Shannon Dawson will soon become Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator and he’s a guy who didn’t pop up on →
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 12:45pm
Police arrested a woman yesterday during “Shop With A Cop” at the Wal-Mart in Manchester, Kentucky.
Before we go any further, I would like to point out that “Shop With A Cop” is an event where cops, as in police officers, go to Wal-Mart with underprivileged children to shop for Christmas presents for their family members and friends. That means the Wal-Mart was full of cops. And it was a charity event. A charity event that was full of cops.
Back to the story…
Samantha Henson, the woman pictured above, thought this would be the ideal time to shoplift — when in reality, it was arguably the worst time to shoplift. Henson was attending the event with her son, who was likely shopping for his mother, when she was busted for stealing jewelry.
Security personnel at the Wal-Mart noticed Henson concealing the items under her clothing so they alerted police, the same police that were all over the store doing good deeds during the holiday season.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 12:00pm
While you were listening to Mark Stoops on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, John Calipari hopped on the CBS Sports Classic teleconference with the three other head coaches competing in Saturday’s event. Cal was the last to speak on the call and he gave listeners an update on the current status of Alex Poythress:
He’s doing as well as can be expected. The guys are all hitting him up, talking to him, checking on him. The swelling has to go down before he does the surgery, so he’s still probably 10 days away from that. I was going to meet with him today to see what he and his family have decided as far as surgery and when and where and all of those things. But that’ll be going forward.
Poythress will likely stay home when the team travels to Chicago and he will spend Christmas break with his family in Clarksville.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 11:35am
At least one high profile member of Kentucky’s offense supports the hire of Shannon Dawson as the team’s new offensive coordinator. Patrick Towles, the early favorite to start under center again next season, voiced his support of Dawson on the Twitter device last night:
Love the hire!
— Patrick Towles (@patty_ice14) December 18, 2014
Backup QB Reese Phillips also sent out a tweet, saying, “Good stuff”:
— Reese Phillips (@ReesePhillips11) December 18, 2014
Kentucky’s starting quarterback position will be up for grabs when football picks back up in the spring; Stoops said today that competition is good for the position.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 10:45am
This interview is following West Virginia’s season opening loss to Alabama and it gives you a little bit of an idea of how Dawson operates. He said, “We’re going to take advantage of what the defense presents. If that’s handing the ball, then we’re going to hand the damn ball. If they put more people in the box, then we’re probably going to throw it 90 percent of the time. A lot of time the defense dictates how much you run or how well you run.”
Also, he says ‘damn’ a lot. A whole lot.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 10:15am
This is nothing more than wishful thinking at this point (as far as we know) but there’s a name to keep an eye on now that Shannon Dawson is a Wildcat.
David Sills, a four-star quarterback out of Maryland, is currently committed to West Virginia and Dawson was one of Sills’ two lead recruiters on the Mountaineer staff. I have absolutely no idea if Sills has any interest in following Dawson to Kentucky, but it’s worth the conversation. Clearly Dawson’s offense and their relationship were a big part in landing the pro-style quarterback.
For what it’s worth, West Virginia isn’t the first school to receive a verbal commitment from Sills. You may remember him as the seventh grader Lane Kiffin offered and accepted at USC back in 2010.
Dawson also played a role in WVU landing three-star inside linebacker David Long. Long is from Winton Woods in Cincinnati, the same school that produced UK defensive back Mike Edwards.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 9:55am
Kentucky head football coach Mark Stoops will make his first public appearance of the offseason on today’s edition of Kentucky Sports Radio radio. Stoops will join Matt and Ryan in the second hour of this morning’s show to talk about his second season in Lexington and expectations moving forward. He might have a thing or two to say about his new offensive coordinator as well.
Plus someone is getting tickets to UK-UCLA in Chicago! Let’s go. LET’S GO. GET IN HERE.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By The KSR Shop on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 9:30am
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Good news, Cats fans!
We knocked off all shipping costs in The KSR Shop today and today only. Spend $30 or more on any merchandise and you’ll receive free shipping on the entire order.
Buy stocking stuffers, hats, shirts, accessories or any of our many UK products and the order will arrive at your front door without any additional costs. But it must be ordered today because the deal is gone tomorrow.
Get to it!
By Bryan the Intern on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 9:00am
Despite the fact that UK is undefeated, ranked #1, and has not played a game within 10 points, the Cats shooting woes, especially from the perimeter have been a hot topic on the radio show and message boards for several weeks now. I am not sure it’s that big of a deal because the Cats do such a good job of offensive rebounding, but the shooting struggles have not just applied to the 3-point line. Once again, UK is struggling to knock down free throws on a consistent basis.
You may remember that Cal’s history with free throw shooting used to be a common slam against him. His teams were said to be undisciplined and have poor fundamentals. The foul shots were key to losing a national title in 2008. And then Calipari’s first team was poor from the line most of the year, doesn’t make the Final Four, and suddenly this becomes a defining characteristic of Calipari teams. But then his 2nd and 3rd teams were very good from the line, both shooting over 70% on the season. And it seemed that stereotype of Calipari teams disappeared, even though the ’13 and ’14 teams were not good from the line.
2009-10: 66.8%, 237th nationally
2010-11: 71.0%, 110th nationally
2011-12: 72.3%, 65th nationally
2012-13: 64.2%, 313th nationally
2013-14: 68.2%, 232nd nationally
2014-15: 66.3%, 233rd nationally
And now this year. Once again, the Cats ranked outside the Top 200 in the nation in foul shooting. Of the players who have attempted 20 or more free throws this year, only Karl Towns and Andrew Harrison are over 70%. Dakari Johnson has improved his foul shooting this year, but still sits at just 57% despite the fact he has shot 29 more free throws than anybody else on the team.
Here is the truth of the situation: IT MIGHT NOT MATTER. During a normal season, if a team is shooting foul shots like this UK team does, it will likely cost them 1-2 games. But like any other wart you might want to find with this team, their strengths are so strong that it might not matter. It does concern me a little that UK has yet to really shoot a pressure free throw under 2 minutes this year. But hell, that might be the case all year.
By Courtney Sealey on ©December 18th, 2014 @ 8:30am
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.
#10 Doug Gottlieb
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) December 17, 2014
Yes! I really needed this excuse.
— Jess (@jachardin) December 17, 2014
What a smart kid you’re raising.
#8 Trey Lyles
— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) December 17, 2014
#7 Bucky Small Hooves
— Bucky Small Hooves (@BuckyHooves) December 17, 2014
I wonder what his and Kige Ramsey’s Snapchat relationship is.
#6 Dorian Hendrix
This is not a going home for vacation trip. I'm still going to be grinding everyday. #nodaysoff
— Dorian Hendrix (@D_Hendrix14) December 17, 2014
I like that attitude.
#5 Denny Goode
— Denny Goode (@dmgoode) December 18, 2014
Uh…. close enough.
#4 Damien Harris
Just did the cinnamon challenge 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭
— Damien Harris (@Damien_D1Harris) December 18, 2014
What did you learrrrn?
Sony should consider storing their scripts in a UNC student athlete's book bag. @KySportsRadio
— BrianGEllis (@BGlizzle) December 17, 2014
That’s a perfect idea! Perfect place for their emails, too.
#2 Tod Lanter
AP and I are about to ruin the curve for alllllllll yall! Sorry people. @AlexTheGreat22
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) December 17, 2014
Your poor classmates.
#1 doug smith
@KySportsRadio North Korea's real plan is to turn mountain lions loose in various locations in the US. They are feeding them peasants now.
— doug smith (@quickiemonster) December 17, 2014
Seems legit. The Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife should look in to this.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 10:38pm
Kentucky has its new offensive coordinator! As you know by now, West Virginia’s Shannon Dawson will leave Morgantown for the same position in Lexington. He received and accepted the offer from Mark Stoops on Wednesday and it didn’t take long for word to leak out, because that’s life in 2014.
Dawson brings old school Air Raid from West Virginia to Kentucky and we’re told it will be even faster than the way Neal Brown intended to play while he was here. Dawson comes from the Hal Mumme coaching tree, so he knows a thing or two about chucking the pigskin. Look for his offense to push the tempo and throw the deep ball. “He will play FAST, FAST, FAST,” we’re told.
In three seasons as OC at West Virginia, where he or Dana Holgorsen called the plays, depending who you ask, the Mountaineers racked up impressive numbers through the air. This season, Dawson’s offense ranked ninth in passing offense, 11th in total offense and 38th in scoring offense, nationally.
Prior to West Virginia, Dawson coached the nation’s No. 1 passing offense and No. 4 scoring offense in his third and final year at Stephen F. Austin. When Dawson took over the Lumberjacks in 2008, they were coming off a winless season and 16 points per game. Dawson quickly turned things around, into the top passing offense in the Southland Conference and third-best in the country in his first season.
Kentucky fans won’t truly know if this is the right call until we see the product Dawson puts on the field next fall, but for now, it’s exciting to know Stoops likes his hire and will stick with the Air Raid offense.
More football news from the day…
The job was down to Dawson, Lincoln Riley, and one other candidate.
Riley was the name tossed around most from the start and was the presumed favorite throughout the process. He was my favorite candidate of the bunch, but only because I enjoyed this photoshop from Bucky Small Hooves, not because I thought he’d make the best fit.
Lincoln… Riley… Get it?
Dawson will coach West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl.
Kentucky football will have to wait two weeks until Dawson moves into his new office in Lexington. Dawson will stick with the Mountaineers through the team’s bowl game with Texas A&M in the 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis.
That game will kick off at 1:00 pm, Monday, December 29 on ESPN.
Damien Harris opened up about the current state of his recruitment.
The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones tracked down Damien Harris at the Paul Hornung Award ceremony Wednesday to ask him how things stand coming off his official visit to UK. When asked if Kentucky and Alabama are his top two, Harris told Jones, “A little bit, but it’s not over. Any school can make any kind of run at you.”
Harris also said the departure of Neal Brown and Kentucky’s 0-6 finish have very little effect on his thoughts on UK. He is close to several coaches on the staff and understands it takes time to rebuild in the SEC.
Read the entire Q&A here. It’s good stuff.
Marcus Swain chose Auburn over Kentucky and Mississippi State.
The JUCO defensive tackle visited Kentucky last weekend but the Cats were never a favorite to land his services. Auburn was long believed to be the leader and it was Auburn getting the commitment in the end.
Kengera Daniel is officially a member of the Kentucky football program.
Daniel, a three-star defensive end from Raleigh, submitted his midyear paperwork to enroll at the University of Kentucky next semester and get to work with the football team. He tweeted this photo of the signing, below:
Daniel committed to UK in October.
George Asafo-Adjei also made it official.
Another UK football commit, offensive lineman George Asafo-Adjei, joined Daniel in making it official on Wednesday. Asafo-Adjei signed his paperwork at Lakota West High School in Ohio:
The three-star offensive tackle committed to Kentucky back in June and will join Lakota West grads Mikel Horton and Kyle Meadows at UK next month.
Sporting News named Boom Williams to its All-True Freshman team.
Kentucky’s freshman running back and leading rusher on the season earned a spot on Sporting News’ All-True Freshman team at kick returner. Boom’s acceptance tweet read, “Glad to be able to share this moment with my teammates coaches and family but the man above made it all possible.” Followed by, “Oh yeah and can’t forget about the whole BBN family!!”
Mark Stoops will be on Kentucky Sports Radio radio in the morning. You won’t want to miss it.
Plus the UK-UCLA ticket giveaway!
Check back on the site tomorrow for lots more Shannon Dawson talk, plus quotes from Calipari’s pre-UCLA press conference.
By Drew Franklin on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 9:30pm
Shannon Dawson will soon become Kentucky’s new offensive coordinator and he’s a guy who didn’t pop up on the public’s radar until this week. Therefore he’s unknown to many, if not all UK fans and followers out there.
But don’t you worry, Big Blue Nation. KSR has some interesting facts on Stoops’ new assistant:
— He’s from the Hal Mumme coaching tree, having spent two years under Mumme at Southeastern Louisiana followed by one season at New Mexico State.
— KSR has been told his offense is similar to Neal Brown’s but faster with more shots downfield. “He will play FAST, FAST, FAST,” said one person in the know.
— In 2010, serving as the offensive coordinator at Stephen F. Austin, he guided the nation’s No. 1 passing offense (362.2) and No. 4 scoring offense (36.3), ranking No. 6 in total offense (442.9).
— His first offensive coordinator job was at Millsaps College in Mississippi, where his offense averaged more than 35 points a game.
— He played quarterback and wide receiver at Wingate, where he led the team in receiving as a senior with 43 catches for 584 yards and seven touchdowns. He was second on the team as a junior with 31 catches for 410 yards and one touchdown. That same junior season, he completed 45 passes for 549 yards with seven interceptions and two touchdowns as a quarterback.
— He was named “Mr. Silliman Institute” in high school:
By Matt Jones on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 9:21pm
We can now confirm that Shannon Dawson will be the new Offensive Coordinator at Kentucky. Dawson comes to us from West Virginia, where he was the leader of a high octane attack that was ranked 11th in the country. He however did not call plays there, which may be part of the reason that he has decided to make the move to Lexington (that and I would guess a raise). I spoke tonight to a source about Dawson’s offense and he told me that it would be “like Neal Brown’s only faster and with more shots downfield.” That is probably music to the ears of UK fans everywhere. Dawson has worked for a number of Air Raid coaches, including Hal Mumme and Dana Holgerson and certainly is known for a high octane offense.
I am told that the final choice came down to Dawson, Lincoln Riley and another candidate, with Dawson being picked because of the most compatible offensive philosophy with Mark Stoops. So there you go. More later and remember Stoops will join us on the air on KSR Radio tomorrow
By Drew Franklin on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 8:58pm
If we’re to believe FootballScoop.com, and we have no reason not to, Shannon Dawson will ride out his time with West Virginia through the Liberty Bowl before moving to Lexington as Mark Stoops’ new offensive coordinator. Dawson’s Mountaineers will meet Texas A&M in the 56th AutoZone Liberty Bowl on December 29, then he’s ours at the University of Kentucky.
By Matt Jones on ©December 17th, 2014 @ 8:49pm