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August 28th, 2015

Tinder Ranks UK’s Women 20th Best in the Country

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“We must have the hottest chicks in the USA on this campus,” was a thought that ran through my mind while walking through campus during the first week of school.  Today, my belief was confirmed by Tinder.

There’s many different ways to argue who’s the hottest, but this ranking is based on how many times guys swipe right to the girls of the University of Kentucky.  They’re swiping right because the women are beautiful, unlike Indiana (ranked 12th) men, who swipe right out of desperation.  I’ve been to many other campuses across the country, and trust me, there’s no place I’d rather be.

Not surprisingly, Louisville did not make the list.


2016 commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell made the front page of “The Columbus Dispatch”

Kentucky has obviously made huge in-roads in Ohio, but Vince Marrow and Mark Stoops’ impact is truly on display on the front page of today’s Columbus Dispatch, the main newspaper in Columbus, Ohio.

2016 UK commits Gunnar Hoak and Benny Snell are on the front of the paper’s high school football preview, and on the inside cover, they’re joined by fellow future Cats Jaylin Bannerman and Dakota Holtzclaw:

One day, Vince Marrow had a dream…

“Lured by the chance to play in the SEC, four players from talent-rich central Ohio chose Kentucky.” 

“All of my favorite running backs I watch on TV seem to come from the SEC,” Snell told the Dispatch. “To play in that league against those teams is really appealing. And the thing is, Kentucky is just down the road from home.”

“It’s like a dream to get an opportunity to play in the SEC, which year in and year out produces some of the best teams and players,” said Hoak, offensive player of the year on the Dispatch All-Metro team in 2014. “It looked like a great situation for me given the quarterback situation there. Hopefully, I’ll get a shot at playing time soon.”

For more, check out The Columbus Dispatch.


Ranking the Position Groups

When analyzing opponents, evaluating position groups proves to be more accurate than judging individual players. Football is a game that must account for attrition as much as opponents on its schedule. Programs improve depth through player development and recruiting. The following is evaluation criteria:

  • Collective skill/talent
  • Depth
  • Age/experience
  • Ideal measurables (height, weight, speed, strength)
  • Production

*List is a preseason projection. A similar post will be written prior to bowl game.

1. Safety – All-SEC performer AJ Stamps leads a deep and talented group. Marcus McWilson is one of the team’s most improved players. Nickel/Dime defenders are also included in this collection. Pound for pound, Blake McClain and Kendall Randolph are two of the better football players on the team.

2. Offensive line – Two All-SEC caliber players in Jon Toth and Jordan Swindle are part of the most game-ready OL unit in quite some time.

3. Receiver – Talented, fast, and capable of making big plays. Coach Mainord can run 10 deep without a drop off in talent. That’s not been the case at UK since, well, I can’t remember when.

4. Kicker/Punter – All-SEC and All-American candidate Austin MacGinnis destroyed the UK record books in 2014. Punter Landon Foster is also considered one of the best in the league.

5. Quarterback – Patrick Towles is poised to have a “national” level season. Unproven backup Drew Barker will see limited action. Reece Phillips’ uncertainty drops this group to fourth.

6. Defensive line – Melvin Lewis is all conference capable. Three technique defensive tackles finally have depth and are more developed. Questions lie within the limited number of true defensive ends on the roster.

7. Running back – Boom Williams is on national award watch lists. However, this position is manned by committee. Mikel Horton and JoJo Kemp will get carries. Blocking needs improvement. True freshman Sihiem King adds a new dimension of second gear speed.

8. Linebacker – Two different rankings. Pre-camp list would have the LB’s higher. Injuries, suspension, deflection, and a NCAA ruling induces current doubt. All SEC candidate Josh Forrest is the irreplaceable piece and has a legitimate opportunity to lead the conference in tackles. Ryan Flannigan’s health is omnipotent in order for the Cats to go bowling.

9. Tight end – Talented and youthful pass catchers may experience early season blocking struggles. Next year at this time, this position will be in the Top 5. CJ Conrad and Darryl Long will be a refreshing addition to the passing game.

10. Cornerback – Youth, height, and potential leads to giddy excitement. One true freshman, Chris Westry has already broken into the starting lineup. However returning CBs struggled in ’14 and will need to impress early. By game four, two true freshmen could possibly be starting. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Just like tight ends, this position will be in the 2016 Top 5.

Above is just my opinion. And again, when evaluating players, it’s personnel not personal.


Check out the complete 2015-2016 basketball roster

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With all the players back on campus, UK decided to throw fans a bone by releasing their complete 2015-2016 basketball roster this afternoon. Check it out all the updated heights and weights above, or on their website.

If you compare it to last year’s roster:

  • Alex Poythress has lost eight pounds
  • Tyler Ulis has gained five pounds
  • Marcus Lee has gained four pounds
  • Dominique Hawkins has gained five pounds
  • EJ Floreal has gained three pounds
  • Derek Willis is the same.

Your backcourt: Tyler Ulis (5’9″), Jamal Murray (6’4″), Isaiah Briscoe (6’3″), Mychal Mulder (6’4″), Charles Matthews (6’6″)

Your frontcourt: Skal (6’11”), Isaac Humphries (7′), Marcus Lee (6’9″), Alex Poythress (6’8″), Derek Willis (6’9″)

New numbers:

  • 1 – Labissiere
  • 4 – Matthews
  • 10 – David
  • 11 – Mulder
  • 13 – Briscoe
  • 15 – Humphries
  • 23 – Murray
  • 32 – Pulliam

I like how there’s a “Country” column now. Speaking of, they need to add “Canada” to Murray’s line. He wore the flag as a cape, after all.


UK Fan of the Day wants to know where to watch the in-state commits play tonight

Good afternoon, folks. What the hell is wrong with that guy’s arm? It’s like two miles long.

We’re gearing up for another Friday night of high school football, and if you’re thinking of heading out to catch some of the action, here’s where UK’s five 2016 in-state commitments will be playing:

  • Drake Jackson, Woodford County: home vs. West Jessamine, 7:30 p.m.
  • Landon Young, Lafayette: vs. Mercer County in the PBK Rebel Bowl at Boyle County, Saturday 6 p.m.
  • Kash Daniel, Paintsville: at Frankfort, 7:30 p.m.
  • Zy’Aire Hughes, McCracken County: home vs. Warren Central, 7 p.m. CT
  • Davonte Robinson, Henry Clay: vs. St. Xavier in the Bluegrass Bowl at Lexington Catholic, 6:15 p.m.

KSR’s Trey Huntsman will be at the Bluegrass Bowl to see Henry Clay take on St. X and Ryle’s game against Lexington Catholic. If you see him, go say hello. Last week, he was a rockstar in Prestonsburg:

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Click here to check out Trey’s preview for the weekend and see his and Nick’s picks for the games of the week. Also, if you’re in Frankfort to watch Kash Daniel, don’t hesitate to send us pictures and videos via Twitter.


The Schedule for Reopening Day at Commonwealth Stadium

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Hello, friends. You’re looking well. What is that, crushed velour? It’s very nice. Though I can’t help noticing it’s making you sweat a lot. Too much, really. Do you need medical attention? You probably shouldn’t wear that material this time of year. Live and learn, I guess! Seriously, though, I think you may have heat stroke.

Friends, if you are as excited as I am about the new UK football season, it means you are a lot excited about the new UK football season, because that is my current level of excitement. You, like me, can’t wait to see the new team take the field for the 2015 season and find ouit what they’re made of. You’re likely also eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the reinvention of Commonwealth Stadium, something we’ve followed very closely on this very site. Opening day – Kentucky’s debut against Louisiana-Lafayette – will also serve as a grand re-opening of the facility itself and an elaborate schedule of events has been planned for that day. If you’re planning on attending, please see the schedule of the day’s events below.

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10:30 a.m.

Tailgating at designated lot (as dictated by parking pass). Food, beverages served.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

A live concert featuring Women’s Hoops coach Matthew Mitchell’s band Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band.

4 p.m – 4:45 p.m.

Sundy Best, a popular country music musical act founded by Kentucky natives, performs a free concert near Gate 1 of the Stadium. Fireball shots.

4:20 p.m. – 4:23 p.m.

Play “These Days!” These Days! THEEEEEEESE DAAAAAAAYS! They can hear me.

4:28 p.m.

This is “These Days!” This is my song! No, wait it’s not. PLAY THESE DAYS!

4:45-4:57 p.m.

The concert breaks as the UK Football Players perform the traditional “Cat Walk” to the stadium. Flasks refilled.

4:49-5:01 p.m.

Stand in line at the bank of portable toilets nearest Nicholasville Road. Be pleasantly surprised that they’re not that bad yet, but all you had to do was pee.

5:02 p.m. -5:30 p.m.

Sundy Best concert resumes. Approximately 13% of male shirts come off. Bud Light in a plastic cup.

5:33 p.m. – 5:51 p.m.

Look for Troy. Where is Troy? Here’s his shirt.

5:52 p.m. – 5:55 p.m.

Troy is talking to a security guard. He thinks he can get you in to party with Sundy Best. The security guard says to get your friend under control.

5:57 p.m. – 6:15

Lizanne throws shade at Kelsey because she knows Kelsey wants to get with John David and John David has a girlfriend who goes to Western. Also, upside-down margaritas.

6:15 p.m. – 6:19 p.m.

Makers & Diet. Hey play that Luke Bryan song. Not that one the other one. No. Yeah that one. Brianna, listen to this song it’s like a song about you. Brianna! Brianna, listen to this. Are you listening?

6:23 p.m.

What did Shane say about me? What did he say about me?

6:24 p.m. -6:30 p.m.

Shane you don’t know me! You don’t know anything about me. I don’t care what you think about me but you keep my name out your mouth. I said KEEP MY NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH.

6:30 p.m. -6:37 p.m.

You guys Troy’s hurt he fell into the grill.

6:39 p.m.

Hey that sounds like a choir made up of 120 singers from each of Kentucky’s counties all singing the national anthem together do you hear that? We need to get to the game. But first, a shot of this bourbon. Man, that’s nice singing.

6:40

PLAY THEEEEEESE DAAAAAAAAAAYS!

6:47 p.m. – 6: 50 p.m.

Oh my god you guys do you see those parachuting men flying down onto the field what is going on everybody this is freaking me out we gotta get out of here

6:55 p.m.

I’m going to just take a quick nap in this portable toilet. Surprisingly, they’re not that bad. All it is is pee.

7:00 p.m.

Kickoff.


Stewart Mandel picks the Cats to go to the Music City Bowl

Our old pal Stewart Mandel is back with another prediction Kentucky fans will like. A few weeks back, Mandel predicted the Cats to go 7-5, and followed that up this week by picking the Cats to go to the Music City Bowl in his preseason bowl projections. Mandel has Kentucky facing Nebraska on December 30th in Nashville, in what will be dubbed the “Vince Marrow Bowl” if it happens.

Here are his picks for the rest of the SEC:

  • Cotton Bowl: Texas A&M vs. TCU
  • Orange Bowl: Ohio State vs. Auburn
  • Sugar Bowl: Alabama vs. Baylor
  • Independence Bowl: UNC vs. Mississippi State
  • Texas Bowl: Ole Miss vs. Texas Tech
  • Belk Bowl: Arkansas vs. Georgia Tech
  • Outback Bowl: Minnesota vs. Georgia
  • Citrus Bowl: Tennessee vs. Penn State
  • TaxSlayer Bowl: LSU vs. Louisville
  • Liberty Bowl: Missouri vs. Texas

Take it with a grain of salt, but the BBN in Nashville for New Year’s? I obviously like it.

Check out the rest at FoxSports.com.


Pro wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg got into a fight with UK fans at Commonwealth Stadium in 1988

Wrestling superstar Bill Goldberg came on Kentucky Sports Radio this morning to discuss the Project 58:10 Gala he’s putting on in Somerset, and gave us what may be one of the most entertaining UK Football stories we’ve heard in a while.

Before he got into wrasslin’, Goldberg played defensive tackle for the University of Georgia, and told the guys about playing Kentucky in Lexington in 1988. The Cats beat the #11 Bulldogs in one of the biggest wins of the Jerry Claiborne era, but Goldberg remembers the game for a very different reason. He was the last guy off the field that day, and went over to talk to his dad and brother through the fence near the locker room at Commonwealth Stadium, and UK fans wouldn’t leave them alone.

“The fans were all over me, man. I was talking to my brother and my dad through the fence. My brother is kind of like me and he had kind of had enough and turned around and said something to one of the fans and asked him to be quiet, and the fan said something my brother didn’t like and so my brother hit him over the face with a portable television. Hit him in the face with the television and all of a sudden, all heck broke loose. I had to climb the fence in full gear and fight off Kentucky fans because my dad had just had a quadruple bypass.”

That fence Goldberg scaled? It was eight feet tall. Can you imagine Goldberg, at 6’4″, 285 lbs., scaling an 8-foot fence in full gear? Sheesh. The story gets even better when you realize that Kentucky’s quarterback in 1988 was none other than our own Freddie Maggard. That means we have to hear Freddie’s side of the story, right?

Listen to Goldberg’s interview towards the end of the first hour.

Hour 1:

While you’re at it, listen to Hour 2, which included Ryan riding Drew’s new Ghost Board:


Mitch Barnhart says UK needs to resolve arena issue “soon”

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The Rupp Arena renovation crashed and burned last year, but the question of where Kentucky will play basketball longterm still remains. Earlier this summer, small updates were announced, such as replacing Big Bertha with a center-hung scoreboard, but the future of the building is still uncertain.

Yesterday, Mitch Barnhart touched on the subject when speaking to the Lexington Rotary Club. From LEX18:

I think we’ve got to get to a spot where we know what the definition of that looks like going forward. And we’ve got to do it soon. I think it’s caused enough angst among–it’s too much conversation,” said Barnhart. “We’ve got to get to a spot where we move on and get this thing figured out.”

“There are certain things that are important to us going forward that a part of–as I talked and the question was asked earlier, is–we’ve got to protect the next two to three generations of what we’re trying to do for Kentucky basketball. It’s not a one-year decision. It’s not a three-year decision. It’s a 15 to 20 to 25 year decision. Long after I’m gone. So those are the things that we’re obligated as the stewards of the basketball program to protect and make sure we look down the road.”

UK’s current lease with Rupp Arena expires after the 2017-2018 season, which will be here before you know it. Hopefully Barnhart’s comments mean the university is inching towards a resolution, whether it be a renovated Rupp or new on-campus arena.

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Louisville announces $55 million stadium expansion

Some news from our feathered friends down I-64: this morning, Tom Jurich announced a $55 million expansion to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, which will add 10,000 seats. Because of course, the project will be privately funded and will include new premium areas (aka bars). It’s scheduled to be completed in 2019 with a final capacity of 65,000.

You could argue the logic of adding seats when Louisville and 99.9% of programs in the country still struggle to sell out games, but I’m more interested in the renderings. The expansion will mainly consist of a new structure in the north end zone, and I realize that I’m totally biased, but what is that? I’m all for being unique, but what??

Oh…


The Sacramento Kings just signed Marshall Henderson

With Rajon Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein, and endless front office drama, the Sacramento Kings were already primed to be the most entertaining team in the league this season. Now they’ve gone and added Marshall Henderson.

Oh yes, according to Yahoo’s Marc Spears, the former Ole Miss guard has signed a make-good contract with the Kings after stints on pro teams in Iraq, Qatar, and Italy this past season. He will participate in the Kings’ training camp, which starts late next month.

“Hard Knocks: Sacramento Kings”???? Please?????

Requisite Marshall Henderson GIF:


Kobi Simmons will announce his decision on September 19

Kobi Simmons arrives on campus today for his official visit, and according to reports this morning, the 6’4″ combo guard from Alpharetta, Georgia is ready to wrap up his recruitment in a few weeks. Simmons is down to Kentucky, Ohio State, UNLV and Georiga. His father, Desmond Stephens, told Adam Zagoria that his son will announce his decision after visits to UNLV on September 4 and Ohio State on September 11. Rivals’ TJ Walker is also reporting Simmons’ decision will come on September 19.

In case you need a refresher, Simmons was UK’s priority at point guard in the 2016 class for a long time before John Calipari also handed offers out to Dennis Smith and De’Aaron Fox. Both Simmons and his father downplay the notion that Calipari’s interest has waned, insisting that they talk to Cal and Kenny Payne daily. Both also admit they’re big UK fans, with Stephens telling the Herald-Leader that he grew up cheering for Kentucky.

While Simmons hit some rough spots on the summer circuit, he’s an incredible talent. At 6’4″, he’s long and athletic, with an explosive first step and decent outside shot. He’s considered the third best combo guard and the 15th overall player in the 2016 class by 247 Sports Composite.

Enjoy yourself, Kobi.


The KSR Golf Scramble and Bill Goldberg (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio, which is coming to you live from the KSR Golf Scramble at Polo Fields in Louisville. Today, the guys will narrate all the happenings at the golf scramble, discuss a very important visitor on campus for the basketball team, and keep getting you ready for football, which starts a week from tomorrow.

WWE legend BILL GOLDBERG will also call in to talk wrasslin’. Why? Why not, I guess.

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

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KSR Affiliate List

WCBL (1290am): Benton
WBGN (1340am): Bowling Green
WTCO (1450am): Campbellsville
WAIN (1270am): Columbia
WCYN (102.3fm) Cynthiana
WHIR (1230am): Danville
WTHX (101.5fm) Elizabethtown
WCLU (1490am): Glasgow
WGOH (1370am): Grayson
WTUK (105.1fm): Harlan
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
WPAD (1560am): Paducah
WKYH (600am): Paintsville
WLSI (900am) Pikeville
WPRT (960am): Prestonsburg
WSFC (1240am): Somerset
WTCW (920am): Whitesburg
WHAY (98.3fm): Whitley City
WBTH (1400am): Williamson
PRTC TV Channels 209 & 409: Jackson & Owlsey Counties (Replayed at 1 and 6)

On Delay (ALL TIMES LISTED EASTERN)…

WVHI (1330am): Evansville, IN, 5-7pm
WMTL (870am): Leitchfield, 11am-1pm
WLBQ (1570am): Morgantown, 3-5pm
WRIL (106.3fm): Middlesboro, Thur 8-10pm
WWTF (1580am): Lexington, 4-6pm


The KSR Golf Scramble’s Friday Morning Wakeup

You smell that? I do. That’s called a championship. I smell it well.

Today, four of the state’s best golfers will stoop to amateur status to compete in the inaugural KSR golf scramble. I’m talking about my team, of course, made up of former KSR county blogger, Corey James; former KSR Bachelor blogger and current PGA caddy, Aaron Flener; my father, Franco; and me, carrying a putter so hot we might get a visit from Louisville Fire before the turn.

As for everyone else in the field, we’re excited to have a fun group of Cats fans at the Polo Fields and I wish them all well in the race for second place. It’s very nice of everyone to take off work and come out to a tournament they can’t win. Good people. Hopefully they win some of the many prizes we have around the course. If nothing else, they’ll meet Shannon The Dude and Ryan Lemond, and you can’t put a prize on that.

But enough about the golf, let’s talk about things you care about.

Did you enjoy the KSR UK Football podcast?

Apologies for the poor quality. Nick had the equipment for about an hour before we sat down to record, so he was learning how to use it on the fly. It will improve next week when we all get together to talk about UL-Lafayette and that home opener in the New Commonwealth Stadium. Tweet us any questions you may want answered and we’ll get to them on the show. Looking forward to recording another one and getting this season kicked off. The talking has gone on way too long.

Kobi Simmons lands today.

One of the top guards in the 2016 recruiting class will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. There was a time when Simmons was pretty much a lock to UK; that optimism has dwindled just a little bit, but he’s still high on the Cats.

The football team is getting ready for UL-Lafayette today.

We’ll have interviews with Stoops, Dawson and various players from the scoring side of the ball a little later today. Check back in the early evening to hear what they have to say on the last Friday before things get really real next week.

Football is almost here!

Anthony Davis is huge.

MVP.

I would like to thank former UK fullback Moncell Allen for shattering my phone last night.

I didn’t know it was possible for a screen to break in so many places. Turtle, I’m not even mad. I’m impressed.

Bill Goldberg is going to be a guest on KSR.

File that one under Things I Never Thought I’d Say.

Goldberg — excuse me — Gold-Berg will be calling into the show some time this morning. We’ll be out at the golf course for the entire show so it should make for a very bizarre interview.

I’ll also be out there with my Phunkee Dunk segway and we’re going to make Ryan try to ride it. I don’t know how that will convert to radio, but we’ll Periscope it, too.

Be sure to tune in. I’m off to the course…


BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: KSR Summer Fan Stories

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I am a 1955 graduate of UK and have attended,  listened to or watched   every men’s basketball radio or television broadcast that I could receive  since 1948.   I got interested when the Fabulous Five won the NCAA tournament and went on to the Olympics and  joined up with the Phillips 66ers.  When I enrolled in the fall of 1951 (see student card) it was only the second year of Memorial Coliseum and only one year past Alumni Gym. I was there on the street corner in front of Alumni Gym when the sign was changed to Avenue of Champions from Euclid. That had extra meaning then because Stoll field was there too and Bear Bryant was making football very important. I attended every home  basketball game and cheered on the Wildcats even  during the lost season of 1952-1953 when  EVERY game was a Blue-White game.  I couldn’t sleep for  days after watching the Jan 1955 loss to Georgia Tech that ended our 127 home winning record. I still hate Whack Hyder.
After graduation I moved to Atlanta and had to try to get the games on AM radio from WHAS. They carried them whenever it didn’t conflict with a UL game.  This was Caywood’s first years and the reception was awful and faded in and out.  But , no matter. I just had to wait till it faded back in again.
I recently came across an article that  summarized the 1948 team problems, including one item that matched last years conditions.
WE now live in northern Virginia and I’m looking forward to this BB season and will not miss a single TV broadcast.  It is great that now all UK BB games are on TV.  I have a VA license plate that reads UKY- BB .
Thanks,
Richard I. (Dick) Underwood