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September 14th, 2014

Stoops: “We have good kids who used poor judgment”

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Mark Stoops is currently meeting with the media to discuss the shooting incident on Sunday and the one-game suspensions for Dorian Baker, Tymere Dubose, Drew Barker, and Boom Williams. Stoops said “we have good kids who used poor judgment,” and the players realize they made a mistake. “They’re remorseful, they realize they’re wrong.” He added that when you’re dealing with 115 college kids, you have to expect some immature moments. Stoops said he and the team are cooperating with the authorities and he’s unsure if the players will face further punishment.

How has this affected the team heading into a huge game against South Carolina? “The players felt bad because it took away from a big victory and big preparation,” Stoops said. He added that Baker, Barker, Williams, and Dubose will practice this week, but have been removed from the game plan and will only play on the scout team. How is the rest of the team? Stoops said they had an okay practice and were bummed out by the news, but aren’t using it as an excuse to not be ready for South Carolina.

Stoops wasn’t scheduled to meet with the media today, so kudos to him for coming out to address the situation and getting as far ahead of it as possible. Nick will be by in a little bit with more practice notes.


The four suspended freshmen face disorderly conduct charges

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According to multiple media reports out of Lexington, the four UK freshmen involved in Sunday night’s air-gun incident on campus face disorderly conduct charges. Fayette County Attorney Larry Roberts told the Herald-Leader his office filed misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct on Tuesday. Roberts recommended second-degree disorderly conduct as an appropriate punishment in his discussions with UK.

The misdemeanor, plus the embarrassment and the one-game suspension, seems fair enough.


Who are you and what have you done with Steve Spurrier?

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Hold up. Something’s wrong here. Steve Spurrier met with the media during Kentucky week and he was very complimentary of the Wildcats, not the Spurrier we’ve known for the last two decades. This is the time of the year we get a good, degrading comment from the Ol’ Ball Coach. Instead we got a guy who sees a good football team ahead. Who are you? Where am I? Is time a flat circle?

“Kentucky Wildcats, uh, Kentucky Wildcats are a pretty good team,” said Spurrier to lead off his press conference. “They don’t look like some of their teams 10, 15 years ago. They are very fast and athletic. I think their defense is actually nationally ranked in most all categories. They’re a good looking team.”

He continued, “They play tough, smart, well-coached, and they’ll certainly be a big challenge as we go into Commonwealth Stadium to play Kentucky this year.”

“It should be a heck of a game.”

Is this a mind trick? I’m lost. I don’t trust him. Why is Spurrier being nice? Spurrier’s never nice. He loves to throw barbs at UK. Is this real life?

Watch his full comments here.


DraftKings is giving away $1,000,000 to one lucky winner this weekend

That’s right, football fans.

ONE MILLION DOLLARS!

KSR and DraftKings are back together with another Fantasy Football contest this weekend with a $2,200,000 prize pool, the biggest of its kind. First place will cash out with a cool one million dollars while the top 15,500 contestants will be paid out in some form.

To sign up, visit the contest page here and begin drafting your team. The format is the same as it has been: $50,000 to select eight offensive players (1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 1 Flex) and one team defense. It is $27 to enter and all first time depositors will receive a 100 percent bonus up to $600.

If I were you, I wouldn’t draft Charlie Whitehurst of my beloved Tennessee Titans. I wouldn’t draft any Titan, for that matter.

Good luck.

[KSR and DraftKings: ONE MILLION DOLLAR CONTEST]


This weekend’s guest list is loaded with talent

This weekend’s night game against South Carolina provides another huge opportunity for Kentucky on the recruiting trail. Stoops and his staff plan to host several four- and five-star prospects, among others, for the 7:30 pm game in Commonwealth Stadium. Below you will find a list of some of those names with several others expected to join in on the fun in Lexington.

Fans must pack CWS to show these kids that Big Blue Nation is in full support of the program.

*****

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Damien Harris

Harris took in Kentucky’s SEC win over Vanderbilt over the weekend and he plans to be back this coming Saturday to check out the Commonwealth Stadium atmosphere under the lights. It will be Harris’ tenth visit to UK and he still plans to take his official trip to Lexington for the October 25 game against Mississippi State.

The nation’s No. 1 running back tweeted, “Great win, great visit #BBN #ChangeTheGame” after visiting this past Saturday.

David and Andrew Dowell

The Dowell twins, a four-star safety and four-star running back, have received heavy interest from Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow in September. The two Kentucky coaches traveled to Ohio to watch the twins play during Kentucky’s bye week and now they’ll get them on campus for a visit, according to Rivals.com’s Justin Rowland. Rowland’s sources believe the Dowells will be in Lexington for the blackout.

David and Andrew play high school ball with current UK commit Alex Stump.

George Brown

Once believed to be a UK lean, three-star offensive lineman George Brown chose the Florida Gators over Kentucky in a ceremony from his Cincinnati high school back in June. However, Brown will take another look at UK this weekend for the South Carolina game.

The day he committed to Florida, a source very close to Brown’s recruitment told me, “This is far from over.”

Kengera Daniel 

A three-star defensive end out of North Carolina, Kengera Daniel will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend. He sent out a tweet earlier today to confirm the trip to Lexington.

UK currently leads with 83 percent of his Crystal Ball predictions, ahead of Florida State, Wake Forest and Alabama.

Ahmad Wagner

Six-foot-seven Iowa basketball commit Ahmad Wagner picked up a scholarship offer from UK last Friday to play wide receiver, and the staff is trying to get him on campus this weekend. When asked about his interest in switching to football, Wagner recently said, “That remains to be seen.”

He was a high school teammate of Dorian Hendrix.

Rahshaun Smith

Fresh off a visit to Penn State, five-star defensive end Rahshaun Smith will be in Commonwealth Stadium this weekend, per 247Sports.com’s Chris Fisher. Smith told him, “I think this weekend I’ll be at Kentucky for the South Carolina game.”

Smith is the No. 51 overall player and third-ranked weakside defensive end in the 2015 class in the Top247 Composite rankings.

Zerrick Cooper and Jordan Griffin

According to 247Sports.com’s Josh Edwards, Zerrick Cooper, the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2016 class, will visit UK on Saturday. He will be joined by his high school teammate, four-star cornerback Jordan Griffin. The duo from Georgia also visited over the summer.

George Asafo-Adjei

Current UK commit George Asafo-Adjei will visit Lexington on Saturday. The offensive lineman from Ohio picked the Cats over Florida, Louisville and West Virginia, among others, on June 23.

Jordan Jones

Like Asafo-Adjei, three-star outside linebacker Jones is already committed to Kentucky but will make the trip to see his future squad take on the Gamecocks.

Zy’Aire Hughes

A third UK commit, 2016 quarterback Zy’Aire Hughes of Paducah, also plans to visit.

 

Beat South Carolina.


School Shooting at Fern Creek

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Image from WHAS TV live stream

There has been a shooting at Fern Creek High School in Louisville. At least one victim has been taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the school is now on lock down. As you can see from the picture above, students have been taken outside the building, but as of yet, there has been no identification or capture of the shooter. The only information we have beyond that is from this young man who tweeted us inside the school:

More as it comes….


Mark Stoops wants you to stop thinking about Matt Elam playing offense

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via Saturday’s KSR Live Blog

On his Monday evening call-in show last night, Mark Stoops took a call from a fan who wondered if we’ll see Matt Elam lined up in the backfield as a potential ball carrier. Many of you are familiar with the tactic: the Cincinnati Bengals occasionally use defensive tackle Domata Peko as a fullback in goal line situations. Last night the Kansas City Chiefs used 340-pound nose tackle Donatrio Poe as a fullback on one touchdown play.

But Mark Stoops needs Elam to learn how to play defensive tackle before he will even entertain the idea of Elam lining up behind the quarterback. Stoops told the caller, “No, no, no. Don’t even put that in his head.”

“I don’t want him asking about it in practice,” said Stoops.

But it would be pretty fun to watch, right? I wouldn’t rule it out before Elam’s time is up at Kentucky.

Oh, and here’s your boy Peko plowing over Troy Polamalu a few years ago:

Imagine Elam doing that for Damien Harris in a few years.

#WhyNot


Seth Greenberg to replace Digger Phelps on ESPN College Gameday

Seth Greenberg, friend of KSR and of John Calipari, will take over the seat once held by Digger Phelps on ESPN College Gameday this coming season. The former Virginia Tech head coach and Jay Williams are expected to be formally announced as the new faces of the show at some point today. They will join Rece Davis and Jay Bilas on the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball show.

College Gameday will make its 2014-15 debut on November 18 at the Champions Classic where Kentucky will play Kansas.


Vegas likes the Cats to cover in Saturday’s Blackout

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After opening at 10 points in favor of South Carolina, the line for Saturday’s game has moved all the way down to -5 in some Las Vegas books, -5.5 in others. That means people with disposable income and somewhat of a knowledge of college football like Kentucky to keep it close when Spurrier and the boys come to town for the blackout.

According to Vegas Insider, the line moved two points in the first 20 minutes of being on the board on Sunday.

Do you have the same confidence?

#WhyNot


Your favorite former Cats do NBA Media Day

We are one month away from the start of the NBA season and teams are getting ready by doing interviews and posing for pictures this week. Today on KSR we have some of the best images from NBA Media Days, featuring many familiar faces to Big Blue Nation. I think you’ll recognize these millionaires and wish some of them were still in Lexington wearing blue.

 

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“Young & Smart” – James Young and Marcus Smart model their new “We Are Young & Smart” t-shirts in Boston.

Elise Amendola/AP Photo

Injured Rondo - The former Kentucky guard models a new sling on his left hand, days after he underwent surgery to repair a metacarpal fracture. He is expected to miss six weeks.

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Nerlens and his new friend, Joel Embiid – Embiid believes his fellow 7-footer will win the NBA Rookie of the Year.

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The Real T. Jones - Terrence Jones looks ready to teach ‘em ’bout Kentucky in Houston.

CSN Wizards

Wall adds a veteran in Washington. – Paul Pierce said yesterday he believes the Wizards can reach the NBA Finals.

Burr – Archie Goodwin is ready for his second season with a new 10 lbs. of muscle he added over the summer.

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Boogie Selfie – In Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins took several selfies with teammates and reporters during Media Day. He needed help to frame up this shot.

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Bledsoe’s Back – The 70 Million Dollar Man is back in Phoenix and ready to shine with the Suns.

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Russ Isabella/USA Today

The UnderKanter – Utah is working to re-sign Enes Kanter before the season begins.

Nazr Mohammed

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Back for a 17th season. – Nazr Mohammed will play forever.

Crystal LoGiudice/USA Today

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Superstar – Anthony Davis is ready to take over the NBA in 2014-15.


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The link to purchase tickets can be found here.

Hurry!


From The Vault: Steve Spurrier humping a fitness ball

It’s South Carolina week, so why not get ready for the game with a Tuesday morning viewing of Steve Spurrier humping a fitness ball. I can’t think of a better way to get pumped up for South Carolina, honestly.

Beat Spurrier.


Tickets for the UCLA game in Chicago go on sale Friday

The inaugural CBS Sports Classic will tip off on December 20th in Chicago and fans can begin purchasing tickets for the event this Friday morning at 10:00 am. The classic will feature a double-header with an opening game of North Carolina-Ohio State at 1:00 pm ET, followed by your University of Kentucky Wildcats versus UCLA at 3:30 pm ET.

To lock down your seat(s), go to Ticketmaster.com, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or visit Chicago’s United Center Box Office on Friday.

It’ll make a great Christmas present for the UK basketball fan in your family. Or for yourself.

Go Cats.


Gettin’ you ready for South Carolina (Tuesday Show Thread)

Mornin’ Big Blue Nation. Today on Kentucky Sports Radio radio, Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will discuss the campus air-gun incident that has four UK football players sidelined for Saturday’s game. They’ll weigh in on the stupidity of the players’ actions and what it means for Saturday’s game and beyond.

Plus they’ll preview the upcoming game against South Carolina and dissect some comments from John Calipari and Mark Stoops yesterday. It should be a goodin’.

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

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: How Does This Not Excite You for the 2015 Offense?

It can not be stated enough just how exciting it is to have a competitive football team again.  Kentucky is becoming a trendy pick to upset South Carolina this weekend and many are now predicting a possible bowl game this year.  But frankly, all of that would be icing on the cake to what is just the bounce back year for this football program.  But next year could really be something special.  The home slate might be the best in school history.  But most importantly, UK is looking like they will bring back almost all of their key players, especially on the offensive side of the ball.  Through 4 games, take a look at the stats accumulated at each position and how many of those guys will be coming back.  And then I did the math on what percentage of key stats could be coming back through 4 games.  Seniors have been included but marked out.

QUARTERBACK
Patrick Towles (RS-Sophomore): 4 starts, 84-135, 1117 yards, 6 TD, 49 carries, 205 yards, 2 TD
Reese Phillips (RS-Freshman): 2-4 (50.0%), 45 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 100% of completions, 100% of yards, 100% of TD’s

RUNNING BACK
Braylon Heard (Junior): 3 starts, 29 carries, 217 yards, 7.5 ypc, 2 TD, 3 catches, 8 yards
JoJo Kemp (Sophomore): 1 start, 33 carries, 155 yards, 4.7 ypc, 1 TD, 2 catches, 15 yards
Mikel Horton (Freshman): 23 carries, 121 yards, 5.3 ypc, 2 TD
Boom Williams (Freshman): 16 carries, 99 yards, 6.2 ypc, 1 TD, 5 catches, 75 yards, 1 TD
Josh Clemons (RS-Junior): 7 carries, 32 yards, 4.6 ypc
DJ Warren (Senior): 1 catch, 9 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 100% of carries, 100% of yards, 100% of TD’s

WIDE RECEIVER
Ryan Timmons (Sophomore): 4 starts, 20 catches, 246 yards, 1 TD
Demarco Robinson (Senior): 4 starts, 10 catches, 180 yards
Javess Blue (Senior): 3 starts, 6 catches, 77 yards
Dorian Baker (Freshman): 1 start, 11 catches, 122 yards, 1 TD
Garrett Johnson (Freshman): 11 catches, 181 yards, 2 TD
Blake Bone (Freshman): 5 catches, 113 yards, 1 TD
TV Williams (Freshman): 4 catches, 64 yards
Joey Herrick (Junior): 1 start, 2 catches, 18 yards
Charles Walker (Freshman): 1 catch, 4 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 80% of catches, 77% of yards, 100% of TD’s

TIGHT END
Steve Borden (Senior): 3 starts, 3 catches, 32 yards
Ronnie Shields (Senior): 2 catches, 28 yards
RETURNING IN 2015: 0% of catches, 0% of yards, 0% of TD’s

OFFENSIVE LINE
Jordan Swindle (Junior): 4 starts (16 career starts)
Jon Toth (Sophomore): 4 starts (19 career starts)
Ramsey Meyers (RS-Freshman): 4 starts
Darrian Miller (Senior): 3 starts
Cole Mosier (RS-Freshman): 2 starts, 3 games played
Zach West (Junior): 1 start (22 career starts)
Kyle Meadows (RS-Freshman): 1 start, 3 games played
Nick Haynes (RS-Freshman): 1 start, 3 games played
Max Godby (Senior): 4 games played
Zach Myers (Sophomore): 1 game played (1 career start)
Teven Eaton-Nared (Senior): 1 game played
RETURNING IN 2015: 85% of starts (66 career starts combined for returning players)

Unless tight end becomes a serious focal point of the offense in the future, I think Kentucky is going to be quite strong on the offensive side of the ball in 2015.