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July 23rd, 2014

MUST-SEE VIDEO: UK basketball’s strength and conditioning program

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Throughout the summer, we’ve seen glimpses of UK basketball’s summer conditioning program, which has included underwater treadmills and hot yoga. Now,’s Chad Hobson is taking us behind-the-scenes of Rock Oliver’s strength and conditioning program, and the video is really awesome. We can’t embed it here, but click the pic or this link to check it out.

Oliver describes the workouts the players are doing, and why they don’t do plyometrics or any skill-specific work. “We don’t do anything [skill-specific]. Our guys love to play. What’s more specific than playing the game?” Rock says. “I’ve got pros on my team. They’re doing plyometics every time they play.”

Rock singled out Dakari Johnson for how hard he’s working on his conditioning and nutrition, and said he’s dropped from 271 lbs. to 255 lbs. so far.

Also new to the regimen: pool running, which Marcus Lee says is “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”; and hot yoga, which Randall Cobb suggested to Rock. As someone who has sweated buckets in hot yoga before, I can say I have a new admiration for the team now.

The video is fascinating, so stop what you’re doing and go watch.

Construction will continue on Commonwealth Stadium this season

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UK Athletics

It looks like the construction on Commonwealth Stadium will continue throughout the upcoming season.

UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear tells the Herald-Leader that construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning. The goal is to have the $110 million renovation done by the start of the 2015 season. UK spokesman Tony Neely says seating capacity will be down about 6,000 from 2013 this season because of construction in the south upper deck.

The Herald-Leader also has a photo gallery and video of the construction if you’re curious.

Someone needs to revise our Urban Dictionary definition

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You’re looking at the Urban Dictionary definition of “Kentucky Wildcats.” My favorite part? We actually did win the National Championship in 2012. Take that, tangytoes.


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Just gonna leave this link right here.

UPDATE: And now, the definition for “Kentucky Wildcats” has been removed. I’d call that a success.

Craig Yeast named one of the Top 5 SEC East wide receivers since 1992


For many of us, Craig Yeast was a UK football hero growing up. “Couch to Yeast” was a familiar refrain at Commonwealth Stadium in the mid- to late 90′s, and the fact that both players were from Kentucky made UK fans even prouder. In fact, Yeast was one of the best wide receivers to ever play at Kentucky, his career so impressive that 247 Sports included him in their Top 5 SEC East wide receivers since 1992 (the year the conference split into two divisions):

5. Craig Yeast, Kentucky, 1995-98: Catching passes from Tim Couch helped Yeast put up some amazing numbers in Lexington. When he ended his career, he was the SEC’s all-time reception leader and was second in career receiving yards. He has fallen off a bit, but his 208 catches are third in league history, his 2,899 yards are good for seventh in SEC history and his 28 receiving touchdowns are good for No. 6 on the SEC career list. As a senior he had 85 catches for 1,311 yards receiving and 14 TD receptions in 11 games. He also had 1,256 career return yards and returned four kicks for touchdowns.

The other four on the list? 1. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt, 2010-13; 2. Terrence Edwards, Georgia, 1999-2002; 3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, 2009-11; and 4. A.J. Green, Georgia, 2008-10.

Craig Yeast II

Craig’s son, Russ, is carrying on the Yeast football tradition. Russ is in the class of 2017, and is already drawing high praise for his size (5’11″, 170), speed, and tremendous upside. Russ impressed the UK staff so much at a camp in June that Vince Marrow offered him a scholarship. Judging by his Twitter feed, he’ll probably accept it one day:

Here’s some footage from his freshman year:

PODCAST: Your most embarrassing moments as a Kentucky fan


It was a packed house at Hudson Toyota in Madisonville for today’s show, and Matt and Drew entertained the crowd by talking about the latest practice report, 2015 recruiting, and their most embarrassing moments as Kentucky fans. The latter topic took over the show, with callers sharing their most cringe-worthy moments in UK blue, ranging from a woman falling on her face in front of Derek Abney after a big loss to someone asking Bernadette Locke-Mattox if she was a UK cheerleader.

Mine may be back in college, when Kentucky’s own Nappy Roots performed at Davidson. In the middle of UNC/Duke country, I felt the need to connect with my fellow Kentuckians, and wore UK gear to the concert, and afterwards, slyly took off with one of the rappers’ UK hats. Not a proud moment, but how many of those do we really get in college?

Here are a few of the best you guys submitted via Twitter:

This isn’t really embarrassing, just funny:

Share yours in the comments.

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“Knuck If You Buck” moves on in UK’s Kickoff Playoff


Yesterday, UK started the Kickoff Playoff bracket to help choose the song to be played right before kickoff on August 30. Eight UK players submitted their picks, and over the next week, fans will vote for their favorite. Yesterday, Bud Dupree’s pick “Knuck if you Buck” went up against Steven Bordon’s pick “Scatta,” and this morning, UK announced the results of the poll. “Knuck if you Buck” has advanced. Sorry, Steven.

Today, it’s time to vote between Braylon Heard’s pick, “Who Run It” and Mike Douglas’ pick, “Head Bussa.” Listen to the two below and head on over to UK’s BBN First site to vote.

“WHO RUN IT” Three 6 Mafia: Braylon Heard

“HEAD BUSSA” Lil Scrappy: Mike Douglas

It’s close, but I’m going with Mike Douglas and “Head Bussa” on this one.


Louisville named the third unhappiest city in America

Here’s some news that won’t be surprising to us: in a recent study, Louisville was named the third unhappiest city in America. The US National Bureau of Economic Research surveyed people who live in cities with a population of more than 1 million as of 2010 about their satisfaction with life, and Louisville came in third, behind New York and Pittsburgh. Here’s the top ten:

1. New York, NY
2. Pittsburgh, PA
3. Louisville, KY
4. Milwaukee, WI
5. Detroit, MI
6. Indianapolis, IN
7. St. Louis, MO
8. Las Vegas, NV
9. Buffalo, NY
10. Philadelphia, PA

Finally, proof that it’s depressing living in Calipari’s shadow. Maybe that explains all the Crown Royal.


UK basketball one of 8 BCS programs to earn a 3.0 GPA or higher


For the second season in a row, UK Basketball was honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for team academic excellence. UK was one of eight BCS programs with a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0 or better for the 2013-2014 season. The Cats posted a 3.11 cumulative GPA, making it six out of seven semesters UK’s team has had a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Tod Lanter, Sam Malone and Jarrod Polson were named to the NABC Honors Court, and Malone was the recipient of the Elite 89 award at the 2014 Final Four, which honors the student athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating in the Final Four. Nine Cats made various SEC honor rolls this season, including Dominique Hawkins, Dakari Johnson, Lanter, Marcus Lee, Brian Long, Malone, Polson, Alex Poythress and Derek Willis.

Is a Cincinnati vs. Kentucky football game in the works?


Is a football series with the University of Cincinnati in the works? According to the Cincinnati Enquirer’s Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati is discussing future football games with Louisville, Kentucky, and Pittsburgh. Groeschen also announced that Cincinnati will play a home-home series with Indiana starting in 2021.

Kentucky hasn’t played Cincinnati in football since 1996, and the (Wild)Cats hold a 21-9-3 lead on the Bearcats in the series.

Are you in favor of renewing the series with the Bearcats?

UK working on adding a Brewers Certification program


Soon, you may be able to major in beer at UK. Legitimately, like in a classroom. According to the Herald Leader’s Janet Patton, UK is working on adding a brewers certification program, which means I really need to go back to college.

On a side note, shoutout to Country Boy Brewing in Lexington. A few of their beers are now on tap here in Nashville and they are delicious.

2016 SG Malik Monk knows Calipari wants him “real bad”


2016 shooting guard Malik Monk turned a lot of heads at last week’s Peach Jam. In fact, Monk was so impressive that John Calipari flew back to North Augusta Friday night after hanging out with LeBron James just to see him play. Monk, who picked up an offer from UK late last month, told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that Cal leaving LeBron to see him play shows him he wants him pretty badly: “He says that he wants me real bad,” Monk said. “And I can tell that he does.”

Monk responded, putting up 40 points, including some dunks that impressed even the most cynical of pundits. Monk says that since he picked up the offer from UK last month, he’s been talking to Calipari once a week. In fact, he said he’s already a UK fan, telling Roberts he watches all of UK’s games and is friends with former Cat and fellow Arkansan Archie Goodwin. Right now, the home state Razorbacks are a favorite in his recruitment, but probably not for long if Cal keeps up the full-court press.

Read more quotes from Monk at the Herald-Leader, and watch him work below:

Alumni Game tickets go on sale Monday, July 28


UK’s annual Alumni Charity Game will take place on August 24 at 6 p.m. ET, and this morning, UK announced that tickets will go on sale Monday, July 28 at 10 a.m. ET.

All seats are reserved and priced at $101 (premium lower level), $31 (lower level), and $16 for premium upper level. Tickets can be purchased at the Rupp Arena box office, online at, at any Ticketmaster Outlet or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. There is an eight-ticket limit per person. All orders will have additional fees attached. All proceeds from the game will go to charity.

For the first time ever, the game will feature a team of UK pros vs. a team of non-UK pros, making the matchup possibilities endless. We’ve heard that some former Louisville players may participate, along with some former Florida players…let’s hear your ideal lineups in the comments.

KSR is at Hudson Automotive in Madisonville! (Wednesday Show Thread)


Good morning and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and Drew are in Drew’s hometown of Madisonville at Hudson Automotive (1055 Crossing Place) to talk about the latest in UK sports, including the latest basketball practice report which has everyone in the BBN buzzing. 

If you’re in the area, come on out to say hi to Matt and Drew and register for the chance to win some AMAZING prizes, including tickets to a UK game from or the grandaddy of them all, the chance to be included in the drawing for a trip for TWO to the UK Bahamas Tour at the Atlantis…eight days, all expenses paid and tickets to every UK game. The winner will come from finalists that are picked on the tour, one at each stop. 

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

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WPAD (99.5 fm/1560 am) Paducah 11-1 pm (going live August 18th)
WHAY (98.3 fm) Whitley City 2-4 pm

Here’s the rest of the tour schedule:

Thursday, July 24th: Hopkinsville- Holiday Inn Hoptown
Friday, July 25th: Paducah- BW3′s sponsored by IMAC Regeneration

Monday, July 28th: Danville- Bluegrass Community Bank
Tuesday, July 29th: Fort Wright/Northern KY- Dickmann’s Cafe
Wednesday, July 30th: Maysville- Mann Chrysler
Thursday, July 31st: Lexington- AllSports in the Fayette Mall
Friday, August 1st: Louisville- BW3′s Springhurst

BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Which Coach Stays Longer with a Win?

If and buts can often make for more interesting conversation than the actual reality of sports, so today I thought about some ifs and buts with 3 of UK’s legendary head coaches.  Each of these coaches had a crippling loss late in his career at Kentucky and I wonder which of them would have possibly stayed longer at Kentucky if they had won those games.  And as a little bonus, the full games are posted as well.


1984: Loses to Georgetown in Final Four
1985: Retires

Hall’s 1984 team might have been just as good as the 1978 national title team.  They had a legend in Kenny Walker, a healthy Sam Bowie and Mel Turpin, great guard play, etc etc.  And for a half against Georgetown, it looked like the Cats were on their way to title #6 at that time.  Then a 3-33 shooting half doomed the Cats and they were gone.  Had they won, they would have played a Houston team they had already beaten that year.  You have to wonder if Hall wins a title in 1984 if he retires then OR if he gets some extra motivation and stays around for another 5 years.


1997: Loses to Arizona in national title game
1997: Leaves UK for Boston Celtics

This might be a stretch but who knows?  I could see Pitino going through the run in 1997 and then falling oh so short and deciding it’s just too tough anymore.  Maybe if he wins in 1997, he sees himself as a modern day John Wooden.  I don’t know if the Celtics offer would have still been too much to turn down, but back to back national titles sounds a lot better than back to back title games.


2005: Lose to Michigan State in 2OT in Elite 8
2007: Leaves for Minnesota

I think this is the most slam dunk of the 3.  If Smith was able to get UK back to the Final Four in 2005, I have no question in my mind that the fanbase would have been more patient with him during the struggles the next 2 years.  That doesn’t mean the heat wouldn’t have been on after 2007, but I don’t think the calls to fire Tubby would have been there.  Now, would Tubby still have gotten tired of the job after 2007, we don’t know.  But a Final Four in 2005 certainly would have given Smith a refresh from the pressure he was under from the fans.  Alas, UK couldn’t get rebounds and Smith was gone.


KSR’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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

#10 Deadspin

To all the men reading this: THIS IS NOT HOW YOU PICK UP CHICKS.




#9 Erin Wolf

Close enough. I can see #Twinning and that is all that matters.




#8 Jon Hood

All the more reason to never turn the music down.




#7 Zadarius Smith

Or in the words of every fairy tale ever, “You can do anything if you just believe”!




#6 Perry Stevenson

I don’t know… I hear some nasty things about China.




#5 backpack421

This guy is a genius.




#4 Chris Davis

I knew Matt liked his mattress, but this is just crazy.




#3 Ryan Lemond

If any of you expected him to look like this you are a liar.




#2 Rob (Todd The Bod)

I gagged at the thought of ‘Hairy Razor’.




#1 J in Orlando

Oh! oh! Can’t wait to read this. When does the sequel of Pitino’s comeback come out?