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December 18th, 2014

Cal called this the “tallest bad defensive rebounding team in the history of the game”

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

We’ve all been struggling to find things to nitpick with this team, but John Calipari had no problem finding several in his press conference today. “We’re the 13th best defensive rebounding team out of 14 in our league. Really? The tallest bad defensive rebounding team in the history of the game,” Cal said. “There are things that I look at right now and I’m like, ‘Come on.’”

Cal was particularly hard on his guards. “Our guards right now, we may have the worst group of rebounding guards in the country, too. So we’re doing stuff to hold them accountable,” Cal said, mentioning drills the group will do from now through the end of “Camp Cal,” which starts after the Louisville game.

On the flip side, Steve Alford called UK “the best rebounding team–hands down–in the country” during the CBS Sports Classic teleconference earlier this afternoon. Who’s right? While Kentucky is tied for 23rd nationally in total rebounds per game with 41.1, they are tied for 81st in defensive rebounds per game, with 25.9. Ouch. (Fun fact: guess who’s also 81st? Duke.)

Always good to have something to work on, I guess.

Louisville’s Akoy Agau is transferring to pursue a future in basketball

Louisville’s Akoy Agau is leaving the program, according to multiple people who have the unfortunate job of covering Louisville athletics on a daily basis. The sophomore’s reasoning for leaving is unclear, however, common sense tells KSR he is going somewhere else because he would like to play the game for a living after college.

Agau is the guy who once said, “I personally feel like our fans are more mature [than Kentucky’s].”

He was averaging 3.7 minutes per game this season.

Dana Holgorson confirms Dawson’s hire with a parting statement

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen released a statement today regarding the departure of Shannon Dawson, his offensive coordinator. Holgorsen has known Dawson for years; he was his quarterback and wide receiver coach at Wingate when Dawson played both positions in 1999.

“I want to congratulate Shannon Dawson on becoming the offensive coordinator at Kentucky,” Holgorsen said. “Shannon has been a friend of mine for many years and over these last four years at WVU, he has been an outstanding member of our staff. I wish him nothing but the best in his coaching career. He has a great future ahead.”

“I couldn’t be happier for him. I’ve known Shannon for a long time and trust him as much as any coach that I’ve ever been with.”

Dawson will be formally announced as UK’s new offensive coordinator tomorrow.



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Craig Naivar is leaving Kentucky for Houston

According to a report from our friends over at The Cats Pause, UK special teams and safeties coach Craig Naivar is leaving Kentucky for a job at Houston. Naivar leaves Lexington after one season with the Wildcats and some forgettable moments on the sideline with Coach Stoops.

Don’t everyone cry at once, please.

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Mark Stoops discussed offensive coordinator and the future on KSR this morning


Mark Stoops made his first public appearance of the offseason today on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, the day after news broke that he had his offensive coordinator, coincidentally. Stoops cannot publicly comment on the position until it is officially filled, but KSR did get him to open up about potential hires, particularly one offensive coordinator at West Virginia.

Stoops also discussed the disappointing finish in his second season and what he expects moving forward. You can read a rundown of his comments below and the entire interview is embedded at the very bottom for your listening pleasure.


He took his time finding his new offensive coordinator and was amazed by the interest in the job.

Stoops said he took a step back and evaluated his first two years in Lexington before really pursuing his next offensive coordinator. He was amazed by the interest in the job but he wanted to narrow down exactly what he wanted from the position before fielding any calls.

“It’s different now than it was two years ago when I took this job,” he said. “There was quite a few people who were interested. Once again, I just took a step back, evaluated things and thought about what I wanted and where we wanted to go.”

He “wholeheartedly” believes in the Air Raid.

“The roots of whatever you want to call it — Air Raid or Hal Mumme or Mike Leach — there’s a lot of good coaches and a lot of branches off of that and I think that is important to me,” Stoops told KSR. “Ultimately, some of the guys I talked to had roots back to that system, back to Hal Mumme and back to Leach.”

Stoops said he “absolutely” agrees with that system. “That’s why I hired Neal.”

“I think we need it here to win games and I’m here to win games.”

The offensive coordinator needs to be a leader.

Stoops was looking for someone to lead, someone who can stand in front of the offense and make the players believe in him. He wanted someone with strength and toughness who can take charge of the team.

Consistency is also key in the new hire. He didn’t want to bring someone in with a brand new philosophy for the entire staff and all of the players to learn.

“I didn’t want to take a step back by bringing someone in and completely changing our style.”

He has great respect for West Virginia’s offensive coordinator.

Since Stoops can’t mention Shannon Dawson directly, Matt asked what he thought of West Virginia’s offense. Stoops couldn’t help but laugh when he said he has great respect for West Virginia’s offensive coordinator.

He was pleased with Patrick Towles but the job will be open in the spring.

All positions will be open entering next season, including starting quarterback.

“I love it here.”

Stoops raved about how he’s been treated by the administration and the fans and he plans to be here a long time, even if he has a solid Year 3 next season and calls start coming in.

He understands there was frustration with how the season ended and he was equally as frustrated as the fans.

“When I told you ‘We’re just getting started bro,’ I really meant we’re just getting started.”


Listen to the entire interview:

Kentucky woman attends “Shop With A Cop” event, gets arrested for shoplifting


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.

Coach Cal with an update on Alex Poythress


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.


Patrick Towles supports the hire

© Kim Klement

© Kim Klement

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:

Backup QB Reese Phillips also sent out a tweet, saying, “Good stuff”:

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.

Hey, Damien…


44.25 rushes per game versus 41 rushes per game…. I’m just sayin’.

Dawson’s post-Alabama game interview gives a small glimpse at his philosophy

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.

Name To Watch: David Sills

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.

Mark Stoops guest stars and tickets to UK-UCLA in Chicago (Thursday Show Thread)


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.

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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!