Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star →
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©9:46 am
This morning, this illustration accompanied Tim Sullivan’s column about the John Calipari, Jim Boeheim, Coach K story from yesterday, and it has some UK fans understandably upset. So far today, Tim Sullivan, Kyle Tucker, and the Courier Journal Sports Editor Creig Ewing are all distancing themselves from the photoshop, which they say is not consistent with Sullivan’s column.
We messed up with that illustration today, guys. I'm not happy about it. I know you aren't. We will do better.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) September 19, 2014
.@KySportsRadio Our design is done outside of Sports. Don't think what appeared in print was consistent with Tim's column.
— Creig Ewing (@acewing) September 19, 2014
@PJordan_WBN Wasn't my illustration. Don't think it was consistent with column. Where it runs outside my authority.
— Tim Sullivan (@TimSullivan714) September 19, 2014
To be fair to Sullivan, I didn’t think the illustration was consistent with his column either, but even if the headlines and designs that go with their articles are out of the writers’ control, this is not a good look for a paper that already has an anti-UK reputation. I mean, this is coming from a paper that published this cartoon after Nerlens Noel’s knee injury:
And they wonder why they’re losing subscribers…
By Bryan the Intern on ©9:00 am
The answer to the question above is yes, but we are at the end of a bye week and all the excitement coming off the Florida game is starting to wear off, so I figure let’s bring a fresh perspective to the website. The announcement of Louisiana-Lafayette next year at Commonwealth got me looking into the schedule for next year, and I have to tell you, it might be the best home schedule in UK history. Consider who Kentucky gets on it’s home field in 2015:
La-Lafayette: 3 consecutive bowl WINS in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Now, they are 1-61 in their last 62 games against SEC teams, so UK shouldn’t be threatened in the game, but it’s probably the best Sun Belt team you could play.
Auburn: National Runner-up in 2013 and in the mix for the Final 4 this year. Auburn will be breaking in a new QB with the loss of Nick Marshall, so the game might be a reasonable chance for a big win
Florida: Likely a new coach in 2015. On paper, Cats might have a great chance to break the streak in that series.
Tennessee: Tennessee is very young and very talented, so look for this game to be a battle of which SEC program is on the rise.
Missouri: Defending SEC East Champs, seem to be underappreciated in the league. 3 comfortable wins to start the year in 2014. And Maty Mauk will be a junior with 2 years starting under his belt.
Louisville: Year 2 of Bobby Petrino Part 2. The Cards will likely be better than they seem to be this year and Will Gardner will likely not be the QB anymore. Always a good game in a rivalry.
And there will be 2 more non-conference games, likely against inferior opponents from the lower tier of FBS or FCS.
I don’t know about you, but that gets me very excited about next year. Not just because these awesome opponents will be coming to Commonwealth, but I think Kentucky could be several of these teams. It is super early to make this prediction, but I wouldn’t be surprised if by next year’s Louisville game, Kentucky will be favored in that game. As far as the 4 SEC home games, we will have to wait and see, but I don’t see any of those games being an automatic loss if Kentucky continues on the progression it currently is on.
Now, the pessimist in me worries that if the schedule is so tough, Kentucky could still be stuck at the 4-5-6 win mark despite being significantly improved. I quickly push those thoughts aside because I have always said that Kentucky football has to knock away the mentality as being inferior above all else to become a great football program. And the only way we can do that is playing (and beating) many of the games on the schedule in 2015.
So what do you think? Is 2015 setting up to be the best UK schedule in recent history, especially at home? And if so, are you confident that in Year 3 of the Stoops era that Kentucky can win 7+ games on that schedule?
It’s time again for KSR’s Top Tweets of the Weekend. 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 Kentucky Basketball
Coach Robic led a GREAT Q&A session with the 5th graders asking some tough ones! pic.twitter.com/S1cjkoj4pQ
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) September 18, 2014
I bet they asked the hardest questions.
#9 Soft Shoe
@KySportsRadio Thanks for using shoe as your code word. Why not have a show where callers mention their favorite Richmond shoe store?
— Soft Shoe (@Soft_Shoe) September 18, 2014
I see what you’re doing there.
#8 Beth Young
@KySportsRadio worst idea is letting KentuckyJoe co-host, so it must be the second worst idea
— Beth Young (@flirtn4fun) September 18, 2014
Just wait for 24 hours of Ryan Lemond radio.
#7 Trey Lyles
Still have mixed feelings with 7am lol
— Trey Lyles (@TreyMambaLyles) September 18, 2014
Are those feelings hatred and disgust?
#6 Dorian Hendrix
The winter is coming. That means I'm going to let this beard grow out and be on my grown man.
— Dorian Hendrix (@D_Hendrix14) September 18, 2014
Only real men have beards. You’d better get a head start on No Shave November.
#5 Corey Swords
— Corey Swords (@CxDADDYxFLEX) September 18, 2014
Tell them to focus on their driving instead.
#4 Brian Long
Half the time I have headphones in I'm not listening to anything
— Brian Long (@BrianLong32) September 18, 2014
Now everyone who avoids asking you for autographs because you look busy when you have your headphones in is going to know.
Definitely see a @KySportsRadio impersonator picking up some chicks right now.
— Cam. (@Veeley15) September 19, 2014
That wasn’t an impersonator, Sam….
#2 Sam Skaggs
@KySportsRadio – my least favorite resturant would be any that Rick has taken a date to.
— Sam Skaggs (@samskaggs) September 18, 2014
You probably shouldn’t eat out in the state of Kentucky.
#1 John Calipari
A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 18, 2014
You must be in great health then, Cal. Years have probably been added to your life, actually.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©11:00 pm
Thirty years ago tonight, “The Cosby Show” debuted on NBC. We didn’t have cable for the better part of my childhood, so network television was my go-to move for avoiding homework. Therefore, I became very familiar with the Huxtables, and the opening montage of Bill Cosby dancing is as engrained in my childhood as square pizza, “Reading Rainbow,” or Saturday morning cartoons.
Whereas most family sitcoms of its time almost always culminated in a sappy “Awwwww” moment (looking at you, “Full House”), “The Cosby Show” had a sharper wit. For example, in the debut episode, Theo tried to excuse his laziness and bad grades by telling his dad that he didn’t want to go to college Instead, he wanted to get a “regular people” job, like working in a gas station or driving a bus, a far cry from his parents’ professions as doctor and a lawyer. This led to a hilarious economics lesson involving Monopoly money and after Theo pleaded with his dad to “accept who I am because I’m your son,” this classic line from Cosby: “Theo, that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. No wonder you get Ds in everything!” I can’t imagine Danny Tanner having the balls to say that to Stephanie when she was slacking off.
That was one of many hilarious and often meandering father/son talks. And of course, there were the sweaters. And sometimes the singing:
Now, the views of the night and day…night and day…
Coach K, Jim Boeheim, and John Calipari starred in their own soap opera today
Late last night, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim fired some shots at John Calipari, telling Syracuse.com that Calipari had complained to him about Mike Krzyshzlakwjdfski‘s “unfair advantage” in recruiting that came with his job as head coach of Team USA. Boeheim said he felt Calipari’s (alleged) complaints were “disingenuous” and baseless, since Coach K was doing just fine in recruiting before taking the job with Team USA. As you can expect, that escalated quickly. Calipari first responded as only Calipari can, by cryptically calling Boeheim (“orange” = Syracuse) out for his comments and dropping a line about “great players,” the most Cal thing ever:
A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 18, 2014
He later followed that up with a more formal statement:
Jim’s comments were brought to my attention and I called him. We are friends. I have unbelievable respect for him and how he runs his program. Any concerns that college coaches have had in the past have always been addressed by USA basketball. The job that Coach K and Coach Boeheim have done to turn around USA Basketball, to make it what it is today is truly amazing.
If – and I emphasize if – they gained any advantage, because of that work, I don’t begrudge them in the least. My time with the DR team showed me how hard and how much time it takes away from your own team and your recruiting to do those things right. There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team. My hope is they would handle it the same way it’s being handled now.
Swaggy Cal outshined Stately Cal with that “if–and I emphasize if–they gained any advantage” line, but otherwise, a very classy response. And really, when you think of this all logically, of course any coach would use Team USA to their advantage. They’d be dumb not to. As a man who is constantly thinking of new ways to recruit, Calipari knows that. Thursday just proved something we all knew: Jim Boeheim loves to stir the pot, and Coach K and John Calipari are the two biggest coaches in college basketball. Case in point: a story involving Calipari made national headlines during football season. Again.
Broadcast information released for the 2014-2015 season
On Thursday, UK released the complete 2014-2015 basketball schedule, with tip times and broadcast information and everything. Here it is in all its glory for you to print out and put on the fridge:
Phew, that’s a lot of Sunday games.
Calipari visited Tyus Battle, Cheick Diallo, and Isaiah Briscoe
When he wasn’t writing tweets about Jim Boeheim, John Calipari was traveling around the New York/New Jersey area to see 2016 combo guard Tyus Battle, 2015 power forward Checik Diallo, and 2015 point guard Isaiah Briscoe. Calipari, Kenny Payne, and Slice saw Battle at his school, and Battle’s dad raved about the visit to Adam Zagoria: “He was awesome, the visit was awesome.” Battle will visit UK for Big Blue Madness.
Briscoe didn’t have an offer from the Cats before tonight, and early reports say his visit went so well he’s planning to visit Kentucky. No word yet on if that means he actually has an offer, but it looks promising. I wrote a profile of Briscoe earlier, so scroll down to check it out.
Antonio Blakeney will host Cal next Wednesday
In a bit of late breaking news, Ben Roberts is reporting that Antonio Blakeney will host Calipari on an in-home visit next Wednesday. Louisville trolls in 3…2…1…
Tommy Mainord went to see Jeremiah Dinson
The three-star cornerback committed to Kentucky back on September 6, and tweeted that Mainord and the Cats showed him “major love” tonight. Nice shirt.
Damien Harris may take his official visit to UK next weekend
Thursday was a big day for Damien Harris. The Madison Southern star received his Under Armour All-American jersey in a ceremony at his school, and said a few words about his recruitment. Harris claims that he doesn’t have a favorite school right now, and specifically said it was “extremely unfair” for people to put Kentucky and Ohio State ahead of Alabama, Florida, and Texas A&M. Did Damien’s mom give us a hint about where her son may end up? Not really. “Who wouldn’t want their kid to stay home?” Mrs. Harris said. “That would be great. It would be. But at the same time, staying at home might not be what’s best for him. Then again, it might be. We just have to weigh out all of the options and see what the absolute best fit for him is.”
Later in the day, Alex Davis of KyPreps reported that Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vandy game, which makes packing Commonwealth Stadium for the game even more crucial. $20 general admission tickets are still available, so do your part to help the team and impress one of the state’s best football recruits in history. No excuses.
KSR will be live from BBM Campout in the morning
This is the show you’ve been waiting for all week! Well…unless you were waiting for Matthew Mitchell to co-host, in which this case this will be an extra bonus! Matt and Ryan will be LIVE from the blue courts at the Big Blue Madness Campout in the morning to describe the scene, and if everything works out, talk to John Calipari. Cal’s got a crazy schedule, so even if he’s not able to stop by, one of his assistants will, which means we may get to hear Slice speak some French, which is reason alone to listen. Until then, enjoy this great picture of the team that several of the players posted on social media Thursday night:
By Aaron Perkins on ©9:30 pm
As I descended upon Tent City Tuesday afternoon, there were probably around 200 or more people already in line, but I was lucky enough to place my chair beside Betty Adams and her friends and family. Betty, who is 75, began waiting across the street from Memorial Colosseum around 12:30 Sunday night and is camping out for her first Big Blue Madness.
“I love it,” she said. “I’m a little tired, but not too tired to sit here. I sat through the cold rain, but I made it.”
After seeing Madness on TV last year, she knew she could not miss it this year. Betty has been a Kentucky fan for over 35 years and has seen many great moments in Kentucky basketball and football history, but nothing compares to this. “Putting all these tents up has been crazy. I was glad I was sitting across the street at my table because I knew if I ran across I would have been trampled to death.”
Although she cannot wait for Madness on October 17, she said the interactions with some of her favorite players such as the Harrison Twins and other fans has been fun as well. (Playing nasty neighbor with her has been the highlight of the camp out for me so far.) Betty is having the time of her life and is already making plans on being back next year. “If the Lord lets me be here , I’ll be here.”
By Drew Franklin on ©9:00 pm
Matt Jones and Ryan Lemond will be broadcasting live from the Big Blue Madness campout tomorrow morning and you’re invited to come out and listen to the show. Join the KSR gang for two hours of UK sports talk while hanging out with the campers on the blue courts. Feel free to stop by even if you’re not camping, and if you are camping, please do your best to not smell terrible. (Kidding. But seriously.)
This is always one of the best shows of the year and the guys are looking forward to joining the masses in Tent City. See you there!
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©8:00 pm
Last week, John Calipari and the Kentucky staffed reached out to Isaiah Briscoe, a five-star point guard from Newark, New Jersey. Briscoe doesn’t currently have an offer from the Cats, but that could change after his in-home visit with Calipari and company tonight. Calipari doesn’t just visit anyone; the odds are very high that he’ll extend an offer to Briscoe tonight, so let’s get to know a little something about him.
6’3.5″, 200 lbs.
Newark, New Jersey (Roselle Catholic)
Top247: No. 6 overall, No. 1 PG
247 Composite: No. 9 overall, No. 1 PG
Rivals: No. 9 overall
ESPN: No. 13 overall, No. 1 PG
Scout: No. 15 overall, No. 3 PG
Also considering: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova, Missouri, UConn, Georgia Tech
247 Crystal Ball prediction: 64% St. John’s, 18% Arizona, 12% Rutgers, 3% UK, 3% Missouri
He first caught Calipari’s eye at the Peach Jam
Briscoe popped onto Cal’s radar until an impressive performance at the Peach Jam in July. He averaged 21 points, 7.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists and led his team to the Peach Jam title and won MVP honors. He also won a FIBA gold medal with the Team USA under-18 squad in June.
He’s built like a typical Calipari point guard
At 6’3.5″, 200 lbs., Briscoe is the prototype of a Calipari point guard–big, physical, and powerful enough to muscle his way into the lane. He’s also a great shooter and passer, as his coach Dave Boff told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts. “He’s a fantastic passer. A great finisher around the rim and a good shooter with significant range from behind the arc.” Wait, does Kentucky really need another point guard next season? Briscoe’s coach said if Tyler Ulis comes back next year, it’s not a problem. “It’s not so much about starting. It’s about getting some good minutes as a freshman and the opportunity to start your development process.”
His nickname is also “Boogie” and there’s a YouTube series about him
Isaiah’s name on Twitter is “The Boogie CBG,” and 8EyeMedia started a YouTube series about him. Here’s the first episode:
Personally, I can’t wait until the spinoff, “Tootie and Slap.”
There’s a possibility he and Antonio Blakeney could be a package deal
Package deals are about as reliable as Tom Crean in the postseason, but there is buzz that Briscoe and Antonio Blakeney may team up at the next level now that Blakeney’s free of his commitment to Louisville. The two schools both are considering? Kentucky and Missouri. Last night, 247 Sports’ Jerry Meyer tweeted that he was hearing Blakeney and Briscoe to Missouri was “not that far fetched,” but Kentucky seems like a much more pleasant option, doesn’t it?
He and his family don’t mind that Kentucky started recruiting him so late
Briscoe’s dad told Chris Fisher that they don’t mind that Calipari and Kentucky have only just became involved in his son’s recruitment. “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits,” the elder Briscoe said. “They get the best of the best and sometimes you have to wait your turn at a place like Kentucky. They produce so many pros sometimes you have to wait and see if your position is at a log jam.”
He scored 61 points in a game earlier this summer
In other news, the game announcer on that video is hilarious. Is that Reverend Brown from “Coming to America”??
He’s currently on crutches
Briscoe suffered a slight fracture in his right foot during an AAU trip to Las Vegas in late July, and is currently wearing a boot and walking on crutches. Not for much longer though; Briscoe tweeted that the crutches and the boot come off September 23rd. Sad face, annoyed face.
Crutches & Boot Comes Off Sept 23rd 😕😑
— The Boogie CBG (@_IsaiahBriscoe) September 5, 2014
His fellow 2015 prospects voted him the Biggest Trash Talker in his class
USA Today’s Jason Jordan polled more than 30 elite players over the summer, and they voted Briscoe the “Biggest Trash Talker” in his class, as well as the player with the “Best Handle.” Here’s why:
He doesn’t have a timetable for his decision
Briscoe cut his list to five schools in early August: Arizona, Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John’s, and Villanova. However, other schools have now entered the mix, including Kentucky, UConn, Missouri, and Georgia Tech. His dad told Chris Fisher there’s no timetable for his decision: “Whenever the right time comes. It’s not necessarily the spring. It could be tomorrow.” If he gets an offer from Calipari tonight, expect him to schedule a trip to Lexington sometime soon.
We’ll have an update on Briscoe’s visit with Cal as soon as it’s available.
By Drew Franklin on ©7:30 pm
Members of Matthew Mitchell’s UK Hoops squad surprised campers with breakfast this morning and challenged some of them to UK trivia. Watch as the ladies try to stump some of the Big Blue faith around the campout.
And if you missed it, you have to hear Coach Mitchell’s appearance on KSR this morning. When we say he is the best, we really mean he is the best.
By Kaan Solagan on ©7:00 pm
Damien Harris- Ran for 321 yards on 19 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the Madison Southern’s 49-35 win last Friday night. Tons of UK fans showed up to watch Harris completely take over the game.
Zy’Aire Hughes- McCracken County did not play a game last weekend.
Eli Brown- Had three carries for 93 yards, one of which was an 86-yard touchdown run. Warren East beat Ohio County in a 63-0 blowout.
Jordan Jones- His team (Cardinal Mooney) beat (Akron) Ohio Buchtel by a score of 31-0.
CJ Conrad- He was covered by a double team all night long and did not get a reception in the game. His team lost 14-0 to Galion (Ohio).
Alex Stump- Stump had five catches and two touchdowns in a 42-0 St. Edward win.
Keion Wakefield- Had 4 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-12 rout of Jeffersontown.
Quinton Baker- Ran for 3 touchdowns in a 29-27 loss to Russell County last weekend.
Jabari Greenwood- Greenwood had four catches for 96 yards and caught a 57-yard screen pass for a touchdown. His team won 38-3 and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Darius Fullwood- Fullwood had four tackles in the game, and two were for a loss. His team won 23-0 and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Ryan Davis- Had 15 carries for 153 yards in 39-22 loss against St. Petersburg (Florida).
Drake Jackson- Woodford County lost a close game at home against Marion County by a score of 30-29.
By Drew Franklin on ©6:30 pm
I’m sending out a challenge to our readers and listeners: You and three of your friends can’t beat Team KSR in golf. Here’s your chance if you want to try…
Our friends at the Fayette County UK Alumni Club are having their annual golf scramble on Tuesday, September 23 at Keene Run Golf Course. The cost is $125 per person, which covers your green fee, range balls, tee prizes, long drive and closest to the pin contests, lunch, drinks and snacks. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 am and the shotgun start will be at 1 pm; individual golfers and foursomes are welcome.
All money raised will go toward the club’s scholarship endowment which provides scholarships for deserving students to attend UK. There will also be a silent auction and raffle for the cause.
I’m told many former UK basketball and football players and coaches have committed to this event, and there will be an appearance by the UK cheerleaders and dance team. Plus the unstoppable team of Kentucky Sports Radio will be on the course making tap-in birdies and tap-in eagles.
If you’re interested, and you should be, register by September 19 (TOMORROW) at www.ukalumni.net/fayettegolf2014 or send an email to email@example.com for more information. I’m told there are only a few spots remaining so get in if you want to get beat.
Think you can hit one down the middle off this tee box?
If you play and a miracle somehow occurs and you shoot lower than KSR, I will post your team on the website saying you took us down.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:32 pm
You want some Damien Harris scoop? I GOT SOME DAMIEN HARRIS SCOOP! According to Alex Davis of Kentucky Preps, Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vanderbilt game. Harris told Davis that Kentucky wants him to take his official when UK plays North Carolina in basketball on December 13, but that’s the day Harris is planning to announce his decision, and therefore outside of his timetable. Now, he’s eying next weekend’s contest against Vandy for his official trip to Lexington.
Next Saturday’s game just got even bigger. For the love of God, y’all, #PackCommonwealth.
By Drew Franklin on ©4:30 pm
UK fan Adam Weaver posed with Aaron Harrison in a t-shirt that I believe is a tribute to Aaron’s performance toward the end of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Judging by the two massive (basket)balls on the shirt, I think he is trying to reiterate what Dakari Johnson said after the win against Michigan last March: “Aaron has big (you-know-whats).”
Testicular fortitude aside, let’s run through some afternoon notes before I get on the road for Atlanta. Hashtag bachelor party. See you at The Cheetah.
– Kentucky released its finalized 2014-15 basketball schedule today with all start times and TV information included. It looks like the Wildcats will get 17 appearances on the ESPN family of networks, 10 on the SEC Network, five on CBS and one regional broadcast on FSN. At first glance I also noticed only two Wednesday night games and five Sundays in November, meaning we won’t get to see a lot of NFL that month. If there is an NFL by November.
– Before he joins the madness at Memorial Coliseum late tonight, John Calipari will visit with Isaiah Briscoe, Tyus Battle and Cheick Diallo. Briscoe is up to the No. 1 point guard spot in the 2015 class, however, he still does not have that coveted offer from Calipari and UK. If one comes today, and it very well might, the late push shouldn’t penalize the Wildcats. Briscoe’s father recently told 247Sports, “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits.”
Battle and Diallo have their offers from UK. Diallo took his official visit to Kentucky over the summer, and Battle, a 2016 star, plans to attend Big Blue Madness next month.
– Skal Labissiere is ready to get to Lexington this weekend:
— Skal Lab (@OneBigHaitian) September 18, 2014
He arrives tomorrow and I trust Big Blue Nation will give him a warm welcome at the campout.
– Many SEC football followers will tell you Florida is down this year, thus downplaying UK’s performance in The Swamp, but don’t tell that to Nick Saban. Saban took up for the Gators today, saying, “It’s always exciting to get into SEC play, obviously some really, really good teams we have to play, starting with Florida, who I think is vastly improved and really off to a good start. They have a lot of really, really good football players and they’re showing great balance on offense and really playing well on defense, like they typically do. This is a really, really good overall team, it will be challenging for us… I think they have a really good team this year.”
Of course Saban is going to play up his next opponent, but that’s still some high praise for a man who knows a thing or 12 about football.
– I’m no fan of Major League Baseball and I certainly don’t follow the New York Yankees, but Gatorade’s new tribute to Derek Jeter is pretty awesome:
I wish we could get something similar from each of the UK basketball players who leave for the NBA, but YouTube doesn’t have the bandwidth to store all of those videos.
– We learned this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be coming to Commonwealth Stadium next fall, but after a small Twitter goof, it’s unlikely whoever is currently in charge of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ social media will make that trip. That person will soon be looking for work after tweeting a link to a porn website from the athletic department’s official account:
If that wasn’t a mistake, I need to know more about these luncheons and how we go about getting invited.