We get hundreds of UK fans of the day photos, but it’s not often that we get Stone Cold Willow fans of the day photos. That’s what makes today’s edition of the notes special. Time to smooth those backs out.
I got your afternoon notes right here!
— Guess who is ranked at the top of the polls this week!?! Yep. Kentucky. The Cats received all 31 first place votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll and the AP poll numbers are taking forever to come out. Louisville doesn’t exist in either poll, only on this guy’s back.
— Jarnell Stokes must’ve finally learned how to stretch because he was named SEC Player of the Week this week. Anthony Davis was named SEC Freshman of the Week after averaging 15.5 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks in wins over Georgia and at Florida. Stokes had very similar numbers with 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, three blocks and 1.5 steals in wins at LSU and over Vanderbilt.
— Hi, Mike Bianchi.
— Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News has a great interview with Coach Cal today. Beisner linked to it earlier but here’s a reminder in case you’re just joining us today. Check out what he said about a guy who may or may not be Daniel Orton:
In all the years, I think I’ve had one guy that stopped going to class the second term after the season ended. That kid had A’s and B’s. He chose to not go. I have no idea why. I really haven’t spent time with him anymore—don’t talk to him much—because, again, you owe it to the program now to finish your term.
Definitely Daniel Orton.
— Did anyone see Stuart Scott’s Def Jam poetry recap of the Kentucky game? We need video.
— Stevie Johnson just got paid! The former Cat just signed a new deal with Buffalo worth $36.25 million over five years, $19.5 million of it guaranteed. #CertifiedFlyGuyz
— Ally Tucker of KSRCollege.com says, “It has to be Cal, right?” for SEC Coach of the Year. Go check it out.
— The Red Cross is accepting $10 dollar donations for Kentucky’s tornado relief fund. Text “Red Cross” to 90999 for a $10 donation to Kentucky tornado relief or visit the Red Cross website.
— The KSR Uncensored Podcast on the Top 50 Players since Probation is still online if you’re interested. We have been overwhelmed at how many of you have downloaded it and we have been blown away by the positive comments you all have given. We had no idea what to expect but you have exceeded our expectations. And you seem to enjoy it as well, meaning that we will do it again. But if you haven’t gotten it yet, do so at the link below and learn why “Brassow”, “Travis Ford’s jersey”, and “Mickie Demoss” will never mean the same to you again.
Jay Bilas and Andy Katz were on this morning’s radio show. You really have no reason to not listen to it…