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Tim Couch’s State Touchdown Record Saturday News And Views

When you’re running down a list of the greatest athletes this state has ever produced it won’t take long to get to the name Tim Couch. Couch was a product of the mountains of Leslie County and certainly needs no introduction if you’re reading this website. I’m not here to fill you in on various facts about Kentucky’s best football star. Instead I’m here pay tribute to the Leslie County High School version of said star as one of his KHSAA records fell tonight.

Records are made to be broken and tonight, after nearly twenty years, Tim’s career touchdown record came tumbling down as Elijah Sindelar of Caldwell County threw his 134th touchdown pass. Sindelar you may recall was on Kentucky’s radar for a while before opting to pursue engineering and football at Purdue. I’ve never seen the kid play but he must have a good deal of talent to pass names like Tim Couch (133), Brian Brohm (119), Jared Lorenzen (89), and our own Patrick Towles (72). Best of luck to the kid as he will now be the name that future generations of quarterbacks will be chasing in the record books.

On to the news and views:

Stoops Heads To Horse Country

How does a coach unwind hours before his team hosts the number one team in the nation? He doesn’t. Stoops stayed active on the recruiting trail tonight as he paid a visit to top center in the class of 2016 Drake Jackson. The Woodford County Yellow Jackets were all over West Jessamine midway through the fourth 33-12. Back in September, Jackson confirmed that the Cats were his leader and told the Courier-Journal “I’m not going to commit next week or anything, but they are (in front). They’ve shown a lot of interest, and I’ve shown a lot of interest.

Sounds like Stoops is keeping the interest level high.

The Return of Rich and Woodson

The last time Kentucky took down the number one team in the nation on CBS at 3:30 in the afternoon those two guys pictured above were calling the plays. Tomorrow they will both be on hand once again and I’d bet the house they’ll be the ones accompanying Jared Lorenzen out for the third quarter Blue-White chant.

Ivan Raab Makes It Official

It’s post-Big Blue Madness and we’re still not any closer to how the 2015 class will shake out. After this weekend we could be a bit closer as power forward Ivan Rabb  is on campus. The big man narrowed his list to five today, and according to ESPN, the Cats made the cut, along with Arizona, California, Kansas, and UCLA. Rabb is ranked the second best power forward and the sixth best player in the 2015 class by 247 Sports Composite, but Kentucky hasn’t been considered a major player in his recruitment. Rabb hails from Oakland, California, and most expect him to stay on the West coast. Cal(“ifornia,” no “ipari”) leads in his Crystal Ball with 48% of predictions.

Number One Stunner

The game is finally here. Kentucky has a chance to knock of Mississippi State for the first time in 6 years. The Bulldogs are currently riding the longest win streak in the history of the series at 5 and the Cats will be looking to beat Dan Mullen for the first time. Oh, and there’s just the added bonus of taking down the number one team in the nation!!!

State is ranked first with a legitimate Heisman candidate quarterback under center for the first time in the history of the school. Now Kentucky gets the chance to play spoiler on the Bulldogs and their playoff hopes while also moving up the ladder of the SEC east. Last week’s disappointing loss in Baton Rogue took the wind out of the sails a bit for many fans but tomorrow offers a chance to keep moving forward and secure another pillar win.

The Bulldogs have been playing lights out all season long but they don’t have the same talent gap that was on display against LSU. If the Cat’s can find a way to hurl the ball down field and stop State from doing the same then they may just be in a position to win.

How do you think the Cats are going to fare in tomorrow’s match-up? I got em storming the field.

Go Cats.


Dakari Johnson once signed a fan’s tooth

The Big Blue Nation can get a little crazy about basketball, and no one knows that better than the players. Ryan Lemond asked some of them about their craziest fan interactions, and Dakari Johnson’s takes the cake. Dakari told Ryan that he once signed a fan’s tooth while in line at the bank. Listen to the story above, along with Devin Booker’s expectations for the Big Blue Nation and Brian Long describing how he signed a baby. Yes, you know UK basketball is truly on another level when Brian Long is autographing babies.

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Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
Which coach would you take on a cross-country road trip?
What’s your Coach Cal impersonation?
Who’s the biggest slob on the team?
What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?


CoachCal.com’s got practice footage

CoachCal.com’s got practice footage

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Our friends at CoachCal.com gave us a Friday afternoon treat by releasing footage from a recent practice. The practice was cut short by a gas leak, which Cal called a gift from “the basketball god,” DeWayne Peevy. LOL.  We can’t embed the video here, but click on the pic or this link to watch it on CoachCal.com.

Andrew’s dunk at the 1:20 mark is ridiculously impressive, but the highlight for me was when Coach Robic put his nose inside his shirt and asked “What are you two guys doing up in that dark room”. Don’t believe me? Go to the 0:25 mark.


KSR asks: What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?

KSR’s 2014-2015 basketball previews roll on as we continue to unveil the players’ answers to Ryan Lemond’s ten questions. Next up:

What celebrity would you take to the CATSPYs?

Trey Lyles: Jessica Alba

Dakari Johnson: Iggy Azalea

Marcus Lee: Jessica Alba

Devin Booker: Beyonce

Alex Poythress: Beyonce

Tod Lanter: Jennifer Love Hewitt Jennifer Aniston

Aaron Harrison: Beyonce

Andrew Harrison: Aaron Harrison

Tyler Ulis: Lauren London

Karl Towns: Alicia Keys

Sam Malone: None…he claims he doesn’t know any celebrities

EJ Floreal: Beyonce

Dominique Hawkins: Beyonce

Brian Long: Scarlett Johansson

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What’s your dream foursome in golf?
Who’s the best singer on the team?
What character did you play in a school play?
What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
Who’s the best NBA2K player on the team?
Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
Which coach would you take on a cross-country road trip?
What’s your Coach Cal impersonation?
Who’s the biggest slob on the team?

Next: What’s your craziest fan interaction?


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What Shoes Will Kentucky Players Wear This Season?

With the Kentucky equipment staff showing off Kentucky’s new KD7 PE, it sparked my interest on what other shoes we will see Kentucky players wear this upcoming season. Last year proved that we have a lot of sneakerheads on this team, so the possibilities are endless on what shoes we could see. Here are a few that are almost guaranteed:

Air Jordan 11 “Legend Blue”

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We saw several players, especially Aaron Harrison, wear the “Gamma Blue”  colorway last season. When these release around Christmas, expect several Wildcats to be sporting these.

Kobe 9 “Brave Blue”

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If you paid close attention, you may have seen Trey Lyles wearing these at Big Blue Madness. Julius, as well as Willie, wore this model throughout the tournament last year in non-Kentucky colors.

LeBron 12

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While no colorways resembling Kentucky have been announced, expect a Kentucky PE just like the KD when the shoe is officially released later this month. The Lebron 11 was Alex’s go-to shoe last year, so I expect him to do the same with the Lebron 12.

Air Jordan 29

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This is the newest model from Jordan Brand, and supposedly one of the top performance shoes on the market.

Air Jordan 4 “Columbia”, Air Jordan 7 “French Blue”

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Both of these shoes are apart of the “Remasterd” Jordan collection; using more premium materials to make the shoes exactly like the one’s Jordan wore back in the day.

Which shoes are you looking forward to seeing on court this season? What other shoes would you like to see the Kentucky players wear?

 

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Behind-The-Scenes at SEC Media Day 2014

Lots of good stuff in this video from Kentucky Wildcats TV at SEC Media Day 2014. It leads off with a real gem: Coach Cal refusing to draw a wildcat on a dry erase board. (Booooooooooooooo)

Then there’s more great stuff from Cal and the Harrison twins, including Andrew saying Aaron would win a 10-game series of 1-on-1 games.

Definitely watch this one.


The basketball team’s custom KD7 shoes arrived today

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That’s a sharp pair of sneakers, some would say. Your thoughts?


Tyler Ulis vs. Rock Oliver…who ya got?

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There’s some boxing going down in the Joe Craft Center. Rock Oliver is putting Tyler Ulis through the paces to get him used to the contact he’ll encounter during the season. Rock says Tyler’s requested to go through this style of training three times a week.

Rock vs. Tyler…who ya got? 

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KSR asks: Who’s the biggest slob on the team?

KSR’s 2014-2015 basketball previews roll on as we continue to unveil the players’ answers to Ryan Lemond’s ten questions. Next up: Who’s the biggest slob on the team?

Previous:

What’s your dream foursome in golf?
Who’s the best singer on the team?
What character did you play in a school play?
What’s the biggest fish you’ve ever caught?
Who’s the best NBA2K player on the team?
Who’s the best player you’ve ever played against?
Which coach would you take on a cross-country road trip?
What’s your Coach Cal impersonation?

Next: What celebrity would you take as a date to the CATSPYs?


Who drew it best: Aaron or Andrew?

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The Harrison Twins aren’t done yet at SEC Tipoff. They just stopped by the social media room, where they were asked to draw the UK mascot. Who drew the better cat: Andrew or Aaron?

Neither are masterpieces, but I’ll give it to Andrew.


Cal on Sportscenter: “I’ve gotten every player I’ve ever wanted”

Calipari transformed into Swaggy Cal for his SportsCenter interview today at SEC Tipoff. Jay Crawford asked Cal who was the recruit that got away, or which player he really wanted but committed to another school. Cal’s response? “I’ve gotten every player I’ve ever wanted.” Classic.

Crawford kept at Cal, who finally gave in and started rattling off old players names. “Anthony Davis, John Wall, Derrick Rose…if I don’t say DeMarcus Cousins, he’ll go crazy.” LOL. Oh, Swaggy Cal.

Here’s the full interview:


Willie, Andrew, Alex, and Karl Towns voted 2nd Team All-SEC

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We already told you how the media at SEC Tipoff selected Aaron Harrison as the Preseason SEC Player of the Year and Kentucky to win the league. In fact, UK is the first unanimous pick to win the SEC since 1995-1996, when UK went undefeated in SEC play and won the National Championship.

Of course, Aaron Harrison made First Team All-SEC, and four of his teammates made Second Team All-SEC: Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress, and Karl Towns. Here are the complete preseason teams:

First Team All-SEC

Bobby Portis – Arkansas, F, 6-11, 242, So., Little Rock, Ark.
Michael Frazier II – Florida, G, 6-4, 194, Jr., Tampa, Fla.
Aaron Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 212, So., Richmond, Texas
Jordan Mickey – LSU, F, 6-8, 235, So., Dallas, Texas
Jarvis Summers – Ole Miss, G, 6-3, 186, Sr., Jackson, Miss.

Second Team All-SEC

Charles Mann – Georgia, G, 6-5, 215, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.
Willie Cauley-Stein – Kentucky, F, 7-0, 240, Jr., Olathe, Kan.
Andrew Harrison – Kentucky, G, 6-6, 210, So., Richmond, Texas
Alex Poythress – Kentucky, F, 6-8, 238, Jr., Clarksville, Tenn.
Karl-Anthony Towns – Kentucky, F, 6-11, 250, Fr., Piscataway, N.J.

SEC Player of the Year: Aaron Harrison, Kentucky

Karl Towns on the Second Team?! That’ll change.


Calipari reiterates this is Andrew’s team

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As you might expect, there’s not a ton of new material coming out of SEC Tipoff, but Calipari did say a few interesting things during his rounds that Jerry Tipton was kind enough to share on Twitter. According to Jerry, Cal said that UK will scrimmage more, possibly 60% of practices, to make better use of all of the talent on the squad. Also, when asked, Cal said he doesn’t think this is his most talented team at Kentucky, pointing to the 2009-2010 John Wall team and the 2011-2012 Anthony Davis squad.

I’d argue that the abundance of experience and talent and a returning point guard make this his best group yet. Speaking of Andrew, Cal said that the key to leading a team is convincing your teammates that you care about them, which Andrew Harrison has done. In fact, Cal said that sometimes, Andrew cares too much.

Tyler Ulis may bring a lot of excitement to this team, but it’s clear that Cal wants this to be Andrew’s team. That’s enough to get a smile out of the stone cold killers as they posed with Seth Davis:

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Stansbury Already Making An Impact at TAMU

Like a thunder cloud looming on the distant horizon, Texas A&M is quietly building a class that could eventually challenge Kentucky’s SEC dominance. For the past four seasons Billy Kennedy has futility toiled in College Station as the Aggies haven’t earned a single NCAA or even and NIT invite. Needing to do something and fast, Kennedy hired former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury to be his top assistant this past May. Since then the native of Battletown, KY has made an instant impact on the recruiting trail and the Aggies could be contending for SEC crowns sooner rather than later.

Stansbury has already vaulted the Aggies to the second ranked recruiting class in the nation by nabbing four 4-star recruits. Today, the Aggies received a pledge from 247’s 28th ranked player Elijah Thomas. Thomas joins the 31st, 33rd, and 88th ranked recruits to make up TAMU’s shocking class that Stansbury has assembled in just five month’s on the job. All the players in the class come from the state of Texas and look to be unifying players that have been leaving the Lonestar state for Kansas or Oklahoma State. TAMU could be sitting on a sleeping giant of a recruiting base similar to what they have been taking advantage of in football.

At Mississippi State  Rick Stansbury was able to perennially build teams that were able to give the Cats fits. Who can forget the classic SEC championship battle in 2009 which saw John Wall and the boys find a way to get the game to OT. With a lot of talk about the lack of quality teams in the SEC it is looking like two former coaches could be building decent teams for the future. Don’t be surprised if in a few years you see Texas A&M and Auburn being two of the toughest teams the Cats will face.

What do you make of Stansbury’s resurgence in College Station?


Media picks UK to win the SEC, Aaron Harrison as the SEC Player of the Year

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This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, but the media at SEC Tipoff picked Kentucky to win the SEC this season. Here’s the complete poll:

1) Kentucky
2) Florida
3) Arkansas
4) LSU
5) Georgia
6) Ole Miss
7) Missouri
8) Auburn
9) Texas A&M
10) Alabama
11) Vanderbilt
12) South Carolina
13) Tennessee
14) Mississippi State

The media also chose Aaron Harrison as Preseason SEC Player of the Year. Aaron is definitely the most clutch player on the team, and without him, Kentucky wouldn’t have made the run they did without him, but I’m not sure he’d be my selection. In fact, coming up with just one Player of the Year from UK’s current roster is a struggle. Aaron? Andrew? Karl Towns?

These are really good problems to have.