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UK will have behind-the-scenes live stream of Signing Day

Like it or not, Signing Day is one week away, and UK and KSR are teaming up again for wall-to-wall coverage. Starting at 8 a.m., KyWildcatsTV will produce a live webcast from the Nutter Training Facility that will let fans in on the behind-the-scenes action. The webcast will be broadcast live on UKAthletics.com and SEC Network+.

Here are some more details from UK about the telecast, which will include our own Matt Jones:

The live stream will feature exclusive access to Stoops and his coaching staff. Assistant coaches will join Jeff Piecoro in a special “Xs and Os Room” to break down film of the signees and show why the newest Wildcats project as the future stars of UK football.

Joining Piecoro on the coverage will be Tom Leach, former UK quarterback Freddie Maggard, Dick Gabriel and Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones. UK’s four early high-school enrollees and two Nebraska transfers Courtney Love and Greg Hart will be spotlighted in special features to introduce them to fans.

KSR will also broadcast live from the Nutter Training Center from 10 a.m. to noon to give you even more coverage.

Someone prepare my caffeine drip, please.


ESPN reporting Joker Phillips will join the Cleveland Browns’ staff

ESPN’s Adam Caplan is reporting that former UK head coach Joker Phillips will join the Cleveland Browns’ coaching staff as wide receivers coach. Joker spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Florida before resigning for “personal reasons” amid concerns that he may have committed a recruiting violation. This will be his first NFL coaching job.

Congratulations and best of luck, Joker.


Richmond Police Chief releases new details on the Richmond bar fight

This morning, Richmond Police Chief Larry R. Brock released new details about the bar fight that allegedly involved Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, Tymere Dubose and EKU lineman Colton Scurry at Jerzee’s in Richmond this weekend. It’s important to note that Brock does not mention the UK football players by name:

“On 01/25/2015, at approximately 5:00 P.M., a complainant reported to Richmond Police that he had been assaulted at a local bar by several male subjects.

“The complainant reported that he was at Jerzee’s, 122 E. Main Street, at approximately 12:30 A.M. when he was grabbed by three to four males who began hitting the complainant repeatedly in the head. At one point the complainant reported losing consciousness. Following the assault, the complainant attempted to walk back to EKU, where he is a student. He was accompanied by two females who were attempting to aid him. Eventually an ambulance was summoned and the complainant was taken to Baptist Health hospital for treatment.

“The complainant reported that he suffered cuts under his right eye, above his left eye, and to his head that required closure by stitches or staples. He also suffered a broken nose and broken bones in and around his right cheek bone and orbital socket. The officer taking the report observed severe swelling and bruising to the complainant’s face.

“The investigation is currently ongoing with interviews of witnesses being conducted and other evidence being analyzed. Once the investigation has been completed and the facts are fully established, the department will take the appropriate action with regard to the filing of charges against any person deemed to be culpable. Until that time, the department will have no further comment on the matter. “

[Herald-Leader]


EKU bar fight victim threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car in 2013

EKU bar fight victim threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car in 2013

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By now, you probably know that EKU lineman Colton Scurry was hospitalized over the weekend with major facial injuries after an alleged brawl with UK football players Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose. No arrests have been made, nor any official details released, but the rumor mill is churning, with both sides pointing fingers at the other over who started it.

Two witnesses who said they came to the bar with the UK players told The Courier-Journal that Scurry instigated the fight, while the girlfriend of the bar’s bouncer told LEX18 that Barker, Baker, and Dubose jumped Scurry, breaking a bottle over his face. Scurry locked down his Twitter account yesterday, but this screencap of a tweet he sent nearly two years ago is making the rounds. Scurry tweeted that he threw beer bottles at Nerlens Noel’s car back in June 2013. That may suggest that Scurry has a history of antagonizing UK players, or it may suggest he was just a dumb kid doing dumb kid things. Regardless, this is a really unfortunate story and I’m incredibly disappointed UK players are involved.


What we know about last Saturday’s bar fight

What we know about last Saturday’s bar fight

The story about Saturday night’s alleged bar fight between Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose and EKU lineman Colton Scurry has dominated the headlines tonight, and a LOT of rumors are flying back and forth. Therefore, I thought it would be wise to break down what we know and what we don’t know about what happened to save us all a little stress.

What we know

EKU lineman Colton Scurry was hospitalized after an incident at Jerzee’s Bar in Richmond late Saturday night/Sunday morning. Multiple witnesses say Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose were involved.

EKU’s statement

“We are currently investigating information reported to us regarding a possible assault on one of our students in an off-campus location, as well as a possible related incident in Telford Hall that may have occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning. We can not divulge the the name the students who may have been involved at this time. This is all I know at this time.”

EKU police report

EKU officials received a report today about an assault that went down at Telford Hall at 2:54 a.m. on Sunday. The report says an individual was “assaulted by a person known to them.” It’s still under investigation.

Colton Scurry’s tweet from Monday night

“The two most important days in your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Witnesses:

From LEX18:

“My boyfriend’s a bouncer there,” Alex Carpenter, an EKU student told LEX 18. “He just said that it was 3 UK players who jumped one of our Eastern football players. And they broke a bottle over his face. They had to take him to the hospital. He had to get some stitches in his face.”

From The Courier-Journal:

“We were in the back part of Jerzee’s,” said Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker’s from Conner High School. “A couple people started talking (abusively) and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that.”

Scurry’s father:

“He’s got so much swelling,” the father said. “He couldn’t see for the last two days. Several fractures in his face and nose.”

UK has yet to release a statement. Mark Stoops is reportedly on the road recruiting and is gathering information about the incident. Hopefully, we’ll hear more tomorrow.


The Courier-Journal cites witnesses that say EKU player was the aggressor

And now, an update to the earlier story tonight about Colton Scurry, an EKU football player that was allegedly beat up by Drew Barker, Dorian Baker, and Tymere Dubose over the weekend in Richmond. The Courier-Journal is citing witnesses that say Scurry instigated the incident:

“We were in the back part of Jerzee’s,” said Will Ruholt, a friend of Barker’s from Conner High School. “A couple people started talking (abusively) and things started to get a little heated. Colton Scurry is the one who started the entire fight. He pushed me. Multiple people can verify that.”

No arrests have been made yet and UK still hasn’t released a statement. For now, both sides are claiming the other started it all, but when it comes down to it, the three Kentucky players shouldn’t have put themselves in that scenario in the first place, especially after getting in trouble for the air gun incident last year.

[Courier-Journal]

 


EKU football player injured in Richmond bar fight, three UK football players possibly involved

An Eastern Kentucky football player was injured in a bar fight in Richmond over the weekend and three UK players are in the middle of the finger pointing, though the extent of their involvement is unknown at this time.

What is known is Colton Scurry, an offensive lineman for the Colonels, was hospitalized with significant facial injuries after an altercation at Jerzee’s in Richmond. There is also an investigation into a related incident on campus, according to EKU.

KSR is hearing the three Wildcats believed to be involved are Drew Barker, Dorian Baker and Tymere Dubose, formerly of last season’s pellet gun incident.

We’ll have more as it comes out.

For now, Ugh.


Mark Stoops may add former Cal defensive coordinator to staff

WKYT is reporting UK may hire former Cal defensive coordinator Andy Buh to join the football staff in Lexington. A source told WKYT Mark Stoops was “very impressed” by Buh in a recent interview.

He will likely fill the opening Craig Naivar left behind, if hired.


Deflategate, Chris Jones’ Flop and the Morality of Sport

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Call me a prude, but if I hear yet another story this week about how grown men handle their balls, I’m boycotting ESPN.

Unless you’ve been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail with Reese Witherspoon (a great flick, by the way, from Ms. Flick), your aural and visual senses likely have been inside zone blitzed for days by “Deflategate,” the latest SPORTS SCANDAL OF THE CENTURY, in which the New England Patriots have been accused of breaking NFL rules by under-inflating footballs for competitive advantage during last week’s AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

The over-scrutinized, über-hyperbolic media coverage of the brouhaha (more cleverly-named “Ballghazi”) clearly demonstrates how in today’s angry Twitterverse, the sports news vacuum created by Super Bowl Bye Week is no longer the exclusive dominion of pro-NFL hype.

But even though the media’s reaction has been wildly disproportionate to the nature of the wrongdoing, it’s an important discussion to have.  And while I’m a hard-core Pats fan (I went to school in Boston), should the NFL’s investigation prove the culpability of superstar quarterback Tom Brady or head coach Bill Belichick (who should already be on double-secret probation for 2007’s Spygate scandal), either man should be suspended immediately and punished severely.

For despite the extraordinary unlikelihood that the slight ball deflation altered the outcome of the game (New England crushed Indy 45-7), the incident strikes at the core value of competitive athletics.  Due to sport’s unique and exceptional impact on society, we must insist on a zero tolerance policy on cheating.

There are many gradations of cheating in the sports world.  First and worst is subverting team play in order to secure outside financial advantage, such as through point-shaving or game-throwing as part of an illegal sports gambling conspiracy.  Close behind is trying to capture game-day advantage through means that demonstrably risk long-term physical harm, i.e. overuse of performance enhancing drugs. (While I argued here that Big Sport should reconsider its War on Steroids, I have no sympathy for the Lance Armstrongs of the world who know the rules and deviously violate them.)  Then comes impropriety such as Deflategate — or baseball-scuffing or bat-corking –where the playing field is unleveled, and confidence in the sanctity of the game is undermined.

But in a different sense, perhaps the worst kind of sports cheating is the most subtle, by far the most common, and unfortunately, the most accepted as part of the nature of the game.  I’m speaking of the little lies that players tell as they seek unfair advantage through undetected deception and understated artifice.  It’s the outfielder who knows he trapped the ball but pretends to have caught it cleanly.  It’s the defensive lineman who burrows through a pile to wrest the ball out of the hands out of the running back who legitimately held possession when the whistle blew.  It’s the tennis player who calls the ball out when she’s the only one who knows that it nicked the baseline.  It’s the catcher who “frames” the pitch by quickly moving his glove into the strike zone to fool the umpire.

And then — by far the most pervasive subtle cheating today — it’s the flop: the World Cup midfielder, or NFL wide receiver, or NHL defenseman who fakes contact with an opponent to delude the referee into calling a penalty on the other team.

The Big Blue Nation witnessed one of the most ridiculous exhibits of this misconduct in Kentucky’s December matchup with intrastate archival Louisville.  As Cats big Dakari Johnson hauled down a rebound, Cardinal guard Chris Jones pretended that he was struck by Johnson’s elbow; and in what my colleague Drew Franklin termed the “worst acting performance since Eddie Murphy in The Adventures of Pluto Nash,” he continued to feign an imaginary jaw injury minutes after Dakari’s swing and whiff. (Watch the replay or check out this Play-doh recreation.)

Of course, sports fans, there was a happy ending. The refs didn’t buy what Jones was selling; the national press lambasted him; and much to his credit, coach Rick Pitino benched the Card guard for most of the following game.  Even Jones admitted later that the whole incident was “embarrassing.”

But too often, crime pays.  Miami star Dwayne Wade’s infamous flop in Game 2 of last year’s NBA finals put All-Star San Antonio Spur Manu Ginobili into early foul trouble, likely influencing the outcome of a game that Wade’s Heat won by only two points.  And just a few weeks ago, a Tyson Chandler flop pretty much clinched the game for his Dallas Mavericks, fouling out the Sacramento Kings’ best player, former Cat Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins.

But it’s less the outcome than the behavior itself that’s most disturbing.  To be clear, game-throwing, PED-using and even equipment-altering are much more morally offensive than subtle play-acting.  But when these transparently egregious infractions are identified, the strong penalties that are usually imposed send a powerful public message.

By contrast, when a player gets away with a particular crafty flop or an ingenious deception — especially if he is on our team — he sometimes is celebrated.  Bobby Thompson may have hit “the shot heard around the world,” to win the 1951 National League playoff with the Brooklyn Dodgers, but New York Giants were stealing the catcher’s signs to his pitcher, a practice still defended to this day by some fans and surviving players.

And that’s the pernicious problem.  Over the past few months, I’ve used this column to extol the virtue and meaning of sport, particularly my favorite, college hoops.  I’ve discussed how Anthony Davis models selflessness; how Richie Farmer’s foibles offer meaningful lessons on hubris, entitlement and forgiveness; and most of all, how Kentucky basketball serves as the most powerful force in our Commonwealth for community and connection.

So when players cheat and then triumph, sport is sending an equally compelling, but this time a sinister and destructive message: that dishonesty is permissible on occasion, that deception is acceptable societal behavior.  In a culture where winning is everything, the lesson learned — particularly by our impressionable youth — is that corner-cutting, spin, and clever chicanery are the necessary arsenal to achieve the American Dream.  The slope from flopping to test cheating to tax dodging to political lying to insider trading to criminal defrauding is quite slippery indeed.

Sports have a commanding influence on our society; they must model integrity, fairness, rectitude, and character.   That’s why the NFL must crack down strongly on the Ballghazi perpetrators.  And that’s why college refs should start assessing technical fouls — and in the most egregious cases, suspensions — for any proven instances of malicious flopping.

As we watch grownups play kids’ games, we should always remember to see them through our children’s eyes.  It’s critical that the lessons young people learn from the sport model the kind of society we’d like them to inherit.


3-star DB de-commits from UK, may pledge Auburn

3-star DB de-commits from UK, may pledge Auburn

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With just over a week to go before National Signing Day, UK has lost a big defensive commitment – and it comes just days after getting a big one.

Jeremiah Dinson, a 2015 defensive back, announced on Twitter today that he has decommitted from UK.

Auburn is now the favorite, according to 24/7 Sports.

Dinson, a 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back for American High School in Miami, committed to UK in September.

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The news comes just days after UK got an Auburn player to switch to the Cats. Three-star defensive back Chris Westry flipped to UK earlier last week.

 

 


Za’Darius Smith will be tackling people on the NFL Network

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Kentucky basketball did its thing today and now it’s Za’Darius Smith’s time to shine. Big Z is suited up and ready to take the field in today’s Senior Bowl, airing on the NFL network at 4:00 pm.

Smith was the defensive MVP of last weekend’s Shrine Game and he’s making the most of his post-college football as the draft approaches. Another big day today will go a long way toward his increasing stock on the boards. Teams will certainly be keeping an eye on him.

Go get ‘em, Z.


Aerial footage of the construction at Commonwealth Stadium

In other news, I want a drone. KSR needs one, right?


New pictures of the Commonwealth Stadium renovations

Earlier this week, UK Athletics gave us a sneak peek of the latest renovations to Commonwealth Stadium, and they’re back today with more pictures of the progress. Have a look:

The East end zone, the location of team facilities, the recruiting room and the student section.

A view from the new sideline suite level.

The North outer facade of The New CWS.

More good stuff where that came from over at TheNewCWS.com.


Za’Darius Smith continues to turn heads at the Senior Bowl

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Za’Darius Smith is in Mobile, Alabama for the Senior Bowl, and after an impressive showing at the Shrine Game this past weekend, Za’Darius continues to turn heads:

The game is Saturday at 3 p.m. CT on the NFL Network, and apparently, Za’Darius, a Greenville, Alabama native, will have over 50 family members in attendance.

Go get ‘em, Big Z.