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October 7th, 2015

Morning commute interrupted by rogue goat on New Circle


Luke Bryan isn’t the only asshole ruining traffic flow in Lexington this week. This morning, a rogue goat wandered onto New Circle Road, interrupting the morning commute.

According to the Central KY Scanner account, the goat kept getting into traffic between Harrodsburg and Versailles on New Circle. It was finally caught shortly before 9 am on Dunkirk Drive, per the Herald-Leader. The chase lasted several hours.

Once it was captured, and embarrassed by the problems it caused, I’m told the intruder had a sheepish grin on its face.

Thank you. I’m here all week.

I have the new Sports Illustrated cover


Hey Sports Illustrated, give your design team the week off. I got this one. It’s on the house.

Basketball practice, the Auburn game and Sicario (Wednesday Show Thread)



On today’s show, the guys are talking about the first week of UK basketball practice and the upcoming game with Auburn on the football field. Plus, a new movie you need to see.

And whoever deleted the first show thread, you are in trouble.

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The Walk’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

I made a rare trip to the movie theater this week to see The Walk, the new 3-D film based on French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the World Trade Center towers back in the 70s. Petit’s story is pretty incredible, but I only coughed up the $29.00 to see the film for its views of New York City and recreation of the Twin Towers. (I’m a little obsessed with New York, in case you hadn’t heard.)

The visuals did not disappoint; they were incredible. Breathtaking in some scenes, which explains why there are reports of some movie-goers experiencing vertigo and even vomiting in the theater. The views from atop the tower were so realistic, my heart raced as Petit, played by Tommy from 3rd Rock, looked over the edge and down to the pavement, almost 1,4000 feet below. I got my money’s worth on the stunning visuals alone.

As for the actual movie, it was good, not great. Gordon-Levitt’s French accent gets a little old as he narrates the entire story. I give it a 6.2 overall and a 9.2 for cinematography. Save your money and watch Man On A Wire on Netflix if you’re only interested in learning about Petit’s death-defying stunt.

Also, there is a brief tribute to the towers in the movie. Between you and me, I might’ve teared up a little bit on that one. I didn’t see it coming when I walked in with my plastic glasses, 64 oz. Coke and bucket of popcorn. It was a nice touch, though, and very moving. Glad I saw it.

Anyway, that’s my take on The Walk. Now let’s hit the morning news…


Kyle Wiltjer named CBS Preseason Player of the Year.

How about that? The former Wildcat earned’s Preseason Player of the Year honors for college basketball yesterday. A 2012 national champion at Kentucky, Wiltjer is now a senior at Gonzaga, looking to become the second Naismith Player of the Year from John Calipari’s 2011 recruiting class.

Congrats to Kyle on the honor. Once a Cat, always a Cat.

Julius Randle swatted the hell out of this poor kid’s shot.

Randle played a little one-on-one at a Boys & Girls Club in Hawaii yesterday and he didn’t give up the rim in a friendly game of one-on-one.

Watch as he pummels this boy’s shot attempt into the crowd of campers:


This week’s KSR football podcast will be released today.

We recorded our weekly football podcast last night and it was our goofiest, without question. There is still plenty of in-depth football talk from Kentucky’s overtime win on Saturday, but things got out of hand when Freddie Maggard got personal with us. We learned about a side of Freddie no one knew existed. That’s all I will say for now.

Be sure to check it out later today. It’ll be here on the site around 1 o’clock.

ICYMI: Boom Williams is back after “one of the longest weeks of his life.”

Williams said personal, off-the-field issues kept him from being the player Kentucky needed him to be. He has since moved on and put “one of the longest weeks of his life” behind him.

Mark Stoops said, “We ask you to respect his personal issues. As I told you before: If there was a suspension with something off the field with anything, I would’ve told you that. It was an issue with him and it affected him. Those issues that he had, that he shared with me, affected his performance, and it affected the way he acted and what he did.”

Boom’s back and ready for Auburn.

Austin MacGinnis should be fine.

Kentucky’s star kicker left Saturday’s game with an injury but Stoops expects him to be fine. An MRI showed a minor pull, nothing of significance. He is expected to return by the end of the week.

So apparently there is video of Butch Jones punching a player at Tennessee.

That can’t be good.

Tennessee coach Butch Jones was involved in what a source called a “physical altercation” with an offensive lineman during fall camp.

Jones called the allegations “absolutely ridiculous” during his weekly Monday news conference, but a source close to the program said Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved and that the incident was captured on the practice film that day. []

We need this story to blow up in a couple weeks, say, oh, right before Halloween weekend.

The Luke Bryan concert was a disaster.

What sounded like the worst idea ever proved to be just that: the worst idea ever. Bryan’s “Farm Tour” stop at Talon Winery shut down Tates Creek Road Tuesday night. I wouldn’t be surprised if some people are still on their way home from the show right now. Last I heard, parking lot traffic was in a standstill as late as 1:30 am last night with an estimated 10,000 people stranded and no end in sight. I hope Luke did a damn good performance of that one song to make up for the cluster**** of a show. (Ed. note: I can’t name a Luke Bryan song.)

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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Impact Has a Bye Week Had for UK?

Mark Zerof

Photo by Mark Zerof

Ah, the bye week.  In past years, this would be the week where UK fans would really begin turning their attention to the basketball season as the UK football team was likely out of bowl contention.  But this year, things have changed.  UK is sitting at 4-1 with a real shot at getting 5 SEC wins for the first time since the conference expanded in 1992.  And the bye week this year comes at a perfect time.  UK has guided itself through a grind of games, only tripping against Florida.  There is real optimism about what the 2nd half of the schedule will bring.  But that 2nd half is more difficult than the first half, so it’s good for UK to get a week of rest before it’s big matchup against Auburn.

Many think a bye week means a team will be more prepared for their next opponent.  I would think that would have to be correct.  But does that extra week of preparation mean more wins on the schedule?  For Kentucky, it depends.  If it’s a home game following the bye week, UK has had great success.  Road games?  Not so much.

2014: WON vs. Vanderbilt 17-7
2014: LOST at Louisville 44-40
2013: LOST vs. Florida 24-7
2013: LOST at Mississippi State 28-22
2012: WON vs. Sanford 34-3
2011: WON vs. Jacksonville State 38-14
2010: LOST at Tennessee 24-14
2009: WON vs. Louisville 31-27
2008: WON vs. Western Kentucky 41-3
2008: LOST at Tennessee 28-10
2007: WON at Vanderbilt 27-20
2006: WON at Mississippi State 34-30
2005: LOST at South Carolina 44-16
2005: LOST at Ole Miss 13-7
2004: WON vs. Indiana 51-32
2004: LOST at Tennessee 37-31
2003: LOST at South Carolina 27-21
2003: LOST at Vanderbilt 27-21

Home Record following bye: 6-1
Road Record following bye: 2-9

Luckily for us, Auburn is a home game.  So what do you think?  How much impact do you put having a bye week into an advantage for UK, while keeping in mind that Auburn will have the same bye week.  Does the home-field advantage come into play here?

October 6th, 2015

Bye Week Reflections From A Very Satisfied UK Football Fan


Kentucky football is on a bye this week, so we have plenty of time to take a breath, rest our tailgating legs, collect our thoughts, and look ahead to the next (little over) half of the season. It has been an up-and-down ride through the first five games of 2015, but I think Big Blue Nation is pretty satisfied, collectively. I know I am, and tonight I would like to share some of my favorite moments and positive opinions from the 4-1 start.


The new Commonwealth Stadium opened with a Boom.

It was a perfect opening to the new Commonwealth Stadium and the 2015 season of Kentucky Wildcats football. Boom Williams took it straight up the gut for a 75-yard rush for a score. Lexington erupted:

“We wanted to score on the first play of the game,” said Williams. “Kind of set the tone and get some momentum going our way. When you believe and visualize something all week, it’s kind of in tune to happen.”


Patrick Towles silenced his critics against Missouri.

Leading up to Kentucky’s home contest with No. 25 Missouri, a large portion of the UK football fan base was stirring up a quarterback controversy. Towles’ 8-for-24, two-interception performance against Florida the week before was heavily scrutinized, and many fans raised doubts he could win in the SEC.

Towles responded with his best game as a Wildcat in the win over the Tigers, UK’s first top-25 win since 2010.  He completed 22 of his 27 pass attempts for 249 yards and two touchdowns, plus another score on the ground. There was a pivotal stretch in the game when he completed 11 consecutive passes.

As a huge fan and proponent of Towles, I was not only relieved to see him play well in the biggest game of his career, but happy for him, personally. He solidified his spot as Kentucky’s starting quarterback and proved his biggest critics wrong when his back was against the wall.

Dorian Baker put the team on his back and saved the program.

Is it too far to say Dorian Baker saved the program last weekend against Eastern Kentucky? Not at all. If he doesn’t will the Wildcats to a late, come-from-behind victory, the wheels fall completely off UK football. All of this excitement, gone. Mark Stoops has done an outstanding job getting things moving in the right direction and there is momentum behind the Cats like never before, but a loss to EKU would’ve derailed everything.

So when Dorian Baker hauled in a 50/50 ball on 4th-and-2 in the corner of the end zone, then mauled over EKU defenders for the game-winning score in overtime, it kept the entire ship afloat. Not to mention, it was a hell of a performance, no matter the circumstances.

Prior to the game-tying fade route in regulation, Patrick Towles told his offensive coordinator, “If Dorian has a 1-on-1, I’m going to him.”

Baker said afterward, “There wasn’t a chance I was going to let (the defender) beat me.”

It was a close one, but as I like to say: “Big time players make big time plays in big time games.”


And his second touchdown, the game-winner in overtime, Baker demanded the football. It was his third catch in overtime and he ran through four EKU defenders for the score.

Shannon Dawson said Baker told him, “Gimme the ball.”

The defense has been much better than expected.

I will openly admit I had very little confidence in Kentucky’s defense entering the season. With so much youth and inexperience called on to fill holes on that side of the ball, the defense, I thought, would be what held the Cats back through the first four games.

Boy, was I wrong. It was quite the opposite, actually.

I’ll have another helping of crow as I commend D.J. Eliot and his players for an impressive start to the season. The Cats gave up only 17 points per game in the first three SEC contests  and they rank among the best in the nation in red zone defense.

Veterans like J.D. Harmon, Jabari Johnson, Cody Quinn and Khalid Henderson, who many us had given up on, have been vital components of the D all season. You could argue Harmon has been its biggest playmaker, to much surprise.

The preseason talk was Kentucky will have to score a lot of points on offense to make up for what the defense allows. That preseason talk couldn’t have been more inaccurate. The D has come up huge in key moments, and outside of a few winded stretches, has been consistent throughout.

Denzil Ware’s fumble return was the first sign of the new UK football.

When Denzil Ware, playing in only his second college football game, returned a two-point conversion fumble 98 yards for a defensive PAT in Columbia, we knew the tides had turned for Kentucky football.

That is a play that, for centuries, has happened against UK, not for it. And to follow it up with a game-sealing interception by Chris Westry, also in his second game? You mean to tell me we get the big plays now? Get out of here.

Kentucky is 4-1 entering the Auburn game.

Yes, Patrick Towles’ inconsistency is troublesome. Boom Williams’ recent attitude problem is concerning, though it appears to be in the past. Kentucky needed late heroics against Louisiana-Lafayette and Eastern Kentucky, two teams it was supposed to handle rather easily. The D gives up far too many yards on the ground. Play calling can be questionable at times. The list goes on.

However, Kentucky is 4-1 entering the Auburn game. Kentucky is FOUR and ONE entering the Auburn game. Any of us would’ve taken that record through five games if it was offered before the start of the season. All day long.

We can sit here and complain about this and gripe about that, but sitting at 4-1 and 2-1 in the conference is a pretty damn good feeling entering a bye week followed by what was labeled as the biggest game of year. The bowl hopes look promising and the only loss of the year was by a single possesion to one of the four or five best teams in the SEC.

Auburn is more than beatable.

Once the sixth-ranked team in the preseason poll, Auburn is now an unranked and very vulnerable opponent on Kentucky’s schedule. The Thursday night game we labeled as a loss when the schedule was announced is now looking more like a potential win for the Cats. UK will likely be favored.

Auburn just isn’t very good this year, nowhere near what everyone expected. The Tigers don’t have a quarterback, and to make matters worse, it dismissed its star wide receiver today. Only South Carolina and Vanderbilt rank lower in the SEC Power Rankings.

So a win is not out of the question when Kentucky returns to the field for its sixth game. In fact, it’s expected. Take care of business in that one and then there are five wins on the board through six games, a very improbable scenario two months ago.


All things considered, this UK fan is very satisfied through the first leg of the 2015 season.


Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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You can be a part of Wendy’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day. Now. On to the tweets:

#10 Belmont Basketball

Oh, Honey. no.



#9 Rick Maynard

This explains it all in one very clean picture.



#8 EJ and Blake Shelton

Wait. EJ is a country fan?


#7 John Southworth

That’s exactly what she meant. Exactly.




I don’t know if I am excited or scared.



#5 Landon Foster

You should give him some signed memorabilia next time.



#4 Jeff Pile

Aw. He must have felt really sorry after those ratings came out.



#3 Harrison Spires

+1 for Dad.



#2 Paul R Stephens

Maybe Louisville should have taken a page from that. Pizza gives such more happiness than….well…..



#1 Holly Thompson

So nice of Louisville to teach us something for once.


Luke Bryan has caused a Traffic Disaster on Tates Creek Road



I think any logical person had a hunch that the Luke Bryan Concert wasn’t going to go smoothly.  The outdoor venue at Talon Winery was postponed because of weather, but a traffic logjam has continued the delay.  The show was supposed to start at 7:00, but the traffic forced Bryan to wait an extra two-and-a-half hours before getting the show started.  Even with the delay, I’m sure many did not make it in.

With only a two-lane road to the winery, traffic on Tates Creek Road was backed up 8 miles, all the way to Alumni Drive.  Let me repeat: ALL THE WAY BACK TO ALUMNI DRIVE.  I’ve been in some bad Lexginton traffic jams, but that is a new kind of insanity.



People were just parking their cars and walking to the show.



Those pictures make it look bad, until you see the atrocity from above with Officer Don.

Here’s a look at the traffic back-up on Tates Creek Road from Officer Don in WKYT’s SKYFIRST. We’re told Luke Bryan’s people have just announced they are still holding off the start of the concert for some of those stuck in traffic to get to the venue. .

Posted by WKYT on Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kentucky Holds Steady In The Ranking Round-Up

Mark Zerof, USA TODAY

Tuesday of a bye-week gives us a moment to catch our breath after 5 pulse-pounding, blood pressure pumping, stress filled weeks of football. The Cats sit at 4-1 heading into next week’s Thursday night game against Auburn which is something we would have all signed up for when the season began. So what does the national media think of the upstart Cats? Here’s your weekly round-up of the where the pundits have Kentucky placed:

[Bleacher Report: College Football Power Rankings for Week 6]

17. Georgia (4-1), down 14

32. Mississippi State (3-2), down 9

43. Tennessee (2-3), down 3

46. Auburn (3-2), down 3

47. Kentucky (4-1), down 1

Kentucky narrowly avoided a disastrous loss to an FCS opponent, scoring two touchdowns in the final 4:59 of regulation and then winning it on Patrick Towles’ three-yard TD pass to Dorian Baker in overtime.

It was the fourth career 300-yard passing game for Towles, and it gave the Wildcats their fourth single-digit win of the season. Kentucky’s last six games have been decided by eight or fewer points.

52. Louisville (2-3), up 5

72. Vanderbilt (2-3), up 7

128. Charlotte (2-3), down 2

[ESPN’s Football Power Index]

The worldwide leader’s football power index has the Cats ranked 55th  and projects an overall record of 7-5.  Despite two more wins, the only team remaining on the schedule that Kentucky is projected to be the victor is against Charlotte which their model says we win 96% of the time. Vandy (47%), Louisville (44%), and Auburn (44%) follow as the other games that the Cats have a real chance of winning. Good thing these games are played on the field and not in a stats lab.

[USA Today: 1-128 Re-rank, Week 5]

After the folks at ESPN put that downer on the back half of the season, the good guys of USA Today have Kentucky ranked the highest out of anybody. The Cats come in at #40 according to Paul Myerberg but not only are the Cats ranked higher than the other polls but their opponents are much lower.

17. Georgia

39. Mississippi State

52. Louisville

59. Tennessee

61. Auburn

93. Vanderbilt

123. Charlotte

[The Coach’s Poll]

Earlier this season UK received eight votes in the Coach’s poll which equated to  about 38th. This week they were back with 6 votes but that breaks out to 36th. Moving on up.


What do you think of Kentucky’s place on these rankings?


What A Difference Four Years Can Make

Mark Zerof-US Presswire

Mark Zerof-US Presswire

Many are understandably upset and frustrated with Saturday night’s game against Eastern Kentucky.  Losing to an FCS team simply doesn’t cut it.  The Cats did NOT (thankfully), but it wasn’t that long ago that we were losing on the same field (well, the grass version) to the state’s other directional school.

In 2012, WKU was two-years removed from a 26-game losing streak upon entering the FBS.  Andrew Jackson was a pro-caliber linebacker that was eventually drafted, but still a step down from EKU’s explosive defensive end, Noah Spence.  EKU’s Dyshawn Mobley and WKU’s Antonio Andrews are comparable, with a caveat that Andrews almost broke Barry Sanders single-season all-purpose yardage record, twice.

The climate around the UK program was different each time.  Entering the WKU game, people were beginning to question Joker Phillips.  The loss would be the first strike in his downfall.  Before the EKU game, the program was at a new high with a new coach in a new stadium.  Completely different scenarios, producing ALMOST the same results.

Both games eventually came down to one play.  Both opponents ran (practically) the same play.

Look at all of the Kentucky defenders ready for WKU’s overtime throwback.

This year produced different results.

Needless to say, they were prepared.



Even though Saturday’s game was a muddled mess throughout, when it came down to crunch time, good habits reflected good coaching. Most importantly, the Cats won.

Bye Week Practice Notes

monty closeup

—  One guy ruined all the fun for the offense.  It was never the same guy, but it was always an important person that led to a failure in execution.  The team is most consistent at being inconsistent, “We’re either really good or really bad.” Shannon would like a little more in-between.

— “We gotta do a better job to motivate our guys, and that’s the bottom line.”  Shannon Dawson thanked the Lord that his team’s learning lesson was on a win.  He didn’t see an edge from his players and Stoops didn’t see the effort.  They didn’t have the mentality needed to win necessary one-on-one battles.

—  Boom called last week “one of the longest weeks of my life.”  He didn’t elaborate on his personal issues, but he was thankful for the support from his teammates.  He wished that he could’ve been out there last Saturday – it killed him – but he should be ready and good to go for Auburn.

He said all of the right things and was a good teammate on Saturday.  Hopefully it’s the last we’ll hear of Boom’s melodrama.

—  Stoops has never seen anything like C.J. Johnson’s past two performances.  He’s been around plenty of elite defensive linemen, but nothing can stack up to the 30 tackles from C.J. in the last two games.  He wasn’t trying to say that C.J. is in that same next-level talent group, but he is saying that it takes a special person to do what he’s done.  He isn’t simply cleaning up the trash or making up for another person’s poor performance, he’s making amazing plays.

—  Dorian Baker was a stone cold killer.  He had the right mentality, the right body language; it was pretty much all that Shannon needed to see on the sideline to know that his guys had enough to comeback and get the win.

On a side note, Patrick Towles talked about Dorian’s greatest catches.  Now, he makes the tough stuff look routine, but when Dorian first arrived he made the greatest catch Patrick has ever seen.  During 7-on-7, Dorian caught a post route over pretty much the entire defense.  It’s something Patrick won’t forget anytime soon.

—  Shannon Dawson is an optimist when it comes to examining the quarterback.  While many want to look at the bad, Shannon cannot let the bad linger when analyzing the QB.  Some incompletions were because Patrick was pressured and needed to throw it away.  He blames his impatience for some of the bad play-calling early on.  Patrick’s to blame for a few bad throws, but he also made some great ones, like the fade to win the game and the running throw to Blake Bone, “I haven’t been around too many people that can make that throw.

I couldn’t tell you about all of the things Stoops said in his defense of Towles, but the stern words sent a chill down my spine.

Volleyball Cats battle Arkansas for top SEC spot tomorrow

(h/t @KentuckyVB)

Can I take back any doubt I had for this volleyball team earlier in the season? Because Kentucky is currently killing it in conference play.

After barely holding on to a ranking, the No. 20 Cats  (11-5, 4-0) are now coming off of seven-straight victories and will host the No. 22 Arkansas Razorbacks (13-2, 3-0) tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. Both teams are sitting undefeated as top teams in the SEC and will be fighting for the top spot in the league.

The match will broadcast live on the SEC Network. Also, all student’s in attendance will get free pizza for attending the match. That alone sounds worth it.


Catching up 

Kentucky moved to seven straight wins and a perfect 4-0 SEC record after wins over Mississippi State and Alabama over the weekend. The Cats swept the Bulldogs 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-20) Friday and took down Alabama in four Sunday, 3-1 (25-19, 27-25, 24-26, 25-20). Sunday’s win over Alabama was the Cat’s 400th in Memorial.

Morgan Bergren moved to sixth all-time on Kentucky’s career assists leaderboard after Friday’s 32 assist performance. Kaz Brown is also getting attention by being among the national leaders in blocks per set. Brown is currently averaging 1.45 blocks per set, coming in at No.16 in the nation.



Chris Bosh says Kentucky life is “good livin'”

The Miami Heat play an exhibition game against Orlando Magic in the Yum Center tomorrow night, and in a media opportunity this afternoon, Heat star Chris Bosh may have endeared himself to the entire Bluegrass state. According to Heat beat writer Jason Lieser, when asked about Louisville, Bosh said it’s nice, he thinks.

“You know what? Louisville has some good stuff. I think. I don’t know much about Louisville.”

But he apparently does know about the state of Kentucky.

In Kentucky, there’s nothing to do but cook and watch basketball. And drink bourbon. That’s good livin’.

Yes, it is. You, sir, just gained a fan.

Dominique Hawkins gives the BBN a thumbs-up in post-surgery pic

IG: dhawk_25

IG: dhawk_25

Last night, we found that Dominique Hawkins broke his hand in practice over the weekend, and it appears his surgery went just fine. Hawkins posted this post-surgery pic on Instagram this afternoon with the caption “Just wanted to thank everyone for your prayers, support, and love. I’ll be back SOON!”.

Love the choice of cast color and the big thumbs-up. From Dominique, would you expect any less?

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It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time to go over the latest recruiting news and convince you to buy a mattress. Let’s get on it!

  Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will be on campus this weekend

The biggest recruiting development this week is news that five-star power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend. The North Carolina native is considered an NC State lean, but Calipari has been putting on the press lately, visiting him twice in eight days last month. Getting him on campus this weekend is huge, especially with ESPN in town to film UK’s practice Sunday night.

  Calipari visited Marques Bolden today

Ben Roberts is reporting that Cal visited the nation’s top center again today in advance of his visit to Kentucky next week for Big Blue Madness. Cal and Tony Barbee went to see Bolden on September 17. This weekend, the 6’10” Texas native will visit Kansas for Late Night in the Phog.

  Here’s the guest list for Big Blue Madness as we know it

Big Blue Madness is next Friday, and over the past several days, the guest list has grown. Here’s the latest list of recruits who’ll be in town to hopefully rock that Kentucky blue:

  • Marques Bolden
  • Harry Giles
  • De’Aaron Fox
  • Malik Monk
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones (commit)
  • Trae Young (2017)
  • Kris Wilkes (2017)

Bolden announced a few days ago he’ll be making the trip, and gave Rivals’ TJ Walker this encouraging quote about his latest visit with Cal:

“Coach Calipari came and he really just preached to me the way he does things and the way he helps his players. He told me he really wants to coach me and we’d go from there. It was a strong message he sent out, all the success he’s had and all the players he’s coached. It’s great to hear that from him.”

Nice to hear. Hopefully he’ll enjoy seeing that message hammered home during Madness.


  Stoops is spending his bye week on the recruiting trail

Don’t worry, Stoops isn’t slacking during the bye week. Last night, he told Tom Leach and his call-in show listeners that he’ll spend the bye week recruiting. Last week, he watched Kash Daniel in Paintsville and Davonte Robinson and Henry Clay play at Pulaski County. He told a hilarious story about how DJ Eliot wrecked his car when they were headed to one of the games last week.

“We don’t get out of the parking lot before he gets in a wreck. Ray, you’ll be glad to know it was in the Ford, not the Mercedes,” Stoops said. “He goes up on a curb and comes down and my whole running board falls off on my Ford. I said ‘get out,’ and he gets out and gets in the passenger seat and I have to drive there and back. I’m worried about my own safety.”

Something tells me Stoops will be driving to the games this Friday as well.

  In case you missed it on Friday, here’s Kash Daniel’s awesome pregame speech

Kash is the gift that keeps on giving. What will he do this week?