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August 19th, 2019

Fans have already claimed tailgating spots outside Kroger Field

Need more proof that the Kentucky football program has turned the corner? How about all of the tent frames surrounding the stadium, two weeks before the first game?

Fans have already begun marking their territory for that first Saturday when Kentucky hosts Toledo to open the 2019 season. However, those who have already claimed a spot are taking a gamble because UK’s tailgating policy clearly states, “Tents and trailers are not permitted to be setup until noon on Fridays prior to game day and must be removed by noon on Sundays after game day.”

These folks didn’t listen:


The excitement is high, but whoever has to mow may not love it.

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 175: More Michael Avenatti+ Football Season is Here!

It’s an all new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron is joined by his buddy Nick Coffey to break down a number of different topics heading into “Week 0” of the college football season. The guys talk all sorts of things, including:

More on Michael Avenatti + News at Louisville? After touching on the Michael Avenatti news last week, the guys rehash and explain why it’s all much to do about nothing. They explain why the allegations aren’t nearly as scandlous as some make it out to be, and how none of it can be tied to major college basketball programs. Aaron also explains why there isn’t anything to worry about for Kentucky’s Kenny Payne whose name was mentioned in the documents.

Week 0 is here! The guys talk about college football’s Week 0 being upon us. When did Week 0 become a thing, and is the Week 0 and Week 1 slate this year slacking? Also, have we run out of teams to play Bama Week 1, and Nick discusses how bad it could get when Notre Dame comes to Louisville on Labor Day night. Also, the guys again touch on a quiet off-season: Are Alabama and Clemson to blame?

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Some Unforgettable Highlights To Get Your Week Going

As you tune in to KSR this morning for a show that likely has nothing to talk about, why not get your work week off to an exciting start by watching these highlights from the 1992 Unforgettables squad.  I put this video together years ago from archived highlights from a station in Louisville and rewatching the style of play of that team, and all Pitino squads, that is something that just can’t be replicated anymore.  We will look back on the 1992-97 era as one of the most dominant in UK history but also one of the most unique to watch in terms of style of play on the floor.


KSR Show Thread 8/19: Back in studio

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Monday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. The gang is back in studio after the Blue Lights Across the Bluegrass Summer Tour, and well, they’ve got plenty to talk about. Tune in for some must-hear radio.

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UK Federal Credit Union presents: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

As we countdown the days until Kentucky football kicks off the 2019 season, we have another fun event happening around town and we need your help! UK Federal Credit Union would like to introduce: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

Drew Franklin has picked out some of his favorite restaurants around Lexington. Over the next few weeks, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite spots. When making your picks, think of the restaurant that combines the best food choices but is also a fun place to hangout with your friends or to watch a game.

Each week the choices will be narrowed down. At the end of the voting period, we will pick out the restaurant with the two highest vote totals. Those two restaurants as well as KSBar and Grille will host a social where you can come meet Drew, grab some food, and learn about all the great options UK Federal Credit Union has to offer. What are you waiting for? Vote now in Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

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Today on KSR: One Day Closer To Football

Good morning, friends, and welcome to a brand new week. It might be a Monday, but at least we’re one step closer to Kentucky football. If twelve days is too many for you to bear, Miami vs. Florida will be on your television screens Saturday night. Still need a fix? Netflix’s QB1 series is pretty good, and features Kentucky freshman quarterback Nik Scalzo.

Speaking of Nik, let’s jump right into the news…

Notes from Week 2 of Fall Camp

  • Scalzo goes down: During Saturday’s scrimmage, the true freshman from Florida suffered an injury to his right knee, the same one in which he tore his ACL last year. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, nor was Scalzo expected to make noteworthy contributions this season, but it is just rotten luck. In that sense, last week sucked. Let’s hope this week has only good vibes, or that our current and former players wrap themselves in bubble wrap before leaving the house.
  • Terry Wilson’s improvement: According to sources who have watched practice and Saturday’s scrimmage, the starting quarterback has made a significant leap since last season. With another season under his belt, Wilson is more comfortable in the pocket, which has improved his accuracy and given the offense another dimension.
  • Stoops was happier with the defense: A defensive coach, Stoops was not pleased with his unit’s outing in the first scrimmage. A week later, Stoops said he was much happier with the defense, with Logan Stenberg going as far to say that side of the ball won the day.
  • Smoke was impressive: After missing the early part of camp with a minor injury, Kavosiey Smoke turned some heads by stiff-arming true freshman corner MJ Devonshire for a touchdown.

For more, read Roush’s takeaways from Saturday.

De’Aaron Fox’s time on Team USA is over

On Saturday, De’Aaron Fox became the latest NBA star to pull out of Team USA training camp for the FIBA World Cup, citing a need to focus on the Sacramento Kings’ playoff push. After an impressive start to camp, Fox was expected to make the final roster; however, he only played six minutes during Team USA’s exhibition vs. Spain on Friday, the lowest of any player to take the court. Sadly, this means I will stop caring about Team USA and the FIBA World Cup.

Meanwhile, Tyler Herro is playing basketball in boxers?

The former Cat’s fashion sense has already made him a fan favorite in Miami, and over the weekend, he was spotted playing in a pair of boxers…or very short flashy shorts:

Awesome or weird? You decide.

What will happen next with Michael Avenatti?

Stormy Daniels’ former attorney was in the news again Friday night after Yahoo released exhibits and text messages from federal court that he submitted to support his claims that Nike was in on the pay-to-play scandal. One of these text chains included a conversation between EYBL director Carlton DeBose and Kentucky associate head coach Kenny Payne in which DeBose allegedly tells Payne which EYBL coaches he gave money to in order to pay players’ families. It’s easy to panic when you see Kenny Payne’s name attached to all this, but it’s important to remember that the texts don’t show any wrongdoing or involvement on Kentucky’s part; in fact, you could argue that Payne knowing who was being paid helped the staff steer clear of the scandal. For more, check out Jack Pilgrim’s very thorough breakdown.

KSR Dogs (and Cat) of the Day

It’s Monday, so how about three pets wearing Kentucky Blue?

Kenzie, Kali, and Curses the Cat, you are adorable.

Happy belated birthday, Vince Marrow

The Big Dawg celebrated his birthday over the weekend with lots of cake at Jeff Ruby’s. The UK video crew honored him by making him the focus of the latest episode of the “Behind the Grind” series:

KSR is back in studio today

Something tells me they’ll have plenty to talk about.

August 18th, 2019