Fall camp starts on Thursday, which means we’ll finally get some practice updates and actual →
By Courtney Hessler on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 10:30pm
You know you’re thinking of a Wendy’s ® Spicy Chicken Sandwich. The spicy goodness of the all white meat chicken lightly breaded with a unique blend of eight peppers and spices, topped with crisp lettuce, delicious fresh tomato and creamy mayonnaise, all on a soft toasted bun. The only way to get it out of your head is to get it in your hands.
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 Steve James
@KySportsRadio UK should have a "Trunk or Treat" at the UK vs TN game for the tailgate!
— Steve James (@worktrucksteve1) August 4, 2015
Seconded. Parents will love getting to drink while their kids do this.
#9 Tom JOMBY
Easy to look good on snapchat.. Dont get tricked
— Tom JOMBY (@tom_4_real) August 4, 2015
#8 Scott Charlton
— Young Jefe (@ZayBriscoe) August 4, 2015
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) August 4, 2015
Trying to find even an ounce of fat on this kid.
#7 Jason Huber
— Jason Huber (@UKHUBER) August 4, 2015
One day. Drew will be converted.
#6 Jason Burnett
— Jason Burnett (@UK__JB) August 4, 2015
We can’t lose Ryan. I refuse to let this happen.
#5 Vincent Elliott
— Vincent Elliott (@ReallyFastHero) August 4, 2015
Is that Kentucky Joe?
#4 Keith Frank
— Keith Frank (@Keefranx) August 4, 2015
Maybe Ryan if it was the 50 M and Bolt had hurdles.
@KySportsRadio Gillispie's second year he was definitely creeping.
— ChestRockwell (@KnockedItStiff) August 4, 2015
Nah. He was too busy with phone calls.
#2 Joe Cook
— Joe Cook (@CoachCooky) August 4, 2015
I think I may rag on Ryan too much on here.
#1 John R Kirtley
— John R Kirtley (@johnrkirtley) August 4, 2015
Someone is going through extreme measures to show how much they like the Cats.
By Andrew Cassady on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:30pm
Yesterday on the site we posted SaturdayDownSouth’s rankings of the SEC and the blog wasn’t too high on the Cats. Kentucky’s expectation level is on the rise but those expectations still have them coming in just ahead of Vandy for a thirteenth place finish. So despite a better outlook the Cats are still expected to be treading the same water. Just how close are we getting to breaking through? First we will take a look at closing the gap on recruiting:
While the Cats have been recruiting better than they have EVER done before they are still in that 13th place when compared to the rest of the league. An important distinction is that 13th isn’t in the 46th nationally ranked class anymore and is now trending towards the top 30. Here’s how the complete order shakes out:
1. Alabama 1
2. LSU 6.75
3. Georgia 8.5
4. Auburn 9.25
5. Florida 9.25
6. Texas A&M 10.25
7. Tennessee 13.25
8. South Carolina 18.75
9. Mississippi 21.5
10. Mississippi State 25
11. Arkansas 25.75
12. Missouri 34.5
13. Kentucky 35.75
14. Vanderbilt 41.25
While we’ve been circling the Florida game as being prime time to end the streak but by looking at these numbers it’s clear the Gators are still talents. Despite a slide in recruiting and defections these past four seasons the Gators are still very talented, especially on the defensive side of the ball. On offense they are very young with unknowns at QB and the line but new coach Jim McElwain has had success everywhere with his style of play. Catching them early in the year could be a double-edged sword as we won’t have much tape on the way their offense is going to work.
More likely to mark down as a W is the game against Missouri. Yes, the Tigers have been the surprise of the east the last two seasons but that hasn’t done much on the recruiting trail. After losing 21 seniors to end last year, I can’t imagine they will hit the trifecta and beat Tennessee, Florida, and Kentucky as they have these past two seasons. That has been the biggest factor in their rise to the top.
Bottom line, Kentucky is closer than ever in talent to our SEC brethren. If you look at just the past three seasons that Stoops has been here the Cats pass Missouri to move to 12th. They also inch closer and closer to perennial opponents South Carolina and Mississippi State, both of whom we will have at home next season. Then factor in that the Cats currently hold the 19th spot for the class of 2016 with the future looking brighter all the time.
As a caller on radio today said, first you sleep, then you creep, and finally you leap. This year is looking like the year we creep and shock some guys. Next year could very well be the year the Cats take the leap to battle for the east.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 9:00pm
Need a basketball fix? John Calipari was featured on Fox Sports’ “Halls of Fame” program, which aired earlier tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports South. Like the dutiful blogger I am, I tried to watch in order to take notes for you guys, but Fox Sports TN was showing “Reds Live” instead. Another reason to hate baseball, right?
If you missed it too, have no fear! The show will replay plenty over the next few weeks. Here’s the schedule from CoachCal.com (all times Eastern):
Aug. 5: 8:00 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 6: 8:30 a.m., 7:00 p.m.
Aug. 7: 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 9: 10:30 a.m.
Aug. 10: 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m
Aug. 11: 1:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 12: 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 13: 8:30 a.m.
Aug. 14: 6:00 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Aug. 17: 3:00 p.m.
KSR reader Lisa Brown was kind enough to provide us with a sneak peek, in which Cal says some of his players were “relieved” after the Wisconsin loss:
— Lisa Brown (@Lisa4UK) August 4, 2015
I can think of a million words to describe my emotions after the game, and I don’t think “relieved” was one of them.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 8:00pm
Fall camp starts on Thursday, which means we’ll finally get some practice updates and actual news to discuss instead of the endless projections and hypotheticals that make up “talking season.” Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here are few questions I hope will be answered in the next four weeks before the season opener.
1. How long will the “Quarterback Race” continue?
Patrick Towles asserted himself as the starting quarterback early on last season, and at times, looked better than any of us could have imagined; however, he struggled at times as well, particularly in the final game of the season vs. Louisville. Even though most of us assumed Patrick would be the starter heading into this season, Mark Stoops opened the position up to competition in the spring. Ever since, Towles and Drew Barker have been “battling” for the spot, which the staff and players continue to insist is legitimately up for grabs.
Prediction: Is the competition a coaching tactic to keep both players on their toes or does Barker have a real shot at overtaking Towles? I think the former, and even though the staff will probably keep the decision private until the week of the game, I think the “race” will wrap up pretty quickly in order to give Patrick a chance to further establish himself as the team’s leader.
2. Who will step up and be the leader of the defense?
The Cats lost two huge anchors on defense in Bud Dupree and Za’Darius Smith, who were drafted in the first and fourth rounds of the NFL Draft, respectively. Replacing that talent will be difficult, but replacing that leadership may be even tougher. In fact, for the past several years, UK has had a go-to leader on defense: Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan, Winston Guy, Avery Williamson, Bud and Big Z. Who’s next?
Prediction: Stoops said at Media Days he expects linebackers Josh Forrest and Ryan Flannigan to step up to take over the leadership role, but I think defensive tackle Melvin Lewis is already doing it. Lewis has taken Matt Elam and several of the younger guys under his wing, and although he may not be as vocal as Bud or Z or garner the same attention, he could be the guy that makes the difference this season.
3. What will Cory Johnson say this year?
Last year, Cory Johnson made a splash on the first day of practice when he went into detail about how much his weight fluctuates due to his frequent bowel movements.
“I try to poop like five times a day, three times a day; it’s hard to keep weight when you have so much going out.”
Can Cory top that comment this year?
Prediction: Yes. Of course he can.
4. How many practices until we get an Angry Stoops?
Last year, it only took half a practice until the team saw “Angry Stoops.” Stoops berated his squad for an “average” first outing. Stoops told the media he expected more energy on the first day of camp, and instead, saw a lackluster effort and a lot of whining about getting up so early. By the end of the practice, he had the whole team doing up-downs.
Prediction: Hopefully more than one, but no more than three.
5. Which wide receiver will stand out the most?
UK finally has some depth at wide receiver, but there are still so many question marks. While Ryan Timmons led the team in catches with 45 for 536 yards and two touchdowns, he had several major drops that cost the Cats, including one that became an interception on what could have been a game-winning drive at Florida. Timmons had shoulder and ankle surgeries during the offseason and didn’t play in the spring, along with Dorian Baker and Charles Walker, so it will be interesting to see how he rebounds this fall. The stable is loaded, with Timmons, Jeff Badet, Garrett Johnson, Baker, Alexander Montgomery, Blake Bone, Thaddeus Snodgrass, TV Williams, and others just itching for a chance to make the starting rotation. Who will step up and impress first?
Prediction: Garrett Johnson. While many of his fellow wideouts had to sit out most or all of the spring with injuries, Johnson took advantage of the additional reps. You’ll remember him most from his breakout game against Florida (six catches for 154 yards and two touchdowns), and although he faded as the season went on, we’re hearing really good things about him heading into camp.
6. Will the new guys take over at corner or will the veterans stand up?
The cornerback position could be one of the most interesting to watch in camp because of the young talent coming in. The position has haunted Kentucky in recent years, and Stoops has made it his mission to stock it with SEC-caliber players. Seniors Fred Tiller and Cody Quinn are atop the post-spring depth chart, although Tiller missed the spring because of shoulder surgery. Both held off the competition from younger guys last season. Will they this year?
Prediction: Sophomore Kendall Randolph made an impression last season at the nickel and dime positions and earned more praise from the staff in the spring. Stoops seems very, very open to playing a freshman at corner if he has to, and at Media Days, he singled out 6’4″ freshman Chris Westry as a player that’s standing out during summer workouts because of his size and speed. Will Jackson and Derrick Baity, both 6’3″ freshmen, are also young, hungry, and talented. I doubt those guys will usurp Tiller and Quinn by the first game, but as the season goes on, I’d be shocked if at least one freshman wasn’t getting significant minutes.
7. Will Patrick Towles cut his hair?
I’m all about the #lakehairdontcare, but Patrick’s hair is getting pretty long, to the point he got it braided into cornrows while in St. Lucia this summer. Will he keep the hair flowing or crop it short for Picture Day on Friday?
Prediction: He’ll cut it, or Freddie Maggard will do it for him.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 7:33pm
If you’re reading this, you’re one of the lucky cell phone or internet customers that does not have AT&T. AT&T’s wireless service has been down in Louisville, Lexington, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and other area cities for several hours, and many of AT&T internet customers are experiencing problems as well.
Verizon is also down in areas of Kentucky and Indiana. Rumor has it the issue was caused by a server problem in Alabama or Kentucky or a fiber was cut somewhere in Western Kentucky.
ATT released this statement on the outage: “In regards to an updated media statement for your use… some customers across parts of the Southeast are experiencing wireline and wireless service issues. Engineers have pinpointed a hardware-related issue and are working to restore service as quickly as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience.”
Can you hear me now? No? Hello? Bueller?
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 7:00pm
Saturday Down South is rolling out its game-by-game predictions for the teams of the Southeastern Conference and Kentucky’s hit the internet today. The popular SEC website projects a 5-7 season for the Cats, with wins in its final three games to get there. That includes a win over Louisville in the finale.
Here’s the summary:
The Lowdown: If the Wildcats can win one of the four games they’re not supposed to this season against Florida, Mizzou, Auburn or Tennessee, this team will go bowling with the necessary win total. It’s an uphill climb for Kentucky whose schedule only takes a breather following a road trip to Georgia in November. Unlike last season when the Wildcats started 5-1, the first half of the year this fall could result in four losses.
I think Kentucky is going to be much improved in 2015, but a five-win season is still a likely scenario. I have them winning six and going to the first bowl since Birmingham in 2010.
By Courtney Hessler on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 6:30pm
Scrolling through twitter today I saw a tweet an ex-KSR-er sent out that inspired my post for today. (Thanks Austin). The tweet was referring to a Bleacher Report article about D’Angelo Russell’s father being arrested last week for marijuana possession and how ridiculous it was to be considered newsworthy.
I have to say, I agree.
Every incident is its own situation, but I can’t help but to think that negative family issues should be left alone. This is just the incident that aroused my interest on the day I have a post. There are several other examples of this happening; like Jimbo Fisher’ separation or OJ Mayo’s father’s many arrests (off the top of my head). Don’t even get me starting on media thinking we care about a player’s sexual orientation.
Why is this information needed? I don’t think any sports fan has gained anything from knowing this information. What it comes down to is how it affects the program or athlete on the court directly. These examples for sure don’t have any effects.
Was the 2012 Petrino motorcycle crash newsworthy information? Of course, since he had hired his girlfriend to work for the Arkansas Athletic program.
Puff Daddy being arrested after the UCLA alteration would be another good example. Although he is not directly involved with UCLA’s program, he brought the program into his issues with the strength and conditioning coach.
If it doesn’t affect the program or its players and coaches on the field, then I say leave it alone.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 5:38pm
John Calipari recently said his 2016 recruiting class at Kentucky could potentially be his best to date. It’s a bold statement from a guy who isn’t projected to land any of the top five prospects, but that’s what makes Calipari brilliant. The brief, offhand remark on an ESPN podcast was the “Call of Coach Cal,” writes Danny Chau of Grantland.com:
“He knows we’re listening, and, more importantly, he knows his targets are listening. It doesn’t take a true detective to discover that, with Coach Cal, everything is recruiting. And he has his reasons for campaigning early.”
Chau believes it was a calculated move to draw the attention of the top recruits. Duke is taking over UK’s recruiting throne, so Cal got back in the headlines, as only he can do.
As it stands, Calipari is facing an uphill battle, and maybe he knows it. Maybe the quick podcast shout-out was a subliminal siren song, a passive-aggressive “SCOREBOARD” shout.
Read it all here on Grantland.com.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 5:00pm
Well this is an interesting play. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging drug dealers to rat on their competition by submitting information to the police.
“We offer a free service to help you eliminate your drug competition,” the flyer reads.
Sheriff Pat Melton told WKYT, “We’ve got our community engaged. People are looking at it. They’re talking about it. And you know, if we can get a good tip and get a good drug dealer off the streets, all the more.”
If you’re selling drugs in or around Franklin County and would like to turn your biggest rival in to increase your market, here’s the form you need to complete and submit:
It seems silly, but someone will do it.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 4:00pm
Sundy Best will headline the pregame concert in the parking lot of Commonwealth Stadium, taking the stage after Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band. Coach Mitchell teased the concert on this morning’s KSR radio show and now we know who will share his stage.
Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band will go on at 3:00 pm in the lot adjacent to Gate 1. Sundy Best will take over at 4:00 pm, pausing for the Cat Walk at around 4:45 pm.
Inside the stadium, a choir composed of singers from each of Kentucky’s 120 counties will perform the national anthem. The game ball will be delivered by the United States Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights.
It’s almost here!
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 3:00pm
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It’s Tuesday afternoon! Let’s talk recruiting!
Harry Giles updated his USA Today blog.
The No. 1 prospect in the ESPN100 updated his blog over at USA Today High School Sports today. Giles writes about the decision to transfer to Oak Hill for his senior season and what it’s like being home after a long, exhausting summer on the AAU circuit.
Not much Kentucky stuff in there, although he did write, “Coach Cal is cool.” Giles also said he doesn’t plan to cut his list again before the final announcement.
Several UK targets were on display on ESPNU last night.
In case you missed it, many familiar faces were on national television last night in the adidas Nations Global event.
Rawle Alkins was the star of the show, scoring a game-high 26 points in the title game and taking home MVP honors.
Other UK targets at the event include:
Kobi Simmons: 19 points, six assists
Markelle Fultz: 16 points, six rebounds, four assists
Edrice Adebayo: 10 points, eight rebounds
Udoka Azuibuike: 11 points, five rebounds
Jarrett Allen: Four points, eight rebounds
Wenyen Gabriel: 16 points, 13 rebounds
Gary Trent Jr. (2017): 24 points, five rebounds
Dennis Smith Jr.: DNP
Miles Bridges took an unofficial visit to Michigan yesterday.
Bridges took a quick look at nearby Ann Arbor before he moves off to West Virginia for his senior season of basketball at Huntington Prep. The five-star forward is also very interested in Michigan State and Kentucky; he will visit Lexington for Big Blue Madness in October.
Will Kentucky get involved with Owensboro’s Eli Wright?
It’s not looking like that’s the case. Wright, who is not hearing from the UK staff, will take an official visit to Florida tomorrow. The Apollo guard is the No. 20 shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite for the 2016 class.
Any other year and I think Calipari considers in-state prospect, but 2016 is too loaded with guards and they’re all considering Kentucky. That’s too bad; he shined against UK target Markelle Fultz in an AAU game last month.
Florida defensive end names Kentucky in his top schools.
UK is among the top schools on Jachai Polite’s list, along with Florida, Miami, South Carolina and Tennessee. The three-star end out of Daytona Beach seems to favor the Gators, but it doesn’t hurt to hear the Wildcats mentioned in the mix.
At 6-3, 250, Polite is the No. 29 strongside defensive end in the 247Sports rankings.
Terrell Hall decommitted from Ohio State.
You may remember him as the defensive end Tommy Mainord was texting after he announced his commitment to the Buckeyes late last month:
Now Alabama is the presumed favorite for the elite defensive end.
On a related note, tweeting/posting/sharing a text message is one of the worst things someone can do. That’s dirty. Text conversations belong in the trust tree.
New UK commit Boogie Watson told the coaches last Friday.
In an interview with Rivals.com, Watson told Justin Rowland he committed to the UK coaching staff last Friday. A two-star linebacker, Watson could be a huge steal if he maximizes the potential the staff sees in him.
Now go buy a mattress from Sleep Outfitters.
By Freddie Maggard on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 2:00pm
College football is a total different game and experience from what I went through decades ago. That’s probably a good thing. With camp starting this week, I thought I’d share my horrifying and perhaps funny fall camp experiences.
Way back when, freshmen would report to camp a week earlier than the veterans. The purpose was to acclimate rookies to campus and teach the youngsters proper practice procedures. Upon arrival, freshmen bonded. Today, twitter and unofficial visits strengthen pre-Wildcat bonds.
After two days or so, our class was tight. We learned how to practice and even established basic playbook knowledge. By day four, we started to think we were pretty cool. A certain strut could be seen as we began to self-recognize as college football players. On day five, our lives would change.
Day five started out the same as the previous four. Early wakeup, a couple of practices as well as other mundane camp activities. Then it was time for dinner. Unknowing to us, the varsity had reported and had eaten their evening meal prior to us entering the dining facility. We were strategically lined up and prepared to march into the Donovan Dining Hall. None of us had a clue what was about to happen.
We walked through the doors and there were 80 grown men (varsity) sitting in the middle dining tables. They appeared to be anxiously and angrily awaiting our arrival. As we walked the thirty feet to get our food, the old dudes then began beating their forks on their plates. The closer we got to the hamburgers, the louder they got. I can still remember the sound. At this point I’d rate my nervous factor around 100 or so. I didn’t want to make eye contact. You never want to make eye contact.
Once we clumsily retrieved our food, we were only allowed to sit in the outer tables. Never in the middle. Those seats were reserved for veterans. When the last pimple faced rookie was seated, the fun started. Seniors would single out players and “request” them to stand up and sing either their high school or UK fight song. A misspoken or forgotten word would bring on an onslaught of heckling. To this day, I can still remember the DeSales fight song. Not because I went to school at DeSales, but from listening to Jerry Bell proudly recite his boisterous rendition on a nightly basis.
Following thirty minutes of the worst singing you could possibly imagine, rookies were then “asked” to carry upperclassmen’s trays to the dish cleaning area. This went on until the end of fall camp. Then, and only then, was it safe to eat in the middle tables. I now look back and laugh about this rite of passage. What was a nerve wracking experience has morphed into a fond and funny memory.
At the Greater Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon, I sat at a table with several has-beens. Those same cats were the ones that singled me out to sing years back. They must have either thought I was a cocky punk that needed a dose of humility or they were just huge fans of the Cumberland High School fight song. Regardless, to this day, we remain lifelong teammates. I don’t miss the games. I sure as heck don’t miss practices. I do miss my friends. Yes, even the ones that made me sing.
Camp traditions or rites of passage exercises are now obsolete. Probably a good thing. It was all in good fun. Quick, can you sing your high school fight song? Do you know all the words to “On on U of K?” I can and I do. Fall camp is here. Football is here.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 1:00pm
Yesterday, I shared the story of Toby Foster, an 11-year-old UK fan suffering from mitochondrial disease, a progressive, incurable metabolic disorder which causes a deficit in life sustaining energy. Toby’s story should be familiar to you by now. This summer, a large blood clot has moved to Toby’s brain, making life pretty difficult for him and his family. He has a lot of restrictions, but was able to serve as Andrew Harrison’s assistant on Sunday at the Calipari ProCamp in Cincinnati, albeit in a wheelchair.
Toby was originally supposed to go to the ProCamp on Saturday during Willie Cauley-Stein’s session, but was too ill. One of Willie’s friends works the ProCamps and told Willie about Toby and how he was Toby’s favorite player. Unbeknownst to Toby, Willie decided he wanted to pay him a visit before he headed back to California this week. Toby’s mother, Amy, was in on the surprise, and last night, Willie showed up at their door. Here’s the story of the visit in Amy’s words and pictures:
Willie stayed for well over an hour. I baked brownies–Willie likes the middle ones! We hung out in the play room, talking like he’s NOT a top draft pick, NBA star. Willie’s a fan of the playroom. The boys (Toby and Willie) decided that Wille’s more Batman, and Toby’s more Captain America, so they would make a great team. They were going to play video games, but we never stopped talking long enough for that. Willie is a great kid! He and Toby really hit it off.
Then Toby showed Willie his room. Willie was quite impressed with Toby’s Star Wars room! He was taking pictures. It was adorable. Toby showed Willie the picture of him he keeps by his bed to remind himself to stay strong. Willie was so touched that he asked to take a picture of it. What a sweetheart.
He’s such a good-hearted, regular guy. He gave us his number so he and Toby could stay in touch. They’ve already been texting each other. Shortly after Willie left, Toby was due for a shot. He was on such a high he didn’t even feel it! He is now walking through the house, breathing deeply, saying “I’m breathing in Willie’s cloud of awesomeness before it’s gone.” What a character.
Amy said that as soon as Toby’s travel restrictions are lifted, they’re going to go see Willie play in Sacramento. She also wrote me to tell me more about the visit, and said she touched by how genuinely interested Willie was in Toby’s story. Here’s part of her message:
Toby told him about how he uses cool band-aids after his belly needles, and arm shots, pretending they’re tattoos. Willie laughed about that with Toby, but then asked about his condition (mitochondrial disease) and weekly treatments, and all the needles. This 7-foot man covered in tats, couldn’t believe Toby’s strength, and all he endures with mitochondrial disease.
Especially now, with the new, giant, and dangerous blood clot, and how that has made life even more difficult and scary, Toby has so many restrictions. He’s not allowed to play contact sports, rough house, ride a roller coaster, or jump on the trampoline in his backyard. Toby always required rest and accommodation to participate in certain activities because of the energy crisis in his body. But now, things that took little energy like bumper cars and go-carts are even out, because he’s on such a high dose of medication for the clot. The risk of internal bleeding takes lots away. Willie said that learning about what Toby goes through puts things in perspective, and that it was an honor to get to spend time with him. Willie’s genuine compassion is palpable.
They also talked about the amazing, fly- through-the-air dunk in Florida. Yeah, you know the one. The “Am I really seeing this? No way!” game-changing dunk. Toby told him about the note I wrote him with the picture of that dunk. Toby keeps it taped by his bed to remind him of his strength, and that anything is possible. I loved when Willie said, “Someone else took the wheel on that one.” Amen, Willie. We know the Someone. Later, Toby showed Willie it by his bed. Toby told Willie, “You’ve gotten me through some rough times when mito was gettin’ the best of me. That made me feel stronger.” Willie was so touched that he asked to take a picture of it.
What a night! With a heart filled with as much kindness as he is tall, Willie came into our home, and forever changed the world of a boy fighting a very big battle. What an amazing young man. Toby has made quite a friend in Willie! He’s even got his number so he can stay in touch with Willie. Willie is a hero for reasons that far exceed his incredible basketball talent. I love that his stage is growing. Willie’s the kind of player that when their kids look up to him, moms can be happy with their choice in heroes.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 12:00pm
Before Kentucky takes the field in the 2015 season opener, fans will be treated to a special music act in the parking lot by Matthew Mitchell and the Go Big Blue Band. Mitchell called in to KSR this morning to announce he will front a band for the first time in 15 years before the grand opening of the New Commonwealth Stadium on September 5th.
Mitchell’s band will open for a bigger band to be named later today. He said the headliners are professionals, but he would not say they are better.
More details to come later today.
By Drew Franklin on ©August 04th, 2015 @ 11:31am
Isaiah Briscoe tweeted a couple shirtless photos from his workout this morning, saying he is “205 and feeling great.”
Tyler Ulis, also shirtless, was Briscoe’s photographer for the shoot. The two have been inseparable since Briscoe arrived on campus earlier this summer.
— Young Jefe (@ZayBriscoe) August 4, 2015
Yesterday Briscoe said his body is looking much better, thanks to UK strength coach Rob Harris, but he still has work to do. Word out of the Joe Craft Center is he and Ulis are pushing each other everyday, when they’re not rapping in the car.