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July 31st, 2015

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 the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 bostonceltics


I’m sure she doesn’t even know you’re gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Reese Phillips


Wow. That was fast. Welcome back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

#8 Tod Lanter


I hope this actually is not a thing. Please tell me it is not a thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Ray J. Vaske


The Reds would NEVER do that. It’s too good of a program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Chris from Paducah


Math is hard. Is that counting inflation, or?

 

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Michael Kinney


Apparently geography is hard, too.

 

 

 

 

 

#4 Jason Huber


It’s okay to wear a man purse if it’s a Yeti, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Rodney Lipps


He will probably have to go to therapy for that one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#2 J.D. Shelburne


Dear God. I am going to have nightmares.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#1 Jeff Archer


Tulane once ruled the SEC. Let that one sink in.

 

 

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Jamal Murray and big man Issac Humphries are on campus

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Photo by @gwayne_11

Jamal Murray has been the story of college basketball this summer with his stellar play in the Pan American games for Team Canada. In fact, Murray’s performances in the Pan Am Games were good enough to put him in contention for the Canadian National Team that will compete in the FIBA Americas Championship from August 31-September 12. Yesterday, we informed you that John Calipari had spoken to The Sporting News‘ Mike DeCourcy and that he’s given Canadian Basketball officials a “drop-dead” date in which Murray has to be on UK’s campus. Well how about this piece of news for your Friday evening? Jamal Murray is currently on campus along with big man, Issac Humphries, for a weekend visit.

Humphries is a class of 2016 7-foot Australian center who has been playing at La Lumiere School in La Porta, Indiana. He currently holds offers from Kansas, Arizona and Illinois. According to 247 sports, he is ranked 52nd nationally and is the No. 4 center in the 2016 class. Humpries is reportedly thinking about reclassifying and possibly joining Kentucky this fall. As our own Matt Jones said on twitter, “Big men like Isaac Humphries are a true mystery and can be a big addition IF they join the program.”

This is not the first time that John Calipari has seen Humphries either, since he watched him play in Indiana in January. Stay tuned to KSR for more on Murray and Humphries.


Building The Ultimate UNC Alumni Team

With the UK VS UNC Alumni game now official that means it is time to play one of the Internet’s favorite games. Constructing hypothetical rosters to duke it out in mid-September. Here are the UNC player’s I’d pick to bring back to Rupp for an epic beatdown:

PG- Ty Lawson Record Vs UK: (3-0)

Ty Lawson represents UNC at the height of their power in the new millennium. The point guard led UNC to back to back final fours in 2008 and 2009 and was the most outstanding player on the ’09 team that won UNC’s last title. The same era represented UK at their lowest. Lawson racked up a 3-0 record against Tubby’s last team and the pits f the Billy Clyde era. While it would be nice to give Lawson a loss inside of Rupp Arena, the star point guard was charged with his second DUI of 2015 earlier this month and  recently checked into rehab so it isn’t likely he will be playing. Hopefully he is able to get his life in order as his health is more important than this alumni game.

SG- Wayne Ellington (3-0)

So with Lawson likely off the table the revenge for 06-09 will have to fall to Wayne Ellignton. Ellington was a Cat-killer during that era with an average of 17 points per game and the same 3-0 record. I say we bring back Jodie Meeks, give him a surrounding of NBA All-Stars, and let him enact his vengeance with another 54 points.

SF-Harrison Barnes (1-2)

The current reigning NBA champion gets the starting nod here by virtue of being the Tarheel’s Captain. Danny Green is probably the better option for them but you play the hand you’re dealt. Barnes and MKG could make for a good match-up at the SF position. Barnes has been playing on the better NBA team so his career stats are a bit boosted.But he would be no match for the depth at small forward Kentucky will display. Patrick Patterson, Trey Lyles, Terrence Jones, Deandre Liggings, the list goes on and on.

PF- Ed Davis (1-1)

Expect Davis to be doing a lot of watching dudes dunk if he makes the UNC roster. Also, please bring back Tyler Hansbrough. That is one guy who needs to experience the wrath of DeMarcus Cousins within the confines of Rupp.

C- Tyler Zeller (2-3)

Tyler Zeller had a pretty solid year in Boston this past season. But solid is going to be no match for the near-MVP status of one Anthony Davis. Then add in Karl Towns and you’ve got a 1-2 punch that will absolutely dominated the center position

Who do you hope to see the Tarheels bring and get demolished in Lexington later this fall?


UofL has Bama, Who Should UK Play in the Non-Conference?

Coach Stoops ain't scared of NOBODY, "Come at me bro."

Coach Stoops ain’t scared of NOBODY, “Come at me bro.”

The big story of the day is the unofficial announcement that Little Brother will take on the Crimson Tide in the Citrus Bowl in 2018 to kickoff the college football season.  The Tide will likely Roll, but you can’t deny that it’s pretty cool, and a big step for a program that has given away tickets at gas stations in my short lifetime.

I know Kentucky has a tough enough schedule as it is, but if the Cats’ upward trajectory continues under Mark Stoops, I’d like to see the Cats add another big school to the non-conference schedule.  Here are five games that I could see happening.

Indiana

Even if they only had Antwaan Randle-El, those games were a lot of fun in the 90s.  If we can’t have them on the basketball schedule, we should have them on the football schedule.

UConn

We’ve always wanted to see the football, men’s and women’s basketball Triple Header, and there isn’t a more compatible school than UConn.  The women’s team is ALWAYS the team to beat in the country, we have a grudge to settle with the men’s team for back-to-back Final Four losses, and their AAC-caliber football team is a beatable, yet formidable, opponent.

WKU

I know it didn’t work out well the first time around, but not much in the Joker Phillips era did.  Western is even better than before, so what better way to prove how far you’ve come than by beating down the Toppers?

Iowa

Mark Stoops would LOVE a chance to take his alma mater down.  Even though they’ve been on the decline in recent years, beating a Big Ten team is still satisfying.

Ohio State

It would never happen (because if you thought UK liked easy non-conference opponents, look at Urban Meyer’s schedule) but it would be pretty awesome.

1.  Shutting their fans up for the foreseeable future would be amazing.

2.  The Horseshoe would be a cool place to watch a game.

3.  If it’s at a neutral site, you still get the pleasure of watching their amazing band.

4.  The Ohio kids on the roster would play OUT OF THEIR MINDS. 

5.  If you can beat them in recruiting, why can’t you beat on ‘em on the field?

Ohio State is the optimum opponent, but who would YOU like to see on Kentucky’s non-conference schedule?


You Wanted to Know: Another Twitter Q&A

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I asked for the BBN to tweet more UK Football questions. You didn’t disappoint. Some interesting topics surfaced:

 

-@AdamLucketBOS: What are the differences in Dawson’s Air Raid compared to Neal Brown’s Air Raid?

Have to start with recruited and developed talent. Neal walked into a skill position dumpster fire. Dawson inherited better developed and more talented players. Schematically, Dawson relies more on a four receiver lineup. Neal preferred to feature a TE. Dawson will adjust for Conrad and Long. Shannon Dawson will stress the power run game and rely less on the horizontal emphasis. Vertical pass plays will also be more prevalent. Both are very good coordinators. Stoops hit a home run with Shannon Dawson.

-@natedyer66: Give me a reason to be optimistic about the cornerback play. Right now the thought scares me to death.

Legitimate concern Nate. I am also uneasy about the position. Tiller, Harmon, and Quinn are all seniors. They’ll be schematically sound and assignment reliable. A three year work sample indicates the trio have maxed out in terms of ability. The veterans have played a great deal of football and have earned the right to be named as pre-camp starters. In the 15 class, Stoops signed multiple CB’s. This group wasn’t recruited to sit. There’s a good chance that the starting cornerbacks will be different from game one to game four. Also, I’m intrigued with redshirts and former Nickel players that may fill the void. These include Kendall Randolph, Blake McClain, and Jared Tucker. There will be intense competition and position changes in preseason camp. I have to be completely fair and balanced. I re-watched all 12 games from last season. At times, when receivers were running wide open, it was not the cornerback’s fault. Instead, linebackers and safeties lacked the athletic ability to matchup with SEC skill receivers.

-@thrtzn: Could UK recover from a first game loss to UL-Lafayette or does that cripple the season?

No and yes. I do not think the Cats could recover from an opening game loss. Therefore, yes it would cripple the season. If that happens, I could easily imagine a 0-4 start. However, I don’t think UK will lose on 5 September. Matter of fact, through in-depth personnel study, I tend to believe that UK will win rather comfortably. 2013, ULL would have ran the Cats out of the stadium. 14 would have been a toss-up. 15, UK decisively wins.

-@KevinWFaris: Can UK stop the run? Or at least slow it down? Which of the new guys could help the most here?

Really good questions. First, can UK stop the run? I have to be vague but my answer is, possibly. Run defense success will greatly rely upon veteran LB development and health. Melvin Lewis/Matt Elam are prototypical nose tackles. In the 3-4, nose tackles and inside linebackers are vital against the run. Second part of your question, which of the new guys could help the most? I lean towards the JUCO defensive linemen, Alvonte Bell and Courtney Miggins. In addition to those two, outside linebacker Denzel Ware will factor.

-@EastKyBlue: What was your most memorable road game while at UK? Favorite UK memory?

Road games weren’t too kind to me. I’d have to go with winning at Vanderbilt my sophomore year. That victory was our sixth of the season, which guaranteed a winning season. In that era, UK played 11, not 12 game schedules. Jerry Claiborne somewhat viewed me as a loose cannon. I took joy in that. Kept the old man on edge. We were in the victory formation and I was supposed to take the snap, then take a knee and game over. Claiborne called a time out. You see, earlier in the year against North Carolina and in the same situation, I fumbled the snap. We recovered the fumble, we won. Scary. Back to the Vandy game. I came to the sideline, Claiborne gave me the “eye” and made me physically demonstrate just how I was going to take the snap then take a knee. I remember laughing on my trot back to the huddle. I also recall seeing Coach Claiborne’s face after the game. He was never satisfied, but I could sense relief. I’m not certain that he knew that 1989 was his last season. But on that day, he was tremendously proud of his football program. I think he took extra pride in the fact that we won the 6th on the road. We all wanted to please Jerry Claiborne. We all wanted his approval. We all loved our Coach.

As for memory? After beating LSU at home, my all-time favorite Wildcat, Bill Ransdell, waited for me in the locker room tunnel. After spitting out an ounce of Levi Garrett, he bear hugged me then told me how proud he was of my performance. That was my “arrival” moment. On that one instance, I thought I was pretty cool.

-@TheGarrd: What do you think about the potential of Jeff Badet, Alexander Montgomery, and Blake Bone as playmakers on O this year?

They will all certainly contribute. Tommy Mainord is an excellent receiver coach. Collective fundamentals will be better. Couple that with physical maturation, the WR group will be vastly improved. Badet and Montgomery will be hungry to impress after missing their second season. I expect Badet to be a break-out player and Montgomery to be that go to receiver in critical, third and medium situations. As for Blake Bone, the jury is out. As a true freshman, he impressed. Also as a rookie, well, he played like a rookie. If his upper body strength has improved, he will become a viable goal-line option. I really like the 2015 WR position.

-@avawam1417: Is there an under the radar guy that could break out his year and who do you think will return kicks/punts?

Under the radar can be interpreted many different ways. Offensively, Cole Mosier is the one player that stands out. He makes the 15 offensive line considerably better. Reasoning is that Mosier can effectively play multiple positions. That alone provides organic depth. Defensively, Adrian Middleton is the 14 signee that has flown under the radar. At 300 pounds, he will factor and play. I expect big things from Adrian. I’ve tracked his development. Just got a hunch. Who will return kicks/punts? Hope not Boom. Much too valuable at RB. I really don’t have an answer.

Thanks that was fun. We’ll do this again before camp starts then make it a weekly occurrence.


Two former Dance Cats need your help to become Wizards girls

Former UK dance team members Christie Horan and O’livia Foster are finalists to become Wizards Girls for the upcoming 2015-2016 NBA season, and the BBN can help one of them make the final squad.

The folks in charge of selecting the squad saved a spot on the team for a ‘Fan Favorite,’ going to the dancer with the most online votes leading up to Monday night’s Finals Audition Showcase. That’s where you come in, BBN. Vote for Christie and/or O’livia by tweeting using the hashtags #CHRISTIEforWG or #OLIVIAforWG. Pretty easy, right? You can tweet whatever message you like, just use those hashtags.

The more Cats in DC, the better, right?

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When’s the next Yahtzee?

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After an exciting week of Yahtzees, today feels super slow, doesn’t it? Have no fear, we’re hearing more good news is on the way…after the weekend. 2017 four-star running back Mohamed Ibrahim was scheduled to visit Kentucky today, but, according to Patrick Loney, pushed his visit back to Monday. He’s expected to commit to UK on that visit, which will keep the momentum flowing heading into camp.

The 5’9″ 178 lbs. Ibrahim is considered the 18th best running back in the 2017 class and the 9th best player in the state of Maryland, Tommy Mainord’s territory. Ibrahim’s teammate, four-star athlete Joshua Paschal, could join him on the visit, which would make the staff very happy. The 6’4″ 255 lbs. Paschal is the brother of former Cat TraVaughn Paschal, and is considered the 27th best athlete in the 2017 class. If you read the tweet leaves, he’s very high on the Cats as well.

Package Yahtzee? Bring it on.

Here are some of Ibrahim’s highlights:


Notes from the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon

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Think about this for a minute. 700 folks attended a UK function in downtown Louisville. If I were from the ‘Ville and wore red on a daily basis that would absolutely drive me nuts. Well done Jefferson County’s BBN Chapter. Mark Stoops finished up speaking season with a short question-and-answer session with Tom Leach and his two coordinators. No Earth-shattering news came about as the Wildcat coaches appeared to be ready to put the jawing season to bed and get camp started.

Over 30 former football Cats attended. That is by far the most in the event’s history. The luncheon was great. Tons of folks there. Food was tasty. But the noteworthy aspect to me was all the has-beens in the crowd and their pre-lunch interaction with Stoops, Eliot, and Dawson. Former players represented coaches from Bear to Brooks. Impressive.

On more than one occasion, a letterman would ask Mark Stoops if it was ok to stop by practice. I saw a semi-mad Stoops come out during these questions. His repeated answer was absolutely. And he meant it. See, I think he finds it offensive that players felt that they had to ask. The “All In” mantra sincerely extends to us. That’s refreshing. That’s also not new. Joker had that policy, so did Brooks. But there’s something different about this staff. Something that signifies to former players that UK is on the horizon of reaching a point in which most failed to meet. For the first time in my has-been career, I felt like part of the program. I had at least five others tell me the same.

I loved it. But, I again badly failed KSR. Much like the Governor’s Cup, I couldn’t keep up with interview questions and to be honest, I got caught up in the informal reunion and joined the boys in telling lies and making fun of each other. I’m sorry. Maybe one day I’ll actually report something newsworthy. Every time I reached for my phone to tweet, I’d get slapped in the back of the head and asked if I played defensive tackle or right guard. Very funny. Fat jokes never get old around the alpha-dog heavy world of washed up football players.

I can accurately say that I saw thirty plus former players with a sincere look of excitement. We almost had to tie former fullback and SEC knockdown block leader, Andy Murray, to his chair. He was full nostril flaring and had the same look he had in the huddle on third and short situations. I fully expected him to head-butt Matt Bradford or Ronnie Robinson. Andy epitomized the mood. We were all carrying on sidebar conversations before the coaches walked up to the podium. When Stoops started to talk, I was reminded of being back in the Nutter Center when Jerry Claiborne would begin a team meeting. We all sat up straight, sucked our guts in, and paid attention. No matter how old the audience may be, Mark Stoops is a motivator.

You have to remember, not all of us ever experienced a winning season. I did, but just one. You don’t think that hearing about UK’s less than stellar football history for thirty years doesn’t get our blood boiling? It absolutely does. We take it personally. However, hearing about the state of the program and where it is headed is our vindication.

John Ryan and Dean Wells should be commended. They worked for months inviting alumni and preparing for today’s festivities. Not surprising from each. Both highly successful men with a passion for all things Blue. I’m tired of talking season. I’m tired of projection. Let’s tee the darn ball up and play some football.


Get ready for Fancy Farm with another article about KSR

The crowd for this morning’s show (Photo by @ElderKY)

The Fancy Farm Picnic is tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET, and the guys got a taste of the atmosphere this morning by hosting the radio show on site. What can we expect tomorrow? Matt told the Associated Press’ Adam Beam that he’s going after Rand Paul, who decided NOT to attend the biggest political event in his own state.

“I am going to hammer Rand Paul for not coming,” Jones said. “You’re a senator in a state, you’re up for re-election next year and how do you not come because you want to go to New Hampshire? That to me is really weak.”

Beam wrote a nice profile of Matt, who he said is known more for hating UofL and Pitino than politics, which is true. He also called KSR “a must-stop for any political candidate seeking statewide office in Kentucky,” which sounds weird but is also true. Click here to read the entire article.
If you can’t make it to Fancy Farm, KET will televise the speeches live starting with a “pregame show” at 2:30 p.m. ET. Hilariously, the folks at the event have requested that Drew and Ryan also sit onstage with Matt, so if anything, you can laugh at them as they attempt not to knock anything over.

Here’s the speaking order for the picnic, which begins at 3 p.m. ET. If you miss it on KET, it’ll replay throughout the week. (For a full schedule, click here.)

Speaking Order                                           Minutes
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Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros

Bishop William Medley………………Invocation

Ms. Ramsey Carpenter……….……..My Old Ky Home

Ms. Carson McKee…………..………The National Anthem

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Matt Jones – Emcee……………………………..3

Rep. Richard Heath (R)………………………….2

Sen. Stan Humphries (R)…………………..….2

Cong. Ed Whitfield (R)…………………..….….3

Sen. Mitch McConnell (R)…………………..…5

Gov. Steve Beshear (D)…………………………5

*Gov. Cand. Jack Conway (D)…………………5

*Gov. Cand. Matt Bevin (R)…………………….5

Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen (D)…………..…………….2

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Jeanean Hampton (R)…….…4

*Lt. Gov. Cand. Sannie Overly (D)…………….4

Ag. Comm. James Comer (R)…………………2  (pending)

*Ag Comm. Cand. Jean Marie Spann (D)…….4

*Ag. Comm. Cand. Ryan Quarles (R)…..…….4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Andy Beshear (D)…..………4

*Att. Gen. Cand. Whitney Westerfield (R)……4

*Sec. of State Incum. Alison Grimes (D)……..4

*Sec. of State Cand. Steve Knipper (R)…..….4

*Aud. Incum. Adam Edelen (D)……………….4

*Aud. Cand. Mike Harmon (R)…………………4

Treas. Todd Hollenbach (D)………………..…..2

*Treas. Cand. Allison Ball (R)……………….…4

*Treas. Cand. Rick Nelson (D)…………………4


So, this video of the basketball team working out is awesome

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Time for a basketball fix. Our friends at KyWildcatsTV snuck into the weight room to check in on the basketball team’s strength and conditioning workouts, and shot a pretty awesome 30-second video of the guys running, lifting, and throwing medicine balls around. That sounds boring, but it’s actually kind of awesome:

The best part? Isaiah Briscoe throwing chalk in the air ala LeBron. GIF of the Day, hands down:

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Happy birthday, Tim Couch!

Today we celebrate the birthday of a UK football legend. Tim Couch turns the ripe old age of 38 today, but judging by recent pictures, he looks like he could still sling it around the field like he did 20 years ago.

When Jermaine Eskridge committed yesterday, many said he could be the most important UK Football recruit since Tim Couch. I don’t think UK football has ever been as exciting as the years Tim Couch and Hal Mumme ruled the roost, and watching him turned this UK basketball fan into a football one as well. My parents made me clean out my room at their house on a recent trip home, and I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of my old #2 Cleveland Browns jersey. In fact, I had to bring it back to Nashville with me.

In a neat moment, a fellow Eastern Kentucky boy wished Tim happy birthday on Twitter today:

Let’s relive Tim’s great game against Alabama in 1997 in his honor:


FAQ: Yahtzee!

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Why does Coach Stoops keep yelling Yahtzee? 

Since 2013, Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Football coaching staff have used the term “Yahtzee” to denote a commitment to the UK Football program. Stoops and his staff routinely use this term in social media to help build excitement as new and promising recruits enter into the University of Kentucky sports universe.

Is Coach Stoops actually rolling a big pair of dice? That seems extravagant.

Probably not. This is probably an embellishment for purposes of conveying enthusiasm or a metaphor for a specific game he is winning, in this case perhaps the college football “recruiting game,” at which he is succeeding.

In the game “Yahtzee” a “Yahtzee” denotes five of the same dice rolled on one roll. Am I to believe that when Mark Stoops announces “Yahtzee,” he has just recruited five players of identical skill sets to fill the same position? Because I am not entirely sure that is the best use of his recruiting time.

No, it generally refers to one player at a time.

Not five? Because a “Yahtzee” is five.

No, not five. Just one.

Then shouldn’t he yells “Uno!” That is also a popular game, and “uno” is Mexican for “one.”

He says “Yahtzee.”

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Why “Yahtzee,” then? 

Again, it’s just a colloquial term; like Coach Stoops, many of our past UK coaches have relied on metaphorical terminology to signify recruiting success. Joker Phillips used “Jenga!” to imply he was “stacking” solid players on top of one another to create an effective team. Hal Mumme would announce “You sunk my battleship!” when landing a major commitment, insinuating that this new recruit was “sinking” the “battleship” of his preconceived notions of the limits of a player’s ability. Rich Brooks would exclaim “Mousetrap!” whenever a giant net trap would spring and fall onto one of his recruits, and beloved coach Jerry Claiborne would announce “Potato and Spoon Race!” sometimes just because it was one of his favorite games growing up as a young boy in Hopkinsville. Each coach has his own way of doing things.

Yes, but if Coach Stoops were rolling a big PAIR of dice, he would be playing “Yahtzee” wrong. “Yahtzee” is played using five dice. It would be much easier to roll two of the same number than five of the same number.

This is a good point. But you get the idea. It’s just a figure of speech.

I guess “Snake Eyes!” or “Boxcars!” isn’t as exciting as “Yahtzee!” 

No, it’s not. “Boxcars!” would not be very exciting at all.

You know what would be great though? “Hungry Hungry Hippos!” That would mean that we have some big players and that the players are also hungry. For football game wins.

You should bring this up with the coaching staff. I think you’re putting way too much thought into this.

I will do that. Do you have Coach Stoops’ phone number or electronic mail address?

No, I don’t. Sorry.

That’s a good game, too. “Sorry.”

Yes, it is.

Kerplunk!

Yes, that’s a good game as well.

Oh, no, I didn’t mean the game “Kerplunk.” That was just the actual sound of me accidentally dropping my glasses into the toilet.

Good luck with that.

 


Mark Stoops had swagger at the Louisville Kickoff Luncheon

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Mark Stoops, Shannon Dawson, and DJ Eliot just wrapped up their remarks at the UK Alumni Kickoff Luncheon in Louisville, and Stoops received a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd of 700+ fans when he walked in. After a historic recruiting week, the man certainly deserves it.

“It’s been a slow week,” Stoops joked to raucous cheers. Freddie was at the event and will be by with his take later, but here are some quick newsy bits to tide you over…

— Stoops wasn’t afraid to address what he called “the elephant in the room.”

“We started 5-1 and didn’t finish,” he said. “You’re going to see progress, you’re going to see a better football team.”

— Stoops told the crowd he’s proud of his team’s discipline and hard work this summer. “You’re going to see a team you’re going to be very proud of,” Stoops said. “They’ve worked relentlessly.”

— Still no word on the eligibility of Courtney Love or Javon Provitt, but Stoops told reporters he expects to know by Media Day.

— By all indications, the quarterback race will continue into camp and no timetable has been set.

— Offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson landed a big commitment in 2017 quarterback Mac Jones this week, his second QB commit at Kentucky behind Gunnar Hoak in the 2016 class. While Dawson couldn’t speak about either of those players specifically, he did say that the main things he looks for are accuracy, timing, and leadership.

— DJ Eliot told reporters he’s expecting his freshmen cornerbacks to have an impact early on, some good news at a position that needs immediate help.

Like I said, Freddie will be by with more later…


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?