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August 22nd, 2014

Grab a Diet Coke and listen to today’s podcast

The guys ran into some trouble this morning when power went out all over campus as they got ready to start the show. But, since technical difficulties are a regular occurrence with KSR, they set up outside in the heat for a two-hour broadcast and everything went swimmingly. They were able to grab several special guests coming in and out of the Joe Craft Center, including Seth Greenberg, Dino Gaudio and Tony Greene.

The rest of the show was spent trying to find a Diet Coke. Have a listen below.


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Stoops says the plan is to redshirt Drew Barker


We knew this was probably coming when Patrick Towles won the starting job earlier this week, but Mark Stoops just told reporters that the plan is to redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Barker. Stoops said they will prepare Barker to play in a backup role just in case, but would prefer to redshirt him. Neal Brown added that they hope Towles plays well and Barker isn’t needed so they won’t have to play him “garbage minutes.”

Meanwhile, Stoops said he expects every freshman wide receiver, both freshmen running backs, freshmen defensive tackle Matt Elam and freshman cornerback Kendall Randlolph to play right away. The rest of the freshmen, including Lloyd Tubman, will hopefully redshirt.

A whole year for Barker to develop and learn the system? This is good, guys.

Jeff Badet will miss at least two games with an eye injury

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Some bad news from the Nutter Training Center: Mark Stoops just announced that sophomore wide receiver Jeff Badet will miss at least the first two games of the season with an eye injury he sustained from a tennis ball drill. Badet and fellow wideout Alexander Montgomery are the only two players Stoops expects to miss the opener.

An injury from the tennis ball drill? Really? The ghosts of Kentucky football had a laugh with that one.

Andre Woodson discusses UK football

Former UK quarterback Andre Woodson left the coaching world after three years to join Saturday Down South, a website dedicated to SEC football. Woodson previewed the Kentucky Wildcats for SDS in the video you see above, filmed in what appears to be a public computer lab.

Woodson told the interviewer, “I think Coach Stoops is a phenomenal coach. The staff he’s put together, I think they’re phenomenal recruiting coaches. I think they’re doing a great job right now; I just think they need some time. It’s going to be another two or three years before they get the program turned around. I think the fan base is definitely behind them.”

He also shared his favorite memory at UK: the crowd chanting “We-Believe” before the final play of the LSU game.

Doral Moore taking an official visit to Kentucky this weekend

Four-star prospect Doral Moore will be in Lexington this weekend for his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Things are a little different this year, though, as what is normally a huge recruiting weekend won’t have the same effect with the cancelation of the alumni game. Still, Moore will have plenty to see and do and he may be pressured to commit if he likes what he sees because UK has so many offers out there to higher ranked bigs.

Moore is the 10th ranked center and 48th overall in the Top247. UK currently sits at 88 percent in his Crystal Ball predictions.


Trey Lyles’ dad released a new song called “BBN”

Tom Lyles, recording artist and father of Trey Lyles, released a new single recently that I think you’re going to like. It is called “BBN” and it’s about the greatness that is Kentucky basketball and its fan base. Lyles wrote the song last March while watching the Cats’ run through the SEC and NCAA Tournaments and he’s excited to see what this new group has in store in 2014-15.

So check out his song, download it, and listen to it as you watch UK chase a ninth banner this year. You can hear a sample at any of the three links below:

“BBN” on iTunes

“BBN” on Google Play

“BBN” on CD Baby

A look at Anthony Davis in the new NBA2K15 video game


Video game graphics are out of control these days and here is proof of it in this new leaked screenshot of Anthony Davis from the 2015 edition of the popular NBA2K series. The game is set to be released in October and it is going to sell like a bajillion copies.

I’m more of an NBA Live ’95 guy myself.

Stoops describes his team in one word

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That’s the word Mark Stoops used when asked by ESPN college football writer Brett McMurphy to describe his 2014 Wildcats. McMurphy asked every coach in the Power 5 conferences to “pick a word, any word” to describe their team, and Stoops said, “Improved.”  You like it?

Here are the other answers from around the SEC:

Alabama’s Nick Saban: Untested
Arkansas’ Bret Bielema: Motivated
Auburn’s Gus Malzahn: Experienced
Florida’s Will Muschamp: Hungry
Georgia’s Mark Richt: Wow
Kentucky’s Mark Stoops: Improved
LSU’s Les Miles: Unknown
Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen: Hungry
Missouri’s Gary Pinkel: Confident
Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze: Relentless
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier: Decent
Tennessee’s Butch Jones: Committed
Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin: Eager
Vanderbilt’s Derek Mason: Audacious

KSR, Live from Coach Cal’s Fantasy Camp (Friday Show Thread)

Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond are at the Joe Craft Center today for a live broadcast from the first day of John Calipari’s third annual fantasy camp. Matt elected not to play this year so he will be on for the full two hours, discussing the scene and commentating on the action. Who knows, maybe he can reel in a good guest or two to help out.

(And the power just went out. This should be interesting.)

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Does Mark Stoops have an ’06 Georgia game this year?

Not that Mark Stoops is anywhere near where Rich Brooks was in 2006 when it comes to job security, but I think the UK fanbase would like to see the Cats pull off at least 1 upset this year to sorta get that final confirmation that this program is moving in the right directions.  All signs point to UK being able to do that, especially if the quarterback play is improved.  But for Brooks, the turning point for the program was without question the win over Georgia in 2006.  UK was just 4-4 at the time and had generally been thumped by the SEC elite and Louisville that year.  And Brooks was on the hot seat, there is just no questioning that.  The Georgia win totally flipped the script.  Kentucky would win 2 more games in the regular season and a bowl, finishing with 8 wins, a rarity in the modern history of UK football.

While I don’t think anybody is calling for 8 wins this year, I think there is reasonable expectation the Cats should be competitive in nearly every game this year.  And with that competitiveness comes the expectation that you will surprise a team or two with that.  Losing close only works for so long until fans want to see some close wins.

So my question today is which game on the schedule the Cats are supposed to lose do you think they have a good chance of pulling off the upset.  AND DON’T SAY VANDERBILT, which most bookmakers have the Cats a favorite in that game.

KSR’s Top Ten Tweets of the Day

Every Simpsons Ever is airing this weekend (beginning at ten yesterday). If you’re lucky enough to have FXX, you best be watching. We will focus most of our attention on relevant Kentucky sports-centric tweets but, as per usual, there are no limits to our madness. You, the KSR fans, can also participate in our top-10 tweet countdown by using hashtags such as #BBN #KSR #KSRTopTen, or by tweeting @KySportsRadio.


#10 Linda S

SooooOoooOo this made me LOL.



#9 Nerlens Noel

You heard the man–be an organ donor BBN.



#8 Barry Crum

Those are some large kids.



#7 NFL Philosophy

I also can put away some Cane’s. Sadly, still no Super Bowl ring.



#6 Andy Glockner

U mad bro!?



#5 Patrick Blanton

The fair always brings out the weirdest in people.



#4 Dan Rieffer

Staying up to watch a replay–true dedication/insanity.



#3 Wildcats’ Louisville




#2 Gregg Doyel

Slow clap.



#1 Jax Teller


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Gatorade’s New Ad Campaign’s Friday News and Views

It’s tough to find a good video on the internet that doesn’t involve ice and buckets these days, but Gatorade’s new series of commercials with Peyton Manning and Cam Newton managed to make its way into my timeline and into my heart. The new campaign centers around Gatorade’s new slogan, “Sweat It To Get It,” and features the two star NFL quarterbacks in surprising roles in a gas station. Captured by hidden cameras around the store, Manning and Newton come out to back up the store clerk, who tells unsuspecting customers they aren’t allowed to buy Gatorade if they aren’t sweating.

Watch my favorite, “Slap,” below:

Check out the others on Gatorade’s YouTube page. I don’t believe they’re real but I do enjoy any time Peyton Manning shows his funny side.

Now, to tonight’s News and Views…


John Calipari called in to a radio show as “John from Kentucky.”

Thursday got off to a great start when audio from John Calipari’s Wednesday appearance(s) on Mike Francesca’s radio show leaked to the internet. Cal first made an in-studio appearance on Francesa’s show, but once he left, he heard Francesa tell the show listeners Cal isn’t a good Xs and Os coach. So, Cal picked up the phone and called in to the show as “John from Kentucky” to defend himself. The fake voice he uses to begin the call is hilarious:

After the clip blew up on the internet, Cal tweeted, “You can disagree without being disagreeable. Mike Francesa and I are good. Always have been. By the way, once again he’s wrong. LOL!”

The man is having fun this summer.

“Cal The Magician” is born.

A new nickname was spawned during the aforementioned interview when Calipari told Francesa, “You know what they call me? The Magician. Cal The Magician.”

If Calipari were a magician — and who’s to say he’s not? — his tricks would likely include: turning a kid into a millionaire; ripping Rick Pitino’s heart out; and making Indiana disappear.

We may have to have some fun with this one tomorrow.

John Calipari’s Fantasy Camp is underway.

Friday morning’s KSR radio show will be coming to you live from courtside at Cal’s camp, where Matt and Ryan will paint the scene and hopefully convince some special guests to come on. I will be around in the afternoon to take pictures for the website. Rumored celebrities include Jalen Rose, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley and Ed Kwak.

MUST READ: ESPN The Magazine’s profile of Jared Lorenzen.

ESPN The Mag knocked this one out of the park with the story of our good buddy Jared Lorenzen and his lifelong struggle to eat healthy. The author traces Jared’s poor eating habits back to his youth, then up through college, the NFL and today. It includes several great quotes from Jared and his friends, including my favorite part of the article when Jared shrugs off Johnny Unitas because he “talked sh-t.” Definitely give it a read.

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247Sports ranked the SEC’s quarterbacks, Patrick Towles is No. 11.

Four days after earning the QB1 job at Kentucky, Patrick Towles ranks 11th in 247Sports’ look at the league’s starting quarterbacks. Towles finished ahead of Arkansas’ Brandon Allen, Tennessee’s Justin Worley, and whoever wins the job at Vanderbilt.

11. Patrick Towles, Kentucky- Towles has a lot of talent- a strong arm and good size- and in Wildcats’ offensive coordinator Neal Brown’s pass-happy system, there’s a chance he can put up big numbers this season in Lexington. If Towles settles in and makes good decisions, he has an NFL future.

See the list here.

This guy burned an Indiana t-shirt during his #IceBucketChallenge.

Kentucky Wildcats TV is up to something in Commonwealth Stadium tonight.

According to Nathan Schwake, in response to Jen Smith’s observation of the lights being on, there is some fun going down in Commonwealth Stadium tonight. The Kentucky Wildcats TV crew is on the field putting in some late night work in preparation for the season. The season opener is a little over one week away!

UT Martin is coming.

Get to know the defensive line in this video from the Skyhawks:

Never fear a football program that can’t adjust the focus on its video recorder. UK will be fine.

I’ll leave you with Za’Darius Smith and the UK band…

Can’t wait to see him at the Cat Walk!

Kentucky will make Ivan Rabb’s Top 5

Ivan Rabb is in the process of narrowing his list down to five finalists, but he knows two schools that will definitely make the cut. Rabb told ZagsBlog, “I can say Cal(ifornia) and Kentucky will definitely be on that list.”

Rabb will set up his official visits once he is down to five schools. He is also considering Arizona, UCLA, USC, Georgetown, North Carolina, Duke, Louisville, and Kansas.

The 6-foot-10 power forward is the No. 1 player in the class, according to ESPN. He ranks fourth overall in the 247Composite rankings, the No. 1 power forward.

Kentucky Football Position By Position Preview


Part eight in an eight part series previewing the 2014 Kentucky Football Wildcats.



One of many gems from the outstanding Kentucky Specialists Twitter Page.





Austin MacGinnis 5-10, 168 Fr.-RS Prattville, AL

Max Strong 5-11, 183 So. Louisville, KY (Trinity)



Landon Foster 6-1, 198 Jr. Franklin, TN


Long snapper:

Kelly Mason 6-3, 223 Jr. Rockton, IL


Punt Returners:

Ryan Timmons, Demarco Robinson, Javess Blue


Kickoff Returners:

Ryan Timmons, Demarco Robinson, Javess Blue, Boom Williams, TV Williams, JD Harmon


The final installment in the 2014 Kentucky football position previews features the Wildcats’ special teams units.  While this position may lack the luster of some of the higher profile positions on the roster, Kentucky’s specialists will be as critical to the success of the 2014 Wildcat season as any other position group.  Think that’s an exaggeration? Ask Nick Saban, who saw arch rival Auburn leapfrog his Crimson Tide to reach the National Championship game in 2013 based on one spectacularly bizarre special teams play.  Watch the opening slate of games next weekend. Games will be won with a big return or a late field goal. Games will be lost with a blocked kick or a bad snap.  With little margin for error on offense and defense as Mark Stoops continues to build depth in his Wildcat program, the Cats must win the special teams battle every week to move out of the SEC basement.




There is no player more secure in his position on the Wildcat roster than punter Landon Foster.  The official depth chart does not even list a backup.  Foster has been Kentucky’s starting punter since his true freshman season, when he was named Freshman All American. Going into his junior season, Foster’s career punting average of 42 yards per punt ranks third all time in Kentucky football history.  The starting placekicker is clear but unproven.  Redshirt freshman Austin MacGinnis, regarded as a top 3 kicker nationally out of high school, may be the most highly regarded kicker the Wildcats have ever signed. Coaches are confident in his ability both as a field goal kicker and on kickoffs, but questions will remain until he actually executes the operation on the field. Assisting both the kickers and punters will be two year starting long snapper Kelly Mason.  Though long snappers rarely go early in fantasy drafts, Kentucky coaches can rest easy at night knowing that Mason will deliver the ball accurately on both field goals and punts.




Kentucky football history is not loaded with moments about which Wildcat fans can brag. But one area of relatively constant success has been the return game.  Dicky Lyons, Sr. ran back three punts for touchdowns in the late ’60′s.  (And went on to spawn a son specifically designed to win SEC Media Day and destroy LSU’s Craig Steltz.) Craig Yeast scored three touchdowns via kickoff return in the 1990′s.  And in the early part of the current millennium, Derek Abney became the nation’s all time leader in kick returns for touchdown.  But the Cats’ return game has hit a lengthy dry spell.  In fact, Kentucky has not scored a touchdown via return since the great Randall Cobb returned a punt for touchdown against Western Kentucky in 2010.  Kentucky’s leading returners on both punt and kickoffs in 2014, Demarco Robinson and Javess Blue, both return, and will be in the mix to return kicks this Fall.  But the most intriguing candidates may be sophomore Ryan Timmons and true freshman Boom Williams. Almost without exception, viewers of Kentucky practices this Fall have raved about Williams’ elite speed and natural elusiveness. With the running back depth chart relatively stacked, special teams may be the best option for Kentucky’s coaches to utilize these skills. Timmons made a cameo appearance in the return game during his freshman season, but is primed to be a force there in 2014. In fact, he is my bet for breaking the three season touchdown drought for Wildcat returners.  I base that in part on one of my favorite statistics of all time.  In Timmons’ senior year of high school, opposing coaches understandably kicked away from him.  In fact, he only returned three kickoffs all season.  In something that sounds like a Chuck Norris joke, Timmons returned all three for touchdowns.       


Hope you’ve enjoyed these previews.  See you at Commonwealth in just over a week.  Go Cats!