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July 31st, 2014

Stoops promises new attitude on the field: “Never look back”

Before wrapping up his guest appearance on Kentucky Sports Radio radio this morning, Mark Stoops was asked one final question about the upcoming season:  “What is the biggest difference fans will see on the field this year?”

“The attitude,” Stoops responded. “The fight. We showed signs of it last year and I know everybody in Kentucky appreciates that — being scrappy, being tough, playing with that great passion, playing with that great energy… This year’s team is going to have that.”

“We’re never going to look back, believe me.”

More from Stoops’ radio interview throughout the day…

UK returned 2,500 tickets to Louisville


The University of Louisville received a gift of 2,500 game tickets to this year’s Governor’s Cup showdown when our beloved Wildcats returned tickets back to Card Nation. UK claimed 3,000 of its allotted 5,500 tickets, freeing up 2,500 seats to be sold to UofL fans.

Same thing happened two years ago when the game was in Papa John’s.

Bring it on, Red.

It’s a packed house at All Sports in Lexington (Thursday Show Thread)


After visiting 24 affiliates across the entire state of Kentucky, the Kentucky Sports Radio tour is now down to its last two stops: Lexington and Louisville. Today’s show is coming to you live from All Sports in Fayette Mall in Lexington and the guys have a big morning lined up for our listeners.

It all picks up with Mark Stoops in the building at 10:30 am, before new UK assistant basketball coach “Slice” Rohrssen makes his first KSR appearance, in person, at All Sports.

And if that’s not enough to get you out to the mall, the last two remaining games in the UK ticket giveaway are the Louisville and UCLA games. Someone in the building will walk out with two tickets to one of those games, while another fan earns one of the final spots in the Bahamas drawing.

Or you can join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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KSR Affiliate List

WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WAIN (93.9fm): Columbia
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WHOP (95.3fm): Hopkinsville
WJKY (1060am): Jamestown
WLAP (630am): Lexington
WFTG (1400am): London
WKJK (1080am): Louisville
WFMW (730am): Madisonville
WWXL (1450am): Manchester
WFTM (1240am): Maysville
WKYM (101.7fm): Monticello
WMSK (1550am): Morganfield
WLME (102.7fm):Owensboro
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WBTH (1400am): Williamson


WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WPAD (1560am): Paducah, 11-1pm
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City, 2-4pm

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Everybody has a Basketball Favorite, but who is your Football?

You know what is kinda funny?  I was sitting here thinking about what to write this morning, and I realized that KSR has done a lot of polls over our history.  Favorite UK Basketball Player, Favorite UK moment, Favorite UK coach, Moments you would change, etc.  But we have never asked the most simple of UK football questions:


I would think that Tim Couch would the favorite for this contest, especially for the younger generation.  But hell, Couch hasn’t played for UK in over a decade so maybe Andre Woodson would be a serious contender.  Craig Yeast, Jared Lorenzen, Mo Williams, Wesley Woodyard, Randall Cobb.  All these guys have legit arguments for them.  In basketball, it usually revolves around a couple guys: Delk, Mashburn, Prince, Patterson, Walker.  You will see the same names over and over.  I think with this poll, you will see a wide variety of names, both offense and defense.  It’s one of the actual positives from not being an elite program, and that is fans tend to latch onto different players for different reasons.  Maybe you like attitude and energy more.  Maybe you like athleticism.  Maybe you just like the quarterbacks.  Whatever the case, there are lots of options to choose from.

My answer would be Randall Cobb.  He is the only player that I can remember in UK history that I thought could be a touchdown every time he touched the ball.  He was must see television.  He is the only skill player I can remember having that feeling about.

But, who would be yours.  Put your answer in the comments section and I will total up the votes and release them tomorrow.

KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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t’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 Richard Sherman

It’s so shinnnnnnnny.




#9 Eli Brown

I hate waiting, too.




#8 Colby Haney

I would put money on it. Are you paying for the airfare, though?




#7 Aaron Harrison

Uhhhh…..the mailman lost it, right?




#6 Trey Lyles

Who needs lazer tag when you have a hot tub?




#5 Nick Huff

I’ve never seen a guy so happy to see his girl with another man.




#4 Perry Stevenson

I like the effort, but that name is WAY too close to Kentucky Joe for anyone to take you seriously.




#3 beard

The answer to all life’s questions.




#2 J.C. Ausmus

Best city in the world.

#1 Eric J Redmon

Hey, now. Play nice.


Sharknado 2′s Thursday News and Views



In case you haven’t noticed on your favorite social media outlet, Shark Week is upon us! Everyone loves Shark Week. Everyone loves to Tweet about Shark Week. Certain movies, television shows, award shows, etc. just happen to be perfectly made for social media, and I’m pretty sure Shark Week falls into that category. Whether it’s coming up with a pun, making fun of the D-List actors and actresses in the shark movies, or laughing about the fact that Tara Reid (according to a Pop-Up “Fun Fact” during Sharknado 2) is writing a book… Twitter and Shark Week go hand in hand just like John Calipari and Kentucky basketball.

The only thing greater than the beautiful disaster that was the first installment of Sharknado, a movie in which things such as a tornado filled with sharks attack a city, is the fact that apparently the producers felt the need to go ahead and make a second one. Sharknado 2 is filled with promise, although I didn’t get a chance to catch it the first time around tonight. Unlike most people, I hope that the second one is just as terrible and hilariously awful as the first one. Count me among the folks who were sad to hear the “The Purge 2″ was actually kind of good this time. For my money, if a movie isn’t going to be GREAT, I want it to be downright terrible. There’s no in between for me. Great or painstakingly/unintentional laugh-inducing awful. That’s exactly what I’m hoping for from Sharknado 2. If you haven’t seen the first one, I recommend it to everyone. Twice.



And now on to the news and views from the day…


Dino Gaudio can’t stop raving about the Cats…

So now we’ve had two guys in a row essentially come away from Kentucky practices absolutely raving about this year’s team. The hype machine which was supposed to potentially quiet down after last year’s 40-0 talk got off to such a rocky star, has been amped up once again. Jon Rothstein and ESPN’s Dino Gaudio have been two of the few people who John Calipari has invited to come watch his team practice, and both have walked away seemingly extremely impressed. Here are the most interesting 4 things Gaudio had to share with the KSR crew on the radio show today following his time at Kentucky’s practice:

1) He doesn’t believe anyone in the SEC should beat Kentucky

– Although he said things could change, Gaudio doesn’t think the rest of the SEC can measure up with the Cats this season.


2) He called this team one of the most talented teams that he’s seen in a decade

– IN A DECADE? Those are heavy words.


3) The twin are drastically better

– No one made bigger strides from the beginning of last season to the end like the Harrison twins did… and Gaudio seems to think that the best days are still ahead for both Andrew and Aaron. Gaudio said that often times the biggest jump in maturity comes between a player’s freshmen and sophomore year, and that bodes well for many of Kentucky’s returning players. A sense of understanding of the system, confidence, and big game experience all factors in to the improvement that the Twins are showing on the court already.


4) Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker got some high praise

– Gaudio talked about how Ulis stood out immediately because of how small he was in comparison to Cal’s other guards and guards of the past. But Gaudio was quickly impressed with his quickness and abilities despite his small stature. Gaudio also mentioned Devin Booker’s shooting and potential to spread the floor as a guard in a number of different line-ups. If Booker can be a second shooter on the floor with a guy like Aaron Harrison, Kentucky will be in great shape.


Malik Newman seems in no rush to pick a school, which isn’t a bad thing for UK…

Malik Newman, a 5-star prospect from the class of 2015 and one of Kentucky’s biggest targets, said today in his blog for Team USA that he is in no rush to pick a school. “I think that I’m gonna wait until the late signing period. I’m not in a big hurry.” Newman does plan to cut his list of schools to 5 or 6 over the course of the next few weeks. Kentucky looks to almost certainly still be in the mix after that cut.

Newman taking his time on his decision might not be the worst thing in the world for Kentucky. Why? Because Kentucky won’t likely know what its roster will look like next year until late in the spring with plenty of guys who COULD and seem LIKELY to make the jump to the NBA. With so many players on the roster though, and so many question marks as far as who will leave and who will stay, many recruits are finding it difficult to see whether or not they would fit at Kentucky next year this early. Calipari is in a unique position this year with so many returning players. The picture is not as clear as usual, and it’s always a little difficult with the number of guys who turn pro after one season. This year is even more difficult than usual. The fact that Newman seems to be okay with waiting at least means that Kentucky should be able to stay in the mix until the very end– and perhaps by that point the roster situation will be sorted out.


Every time Cal calls his former players his sons, I can’t help but say “awwww”….

There’s nothing to me that evokes the word “awww” more than when I see John Calipari tweeting out pictures of his former players and calling them his sons. I don’t think it’s just him saying it to be saying it either. He treats his players like they are his own, and it’s not just him either. His wife, Ellen Calipari, has been known to open their home up to the players while they are on campus and even bakes them brownies for their birthdays. You can say what you want, but you won’t convince me that DeMarcus Cousins wasn’t Cal’s favorite “son” of all time. Maybe behind Brad, his real son. Maybe. Calipari even has admitted that DeMarcus holds the biggest spot in his wife’s heart as well.


Speaking of family, the UK Wide Receivers had a little family dinner tonight with coach Tommy Mainord



The new Lakers coach thinks Randle was a top 3 talent and loves his attitude…

After some scuttlebutt last week involving trade rumors for the Lakers and Julius Randle with the Suns and Eric Bledsoe, the talk is seemingly dying down for the moment. The Lakers’ new head coach Byron Scott is a big fan of Randle and had glowing praise for him in his first days on the job.

“I think the sky is the limit for him. He’s definitely talented. To get him at No. 7 is a steal. The kid was probably top 3,” Scott said. “I love his attitude. I love the way he attacks the basket. I love the way he rebounds the ball. He brings some things to the table that will definitely help us.”

That’s a lot of love for one interview.


And now for the random tweet that made me laugh today…


The UK Wide Receivers have a nice “Family Dinner”


They might not eat as much as the linemen do when they gather for a big meal, but the UK wide receivers had a family dinner tonight with coach Tommy Mainord. 

“We Ask You Wednesdays” Vol. 10



The off-season tends to get a little dull sometimes around the KSR compound, especially as the news ever so slowly trickles in during the months of June and July. We have to get a little creative around here sometimes. I’m going to start a weekly series called “We Ask You Wednesdays,” that can hopefully get some of you all involved via Twitter. Most of you all, All of you all, Everyone but my Mom and Dad,Some of you all will 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 TENTH volume of the “We Ask You Wednesday” allowed Kentucky fans to answer the following question via Twitter in 140 characters or less: IF YOU COULD ASK ONE QUESTION TO ANYONE UK-RELATED (THROUGH ALL THE YEARS) AND GET THE 100% TRUTH, WHAT WOULD THAT QUESTION BE?




Probably the most-asked question of this We Ask You Wednesday and certainly one of the more intriguing UK topics…

I can answer that for you… “LMFAO!!!!”

On a more serious note…

Maybe if you call Rashaad bro too…

One of the greatest mysteries of the Tubby Smith era…

He would answer you in between bites…

Alan Cutler never rests…

I’m sure it meant as much to him as it meant to you…

I thought this was a strange question until I look at this guy’s Twitter picture. Now I totally get it…

Someone gets these ladies a glass of water…

Some questions for some of our recent Cats… I’m sure if John Wall won’t do it, someone at the Great Wall of China or another landmark will…

No, but he might have your fax machine…

She will probably read this, so maybe…

Burning question…

WOULDN’T WE ALL LIKE TO KNOW?!!! Retweet retweet retweet.


KSR’s Kickoff Playoff: The Semifinals


Now that the football team’s Kickoff Playoff has its final matchup, its time we decide who advances in KSR’s version of the Kickoff Playoffs. Last week’s winners advanced by way of vote here on the website and we ask you again tonight to send two more ahead and two more home.

Here is a look at the field, in case you missed it.

Jared Lorenzen – “Hells Bells” by AC/DC
Matt Jones – “Victory” by Puff Daddy
Bryan The Intern – “Whoomp! (There It Is) by Tag Team
Ryan Lemond – “Turn Down For What” by DJ Snake and Lil’ Jon
Shannon The Dude – “For Those About To Rock” by AC/DC
Tyler Thompson – “Lose Yourself” by Eminem
Drew Franklin – “Jungle” by X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons
CM Tomlin – “Magnificent Seven Theme” by Elmer Bernstein

So tonight we have Jared Lorenzen and AC/DC’s “Hells Bells” versus Ryan Lemond and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down For What” on one side of the bracket. And on the other side we have Tyler Thompson and Eminem’s classic “Lose Yourself” against me and “Jungle” by the X Ambassadors & Jamie N Connors.

Help us decide which two songs reach the finals:


“Hells Bells” vs. “Turn Down For What”

“Hells Bells”

“Turn Down For What”

“Lose Yourself” vs. “Jungle”

“Lose Yourself”



Be sure to vote in the Braylon Heard vs. Za’Darius Smith matchup, too. The winner of that one will meet our winner in one final showdown next week.

Cal with two more of his “sons”

Coach Cal is a proud dad out in Vegas this week. Tonight he is going to dinner with D. Rose, Wall, DeMarcus and AD. They should live stream credit card roulette when the bill comes.

KSR hits Lexington tomorrow and you’d be crazy not to go

After visiting 24 affiliates across the entire state of Kentucky, the Kentucky Sports Radio tour is now down to its last two stops: Lexington and Louisville. Tomorrow morning’s show will be broadcast live from All Sports in Fayette Mall in Lexington and you are out of your mind if you don’t go. (Or at least make a valiant effort.)

Matt and Ryan have two very special guests lined up for the show, beginning with Mark Stoops in the building at 10:30. Then new UK assistant basketball coach “Slice” Rohrssen will make his first KSR appearance, in person, at All Sports.

And if that’s not enough to get you out to the mall, the last two remaining games in the UK ticket giveaway are the Louisville and UCLA games. Someone in the building will walk out with two tickets to one of those games, while another fan earns one of the final spots in the Bahamas drawing.

You won’t want to miss this one, BBN.

Big man on campus meets big man on campus


Karl Towns and his new haircut did what all new student-athletes do the first few months they’re on campus. He went to Raising Cane’s for chicken fingers, french fries, no slaw, with an extra sauce — Caniac size, I assume.

He also ran into Stone Cold Willow, Cane’s cashier extraordinaire and one of the few names that carries more weight in Lexington than his own. Big man on campus, meet big man on campus.

UK Hoops putting in work this summer

Matthew Mitchell’s squad is working hard this offseason with eyes on the 2015 Final Four. Their motto? #OurSeason


Coach Cal chatting with old pals out in Las Vegas


Coach Cal is in Las Vegas for the next few days, working the Team USA Basketball Fantasy Camp. Today he swung by USA practice to catch up with some of his former players: John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Derrick Rose.

Andy Glockner snapped this photo of Cal cutting up with Wall and Rose during a break in the action. I bet he’s telling them how good his new crew is in Lexington.

Changes to your game day experience and much more in this CWS update from UK

UK’s BBN First website is considerate of your Commonwealth Stadium renovation concerns and it doesn’t want you to feel left in the dark with the project’s progress. So today, the website posted a story with Russ Pear, UK’s senior associate athletics director for facilities and operations, along with some changes you can expect to see at games this fall.

Pear, who spends more time with Commonwealth than I do with the computer, is involved in all aspects of the project. “I am listening in on meetings and listening to contractor meetings and they are talking about this or that and I am like, ‘OK, why are we doing that?’ and making sure that our interests are being met,” he said.

He warned fans that CWS won’t look its best this upcoming season, but it’s a sacrifice UK must make to keep things moving along while ensuring the safety of fans at games.

To do so, expect several changes to what you’re used to seeing, including:

– Rows 22-39 in sections 219-232 will closed, but fans with season tickets in those areas have already chosen news seats.

– Gates 10 and 11 will be also be closed. Fans entering on that end will need to enter through Gates 9 and 12.

– Other gates will be open but some are under construction, so guests will need to follow the direction of traffic control/safety staff when entering and exiting.

– All concourses will be open during games, though some are much narrower than before.

For more from Pear on the construction and the plans for the winter, read the full story here.

738 hours ’til kickoff…