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July 24th, 2017

Louisville City FC’s Top 10 Tweets of the Day

Louisville City FC, Kentucky’s professional soccer team, returns home to Slugger Field this Saturday, and the club is offering discounted tickets to our readers through a new partnership! Click here and use promo code “KSR” to save on your purchase.

LouCity plays in the United Soccer League, only level below Major League Soccer, and features UK graduate George Davis IV. Support the state’s fastest-growing pro team with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday.


You can be a part of KSR’s 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.

#10 Tweak Softly

True relationship goals.

#9 Terry Jordan

You know it’s bad when you miss the nose whistle.

#8 Patrick Butcher

That’s one thing you don’t want to do like your father.

#7 Tyler Warfel

You’re raising her right.

#6 Nick Isaacs

And that’s all that matters.

#5 Jason Bucky Walters

An American hero.

#4 Wes Ledford

Where in the world is Matt Jones?

#3 drail

It’ll get there…in awhile.

#2 Chris Bunge

Don’t bring TJ into this…

#1 Nick Carroll

He fought for that chair.


UK Fan at the Cornhole Championship wants News from Around the SEC

@TD24574

You may not know this, but there’s a National Championship Tournament for Cornhole.  Known as the “Championship of Bags,” it aired on ESPN over the weekend and (of course) blue got in.  (UPDATE: Turns out, the event’s champion was Jordan Langworthy of Crab Orchard, Kentucky.  A BIG KSR congrats to Jordan for doing what the BBN does best, win.) If you’re surprised, don’t be.  If you aren’t surprised, keep reading.

What Happened at Ole Miss

The SEC was flipped upside down when Hugh Freeze resigned last week.  Even though his Ole Miss football program was in the middle of an NCAA investigation, the motive behind the decision was surprising.

Freeze was forced to resign after it was discovered that he used a university-issued phone to call an escort service.  How did they discover he made the call to an escort service?  It was a Mississippi State fan.

Steve Roberston, a cowbell-ringer and football writer, shared how he made the discovery with ESPN’s Mark Schlabach.  The fascinating piece dives into the many lawsuits and details of the situation, but more importantly, it eloquently describes the hate between Ole Miss and Miss. State.

As one SEC power broker puts it: “It makes Ohio State-Michigan and Auburn-Alabama look like Sunday school.” Robertson puts it another way: “It’s the two runt puppies in the SEC West fighting for the hind teat. When you finally get locked on that hind teat, you do whatever you have to do to stay there, even if the other guy has to starve.”

[ESPN]

Another Middle School Prodigy

Ten days ago Mark Stoops made headlines by offering Louisville’s Kiyaunta Goodwin.  The 6’6″ 350-pound 13-year old received an offer from Georgia just a few days later.  Goodwin isn’t the only big kid making headlines around the SEC.  Meet Jaheim Oatis.

An Alabama scholarship offer going into the eighth grade?  Holy Shnikies.

Covering Tennessee Must Be Miserable

I send my sympathy to the Knoxville media.  They have to listen to Rocky Top a thousand times at every single football game, followed by a press conference with the worst bullcrap-cliche-giver in the modern history of athletics.  Now there are new rules for covering practices.

@BarrettSallee

Unlike most places, including Lexington, Tennessee is opening the doors to the practice field for the media.  It’s a generous gesture that I would appreciate…until I read the restrictions.

It’s easy to understand why they don’t want you to share their gameday secrets, but no live reporting?  That’s the entire point of attending a live scrimmage.  No injury reports?  That’s arguably most pertinent thing to share when you are watching a practice.  Butchy is also the second SEC coach to restrict injury reporting, following Kirby Smart’s lead.

None of this really matters, because by the end of the season Butch Jones will be looking for a new job, probably after Tennessee loses to Kentucky at the hands of Benny Snell and Stephen Johnson.  Speaking of…

40 days till football season.


Tomorrow’s KSR will be Smooth

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One of the first Kentucky basketball players to befriend KSR is taking over the airwaves for the first time tomorrow.  A man who’s been a part of many legendary KSR stories, Ramel “Smooth” Bradley will sit in Matt Jones’ big chair during his final week of vacation.

A member of the 1,000-point club, Bradley played for Tubby Smith and Billy Gillispie from 2004-2008.  The Smooth New York point guard didn’t take crap from nobody.  He proved it as a freshman by squaring up toe-to-toe with future No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick Andrew Bogut in the 2005 Sweet 16.

A star just before the YouTube era, finding highlights can be tricky, but I managed to find this 21-point performance form Bradley’s junior year.

A man who deserves plenty of credit for preventing the wheels from completely flying off during the Gillispie era, he’s experienced plenty of success since his Kentucky career ended.  Bradley won a ton of basketball games overseas, he’s currently investing into Eastern Kentucky coal country, but his crowning achievement is creating the song, “It’s not your booty, it’s your beauty.”

Hear more from Smooth tomorrow from 10:00-noon on your favorite KSR affiliate.


Hey Kentucky! Answers the Tough Spooky Questions

Tonight Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon must address a topic that might terrify many.  One Northern Kentucky town is hosting a movie night at the local cemetery.  Can they handle it or is it too tough for the two?

For more Hey Kentucky, click here, and find the rest of the show after the jump.

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Kentucky Thrones Radio: Season 7, Episode 2

Nick and T.J. are not happy after watching “Stormborn,” the second episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones.  They each have a variety of different complaints about the episode, from the writing and lighting, to Littlefinger the crypt-keeper.  Even so, they’re happy to answer a few important questions about the episode:

—  Is Arya hot?

—  Does Daenerys have a good plan to take over Westeros?

—  Is Euron Greyjoy America’s new favorite Game of Thrones character?

—  Who is the nerd and who is the bad boy of the podcast?

—  Can saving Ser Jorah from greyscale benefit the show in the long run?

You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play.  Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.  You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Commonwealth Stadium is Transforming Into Kroger Field with New Signage

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When UK announced a new partnership on May 1 with Kroger to rename Commonwealth Stadium Kroger Field, they unveiled the picture above, replacing the signage that stood since the renovation in the late 90s close the end zones.  That signage was just a photoshop, not a final product.

For the first time, we can see what the stadium will look like as Kroger Field.  Take a look at the North side of the stadium, nearest to BCTC and opposite of the press box and Nutter Football Training Facility.

@DanPauley14

Pauley’s picture is the first look at the physical changes being made to introduce Kroger Field.  I’m sure we’ll see a few more before the first home game kicks-off on September 9 against Eastern Kentucky.

UPDATE: That was just the start. Jen Smith has provided the internet with another look of the sign, now completed.

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Calipari offered to play Indiana at Lucas Oil Stadium — twice

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

How far was John Calipari willing to go to get Indiana back on Kentucky’s schedule? He offered to play the Hoosiers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis — twice! Today on The Dan Dakich Show, Cal said he offered a pretty attractive olive branch to the Hoosiers in hopes of renewing the series, but Indiana turned him down.

“I offered two games in Indianapolis. My governor — at the time, Governor Beshear — was not happy with me. ‘Why don’t we play one game in Kentucky?’ I said, ‘Because I can’t play in Louisville. They tell me I can’t get in that building.’ So we’re going to play two. I called for the football arena. Both of us get 25,000 people at the game; it’ll be nuts. And I was told no, we’re not doing that. I said, ‘Okay.'”

Of course, Indiana insisted on a home-and-home series while Cal prefers neutral sites, the sticking point in negotiations.

“Nothing has changed,” Cal said. “Everything I do with our schedule is about Kentucky. It’s not about another program, it’s not about TV, it’s okay, what’s good [for us]. What I like to do is neutral games because neutral games prepare you for the NCAA Tournament. I haven’t changed.”

“When you say you offered two games, you offered to go back to back years to Indiana?” Dakich exclaimed. “To play in the dome? Two years in Indy?”

“Oh yeah, and the dome is run by an Indiana graduate. I talked to him. He said, ‘Are you kidding me? Let’s do this.'”

That obviously didn’t happen, but Cal said he’s always willing to listen.

“I have no issues,” Cal said. “As a matter of fact, Tom and I are friends. Arch [Miller] is like family. They’ve got an unbelievable coach. The staff is top notch guys, some of which I’ve worked with.”

Prediction: The series returns in the 2018-19 season…with Romeo Langford starting for the Hoosiers.

Cal’s comments on the series at the 19-minute mark:


Brad Calipari: Future Kentucky coach?

Is the world ready for another Coach Calipari? According to John Calipari, his son Brad wants to follow in his footsteps and enter the coaching world. Cal shared the news in an interview with Dan Dakich earlier today.

“He wants to coach, which I never knew,” Cal said of Brad. “I never knew he’d want to coach. But he said, ‘You know what, I think it’s what I want to do, Dad.’ I said, well, you’re in a good program because I can’t tell you you’re going to play much here. This is a different deal now.”

Ellen may take offense to that last part about playing time, but Cal sounded like the ultimate proud papa when describing how much progress Brad has made.

“He’s gotten better. His body looks better. He’s going to got to Croatia and play for eight or nine days coming up in early August, which I’m happy about.”

If this Instagram post from this weekend is any indication, Brad is happy to take over for his dad at any moment:

When you keep hearing rumors about your dad leaving for the NBA so you start getting comfortable #nextup 🤣

A post shared by Brad Calipari (@brad.calipari) on

Brad walking on at Kentucky has kept his dad away from the NBA so far; could a graduate assistant gig keep Cal here even longer?

Cal’s comments about Brad start around the 40-minute mark:


John Calipari once again calls for college basketball to take over August

Like you, John Calipari is tired of the offseason; so much so that he wants college basketball to take over August.

Cal first brought up the idea for a preseason practice period last year, and mentioned it again today during an appearance on The Dan Dakich Show. Like the overseas trips teams are allowed to take every four years, the practice period would last ten days, which would include seven practices and exhibition games vs. other teams and/or European pro teams, which would be televised to promote the sport.

Why doesn’t college basketball take over August? Right now, the NBA has taken over July. Why doesn’t college basketball give each team a week of practice, ten days — which they do every four years — why don’t we do it every year? You get seven days to practice and play some exhibition games, either against each other, which could be televised on weekends so [the players] don’t have to miss anything — or European teams come in and play us and we televise it and we take over.”

“We take over August, college basketball. Good for branding for the kids, great to knock up ratings a little bit. Bringing back college basketball. Why wouldn’t we do that? ‘Well, we don’t want to do more, we want to do less.’ Okay, keep doing less and the NBA keeps doing more. Talk to me in ten years.”

When Dakich asked Calipari what feedback he’s gotten on the idea, he gave a classic response.

“What do you think people look at me and say?” Cal joked. “‘This guy is out of his mind. This guy is crazy. Why — he’s too far out there.’ My thing is, we’ve gotta look five, ten years down the road.”

Once again, Calipari is ahead of the game.


Kentucky makes the top six for four-star cornerback

@StanleyG_9

Kentucky’s 2018 class currently ranks 20th in the country; is another four-star prospect on the way?

This afternoon, four-star cornerback Stanley Garner included Kentucky in his top six schools, along with defending national champs Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, Michigan, and Louisville. The 6’3″ 180 lbs. Garner hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is considered the 31st best cornerback in the class by Rivals. If his top six wasn’t indication enough, he’s an elite talent, and seemed to have plenty of fun on his visit to Kentucky back on July 14-15:

Can Eddie Gran and Mark Stoops convince Garner to turn down the big boys (and Louisville) and come join the movement in Lexington? I sure hope so, because his film is impressive.


Interested in writing for KSR?

The time has come again. We are looking for new, talented writers to join our team! 

Are you a college student who has a passion for writing about UK sports? Are you interested in pursuing a career in the sports media field? This might be the perfect opportunity for you.

Many of our writers get the chance to cover the John Calipari Fantasy Experience and also get credentialed to UK sporting events. We’ve had numerous writers go on to get internships and full-time jobs at ESPN, various television and radio stations, Hearst Magazine, major newspapers, athletic conferences, and more. Being a KSR writer can also be a great experience to see if the media field truly is for you in the long-term.

Our focus is to find writers who attend college in the state of Kentucky (UK, Transy, EKU, Centre, etc), so that you are able to cover events on campus or in the community. If you also have experience in photography, video, editing, photoshop, etc let us know.

Writing for KSR is a great opportunity and a lot of fun, but our writers also put a lot of hard work and effort into this position. If writing about UK sports is your passion, it should be a great experience and we encourage you to apply.

Here’s what you need to apply:

1). Cover letter explaining why you’re interested in writing for KSR. Give us a little background information as well (who you are, where you’re from, etc)

2). Resume

3). A writing sample of your best work. This can be a previous piece from school that you believe is strong but also include a sample piece you would write for KSR.

4). Class/work schedule so we know when you are available to write

Email all the above materials to KSRapplication@gmail.com. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 11 at 5pm. Good luck and we look forward to reading your submissions!

Note: We are only taking 4-5 writers this time around and have a quick turnaround to select writers, so submit your application right away. We can’t accept submissions after 5pm on August 11th. 


Darius Miller signs two-year deal with the Pelicans

It’s official: Darius Miller is back with the New Orleans Pelicans.

Word first broke that Darius was going to rejoin his former team earlier this month, but today, he put the pen to the dotted line. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Miller signed a two-year deal with the Pelicans that includes a team option. Miller was with New Orleans for three seasons before heading to Germany to play for Brose Bamburg, which he led to three consecutive league championships.

With the Hornets/Pelicans, Miller averaged 3.1 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in 102 appearances. Last year, he was named MVP of the BBL Finals, and this past season, he led the team in scoring with 11.8 points per game, along with 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists. Always an outside threat, Miller averaged 41% from three-point land and hit 90% of his free throws this past season. I’m sure that played a factor in him coming back to Nola.

The Pelicans now have four former Cats officially on the roster: Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and Miller. Will they sign James Young to make it five?


Seth Greenberg: “This could be the biggest Kentucky team I can remember”

This year’s Kentucky team will be John Calipari’s youngest yet, but according to Seth Greenberg, they could also be his biggest. The ESPN analyst took over hosting duties for today’s show, and shared his thoughts on Kentucky’s upcoming squad, which he believes has all the pieces it needs to make a big run…after some growing pains, of course.

The Veterans

  

“The success of this team, in terms of big picture, might be the returning players. How good will Wenyen Gabriel be this year? Will he be that lockdown defender? Will he be that guy that can run and score? Will he be that guy who is that positionless player to lead because you need a guy that can lead a talented group of players. You need a guy who can explain to the freshmen Coach Cal’s intensity.”

“How much better will Sacha Killeya-Jones be? We know he can score it, can he maintain the intensity? That’s going to be the challenge: how hard will he play consistently? Tai Wynyard, a guy with international experience this year. How important will that be?”

The Freshmen

    

“The freshman class is no joke. It’s always no joke, but this group is really interesting. Diallo is a John Calipari type of player. He plays hard, he defends, he’s electric, he’s competitive; those guys always do well for Cal.”

“I look at PJ Washington. PJ Washington reminds me of the guys Cal had at UMass. Without position, physically tough, draws a line in the sand every play. I saw him at the adidas Nations camp a year ago. He was the hardest playing player at the camp. It wasn’t even close. Every 50/50 ball, every time the ball was shot, he ran the court, he drove it, he was skilled and more importantly, he knew exactly who he was and how he wins.”

“Kevin Knox will be the most skilled player. Kevin Knox is a guy that can knock down shots. He’s got a very smooth, easy game to him. At 6’9″, he can play anywhere on the floor. This could be the biggest Kentucky team I can remember. They can legitimately play a point guard and everyone else 6’9″ or bigger. Knox is just going to be fun to watch because he’s a guy that can be up to get buckets. He’s going to be a guy to knock down shots. You put him and Jarred Vanderbilt on the wings and you’ve got two wings that can absolutely put so much pressure on the defense with their athleticism, their length, their speed, their quickness. It will be interesting to see how John puts this team together.”

“And then a pure point guard Quade Green is a guy who can really set the table. He’s going to have to compete defensively and he’s going to have to learn to compete defensively, but a guy that has an understanding, a feel for the game. The ability to get the ball to guys when they’re open. Green has a chance to be really special.”

“This is a team that, to me, the pieces fit. But, like all John Calipari teams, it’s a process.”

Yes, it is. For more of Seth’s thoughts, listen to today’s podcast, which also features interviews with Dino Gaudio, Slice Rohrssen, Dan Dakich, and Kyle Tucker.

Here’s the rest of this week’s schedule, which now includes UK Baseball coach Nick Mingione on Wednesday:

July 25: Ramel “Smooth” Bradley
July 26: UK Baseball coach Nick Mingione
July 27: Guest Hosts
July 28: KSR Crew


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Eric Bledsoe: Open to being traded for Kyrie Irving?

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Eric Bledsoe is one name that keeps popping up in trade talks for Kyrie Irving, and judging by his latest comments, he’s not at all opposed to that. In an interview with AZ Central Sports, Bledsoe said that while he loves Phoenix, his home for the past four seasons, he also wants to find a situation in which he can win.

“I love everything about it,” Bledsoe said of the Phoenix area on Sunday. “At the same time I want to win.”

Bledsoe admitted that he doesn’t really fit in to Suns’ new youth movement and was upset when the front office shut him down the last 14 games of the season to tank the season. At the time, Bledsoe was playing some of the best basketball of his career, averaging a career-high 21.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.4 steals. Those are great numbers, especially for a player who doesn’t really fit into his team’s new philosophy. Add in the fact that he’s friends with LeBron James and a solution is out there should both sides want to pursue it.

[AZ Central]