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September 14th, 2014

Dy’Shawn Mobley is doing big things at EKU


Dyshawn Mobley celebrates after scoring a 69 yard touchdown against Georgia. (Photo by Erin O. Smith)

(Photo by Erin O. Smith)

Running back Dy’Shawn Mobley surprised a lot of people at the end of last season when he announced that he would be transferring to Eastern Kentucky University. Mobley was a break-out star in the final two games of UK’s year; he rushed for 92 yards and 1 TD against Georgia, then tallied 143 yards on 17 carries against Tennessee. However, Dy’Shawn cited difficulties with running backs coach Chad Scott as a catalyst for his decision to transfer, and he now suits up for the Colonels.

So far, he’s adjusted pretty well. Here are his stats from 2014:

@ Robert Morris (Aug. 28th): 25 carries, 142 yds, 0 TDs, 5.7 yd avg
@ Miami Ohio (Sept. 6th): 13 carries, 28 yds, 0 TDs, 2.1 yd avg
vs. Morehead St. (Sept. 13th): 6 carries, 123 yds, 1 TD, 20.5 yd avg
@ UT Martin (Sept. 20th): 11 carries, 183 yds, 3 TDs, 16.6 yd avg

2014 average: 13.75 carries, 119 yds, 1 TD, 8.65 yd avg
2013 average (at UK): 7.17 caries, 50 yds, .17 TDs, 6.97 yd avg

Besides the clunker against Miami (OH), Dy’Shawn has been tearing it up in his new home. His team hasn’t been doing so bad either; Eastern Kentucky is currently 4-0 and sits atop the standings in the Ohio Valley Conference. While the decreased level of competition has contributed to Mobley’s improved performance, it’s good to see him succeed at EKU. Best of luck, Dy’Shawn.


Kentucky opens as a 10.5 point favorite against Vandy


The folks in Vegas have released their NCAAF lines for the week, and Kentucky has opened as a 10.5 point favorite over Vanderbilt. For what it’s worth, 5Dimes Sportsbook (one of the biggest on the internet) currently has UK as a -13.5 point favorite.

For a team that hasn’t won an SEC game in two years, some might worry that opening a conference game as a double-digit favorite will put some added pressure on UK. However, coming from someone who has watched the Commodores in person several times – there really shouldn’t be much to worry about. Go Cats.

EDIT: The line has now moved up to -14.

Former Cat Todd Svoboda is doing well in his battle with cancer

photo by David Perry

photo by David Perry

This winter, former UK walk-on and fan favorite Todd Svoboda was diagnosed with osteosarcoma – an aggressive form of bone cancer.  The River City News in Covington, Kentucky, published a great piece yesterday about Todd and his fight. Apparently, he’s winning:

“His treatment is working. Todd is once again fighting a hard battle and winning. He says he’s got a couple of rounds of chemo to go, then he’ll be in “surveillance mode” – basically making sure the cancer doesn’t come back.”

That’s certainly great news. However, Todd’s battle isn’t over. He still has a few rounds of chemo left, and he wants to share this message:

“Just tell all the fans out there – no matter who they cheer for – that I need your prayers,” he said. “And I thank them for that.”

I’m sure that won’t be a problem. Get well soon, Todd.


ESPN’s Football Power Index really likes the SEC


With 8 teams in the top 25 of today’s AP poll, it’s safe to say that the media likes the SEC. However, after yesterday’s action, ESPN’s Football Power Index is even more in love with the conference. What is the FPI? Good question. Here’s how ESPN describes it:

The Football Power Index (FPI) is a measure of team strength that is meant to be the best predictor of a team’s performance going forward for the rest of the season. FPI represents how many points above or below average a team is. Projected results are based on 10,000 simulations of the rest of the season using FPI, results to date, and the remaining schedule. Ratings and projections update daily.”

Yay, computers! Here are the latest FPI rankings (I’ve also listed each team’s position in the AP poll for comparison):

1. Alabama (3)
2. Texas AM (6)
3. Auburn (5)
4. Georgia (12)
5. Florida State (1)
6. Oklahoma (4)
7. Oregon (2)
8. Ole Miss (10)
9. Baylor (7)
10. UCLA (11)
11. Mississippi St.(14)
12. LSU (17)
13. USC (18)
14. Notre Dame (8)
15. Stanford (16)
16. Clemson (unranked)
17. Ohio State (22)
18. BYU (20)
19. Wisconsin (19)
20. Arkansas (unranked)
21. Florida (unranked)
22. S. Carolina (13)
23. Arizona St. (15)
24. Michigan St. (9)
25. Utah (unranked)

As you can see, the computers are very reverent of the SEC. Not only are there 10 teams in the top 25, the FPI also says that the four best teams in the country are in the conference. It’s certainly a small sample size; we’ll see if it holds as the schools continue to beat up on each other in league play.

In case you were wondering, Kentucky currently comes in at 45th with a projected 6-6 record. I’ll take it.

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Noel had a barber in London for the draft


Nerlens Noel looks amazing at the draft last year, didn’t he? I am glad his hair turned out so well since he apparently went to London to get it done, according to the London School of Barbering. The school is offering a great deal on Pro Demo- Afro Caribbean Haircuts so we can look just like Noel! All we have to do is pay for travel to London to get it.

You might remember that picture from Noel’s instagram last year after he got his hair cut at Denny Moes Barber Shop.

S/o to Denny Moes Barber Shop for hooking me up with the fresh cut! #DraftReady

London….Denny Moes…..Same difference, right? I know websites like this never really use real pictures, I just thought it was funny they picked Noel’s out of anyone in the world.


(H/t: Blue Jesus)


SEC comes in strong for AP top 25


The SEC is coming in strong this week for the AP Top 25. The SEC came in with eight teams, which is good for the conference, but bad for Kentucky. Pac-12 came in with five teams and the Big Ten and Big 12 had 4. the ACC only had one along with the AAC, after Louisville dropped out.

Here is a full look at the rankings.




Madness in the sky

So cool! Wildcats TV flew a drone around tent city to get a look from above. This really helps you soak in how big it really is for anyone who hasn’t seen tent city in person before.


Urban Meyer opens up about Florida

It can get VERY stressful being fans. There is a lot of pressure on us for our teams to do well so we don’t have our friends harassing us about a loss. It is enough to drive a person crazy. However, if it is that bad for fans, just think how hard it is to be a head coach of one of the best football programs in the country.

After his departure from Florida for personal health reason, there was a lot of judgement toward Urban Meyer. The college football world was even more upset when only a few months later he took the head coaching job at Ohio State.

Now, Meyer is sitting down and telling his side of the story four years later. It is heartbreaking to watch looking back I can’t believe how sickly Meyer actually looked after the 2008 championship. However, There is the question of if he was so stressed and sick at Florida, why would he go to another top program with the same amount of pressure, if not more.

I am sure that will be answered Sept. 23 at 10 pm on HBO when Real Sports debuts the interview. I cannot wait to watch the entire program to get the full story.


The rumors are true….



I thought Matt was just joking when he talked about this Sting window on the show a couple weeks ago, but apparently not.  This has been seen around town and fans are taking pictures all over the place.

Would you put this on your car?



Rob Bironas’ Sunday Morning Links



Kentucky native and  nine-year vet of the Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas was killed overnight in Nashville car crash at the age of 36. Police say Bironas lost control of his SUV at a high speed and the vehicle went off the road striking several trees before stopping. Bironas leaves behind his wife Rachel Bradshaw, daughter of Terry Bradshaw, who he just married in June. Our thoughts are with the family in their time of mourning.

On to this morning’s links:


—     ­Rex Chapman was released from jail quietly yesterday and was not reachable for comment, according to USA Today. No new information has been released, but Chapman still faces 14 different felonies after allegedly stealing from an Apple store in Arizona.

—     Class of 2015 Safety Reggie Rogers committed to Marshall last night. The 3-star recruit was someone Vince Marrow and D. J. Eliot had been recruiting and it was thought that Kentucky was a shoe-in for the recruit. Oh well. On to the next!

—     No. 15 Kentucky Volleyball used a strong defensive effort to defeat Xavier in its fourth consecutive victory. This was the last non-conference match before the start of SEC play and the Wildcats (10-2) used 11 blocks and a 24-dig effort from Jackie Napper to pull off the win.

—     CBS Sports Jeff Borzello did a small recap on who went where for basketball recruiting this weekend and where is next for some big recruits. Hint: Kentucky is said at least once for all but one player.

—     In case you missed a little football around the SEC yesterday here is a roundup of what went down. What I learned after they took down No. 8 LSU is that Mississippi State is not playing around. Also, Mizzou is weaker than (I) thought.

—     Jason Hatcher enjoys the multiple roles he has been playing this season. Hatcher has been used in multiple defensive packages this year, using his size and speed to help. Read a couple quotes, including him calling out Tennessee coaches if they didn’t recruit him right.



Artis Gilmore’s Saturday Night News And Notes

Photo via Sports Illustrated


With the idea of an NBA team in Louisville being floated around in the last couple of years, it’s important that we remember where the history of professional basketball in Kentucky was originated. The Kentucky Colonels folded after the NBA/ABA merger but their legacy will live on in the Bluegrass forever, or at least until they return to professional ranks. Arguably the best player to don a Colonels jersey was Artis Gilmore from Chipley, FL. He was drafted by both Kentucky and the Chicago Bulls of the NBA in 1971 after dominating the competition at Jacksonville University. Gilmore still holds the record for rebounds in a game in NCAA play with a career average of 22.7 rebounds per game.

In his first season with the Colonels he was voted the ABA’s Rookie of the Year and MVP and led the Colonels to their only ABA Championship in 1975. After the ABA folded, Gilmore was selected #1 overall in the merger draft by the Chicago Bulls. He bounced around between San Antonio and Chicago before ending his NBA career in Boston in 1988. When it was all said and done, Gilmore was selected to the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2011 and was named to the ABA’s All-Time Team with career averages of 18.8ppg and 12.2rpg while still to this day remaining the NBA’s all time leader in field goal percentage. Artis turns 65 on Sunday and we want to wish one of the best basketball players in the history of the state a happy birthday.


uk-logo-150x105 The Rex Chapman situation made it to the news in Arizona. It’s sad to see another loved former player running afoul of the law, here’s to hoping this was just an isolated incident.


uk-logo-150x105 It was YAHTZEE! time in Lexington again today as high 3-star recruit DE Jason Strowbridge committed to Mark Stoops and the Wildcats this morning. Strowbridge had tweeted out a Top 6 of Kentucky, Tennessee, Miami, NC State, Louisville, and North Carolina earlier in the day. The 6’4 247lb. end is rated as the #29 strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports’ Composite rankings. With UK’s 15th commitment, they move into 24th in the recruiting rankings, sandwiched in between Wisconsin and West Virginia.


uk-logo-150x105 John Cena is the only person in the world I would bet for in a pushup contest with Alex Poythress. He could probably put someone on their back while taking a charge. Holy bench press. Also, a nice #BFM for the Chivers out in BBN.



uk-logo-150x105 John Calipari also had some of the players over for a good time tonight, as we got to see Tyler Ulis elevate and throw down on a 7-foot goal earlier (scroll up to see) and this gem of what looks like Devin Booker doing his best Javess Blue impression with a bevy of flips on the Calipari family trampoline.



uk-logo-150x105 Mark Stoops used his bye week to check on the nation’s #1 high school football team, St. Edwards of Lakewood, Ohio playing against Cincinnati Elder. Stoops was keeping an eye on 4-star WR commitment Alex Stump and also hoping to nail some brownie points with 4-star twins Andrew and David Dowell. It’s good to see Stoops has a good relationship with a program as reputable as St. Edwards, and Elder is no slouch at producing D1 talent as well. Stoops gets it.


That’s all for tonight. Keep bleeding blue, Kentucky. I’m Ron Burgundy? 



Where In The World Is Mark Stoops?


As I stated earlier, bye week is usually a boring, disappointing time for fans. Watching a college football Saturday isn’t the same knowing that the ‘Cats haven’t played or will later in the day. However for coaches, especially with the staff that Mark Stoops has created, this bye week is a chance to get out and see some recruits that they normally wouldn’t have the time to check out.

Tonight, Mark Stoops is spending his bye week Saturday in Ohio (shocking development) watching the #1 ranked high school in the nation, St. Edward (Lakewood, OH) face off against perennial Ohio and national power, Cincinnati Elder. Kentucky already has a commitment from 4-Star WR Alex Stump of St. Edward, and are also in on twins Andrew and David Dowell of St. Edward, both 4-star players at RB and Safety respectively. Clearly having a good connection to a team ranked #1 in the nation, that usually sends 4 or more players to Division 1 football every season is a fantastic thing for Kentucky football.


Tyler Ulis: “You Thought He Was A Point Guard”


John Calipari likes his team, that much is obvious. He also wants you to know just how skilled his players are. More specifically, Tyler Ulis. Coach Cal wants all of #BBN to know something, that Tyler Ulis CAN dunk (<cough> 7-foot goal <cough>) and has more elevation than you would suspect from a 5’9 point guard. End of sarcasm. Coach Cal is having fun, which means all is well throughout the Big Blue Nation.



Cesaro Likes UK’s Facilities

As the WWE wrestlers trickled into town for the WWE Live event at Rupp Arena today, it seems that the Joe Craft Center became the work out spot for some of WWE’s stars this morning. The wrestler pictured above is Cesaro (real name: Claudio Castagnoli), a Swiss wrestler who joined the WWE in 2011, and held the US Championship for a period in 2012-13. The fact that UK’s workout equipment is suitable to help beef up some of the largest people on the planet is a very good sign.

One more thing, I’m not huge into wrestling and have never been, but when researching who exactly Cesaro was I stumbled onto a Bleacher Report article titled “7 Curious Facts About Antonio Cesaro” and found number 3 very entertaining. Apparently, in 2007 he was part of a wrestling group called “The Los Ice Cream Trio” and wrestled under the identity of “Very Mysterious Ice Cream”. Seriously. This is a photo from the Bleacher Report, he’s the one on the far right.




State Of Kentucky Continues Domination of UT Martin

picture via Twitter

With UK on a bye this weekend, there isn’t a whole lot of football related news to cover as a lot of the players are using this weekend to return to their hometowns and relax for a couple days. However, even in bye weeks, former Kentucky players are still taking former Kentucky opponents to the woodshed.

UT Martin took a 59-14 beating in Commonwealth less than a month ago, and today they returned home to face Eastern Kentucky in the teams first OVC game of the season and got burned by former UK running back Dy’Shawn Mobley who transferred to EKU after last season. Mobley carried the ball 11 times for the Colonels, gaining 183 yards and scoring 3 times in the Colonels’ 49-24 win. EKU moves to 4-0 on the season, it’s best start since 1992, and Dy’Shawn Mobley has placed himself in the conversation for OVC Offensive POY after coming on strong at the end of last season for Kentucky.

It’s always nice to see former ‘Cats doing well in other environments, especially (selfishly) at EKU, a school that about 75% of my family graduated from. Go Cats and Go Colonels!