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In the early part of the week so far, many generalizations about the Alabama defensive play have been floating around UK sports articles and message boards. We all know Bama’s D is the real deal, but how good are they exactly? We’ve heard they’ve been opened up defensively on numerous occasions this season and that they aren’t the same Crimson Tide from previous years. Those comments are still surfacing from the game against A&M where they gave up 628 total yards against the Aggies. Outside of that game and the Colorado State game the week after (the Alabama players were probably looking ahead to the Ole Miss game the next week), Alabama has looked very sound defensively. Let’s take a look at some important defensive stats:
Alabama ranks 12th in the nation in Total Defense only allowing 299.8 yards per game.
Texas A&M exploited the Bama defense, but outside of that nobody else even has over 279 yards (Colorado State) against the Crimson Tide defense. Granted, they didn’t play amazing against Virginia Tech or Colorado State, but they definitely didn’t look bad either. The Crimson Tide also only allow an average of 12.2 points per game.
Alabama ranks 6th in the nation in Rushing Defense only allowing an average of 85.8 yards per game. This stat is the one we will probably notice the most on Saturday because the Crimson Tide simply don’t give up anything in the running game. In their last 3 games combined they have only given up 112 yards on the ground. On the season Alabama has only given up 2 rushing touchdowns. Needless to say our scoring offense will not be coming from the running department this weekend.
Third Down Conversion Percentage Defense:
Alabama ranks 22nd in the nation in denying third down conversions allowing opponents to only convert on third down .303 percent of the time (20-66). This is a bad stat for UK because of our continued struggles converting on third down (although 5-11 against the fake USC South Carolina was improvement.) Kentucky only converts an average of 27.6% of their third downs, which is last place in the SEC.
- Kentucky allows less passing yards (195.0) than Alabama (214.0)
- Alabama has 4 interceptions on the season, Kentucky has only 1
- Alabama only has 6 sacks on the season, Za’Darius has 4.5 sacks alone (UK has 12 total)
- UK is tied for 1st in the SEC with teams who have more than ten 4th down conversion attempts (8/11 on 4th down for the season)
- Alabama ranks 12th in the nation on stopping 4th down attempts (opponents are 1/5)
- UK averages nearly 25 yards per kick return but South Carolina’s kicker injects steroids in his kicking leg didn’t allow us very many opportunities to make plays on special teams
- Jalen Whitlow leads UK in rushing yards with 238 yards and 3 TD’s.
Many expect that it could very well be a tough week for UK football with #1 Alabama coming to town. The Cats, however, are coming off an impressive performance where they displayed resilience and fight against South Carolina, and have other plans. Compared to Alabama, Florida is better statistically in almost every defensive category and UK still managed to not get blown out by Florida. I’m not saying expect a win vs. Alabama, but watching our youngins continue to improve against some of the best teams in the nation is pretty exciting for the continued progression of the program. Commonwealth is also reported to be almost sold out for this weekend’s contest against Alabama.
Pack Commonwealth and Roll Cats.
In news that is sure to excite Sam Malone and Brian Long, Rob Gronkowski has been cleared to return to football with the New England Patriots. Gronk, maybe the most bizarre/fascinating/mentally-unstable/entertaining/fun player in the NFL, will make his long awaited return to the field this weekend against the New Orleans Saints. The popular Patriots tight end (not the murdering one) underwent surgery to correct a spinal injury early in the summer and has only participated in limited practices with the team since. Tom Brady will be more than happy to have him back as the Pats currently sit outside the Top 20 in passing this season. Gronk has 187 catches for 2,663 yards and 38 touchdowns in three seasons with Brady.
Okay I’ll be honest; honoring Gronkowski in the News and Views tonight is really just an excuse to watch this again:
He’s so good, so out of control.
News and Views time…
Kelly Oubre committed to Kansas.
Tuesday was a tough day for Kentucky basketball recruiting when Kelly Oubre, one of Calipari’s top targets in the 2014 class, announced his commitment to Kansas. Oubre was at Late Night In The Phog over the weekend and had planned to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, but the trip to Lawrence was enough to bail on his upcoming official visit to UK and pledge his allegiance to Bill Self and the Jayhawks. I’m afraid Calipari and Kentucky just got on board too late.
Oubre’s commitment only further proves Bill Self is almost, if not already at Calipari’s level of recruiting, and Kansas is right up there with Kentucky in the eyes of high school basketball’s best players. As much as we’d like to admit John Calipari still dominates anyone and everyone, Bill Self is right on his heels.
Let’s look at how Kentucky’s 2014 class currently stands.
If we’re predicting UK’s 2014 class right now, we believe it will be Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, James Blackmon, Trey Lyles and Karl Towns, with Stanley Johnson and Myles turner as “Wild Cards” who UK will fight for. A quick rundown of each guy…
– Karl Towns (Committed)
Towns, the first of Kentucky’s two commitments, is also its highest rated. The power forward/center from St. Joseph’s in New Jersey is ranked 11th overall by Rivals.com, and might find himself higher in the class of 2014 rankings had he competed against other top recruits in the Nike EYBL summer AAU circuit. A member of Calipari’s 2012 Dominican team, Towns committed to Kentucky almost a year ago.
– Tyler Ulis (Committed)
Ulis committed to Kentucky on September 13, not even one month after receiving a scholarship offer from John Calipari and Kentucky. The 5-foot-9 point guard wasn’t Calipari’s first choice to be the next in a long lineage of great point guards, but with Tyus Jones’ undying love for Duke and Emmanuel Mudiay’s surprise commitment to SMU, Ulis quickly became the guy.
– Devin Booker (Very likely)
Devin Booker may be the next 2014 recruit to pledge his commitment to the University of Kentucky. The shooting guard is set to announce on October 31 with Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan and Missouri in contention for his services. Kentucky is the favorite at this point, in part because Booker is very good friends with Tyler Ulis, but a visit to Missouri, his father’s alma mater, is still ahead. Still, all signs point to Booker putting on the UK hat when he wraps up his recruitment on Halloween.
– James Blackmon Jr. (Very likely)
A third guard could join UK’s 2014 class when James Blackmon Jr. announces his decision shortly after Booker. A date has not been set for Blackmon, but he told Scout.com’s Evan Daniels he plans to announce within the next five weeks. The former IU commit is considering Kentucky, Michigan, Indiana, Kansas, and Michigan State, with a visit to Lexington for Big Blue Madness coming up on October 18. Like Booker, almost everyone with an ear on the ground around Blackmon’s recruitment believes he’ll become a Wildcat in the end. John Calipari is selling him on playing both guard positions at UK, where his father played in the 80s.
– Trey Lyles (Very likely)
KSR has been hearing from multiple sources that Trey Lyles will eventually commit to Kentucky one day. And we’ve been hearing it for a long time. That hasn’t changed and it isn’t expected to change between now and the spring, when Lyles says he plans to make it official. In fact, I don’t think anyone will be shocked if Lyles rethinks the spring commitment and joins Kentucky’s class some time this fall. He will visit Big Blue Madness later this month with Blackmon and there is no doubt the two good friends will discuss pulling the trigger to UK after what is always an impressive visit for recruits.
– Stanley Johnson (Flip a coin)
With Oubre off the board to Kansas, Stanley Johnson is a MUST-GET for Kentucky. The wing position is all Kentucky lacks filling out the 2014-15 roster, assuming James Young skips off for the NBA and the “Very likely” names above don’t disappear. Not to mention, Johnson is one of the best overall players in the class and maybe its best scorer too. Right now he is high on Kentucky and Arizona — 247′s Jerry Meyer called it neck-and-neck with USC also threatening — but Calipari has the opportunity to pull ahead in a week and a half when Johnson takes his official visit to Lexington for Big Blue Madness. If UK is going to get him, that’s where the biggest impression will be made. If not, he’ll stay out on the west coast.
– Myles Turner (Still anyone’s game)
If there is a current leader for Myles Turner, the No. 2 prospect in Scout.com’s 2014 rankings, it is probably Kansas. But Turner’s recruitment is far, far, far from over. He said earlier this week he will visit Kentucky, Duke, or Oklahoma State on October 18th, and if Calipari can get him to Lexington that weekend, you have to think Kentucky will jump to the top of his list with (or above) Kansas. The interest in Turner from UK has picked up recently, too; he was the second stop on Calipari’s September recruiting tour and he has said publicly several times that he loves Cal’s approach. Turner will likely wait until the spring to see how the rosters are shaping up for the 2014-15 season.
Should Kentucky call Justise Winslow?
It will look like an act of desperation on Kentucky’s part to land Stanley Johnson, but Coach Cal might want to consider reaching out to Justise Winslow. Winslow already has an offer from Kentucky, and although there hasn’t been any conversations between the two sides in quite some time, it might be worth giving Winslow a buzz to gauge interest again. Johnson and Winslow have discussed playing together — last month Johnson said, “I’ll be honest I think it’s gonna happen” – and Arizona is high on Winslow’s list, which only hurts Kentucky in the fight with ‘Zona for Johnson.
I suppose it all depends on what turned Cal off from Winslow in the first place, though. Only he knows why Kentucky gave up pursuit.
Big Blue Madness adds another visitor.
Class of 2015′s Eric Davis from Saginaw, Michigan has joined the list of Big Blue Madness visitors. The 6-foot-3 combo guard told Scott Phillips of NY2LA Sports he also expects Kentucky coaches at his open gym Sunday. Davis is ranked 26th in the ESPN60 for 2015; the fifth-best shooting guard by Scout.com; and 30th overall by Rivals.com.
ESPN experts agree Kentucky won’t land the No. 1 class.
Coach Cal has been a perfect 5-for-5 with his first five recruiting classes at Kentucky, but it’s looking like Duke will land the No. 1 class for the first time in the Calipari era at UK. In a roundtable discussion for ESPN.com, Paul Biancardi, Adam Finklestein, Joel Francisco, John Stovall and Reggie Rankin all agreed Duke will finish above Kansas and Kentucky in the 2014 class rankings. [ESPN.com]
Mark Stoops was pleased with Tuesday’s football practice.
It was a good practice on both sides of the ball, according to Mark Stoops. “Good energy, good overall practice,” he said. “We’re gonna need to have another one tomorrow and Thursday, obviously, to prepare for this team.”
Stoops said Jalen Whitlow had a good day at quarterback and he’s looking more comfortable now that he knows he is the starter going forward. The staff expects to keep gaining confidence in Whitlow, just as he gains more confidence in himself.
When asked if Saturday was a “moral victory” in Columbia, Stoops told reporters, “We don’t ever classify anything as a moral victory. That’s been asked to me. I am proud of progress, I am. I think our team has made strides throughout the year, but we’re after victories. But I think we are improving in certain areas, and that’s a good thing.”
Ryan Timmons named to CFPA Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List.
Timmons, UK’s fourth-leading rusher and second-leading receiver, is one of four SEC players named to the 32-man CFPA Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List. He is averaging 11 yards per touch and just scored his first career touchdown on a 14-yard pass from Jalen Whitlow at South Carolina. He has played in every game this year with two starts while catching at least one pass in all five contests.
Previous FBS recipients of the award include Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2012), Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), former South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and former Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009).
Jared Lorenzen will co-host Kentucky Sports Radio tomorrow morning.
Ryan and I will be back in studio Wednesday morning with Jared Lorenzen joining us for the full two hours. If you missed Tuesday’s show, we had two solid appearances by the always hilarious Matthew Mitchell and Jeremy Jarmon. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.
Photo via Regina Rickert
After a slew of losses over the last several weeks, the UK Men’s Soccer squad grabbed a win on the road against Old Dominion. The win improved the Cats’ record to 3-5-0 on the season, with Senior Brad Doliner scoring twice, including the winning goal in overtime. With the win behind them, Kentucky returned home for its longest home stretch of the season. The stretch opened with the Evansville Aces, who boasted a 6-3-1 record coming into tonight’s match-up.
Before their last game the Aces were on a roll, having won five straight matches. The streak was snapped last week against Drake, though, in a 4-1 loss. The tough loss was clearly on the Aces’ minds when they came out firing tonight, scoring a goal early in the game at the 10 minute mark. The goal from Souder came after several saves from UK Goalie Irving, though the UK Defense would fail to clear it and the ball would find the back of the net to give Evansville a quick lead. The Aces wouldn’t be contempt with a one goal lead, scoring again from 23 yards out in the 23rd minute on a strike from Opperman. The half would end with a score of 2-0, with each team having eight shots in the first half.
After another half of scoreless soccer, UK would strike quickly off of a goal from veteran Tyler Riggs. The goal came off of a pass from Laird, and was Tyler’s first score of the season. Despite the drought to start the season, the goal tied Tyler for 4th all-time in UK Soccer history with Matt Lodge. Despite an early goal, though, the Cats would fail to reach the back of the net again for the rest of the match, despite a ridiculous 18 shots to Evansville’s 3. With no more goals, Kentucky would fall again for the 6th time this season.
FINAL: Evansville 2- 1 Kentucky
The season has been a disappointment so far, that goes without saying. Early on I projected Kentucky would take advantage of an “easier” schedule. The schedule has been tougher than originally thought, though there have still been chances that the team hasn’t taken advantage of. With a win against Old Dominion and a return home, hopes were high for a big win tonight. With all the negativity, there still was a silver lining with Tyler Riggs scoring. For this team to be successful Riggs has to be on top of his game, something he’s failed to do for the first portion of this season. Hopefully tonight was a sign of good things to come.
UK will be back in action again on the 13th against South Carolina. As mentioned before, the Cats are on their longest home stretch of the season so head out to the match if possible. Until then, here’s an aerial shot of construction at the UK Soccer Complex.
— Kentucky Mens Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) October 8, 2013
Earlier today Kelly Oubre sent shockwaves across Big Blue Nation when he decided to announce his intention to play basketball for Kansas. The news seemingly came out of nowhere as Kelly was thought to be a Kentucky lean and becomes another guy in this class to spurn the Cats. There is still a lot of time left for Cal and the staff to put together another elite group. However the window to miss is closing and they will need to bring their A game in order to land one of these guys. Here are some possible targets with Oubre off the table:
With Oubre heading to play in Lawrence expect the Cats to push all in with Johnson. Rumors abound that Stanley likes Kentucky but some of the people surrounding him don’t want him to leave the West coast. If UK can find a way to keep Johnson in the fold until Big Blue Madness then you have to like their chances of picking up a commitment. If Johnson is persuaded not to attend at some point over the next two weeks then expect him to wind up at Arizona. With 7 guys projected to head on to the NBA draft we’re going to need a true superstar if we want to make a deep run next season. Lose Johnson and the Cats could face another down year. Count on Cal to make this happen.
A Kentucky Kid
With a limited amount of elite forwards left around the country perhaps the staff wil begin to look a little more local. The state of Kentucky is currently experiencing a boom of talent and perhaps some of that could find a spot on next year’s roster. Guys like Shane Hall, Justin Johnson, and Butler commit Kelan Martin could possibly have a Dominique Hawkins esque year and pick up an offer. With a weaker class and a crew of guys turning pro we could be in a position where we need to find players to fill out the roster. A great in-state talent could be just what the class needs.
If the Cats miss on Johnson the options for the 3/4 spot are going to be very limited and the staff could turn to a fifth year senior of JUCO player to come in and play. You never know until the season closes when a Julius Mays or Alex Oriakhi could pop up on the radar to come in to make an immediate impact. Cal also hasn’t turned to a junior college player since Darnell Dodson in year one. Could there be a player out there we don’t know about who could come in immediately and play? Who knows but it’s going to be interesting to see play out.
What option do you hope the Cats take for the class of 2014?
So far this season, only one team has had much success against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Texas A&M, led by the returning Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, was able to hang 42 points on Alabama before eventually falling by a touchdown 49-42. In Alabama’s 4 other games this season, the teams have scored a combined total of 19 points against Bama’s defense. If you remove the Texas A&M game from the totals, Alabama has outscored its opponents 136-19. Having a Johnny Manziel running and throwing out of your backfield is one way to keep pace with Alabama, but what exactly do the statistics/numbers need to look like in order to be successful? And what do the numbers and statistics look like when a team plays Alabama and doesn’t experience any success (Here’s lookin’ at you Ole Miss… The Rebels were shut out two weekends ago by a score of 25-0.
Let’s take a look at the side-by-side comparison of statistics for the team that hung with Alabama (Texas A&M in a 49-42 loss) and the team that got shut out by Alabama (Ole Miss in a 25-0 loss), AND then Kentucky’s stats against South Carolina on Saturday.
Average Yards Per Rush
Texas A&M- 5.1
Ole Miss- 1.8
Yards Gained Rushing
Texas A&M- 172 yards
Ole Miss- 67 yards
Average yards per pass attempt
Texas A&M- 11.9 yards
Ole Miss- 5.0
Total offensive plays
Texas A&M- 71
Ole Miss- 57
Average gain per play
Texas A&M- 8.8
Ole Miss- 3.6
Time of Possession:
Texas A&M- 24:58
Ole Miss- 21:31
Texas A&M- 28-39-2 , 464 yards, 5 TD, 1 sack
Ole Miss- 17-31-0, 159 yards, 0 TD, 1 sack
Kentucky- 17-24-0, 178 yards, 2 TD, 2 sacks
Texas A&M- 31
Ole Miss- 11
Third Down Conversions
Texas A&M- 5 of 8
Ole Miss- 4 of 14
Kentucky- 5 of 11
Red Zone (Scores-Chances)
Texas A&M – 5-6
Ole Miss- 0-2
Rushing Yards Allowed
Texas A&M- 239 yards
Ole Miss- 254 yards
Kentucky- 178 yards
Passing Yards Allowed
Texas A&M- 334 yards
Ole Miss- 180 yards
Kentucky- 275 yards
First Downs Allowed
Texas A&M- 31
Ole Miss- 21
Third Down Conversions Allowed
Texas A&M- 3 of 6
Ole Miss- 8 of 17
Kentucky- 5 of 9
Obviously, Kentucky’s numbers against South Carolina are not an indicator of how its numbers will look against Alabama. Alabama is the best team in the country for a reason. Things are more difficult against Alabama than they are against any other team. That’s why they are at the top. Texas A&M has one of the most high powered offenses in the country. To expect Kentucky to be able to keep pace or even close to on pace with the numbers A&M put up is a lot to ask. Generally speaking, Kentucky’s numbers fell in the middle of Texas A&M and Ole Miss’ numbers. It took Kentucky’s best effort and execution of the season in the second half to claw back into the game with South Carolina. It will certainly take even better numbers and play against Alabama on Saturday to expect Kentucky to stay in the game. Texas A&M laid out one blue print for how to keep it close against Bama (at least by making it a shoot out). Ole Miss on the other hand showed the kind of numbers that will likely result in a rough evening, even though Ole Miss held Alabama to under 30 points.
Alex Poythress came into the 2012 season as the 13th ranked recruit and 3rd ranked Small Forward as he was a part of one of the nation’s best recruiting class featuring Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, and Willie Cauley-Stein.
As always there was championship talk in Lexington that amplified after being only a few months out of a National Championship victory (our 8th I might add).
After near perfection from the 2012 team that included six NBA draft picks, the same was expected from last year’s team. As we all know, the Cats fell well short of that goal although you can make a solid case for a much better result minus the Nerlens Noel injury. The poor performance and first round NIT loss focused the eyes of the BBN upon Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Archie Goodwin and every single mistake they made.
Goodwin and Noel departed to the NBA while Cauley-Stein and Poythress remained in the Bluegrass. Poythress would have greater expectations for his sophomore season (due to him being the highest ranked and most dominant returner) although he didn’t play bad his first year on campus averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds. Not to mention Poythress was projected to be a first round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Needless to say there was visible room for improvement. It seemed one minute Alex Poythress was hitting clutch threes or destroying the rim, while the next minute he seemed to hang his head and display minimal effort.
So how has Alex Poythress developed over the offseason? According to Coach John Calipari, “He’s beyond where he’d been. His head’s up, he’s looking you in the eye. He’s more confident. He’s ready for the year.” That would show the confidence issue with Alex Poythress might have been resolved which is necessary because he can be an absolute beast when he wants to.
Then there’s just the question of effort. Reports earlier in the off season described drills between Julius Randle and Alex Poythress as “absolute battles” and the teammates were competing with great effort. That would point to the other issue for Poythress being cleared up.
If the changes stick for the former 5 star recruit, the only question that remains is how great can Alex Poythress be?
- Coach Stoops was pretty pleased with practice today, describing it with the word ‘good’ five times. Jalen had a good day after gaining some confidence Saturday in South Carolina. The players’ attitude the past two days was just as good, bringing intensity to the practice fields.
- Something not as good for Coach Stoops was the new giant cast on Jason Hatcher’s right hand, “He got a little bit bigger cast on today and I didn’t like the looks of that. We’ll try to see if we can scale that thing back as the week goes on.” The very normal-looking cast looks like the club of a caveman on the end of his right hand when it is completely wrapped up for competition. Hatcher didn’t want to get taken out of the game Saturday night, using toughness to play through the pain before informing the staff Sunday. Senior leader Avery Williamson has demonstrated that same toughness so far – playing with a cast on last week- and it has become infectious throughout the team, “We don’t care what injuries we have, we’re ready to go out there and battle. If I gotta put two on my hands I’m still going to be out there.”
- Eric Dixon may have gotten his ass torn apart by Coach Stoops after missing a critical tackle on 3rd and short late in the game, but Stoops believes he has been playing good football lately. D.J. Eliot acknowledged that he should’ve stayed on his feet on that late 3rd down play but, “he’s going to be a guy we can count on the rest of the season.”
- One thing that hasn’t been good is the play at left guard. It was Zach West’s position all last year, but the lack of consistency has forced them to rotate Max Godby and Teven Eatmon-Nared throughout the season. Stoops is still looking for consistent physical play, “We’re just searching. We’re not consistent enough, we’re not as physical as we need to be, and we’re not as athletic as we need to be on pulls. Just a lot of things we need to improve on.”
- The players are excited to get a crack at the #1 team in the nation. You can sense amongst the players that they now believe they can compete with anybody. Avery Williamson hasn’t been on the most successful teams, but his spirit is higher than ever. Alabama may be the best in America but, “They’re a team just like us, they’re human. You just go out there and play.”
- Some good news on the offensive side of the ball, Ryan Timmons is one of 32 players in the nation to make the CFPA Freshman of the Year Watch List. Averaging 11 yards per touch, he’s one of only 4 on the short list from the SEC. While the season is still very premature, Timmons has the chance to join some greats from the recent past like: Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller, Marcus Lattimore and
- I out-gooded Coach Stoops today (which is difficult), dropping the word 8 times. @RoushKSR
Mark Stoops made it very clear after Tuesday’s practice that Kentucky’s one possession loss to South Carolina was not a moral victory. Moral victories don’t exist around here. “We’re after real victories,” he said.
However he is proud of the progress his team made in its first true road test over the weekend and in practice early this week. He was pleased with today’s practice and he’s encouraged by how the players are welcoming the challenge of playing No. 1 Alabama on Saturday.
Nick Roush will be by with more from today a little later.
KentuckySportsRadio.com asked each member of the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team the same ten questions about a variety of personal topics, ranging from celebrity crushes to favorite food. We will unveil their responses, one question at a time, over the next two weeks in this ten-part “Pop Quiz” series.
WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FORMER WILDCAT?
Willie Cauley-Stein: DeMarcus Cousins
E.J. Floreal: John Wall
Aaron Harrison: Rajon Rondo
Andrew Harrison: Dirk Minniefield (his former AAU coach)
Dominique Hawkins: Tayshaun Prince or Keith Bogans
Jon Hood: DeMarcus Cousins
Dakari Johnson: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Tod Lanter: Wayne Turner
Marcus Lee: Jon Hood (“He’s old”)
Brian Long: Rajon Rondo
Sam Malone: Rajon Rondo
Jarrod Polson: Ron Mercer or Anthony Epps
Alex Poythress: Ron Mercer, although he forgot his name
Julius Randle: Jamal Mashburn
Derek Willis: Darius Miller
James Young: Anthony Davis
As you know, the five core values of Louisville football are to be honest, treat women with respect, don’t do drugs, don’t steal and don’t carry weapons. Indiana basketball has its own set of core values, but slightly different than the criminal activity Charlie Strong preaches against .
Check out this sign Tom Crean has hanging in the Indiana basketball locker room to remind his Hoosiers to do four things:
– Give eye contact
– Say please and thank you
– Don’t ever late their teammates fail
– Always have energy and enthusiasm
Isn’t that adorable?
Look both ways when you cross the street!
An interesting piece of news from right here in the bluegrass: There will be no more postgame handshakes in Kentucky high school athletics. The KHSAA announced today that it is encouraging all players and coaches to refrain from participating in organized handshake lines following high school games across the state.
From the KHSAA website:
– It is directed that teams and individuals do not participate in organized post game handshake lines/ceremonies beyond that interaction that is required by the NFHS playing rules (i.e. the awarding of a bout winner in wrestling) and the individual unorchestrated actions by individual competitors;
– The coaches and administration of the teams are responsible for the individual conduct of the members of the team following the contest and shall be held accountable for such; and
– If the decision is made to ignore this directive and participate in some form of organized postgame handshake line/handshake against this recommendation, it is the expressed responsibility of game management and the coaches and administration of the teams to supervise the activity, to report to the KHSAA any incidents that occur.
The decision to skip sportsmanlike conduct comes after several incidents where fights broke out after a game, including incidents in football, soccer and volleyball already this fall.
But is it right to discourage shaking hands?
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©2:15 pm
Who’s the 11th best quarterback in the nation? According to ESPN’s new Quarterback Ratings (QBR), Jalen Whitlow. Whitlow’s adjusted QBR score of 85.4 puts him ahead of Missouri’s James Franklin, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, and even South Carolina’s Connor Shaw.
What is the QBR? It’s a ranking system ESPN developed to grade quarterbacks on a scale of 0 to 100, with 50 being average. ESPN says it “measures all quarterback contributions to scoring, taking into account game context on a play-by-play level, such as down, distance, field position, as well as the clock and score.” It gets pretty technical, so to read more specifics on the QBR, click here and let the experts explain it.
Considering Kentucky’s shaky start at quarterback this season, Whitlow’s spot on the list is surprising. His versatility, best shown against South Carolina is the main reason for his high score. His passing stats so far this season are 50/74 for 499 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He’s also the team’s leading rusher, with 46 carries for 238 yards and three touchdowns.
Keep it up, Jalen.
Blessed to say that I have Committed to Kansas University !! #RockChalk
— Kelly Paul Oubre Jr. (@K_Ctmd22) October 8, 2013
Kelly Oubre committed to the Kansas Jayhawks. Oubre visited Lawrence over the weekend for Late Night In The Phog and gave his verbal commitment to Bill Self today.
It was nice knowing ya.
Warning: This post is about a kind-of gross horror movie coming out, not NSFW just a little KOAAW (Kind of Awkward at Work).
We all know how it gets at work every once in a while. And a lot of us have had that job that just sucks your soul out of you every time you walk in the door. That job where your tasks are meaningless, where you don’t accomplish anything, and where the people you work with stress you out all day. You come home from this job, probably behind a computer all day, and you just heap on stress after stress after stress to the point that you either laugh maniacally for no reason at all or you accidentally buy some Mad Dog when the store’s out of everything else and wake up with a line beard as a Cards fan.
That might be the worst case scenario, but Duncan’s (Ken Marino of Children’s Hospital and Burning Love fame) in the new horror/comedy Bad Milo might be a close second. With a stressful job, a terrible boss, a pregnant girlfriend, and overbearing parents Duncan is a constant ball of stress. Unfortunately for him, this stress manifests itself as a small creature nestled into his GI tract. When he gets really stressed out this creature, which he calls ‘Milo’, comes out of his… uh… rear… and attempts to eradicate Duncan’s stressor.
Watching this trailer, it appears that there are a lot of things in Duncan’s life to stress him out. They’re a very real, non-metaphorical pain in the ass. This looks like a pretty good comedy-horror movie coming out, and something that is perfectly timed for the Halloween season. I’ve watched a lot of clips of this movie and will be going to see it this coming weekend. If you want to see it now, it’s available on demand just in time for a night with beer/popcorn/pizza and a bunch of laughs. Something gross and silly after a long day, or a stressful work week. Because, honestly, we wouldn’t want to get so stressed that our own Milo “reared” its ugly head!