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October 31st, 2014

Watch out for Mizzou’s run game Saturday


In order to win Saturday, Kentucky needs to focus on one thing. That is stopping Mizzou’s run game, especially on special teams.

Unlike last week when Mississippi State had their ‘Heisman quality’ quarterback to lean on, there are two other players Mizzou will need in its game this weekend. Quarterback Maty Mauk started the year off strong, but has gone downhill lately. Against Power five schools he has thrown just four touchdowns, which in no way makes up for the 6 interceptions to go along with that.

So they have had to look in other places to make up for that slack. They have people to do that that in tailbacks Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough.

Backup tailback Marcus Murphy has put up excellent numbers the past few games. He might be listed as a backup tailback, but don’t let that fool you. Against Florida alone, Murphy ended the night with 224 all-purpose yards and leads the SEC with a 149.14 all-purpose yards per game average. Last week against Vanderbilt, Murphy finished with 94 yards on 16 carries. It is not the amount of carries that gives him these numbers; it is the length of the carries.

For example. Murphy has two kickoff returns for touchdowns and a punt for a touchdown this year because of his explosive run game. This is what worries me the most. I am not one to go after coaches, but Kentucky’s special teams has been….uh…less than favorable the last few games. Mizzouri knows this and you best believe they will put Murphy in the back field to receive a few carries as well. This could get dangerous.

Murphy has been switching back and forth for the number one spot with Russell Hansbrough. Against Vanderbilt last week, Hansbrough rushed 88 yards on 19 carries. Mizzou having two go to guys will not be an easy thing for Kentucky to overcome.

Luckily for Kentucky defense, both tailbacks are just average size for today’s tailback standard. Murphy comes in at 5-9, 195 pounds and Hansbrough is 5-9, 190 pounds. It will be interesting to see how Kentucky plans on dealing with these two on the field.



TACK’s New Player Tennis Clinic is the first step to reaching the Wimbledon Finals

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Want to learn to play tennis like the great ones? I’m talking Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Ivo Karlovic and Tom Jomby… That can be you!

But first you have to get started and there’s no better place to start than the Tennis Association of Central Kentucky’s New Player Tennis Clinic at Lexington Tennis Club. Check out the details below and then remember the little people like me when you’re on tour.


Watch Eric Bledsoe run from a dinosaur and then pretend like you wouldn’t do the same

What, they didn’t have dinosaurs in Alabama? Watch Bledsoe sprint away from the fake dinosaur set up inside the Suns arena.

In his defense, that things looks pretty real.

Eric’s reaction was great, but Archie Goodwin’s is even better. See it below in the full version.

Israel Gutierrez Dresses as Drake on Around the Horn


For Halloween, the Around the Horn crew dressed up as various oddities and the best had a UK connection. Israel Gutierrez went as Drake (he looks just like him) and over the course of the show represented a number of teams, including the Cats. It was good stuff and a big A+ from me for the costume.

Cut-Off Sleeve Guy, KSR respects you

On a night that saw the return of LeBron in Cleveland, Jameis being Jameis in the second half, NFL Thursday Night Football and the Season 4 premiere of Project Runway All-Stars, one man captured the attention of America by wearing not one, but two cut-off t-shirts on a chilly night in Louisville. We gave him hell, you gave him hell, the internet gave him hell. And to be fair, he deserved some of it.

But today I’m here to applaud Cut-Off Sleeve Guy — whose real name is Kyle Norris — for the way he and his exposed arms handled the newfound fame. After discovering him on Twitter earlier today, I can now say he has our respect and we will put him in that very small group of Louisville fans we actually like. (That makes roughly three people in that group.)

Have a look at some of Kyle’s tweets since his national TV debut:

Keep doing you, Kyle. Some men were born to wear sleeves, others weren’t. You know your place in this world.

Kenny Payne says UK has no choice but to platoon on Sunday


Kenny Payne has no idea who will start in Kentucky’s first exhibition game this coming Sunday — he said that’s for Calipari to figure out — but he knows they will platoon. It’s the only option right now until a smaller group emerges from the rest.

“We don’t have a choice,” Coach Payne told reporters, when asked if UK will platoon. “We’ve got 12 really good players. We got to find time for all of them, and they all deserve to play.”

He believes the entire team is still on board with platooning, for now, and he doesn’t expect it to change because they all have one goal in mind.

“I think everybody’s bought in. I think it was vital what we did in the Bahamas. It showed that it could work. And these guys are really at core about winning. And that’s important. So right now, everybody’s bought in. We don’t expect to have them not to buy in. We just gotta make it work, and it will. It will.”

Your AP No. 1 Wildcats will finally see another team on American soil on Sunday at 7:00 pm. Good luck to Pikeville in Rupp Arena.


Raises are coming for Stoops’ assistants too


You know what they say: It ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none; therefore Mark Stoops and the athletic department are working on extensions for his assistants, too.

Stoops did not give a timetable on when he and his assistants will be throwing new racks in the club together, but he did confirm new deals are in negotiations. “Yes, they will be made,” he said.

How nice is it to see UK dumping money into the football program? If I had more time I would put Mitch Barnhart’s face over Kenny Powers:

The new football practice facility will break ground in January

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No one loves construction more than the University of Kentucky and it plans to add more work to the campus at the first of the year. News broke today (tucked beneath all of the Mark Stoops talk) that UK will break ground on the new $45-million football practice facility in January. Mitch Barnhart said, “We’re good to go on the practice facility. We’ve got enough funds to move on, and I think we’re breaking ground sometime in January. So we’re moving on with that. We’ve got lots of plans for that. Got it pretty dialed down.”

Barnhart expects the entire project to be completed in time for full use in the spring of 2016.

Mark Stoops is now the sixth highest paid coach in the SEC


According to these numbers from Saturday Down South back in August, Mark Stoops jumped up from dead last to sixth in the conference pay scale with his new deal. Only Nick Saban, Kevin Sumlin, Les Miles, Steve Spurrier and Gus Malzahn are paid more, and all five of those guys are former SEC Coaches of the Year.

Stoops now makes an average of $3.225 million per season, just ahead of Bret Bielema and Mark Richt for the sixth biggest paycheck.


Saturday Down South

Meanwhile, Dan Mullen, head coach of the nation’s No. 1 team, takes over Stoops’ spot at the very bottom. (I hear Florida pays well, Dan.)

Mark Stoops’ New Contract Extension: What You Need To Know

Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Mark Stoops is set to be the head football coach at the University of Kentucky through the 2019 season after signing his second extension in six months earlier today. Mitch Barnhart said the new deal isn’t to reward Stoops for his five wins this season, but because the way things are headed under Stoops’ direction. “This is about the general trajectory and direction of our program,” said Barnhart. “That is what this is about.”

Stoops, who insists he has no interest in leaving Lexington any time soon, told reporters it was a short conversation before signing the new deal and he didn’t think twice about it. He feels the commitment from the university and its athletic department and he is equally committed in return. “We’re committed to each other.”

As for the actual deal, you can find every thing you need to know, short and simple, listed below:

— The deal has no buyout. Barnhart said he doesn’t believe in buyouts. He wants coaches who want to be at Kentucky.

— The compensation for his final season in the contract went from $2.65 million in 2018 to $4.25 million in 2019. The new guaranteed numbers look like this: $3.25 million, 2015; $3.5 million, 2016; $3.75 million, 2017; $4.0 million, 2018; $4.25 million, 2019.

— Stoops will earn a $250,000 bonus for every win past his sixth each season. So when he wins 10 games in 2015, Mrs. Stoops is getting a brand new car!

— He will earn $200,000 if UK wins the SEC Championship or plays in a BCS bowl. I will be getting a brand new car if either of those happen, on my own dime.

— He will earn another $200,000 if UK wins the National Championship. We will burn several cars, new and old, if that happens.

— Coach Cal thinks Mark Stoops is the perfect fit:


Mark Stoops: “I plan on being here for a long time.”


His name is being tossed around as a candidate for other jobs at season’s end, but Mark Stoops didn’t think twice before signing his new contract extension with the University of Kentucky. He met with the media before boarding the plane to Missouri this afternoon and spoke very highly of his relationship with Mitch Barnhart, the university, and his football program.

“We’re committed to each other,” said Stoops, several times. “I have the same commitment back to these kids and the program. It’s a great relationship and I plan on being here for a long time.”

He said the Stoops family was built on loyalty and he feels the loyalty here at Kentucky.

“I’m here, I’m happy to be the head coach and I’m looking forward to many more years,” he added. “I’m not interested in going anywhere.”

Now let’s go out there and clinch this bowl game.

Mark Stoops Press Conference LIVE

Mark Stoops gets another extension, less than six months after signing an extension

Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Mark Zerof | US Presswire

Get that money, Coach Stoops!

Not even six months after signing a contract extension, Mark Stoops has agreed to another contract extension that will keep him at Kentucky through 2019. Mitch Barnhart had this to say:

Mark is guiding our program in the direction we all want it to go and we are proud to reward that. I was confident Mark was right for this job when I hired him, but he has exceeded my expectations. From leading a group of young men to recruiting to fundraising, Mark has embraced and excelled in all facets of this job. I am excited about the progress our team has shown on the field, but this is as much about the next five years as it is the last 1.5. As I’ve said before, I believe we can compete at the highest level in the toughest conference. Coach Stoops is the coach to take us there.

He’s just getting started, bro.

Update: We will have a live press conference with Mark Stoops streaming on KSR at 2:00 pm. Cats.

If this isn’t the best UK video ever, it’s close

Thirty minutes is a long time to sit down and watch a YouTube video, but this one may be worth a half-hour of your life. It features, well, everything. It features literally everything from Calipari’s run at Kentucky, including shots from the haters and his best moments.

Watch it if you have time. If you don’t have time, save it for later, but watch it.

The AP Preseason Top 25 is out and CATS

The Associated Press released its Preseason Top 25 for the upcoming college basketball season and the No. 1 squad is none other than your University of Kentucky Wildcats, for the second year in a row. UK received 52 first place votes to earn the top spot over Arizona, Wisconsin, Duke and Kansas, in that order.

Arizona, you mad?