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October 23rd, 2014

Paul Finebaum helps preview Mississippi State (Thursday Show Thread)

With two morning shows remaining before Kentucky’s upset of No. 1 Mississippi State this Saturday, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will continue to preview the game, but today they will have a little help. Legendary radio host Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network will stop by the first hour of the show to lend his unbiased opinion of the game. Plus, Matt will try to accurately pronounce Kengera Daniel’s name when discussing the defensive end’s Wednesday night commitment to Kentucky.

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: No Matter What Happens Saturday, We’ll Always Have This

And this……

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Day. We will focus most of our attention on Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as usual, there are no limits to our madness. You can participate by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTop10 or just by simply tweeting @KYsportsradio.


#10 Andrew Harrison

Football? Football.




#9 BackdoorSlider

They would be better off with Sarah McLachlan. No one can resist those commercials.




#8 Tod Lanter

Don’t do it. It’s a trap.




#7 Jaleel Hytchye UK#19

That’s the issue with fall.




#6 Eric Bertram

One day people will figure it out….it will probably be a few games before you go to the NBA though.




#5 Alex Poythress

Uh…not sure you should be eating that cheese on your diet…stick to the steak.




#4 Seantencio

The backlash he will get from his doctor will be satisfaction enough. Hopefully that is an appointment they film.




#3 Trey Lyles

What the heck? I am getting too old to understand kids.




#2 Bernie Burnett

They make special carriers for this. Maybe I should shoot him the link.




#1 Phi Kappa Psi – UK (Sean Curl)

This should be the plan for any true Cat fan.


October 22nd, 2014

Wednesday Night News and Views


We’re only a few days away from Kentucky’s upset over No. 1 Mississippi State and this guy wearing a helmet and a ‘BEAT UAB’ sticker is going to be heartbroken when it happens. Sorry, bro. Enjoy your suite in lovely Starkville.

The gambling folks out in Las Vegas are still sitting on State at 13.5-point favorites, just enough to make me some good money on the UK money line. The only real question at this point isn’t whether or not that happens, but do fans storm the field again? I’m down.

Tonight, as we count down the hours till kickoff, we’ll go over a little football news and some of the goodies from UK basketball hogging the Wednesday spotlight. Then tomorrow we’ll make fun of Mississippi State a little more and churn out whatever’s relevant in Big Blue Nation.

And for the record, no, I would not like to give 50 cents to the Louisville athletic fund. I want gas because this is a gas pump.


Mark Stoops added a new commitment.

The 2015 football recruiting class added a new member Wednesday evening when three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel pledged his commitment to Kentucky. The addition of Daniel moved the Cats up to No. 24 in the 247 team rankings. He chose UK over Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia, among many others.

“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special,” said Daniel.

Oh we’re ready.

Dorian Baker’s playing status is still up in the air.

“We’ll see,” Stoops said, on the SEC teleconference. “I’m not going to comment on that at this time.”

He said he will not speak about any of his private discussions with the league, whether it be calls, non-calls or situations like this.

Stoops on early week practices:

“We had a good meeting and got a lot of things corrected. You know, we made a lot of mistakes at LSU. I think LSU had a lot to do with that. Give them credit. They beat us in all phases. I think our team has responded very well. We come back with a good meeting and light practice on Monday and had a good, physical, hard practice Tuesday, and the guys were excited. Good to get out there in practice, and I thought we responded well. So we’ll see how we move forward the rest of the week.”

Beat State.

Calipari went on SportsCenter and owned it. All of it.

He is on fire this year. FIRE.

See, DeMarcus knows it too.

Five of the 10 All-SEC selections live in Lexington; Aaron Harrison named POY

The conference announced its two preseason All-SEC squads Wednesday and five of the 10 selections will play their home games in Rupp Arena next year. Aaron Harrison, the preseason Player of the Year, earned First Team honors, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress and Karl Towns were named to the SEC’s second team.

And the least shocking news of the day: UK was tabbed as the preseason No. 1.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison tried to draw Wildcats.


And that’s why they play basketball. Leave the art to Willie, guys.

Calipari will give away spring in-state tuition at the Blue-White game.

For the second year in a row, Cal will pay one semester of tuition for two lucky students in the eRupption Zone. Current UK students can register before the game at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm with a valid student ID. Winners will be announced after the game and they must be present.

New single game UK basketball tickets are now available.

Fans can now purchase single game tickets to Kentucky’s home games against Boston, Montana State, UT Arlington, Eastern Kentucky and Providence, in addition to the Blue/White scrimmage, two exhibition games and first two regular season games against Grand Canyon and Buffalo. Ticket prices vary by game, but they’re all rather affordable under the new variable pricing system.

Click here to select your game and seat through Ticketmaster. You can get in the building for as low as $27 per ticket.

Paul Finebaum will be a guest on Kentucky Sports Radio radio Thursday morning.

The two loudest mouths of the south on one show at the same time; can you believe it? You will if you tune in tomorrow morning around 10:30 am when Paul Finebaum joins Matt Jones on the KSR airwaves. HEY PAWLLLLLLLL

Go Cats, everybody.

“We Ask You Wednesday” Vol. 20



The off-season is technically over, but the folks here at KSR love getting your input on things… relevant and bizarre. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes.Earlier this summer I started a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that brought in some great responses from many readers via Twitter. Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all probably hate it, but it’s either this or I’ll post another Trey Lyles mix tape.

Each week, the question will change and we will hit on a variety of topics, mostly UK-related… but you never know. Each week the best responses will make it on to the website.  This week’s ninth volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: WHAT OTHER SITUATIONS IN LIFE WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO LOOK OVER AND SEE THE PERSON INVOLVED WEARING A BACKWARDS HAT?





Yeah, don’t go through with it if so…


Two opposite ends of the spectrum here…


I would even argue that good news would be ridiculous with a backwards hat, too….

Most people agreed that any type of medical worker/situation would not be ideal…

Or the employee.

Yeahhh, I had to Google that. 

Let’s be honest… we all know there was never a motorcycle involved….

A guy with a backwards hat though seems like he might be a little more laid back about such things…

You lose that battle every, single, time…

The backwards hat might make you feel more at ease….

The CDC and hospital in Texas seem like maybe they’ve been wearing the hat backwards a lot lately…

I feel like even a properly worn hat could not improve a colonoscopy… 

Does a backwards top hat look different than a not backwards top hat?

I’ve seen it in girls high school soccer, unfortunately. 






Other U of L Athletics fundraisers


I didn’t think it could possibly get any better than U of L Athletics asking for money at local gas pumps, and then I did a little digging and found other fundraisers the Cardinals are doing around the city.

Like this homeless man, for instance. Instead of asking for spare change to buy coffee or sandwiches or narcotics, Jurich convinced this man to beg for the U of L Athletic fund. Embarrassing.


Oh wait, that’s Bobby Petrino. I’m surprised he’s not hitching a ride to his next job.

And it appears Jurich isn’t leaving all of the work to others. He is out raising money, too:


Really, Rick? Really?


Get To Know Kengera Daniel


Three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel became the 16th member of Kentucky’s 2015 football recruiting class Wednesday night when he sat down between his parents and announced his decision via video on Bleacher Report. The product of Raleigh, North Carolina chose the Cats over several major programs, citing a number of reasons why UK stood out, from the feel of Lexington to the upward trend under Mark Stoops.

The commitment is huge for Kentucky, especially considering the recent loss of defensive end commit Darius Fullwood. At an athletic 6-foot-6, almost 250 pounds, Daniel is more than a serviceable replacement on the defensive line. He has the potential to be a star under the current staff once he gets on campus and gets to work.

Let’s celebrate the addition of Kengera to the family by learning a little more about him and how he get here.

Can I get a Yahtzee?


Defensive End
Raleigh, NC (Millbrook)
6-6 | 245

247Composite: 23 WDE | 507 OVR
247Sports: 28 WDE
Rivals: 16 WDE
Scout: 90 DE


The atmosphere and coaching staff set UK apart.

When asked why Kentucky, Daniel first gave credit to the atmosphere at Commonwealth Stadium and the Kentucky coaching staff. He’s also grown close to several of the current players on the UK roster. “I just felt like it’s the place I need to be,” he said.

He took his official visit to Kentucky for the South Carolina game.

Talk about great timing for Stoops: Daniel’s official visit to Lexington was the October 4th weekend, when the Cats upset South Carolina. Daniel was on the field after the game and celebrated with the players later that night.

His final five included Alabama, Louisville, NC State and Virginia.

He also had offers from Michigan, Tennessee, Miami and Wake Forest, and heavy interest from Florida State, Ohio State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.

He wants to major in Biomedical Engineering.

Because #WhyNot?

UK sent him this…

And this…


While Wake Forest sent him this…

Good job, good effort.

“Just be ready. I’m coming. It’s going to be something special.”

His message to Big Blue Nation.

Welcome aboard, Kengera.

U of L Athletics is raising money at gas pumps


Oh wow. Is this the most Louisville thing ever?

Hump Day Practice Notes


— Dak Prescott’s dual threat ability is going to be a huge challenge for the defense. Prescott has the ability to be able to throw the ball and make great decisions at the same time, which makes him such a threat to a defense. When the quarterback has the ability to be good at both the pass and the run, the defense has to be just as good at defending both sides. 

“There is not just one certain area that I’m emphasizing on. I’ve gotta emphasize on all aspects of an offense to defend an offensive quarterback like this,” Eliot said.

Mississippi State’s ability to be able to run the ball just as well as pass it make it a lot harder for the defense. A lot of the keys you teach defensive players are based off of the running back being the ball carrier.

“You just have to be really sound in the pass game because as soon as you tighten up in the run game, that’s when they try to get one over your head,” Eliot said.

The biggest problem for the defense in the game against LSU is what Eliot calls “explosive runs”. The plays the defense didn’t meet in their efficiencies were explosive runs of more than 10 yards. The defense has met their goals on first down efficiency but not in third down efficiency.

It was different things on each explosive run that hurt the defense. There wasn’t one particular player or call that Eliot could point at that needed to be fixed.

— Bud Dupree has become the leader of this defense. Eliot praises Bud’s selflessness as a leader and ability to help the team in any way that he can. Eliot compares Bud’s ability to step up as a leader as what Avery Williamson did last year.

Bud is one of the greatest team players I have ever worked with or ever coached in my entire career. He is a Kentucky football player through and through,” Eliot said.


Kengera Daniel picks Kentucky

Add another one of Stoops’ top targets to Kentucky’s committed list for the class of 2015. Three-star defensive end Kengera Daniel selected the Cats over several other suitors Wednesday night, including NC State, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia and Alabama.

Watch his commitment below:


Bruce Pearl takes over an Auburn class

I can’t help but like the guy. It’s about time the SEC had a personality to compete with Cal.

This guy, though:

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Tyler Ulis vs. Rock Oliver…who ya got?

A video posted by (@coachcaldotcom) on

There’s some boxing going down in the Joe Craft Center. Rock Oliver is putting Tyler Ulis through the paces to get him used to the contact he’ll encounter during the season. Rock says Tyler’s requested to go through this style of training three times a week.

Rock vs. Tyler…who ya got? 

A video posted by (@coachcaldotcom) on

A video posted by (@coachcaldotcom) on

These quotes from Marcus Lewis are encouraging


Jabari Greenwood and Marcus Lewis

Last night, four-star cornerback Marcus Lewis announced he will take an official visit to Kentucky on December 13, the same weekend many of the current UK commits are taking their officials, including his teammate Jabari Greenwood. The 6’1″, 187 lbs. Lewis is considered the 7th best cornerback and the 90th overall player in the 2015 class by Rivals, and has offers from Michigan, Miami, Georgia, and others. He was committed to Florida until late this summer.

Lewis spoke to Rivals’ Adam Friedman about Kentucky and said he’s become “very close” with Mark Stoops and the rest of the coaching staff, whom he believes have the Cats on the rise.

“I definitely see them as a program on the rise,” he said. “They have really good players and really good coaches. I think coach Stoops is one of the most underrated coaches out there. He’s always fired up and I like that. I think they could compete for an SEC championship next year. Even this year they’ve had some close games and they’re a good team.”

More good stuff where that came from over at Rivals. Right now, Kentucky certainly seems to be in a good position.


You can’t stop Dak, you can only hope to contain him

By now, you should have heard of Dak Prescott, Mississippi State’s quarterback and current frontrunner for the Heisman trophy. So far this season, Prescott  has thrown for 1,478 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 576 yards and eight touchdowns. To stop Mississippi State, you’ve gotta stop Dak, and that’s a very big challenge. In fact, Mark Stoops told reporters on the SEC Coaches Teleconference this afternoon that you can’t shut down Dak, you can only hope to contain him:

“I think with what they do offensively, schematically and with a guy like Dak running their team, it puts a lot of stress on a defense. There’s no easy way around it. Any time you incorporate the quarterback with designed runs, you’re going to be short unless you just want to play zero across the board. And that’s difficult to do when they have playmakers outside, so it comes down to being very disruptive up front and guys getting off blocks and making plays.

But, it’s difficult, like I said, because they spread you out. They can spread you out or they can play power football with the quarterback running the ball or one of their talented backs. I don’t know if anybody is capable of completely shutting down a guy like Dak. You just have got to try to contain him as best you can.”

Contain Dak. Score points. Beat the Dawgs.

Cal giving away spring tuition to two students at the Blue/White game

For the second year in a row, John Calipari will give away spring in-state tuition to two lucky UK students who attend Monday’s Blue/White Scrimmage at Rupp Arena.

Students currently enrolled at UK can sign up at the regular student entrance at Rupp Arena, behind section 34. They must present a valid UK student ID and be signed up before 7 p.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and the winners will be announced after the game. They must be present to win.

Don’t have a ticket yet? There are still some available on, $10 for lowers and $5 for uppers.