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July 31st, 2015

Harrison Barnes confirms he’s in for the UK/UNC Alumni Game

Because of NCAA guidelines, UK can’t release the names of the pros participating in the UK/North Carolina game, but that doesn’t mean the players can’t announce it themselves. North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes was the first to do so earlier today, sending out this tweet:

Barnes played at UNC from 2010-2012, and is, of course, referencing the Cats’ last-second win over the Heels in December 2011. Also, their win over the Heels in the 2011 East Regional, which gave us these awesome pictures of Cal and DeAndre Liggins:

Raise your hand if you’ve seen Devin Booker on his scooter this week

…Because I’m starting to think that’s the only way he gets around now. Devin is in town along with the rest of UK’s 2015 Draft Class to help out with John Calipari’s ProCamps, and pardon him if he wants to look really cool doing it:

Can you imagine having Devin’s life right now?

Watch Stoops thank the CWS construction crew

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Yesterday, Mark Stoops bought the Commonwealth Stadium construction crew lunch as a way to say thank you for their hard work, and KyWildcatsTV was on hand to film some footage, which they just posted online. Listen to Stoops talk about the crew’s “blue collar work ethic,” which he is trying to instill in his team:

Stoops is about to speak at the annual kickoff luncheon in Louisville. Freddie Maggard’s on site for us, so stay tuned for updates.

The UK/North Carolina Alumni Game on Sept. 13 is official; tickets on sale Aug. 14

Almost a month ago, KSR told you that an Alumni game between UK pros and UNC pros was in the works. This morning, UK made it official, announcing that the Alumni Game will take place at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, September 13 and tickets will go on sale August 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets range from $5 (upper level) to $100 (premium lower level). Here’s the blurb from UK:

Set to tip off Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m. ET, the game will feature UK players either currently or formerly playing professionally against North Carolina players either currently or formerly playing professionally. The Big Blue Nation will have an opportunity to enjoy some of the top talent to don the Blue and White against other elite talent. Per NBA rules, the University of Kentucky cannot confirm individual players participating in the exhibition game.

Our friend Les Johns points out that the release is careful to say “North Carolina players,” not UNC players, so the team may include players from other schools in the Tarheel state.

It’s okay, I’d be scared too, Tarheels.

#1 (football) recruit in the country says he wants to visit Kentucky

What if I told you the number one recruit in the country wants to visit Kentucky? You’d say, “Sure, Tyler, that’s just another Friday morning for John Calipari,” but this time around, it’s football. While recapping his visits to LSU and Georgia, 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary, the consensus number one player in the 2016 class, told Scout’s Brian Dohn that he wants to visit Kentucky. Seriously.

“Looking ahead, I spoke to him about what schools has he not seen but he wants to get to, the two he mentioned: Kentucky and USC,” Dohn said.

Crazy enough, according to his offer sheet — which is riddled with every major program you can think of — Kentucky hasn’t even offered Gary a scholarship, but I doubt Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and Jimmy Brumbaugh would mind if Gary came by for a visit. The odds he’d end up committing to Kentucky may be low, but hosting the number one recruit in the country is never bad press for an up-and-coming program like ours.


KSR meets Fancy Farm (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt, Ryan, and Drew are at Fancy Farm in Graves County to prepare for tomorrow’s big picnic. Attending Fancy Farm is a KSR first, so come on out to make the guy feels welcome and enjoy what is sure to be a very entertaining show. Who knows, you may just leave with tickets to a UK basketball or football game from

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

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Here’s an updated list of tour stops:

August 3: Bowling Green – Chaney’s Dairy Barn
August 4: McKee – Old Courthouse Community Room
August 5: Glasgow – Papa John’s
August 6: Jamestown – Lawless-Smith True Value and Appliance Center (Russell Springs)
August 7: Monticello – Conley Bottom Resort

August 10: Frankfort – Governor’s Mansion
August 11: Maysville – Laurel Oaks Golf Course
August 12: Danville – Sun Tropic Outdoors
August 13: Lexington – All Sports at Fayette Mall
August 14: Louisville

gotc-ksr is giving away UK basketball and football tickets at every tour stop this summer. That’s 33 chances to win, and all you have to do is come out to listen to your favorite radio show. That’s so easy even Ryan Lemond could do it!

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories


Each Friday this summer I have been posting your best stories about what makes you a UK fan.  We have seen happy stories and sad stories.  We’ve seen funny and not-so funny.  But overall, we have seen what encompasses being a UK fan.  If you still want to send me a story, send it to  Today, 2 stories from vastly different ages:

Some 6 years ago we buried my 94 year old dad in Danville, KY.  I shared a few stories at dads funeral about growing under his as a UK sports fanatic. Dad had season basketball tickets for some 50 years and football season tickets until the Bear left. I really had no choice but to become a fan laying on the floor and listening to away games via Claude Sullivan and Cawood Ledford. I remember 1st going to basketball games after he moved from Alumini to Memorial he had sweet seats as he called them,four rows up even with the basket. Dad always like to beat the crowd out and would walk four rows down and out the big double doors on floor level. One particular night we were playing Temple and we were down late with just a few seconds left he left But I stayed since I knew I could run to catch him! Of course our Kat hit the shot from mid court and the roar of the crowd brought him back in,now that was funny. The tradition runs deep since I now live in Georgia and raised my two sons here,but because their mom is a big Bull Dog, one son who lives in Ms. Is a Georgia football fan but Ky basketball fan. My other son who   Lives in Georgia is both football & basketball fan in fact has 5 season tickets in football. He is also engaged to a Ky mountain girl and will be getting married in Sept.


Most seventeen year old girls could care less about sports, but my life revolves around Kentucky basketball. I grew up wearing Kentucky t-shirts and hearing about games, but it wasn’t until the 2013-2014 season that I became a true fan. Of course my sister didn’t particularly like my newly discovered passion because I always needed the remote, but it made for some interesting fights(which I won most of the time). If she refused to watch the game, then I resorted to watching alone in my bedroom. No matter how bad my day was, if I knew there was a game that night then I suddenly felt a lot better. Some of my favorite memories involve Kentucky basketball. I’ll never forget Aaron’s three pointers against Michigan, Wisconsin, and Louisville. Those moments will forever be engrained in my memory.

Another great moment was beating West Virginia this year, particularly because of the media leading up to the actual game. It was like Kentucky hadn’t won a game all season and they were going against the best team in the world. Karl also made a great impression on me when he basically won the Notre Dame game for us. I don’t see UK as a “basketball program”, but as a team program that always manages to put together an awesome and talented group of men and persuade them to play as a unit. The team becomes a part of the BBN which is like a huge family because no matter where you go, you can bet that you’ll see some sign of a UK fan(shirt, hat, sunglasses,tattoo). I’m so glad that I decided to watch my first UK game and finally find my passion. As a result of being a UK fan, I want to work in sports medicine.The players of the last two years will always have a special place in my heart because they brought about my love for not just basketball, but Kentucky basketball.


Clay County Junior League Softball’s Friday Morning Wakeup


Shout-out to Clay County Junior League softball team for its defeat of Michigan yesterday in the Central Region championship. They advance to the Junior League World Series with the win.

Pool play action begins on Sunday in Kirkland, Washington. Clay County, representing Kentucky, will play Canada in its first game.

Good luck, ladies!


Will the football program make it five days in a row?

UK football has been ON FIRE this week on the recruiting trail, nabbing commitments each day this week, including yesterday’s monster of a commitment from one of the top wide receivers in the 2018 class. At this point, I wouldn’t rule out another one coming today or some time over the weekend. The momentum is insane right now.

Or, as Stoops tweeted last night, the dice are still hot…

Adding another one today seems crazy, but after what we’ve seen all week, I wouldn’t put it past them. It’s almost expected.

Coach Cal gets a $1.6 million check today.

Cal will receive his retention bonus from the university today for sticking around after the 2014-15 season. That’s not a bad little incentive.

Here’s how much he will get on this day through 2020-2021, assuming he stays at UK:

  • July 31, 2015: $1.6 million
  • July 31, 2016: $2.1 million
  • July 31, 2017: $2.25 million
  • July 31, 2018: $2.55 million
  • July 31, 2019: $2.6 million
  • July 31, 2020: $2.6 million
  • July 31: 2021: $2.6 million

July 31 has to be one of his favorite days of the year.

Karl played catcher for Willie’s first pitch at the Reds game last night.

Just a bit outside.

We need to start covering Rickie Fowler.

After a hole-in-one in yesterday’s first round of the QL National, Rickie Fowler sent a cooler of beer to the media room.

Wondering if UK can get us set up with a similar cooler in Commonwealth Stadium this fall for the football season. (Can you make this happen, Slax?)

Speaking of golf and tournaments and yesterday, I couldn’t be happier for Kent Bulle and caddy Aaron Flener for their big win at the Kentucky Open yesterday. I lost about 160 pounds of sweat walking with them for three days and it was worth it to hold one of those gigantic checks and a trophy with Byron Nelson’s name on it.

So congrats to my good friends and let’s get this money on the PGA Latinoamerica Tour this fall.

KSR is at Fancy Farm today for a live broadcast of the show.

Then we’re back again tomorrow when Matt emcees the 135th annual Fancy Farm picnic. I’m about to pack up and drive across the state to join them. Maybe we’ll see you there.

July 30th, 2015

If Calipari coaches until he’s 73…

Earlier this week, John Calipari told ESPN Radio, “I think I’m going to coach until I’m 72. Maybe 73.”

Of course, he wasn’t completely serious, but let’s say he was for the sake of discussion. What would life be like with a 73-year-old Calipari still roaming the UK sideline?

Let’s do the math: Cal is currently 56. That’d be 17 more years to reach 73. We’ll call it 2032.

I’ll make my predictions and you leave your own in the comments section…


He will be college basketball’s all-time winningest coach.

Maybe. Coach K currently holds the record with 1,018 wins and we don’t know how much he has left in the tank. If Calipari were to coach another 17 years at Kentucky, with his current pace of 31.6 wins per season, he would retire with 1,120 wins. It’ll be close.

Big Blue Nation will hear “You people are crazy” 1,560,785 times.

That, and…

— “Gold standard.”

— “It’s a process.”

— “We can’t hide you here.”

— “I like my team.”

— “Changing families.”

— “Orange Leaf.”

UK will contend with UCLA for the most titles.

Calipari has one championship in six seasons in Lexington, so simple math tells me he’s on pace to have three over the next 18 years. That will tie UCLA for the NCAA record, assuming UCLA doesn’t add another one. (And it won’t.)

Kentucky will have the most Final Four appearances and it won’t be close.

UK currently trails North Carolina by one Final Four and Cal seems to make it every year these days. By the time he calls it quits in 2032, Kentucky should have a strong lead on the field.

LeBron James Jr. will play for Kentucky.

“The King In Waiting” was hanging out in Calipari’s office last summer. Cal watched him in the fourth grade national championship in Lexington and then invited him and his old man over to the Joe Craft Center to try on rings.

Bronny James will step on campus in 2023 as the No. 1 player in his class. He’s got good basketball genes, you know.

Drake will be a season ticket holder.

And not long after, Drake will release “Best I Ever Had Pt. 2,” a tribute song to Rupp Arena ice cream.

Pat Forde will jump off a bridge.

While John Calipari makes his bed and lies in it, probably.

Everyone in the state of Kentucky will have his autograph.

I think we’re already getting pretty close. By the year 2032, Cal will have signed every basketball, book, poster, t-shirt and baby in the entire state.

A fourth of the NBA will be former Wildcats.

Including eight No. 1 draft picks and Nazr Mohammed playing his 34th NBA season.

Train will perform at at least one Big Blue Madness.

Also, Cal will introduce the rock band at its reunion tour stop in Pittsburgh. Together they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Hey, Soul Sister” reaching No. 3 on the Billboard charts.

He will be 26-1 against Rick Pitino.

After promising to coach until he beats Calipari at Kentucky, Rick Pitino will lose his 26th game in the rivalry. He will accept defeat and retire in the postgame press conference.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted at night. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Matthew Mahone ‎








#9 Kyle Thomas ‎

Could you imagine? This would be a perfect retirement for Cal.







#8 Austin Gerdes ‎

Disappointed it’s not a football poster.








I am officially kicking this off. Let’s find this guy.






#6 Chip Stuart ‎

Where is Chester, anyways?






#5 Todd Probus ‎

And so far Kentucky owns about three of the four railroads.






#4 Walker ‎

Did I just see a pig fly by?







#3 Jermaine Eskridge ‎







#2 Badet (Jeff Badet) ‎

Prayers.. That sounds awful.






#1 Adam Newsome ‎

Gotta save those legs for the court.



STILL COOKING: Ohio’s ‘Mom’s Restaurant’ thriving in new locale


FRANKLIN, Ohio – It all started 40 years ago, when Hilda Ratliff was a newly divorced mother of two.

On a normal day she’d walk two houses down to the local restaurant for a cup of coffee.

One day she arrived, and, in a sense, she never left.

It turned out the owner needed help, so Hilda started getting other people coffee. And, when the business became too difficult, the owner of the restaurant sold everything to Hilda for $1,500.

Cups. Plates. Everything.

Hilda became owner of Mom’s Restaurant.

Now in its 40th year, Mom’s Restaurant has changed locations, but its people – and the food – have never been better.



Hilda Ratliff was raised near Hazard, Ky., and it didn’t take long before she wished to spread her wings.

Growing up she’d hoe corn and pick strawberries. And after graduating high school, she received $82 in cash for the achievement.

“It was more money than I’d ever seen in my life,” she says. “So I took my $82, my luggage – which was two grocery bags – and I left. I swore I’d never hoe corn or pick strawberries or wash dishes ever again.”

She headed north, and settled in Red Lion, Ohio, about 40 minutes northeast of Cincinnati. She married and had two children.

Of course, she kept her Kentucky influences close by.

Hanging above the fireplace at home was a 16-inch by 20-inch picture of Cawood Ledford.

After a while, Hilda decided to bring that picture into the restaurant.

“I just needed a better spot for it,” she says. “So I brought it in.”

Other UK fans started to bring in pictures and gifts, too, and slowly the restaurant became an oasis for Big Blue fans in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, completely decorated in UK memorabilia.

But why UK?

“I’ve always been a fan, and UK basketball is everything in Kentucky,” she says. “I always say I’m American by the grace of God but Kentuckian by birth.”



Due to local construction, after 37 years, Mom’s Restaurant moved from its first location in nearby Red Lion to its current location on Ohio 123, next to the BP gas station in Franklin. That was three years ago.

Now Hilda, 74, and her 100-seat restaurant are still cookin’.

Besides the UK memorabilia, a customer will notice the 1,000 mugs lining the walls. They harken back to the beginning, Hilda says, when local police would hang their mugs up and use them upon return. Customers can do the same thing today.

Former Bengal and Kentucky great Doug Pelfrey actually owns the gas station/convenience store/restaurant complex and will show up from time to time. Celebrities like Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Joe B. Hall have also visited.

“I had my picture taken with Joe B.,” Hilda says. “But I was in Florida when Dale Sr. stopped by. But I was a Mark Martin fan anyway,” she laughs.

Fans of the restaurant say you have to go with the scratch-made breakfast – eggs and meat and biscuits like, well, Mom used to make. And sometimes (during the NCAA Tournament, for instance), Hilda will offer her signature gravy, but with bright blue food coloring, another tribute to UK.

Others will point out you can’t go wrong with the massive double cheeseburgers, crinkle-cut french fries and dessert pies. But be warned: Mom’s only accepts cash.

It seems like there’s really only one drawback, Hilda says.

“Back when I left Kentucky, I said I would never do any more dishes,” she says, laughing. “Now all I seem to do is wash those biscuit skillets.

“But I love it, and I love UK. You should come by and visit some time.”



Ever been to Mom’s? Are there other awesome Big Blue hangouts like this across the state and country? Leave your comments below and let us know. Or email me at or hit me up on Twitter: @rhinoKSR or my website: and maybe I’ll share them.


4 month anniversary, what I’ve learned about KSR

I have KSR business cards. I have a KSR office. I even purchased a KSR visor from Kentucky Branded. After all that, I still feel like a dopey rookie. For four months now I’ve been posting UK Football stuff. I hope it hasn’t stunk. Here are 5 things I’ve learned throughout my short journey:
KSR is a monster. I don’t mean that in a bad way. There’s no denying the popularity of the KSR Empire. I knew that coming in. But, I had no idea of the depth and scope of the KSR brand. There’s obviously the radio show, the website, show tours, golf tournaments, merchandise, and more stuff that I haven’t even heard of yet. Seems like every day I’m reading another new name associated with KSR. I’ve not met many, but man, there seems to be a bunch of them.

Matt Jones is the busiest dude in the business. The man is everywhere. As a casual observer, I didn’t understand the extent of Matt’s responsibilities. His occupation looks fun. But it takes sustained dedication to regale all things UK on a daily basis all while juggling the other 8,000 KSR responsibilities listed above. Matt’s work ethic is undeniable. He’s built the brand from scratch. There’s tremendous pride in that. There’s also a great deal of work involved. Just imagine how many texts, direct messages, emails, and phone calls he has to return on a daily basis. I had no idea. Respect.

Tyler and Drew are boundless editors and wicked smart. I was a KSR reader before I joined the team. Like most, I thought Drew was hilarious and Tyler was the glue that held it all together. What I didn’t know was that the pair manages the KSR website around the clock. As a blogging novice, I write posts then email to Tyler and Drew. They then add pictures or graphics and edit my material for the overabundance of grammatical errors. I greatly appreciate their support. Trust me on this, I’m a technological idiot. Telescope is beyond my reach. Computers are not my friend. Tyler Thompson and Drew Franklin must think I’m either a complete moron or a dinosaur. I will never, ever publish our group text messages. But I can say some are comical.

Hitting send for the first time was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. No crap. I must have read my first post at least 183 times before emailing it to Drew and Tyler. I was scared to death. I’ve done a ton of radio and television, so I’m used to that process. Speak your piece, get up and go home. But when the information is posted, especially on a website that is as heavily read as KSR, my babblings are eternally on the internets. Terrifying. An early fear was that the KSR fanatics wouldn’t approve of the new addition. Other concerns were my own self-doubts. I worried that I couldn’t possibly write anything that would remotely be of interest. Truth is, I still get nervous before I submit a post. I hope that never goes away.

KSR is dedicated to bringing you football coverage. There is a significant difference in radio and website material. Matt, Ryan, and Shannon crush the radio waves on a daily basis. UK Basketball and other off-the wall topics are what a significant portion of listeners want to hear. On the site, I’d argue that KSR has covered more football than any other Kentucky related media outlet. Tyler crushed Media Days, Women’s Clinic and her Korem post was gold just to name a few. Drew constantly posts recruiting updates, player profiles, and stadium construction apprises. Truth is, and I agree with Matt, there’s not a great deal of football topics to talk about during the summer months. That was until the four days of Yahtzee which was discussed in length. No offseason news is good news. Typical summer football discussions include arrests, transfers, or suspensions. When practice and games start, interest will peak.

I often get asked how I became a KSR football contributor. Simple answer really. Matt asked. I said yes. Best move in my fledgling, part-time media career. I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity.

So there you have it. A rookie’s take on KSR. I’m having the time of my life. And remember, for UK Football coverage brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible, click on often. Then refresh. We are going to have fun this fall.

Willie and Karl threw out the first pitch for the Reds tonight

Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns were the special guests at tonight’s Big Blue Night in Cincinnati. The two former Wildcats threw out the first pitch to kick off the special night for fans of UK and the Reds.

Two lucky winners will be randomly selected from the crowd to attend the Saturday’s game with John Calipari. Winners may bring one guest to the game. A portion of the ticket proceeds will go to the Kids 2 Camp Fund.

Video of the pitch coming soon.

Kent Bulle wins the Kentucky Open!


Congratulations to Kent Bulle, a member of the KSR family, on his win today in the Kentucky Open. It’s a happy, happy day for Kent, his caddie (and former KSR writer) Aaron Flener, and groupie Drew Franklin, who are surely bathing in champagne somewhere in Lexington, along with the UK Football coaching staff.

Or, maybe they can drink right out of the cup:

Vamanos El Toro!


A photo posted by Drew Franklin (@drew_franklin) on