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July 24th, 2014

Thon Maker “not likely” to reclassify to 2015

Thon Maker is one of the most sought after prospects in the 2016 recruiting class and it’s likely it stays that way, says his guardian. According to an Australian basketball Twitter account, Ed Smith, the guardian, said it is “not likely” Maker jumps to 2015. It was reported he was considering it a couple of months ago and would wait to see how he fills out his frame.

This news may explain why Calipari was watching Skal Labissiere in Vegas last night when Maker and Brandon Ingram were playing against each other right down the road at the same time.

Coach Cal in Las Vegas, Robic in Louisville

John Calipari bounced around Las Vegas last night to watch at least two of his top targets, at two separate events. First, we know he was at the Fab 48 Tip Off Challenge at Bishop Gorman High School, where he saw Skal Labissiere put on a show. Josh Pastner, who has seen every one of Labissiere’s games this July, was also in attendance.

Then he made his way over to the Adidas Super64 at the Cashman Center, about a 10-minute drive north from Bishop Gorman. That is where Jaylen Brown scored 11 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win in front of Cal, Roy Williams and several others. Afterward, Brown told a UCLA blog there is “maybe a little truth” to a rumor that the Bruins are his leader.

Meanwhile, John Robic stopped in the Wednesday’s action at the AAU Nationals in Louisville. Robes is back again this morning to watch Antonio Blakeney.

Matt and Ryan are in Hopkinsville for Stop No. 20 (Thursday Show Thread)

The #KSRTour rolled into Hopkinsville, Ky. this morning for two hours of radio goodness. Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond parked the caravan at Holiday Inn for today’s live broadcast of the show. That’s 2910 Fort Campbell Boulevard for those of you planning to stop by.

Listeners in attendance may walk away with two tickets to a UK basketball next season or a spot in the drawing for the trip to the Bahamas. At the very least they’ll get to meet Ryan.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Do we Have Friends?

Louisville, Duke, Indiana, Tennessee, North Carolina.  We know who Kentucky’s biggest rivals are.  These are teams who not only we play the most heated contests against, but also have the biggest beef with their fanbase.  These are people that strive to be like us in basketball or we strive to be like them in football.  They are who we judge ourselves against, and our hate shows no bounds.

But, I was talking to a buddy the other day about the team’s we love to love.  The teams that Kentucky fans have a soft spot in our hearts for, and can bring ourselves to cheer for, assuming they are not playing the Cats.  So below I list a group of team, some in basketball and some in football, as teams that we cheer for.  Tell me if I am wrong or am missing someone:

1) Western Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, Morehead State

-The other 3 major sports schools in the state (sorry Morehead but no) take a special place in our hearts.  And that’s even considering WKU has a recent win against Kentucky in basketball and 2 in football.  EKU played the Cats pretty tough in the NCAA Tournament in 2005.  But I can tell you that I saw serious support behind Murray State in the NCAA tournament a couple years, and when WKU made the Sweet 16 in 2008, the UK fanbase got behind them.  When Morehead State beat UL in the NCAA’s, we were all Eagles fans for a day. I think it’s for one simple reason: those schools understand where they are on the hierarchy and don’t attempt to act too big for their britches, as my grandmother would say.

For me, part of the reason we hate UL so much is they think their program compares to ours, despite EVERY FACT pointing to something different.  If Louisville just settled for the 2nd best program in the state, gave it their best shot against UK every year, maybe just maybe UK fans would soften up on them.  But that will never happen, so the hate just grows.  Thus, we cheer for our in-state brothers, and hate on the Little Brother.

2) Michigan State (Basketball)

-I don’t know if you will find a better liked and respected coach from other fanbases than Tom Izzo.  Michigan State knocked UK out of the tournament in 1999 and 2005, and yet I found myself cheering for them in the Final Four.  You get the sense, whether accurate or not, that Izzo runs a clean program.  His guys always seem to overachieve, and he always seems to have a group of  players who talk very little and play very hard.   Hell, many still argue Izzo was destined to be UK’s next coach if his team hadn’t made the Final Four in 2009.  Izzo is passionate about his team without being arrogant and he is maybe the best gameplanner in the game today.  And I think fans can respect that.

3) Vanderbilt (Football)

-Their basketball team is annoying.  Always has been, always will be.  But the football team is kinda endearing, like watching the kid in right field struggle to catch a fly ball in Little League, even if he is on the other team.  I think Kentucky football fans can relate so much to the Vanderbilt football program.  There are just so many obstacles to overcome for both programs, andthat common bondmakes them easy to cheer for.  Their fans couldn’t care two craps about the team, but I always find the players to be easy to root for.  If they have success, that should tell us that we can have success.  And in the same way, there suckiness has always propped up Kentucky and masked the fact that we suck so many times in football.

So, am I wrong in saying their are teams that we cheer for as a fanbase outside of our own school?  Should we just hate everybody?  And is there somebody I am missing?

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness.

#10 Doug Gottlieb

I know Twitter has a character limit, but the commas would have been worth it.





#9 Tom JOMBY

There are worse things to be addicted to.





#8 Jojo Kemp

You’re right. I get exhausted from just reading the players’ twitter accounts.





#7 Chris Fannin

We are taking over….one high school at a time.





#6 Stephen Masiello






#5 FakeBarneyKSR

This is not embarrassing at all. I would have this hanging on my wall in my office.





#4 Eric J Redmon

Even worse….he caught you taking a selfie.





#3 Patrick Towles

I never took Patrick as the smart aleck type. I like it.





#2 Justin

No one could out spend Gillispie at a Lexington Bar. Well….maybe Drake that one time.





#1 jerry noble

Are those ten steps the steps to the restaurant bathroom?


Jim Ross’ Thursday News and Views

Wednesday was a sad day in the world of wrestling, a world I haven’t visited since my youth but a lot of you still frequent on Monday nights and one Sunday a month. If you’re in that group, with Matt and Shannon The Dude, then you may know Wednesday marked the official end of Jim Ross in the WWE. And if you’re not in that group and you have other things to do on Mondays, you still probably at least know about the most recognizable voice professional wrestling has ever had next to its Spanish announce table.

Ross began his WWE career in 1993 and he hung up his headset for the last time on Wednesday (the day his contract officially ended) after 21 years on the broadcast. There is more to the story than I begin to know — or care to read — but I remember the good ol’ days of Good Ol’ J.R. when Stone Cold Steve Austin was slamming Steveweisers and it was cool to like DX. Tonight we’ll look back on Ross’ best calls from that era and all over his 21 years with a “Best of” video from YouTube.

Let out a loud “THAT JEZEBEL!” or “GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY” in his honor.

Now, to the News and Views. It’s going to be a slobberknocker that may have you running like a scolded dog.


UK and Cincinnati flirting with a football rivalry.

According to Tom Groeschen of the Cincinnati-Enquirer, the University of Cincinnati is discussing future football games against Kentucky and Louisville. It’s unclear the level of interest UK has in setting up a series — this is all per Groeschen’s “sources” — but if Stoops is for it, recruiting in Ohio might be a big factor. An in-state game would be another good pitch to the Ohio prospects as a chance to play closer to home (not that Lexington is much farther away) and a dominance in the series with Cincy would help in head-to-head recruiting.

Plus, there may be a day when the SEC removes all FCS opponents from its schedules, leaving some holes in UK’s slate. It was discussed back in April, but Mike Slive opted against the idea at the time. It could come up again, though — ya never know.

Of course, there are also some people who see this as an opportunity to drop Louisville. But that’s a debate for another time, maybe when this rumor picks up a little more steam, if that ever even happens.

Personally, I’d like to see UK drop one of the cupcakes and add Cincy as a 10th competitive game on the schedule, with the eight conference games and Louisville. Hashtag WHY NOT.

UK basketball was one of eight BCS programs with a cumulative team GPA of 3.0 or better.

John Calipari’s boys posted a 3.11 cumulative GPA during the 2013-14 season, making it six out of seven semesters the Cats have had a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Meanwhile, haters are telling Jaylen Brown he shouldn’t go to UK because they don’t go to class.

George Brown Jr. down to two schools: Florida and Kentucky.

Though he initially said he will be deciding between five schools, Brown indirectly confirmed it will be Florida or Kentucky when he announces his decision Friday afternoon. He tweeted out this photo late Wednesday night:

One of those hats will go on his head Friday at 1:30 pm. I think we can all agree the blue one will look much better on him.

Florida head coach Will Muschamp accidentally tweeted a direct message; let’s hope it wasn’t to Brown.

Muschamp meant to send a private message to someone, but accidentally sent it to his 55,000 followers on Twitter. It read, “Got it! Excited about u! Need u!” so it was likely to a recruit. Hopefully that recruit isn’t George Brown Jr.

Alumni game tickets will go on sale Monday.

UK’s annual Alumni Charity Game will take place on August 24 at 6:00 p.m. ET and you can begin purchasing your tickets on Monday at 10:00 a.m. ET.

Seats will run you $101 for premium lower level; $31 for lower level; and $16 for premium upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

This year’s game format will feature a team of UK pros versus a team of non-UK pros. Rumor has it some former Louisville and Florida players may participate.

Lauren wants us to shut up about basketball because football is the most popular sport in the country and you’re an idiot for liking Jon Hood’s socks.


This was posted on the KSR Facebook page Wednesday night and, while I’m a big fan of her passion and use of all-caps, it may be the dumbest thing I’ve read in a long time.

Do you think she likes football?

These University of Louisville decals are a real thing that real people can buy with real money.





They feature the motto of the athletic department.

The #KST Tour hits Hopkinsville on Thursday.

I’m tagging Ryan Lemond back in for the co-hosting duties when the tour stops by the Holiday Inn in Hopkinsville Thursday morning. I can’t believe we’re already at No. 20. This thing has flown by.

Also, shout-out to Madisonville for the great turnout. You are BY FAR the best group of fans in the state. (I’m slightly biased.)

Go Cats.

UK’s Class of ’15 Basketball Recruiting Board: Meet The New Guy

Fort Wayne’s Caleb Swanigan is the latest high school senior to receive the ultimate prize: a scholarship offer to play basketball at the University of Kentucky. A top 25 player in the class, Swanigan shined at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam last weekend in front of the UK coaching staff, earning him the offer from John Calipari on Sunday.

An unofficial count makes Swanigan the 13th member of the 2015 class to receive an offer from UK. We know the others, so now it’s time we get to know a little more about Caleb in tonight’s ‘Meet The New Guy’ feature.


Caleb Swanigan

6’8″, 265 lbs.
Fort Wayne, Indiana (Homestead)

Top247: No. 29 overall, No. 5 C
247 Composite: No. 17 overall, No. 3 C
Rivals: No. 20 overall, No. 5 C
ESPN: No. 17 overall, No. 5 C
Scout: No. 12 overall, No. 7 C

Other offers include: Michigan State, Louisville, Indiana, Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Georgetown

247Sports Crystal Ball prediction: Michigan State, 94%; Louisville 6%


He reclassified to the 2015 class in May.

Swanigan was a sophomore in high school last season as a member of the 2016 class but made the jump to 2015 to start the summer. He will turn 18 before graduating next May.

Slice Rohrssen told him to “go to work” at the Peach Jam.

Swanigan told Chris Fisher, “He texted me and said, ‘go to work at Peach Jam and do what you do.’”

Slice was on Swanigan early, back when he was an assistant back at Pittsburgh. Swanigan called him a good guy that is easy to relate to.

He went to work at the Peach Jam.

After posting 20 and 17 in his first game in North Augusta, Swanigan stole the show from Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant in the Thursday evening session. He went for 20 points and nine rebounds against the two top 20 players inside, adding a three-pointer at the buzzer in regulation to force overtime, followed by a three-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to force another. Both shots came off long inbound passes with only a few seconds remaining, leading Rick Pitino to make a Christian Laettner reference to Matt Jones.

Swanigan went for 15 and 15 in his next game on the second day of the tournament and that’s all we needed to see.

He thinks he would fit in at UK because he plays hard.

In the aforementioned conversation with Chris Fisher, he noted how hard kids play for John Calipari in Lexington. He said he believes he would fit in because he also plays hard.

He was invited to football camp at Alabama.

Before putting all of his focus on the hardwood, Swanigan was making a name for himself on the football field, too. He was getting some serious looks from several high major programs as an offensive tackle.

He’s lost almost 100 pounds since the 8th grade.

Once football became an afterthought, it was time to shed the weight and take basketball seriously.

He’s on Vine.

He played AAU ball with Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr.

Swanigan was a young contributor on last summer’s Spiece Indy Heat team that featured UK freshman Trey Lyles and Indiana freshman James Blackmon Jr. This year he did his best to step in and fill the starring role they left behind.

He’s a big fan of Kobe Bryant.

Maybe Julius Randle can have Mamba give him a call?

He begins USA Basketball U17 training tomorrow.

Swanigan is one of 36 players invited to take part in training for the FIBA U17 World Championships, beginning tomorrow in Colorado Springs. Several other UK targets will also compete for a spot on the team that will play in Dubai early next month.


And that, my friends, is Caleb Swanigan.



“We Ask You Wednesdays” Vol. 9



The off-season tends to get a little dull sometimes around the KSR compound, especially as the news ever so slowly trickles in during the months of June and July. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. I’m going to start a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that can hopefully get some of you all involved via Twitter. Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all will probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: CREATE YOUR OWN Start-Up NBA team in Louisville, Kentucky. Come up with a name for the team, a coach for the team, and a roster. Here’s the catch… your roster must abide by the following rules:

—  9 players total (5 starters, 4 reserves)

—- 4 current Kentucky NBA players **BUT you can only use 1 player from each draft class*** (So for example: you couldn’t use DeMarcus Cousins AND John Wall)

—- 1 current Louisville NBA player

—- 1 NBA All-Star from any team

—- 2 NBA Rookies from the 2014 NBA Draft (1 Lottery Pick & 1 Second Round pick)

—- 1 current Kentucky basketball player

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Feel free to play along with your own start-up NBA team roster in Louisville in the comment section…. For what it’s worth, here’s my team:

PG- John Wall

SG- Jodie Meeks

SF- LeBron James

PF- Anthony Davis

C- Nerlens Noel

Reserves: Gorgui Dieng, Jordan McRae, Andrew Wiggins, Karl Towns

Louisville football practice will be open to fans each day at, of course, 4:20 p.m.

If you see a cloud of smoke over Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium every afternoon during the first week of practice, it is because the Louisville football team has invited its fans to come out everyday at 4:20 pm. I’m 100 percent serious with this. The school announced today that August 5-9 practices are open to the public and the afternoon sessions with the veterans will begin at 4:20 pm.

Bobby Petrino sure does know how to send a message out to his targeted recruits and loyal fan base. He picked their favorite time of day to get everyone together in one hot box spot.

Bovada sets UK Football’s over/under win total at 3.5

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With little over a month until college football season kicks off, sportsbook Bovada has released their over/under win totals for the season. The oddsmakers put Kentucky’s win total at 3.5, the lowest in the SEC:

  • Alabama: 10.5
  • Georgia: 9.5
  • South Carolina: 9.5
  • Auburn: 9
  • LSU: 9
  • Florida: 7.5
  • Mississippi State: 7.5
  • Missouri: 7.5
  • Ole Miss: 7.5
  • Texas A&M: 7
  • Vanderbilt: 6
  • Tennessee: 5.5
  • Arkansas: 4.5
  • Kentucky: 3.5

Years of Kentucky football fandom have taught me to be a realist, but a recent surge of optimism has me thinking over is a pretty good bet. Let’s go through the schedule (with color coding!):

8/30 - UT Martin: Easy win

9/6: Ohio - Easy win

9/13 – at Florida: Toss-up considering Florida’s problems, but given UK’s history against Florida, not likely, especially in the Swamp

9/27 – Vanderbilt: Best chance for an SEC win

10/4 - South Carolina: Very likely loss

10/11 - Louisiana-Monroe: Easy win

10/18 - at LSU: LOL, I wish. Death Valley worth the road trip though

10/25 - Mississippi State: Many fans think UK has a good shot at here, but I’m not so sure. Mississippi State is returning most of their team and will be better than most realize. However, we’ve always been competitive with them, and this one’s at Commonwealth. I’ll call it a likely loss, but I love to be proved wrong.

11/1 – at Missouri: Likely loss

11/8 – Georgia: Very likely loss

11/15 - at Tennessee: Likely loss

11/29: at Louisville: Likely loss—ah hell, toss-up. Yes, the game is at Louisville, but coming off a bye week, the Cats have a decent shot, especially if they’re not banged up too badly.

So there are my predictions. I’m going with 4 wins, with potential for six if the ball bounces UK’s way a few times.



MUST-SEE VIDEO: UK basketball’s strength and conditioning program

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Throughout the summer, we’ve seen glimpses of UK basketball’s summer conditioning program, which has included underwater treadmills and hot yoga. Now,’s Chad Hobson is taking us behind-the-scenes of Rock Oliver’s strength and conditioning program, and the video is really awesome. We can’t embed it here, but click the pic or this link to check it out.

Oliver describes the workouts the players are doing, and why they don’t do plyometrics or any skill-specific work. “We don’t do anything [skill-specific]. Our guys love to play. What’s more specific than playing the game?” Rock says. “I’ve got pros on my team. They’re doing plyometics every time they play.”

Rock singled out Dakari Johnson for how hard he’s working on his conditioning and nutrition, and said he’s dropped from 271 lbs. to 255 lbs. so far.

Also new to the regimen: pool running, which Marcus Lee says is “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”; and hot yoga, which Randall Cobb suggested to Rock. As someone who has sweated buckets in hot yoga before, I can say I have a new admiration for the team now.

The video is fascinating, so stop what you’re doing and go watch.

Construction will continue on Commonwealth Stadium this season

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UK Athletics

It looks like the construction on Commonwealth Stadium will continue throughout the upcoming season.

UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear tells the Herald-Leader that construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning. The goal is to have the $110 million renovation done by the start of the 2015 season. UK spokesman Tony Neely says seating capacity will be down about 6,000 from 2013 this season because of construction in the south upper deck.

The Herald-Leader also has a photo gallery and video of the construction if you’re curious.

Someone needs to revise our Urban Dictionary definition

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You’re looking at the Urban Dictionary definition of “Kentucky Wildcats.” My favorite part? We actually did win the National Championship in 2012. Take that, tangytoes.


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Just gonna leave this link right here.

UPDATE: And now, the definition for “Kentucky Wildcats” has been removed. I’d call that a success.

Craig Yeast named one of the Top 5 SEC East wide receivers since 1992


For many of us, Craig Yeast was a UK football hero growing up. “Couch to Yeast” was a familiar refrain at Commonwealth Stadium in the mid- to late 90′s, and the fact that both players were from Kentucky made UK fans even prouder. In fact, Yeast was one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Kentucky, his career so impressive that 247 Sports included him in their Top 5 SEC East wide receivers since 1992 (the year the conference split into two divisions):

5. Craig Yeast, Kentucky, 1995-98: Catching passes from Tim Couch helped Yeast put up some amazing numbers in Lexington. When he ended his career, he was the SEC’s all-time reception leader and was second in career receiving yards. He has fallen off a bit, but his 208 catches are third in league history, his 2,899 yards are good for seventh in SEC history and his 28 receiving touchdowns are good for No. 6 on the SEC career list. As a senior he had 85 catches for 1,311 yards receiving and 14 TD receptions in 11 games. He also had 1,256 career return yards and returned four kicks for touchdowns.

The other four on the list? 1. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 2010-13; 2. Terrence Edwards, Georgia, 1999-2002; 3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 2009-11; and 4. A.J. Green, Georgia, 2008-10.

Craig Yeast II

Craig’s son, Russ, is carrying on the Yeast football tradition. Russ is in the class of 2017, and is already drawing high praise for his size (5’11″, 170), speed, and tremendous upside. Russ impressed the UK staff so much at a camp in June that Vince Marrow offered him a scholarship. Judging by his Twitter feed, he’ll probably accept it one day:

Here’s some footage from his freshman year:

PODCAST: Your most embarrassing moments as a Kentucky fan


It was a packed house at Hudson Toyota in Madisonville for today’s show, and Matt and Drew entertained the crowd by talking about the latest practice report, 2015 recruiting, and their most embarrassing moments as Kentucky fans. The latter topic took over the show, with callers sharing their most cringe-worthy moments in UK blue, ranging from a woman falling on her face in front of Derek Abney after a big loss to someone asking Bernadette Locke-Mattox if she was a UK cheerleader.

Mine may be back in college, when Kentucky’s own Nappy Roots performed at Davidson. In the middle of UNC/Duke country, I felt the need to connect with my fellow Kentuckians, and wore UK gear to the concert, and afterwards, slyly took off with one of the rappers’ UK hats. Not a proud moment, but how many of those do we really get in college?

Here are a few of the best you guys submitted via Twitter:

This isn’t really embarrassing, just funny:

Share yours in the comments.

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