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November 25th, 2015

Five Things I Learned Covering My First Game from the Rupp Arena Floor


You Notice so Much More Next to the Court

I’d been in the Erruption Zone once, the lower bowl one other time, but never have I ever been like Jay-Z, “so close I can trip a referee.”  The nuances of the game become so much clearer, helping me remember why basketball was my first love.

It’s hard to understand how good Tyler Ulis is at being the “floor general” until you watch him effortlessly control the ball and communicate with his teammates.  Skal Labissiere’s arms are longer than Michael Jordan’s in Space Jam.  UK’s aggressiveness on the offensive glass is impossible to ignore when you’re sitting next to the goal.  There are 2-3 players’ heads above the rim, going for the ball after damn near every shot.

You also see all of the calls refs miss.  Sometimes they just can’t get there in time.  To watch the coaches rightfully lose their minds only makes it more entertaining.

The BBN Never Ceases to Amaze Me

Once the doors were open, fans flooded Rupp Arena immediately.  I couldn’t find an empty spot in the entire Arena before the National Anthem.

Yeah, those were kind of a given, but what happened afterward threw me a curveball.  Hundreds brought basketballs courtside for Calipari to sign during his postgame comments (he didn’t stop signing the entire time).  A fraction of them dispersed to take pictures with Sacha Killeya-Jones, with another fraction of young female fans sticking around to take pictures with the UK Dance Team.

It’s easy to take the little things for granted on a daily basis, but to see the enthusiasm from the kids truly did warm my heart.

Everything Happens So Much Faster

To everybody complaining about not having a LIVE Blog, you should commend Drew and Tyler for keeping up with it for as long as they did.  If we ever bring it back, I will not be involved because there is already WAY TOO MUCH going on to keep up.  Basketball is simply too up-and-down.  It can work for football, but not basketball.  Even though I tried to keep my eyes away from the computer screen, I still was upset when I missed a put-back dunk right in front of my face in the first half.  Simply put, it’s hard enough to watch the game as is, and impossible (I’d imagine) with a LIVE Blog to maintain too.

When Drew Franklin Gives an Endorsement, Listen

Drew provided me plenty of guidance beforehand, but the best advice was, “get the City BBQ nachos.”  Criticize him all you want, but the man knows his food and drink.  It not only helped me savor the flavor, but it gave me the energy to kickass through the rest of the night.  Drew, you’re the man.

There is No Better Feeling than Walking Out of the Tunnel for the First Time

I knew it was coming and it still hit me like a freight train.

As a kid I dreamed of running out the tunnel onto the hallowed floor.  Even through high school, I wanted to play on that court in the Sweet 16.  I thought the magical feelings would change when I never reached that goal, but when I saw the hardwood for the first time, I was overwhelmed with a nervous nostalgia, all the while experiencing serenity.  I was almost ashamed that a grown ass man could turn into such a giddy child so quickly, then I remembered that I’m a Kentucky Basketball fan.  When Coach Cal says, “You people are crazy,” he’s talking to me too.

KSR Preps Previews High School Football’s Final Four



6A: Lafayette (11-2) vs Simon Kenton (13-0)

Lafayette picked up an impressive win over Scott County last week in the regional final. Walker Wood had 350 yards of total offense and Mason Alstatt had two touchdowns in a 36-30 win. The Generals survived early scares from Henry Clay and Dunbar in the postseason, but proved their worth with last week’s win.

Simon Kenton won their regional title with a 13-12 victory over Cooper. Dillion Powell ran for 152 yards and Cameron Racke added 163 in the win. Simon Kenton had not won a game by less than 16 points. The scare might have been just what the Pioneers needed late in the season. Simon Kenton has rolled through Ryle twice, Highlands, CAL, and Conner this season. Lafayette is a different kind of beast. With a D1 o-line, Lafayette puts up huge amounts of points. Wood is a quarterback who can attack on the ground and the air. Cameron Racke is the same way. Both Alstatt and Powell have potential to run for 200+ yards in this game. Look for there to be a lot of points scored in this semifinal.

Trey’s Pick- I’ve been a big believer in Lafayette all season. That won’t stop here as I’m taking the Generals once again.

Nick’s Pick-  Lafayette will find a way to get a win.  I don’t know how, but the Generals have been so persistent this postseason, they’ll get it done once again to make it to the State Championship.

5A: Pulaski County (12-1) vs Highlands (8-5)

Highlands started 1-5 this season before rolling out a seven-game winning streak. After getting rolled through by the powerhouses in the state, Highlands hit the back end of their schedule and found success. Nick Kendall has 582 yards and nine touchdowns in the playoffs for the Bluebirds. This will be the top offense that Highlands has faced since late September. Riley Hall is an underrated Mr. Football candidate at QB. One of the most prolific quarterbacks in state history, Hall has thrown 111 career touchdowns and 9,721 yards in the air. The Maroons have been in the last two state titles and are the defending state champs, largely in part to Hall. Highlands will look to put an end to that streak by running through Pulaski. Kendall and QB Austin Hergott are a nice one-two for the Bluebirds and could lead them to an upset.

Trey’s Pick- Riley Hall is a KHSAA legend. He will continue to build on his legacy with another trip to Bowling Green.

Nick’s Pick-  I normally don’t agree with Jared Lorenzen on the KSR Podcast, but we can both agree that the Bluebirds are too tough to beat at home.

4A: Shelby County (12-1) vs South Warren (13-0)

South Warren’s defense has allowed 77 points all season as they rolled to a 13-0 start. The Spartans have allowed double figures twice, and only once to in-state opponents. With a defense that forces plenty of turnovers and keeps the Spartans in great field position, their offense has had an opportunity to score. Their defense has saved them in big games this season. Against Central Hardin, South Warren recovered five fumbles and Kayron Namvong ran for 95 yards in the win. The top defense in 4A will have their hands full with Michael Perry and Malik Manica. The two backs combined for 278 yards and four touchdowns in the regional title game. The Spartans have stopped strong rushing attacks all season, but Shelby County brings in a different breed. Manica is a strong, powerful back who will give South Warren all they want on Friday.

Trey’s Pick- More than likely, I will be at this game and the BG game due to Thanksgiving break. I’m taking South Warren to continue on to the state title.

Nick’s Pick-  Even though I’m partial to South Warren’s defense, Shelby County has surprised all season.  They’ll continue that trend Friday night.

3A: Lexington Catholic (10-3) vs Elizabethtown (13-0)

It seems that every guy that plays QB for LexCath has found success this season. Andy Thompson has been the next man up for the Knights in the postseason after Kirk Fagot went down. Thompson scored both of the team’s touchdowns last week and went 10/11 for 317 yards and six touchdowns the week before. E-Town had a cake walk through the regular season, but proved their meddle with wins over Paducah Tilghman and Caldwell County in the postseason. On the back of Jack Wilson’s hail mary last week, E-Town advanced to the semifinals. The one worry from that game for E-Town would be pass defense. The Panthers allowed 318 yards in the air versus Caldwell County. Even if E-Town contains Thompson, Jaylen Jones is a terrific running back to watch for LexCath.

Trey’s Pick- E-Town got through the regional championship on a miracle pass. J.J. Ogbogu will have a huge game for LexCath and the Knights continue on to the state title.

Nick’s Pick-  Lex Cath gets the win on Friday before getting on in Bowling Green next weekend.

2A: DeSales (11-2) vs Mayfield (12-1)

In a matchup of defending state champs, DeSales travels to Mayfield to take on Landon Arnett and the Cardinals. DeSales got revenge over CAL last week in the regional final with a 37-18 win. The Colts got the “Good Austin Johnson” last week. Johnson was 11/14 for 138 yards and three touchdowns in the win. Johnson has been impressive in the playoffs after several bad starts in the regular season. The Colts will need a big day from Johnson in the air and on the ground against a sharp Mayfield front line. The Cardinals forced four turnovers last week against Owensboro Catholic in a 24-13 win. Johnson and the Colts will need to keep possession and not allow Arnett and the Cardinals to get good field position. DeSales’ defense allows an average of less than ten points a game, so Mayfield will need Arnett and Trajon Bright to have big games this Friday.

Trey’s Pick- I still like Mayfield to win the 2A title despite how they struggled to stop the pass last week. I think they will make Johnson uncomfortable this week and beat DeSales at home.

Nick’s Pick-  If it wasn’t 345345345 miles away I’d be giving color commentary for this game.  DeSales is hitting their stride at the right time, but those miles  in a hostile environment could be what stops the two-time defending State Champs in their tracks.  Luckily they have an aggressive defense that can keep them in the game.  It’s the best game in the state, I’m nervous, but I’m All Colts Everything.

1A: Pikeville (11-2) vs Paintsville (13-0)

The game of the year in the mountains will have a part two. Paintsville won 23-22 in overtime earlier this season. That was the closest the Tigers have come to losing this season. Kash Daniel led Paintsville to the regional title last week with five total touchdowns. Kent Phelps added two more in the 48-28 win over previously undefeated Paris. Daric Pugh and Pikeville have rolled out the most points in all of 1A with 624. I could lay out every stat in the world on this game, but it wouldn’t do any good. This game is going to be a battle. This will be football in its truest sense. Daniel and Pugh are both extremely powerful in the backfield and Phelps gives Paintsville speed on the outside. If you are anywhere in eastern Kentucky, I suggest you get to Paintsville on Friday.

Trey’s Pick- Paintsville has too much coming at you on offense. Daniel, Phelps, and Luke Trimble is a dangerous attack. The Tigers move to 14-0.

Nick’s Pick-  Even though I want to see Kash pull off the incredible undefeated season, Pikeville’s hate from the early season overtime loss will light enough fire under them to move on to the State Championship.

Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving from KSR Preps. We will really ramp up the coverage for the state finals in the coming week, so get hype.

Introducing the KSR Road Trip

Kentucky Sports Radio is hitting the road for a cross-country drive to sunny Los Angeles. That’s right, we’re piling up in a Dodge Caravan and heading west for next week’s basketball game at UCLA. Wheels up! Er, wheels round and round!

Now, most of you are probably sitting there, saying to yourself, “Why the f*** would anyone drive to LA?” It’s a very good question. I asked the exact same thing. I asked it many times.

You see, I had a round trip flight booked long ago because, you know, it’s two-thousand and fifteen and we have a pretty reliable form of transportation called airplanes. It’s a pretty remarkable thing, really. You just sit there and it takes you from point A to point B in a rather timely manner. It was going to take me about five hours to get from Lexington to LAX. That’s like two Forrest Gumps. But then Matt came up with this genius idea of driving an automobile, so instead of five hours, we’re taking five days. That’s like four thousand Conway Twitty songs.

Here’s our plan of attack:


Of course, that route can easily get derailed, and likely will. We could end up in any of those U.S. states, and in some of the northern parts of Mexico. Nothing is out of the realm of possibility.

Here’s our most probable attack:


Who up Los Mochis!

Of the many things we will see and do on this journey, only two are set in stone:

Bills @ Chiefs (Kansas City, Sunday)

For Matt, Ryan and Shannon, this will be their first trip to Arrowhead Stadium. Me, this will be my fourth or fifth, although it’ll be my first since Elvis Grbac retired. I’m really looking forward to getting back in Arrowhead because it is a great place to watch football, and that game will be one of the 12 best games in the league on Sunday.

Andre Rison throwback coming in hot.

8 pm dinner reservation (Las Vegas, Wednesday)

How we get to Vegas is anyone’s guess, but we will be there for our 8 pm dinner reservation, one way or another. The Vegas stop was the ultimate selling point for me and I plan to give’r hell for the limited time we are there.

Must-see SnapChat story Wednesday night. Er, Thursday morning.


Aside from those two things, we’re pretty open. We’re planning to spend nights in Wichita, Tulsa and Santa Fe, but that could easily become Denver, Seattle and prison. I’m counting on at least one of the following hypothetical scenarios:

Ryan’s wife chases us down somewhere outside St. Louis.

Honestly, if Ryan makes it to L.A. without flying home from somewhere along the way, I will be quite surprised.

Amanda, if you’re reading this, I will take good care of your husband. No fried foods, no hotel porn, and lights out at 9 pm every night. No funny business.

Shannon The Dude finds Oklahoma booty shaking contest, never leaves.

This is our first trip with Shannon and I have no idea what to expect. I assume he’s like radio Shannon and will be judging booties in random cities every night.

I also assume he will pack nothing but rock t-shirts and Hex Head art.

I jump out of the car at 80 mph after the fourth straight hour of Travis Tritt.

Matt claims we will each get one hour of music, but I’ve been on several road trips with Matt and you have a better chance of seeing Big Foot playing checkers with a unicorn outside a Cracker Barrel than you do touching the radio. I’ve developed a tolerance for his song selection, but one can only take so much. Don’t be surprised if I’m scattered across I-40. Tell my mother I held on as long as I could.

Matt leaves Ryan for dead in New Mexico desert for doing something dumb.

Maybe he gets bitten by another rabid dog outside a fast food restaurant or fights someone outside a Roosters. Ryan’s got at least one good Ryan moment in him, and if it’s dumb enough, Matt will leave him.



At this time I would like to thank our sponsors: Sternberg Automotive, for providing the car; Pie Five Pizza, for providing all of the Pie Five Pizza we will eat; and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, for the highways and the safety.

If you have any suggestions for our voyage, or if you would like to follow along, we will be very active on the You can also expect several Periscopes from inside the car and from the various places we end up.

We hit the road immediately after the football game Saturday.


The Most Amazing Thing Happened at Last Week’s Lexington City Council Meeting

A view from inside the chambers during the minimum wage debate, from WEKU-FM.

A view from inside the chambers during the minimum wage debate, from WEKU-FM.

In my final weeks as a UK Student News reporter, for the first time I took my talents to the Lexington City Council.  A new minimum wage ordinance is simple to understand, and it’s easy to cover because it invokes intense emotions from those on both sides of the issue.

I was hoping to see something from a scene of “Parks and Rec,” but I was let down.  My partner in crime, Rudy Salazar, was luckier than me.

Before the final vote last Thursday (which would go in favor for raising the wage), citizens took the chamber floors, speaking their piece for almost two hours.  About 30 minutes in, something magical happened.

I’ve watched it nearly a dozen times and I enjoy something different each time.  I’ll let you find them for yourself.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for public meetings, because no matter how boring they may be, they will not let you down.  Hopefully this lady is having a much better week and a Happy Thanksgiving.

Football Practice Notes Before Thanksgiving

I have a feeling Ryan Flannigan will be having plenty of turkey legs over the next two days.

I have a feeling Ryan Flannigan will be having plenty of turkey legs over the next two days.

How the Team Celebrates Thanksgiving

Tomorrow the Cats will follow a morning practice with a Thanksgiving feast for the entire team.  Tonight the position coaches have the tall task of feeding college football players when they host their units for dinner.  I don’t know who has a more difficult job, Jimmy Brumbaugh (DLine) or Jon Schlarman (OLine)?

Stoops Doesn’t Want to Think About a 5-7 Bowl Appearance

Although he couldn’t turn down the extra practice, he’s focused on winning the sixth game to accomplish that goal.  Even though they could get there with only five, “I don’t want to think about that,” Stoops said.

Nutter TV Motivation

Throughout the week, the TV’s that normally played early season highlights had something new to watch: the 2014 Governor’s Cup.  It was a bitter reminder, one Stoops could no longer bear to watch.

“I told them to turn it off today.  I got tired of looking at it.  It shouldn’t be on anymore.”

Stoops Appreciates the Fight from this Senior Class

They’ve never had it easy, but they’ve persisted through thick and thin.  The fans remember the bad times, but they didn’t have to continue to play through it each and every day.  Stoops is impressed with their mindset, continuing to believe that they can make a change, right down to their last day.

“These guys are fighting all the way through till this last game, with an opportunity to get a sixth victory and go to a bowl game.  I know it’s very important to them and I’m proud of them.  I’m proud of the way they’ve led.”

Jimmy Butler wants “Mister Dukie” Mason Plumlee to pay his fine

Jaime Valdez/USA TODAY Sports

The only thing worse than Dukies? Plumlees. That’s why I’m applauding Bulls guard Jimmy Butler for demanding that Mason Plumlee pay the $2,500 fine Butler received for a technical foul involving an incident between the two.

While Butler was trying to set a pick, Plumlee lowered his shoulder and knocked him over, prompting Butler to trip him. From there, the two exchanged words and Butler got a technical, while Plumlee only got a flagrant 1 foul.

After the game, Butler told reporters he’s going to have his agent email Plumlee, aka “ or something,” about it. From the Chicago Sun Times:

“Yeah, he cost me $2,500. I’m going to ask him to pay me back, and I’m not playing. I’m going to ask, nicely. Yeah, I’m going to get that.”

So will it be in letter form?

“I’m going to tell my agent to e-mail or something,” Butler added, before taking one last shot at Plumlee, who attended college at Duke. “I know it’s like or something.”

Jimmy Butler is now

Watch the Cats give back today in Miami

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Earlier, we saw the pictures from UK’s afternoon at Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center in Miami, and now, KyWildcatsTV has some video for us. Check out the team giving back to the Miami community, including a little kid asking Isaiah Briscoe for his mouthpiece:

Freaking adorable.

Pat Riley is hanging out at Kentucky’s practice today


The Cats wrapped up their volunteer activities for the day and are now practicing at the Miami Heat’s practice facility, where they just so happened to run into former Kentucky star and current Heat president Pat Riley.

Check out these pictures of Riley and John Calipari hanging out and Riley speaking to the team before they started their workout:




Riley told the players to “find a challenge” that will push them to be better on and off the court.

That’s a nice idea. In that spirit, I challenge myself to quit putting cranberry sauce on my plate like I’m actually going to eat it. I never eat it.

The Cats are volunteering at Alonzo Mourning’s youth center in Miami



Your University of Kentucky Wildcats landed in Miami a few hours ago and instead of lounging on the beach, they’re at the Overtown Youth Center to hold a special basketball clinic for local kids. The Overtown Youth Center was founded by NBA great Alonzo Mourning, who met up with Cal and the team this afternoon.

Check out these pics from @KentuckyMBB and @CoachCalDotCom:

Cue the Calipari speech about servant leadership in 3…2…1…

Cheick Diallo finally cleared by the NCAA

Bill Self just got quite the Thanksgiving Eve treat. This afternoon, the NCAA announced they’ve cleared Kansas freshman Cheick Diallo to play starting December 1st.

Diallo was under investigation for questions regarding his academic transcript at Our Savior New American High School in New York. Per the NCAA’s ruling, he will have to sit out five games, four of which Kansas has already played. The fifth is tonight’s game against Vanderbilt at 10 p.m. on ESPN. (I’ll be watching that one.)

I’m happy Diallo has finally been cleared because he seems like a nice kid, but January 30th’s game against the Jayhawks at the Phog just got even tougher…

Women’s Hoops defeat Eastern Michigan University 89 – 67

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

Matthew Mitchell’s Cats beat the Eastern Michigan University Eagles 89-67 today. Coming back from a three point deficit at the end of the first period.

Kentucky struggled at the start, getting up with an early 8-4 lead, but lost it quickly with EMU first tying it at 13 and then Getting as far down as 22-19 at the end of the first period. The Cats and Eagles went back and forth for the remainder of the first half. But thanks to a 15-2 run in the second period Kentucky went into half time with a 2-point lead at 37-35.

The Cats were able to pull away in the second half due to a 24-4 run at the end of the third period that extended the lead to 66-47. With a comfortable lead, Kentucky went into the fourth period and continued to stretch the lead 86-67 at the end.

Makayla Epps lead the team today with 21 points and eight assists. Janee Thompson also became the fourth player to reach a double-double this season with 16 points and 10 assists just after narrowly avoiding one against Morehead State earlier in the season. Freshman Maci Morris also had a career day collecting 17 points, six rebounds and two assists and going 5-6 from behind the line.

Kentucky also shot a 59.6% field-goal percentage, the best they’ve had since playing Arkansas in 2007 at 60.7%, while holding EMU to just 33.7%.

The Cats next game will be Sunday against Jackson State at 2 in Memorial Coliseum.

Draft your ideal Thanksgiving plate


I’m not going to lie to you guys, it’s a pretty slow day around the KSR Nashville compound, as I expect it is around most workplaces today. Thankfully, CBS Sports’ Chris Towers came up with this fun Thanksgiving game in which you can “draft your best plate” using a $50,000 salary cap.

Here’s mine:

  • Turkey (White Meat): $11,000
  • Baked Potato: $7,000
  • Meat Stuffing: $7,500
  • Corn Pudding: $5,000
  • Dinner rolls: $5,000
  • Pumpkin pie: $8,000
  • Pecan pie: $6,800

That puts me $300 over, but I refuse to back down on any of my choices. If I’m allowed to ax one thing, it would be the corn pudding.

Let’s hear yours.

Five Topics To Discuss This Thanksgiving That Aren’t Politics


Thanksgiving conversations can be a minefield. When discussing how delicious the sweet potato casserole is, you are only one degree of separation from discussing Donald Trump’s coloring. That can take a nasty turn to his infamous immigration plans. Often, turkey tastes less delicious with a side of heated debate.

Obviously, you can’t change your family. But, the good news is that family is the tool that teaches us that you can love people unconditionally, even when you have different opinions. (Facebook didn’t get this memo.) This season, let’s not test this Family + Different Opinions = Unconditional Love Theory. Here are a few safe dinner conversations to have over Trump potato casserole.

Our Heritage

Something about discussing your ancestry can really get people going. This discussion requires a little homework. The website offers you the opportunity to fall down the wormhole of last name investigation. This website will tell you how many people in the world have your last name.   They will also list the top countries with your last name.

It’s possible that all of the website’s information is unsubstantiated. I would, however, enjoy this discussion more than an awkward conversation about a presidential campaign that is a year away.

“Lord, I hope when I get to Heaven, they have Patti Pie”


You can purchase one of Patti Labelle’s sweet potato pies at Wal-Mart for $3.48. In the video above, James Wright Chanel sings the praises of this dessert. His description of the pie makes it seems like the pie could be sold for much, much more. I need to try this pie.

Careful on this one. Don’t call out your momma for pie not as good as Patti’s. I do, however, strongly encourage you to sing the praises of anyone’s desserts as enthusiastically as Mr. Chanel.

The Beaver Moon

This is a real thing. Apparently the full moon in November is referred to as a Beaver Moon. The Washington Post explains “The name ‘Beaver Moon’ originates from the rodents’ need to set traps before waters freeze over.”

This doesn’t clarify anything for me. Are beavers now setting traps? For tasteful dinner conversation, please ask your eldest family member the meaning behind the term.

Being Grateful Makes Us Healthy

According to this article, taking time to give thanks makes you a healthier person. Thanksgiving can give you a healthier heart, better rest, a more optimistic view and improve your overall health. It is possible, however, that you negate all of these health benefits by the plate that you prepare during dinner. But, as long as you give thanks, I think you’re good.

When All Else Fails

When you have exhausted all other topics, stick to the standards. Last week, SNL pointed out that literally everyone loves Adele. While everyone at the dinner table may have different views about refugees, presidential candidates and more, at the very least you can agree that Adele is fiercely wonderful.

Regardless of the topic of conversation, Thanksgiving is a day for loose fitting pants, grateful hearts and time with those you love.

Stoops says his players are “bouncing around” in practice this week

Chet White | UK Athletics

Chet White | UK Athletics

Kentucky must beat Louisville on Saturday to clinch a postseason berth, a fact Mark Stoops says he’s not shying away from this week in practice. On today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference, Stoops said his team is aware of what’s at stake and he’s been pleased with how they’ve been “bouncing around” in preparation for Saturday’s showdown.

“Certainly I’m not just going to stay away from it,” Stoops said of the fact that the team MUST win to ensure bowl eligibility. “I think it’s a very important game and they know that. What matters to me is how we go about our business starting on Monday. I’ve seen really good preparation on Monday and Tuesday, guys bouncing around and having good practices and we need to continue that the rest of the week.”

“I do talk about it just briefly and then we move on because I’m not trying to hide from it either. Our players know what’s out there and what’s at stake.”

Beat Louisville, go to a bowl. Beat Louisville, and it’s a party.

Stoops says he expects Alex Montgomery to go through with his rehab

It’s been a rough road for sophomore wide receiver Alexander Montgomery, who suffered another knee injury during the Vanderbilt game. It’s not the same knee he tore his ACL in a few years back, but it’s still a significant setback that Stoops told reporters will require surgery.

“He needs surgery, so he’ll be out for some good time,” Stoops said on today’s SEC Coaches Teleconference.

According to Jon Hale, Montgomery told reporters a few weeks back that if he injured his knee again, he would consider retiring from the sport instead of going through rehab again. Fortunately, Stoops said he doesn’t believe that’s the case.

“We haven’t had any of those discussions yet,” Stoops said. “I know it was a tough rehab for Alex the first go around, so hopefully he’ll handle it better. He has some experience at it, it’s a tough situation for him but I expect him to battle his way back.”

Hang in there, Alex.