the list, excitement and moral is at a high it hasn’t been since before Coach Brooks retired to the country club and lake out West.

CJ Johnson and Ryan Flannigan already have the right idea on what they second thing is, interacting with fans at the Big Blue Madness Campout. Last year several teams attended the campout, giving out free food and schedules reminding the fans they were a program too. Why shouldn’t the football team? If they have ever done it on a large scale in the past I haven’t seen it. I believe fans would be just as excited to have Drew Barker and Matt Elam show up to their camp site as much as they would the Harrison twins.

I think the campout is looked at completely in the wrong way. Right now, it is the dreaded ‘end of football season’, but I see it as one big public relations event waiting for the football team to utilize it correctly. More football players need to be seen more often in bigger numbers to interact with fans, giving out schedules/small giveaway items and getting them pumped up for the next game and the rest of the season. Other teams are out their promoting themselves, so why not football? In a way the campout should be a bonding experience for all of Big Blue Nation, not just basketball.


Calipari giving away Tempur-Pedic pillows and a mattress at BBM Campout tomorrow

If you haven’t already made plans to camp out for Big Blue Madness tickets, you better go buy a tent right now. UK just sent out a release saying that John Calipari will surprise “dozens” of fans tomorrow with Tempur-Pedic pillows, and a very lucky fan will receive a Tempur-Pedic mattress, which will be set up on site by the Tempur-Pedic team. Campers who “appear to be the most in need of an upgrade to their sleeping situation” have the best chance of winning the prizes. 

The campout officially starts at 5 a.m. tomorrow. Calipari is expected to arrive with the pillows at the main entrance of Memorial Coliseum around 1 p.m., so make sure you’re there, because those pillows are little puffs of heaven. He’ll also say a few words to the crowd.



2016 4-star CB Craig Watts puts Kentucky in his top three

Craig Watts is a 2016 four-star cornerback from St. Petersburg, Florida, and according to the Tampa Tribune’s Lynden Ostrander, he’s narrowed his list to three and the Cats made the cut, along with Ohio State and Florida. Watts is considered the 14th best cornerback in the 2016 class by Rivals, and the 229th best player overall. Ostrander says Watts will make his decision “soon.”

Until then, watch him work:

Top recruits say thriller against Florida has them believing in Stoops

Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Rob Foldy/Getty Images

Kentucky didn’t leave Gainesville with a win on Saturday night, but they did earn some respect. Taking the Gators to three overtimes opened the eyes of many in the national media and showed the nation’s elite recruits that Stoops has the program going in the right direction. I contacted a few of UK’s top recruits on Twitter to get their reaction to the game, and I think you’ll like their answers.

Tavin Richardson is a three-star wide receiver from South Carolina, and the Cats are in his top four, along with Louisville, UCF, and Nebraska. Richardson says UK has been recruiting him harder than any school, and he’ll take his final official visit to Lexington on December 14. The 6’3″ 200 lbs. Richardson said UK’s performance has him believing in Stoops. “I thought their performance was great, had some mistakes but they gave them a good game and play hard!” Tavin said. “Yes that does make me believe in Stoops and what he is doing for that program and the future will be great!”

2016 offensive lineman Drake Jackson is the best center in his class, and has made it well known that UK is his leader. The Woodford County native has offers from the likes of Alabama, Tennessee, and considerable interest from Ohio State, but says UK’s effort against Florida “solidified” his belief in Stoops and the program. “I loved the game. I believed in Coach Stoops beforehand, but the performance solidified it. The offensive line had a great performance.”

CJ Conrad is one of Kentucky’s highest rated commitments so far in the 2015 class, and borrowed a phrase from Patrick Towles when he said UK’s performance showcased “the new Kentucky football”: “I wasn’t really surprised because I knew we were on the rise. It’s the new Kentucky football and people should get used to us competing in games like that because Coach Stoops is doing an awesome job with this program.”

We believe.

Nerlens Noel asks his fans and the BBN 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 second time performing in front of the Commonwealth Stadium audience after singing at the Spring Game earlier this year.

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.