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May 26th, 2015

UK Fans of the Day Want the KSR Tour Schedule


It is almost that time of year again folks…the KSR Summer Tour will circle the state for eight weeks this summer as we go and visit all of our affiliates and other events around the state. 32 of our 33 affiliates will be hit (Irvine the exception) along big events (the NBA Draft and Peach Jam) and spots around the state with cool things going on (Ky Speedway, Fancy Farm, Frankfort and Shelbyville). It should be a ton of fun. We will announce the specific location of these stops in the coming days, but for now we wanted to make sure that you got the date on the calendar of those stops closest to where you live. We will once again be giving away UK tickets and other prizes so come see us out and about in this state for a fun eight weeks on the road:

June 22: Prestonsburg
June 23: Paintsville
June 24: Columbia
June 25: NBA Draft (NYC)
June 26: NBA Draft (NYC)

June 29: Shelbyville
June 30: Leitchfield
July 1: Madisonville
July 2: Morgantown
July 3: Hopkinsville

July 6: Morganfield
July 7: Grayson
July 8: Pikeville
July 9: Williamson WV
July 10:Kentucky Speedway

July 13: Cynthiana
July 14: Whitley City
July 15: London
July 16: Peach Jam
July 17: Peach Jam

July 20: Whitesburg
July 21: Manchester
July 22: Somerset
July 23: Harlan
July 24: Dickmann’s

July 27: Campbellsville
July 28: Owensboro
July 29: Benton
July 30: Paducah
July 31: Fancy Farm

Aug 3: Bowling Green
Aug 4: McKee
Aug 5: Glasgow
Aug 6: Jamestown
Aug 7: Monticello (Raft Up)

Aug 10: Frankfort
Aug 11: Maysville
Aug 12: Danville
Aug 13: Lexington
Aug 14: Louisville

Please come out and see as many of the shows as you can…they are a lot of fun and it is always a good time around the state. You never know who will show up, what we will give away or how many run-ins with the authorities Ryan Lemond will have. It should be another fun summer on the road…


8 Things UK can do with the Kirwan and Blanding Towers

UK recently announced plans to keep the Kirwan and Blanding dormitory towers vacant for the upcoming school year. The 23-story towers have been a fixture on UK’s campus since they were built in 1963, but over the years, have fallen more and more into disrepair. Demolishing or renovating the towers would apparently cost more than $10 million, so there is no long-term plan for them yet. Until the administration decides what to do with them, they’ll remain vacant.

Well, just letting the towers sit there sounds pretty boring to me, so I spent the day coming up with some ideas on what the university can do with them. Shoutout to Fake Barney for his contributions.

1. Use them for the ultimate basketball walk-on try out

Sam Malone, Brian Long, and Tod Lanter are gone, and while UK has already added one walk-on for next year’s team in Jonny David, there are still a few spots open. Being a UK walk-on is the dream of a million kids across the Commonwealth and it isn’t for the faint of heart, so why not hold a Hunger Games-style competition to find the cream of the crop? Each floor could have a different UK basketball-related obstacle, such as:

  • Basketball drills (obviously)
  • Dodging jersey chasers
  • Who can post the most interesting behind-the-scenes Instagram/tweets
  • Racing the stairs against Alan Cutler
  • Answering stupid questions from the media while still being polite
  • real life Super Smash Brothers Tournament
  • Turning one floor into a giant cold tub to see who stays in the longest
  • Reciting the entire first chapter of “Players First”
  • Clapping/cheering competition
  • Middle of the huddle hype dance-offs

To make things interesting, release a live wildcat in the tower to eliminate the weakest competitors. Whoever comes out first/alive makes the team.


2. Let them decompose for 25 years then use them as a zombie apocalypse training center

The towers are already in pretty bad shape, so why not let nature take them over for a while and then use them as a training ground for a future zombie apocalypse ala “The Walking Dead”? Willie Cauley-Stein is a huge fan of the show and often told reporters that one day, he wants to learn to fight zombies. Once Willie’s done with basketball, invite him to run the “Willie Cauley-Stein Center for Fighting Zombies and Making Cool Graffiti.”

3. Put all of the UK fraternities in one and the sororities in the other

Think of how fun this would be. Frat houses are gross anyways, so put all of the frats in one building, one per floor, and sororities in the other. Install zip lines so people can go between the two for parties. Put in cameras and make it the ultimate college reality show.


4. Turn them into a Crazy UK Fan Rehabilitation Center

The Kentucky fan base is the best in all of sports, but we definitely have our share of crazies. To help the crazies “see the light,” lock them in the towers for “rehab.” What qualifies as “crazy”?

  • People who email Matt more than three times per week
  • People who call into Calipari’s radio show to complain or tell him how to coach
  • Anyone who complains about autograph tours
  • Actually, anyone who still writes letters to the editor
  • KSR comment section trolls
  • Anyone who wants to “FARRRR CAL”

To give the crazies perspective, put TVs in each room and play all of the Billy Gillispie games on loop.


5. Sell them to KSR for our new headquarters

Sure, they’d need some major renovations, but our sponsors can help us out with that, right? Wendy’s, Boone’s Butcher Shop, and Sleep Outfitters could all open up shop, and we could make at least one of the towers into an entertainment complex for fans. Fake Barney can run the daycare, Shannon could host booty-shaking contests, Drew could open a bar, Ally and Fake David Beckham could give soccer lessons, Josephine could run a chicken and dumplings restaurant, I could finally have an apartment to stay in when I come in for games…the possibilities are endless.


6. Give one floor to each UK player in the pros

In the Calipari Era, former players returning to campus has become an annual tradition. As a way to say thank you, why not give each UK player drafted a floor of the towers? There are 23 floors in each, 46 total. If all seven players are drafted this summer, there will be 25 UK basketball players in the pros, so give some to the NFL Cats as well. Renovations shouldn’t be a problem since they all make pretty good money.

Doron Lamb may not be in the NBA anymore, but he was part of a National Championship team and he’s hilarious, so give him a penthouse.  Can you imagine the parties? Who up? Doron up, up in the penthouse, girl.


7. Turn them into Haunted Towers

Between the football and basketball programs, we have enough ghosts to fill up more than two towers. Billy Gillispie probably needs something to do, so invite him to be the resident ghost. Not spooky enough? Play Kentucky Joe over the intercom 24/7.


8. Win #9 and burn them down

Couch fires are so 2012.

2017 Georgia QB picks up UK offer

Chase Brice from Loganville, Georgia received a scholarship offer to play football at the University of Kentucky today. The 6-foot-3, pro-style quarterback also has offers from Louisville and Miami, among others.

Kentucky does not have any commitments from the 2017 class. The Cats have one QB commitment in 2016 in Gunnar Hoak.

You need to see J.D. Harmon’s one-handed backflip catch


Kentucky cornerback J.D. Harmon made an incredible one-handed catch while doing a backflip at the UK football practice facility, and shared it on his Instagram today. I didn’t think it was possible to top Javess Blue’s backflip catch earlier this month, but Harmon managed to do that by using only one hand.

Messing around with my dawg @loso_onetre the other day

A video posted by JD (@badboyprince11) on

Now let’s see how he defends the pass next season. That’s what matters.

Cal and Jamal Murray in the Alltech Herald

Alltech Herald

Alltech Herald

In a Behind The Scenes feature on pg. 22 of the latest edition of the Alltech Herald, there’s this photo of John Calipari and Jamal Murray on the Alltech Rebelation stage during Murray’s official visit to UK. As the caption points out, Cal is previewing his talk the next day, the one that blew up with the mention of last season’s goal being eight players in the NBA Draft.

Murray looks comfortable listening to Coach Cal. He should probably go ahead and commit to Kentucky.

Two weeks of guest hosts to take over KSR

One week from today, Matt Jones will take his two-week summer vacation, leaving behind Kentucky Sports Radio radio to a list of special guest hosts. The schedule for those two weeks is now finalized — with the exception of one open date — beginning with Will T. Scott on Monday, June 1.

Here’s the entire schedule:

Monday, June 1: Will T. Scott
Tuesday, June 2: Sklar Brothers
Wednesday, June 3: Jay Bilas
Thursday, June 4: UK Football Coaching Staff
Friday, June 5: Tim Couch and Jared Lorenzen

Monday, June 8: Jon Rothstein
Tuesday, June 9: Matthew Mitchell
Wednesday, June 10: Josh Hopkins
Thursday, June 11: Seth Greenberg
Friday, June 12: OPEN (Finebaum, hopefully)

It’s going to be a very fun two weeks of KSR. (No offense, Matt.)

Coach Cal to Thon Maker: “When you’re ready to be recruited, call me”

Only John Calipari has the swagger to tell a five-star recruit to call him when he’s ready to be recruited, and that’s exactly what Calipari told Thon Maker recently.

In a story that got lost over Memorial Day weekend, Maker’s guardian, Ed Smith, told Zagsblog, “Like Cal said, when you’re ready to be recruited, call me.”

Indiana and Arizona State have had the most contact with Maker lately, but Calipari and Kentucky are still in the mix without wearing out the phone lines. To simply tell Maker to initiate the contact when he’s ready is pretty ballsy, and that’s why Cal is Cal.

The plan is still for Maker to join a college basketball program in December with immediate eligibility for the back half of the season.


UK officially introduces Mychal Mulder

Today UK officially announced the signing of Mychal Mulder to the 2015 class, joining incoming freshmen Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe and Charles Matthews for the No. 2 recruiting class in college basketball. Mulder signed his Letter of Intent earlier this month, becoming John Calipari’s first JUCO transfer at Kentucky since your boy Eloy Vargas.

“I’m so excited to be coaching Mychal,” John Calipari said. “He’s been in a great program the last two years and been pushed hard by a terrific coach. His teams have won and he’s shared, yet he was still rewarded as a First Team All-American. He fits our program.”

Mulder is scheduled to arrive on campus on June 11.


John Calipari giving away his used Drake tickets is so John Calipari

For fans interested in owning two used tickets to an Eastern Conference Quarterfinals game in Toronto, boy do I have some good news for you. John Calipari is giving away his used tickets, given to him by Drake, in a random drawing through the Twitter account. Calipari signed the tickets to the April 18th game, a 93-86 Wizards win.

Because John Calipari is always a step ahead and every little thing he does is a calculated move toward something bigger, I’m going to overthink this and say he is doing this to show off his friendship with Drake and that he sat courtside for a Raptors game. He’s playing it cool in case someone out there from Toronto notices. Someone like, oh, Jamal Murray, maybe.

Anyway, you can enter to win the tickets through @CoachCalDotCom on Twitter. I don’t know why anyone would want two used Toronto Raptors tickets but they’re up for grabs.


Landon Young picks up an offer from Florida

Landon Young picked up an offer from Auburn a couple weeks ago and I warned the school to stay away from UK’s prized commitment. Well today, Young picked up an offer from Florida and now we can officially worry because his stock is climbing.

The Lexington native, ranked as the No. 15 offensive tackle, committed to Kentucky almost two years ago. He is a longtime fan of the Cats, but with new offers from Florida and Auburn and interest from other major programs like Alabama, Mark Stoops might have to put in some extra work to keep him around.

Malik Newman explains why Mississippi State


There’s really no reasonable explanation within the NCAA rules for an elite recruit to choose Mississippi State over Kentucky. None. That shouldn’t happen. Ever.

But it did happen when Malik Newman chose the Bulldogs over the Cats last month, a decision he explained today in his blog over at USA Today.

Newman writes, “Everyone knows that my dad played at Mississippi State back in the day and it’s cool to me to be able to play at the same school. I won’t be wearing his number or anything like that because I’m my own person and my own man. I want to create my own legacy there. He just drew out the blueprint for me playing there!”

The five-star combo guard also says he was hit with vulgar tweets from upset fans (you’re better than that, BBN) and he didn’t sleep the night before announcing his decision.

Read more here.

Then go back to your life without Malik Newman in it. Forget him all over again.

Kenny Payne will make more than several NCAA tourney head coaches

UK assistant Kenny Payne received a hefty raise this offseason in the form of a new three-year deal worth $700,000 annually. That would’ve put him ahead of 22 head coaches in the NCAA Tournament field last season as AN ASSISTANT.

1. John Calipari, Kentucky ($6,356,756)
2. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke ($6,043,979)
3. Rick Pitino, Louisville ($6,004,529)
4. Bill Self, Kansas ($4,955,186)
5. Tom Izzo, Michigan State ($4,006,955)
6. Sean Miller, Arizona ($3,484,500)
7. Thad Matta, Ohio State ($3,372,000)
8. Bob Huggins, West Virginia ($3,265,000)
9. Tom Crean, Indiana ($3,046,250)
10. Bo Ryan, Wisconsin ($2,946,000)
11. John Thompson III, Georgetown ($2,838,271)
12. Jay Wright, Villanova ($2,775,846)
13. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma ($2,750,000)
14. Steve Alford, UCLA ($2,630,000)
15. Rick Barnes, Texas ($2,625,000)
16. Travis Ford, Oklahoma State ($2,625,000)
17. Scott Drew, Baylor ($2,508,015)
18. Matt Painter, Purdue ($2,428,795)
19. Mark Turgeon, Maryland ($2,252,488)
20. Mike Anderson, Arkansas ($2,239,588)
21. Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State ($2,217,250)
22. Mick Cronin, Cincinnati ($2,202,205)
23. Mark Gottfriend, NC State ($2,060,000)
24. Gregg Marshall, Wichita State ($1,980,000)
25. Tony Bennett, Virginia ($1,925,950)
26. Larry Brown, SMU ($1,911,894)
27. Roy Williams, North Carolina ($1,911,402)
28. Dana Altman, Oregon ($1,900,000)
29. Steve Lavin, St. John’s ($1,874,917)
30. Andy Kennedy, Ole Miss ($1,808,814)
31. Fran McCaffery, Iowa ($1,802,200)
32. Mark Fox, Georgia ($1,704,000)
33. Larry Krystkowiak, Utah ($1,600,000)
34. Shaka Smart, VCU ($1,578,500)
35. Mike Brey, Notre Dame ($1,526,488)
36. Johnny Jones, LSU ($1,506,000)
37. Mark Few, Gonzaga ($1,249,603)
38. Ed Cooley, Providence ($1,180,304)
39. Chris Mack, Xavier ($1,109,453)
40. Steve Fisher, San Diego State ($965,440)
41. Larry Shyatt, Wyoming ($715,008)
42. Rick Byrd, Belmont ($709,101)
*** Kenny Payne, Kentucky ($700,000)
43. Archie Miller, Dayton ($652,049)
44. Leon Rice, Boise State ($602,451)
45. Ben Jacobson, Northern Iowa ($558,000)
46. Jerod Haase, UAB ($525,000)
47. Ron Hunter, Georgia State ($499,000)
48. Bill Coen, Northeastern ($461,032)
49. Marvin Menzies, New Mexico State ($382,294)
50. Bob McKillop, Davidson ($381,285)
51. Brad Underwood, Stephen F. Austin ($352,500)
52. Will Brown, Albany ($323,660)
53. Bobby Hurley, Buffalo ($315,122)
54. Fran O’Hanlon, Lafayette ($313,087)
55. Russell Turner, Cal-Irvine ($310,000)
56. Bryce Drew, Valparaiso ($285,927)
57. Cliff Ellis, Coastal Carolina ($275,245)
58. Steve Masiello, Manhattan ($237,636)
59. Mike Davis, Texas Southrn ($230,000)
60. Andy Toole, Robert Morris ($210,022)
61. Matthew Driscoll, North Florida ($202,277)
62. David Richman, North Dakota State ($195,000)
63. Jim Hayford, Eastern Washington ($174,020)
64. Mike Young, Wofford ($161,043)
65. Dave Rose, BYU
66. Chris Holtmann, Butler
67. Tommy Amaker, Harvard
68. Edward Joyner Jr., Hampton

So next time you’re worrying about Payne bolting for a new job, just know it will take a major program with deep pockets to steal him away from UK now.

(Salaries via USA Today)

Trey Lyles chats with DraftExpress about his game

lyles-interview is rolling out all of its interviews from the NBA Combine in Chicago and Trey Lyles’ video went live yesterday. Watch as Lyles explains what he can bring to an organization in the NBA now that he can get back to his natural position of power forward. He also answers questions about some of his former UK teammates.

Back to work! (Tuesday Show Thread)

The struggle is real today for most of America after the long three-day weekend, but Kentucky Sports Radio radio is back on the air this morning to help ease the pain of returning to work.

On today’s show, Matt and Ryan will discuss the new salaries for the assistant coaches, UK favored over UofL in football, title odds and Big Van Vader.

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

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KSR Affiliate List

WCBL (1290am): Benton
WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (1270am): Columbia
WCYN (102.3fm) Cynthiana
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson


WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WWTF (1580am): Lexington, 4-6pm

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Makes a Retired Jersey?


Kentucky (21): Hayden, Carey, Spicer, Sale, DeMoisey, Rouse, Rollins, Beard, Jones, Hagan, Ramsey, Evans, Rose, Bird, Grawemeyer, Hatton, Cox, Givens, Feldhaus, Pelphrey, Farmer
Indiana (4): Barker, Dampier, Macy, Woods
Ohio (2): Groza, Grevey
Georgia (2): Spivey, Walker
Louisiana (2): Nash, Robey
New York (2): Riley, Mashburn
Massachusetts (1): Tsioropoulos
Texas (1): Burrow
Illinois (1): Issel
Pennsylvania (1): Bowie
Tennessee (1): Delk

12 of the first 22 UK players to have their jersey retired were from the state of Kentucky.  Since that time though, only 4 of 16 players who have seen their jersey into the rafters are from the state, and 3 of those were from The Unforgettables.  What’s clear and has been clear for the past quarter century is that the quality of high school basketball in Kentucky has dipped to such a level that UK just can’t rely on recruiting the state heavy.

Guard (11): Carey, Rouse, Rollins, Beard, Ramsey, Rose, Hatton, Dampier, Macy, Farmer, Woods, Delk
Guard/Forward (4): Hayden, Evans, Barker, Pelphrey
Forward (11): Spicer, Tsioropoulos, Bird, Grawemeyer, Cox, Riley, Grevey, Givens, Walker, Feldhaus, Mashburn
Forward/Center (6): Sale, Demoisey, Jones, Nash, Robey, Bowie
Center (5): Groza, Spivey, Hagan, Burrow, Issel

(Positions determined by Jon Scott’s website)

1920’s: Hayden, Carey, Spicer
1930’s: Sale, Demoisey, Rouse
1940’s: Rollins, Groza, Beard, Jones, Barker
1950’s: Spivey, Hagan, Ramsey, Tsioropoulos, Evans, Rose, Bird, Grawemeyer, Burrow, Hatton, Cox
1960’s: Nash, Dampier, Riley, Issel
1970’s: Grevey, Givens, Robey, Macy
1980’s: Bowie, Walker
1990’s: Farmer, Feldhaus, Pelphrey, Woods, Mashburn, Delk

Somebody got a little jersey retirement happy in the 1950’s.

2 Titles: Groza, Beard, Jones, Barker
1 Title: Rollins, Spivey, Hagan, Ramsey, Tsioropoulos, Hatton, Cox, Givens, Robey, Macy, Delk
No Titles: Hayden, Carey, Spicer, Sale, Demoisey, Rouse, Evans, Rose, Bird, Grawemeyer, Burrow, Nash, Dampier, Riley, Issel, Grevey, Bowie, Walker, Feldhaus, Farmer, Pelphrey, Woods, Mashburn

23 of 37 UK retired jersey’s did not win a title.  And if winning titles is the most important thing (which for most fans it is), and the ONLY reason many of these guys got their jersey retired, then why does a guy staying 1 year bother people so much?

Four (10): Groza, Beard, Jones, Givens, Robey, Walker, Feldhaus, Pelphrey, Farmer, Delk
Three  (26): Hayden, Spicer, Sale, Demoisey, Rouse, Rollins, Barker, Spivey, Hagan, Ramsey, Tsioropoulos, Evans, Rose, Bird, Grawemeyer, Hatton, Cox, Nash, Dampier, Riley, Issel, Grevey, Macy, Bowie, Woods, Mashburn
Two (2): Carey, Burrow
One (0): None