Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star →
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:45 pm
Nerlens Noel looks amazing at the draft last year, didn’t he? I am glad his hair turned out so well since he apparently went to London to get it done, according to the London School of Barbering. The school is offering a great deal on Pro Demo- Afro Caribbean Haircuts so we can look just like Noel! All we have to do is pay for travel to London to get it.
London….Denny Moes…..Same difference, right? I know websites like this never really use real pictures, I just thought it was funny they picked Noel’s out of anyone in the world.
(H/t: Blue Jesus)
By Courtney Sealey on ©3:00 pm
The SEC is coming in strong this week for the AP Top 25. The SEC came in with eight teams, which is good for the conference, but bad for Kentucky. Pac-12 came in with five teams and the Big Ten and Big 12 had 4. the ACC only had one along with the AAC, after Louisville dropped out.
It can get VERY stressful being fans. There is a lot of pressure on us for our teams to do well so we don’t have our friends harassing us about a loss. It is enough to drive a person crazy. However, if it is that bad for fans, just think how hard it is to be a head coach of one of the best football programs in the country.
After his departure from Florida for personal health reason, there was a lot of judgement toward Urban Meyer. The college football world was even more upset when only a few months later he took the head coaching job at Ohio State.
Now, Meyer is sitting down and telling his side of the story four years later. It is heartbreaking to watch looking back I can’t believe how sickly Meyer actually looked after the 2008 championship. However, There is the question of if he was so stressed and sick at Florida, why would he go to another top program with the same amount of pressure, if not more.
I am sure that will be answered Sept. 23 at 10 pm on HBO when Real Sports debuts the interview. I cannot wait to watch the entire program to get the full story.
I thought Matt was just joking when he talked about this Sting window on the show a couple weeks ago, but apparently not. This has been seen around town and fans are taking pictures all over the place.
— Alex Green (@DifferentBreedP) September 4, 2014
Would you put this on your car?
Kentucky native and nine-year vet of the Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed overnight in Nashville car crash at the age of 36. Police say Bironas lost control of his SUV at a high speed and the vehicle went off the road striking several trees before stopping. Bironas leaves behind his wife Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Terry Bradshaw, who he just married in June. Our thoughts are with the family in their time of mourning.
On to this morning’s links:
— Rex Chapman was released from jail quietly yesterday and was not reachable for comment, according to USA Today. No new information has been released, but Chapman still faces 14 different felonies after allegedly stealing from an Apple store in Arizona.
— Class of 2015 Safety Reggie Rogers committed to Marshall last night. The 3-star recruit was someone Vince Marrow and D. J. Eliot had been recruiting and it was thought that Kentucky was a shoe-in for the recruit. Oh well. On to the next!
— No. 15 Kentucky Volleyball used a strong defensive effort to defeat Xavier in its fourth consecutive victory. This was the last non-conference match before the start of SEC play and the Wildcats (10-2) used 11 blocks and a 24-dig effort from Jackie Napper to pull off the win.
— CBS Sports Jeff Borzello did a small recap on who went where for basketball recruiting this weekend and where is next for some big recruits. Hint: Kentucky is said at least once for all but one player.
— In case you missed a little football around the SEC yesterday here is a roundup of what went down. What I learned after they took down No. 8 LSU is that Mississippi State is not playing around. Also, Mizzou is weaker than (I) thought.
— Jason Hatcher enjoys the multiple roles he has been playing this season. Hatcher has been used in multiple defensive packages this year, using his size and speed to help. Read a couple quotes, including him calling out Tennessee coaches if they didn’t recruit him right.
By Will Totten on ©10:30 pm
With the idea of an NBA team in Louisville being floated around in the last couple of years, it’s important that we remember where the history of professional basketball in Kentucky was originated. The Kentucky Colonels folded after the NBA/ABA merger but their legacy will live on in the Bluegrass forever, or at least until they return to professional ranks. Arguably the best player to don a Colonels jersey was Artis Gilmore from Chipley, FL. He was drafted by both Kentucky and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA in 1971 after dominating the competition at Jacksonville University. Gilmore still holds the record for rebounds in a game in NCAA play with a career average of 22.7 rebounds per game.
In his first season with the Colonels he was voted the ABA’s Rookie of the Year and MVP and led the Colonels to their only ABA Championship in 1975. After the ABA folded, Gilmore was selected #1 overall in the merger draft by the Chicago Bulls. He bounced around between San Antonio and Chicago before ending his NBA career in Boston in 1988. When it was all said and done, Gilmore was selected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named to the ABA’s All-Time Team with career averages of 18.8ppg and 12.2rpg while still to this day remaining the NBA’s all time leader in field goal percentage. Artis turns 65 on Sunday and we want to wish one of the best basketball players in the history of the state a happy birthday.
It was YAHTZEE! time in Lexington again today as high 3-star recruit DE Jason Strowbridge committed to Mark Stoops and the Wildcats this morning. Strowbridge had tweeted out a Top 6 of Kentucky, Tennessee, Miami, NC State, Louisville, and North Carolina earlier in the day. The 6’4 247lb. end is rated as the #29 strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports’ Composite rankings. With UK’s 15th commitment, they move into 24th in the recruiting rankings, sandwiched in between Wisconsin and West Virginia.
John Cena is the only person in the world I would bet for in a pushup contest with Alex Poythress. He could probably put someone on their back while taking a charge. Holy bench press. Also, a nice #BFM for the Chivers out in BBN.
John Calipari also had some of the players over for a good time tonight, as we got to see Tyler Ulis elevate and throw down on a 7-foot goal earlier (scroll up to see) and this gem of what looks like Devin Booker doing his best Javess Blue impression with a bevy of flips on the Calipari family trampoline.
Mark Stoops used his bye week to check on the nation’s #1 high school football team, St. Edwards of Lakewood, Ohio playing against Cincinnati Elder. Stoops was keeping an eye on 4-star WR commitment Alex Stump and also hoping to nail some brownie points with 4-star twins Andrew and David Dowell. It’s good to see Stoops has a good relationship with a program as reputable as St. Edwards, and Elder is no slouch at producing D1 talent as well. Stoops gets it.
That’s all for tonight. Keep bleeding blue, Kentucky. I’m Ron Burgundy?
By Will Totten on ©9:45 pm
— Josh Edwards (@JEdwar247) September 20, 2014
As I stated earlier, bye week is usually a boring, disappointing time for fans. Watching a college football Saturday isn’t the same knowing that the ‘Cats haven’t played or will later in the day. However for coaches, especially with the staff that Mark Stoops has created, this bye week is a chance to get out and see some recruits that they normally wouldn’t have the time to check out.
Tonight, Mark Stoops is spending his bye week Saturday in Ohio (shocking development) watching the #1 ranked high school in the nation, St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) face off against perennial Ohio and national power, Cincinnati Elder. Kentucky already has a commitment from 4-Star WR Alex Stump of St. Edward, and are also in on twins Andrew and David Dowell of St. Edward, both 4-star players at RB and Safety respectively. Clearly having a good connection to a team ranked #1 in the nation, that usually sends 4 or more players to Division 1 football every season is a fantastic thing for Kentucky football.
By Will Totten on ©8:20 pm
John Calipari likes his team, that much is obvious. He also wants you to know just how skilled his players are. More specifically, Tyler Ulis. Coach Cal wants all of #BBN to know something, that Tyler Ulis CAN dunk (<cough> 7-foot goal <cough>) and has more elevation than you would suspect from a 5’9 point guard. End of sarcasm. Coach Cal is having fun, which means all is well throughout the Big Blue Nation.
As the WWE wrestlers trickled into town for the WWE Live event at Rupp Arena today, it seems that the Joe Craft Center became the work out spot for some of WWE’s stars this morning. The wrestler pictured above is Cesaro (real name: Claudio Castagnoli), a Swiss wrestler who joined the WWE in 2011, and held the US Championship for a period in 2012-13. The fact that UK’s workout equipment is suitable to help beef up some of the largest people on the planet is a very good sign.
One more thing, I’m not huge into wrestling and have never been, but when researching who exactly Cesaro was I stumbled onto a Bleacher Report article titled “7 Curious Facts About Antonio Cesaro” and found number 3 very entertaining. Apparently, in 2007 he was part of a wrestling group called “The Los Ice Cream Trio” and wrestled under the identity of “Very Mysterious Ice Cream”. Seriously. This is a photo from the Bleacher Report, he’s the one on the far right.
By Will Totten on ©5:57 pm
With UK on a bye this weekend, there isn’t a whole lot of football related news to cover as a lot of the players are using this weekend to return to their hometowns and relax for a couple days. However, even in bye weeks, former Kentucky players are still taking former Kentucky opponents to the woodshed.
UT Martin took a 59-14 beating in Commonwealth less than a month ago, and today they returned home to face Eastern Kentucky in the teams first OVC game of the season and got burned by former UK running back Dy’Shawn Mobley who transferred to EKU after last season. Mobley carried the ball 11 times for the Colonels, gaining 183 yards and scoring 3 times in the Colonels’ 49-24 win. EKU moves to 4-0 on the season, it’s best start since 1992, and Dy’Shawn Mobley has placed himself in the conversation for OVC Offensive POY after coming on strong at the end of last season for Kentucky.
It’s always nice to see former ‘Cats doing well in other environments, especially (selfishly) at EKU, a school that about 75% of my family graduated from. Go Cats and Go Colonels!
The Football team has Sting. Okay. No problem. But, the basketball team just recruited John Cena as their wrestler.
Just met john cena 👍
— Derek Willis (@derek_willis33) September 20, 2014
My man was just reppin 225's…100,000 times pic.twitter.com/qEmVnsqubK
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) September 20, 2014
(Those veins though…..)
Okay, comment section. Sting vs. Cena. Ready? Go.
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.