Yeah, yeah, yeah… Mississippi State is No. 1 in the polls. Yawn. When the Dawgs come →
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 5:00pm
Lots of good stuff in this video from Kentucky Wildcats TV at SEC Media Day 2014. It leads off with a real gem: Coach Cal refusing to draw a wildcat on a dry erase board. (Booooooooooooooo)
Then there’s more great stuff from Cal and the Harrison twins, including Andrew saying Aaron would win a 10-game series of 1-on-1 games.
Definitely watch this one.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 4:00pm
While many are ignoring the North Carolina scandal like it doesn’t exist, Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel is all over it and he wants action from the NCAA. Today he writes:
Emmert has been beaten to a pulp during his time in Indianapolis and most of it was self-inflicted.
Here’s his chance to punch back. This isn’t inserting himself into a scandal such as Penn State that was best left to courts of law. This isn’t repeating the tired argument over the value of amateurism.
If Emmert, at 61, still has the old fire he started the job with, if he still has the belief that NCAA rules count for something, if he still believes in college sports and the good it can produce, it he still holds the confidence to walk into a fight and throw haymakers, then this is the weakling waiting to be made an example.
Multi-sport postseason bans? Fines? Scholarship reductions? Death penalty? It all should be on the table.
As Wetzel puts it, North Carolina is guilty of “full-on cheating.” This isn’t small time, one or two people involved stuff. This is an administration and an athletic department knowingly giving its athletes a free pass from academics.
“And it went on for 18 years.”
Give it a read here and then join Pat Forde in demanding the banners come down.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 3:01pm
Tomorrow is “see blue.” Day at Keeneland, marking the official start of homecoming weekend at the University of Kentucky. Keeneland and UK are inviting fans up to The Hill, the tailgating area adjacent to Keene Barn, for a pep rally and Big Blue Nation party before the races. The rally kicks off at noon with the band and cheerleaders, but you can go earlier for our Friday morning KSR broadcast. Matt, Ryan and I will be doing the two-hour show from the lot.
Other “see blue.” Day goodies:
— UK students, alumni and faculty receive free general admission to the track and access to reserved Grandstand seating with valid UK IDs.
– Lextran will provide a dedicated shuttle for students between UK and Keeneland at a cost of $1 each way from 11 to 5:00 pm. The first 500 students to ride the Lextran shuttle from campus will receive a commemorative “see blue.” Day T-shirt.
— The entire KSR crew will be partying and losing money in the clubhouse. Turkey Hunter will undoubtedly black out at some point.
— The Jordan English Band, my favorite band, will be on The Hill from 12:25 to 2:00 pm. That Jordan guy is a real heartthrob.
See you there.
— We’re now 48 hours away from kickoff in Commonwealth Stadium when the Cats and Dawgs lace ‘em up for an upset of the No. 1 team in America. If you heard Paul Finebaum on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning, you know he believes a Kentucky win is possible. Finebaum said, “Being No. 1 does things to programs that aren’t used to it… Common sense tells me, they’re not that fired up about going to Lexington, even in a primetime game.”
Let’s do this.
— Lloyd Tubman update: Tubman was in Fayette District Court this morning, where he waived his right to a preliminary hearing. His first-degree rape charges will now go to a grand jury.
— The University of North Carolina is in a massive scandal right now and you wouldn’t know it if you followed only the mainstream college basketball writers. For whatever reason, almost all national basketball folks are choosing to ignore the disaster that is UNC athletics right now. There are some exceptions, but for the most part, it appears people are afraid to touch it, and I don’t get it. If that’s Kentucky facing these allegations, it’s on everything. They’re making documentaries about it and putting it on those banners that drag behind planes. Anything to get it out.
— And on that note, Pat Forde wrote “TAKE DOWN THE BANNERS YOURSELF.” (link)
— Jeff Ruby is trolling Jameis Winston and Florida State by taking crab legs off his awesome seafood menu next week, when the Cards host the Seminoles.:
Notice to our Louisville diners: Due to FSU & Jameis Winston being in town Thursday Oct,30, crab legs will NOT be available on our raw bar
— Jeff Ruby (@TheRealJeffRuby) October 23, 2014
But if Louisville wins, Ruby is offering half-priced king crab legs to guests with a ticket stub from the game. Brilliant. (Can I get half-priced truffle creamed corn?)
— Lexington’s Bourbon n’ Toulouse also joined in on the trolling with a special of its own. The popular cajun joint tweeted: “TODAY ONLY…buy a meal & get free @UNC degree! RT & we’ll throw in a masters degree. **no studying required**”
And now I’m starving.
— This is one way to make a short putt.
Maybe I’ll try that next time because I seem to miss those a lot. Ask Tim Couch. I teamed up with the legend earlier this summer and I missed a five-footer on 17 to lose. That was months ago and I still haven’t slept. I can still see the look of sheer disappointment and disgust on his face when it lipped out. After all he did for me as a UK football fan in the 90s, I let him down with a three-putt on 17. I’ll never forget it.
— Out of curiosity, how many of you plan to be at the SEC Nation taping Saturday morning at 9:00 am? Leave a comment if you’re going to line up to see Tebow and get a free shirt. We’ll start our pregame show as soon as their’s ends so look for us, too. We won’t have shirts.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 2:16pm
Southeastern Conference radio star Paul Finebaum was a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning to talk Kentucky football and the chance of upsetting Mississippi State in two days. But before the football talk got underway, Finebaum told a story of how he charged Andrew Harrison’s phone in his studio at SEC Media Day yesterday. “I feel like I made a major contribution to UK basketball,” he said of his good deed. “I will tell you this — I wasn’t looking because its none of my business — but it was buzzing about every two seconds.”
Finebaum then gave his thoughts on UK’s second year progress under Mark Stoops and previewed Saturday’s game against the Dawgs. He said he’s not convinced Mississippi State is fired up, adding, “I think it’s a great opportunity for the Wildcats.”
Tune in at the 21:00 mark of the first hour to hear Finebaum’s segmemt:
And check out the second hour with an appearance from Jared Lorenzen:
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 1:45pm
By C.M. Tomlin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 1:00pm
Welcome to Mississippi State University! We are happier than pigs in slop that you have chosen to continue your edgy-cation with us at MSU and can’t wait for you to learn all the great things about the University. You will have already received your mandatory cowbell and Duck Dynasty™ Season 6 DVD and you’re ready to embark on a mission of learning!
With a beautiful, picturesque Southern campus and down-home hospitality, the friends you make at MSU will be among the best you’ll ever meet, whether gathering together to study, chat or just relax and enjoy each other’s company. If you need to use the bathroom at any time, Keith, just use a bottle. It’s okay.
Whether you’re commuting or living on campus, Mississippi State will inevitably become “home” in no time, which means that — just like the home you grew up in — you can murder any trespasser who steps foot on your land. They will be buried in an unmarked graveyard back behind the Poultry Science Building. Sssshhh! Remember: you are within your rights!
Lunch is available from 10:30 am to 1:45 pm weekdays, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Meal choices in Mississippi State’s dining halls include barbecue, lemonade tea and barbecue. And lemonade tea.
Here we see the MSU Budgetary Committee putting the finishing touches on the 2015 residence halls budget in one of MSU’s state-of-the-art meeting boardrooms. You won’t find any “bull” in MSU’s hardworking administration (though you may find an actual bull, which you should be sensitive not to provoke).
Mississippi State Student Government loves to work hard…and play hard! Everyone mugs for the camera except the blonde in the top right, who was under the impression that joining Student Government would be a great way to impact the campus and not just watch a bunch of hilarious cut-ups quote lines from Glee. Sorry, Katie!
The Department of Public Safety at Mississippi State is always on alert and protecting you and the campus from harm. Except during break time, which is time for the officers to — Hey, we told you not to come in here! It’s not what it looks like, okay? It’s…it’s…listen you better not say anything about this you hear me? This is what makes us feel alive and no one understands.
At Mississippi State we love Bully, our bulldog mascot. Here we see Bully alongside his costumed counterpart and — uh oh! Hands where we can see them, you two!
Students from Mississippi State’s Fashion Design & Merchandising Department gather together to celebrate another year of great collaboration. As you can see, there are varying degrees of skill level at work in the Mississippi State Fashion Design & Merchandising Deparment. But we’re a family, and that’s what counts. Seriously, many of us are literally family, which makes the Fashion Design & Merchandising Department Christmas Dance a target for the media each year.
Get in on the “act” when you study musical theater at Mississippi State University in our illustrious Drama Department! Deliver your lines and “steal the show” when you take the stage among your peers. Please be on the lookout for Phillip, though; he is not affiliated with Mississippi State University or its Drama Department — he simply loves musical theater. If you see him please alert your professors as Phillip is currently under a legal restraining order.
College is a great time for “partying,” but please be responsible. That rabbit is not real, Clem, and perhaps you shouldn’t be driving. No one else can see it but you. You probably need to lie down.
Whatever interests you pursue at Mississippi State, you can do it while ridiculously ringing a cowbell at all times. Trust us, everybody really loves it a lot, so by all means please keep doing it all the time.
I SAID HANDS WHERE WE COULD SEE THEM, YOU TWO. Somebody get me a hose.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 12:15pm
Starting UK running back Braylon Heard sat down with Kentucky Wildcats TV to tell fans a little more about himself and how he ended up in Lexington. Heard is from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, where Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow used to roam.
Watch as the transfer from Nebraska, formerly the No. 5 running back in America, discusses his favorite moments in his short time at Kentucky and what he thinks of the overwhelming fan support from Big Blue Nation.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:45am
Fans interested in watching the live taping of SEC Nation Saturday morning should go to that spot you see highlighted in the photo above. The first 350 people to show up will receive one of these lovely t-shirts:
The show will broadcast from outside Commonwealth from 10:00 am to noon. Tell Tim Tebow we said hello.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 11:00am
Travis Haney — not to be confused with Travis Henry, the former NFL running back with 76 children — predicted the six remaining trap games in 2014 and this Saturday’s contest in Commonwealth Stadium made the list. The ESPN national college football writer called it a stretch, but questions the Bulldogs’ ability to handle the success as the country’s No. 1 team:
5. Mississippi State
Trap game: at Kentucky (Saturday)
The Bulldogs are coming off a bye and Kentucky lost 41-3 last week at LSU, so this may be a stretch. But it’s the only remaining road game that isn’t Bama or the Egg Bowl. There are not many compelling personnel reasons — it would take an off performance from Mississippi State, really — but we haven’t seen enough week in and week out to know if the Bulldogs are prepared to handle success. This No. 1 stuff is still new. How will they answer? Plus, MSU might be more apt to overlook a Kentucky team that was just blown out by a team that it already has beaten.
I’m not a fan of the “trap game” talk, but I’m all for anyone who so much as hints at a Kentucky win. For that, your our boy, Travis.
Read more here if you pay for ESPN Insider.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 10:30am
The folks out in Phoenix love Eric Bledsoe and it’s because he does things like this. Watch as he sends the Clippers’ Jared Cunningham into the stands with a crossover.
Bledsoe had a night in Los Angeles against his old team. The former Cat hit his first three three-point attempts and had 14 points through the first quarter. He’s going to earn that max deal over the next five years.
As for Cunningham, it’d be a good idea to hide out for a little while.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:55am
With two morning shows remaining before Kentucky’s upset of No. 1 Mississippi State this Saturday, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will continue to preview the game, but today they will have a little help. Legendary radio host Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network will stop by the first hour of the show to lend his unbiased opinion of the game. Plus, Matt will try to accurately pronounce Kengera Daniel’s name when discussing the defensive end’s Wednesday night commitment to Kentucky.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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By Bryan the Intern on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 9:00am
By Courtney Sealey on ©October 23rd, 2014 @ 8:30am
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.
#10 Andrew Harrison
Weekend just got so much better
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) October 22, 2014
— BackdoorSlider (@BDSlider) October 23, 2014
They would be better off with Sarah McLachlan. No one can resist those commercials.
#8 Tod Lanter
5:19? Let's start the day #mindisstirring
— Tod Lanter (@tod_lanterIII) October 22, 2014
Don’t do it. It’s a trap.
#7 Jaleel Hytchye UK#19
Why tf is it so cold out??
— Jaleel Hytchye UK#19 (@TheRealLeel_19) October 22, 2014
That’s the issue with fall.
#6 Eric Bertram
— Eric Bertram (@ebertramg7) October 22, 2014
One day people will figure it out….it will probably be a few games before you go to the NBA though.
#5 Alex Poythress
After that govt cheese we eating steak
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) October 22, 2014
Uh…not sure you should be eating that cheese on your diet…stick to the steak.
— Seantencio (@gotigersandcats) October 22, 2014
The backlash he will get from his doctor will be satisfaction enough. Hopefully that is an appointment they film.
#3 Trey Lyles
— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) October 23, 2014
What the heck? I am getting too old to understand kids.
#2 Bernie Burnett
@KySportsRadio it's difficult to type AND hold your 40.
— Bernie Burnett (@BernieSadori) October 23, 2014
They make special carriers for this. Maybe I should shoot him the link.
#1 Phi Kappa Psi – UK (Sean Curl)
— Phi Kappa Psi – UK (@PhiPsi_UK) October 22, 2014
This should be the plan for any true Cat fan.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 11:14pm
We’re only a few days away from Kentucky’s upset over No. 1 Mississippi State and this guy wearing a helmet and a ‘BEAT UAB’ sticker is going to be heartbroken when it happens. Sorry, bro. Enjoy your suite in lovely Starkville.
The gambling folks out in Las Vegas are still sitting on State at 13.5-point favorites, just enough to make me some good money on the UK money line. The only real question at this point isn’t whether or not that happens, but do fans storm the field again? I’m down.
Tonight, as we count down the hours till kickoff, we’ll go over a little football news and some of the goodies from UK basketball hogging the Wednesday spotlight. Then tomorrow we’ll make fun of Mississippi State a little more and churn out whatever’s relevant in Big Blue Nation.
And for the record, no, I would not like to give 50 cents to the Louisville athletic fund. I want gas because this is a gas pump.
Mark Stoops added a new commitment.
The 2015 football recruiting class added a new member Wednesday evening when three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel pledged his commitment to Kentucky. The addition of Daniel moved the Cats up to No. 24 in the 247 team rankings. He chose UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia, among many others.
“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special,” said Daniel.
Oh we’re ready.
Dorian Baker’s playing status is still up in the air.
“We’ll see,” Stoops said, on the SEC teleconference. “I’m not going to comment on that at this time.”
He said he will not speak about any of his private discussions with the league, whether it be calls, non-calls or situations like this.
Stoops on early week practices:
“We had a good meeting and got a lot of things corrected. You know, we made a lot of mistakes at LSU. I think LSU had a lot to do with that. Give them credit. They beat us in all phases. I think our team has responded very well. We come back with a good meeting and light practice on Monday and had a good, physical, hard practice Tuesday, and the guys were excited. Good to get out there in practice, and I thought we responded well. So we’ll see how we move forward the rest of the week.”
Calipari went on SportsCenter and owned it. All of it.
He is on fire this year. FIRE.
Man Cal is hilarious! He knows they hate him and he enjoys every bit of it!
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) October 22, 2014
See, DeMarcus knows it too.
Five of the 10 All-SEC selections live in Lexington; Aaron Harrison named POY
The conference announced its two preseason All-SEC squads Wednesday and five of the 10 selections will play their home games in Rupp Arena next year. Aaron Harrison, the preseason Player of the Year, earned First Team honors, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl Towns were named to the SEC’s second team.
And the least shocking news of the day: UK was tabbed as the preseason No. 1.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison tried to draw Wildcats.
And that’s why they play basketball. Leave the art to Willie, guys.
Calipari will give away spring in-state tuition at the Blue-White game.
For the second year in a row, Cal will pay one semester of tuition for two lucky students in the eRupption Zone. Current UK students can register before the game at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm with a valid student ID. Winners will be announced after the game and they must be present.
New single game UK basketball tickets are now available.
Fans can now purchase single game tickets to Kentucky’s home games against Boston, Montana State, UT Arlington, Eastern Kentucky and Providence, in addition to the Blue/White scrimmage, two exhibition games and first two regular season games against Grand Canyon and Buffalo. Ticket prices vary by game, but they’re all rather affordable under the new variable pricing system.
Click here to select your game and seat through Ticketmaster. You can get in the building for as low as $27 per ticket.
Paul Finebaum will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Thursday morning.
The two loudest mouths of the south on one show at the same time; can you believe it? You will if you tune in tomorrow morning around 10:30 am when Paul Finebaum joins Matt Jones on the KSR airwaves. HEY PAWLLLLLLLL
Go Cats, everybody.
By Ally Tucker on ©October 22nd, 2014 @ 10:30pm
The off-season is technically over, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter.
Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.
Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website. This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT OTHER SITUATIONS IN LIFE WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO LOOK OVER AND SEE THE PERSON INVOLVED WEARING A BACKWARDS HAT?
Yeah, don’t go through with it if so…
— Chad Lynch (@ukchadillac) October 22, 2014
Two opposite ends of the spectrum here…
— Elizabeth (@UKLiz522) October 22, 2014
@AllyTuckerKSR Baby Delivery, Baptism
— Matt Anderson (@ukmatt41) October 22, 2014
I would even argue that good news would be ridiculous with a backwards hat, too….
@AllyTuckerKSR gotta be your doctor giving you bad news
— Ryan Bailey (@rkbailey4uk) October 22, 2014
Most people agreed that any type of medical worker/situation would not be ideal…
@AllyTuckerKSR A prostate exam
— Sam Gormley (@BigBlueFan97) October 22, 2014
Or the employee.
— Cody Lockhart (@lockhart_uk) October 22, 2014
Yeahhh, I had to Google that.
@AllyTuckerKSR Mohel…given what a Mohel does, there’s some irony there.
— Kyle Galbraith (@KyleLGalbraith) October 22, 2014
Let’s be honest… we all know there was never a motorcycle involved….
@AllyTuckerKSR When youre riding on a motorcycle with your boss/secret lover&he says”Helmet?! I dont need a helmet!Trust me, we won’t crash”
— Chad Theiss (@ChadTheiss) October 22, 2014
A guy with a backwards hat though seems like he might be a little more laid back about such things…
— Daniel Weber (@daw816) October 22, 2014
You lose that battle every, single, time…
@AllyTuckerKSR rap battle with Will Smith. If the Fresh Prince’s hats on backwards you’re going down.
— J.C. Ausmus (@JC_KSR) October 22, 2014
The backwards hat might make you feel more at ease….
— Nick Fulkerson (@Nick_Fulk) October 22, 2014
The CDC and hospital in Texas seem like maybe they’ve been wearing the hat backwards a lot lately…
@AllyTuckerKSR the new Ebola czar.. I would always want to see his hat facing forward.
— jimthechin ن (@jimthechin) October 22, 2014
I feel like even a properly worn hat could not improve a colonoscopy…
— AWD (@awdahl14) October 22, 2014
Does a backwards top hat look different than a not backwards top hat?
@AllyTuckerKSR Abe Lincoln or MLK giving their famous speeches.
— Scott Gee (@cubfan23) October 22, 2014
I’ve seen it in girls high school soccer, unfortunately.
— Derek Willis (@derek_willis) October 22, 2014
WORST MISTAKE OF THE WEEK:
@AllyTuckerKSR Ironic as I just turned mine around backward to start my workout.
— Al’Darius Courington (@alcourington) October 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER OF THE WEEK:
— Donald Leathers (@don_wheezy) October 22, 2014