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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

John Calipari becomes $1.6 million richer tomorrow


Friday’s payday for a lot of folks, but I don’t think any of us will cash a check like the one John Calipari will. Tomorrow, Cal gets his $1.6 million retention bonus for the 2014-2015 season, the first of many in his latest contract. Here’s how much Cal will get if he stays on each season from now through 2020-2021:

  • 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

That’s a lot of dinero. With Cal giving his most promising remarks yet about retiring at UK yesterday to Seth Greenberg, July 31st might become his favorite day of the year.

The New CWS Scoreboard is Seeing Blue



If you thought things were moving too slow at the New Commonwealth Stadium, the paint crew is certainly getting things done quickly.  After showing you some progress yesterday, the blue paint job on the outside of the scoreboard is complete.

Like the construction workers, I work much better after the boss buys lunch (cough Matt, cough cough).

We Have a Video of the Drone Shooting Arrest


We may have our very own Zapruder Film on our hands everyone. We all know the story of William Meredith shooting down the drone owned by David Boggs on Sunday evening. David (allegedly) called into KSR today to defend his side of the story before ending it with a ‘Go Cards’.

Well, take a look for yourself at the raw video here. Does this switch the what side you’re on?

The Big Lead has three Cats in their Top 50 College Basketball Players for this season


Next season is looking more and more exciting, due in part to Jamal Murray’s explosive performances in the Pan Am Games. The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre ranked the Top 50 college basketball players heading into next season, and three Cats made the list:

2. Skal Labissiere, F/C, Kentucky – Doesn’t quite enter college with the post skills of Jahlil Okafor, but he’s got more range on his jumper. He looks like a more offensive-minded Karl-Anthony Towns.

3. Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky – If you watched any of the Pan-Am Games, you know this kid became a star. Is this a bit knee-jerk? Perhaps. We do this list last month … he’s probably not in the Top 20. Murray is from Canada, and he lit up anyone who tried to check him this month. He’ll have a bigger impact in Lexington than Devin Booker did last year. And Booker was a lottery pick.

38. Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky – Played a pivotal reserve role last year (shooting 42 percent on 3-pointers), but now will have to fight off incoming studs Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray.

Who was #1? Ben Simmons at LSU. Isaiah Briscoe made the “Just Missed” list.

Keep sleeping on Alex Poythress. He’ll make you regret it.

[The Big Lead]

Fancy Farm is Saturday and Matt’s the emcee. Here’s how to watch…

If you’re like me, you know very little about Fancy Farm other than it’s a political event and there’s a lot of BBQ. Our own Matt Jones is emceeing this year’s event, which is a pretty big deal when you consider the coverage it gets both locally and nationally. In fact, the Courier-Journal’s Joseph Gerth did a story about Matt’s hosting gig, which he says is one of the biggest curiosities heading into Saturday:

Jones, who is an unabashed Democrat, said he won’t take any shots at politicians who are there but he warned he may be critical of those who don’t attend — including U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who is scheduled to be in Iowa this weekend.

Paul can’t make it, Jones said, because he “is busy. He’s got to go lose a presidential election.”

He said he gives credit to any politician willing to stand up at this event and others, but “politicians who retract from the moment or who think they’re too big to do something, that infuriates me.”

The picnic doesn’t happen until Saturday, but Matt, Ryan, and Drew will be there tomorrow morning for the show, which will be open to the public. If you’re in the area, head on out from ten to noon to enjoy the festivities and give Matt some encouraging words.

Here’s the schedule for Saturday’s picnic, which will air at 2:30 p.m. ET on KET. If you miss it, it’ll replay throughout the week. (For a full schedule, click here.)

Speaking Order                                           Minutes

Mr. Mark Wilson, Chairman…….…..Welcome/Intros

Bishop William Medley………………Invocation

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

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


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

You got this, Matt.

Eskridge says Chad Scott was so excited he couldn’t breathe when he heard the news

The BBN practically broke Twitter when Jermaine Eskridge announced his commitment, and Eskridge told Rivals’ Justin Rowland that his primary recruiter, running backs coach Chad Scott, nearly fainted when he called to tell him the good news:

“I talked to Coach (Chad) Scott and he was like, ‘I can’t even breathe right now,'” Eskridge said. “He was like, ‘I’m so excited.’ Yeah, the coaches are excited.”

Eskridge also told Rowland he’s “completely solid” in his commitment to Kentucky, but does plan to take his visits. He’ll come to Lexington for the first time in December.

Breathe, Chad. Breathe.


2018 5-star WR Jermaine Eskridge: Freddie’s Take

After watching the limited amount of available Jermaine Eskridge film, it’s safe to say that he’s is a Nickel player. Remember, Nickel refers to when evaluating film, a select few players only require 5 plays in order to pass judgment. It’s hard to fathom that he’s only going into his sophomore year at Tampa’s Jefferson High School.

His freshman year tape mainly showed Eskridge at tight end, linebacker, receiver, and defensive end. He even lined up at defensive tackle on more than one occasion. His permanent home will be at receiver. At 6’3″ 185 lbs., there’s going to be more growth and weight gain. Regardless if that happens or not, this is a big, big time player that I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s not a nationally-rated Top 5 player in 2018.

Recent 16 and 17 commitments served as warning shots that this is not your daddy’s Wildcats. Eskridge’s commitment is a college football carpet bombing.

When assessing underclassmen, I never focus on technique. That will come with experience. But Jermaine’s obvious and elite athletic ability was evident. He was extremely active on defense by causing turnovers, rushing the passer, and pretty much anything else he wanted to do. You see, football evaluation is not rocket science. While watching Eskridge, I saw an elite athlete that can run, jump, doesn’t shy away from contact, and able to perform football actions that are well beyond his age or instruction. Due to his tape not featuring him at receiver, evaluation details were vague. But it was more than obvious, the game comes easy to Jermaine.

When I was evaluating the sophomore to be, I couldn’t help to remember seeing Randy Moss in the ESPN 30 for 30, “Rand University.” I’m not comparing Eskridge to Randy Moss. Let’s get that straight. But much like it was for Randy, Jermaine will be the best overall athlete on the football field, no matter where he plays or who he plays against.

Oh yeah, YAHTZEE!

The fight to retain Eskridge’s commitment will last for three long years and most likely turn nasty. Many, many other suitors will follow. Keeping Florida in-state coaches away won’t happen. Regardless of geographical location, opposing coaches won’t simply give up after his Kentucky commitment. Having Mac Jones in his ear will help. UK is in uncharted waters. I can’t remember a rising sophomore ever committing to the football Wildcats. I also can’t remember watching a more physically gifted football player at his age.

MEGA YAHTZEE! Jermaine Eskridge commits to Kentucky

Where are those giant dice from Commonwealth Staidum when you need them?! 2018 5-star wide receiver Jermaine Eskridge has committed to Kentucky, jumping the gun and shocking everyone with the news on Twitter:

Eskridge is considered the 2nd best wide receiver and the 26th best player in the 2018 class and held offers from Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, and several other major programs. Interestingly, 247 Sports Composite had him listed as a five-star earlier today, but they’ve taken down his Compsite ranking. Screenshots don’t lie, though:

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It’s a long way until Signing Day 2018, but this is a HUGE moment for Mark Stoops and company. Although young, Eskridge’s talent and potential is through the roof, making this the biggest commitment of Mark Stoops’ tenure.



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 By far the biggest recruiting news today is 5-star WR Jermaine Eskridge’s big announcement, which he claims will be big for both him and the BBN. The Tampa, Florida native is considered the 2nd best wide receiver in the 2018 class, and while it’s a long, long time until Signing Day 2018, just getting his commitment will be a huge momentum boost for the program.

Why is Eskridge apparently willing to take a chance on the BBN? Mark Stoops, Vince Marrow, and the entire football staff I’m sure have a lot to do with it, but he also likes the scenery around campus:

This is that moment you remember he’s a sophomore in high school.

UPDATE: We’re hearing it may happen sooner than tomorrow morning, so sit tight and get those dice ready…

 Also announcing tomorrow: 3-star ILB Erroll Thompson. He’s down to Mississippi State, Alabama, Michigan, Kentucky, and Louisville, and although the Bulldogs are considered the favorite, it’s still nice to see the Cats in that type of company. We’ll find out for sure tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. ET.

 Also on Yahtzee Watch this weekend: 2017 4-star RB Mohamed Ibrahim from Olney, Maryland, the 18th best running back in the his class. He’ll be on campus for an official visit starting tomorrow. Double Yahtzee to start the weekend off right?

 Meanwhile, Jeff Borzello polled 50 college coaches on their top players in the 2016 class, and the results are not surprising. Harry Giles ran away with the ballot, with 115 points, including 29 of 50 first-place votes. The next closest? Jayson Tatum with 50 points and 5 first-place votes. Here’s what one coach had to say about Giles:

“Harry Giles embraces the idea of being the nation’s top player, and plays with the passion of a guy who’s got a point to prove.”

It’s comforting to hear Giles will play his senior season outside of North Carolina at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, but it’ll take more than that for UK to pry him from Coach K’s claws. A good showing from the BBN at the Marshall County Hoop Fest in December for Oak Hill’s games couldn’t hurt.

Other UK targets in the top ten: 3. Josh Jackson; 5. Malik Monk; 6. De’Aaron Fox; 7. Dennis Smith, Jr.; 8. Miles Bridges; T9. Markelle Fultz.

[ESPN Insider]

 Yesterday, Calipari called the 2016 recruiting class one of the best he’s ever seen. Jerry Meyer agreed, calling the 2016 “unbelievable,” comparing it to the 2004 class (Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay, etc.) and the 2007 class (Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, James Harden, etc.):

“I’ve never had this experience in ranking guys,” Meyer said. “I would see a prospect in the 2016 class for the first time and I would think to myself, ‘That’s a top-75 player.’ Then I would look to slot him in the rankings and he would end up at No. 130. It’s almost like there are twice as many good players in this class as in others.”

If UK can land even a few of the top guys, the talent boost will be incredible.

[247 Sports]

 Markelle Fultz has a new mixtape. I think you’ll like it: