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March 3rd, 2015

Josh Hopkins fills in for Ryan Lemond (Tuesday Show Thread)

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We have a special treat for show listeners today as Josh Hopkins will be filling in for Ryan Lemond as Matt’s co-host. Josh was nice enough to get up early out in Los Angeles to join KSR to talk about Androids, Tom Izzo, the Georgia Bulldogs and much more.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Finishing the Job

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It’s not that often that a UK team has had a chance to go undefeated in SEC play, much less for an entire regular season.  But those that have the chance generally handle their business to finish the job.  I fully expect UK to not slip up against Georgia and Florida this week considering how zoned in they have been the last couple weeks and with the history that is in front of them.  As crazy as it seems, UK has only had 4 chances in the modern era of SEC basketball (since the league integrated) to go undefeated with 2 games remaining.  In 3 of those 4 instances, the Cats came through with 2 more wins:

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Georgia: WIN, 79-49
at #16 Florida: WIN, 74-59

2002-03
Vanderbilt: WIN, 106-44
at #3 Florida: WIN, 69-67

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at Auburn: WIN, 88-73
Vanderbilt: WIN, 101-63

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at Tennessee: LOSS, 69-62
Tulane: WIN, 103-74

Also a good sign for UK is the fact that 3 of those 4 teams made the NCAA title game, and 2 of the 4 won the title.  Now what about trying to complete an undefeated regular season?  Most people believe that Kentucky has only gone undefeated once in school history, in 1953-54, and declined an NCAA Tournament bid.  That is a true fact in the post WW2 era of basketball, but UK also went undefeated in 1911-12 as well.  And an even more rarely known more fact is that the 1920-21 Cats finished the regular season perfect and then lost their first game in the NCAA Tournament.  Point being, there have only been 3 UK teams to have a chance to go undefeated coming into the final 2 games of the season, and all 3 won both of those games.  Just some random facts as we head into a very exciting and hopefully historic week.


Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets of the Day

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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top Ten Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtopten. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 CAMERON MILLS

Said no one ever.

 

 

 

 

 

#9 Ryan Chumley

I’ve posted one of these before, but these guys just keep getting more and more creative.

 

 

 

 

 

#8 !

Mostly true, but this dude must really hate Chalmers.

 

 

 

 

 

#7 Hilary Jayde

This is a really good (and annoying) way to make it known.

 

 

 

 

 

#6 Patrick Butcher

You might as well just give up now.

 

 

 

 

 

#5 Todd Sheehan

Wait. Was this like Tinder for Kentucky fans? Why isn’t Drew revitalizing this?

 

 

 

 

 

#4 BigBlueBloodedUK

Sounds about right.

 

 

 

 

 

#3 Joshua Christian

Sick burn, dude.

 

 

 

 

 

#2 Alex Suffridge

It really is adorable.

 

 

 

 

 

#1 jared lorenzen

Spot on, good sir.

@Sealey_KSR


March 2nd, 2015

The KSR iPhone App’s Monday Night News and Views

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The new KSR iPhone app is out (finally) and climbing the iTunes charts in pursuit of that No. 1 spot in the Top Free Sports Apps. As of this very moment, we are ahead of NASCAR,  WatchESPN, Bleacher Report, NFL, NBA and the ever popular Reebok Crossfit Games app.

Here’s a look at Apple’s current Top 20:

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Thanks to everyone who downloaded the app; we hope you enjoy it. Android users, we love you even though your anger is a little overwhelming this evening. (See Matt’s explanation below.)

If you haven’t tried the KSR app out yet, get it in the iTunes store for the price of free. And for the last time… DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE ONE THAT IS 99 CENTS.  That’s not us. It’s getting lots of downloads (it’s No. 2 in paid apps) and we hate to see people wasting money on the wrong one. So don’t do that. Warn your friends, too.

11:54 PM UPDATE: 

Down goes ESPN. KSR is No. in both Paid and Free apps. (DO NOT DOWNLOAD THE 99 CENT ONE!)

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Now for tonight’s news…

 

Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 in both college basketball polls.

Also known as another Monday in Lexington.

Mark Fox: “(Kentucky is), without question, the best team in America.”

On Monday’s SEC teleconference, Mark Fox didn’t shy away from calling it like it is. He told listeners, “Kentucky, they’ve got a terrific basketball team. They have, without question, the best basketball team in America. It obviously will be a big challenge for our team.”

After Georgia’s win on Saturday, Fox said he may see if his team can scrimmage the Atlanta Hawks to get ready for the Cats. He knows it’ll take his Bulldogs’ best effort against UK, a team he said can win in so many ways.

“That’s why people have not been able to find a way to beat them,” said Fox. “Kentucky always has something else they can turn to.”

The Bulldogs will hang out in a hotel in Athens tomorrow.

Mark Fox will lock his players in a hotel early tomorrow prior to the 9:00 tip pm with UK, he told his radio listeners Monday night. Fox said they will do the hotel thing for the first time to protect the team “from the madness of the UK game.”

Super Bowl.

The Cats are favored by 10.

Final road game of the year, Mark Fox coaching, Georgia three-game winning streak… I’m not touching it.

Can someone get ESPN to make these game promos forever?

ESPN feeds the hype machine whenever UK is set to play on the network. Here’s the most recent promo for tomorrow night’s game on ESPN:

Jay Bilas will call the action with Brad Nessler and Shannon Spake.

Georgia is planning a blackout for the game.

Because OF COURSE Georgia is planning a blackout for the game. Kentucky is as good at color coordinating road games as they are playing them.

Trey Lyles named SEC Freshman of the Week.

Formerly known as the Devin Booker Award, the SEC Freshman of the Week trophy was awarded to Trey Lyles on Monday for his two outstanding showings at Mississippi State and against Arkansas. Lyles averaged 18 points and five rebounds in those two wins, earning him his second SEC Freshman honor and Kentucky’s 11th of the season.

In the words of John Calipari, Trey Lyles is Kentucky’s X-factor. He can cause a lot of problems for opponents and this past week was by far his best of the season. Keep it up, Trey.

Sam Malone doesn’t expect to start on Senior Day.

Undoubtedly the best quote from Monday, Malone, who will play dress for his last game in Rupp Arena this coming weekend, told reporters, “Unless 12 guys get a crippling flu, I don’t think we’ll start.”

Booooooooooooo. I was hoping Malone, Brian Long and Tod Lanter would start so they could hear their names called in Rupp for the first, last and only time. Chances are high UK would win the tip, so why not throw them out there and call a timeout right away to take them out. Better yet, let B-Long throw up a three-pointer then foul Florida after the made basket. Make this happen, Cal. We need this.

THE NEW BRACKETOLOGY IS THE BEST ONE YET AND I WANT IT RIGHT NOW.

No threats here in Joe Lunardi’s latest Midwest projection. None. Xavier/Dayton? Yawn. Louisville/Baylor? Bring it. Let’s send Pitino home from the tourney one last time. Notre Dame? Can’t guard anyone. Gonzaga? All day.

SET. THIS. UP.


NCAA Surveying For Potential Rule Changes

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Some interesting news from the world of the NCAA as it looks as if they are surveying people in college basketball about potential rule changes. The above survey was sent to KSR friend Matt Norlander (who works for CBS Sports) and he tweeted the survey out, along with his answers. Interesting questions and all areas of change that many fans would like to see. I generally agree with Matt’s answers and hope some of these become reality.


UK Fan of the Day Wants a Few Quick Thoughts

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Today is a big day for us around these parts as we finally released the new KSR App for the masses (or at least those with iPhones). It has been a long undertaking that has gone on for the better part of a year, but now that it is done, I am really proud with what we ended up with. It is as visually appealing as any app I have seen and I think it blows every Kentucky-based app out of the water. I hope you will agree and download it to check out the features. We have many more features coming in the next few weeks but we didn’t want to make perfect the enemy of good and so we went ahead and pushed it out. I hope you enjoy it and it changes the way you get your UK information.

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Off to a good start on the charts…

— Quick note for the Android users who have been complaining here, there and everywhere about there not being an Android app. We hope to eventually have one, but the path on this is similar to most apps. The reality is that it is easier to get developers to produce iPhone apps because there is more money in them…while there are more Android phones, apps are used more by iPhone users. Plus (and probably most importantly), advertisers pay significantly more to pay for ads on iPhone apps than their Android counterparts. So when a developer comes to someone that runs a website (like say KSR) and says, “we will build you a top-of-the-line professional app for free,” they almost always do so (initially) for the iPhone. It isn’t about leaving anyone out, it is about creating something that makes financial sense. If that iPhone app is successful, an Android version often follows soon after. We hope that will be the case here…this was downloaded 6,000 times in the first 2 hours, so early indications are very positive.

— One more thing on the App, TURN ON THE NOTIFICATIONS so you can get Breaking News…we won’t use them often, but this way you can get breaking UK news as it happens right to your phone. You will thank me later.

— In non-app news, Tom Izzo made some comments about UK and Calipari, but it looks as if they were taken somewhat out of context. Twitter made them seem much more inflammatory than they were and after reading the entire transcript, I think it was much ado about nothing. Kentucky’s success is causing some to want to make wholesale changes to the sport to address the wins of one team…that is shortsighted and dumb. People will realize that after either (a) UK doesn’t win this year or (b) next year’s team takes early bumps. For now though, it doesn’t seem like a Calipari/Izzo feud is developing.

— Doug Gottlieb came on my radio show and made a case for Willie Cauley-Stein as National Player of the Year. I disagree with that case but I don’t think it is ludicrous. Willie is the most important defensive player in the country and may change the game more than any other player. I don’t think he is quite where he needs to be offensively, but I would probably vote him 3rd or 4th on my ballot (behind Okafor, Kaminsky and maybe DeAngelo Russell). Either way, he should be a first team All American, and if he does it raises the question…Mike Pratt is the only UK First Team All American eligible for a jersey retirement that isn’t in the rafters (and he should be). Would a 40-0, First Team All American Willie be deserving? On the surface it might seem no, but looking at history…worth the debate.

— Finally, remember that UK Football Spring Practice begins Saturday. We will have coverage on here of every practice but there is much to watch for as the team takes the field. Most interesting to me, is getting to see the first glance at the players Redshirted last year. I have been told that as many as 8 of them could see major time this year…it will be fascinating to take our first glimpse and see if the decision to engage in mass red-shirting like the big boys do, pays dividends right off the bat.

More tomorrow as Josh Hopkins of “Cougartown” co-hosts KSR with me.


What To Watch For Against Georgia

Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrate against the Georgia Bulldogs during the game at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Georgia 69-58. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

1. The Killer Instinct

Kentucky jumped out to a ten-point lead to start the last match-up with Georgia and built upon it for most of the first half. When a Tyler Ulis 3 put the Cats up 17 with 16 minutes to play it looked like the Cats were ready to put the nails into UGA’s coffin. But the Dawgs fought back and taught the Cats a valuable lesson. Find the killer instinct and bury teams before they have a chance to make a run.

That’s what they did against Arkansas this past Saturday. If the Razorbacks went on a 5 point run the Cats would answer back with 6. Each time they took a body blow the boys in blue hit back harder. Look for that to continue if Big Blue is going to win in a hostile Athens and on into the postseason.

2. March Mode

The game in Athens had me worried after the Bulldogs cut the lead to 5 inside Rupp with 2 minutes t0 go but since that meeting a month ago the two teams have been trending in very different directions. As Cal said last week, the Cats are close to being the best versions of themselves and enter March looking like an unstoppable juggernaut. Georgia meanwhile has been stagnant in the conference. The Bulldogs got ran by South Carolina and lost to Auburn. Of their 5 wins since our last meeting, 3 came by 4 points or less. The Dogs are going to be up for tomorrow night’s game but they could be running headfirst into a buzzsaw. Will the Cats continue to hit the next level offensively or will they regress on the road? March is here, hope they keep playing like it.

3.The Rise of Trey Lyles

In the last meeting Kentucky with the Bulldogs, Trey was out battling the illness that kept him out of action for a couple of weeks. I guess he was infected with those superpowered worms from Futurama because ever since the big man is playing better than ever. Lyles is shooting a ridiculous 64.8% from the floor over the past 6 games and has only missed a total of 15 shots. Plus his 4 rebounds over that same stretch have granted the Cats extra possessions time and again. Trey is elevating this team to another level and will be the key to locking down Djurisic on those screens that killed us in the last game. If Trey continues to play at this level then the rest of college basketball doesn’t have much of a chance.

What will you be watching for tomorrow night?

 


Where Are They Now: Kyle Macy

 

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Kyle Macy was a fan favorite from the start of his three seasons at the University of Kentucky. After transferring from Purdue University in 1978, Macy made quite an impact in his first season. Macy was a huge factor in Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship and is among one of the most elite players to wear the Kentucky uniform.

Macy’s career at Kentucky was a decorative one. He was named to the First-Team All-SEC all three seasons, SEC Tournament MVP in ’79, All-SEC Tournament in ’80 and NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player in ’78. In 1980 Macy was named “Male Athlete of the Year” by the SEC and was named into the NCAA First-Team All-America.

Kyle Macy holds the record for the highest free-throw percentage at Kentucky with 89%. Out of the 336 attempts, Macy made 299. Jodie Meeks tied this record in 2009.

Many remember Macy for his unique free-throw routine. It began with setting his right foot at the center of the free throw line to better to line up his right hand with the front of the rim. Macy then made his signature move of wiping his hands on his dry socks to bring his focus down. Macy then spun the ball to read the writing and then dribbled three times before finally shooting the ball.

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Following Macy’s senior season at Kentucky, he entered the 1979 NBA Draft and was drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the 22nd overall pick. Macy spent five years with Suns where he averaged 10.6 points and 4 assists per game. Macy then spent a year with both the Chicago Bulls (1985-86) and the Indiana Pacers (1986-87) before retiring form the NBA. Macy was a participant in the first ever NBA All-Star Three Point Contest which debuted in 1986.

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Macy wasn’t down with basketball quite yet. Macy then signed a contract to play in Italy for Dieter Bologna and Bennetoon Treviso each for a season before finally hanging up the old sneakers for good.

On Feb. 15, 1997, Macy became the 30th person to have their jersey retired at Kentucky. In a 85-56 win over the Florida Gators, Macy’s No, 4 jersey joined an elite group of people in Kentucky basketball history.

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Macy’s post athlete life began as an analyst for Kentucky Wildcats Broadcasts on the Kentucky Radio Network from 1993-97.

Macy left the radio business to become the head basketball coach at Morehead State University for nine years (1997-2006). Macy lead the Eagles to 20 wins during the 2002-03 season, the most in school history in 19 years. After a very disappointing 4-23 record for the 2005-06 season, Macy resigned as the head coach of Morehead.

Following his many years at Morehead, Macy helped guide a group of Sports Reach collegiate All-Stars that toured China to a perfect 7-0 record against multiple Chinese professional teams in 2005-06.

In 2006, Macy accepted the head coaching position of the Lexington Christian Academy tennis team. The tennis team recorded its first winning season since 2003 in Macy’s first season with the Eagles. Macy continues to coach the LCA men and women’s tennis team today.

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Along with coaching tennis, Macy serves as the Tennis Director and Pro at the Idle Hour Country Club in Lexington and as the International Tennis School Director of Sports Camps.

Macy returned to broadcast world in 2007 where he works as an analysts for NCAA Basketball on Westwood One Sports. In addition, Macy has provided analysis for ESPN, the SEC Network and the UKTV Network.

Many Kentucky fans remember Kyle Macy for helping lead the University of Kentucky to its 5th national title, while others just know him as one the players to have his jersey retired and hung in the Rupp Arena rafters. Either way, you should always remember Kyle Macy as one of the greatest players to represent Kentucky and this elite basketball program.

 


CelticsBlog.com says bench James Young

CelticsBlog.com believes Brad Stevens needs to cut back on James Young’s minutes if Stevens has any intention of making the playoffs. With reasons like “Young is getting hosed defensively” and “Young sticks out like a sore thumb on film,” and numbers to back it all up, writer Kevin O’Connor makes a very strong case for sending the former Cat to the bench. Or back to Maine.

It’s not all because of Young’s defensive struggles, either; he is having problems with what he normally does well, too:

Young has the potential to be a knockdown three-point shooter, but the product of Kentucky has hit just 11 of his 48 three-point attempts this season, and is just 15.4 percent from downtown in the last six games. Young is not producing in the area he supposedly excels the most, and he isn’t making up for it elsewhere.

Boston is still in contention for a playoff spot in the East so, like O’Connor writes, now is not the time to be experimenting with an underachieving rookie. We love James and want the best for him, but it’s just not his time. Not yet.

For lots more on Young’s rookie season in Boston, including stats and film, check out the entire piece here.


The new KSR app is here! Here’s a tutorial…

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After months years of planning and months years of anticipation, the new KSR mobile app is officially here! Here’s all you need to know about a project weeks months years in the making:

How do I get it?

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1. Go to the App Store on your iPhone and search for “Kentucky Sports Radio”

2. When the results come up, DO NOT purchase the old 99-cent app. DO scroll down and download the new, FREE version:

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How do I use it?

Here is the main page of the app, which features the top stories on the site:

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To see more, access the app’s menu in the top left corner:

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You can filter your news via the different tabs (which correspond to the tabs on the website). Under the “Social” menu, you can access all of KSR’s Twitter and Instagram feeds, along with the site’s Facebook account:

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How do I listen to the podcasts?

Via the “Podcast” menu:

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Where is the Android app?

There is no version of the app for Android. Sorry. Don’t hate us.

If there are any more questions, feel free to let us know in the comments. ENJOY!


SEC Commissioner Mike Slive speaks out against freshman ineligibility

There’s been a lot of talk about freshmen ineligibility lately. Both the Big 10 and the Pac 12 support reinstating the old rule, which would ban freshmen from competition. Thankfully, SEC Commissioner Mike Slive spoke out as a voice of reason this afternoon, releasing a statement against restoring freshmen ineligibility, calling the proposal “more cosmetic than effective”:

A lot of thought and preparation went into the new initial eligibility rules that go into effect in 2016. It is more appropriate to implement these new regulations and understand their impact before applying additional eligibility restrictions that may be more cosmetic than effective.

“Let’s step back and consider our goal. If we are trying to impact graduation rates and grade point averages, we have to remember that each college student has his or her own academic challenges. To put a blanket over these student-athletes with a year on the bench doesn’t address those individual needs to incentivize academic progress. Many students do come to college prepared both academically and athletically ready to compete in the classroom and in competition, and to penalize those students with a universal policy may create unintended consequences not beneficial to many student-athletes.

“If this proposal is about student-athletes turning professional, we need to be careful not to create rules for a few that penalize the many. The universe of student-athletes who leave early for professional sports is very small compared to the numbers that participate in football and men’s basketball. And just because a student-athlete enters professional sports does not mean he or she has totally abandoned their academic pursuits.”

Amen, sir.

[CBS Sports]


Jay Bilas will call tomorrow night’s game

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Jay Bilas has been with this Kentucky team since the Bahamas, and “gets” this group better than any national sportscaster. Over the weekend, his comments about Kentucky doing things “the right way” went viral, and I’d be shocked if they aren’t on a sign in the Joe Craft Center soon.

Fortunately, the BBN will get an opportunity to hear more of Jay’s wisdom soon: Bilas will call tomorrow’s game in Athens alongside Brad Nessler and Shannon Spake. 

Excellent.


Bracket Racket: Gonzaga or Wisconsin as UK’s 2-seed?

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With less than two weeks to Selection Sunday, bracketologists are getting a little nutty. Over the weekend, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi let Miles Simon pull on his hair to prove it’s not a toupee (it’s totally a toupee), causing a mini Twitter meltdown, complete with quips from his rival Jerry Palm. Both have new brackets today. Let’s look over them, starting with Lunardi:

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The storyline potential here is great: a potential rematch with Louisville, an undefeated connection with Indiana, a team with a history of playing spoiler in West Virginia, and a reunion with Kyle Wiltjer and Gonzaga in the Regional. TV is loving this bracket. I don’t mind it that much.

6 SEC teams in: Kentucky (1), Arkansas (5), Georgia (8), Ole Miss (9), Texas A&M (9), and LSU (10)

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Now CBS Sports’ Jerry Palm:

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Louisville, again. West Virginia, again. Indiana, again. Wisconsin as the 2-seed. Ugh.

6 SEC teams in: Kentucky (1), Arkansas (4), LSU (8), Georgia (9), Ole Miss (9), Texas A&M (11)

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Which bracket do you prefer?


The new KSR app is out!

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The new KSR app is FINALLY out! To find it, go to the iTunes App Store on your iPhone and search for “Kentucky Sports Radio.” Be sure to download the new free app, NOT the old one that costs 99 cents. 

Or, click on this link: KSR app in the App Store.

Sorry, the app is NOT available for Androids.

We’ll have a full tutorial for the app on the site here in a bit. For now, enjoy and give us some feedback. It’s not perfect yet, but it’s a vast improvement.


KSR Wants YOU to Be a Part of the 2015 Football Season

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After a rough patch in the football program, 2015 is poised to be one of the best seasons for the sport in a long time: a new Commonwealth Stadium, with eight home games and a roster filled with Stoops’ Troops.  You could watch as a fan, or be a part of the KSR football staff.  With Spring Football just a month away, we are looking for people who:

–  Have a passion for Kentucky football

–  Can attend post-practice media pressers

–  Are dependable, and want to cover UK football in the most ridiculous way possible

No experience is required, but being into the whole journalism thing would help.  Knowing the X’s and O’s of the game would greatly play in your favor too.  I started this three years ago with no intentions of turning it into a career, and look at me now…

(Hint: I’m the one who isn’t a former UK Quarterback.)

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If you have an overwhelming eagerness to cover UK football in the most ridiculous manner possible, show me what you got: send an example of what YOU would post as a member of KSR’s football crew, demonstrating your knowledge and love for the game, to RoushKSR@gmail.com.

Who knows.  Seven months from now you could be kicking it with the KSR crew in Commonwealth Stadium’s shiny new press box, covering the Cayts.