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September 14th, 2014

Team KSR’s Disappointing 4th Place Finish’s Wednesday News and Views


Johnny Bruce shattered the cup on the 17 hole with a fly-in eagle from the fairway, but it still wasn’t enough to carry Team KSR to victory in our first appearance in the Fayette County UK Alumni Association Golf Scramble. Here’s a look at Johnny retrieving his perfect shot, moments after I argued with him over the exact distance. He was right, obviously:

All four drivers were close to perfect throughout the day but we couldn’t capitalize on ideal opportunities to make eagle, and sometimes just birdie. Too many pars and too many chunked pitching wedges took us out of the running and into fourth place for a disappointing finish.

Missed putts aside, it was fun day at Keene Run Golf Course with near-perfect weather and great people like these guys below:


Dr. Michael Huang, Goose Gives and Joe B. Hall

We encourage all of you golfers out there to play next year; just know you’ll be competing for second because we’re not losing twice.



Neal Brown raved about the energy at Tuesday’s practice, said his team can feel the buzz leading up to Saturday.

Coming off a bye week and an exhausting effort at Florida the week before, your University of Kentucky Wildcats are hungry to get back on the football field for another game. That built-up excitement is showing in practices this week and today Neal Brown boasted about the ‘really good energy’ during Tuesday’s practice. Brown told reporters afterward, “Our guys are excited about getting out there and playing. They got the Florida game behind them and they’re ready to go.”

Brown said the team can feel the buzz being generated around the fan base as the Vanderbilt game approaches. They’ve seen the increase in ticket sales and know Big Blue Nation is ready to pack the house. The excitement outside the locker room is only adding more fuel to the excitement in it and we’re all ready to kick this thing off.

There are some (not many) lower level reserved tickets left for $20.

You read that correctly: Twenty dollars for lower level seats to this Saturday’s SEC home opener against Vanderbilt. The upper deck is completely sold out but you may be able to lock down better seats for the same price if you act fast. Click here and use the promo code BEATVU to claim a spot before they’re all gone.

Zach West is making his way back, slowly but surely.

Neal Brown wasn’t ready to say West is ready for a full return but he did say West went through some of Tuesday’s practice. “We had him in there kind of gradually,” said Brown. “The biggest thing is he’s missed three weeks of conditioning, so he’s got to get back in shape.”

The young guys have played well on the line but UK needs its veteran left guard back in the mix.

Javess Blue played at 75 percent against Florida.

He said he is almost back to 100 percent health this week and looking ahead to Vandy. Braylon Heard is also back to full speed.

Darius Fullwood decommitted from UK, likely headed to Virginia Tech.

Kentucky football’s 2015 recruiting class took a rather big blow when three-star defensive end Darius Fullwood removed his name from the list of commits. Fullwood visited Virginia Tech over the weekend and was very open about the possibility of a flip to Blacksburg.

“This was the hardest choice in life, but I got to do what’s right for me,” Fullwood tweeted Tuesday evening. “I want to thank the whole entire UK staff for giving me all the support that they have given throughout my recruitment.”

While losing a good defensive end hurts, it may hurt worse to lose Fullwood geographically. The Cats have been building a strong presence in the D.C. area and Fullwood was a big part of that. Kobie Walker, his high school teammate and current freshman at UK, got things rolling by joining Stoops’ 2014 class. Walker, Fullwood, and current commit Jabari Greenwood made a nice base to continue pulling from the area.

SEC Nation rescheduled its Lexington taping.

Originally scheduled for the October 4th home game against South Carolina, the SEC Network’s SEC Nation broadcast will now do what no one should ever do by going to Starkville that day. Tebow, Finebaum and whoever else is on that terrible show will instead come to Lexington for the October 25th game against Mississippi State. It was probably afraid to go head-to-head with Keeneland for the local crowd.

Tom Crean is recruiting Stephen Zimmerman.

Ha, that’s cute. Tom Crean wants to play with the big boys on the recruiting trail. How adorable.

When asked about his recent in-home visit with the Indiana head coach, Zimmerman said, “Who was that guy and what’s wrong with his hair?”

Zimmerman will wait until the spring to make a decision.

According to Evan Daniels and his fresh tan from the DR, the five-star center will wait until the spring to decide and commit to a school. Zimmerman’s mom told Evan her son won’t even sign a letter of intent when he does decide after the high school season. has a video with more from the Rex Chapman situation.

“The worst thing you can do is take stolen merchandise and bring it to a pawn shop, it’s just crazy” — Owner of the pawn shop

The video is auto-play, and that’s the most annoying thing on the internet, so click here to watch it. with a brief Tuesday practice report via Twitter:

“Few observations from practice today, which was mainly 3-on-3. One, the bodies of the Harrison twins and Dakari are completely different. Entire team looked good, but four guys stood out: Willie, Andrew, Alex, Aaron. Aaron’s team won the games. No surprise, he hit the big shots. 3-on-3 games were a different twist. Created another level of competitiveness.”

Good to hear Willie standing out after missing the summer and the six exhibition games in the Bahamas. All of the credit goes to his new beard.

UK Soccer lost to Louisville, 2-1, in front of the record-setting “Abe Out.”

No. 8 Louisville scored late in the game to hand UK its first home loss of the season. However, the “Abe Out” was a marketing success as a record crowd of 3,368 packed the Bell Complex. The previous record was 3,327 fans for a UK-Louisville game in 2005.


Go Cats. 


Darius Fullwood decommits from UK

Early commitments don’t always pan out in college football recruiting. They’re always far from a lock, especially when committing before the first game of their senior season. Tonight, Darius Fullwood proved it’s never a done deal until Signing Day by decommitting from the University of Kentucky via Twitter. Fullwood, who committed to UK on June 28 with good friend Jabari Greenwood, is re-opening his recruitment one day after a visit to Virginia Tech.

Yesterday the three-star defensive end said Virginia Tech has been on him longer than any other program and there is a strong possibility of flip. This would be the first step in flipping.

On Friday, wear blue and pack Madison Southern’s game for Damien Harris


Damien Harris and Madison Southern play South Laurel Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Berea, and KSR is going to pack the stands with UK blue to show our support for the talented running back. As you surely know by now, Harris is considered the top running back in the country, and has Kentucky in his final five, along with Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, and Texas A&M. Harris claims he doesn’t have a favorite, but he’s planning on taking an official visit to UK this weekend, and what better way to tug at his home state heart strings than a huge showing of UK fans at his game Friday night?

The guys will also be doing the radio show from Madison Southern on Friday morning, but it won’t be open to the public. But, come on out Friday afternoon and evening to party with the KSR crew and make a good impression on a very important recruit.

Friday night. Madison Southern High School. Wear blue.

People Don’t Forget, ESPECIALLY Patrick Towles

AP Photo/Garry Jones

AP Photo/Garry Jones

There are some things you see that you immediately wish to forget.  Then there are some things that are such a train wreck, you’ll never forget them.  The last time Vanderbilt visited Commonwealth Stadium, it was the latter.

Less than 10,000 fans were present for arguably the lowest point in the history of the Kentucky football program.  I couldn’t tell you much of what happened during the 40-0 drubbing in the November rain, mostly because my attention was more focused on Team Patrick in Section 206.  It was the final straw for Joker Phillips, fired the following day by Mitch Barnhart.

I will never forget Rob Bromley’s words to me after the game.  “I’ve been doing this for many years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.  Hopefully you have many ahead of you, but I don’t think you’re ever going to see something like this again.”

The few, the brave, #TeamPatrick

The few, the brave, the Section 206ers

Patrick Towles’ memory is still very clear from that cloudy day.  Towles split reps with Jalen Whitlow, finishing 8-23 for 93 yards.  I doubt he remembers the stat line, but what he does remember, “It SUCKED.” 

After the game, Towles’ Mother tried to cheer him up by taking him to a Bruce Springsteen concert (take lessons, Moms of BBN).  It actually did the opposite, “I remember being at a concert that night and somebody sitting to my left said, ‘Gosh man, Kentucky really didn’t play well today.’  He had the score, and was sitting right next to me and had no idea.  It just wasn’t good.”

The fan next to Patrick wasn’t the only one saying it.  Teachers and students alike would often take sarcastic shots at the team in class, with players present.  It was ugly everywhere they went.

Fast forward nearly two years, and the environment around the program couldn’t be more different.  “It wasn’t good.  But we are WAY past that,” Towles said.  “We are miles past that.  And we’re going to do everything we can to win this football game on Saturday.”

All that’s left is a W in the SEC and a Packed Commonwealth.

Louisville law firm hired Master P for local ads, Na-nah Na-nah

A law firm in Louisville is using a popular rapper from the 90s to promote its services, and I’m a big fan of the strategy.

Winton & Hiestand, personal injury attorneys in Jefferson County, hired Master P to do a voiceover for their local television commercial. They’re also using P’s famous “Make Em Say Uhh!” on billboards and other ads around town:


Also known as Mr. Ice Cream Man amongst his peers and fans, Master P is a multi-platinum selling recording artist, founder of No Limit Records, and father of Lil’ Romeo. Forbes estimated his net worth to be around $350 million in 2013, making him the third richest hip-hop figure, but he’s not too big or too rich for Winton & Hiestand. Hoody hoo!!!!

Watch Master P’s TV spot below and then someone explain to me why I would trust anyone else when Winston & Hiestand Law Group is making them say “Uhhhh.”

Uhhh, na-nah na-nah...

Someone made a video about CJ Conrad

CJ Conrad is one of UK’s top 2015 commitments. Considered the 8th best tight end in the country by 247 Sports, Conrad was invited to The Opening, where he played alongside top target Damien Harris. Sports Stars of Tomorrow posted a profile of Conrad yesterday in which you can learn more about him and see some of his highlights. You can also see him wearing this great UK hat:

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No. 14 UK Volleyball rides four game win streak to SEC play

(H/t @BigBad_Wolf21)

(H/t @BigBad_Wolf21)

The No. 14 University of Kentucky Volleyball team finished its nonconference slate 10-2 after winning its four final matches against VCU, Georgia Southern, Lipscomb and Xavier. Tomorrow the team opens Southeastern Conference play against LSU at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. Kentucky Volleyball is having a record setting season, starting with their highest ranking since Sept. 2012, when the Cats were ranked 10th in the nation. Here are a few players working to break the record books this season:


—Earlier this month head coach Craig Skinner became UK’s all-time winningest coach with his 210th victory.

—Senior Jackie Napper has 1,207 career digs, third in the UK record books in the rally scoring era and fifth in the all-time top 10, 35 digs away from moving up in both lists. The Libero also just repeated as SEC Defensive player of the Week after charting 10 or more digs in all 12 matches this season.

— Senior Lauren O’Conner leads all current SEC players with 943 kills. She is just 57 kills shy of becoming the 15th Wildcat to notch 1,000 career kills. O’Conner is also tied for fourth in the rally scoring era with 37 solo blocks, eighth with 209 total blocks and eighth with 172 block assists and third with 73 aces.

—Junior Morgan Bergren is third all-time in the rally scoring era in UK history with 1,838 career assists.

— Schwarzwalder is sixth in the rally scoring era with a .278 attacking percentage.


With 19 matches left before the end of the regular season, there is plenty of time for the girls to become the greatest players in UK Volleyball history, setting new standards for the Skinner era. And it all starts with LSU. The Cats lead all-time vs. LSU, 33-23. However, the series is tied in Baton Rouge at 10-10. LSU enters SEC play with a 5-4 record and is on a three-match winning streak. The Tigers have two wins over Baylor on back-to-back days last weekend. Against top-25 teams, LSU is 0-3, with losses to No. 14 San Diego, at No. 8 Purdue and at No. 7 Florida State.

UK is the real deal this year. Even Cal knows:



We have a mini practice report!


With 24 days until Big Blue Madness, basketball is in the air. Accordingly, the Cats can now practice two hours per week until they move to 20 hours per week schedule on October 3rd. tossed us a morsel today with a mini-practice report on Twitter. I’ll shut up and let you read it:

Few observations from practice today, which was mainly 3-on-3. One, the bodies of the Harrison twins and Dakari are completely different. Entire team looked good, but four guys stood out: Willie, Andrew, Alex, Aaron. Aaron’s team won the games. No surprise, he hit the big shots. 3-on-3 games were a different twist. Created another level of competitiveness.


Let Ryan Lemond help you through the New CWS Ticket Reseating process

The reseseating process for the 2015 season starts in two weeks, and to make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible, KyWildcatsTV put together this video with Ryan Lemond to guide you through the process. Let’s just call it “The New CWS Ticket Reseating Process for Dummies.” (Love you, Ryan!)

Derek Mason used the word “tremendous” a lot when describing UK

Hey girl.

I still feel like I don’t know a lot about Derek Mason other than he wears a bow tie very well and gives one hell of a pregame speech. Today, I learned the Mason really loves the word “tremendous,” especially when he’s describing Kentucky. When talking about the Cats during his press conference earlier this afternoon, Mason used the word “tremendous”/”tremendously” four times.

“They’re much improved, tremendously talented across the board, starting with their quarterback, Patrick Towles,” Mason said. “He’s a great player, a tremendous player, and they have as dynamic a skill group of running backs and receivers as we’ve seen so far. I mean, watching the Florida game, you had a chance to see what these guys could do. Tremendously explosive.”

Mason said he’s also looking forward to coaching against Mark Stoops, whom he said he respects–you guessed it–tremendously: “I get a chance to go up against Mark Stoops. Coach Stoops, I respect him tremendously, great coach, they’re a well coached team. He’s built this thing from the ground up, they’re starting to hit their stride.”

When asked how UK’s offense compares to those Vanderbilt has already faced, Mason compared them to Temple and Ole Miss, and said that while UK’s passing is excellent, not enough people respect their rushing attack. “They’re going to attack us down the seam, they’re going to attack us outside, they’re going to look to keep the run game balanced because they do a fairly good job–everyone talks about the pass game, but they do a good job running the ball,” Mason said. “Whether it’s fly sweeps or inside zone, they have enough speed where they can gash you with a quick hit.”

In fact, Mason compared trying to stop UK’s balanced attack to plugging holes in a dike, a reference to everyone’s favorite 19th century cautionary tale by Mary Mapes Dodge. “What we have to do is make sure structurally, all the way around, we stop the run and defend the pass because if you allow a team like this to be balanced, it’s a long day. You’re not stopping anything. All you’re doing is chasing a hole. And you’re trying to plug holes in the dike, man, with every finger that you have, and that’s not what we can do.” Yeah, man.

On defense, Mason said the Cats don’t make many mistakes, giving up an average of only 17 points per game, which is good enough for 22nd in the nation. “I mean, they’re a defense right now is not giving up any more than 17 points a game. So, when you have an offense averaging close to 36 and a defense not giving up any more than 17, that’s a pretty good formula for success.”

Here’s hoping for another tremendous effort on Saturday.

Men’s Soccer holding an “Abe Out” against Louisville tonight, 1-cent admission

The men’s soccer team plays Louisville tonight, and as if you needed any more motivation to cheer against the Cards, the team is holding an “Abe-Out,” charging fans only a penny for admission (get it??). The first 500 fans get a free Abe shirt that looks like this:

Someone snag me one, please. Size smedium.

Lou Holtz says UK’s improvement under Stoops is “absolutely fantastic”

Lou Holtz, everyone’s favorite schports scheptuagenarian, recently did an interview with Dick Gabriel in which he praised Mark Stoops for the job he’s doing at Kentucky. “The improvement in (UK) this year is absolutely fantastic,” Holtz told Gabriel. “The thing he’s done best, besides recruit at Kentucky, he’s got those players believing in themselves.”

Holtz, who is in his final year as an analyst for ESPN, said he watched “every single second” of the Kentucky/Florida game, and was pleased to see the Cats finally compete against the Gators. “It’s great to see (UK) competitive. I think you’re going to be able to be competitive with everybody they way you’re playing. I was very impressed.”

It is impossible to read his quotes without hearing the lisp.


Vandy suspends Brian Kimbrow, Jordan Cunningham takes a leave of absence

Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

It looks like Vanderbilt will be down two players when they make the trek to Lexington this weekend. Yesterday, Derek Mason announced that junior tailback Brian Kimbrow is suspended indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Kimbrow hasn’t been a factor for the ‘Dores this season, fumbling his only rushing attempt in Vandy’s opening loss to Temple, but he did burn the Cats with a 21-yard touchdown in last season’s game in Nashville.

This afternoon, Mason also announced that sophomore wide receiver Jordan Cunningham will be taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons. Cunningham had four catches for 27 yards this season, and 15 catches for 123 yards last season.

Every little bit helps, right?

Vote for your favorites in this week’s Fans’ Choice music for the Vandy game

It’s that time again. UK is partnering with 98.1 The Bull, 100.1 WKQQ, 104.5 The Cat and 103.9 WiLD to poll fans on which songs they’d like to hear during games, and the options for Saturday’s game against Vandy are now up.

There are four polls for each station’s genre (country, rock, pop, hip-hop) with five options each. You can sample the songs on WLAP’s website and vote for your favorite. Here are this week’s choices:

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Go vote for your favorites here.

$20 reserved seats for Vandy now available

According to the UK Ticket Office, the $20 general admission tickets to the Vandy game are now SOLD OUT, but reserved seats still remain. A little birdie tells us that if you use the promo code BEATVU on Ticketmaster, you can get $20 reserved seats anywhere in the stadium, which is a $30 discount. Now you really don’t have an excuse. Go get them now before they’re all gone! #PackCommonwealth