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October 23rd, 2014

Thursday Night News and Views

Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

Photo by Barry Westerman | UK Athletics

It happens every year, a tale as old as time. As a fan, you enter game week soundly grounded by reason, and as the week goes on, optimism swells and inches you off the ground to the point that by Friday, you’re flying high and halfway convinced that Kentucky can pull off the impossible. I know I can’t be the only one who’s gone through that this week. I’ve done all the research, read all about Dak Prescott and how awesome he is (he is awesome), and yes, I remember how Kentucky faceplanted against LSU. Realistically, we should be happy if the Cats play the Bulldogs competitively enough to show last Saturday was a fluke and no one gets injured.

But realistically isn’t fun. Sure, Mississippi State beat three top ten teams in a row, but do you really feel they’re worthy of that number one ranking? Coming off a bye week with Arkansas and Alabama coming up, can we acknowledge the possibility that they could overlook the Cats or, dare I say it, be due for a loss? Kentucky has the chance to not only erase the memory of the LSU loss and become bowl eligible, but turn around the season and make the statement of all statements by beating the number one team in the country. On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Commonwealth Stadium, with the crisp fall breeze blowing and a national CBS audience watching at home, why not?

Seriously, let me stay on this high for a little longer, please.

Mark Stoops wants you to bring it on Saturday

For Kentucky to have any shot at an upset, they’ll need a very rowdy Commonwealth Stadium behind them. Mark Stoops touched on that in his remarks today, telling reporters that he’s liked the atmosphere at CWS so far this season. “I think we’re starting to create a great environment at home and we’re looking forward to that,” Stoops said. There are still a few tickets remaining, so if you haven’t yet, head on over to Ticketmaster.com to get yours ($25 upper level reserved with the promo code “BEATMS”). This video should help speed up the process:

Still no word on Boom Williams or Dorian Baker

Or rather, Mark Stoops doesn’t want to talk about it. “I’m not comfortable commenting right now on his status, okay?” Stoops said of Boom. “I’d rather just not comment on it right now.”

He also did not share the outcome of the SEC’s review of Dorian Baker’s hit. Hopefully both players will be good to go on Saturday, because we’ll need them.

Paul Finebaum thinks the Cats can pull off the upset

Finebaum called into KSR this morning to discuss Saturday’s game against Mississippi State, and said that he thinks Kentucky has a legitimate shot at an upset. Finebaum said he hasn’t bought in on the Bulldogs as the number one team and thinks they could be overlooking the Cats. “Being No. 1 does things to programs that aren’t used to it,” Finebaum said.”Common sense tells me, they’re not that fired up about going to Lexington, even in a primetime game.”

Finebaum also told us how he charged Andrew Harrison’s phone at the SEC Network studios during SEC Tipoff yesterday. “I feel like I made a major contribution to UK basketball,” Finebaum quipped. “I will tell you this — I wasn’t looking because its none of my business — but it was buzzing about every two seconds.”

Of course it was. He’s a Kentucky basketball player.

This Throwback Thursday picture of Matthew Mitchell is priceless

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That’s Mitchell at his Eagle Scout ceremony back in 1984. Today, Mitchell received the Cliff Dochterman Award for his service to Rotary and scouting. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Titans fans, this is your new quarterback

I don’t know a ton about Zach Mettenberger, other than he played at LSU and got sucker punched by an Alabama fan in a bar in Nashville earlier this year, but this picture is the most interesting thing to happen to the Titans in years, so I’m all in.

CJ Conrad says he’s not interested in Ohio State

CJ Conrad is one of Kentucky’s most prestigious commits in the 2015 class, and with Ohio State in search of a tight end after 3-star Josh Moore flipped to Kansas today, Conrad reaffirmed his commitment to Kentucky in an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

“I am not interested,” Conrad said. “Don’t get me wrong, it would be a great honor to have an Ohio State offer, but I am going to Kentucky with an Ohio State offer or without one.”

Conrad will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. Give him a hearty cheer at the Cat Walk, will you?

Rich Brooks visited Brad Durham

Brooks is in town for Saturday’s game, and one of his first stops was to see his former player Brad Durham at Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital. Durham fell from the upper deck of Commonwealth Stadium during the South Carolina game and sustained serious injuries. He was released from UK Hospital earlier this week, and as Brooks said, it’s a miracle that he’s doing so well. Brooks tweeted that Brooks is “up and around and in good spirits.”

KSR will be live from the tailgating lot at Keeneland in the morning for “see blue” day

Tomorrow is “see blue.” Day at Keeneland, marking the official start of homecoming weekend at UK. Keeneland and UK are inviting fans up to The Hill, the tailgating area adjacent to Keene Barn, for a pep rally and a Big Blue Nation party before the races. The rally kicks off at noon with the band and cheerleaders, but you can go earlier for the Friday morning KSR broadcast. Matt, Ryan and Drew will be doing the show from the lot, so come on by to say hello and get a head start on the festivities.

Until then, enjoy this video, which is really all you need to know about Saturday’s game.


The Mississippi State fans are coming…

@OldKYShark

That is one big cowbell.


Cats look for Another Bounce Back from a Baton Rouge Debacle

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The Cats ran into one of these last Saturday in Death Valley.

It was mid-October, 2006, and a young(ish) blogger was intent on watching his beloved Kentucky football Wildcats take on the mighty LSU Tigers in Death Valley.  As some of you recall, 2006 was a simpler time in the landscape of college sports media.  The SEC Network did not yet exist, and there were many Saturdays in which the Cats were not available on television.  The Kentucky – LSU game was scheduled to be one such contest. However, at the last minute, the game was made available on a pay-per-view basis on-line. I can say with reasonable confidence that I was the only person in the state who elected to fork over the $12.00 necessary to purchase it. Distrustful of my internet speed at home for such an important event, I made a late night trek through the rain-soaked streets of Hopkinsville to view the game by myself in my office.  (Is it just me, or does this story sound more like a mission to purchase meth that to watch a middling football team?)  To further demonstrate the very depths of my football depravity, there was no real broadcast to speak of.  What was available for my viewing pleasure was simply the feed from the “Tigervision” scoreboard.  This entailed one camera, which appeared to have been located somewhere in the stratosphere above Tiger Stadium.  To make matters worse, the Cats lost to future NFL bust and cough medicine aficionado Jamarcus Russell and his Bayou Bengals by the score of 49-0, in a game not nearly as competitive as the final score would indicate. I watched every second, and strongly considered checking immediately into some sort of football rehab facility following the final horn.

So why tell this tale of woe in the midst of this generally upbeat season of Kentucky football?  First, because I have to write something,and that was as good as anything I could come up with.  Secondly, because that game, and what happened in its aftermath, provides tangible proof that there is the possibility of redemption in the wake of the most brutal of defeats.

When the 2006 Kentucky Wildcats fell to LSU 49-0, optimism was not high in the Bluegrass for the remainder of the season. In fact, there was as little buzz about Kentucky football as I can remember. The Wildcats, who had won only 9 games in Rich Brooks’ first 3 season, sat 3-4, and public opinion trended heavily toward the ouster of the veteran coach at season’s end.  But led by emerging star players like Andre’ Woodson, Rafael Little and Keenan Burton, Kentucky reeled off 5 of their next 6, to include a win over Georgia, and the Music City Bowl victory over Clemson.  This turnaround jump started the most successful era of modern football at Kentucky.  The opponent that got that ball rolling?  The Mississippi State Bulldogs.  Kentucky traveled to Starkville, one of the most happening towns in all of Oktibbeha County, and beat the Bulldogs by a score of 34-31.  On Saturday, the Cats have another opportunity to follow a nightmare performance in Death Valley with a season changing win against the Bulldogs.

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Dicky Lyons with one of the greatest catches in Kentucky history during the 2006 Kentucky – MSU contest.

Admittedly, the 2014 Bulldogs present a decidedly tougher challenge to the Cats than their 2006 counterparts.  Mississippi State is undefeated, ranked number one in the nation, and features likely Heisman front-runner Dak Prescott.  They have the second longest active winning streak in college football at 9. The Bulldogs lead the SEC in total offense at 530 yards per game, and average nearly 42 points per contest.  The 2006 Bulldog team, on the other hand, finished 3-9, and even though I attended the game in Starkville, I could not pick one player from that team out of a lineup if my life depended on it.  But though the opponent is much more formidable, Kentucky can win this game.

Kentucky has three wins over number one teams in its history, the most recent being the 2007 victory over  future national champion LSU.  I would argue that the talent disparity between Kentucky and LSU on that glorious night in 2007 was significantly greater than Saturday’s match-up with the Bulldogs.  Mississippi State is a terrific team, but they are not stocked with NFL talent like the Tigers were in 2007.  Mississippi State also has some tangible weaknesses, even if it takes some diligent searching to find them.  The Bulldogs rank second to last in the conference in pass defense and dead last in total defense.  If the offensive line can keep Patrick Towles upright, the Bulldogs can be vulnerable to the Wildcats’ passing attack.

Playing at home, with the build-up of a 3:30 start, and a packed house in full “blue-out” mode, the Cats can once again use a win over the Bulldogs to springboard from a painful loss to a program-changing season.  But with such a dynamic opponent, and in the wake of the deflating effort of last week, the Cats will need Commonwealth to be a hostile environment to the visiting Bulldogs on Saturday. We need to make that happen as a fanbase. With the CBS national telecast, and the SEC Network pregame, Kentucky’s football environment will be showcased on Saturday.  College football fans, and most importantly recruits, will be tuning in to decide what Kentucky football is all about. Let’s show them.

 


Panini trading cards signs deal with UK

Exciting news for you trading card lovers: Panini America, the world’s largest sports and entertainment collectibles company, announced today that it signed a deal with the University of Kentucky to use its university marks on its trading card. Panini signed the same deal with the University of Georgia and the University of Miami, and several more schools are expected to announce similar deals with them in the coming weeks.

This is the first time since 2009 that Panini will include college-branded cards within its NBA, NFL, and MLB trading card properties, and you’ll start seeing the universities’ logos in the 2015 NFL, 2014-2015 NBA, and 2015 MLB products.


8 Ways to Make “SEC Nation” Better

On Friday and Saturday, the SEC Nation crew will be set up in the Purple Lot at the corner of Alumni Drive and College Way, and fans are encouraged to come out and represent the Big Blue Nation while Joe Tessitore, Tim Tebow, Marcus Spears, and Paul Finebaum preview a big weekend in college football. Now, I’ll be honest, I haven’t really watched SEC Nation that much this season; I tuned in to their debut from LP Field for the Vandy/Ole Miss game, but that was mainly to mock the smattering of Vandy fans in attendance. Since then, I’ll flip over between commercial breaks of College Gameday, but it’s clearly not on the same level, no matter how many hijinks they make Paul Finebaum pull.

In hopes of making Saturday’s broadcast at least tolerable, here are some suggestions for the SEC Nation crew to make the show a little bit better.

First, when and where?

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The SEC Nation set will be in the Purple Lot at the corner of Alumni Drive and College Way, and they will be taping from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. (The actual show doesn’t begin until 10 a.m. on Saturday, but there will be live appearances on SportsCenter from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and College Gameday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.) The first 350 fans who arrive on Saturday will get a free t-shirt, so there’s that incentive.

Now, the suggestions…

1. Have Tim Tebow do the entire show shirtless

This would definitely boost the female viewership. Guys, you get gratuitous shots of scantily clad cheerleaders and dance teams during every single football game ever shown on television, so pipe down.

2. You can mention basketball, but don’t let it be the only Kentucky thing you talk about

I’m excited about basketball. You’re excited about basketball. We’re all excited about basketball. But we’re also excited about football. By all means, tape some footage at Rupp, bring Calipari on the show, and feel free to briefly discuss UK’s exciting upcoming season, but let’s keep the focus on football for the most part. And when Mark Stoops comes on the set, PLEASE don’t ask him about basketball. That’s just rude.

3. Bring Phyllis on the show

Kaylee Hartung is cute, but I’d much rather watch Phyllis handle all of the tailgating segments. “HEY PAWWL, THESE PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE GOT BETTER BBQ THAN DREAMLAND! KISS MY SMOKED BUTT ROLL TIDE!”

4. Get Tim Tebow whisky wasted

Nothing says Kentucky more than a fall day at a scenic bourbon distillery, and nothing would be more entertaining than Tebow sampling the local fare, especially if he has too much. Bourbon drunk Tebow would be television gold.

5. Bring on Calipari and Papa Brooks

SEC Nation brings on special guests at each stop. Cal is a safe bet, and he’ll be the Cal we all know and love, all swagged out in his sweatsuit. Plus, because Cal gets it, he would keep the conversation on football while managing to throw in a subtle shot at Louisville at some point.

Rich Brooks is making the trip to Lexington for Saturday’s game, and I can’t think of anyone better talk about the program’s rise under Stoops. Bonus points if you serve him homegrown tomatoes.

John Short would also be acceptable.

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6. Don’t let Kentucky Joe anywhere near the set

If you don’t, he’ll steal the microphone and sing a 20-minute version of “Big Blue Fan in the Morning.”

…on second thought, that might be the most entertaining bit they’ve shown in a while.

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7. Have Taylor Wyndham show Tim Tebow around Lexington

Because he probably doesn’t remember his last trip.

8. Stop making Paul the clown and start letting people clown on Paul

On SEC Nation, they love to make Paul Finebaum do wacky things. For instance, a few weeks ago, he stole Jerry Jones’ sunglasses and put them on. Hilarious! Another time, he did a sad little version of the Gator chomp, and man, Tim Tebow sure didn’t think that was funny! Once, they even made him go fishing, waders and all! Get it, it’s funny because he was in the waders and the hat and…

You know what would be better? Encouraging others to pull pranks on Paul. They can start by letting Drew Franklin run out and shine his head every time someone makes a “Dak” pun. (Looking at you, Kyle Tucker.)

Your turn.


Stoops Speaks For The Final Time Before Miss. State

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

(Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

–  Stoops has been a part of tons of big games throughout his career, with a few under his belt from his time at Kentucky.  He’s also been a part of #1 teams and played against them, like last year at home against Alabama.  Is there any difference for Stoops between playing South Carolina or #1 Mississippi State?

“I don’t know if there’s much difference in that.  A big game’s a big game.  You kind of feel it in the air and the energy and the practice and the focus, so they’re really all big games.  Once you get to the point where we’re doing what we’re doing and trying to win a bunch of games, then they’re all important.  We’ve got a tough stretch (ahead) and this is our next one.”

–  Earlier this week, Stoops challenged his playmakers to earn their title, specifically Ryan Timmons.  Timmons is a quiet guy, often seeming too complacent, but he responded with plenty of energy this week, “He’s had a good week and a good attitude, so looking forward to him getting out there Saturday.”  The offense can’t do much if the players aren’t making plays.

–  Halfway through his first season and Matt Elam has already managed to make an impact on the interior line.  He’s had his ups and downs but he’s met, if not exceed, some of their expectations entering the season, “I think he’s right on track.  I’m not disappointed at all.  He’s going to be a very good football player,” Stoops said.

–  Last week Marcus McClinton McWilson had a career-high 10 tackles and an interception in the end zone that prevented further bleeding.  The loss caused most of us to overlook his exceptional game, but ‘quietly killing ‘em’ has kind of been his mantra since his arrival last year.  He’s slowly turning into one of the most important players on the defense, “He’s just been more reliable.  He’s been better practice habits.  He starting to mature a little bit and we’re constantly leaning on him, because we need him to be.”

–  Stoops did not wish to comment on the status of Boom Williams today.  What that means, I’m not exactly sure, but Lonny has a hunch that it means we’ll see some Boom Saturday.

Zach West and A.J. Stamps have taken their lickings, but both have participated in practice this week and are expected to play.


The Sixers are interested in Marquis Teague

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According to Adrian with the last name over at Yahoo, the Philly Sixers are interested in former Kentucky point guard Marquis “Mookie” Teague. Teague saw limited time for the Brooklyn Nets this preseason and could use a fresh opportunity to prove himself. Philadelphia would be great because Philadelphia can use any help it can get.

Plus, Nerlens.

Make this happen.

Sources: Sixers in talks to acquire Marquis Teague


The “SEC Nation” set is under construction

@BreatheBlue

One more workday and then it’s football time in the Bluegrass, my friends.

Beat State. Turn up one time.


Behind-The-Scenes at SEC Media Day 2014

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.


Dan Wetzel: If the NCAA doesn’t stand up to UNC, then why stand at all?

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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.


“see blue.” Day at Keeneland Wants Afternoon Notes and Today’s Podcast

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.

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— 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.:

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.

Go Cats.


Listen to Paul Finebaum on Kentucky Sports Radio

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:


The basketball team’s custom KD7 shoes arrived today

@UKequipment

That’s a sharp pair of sneakers, some would say. Your thoughts?


Photobombing: Mississippi State University

 

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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).

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I SAID HANDS WHERE WE COULD SEE THEM, YOU TWO. Somebody get me a hose.


Get to know Braylon Heard

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.