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Stop It, Darren Rovell

Darren “D-Money” Rovell loves to Tweet random facts about the business of sports.  This morning he dropped a nugget on the Kentucky-Alabama matchup that will not make you feel any better about tonight’s game.

You know what’s astounding, Darren?  How terrible you are at basketball.

Big Cat vs. Rovell 1 on 1 from Barstool Sports on Vimeo.


Dorian Baker didn’t make the trip

Dorian Baker didn’t make the trip

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Kentucky will be without Dorian Baker in Tuscaloosa tomorrow. Baker tweeted a good luck message to his teammates on Friday, which means he stayed back in Lexington with that nagging hamstring injury.

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Guess that means more touchdowns for Charles Walker.


Week Five Television Schedule

 

Courtesy: Trending Top Lists

Courtesy: Trending Top Lists

Week Five Television Schedule
(All Times EST)
Time Game Television
12:00 Texas at Oklahoma State ABC
12:00 Miami (FL) at Georgia Tech ESPN2
12:00 Alcorn State at Arkansas SEC Network
12:00 Florida at Vanderbilt SEC Network
3:30 Wisconsin at Michigan ABC
3:30 Tennessee at Georgia CBS
3:30 Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn SEC Network
4:00 Texas A&M at South Carolina SEC Network
5:00 Oklahoma at TCU FOX
7:00 Memphis at Ole Miss ESPN2
7:00 Kentucky at Alabama ESPN
7:30 Missouri at LSU SEC Network
8:00 Louisville at Clemson ABC
10:30 Arizona at UCLA ESPN

KSR’s Week Five College Football Preview

KSR’s Week Five College Football Preview

 

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SEC Games

Alcorn State at (#20) Arkansas

Why Alcorn State will win: The Braves enter Fayetteville with a record of 1-2. Noah Johnson has led the charge on offense as he passed for 482 yards and rushed for 128 more. He is a versatile quarterback that has shown through Kenny Hill and Trevor Knight to be a weakness of the Razorbacks. When the ball is not in Johnson’s hands, he will hand it off to running backs Arron Baker and De’Lance Turner.

Why Arkansas will win: While Arkansas has struggled slowing down dual threat quarterbacks this season, Noah Johnson is nowhere near as good as Hill and Knight. That and the Arkansas offense is going up on defense that is giving up an average of over 35 points/game. The Braves’ secondary will have issues slowing down Austin Allen and his top target Drew Morgan.

Gorm’s Guess: Arkansas 49 Alcorn State 9: The Razorbacks should have no issues moving the ball against a bad Alcorn State defense. This may be close early, but Arkansas should pull away for an easy win.

(#23) Florida at Vanderbilt

Why Florida will win: The Gators will most likely be without Luke Del Rio this weekend again as they make the trip into Nashville. In his debut last week, Austin Appleby passed for 326 yards and 3 touchdowns. He will have to rely on Antonio Callaway to make plays against the Commodore defense. Callaway has been very good so far this season as he is 4th in the SEC with 335 receiving yards. The Gators traditionally turn Vanderbilt Stadium blue and orange for this game, which will help Appleby feel more at home.

Why Vanderbilt will win: Vanderbilt very well should have lost last week in Bowling Green. Ralph Webb rushed for 94 yards and 3 scores and was the only positive of the Vanderbilt offense. Webb does lead the SEC in rushing yards with 472 (Boom Williams is 2nd) and could give the Gator defense fits.

Gorm’s Guess: Florida 24 Vanderbilt 17: I think this will be closer than most people think. Florida blew a massive lead to Tennessee last week and will be without Luke Del Rio again.

Louisiana-Monroe at Auburn

Why Louisiana-Monroe will win: Quarterback Garrett Smith has passed for 742 yards and 6 touchdowns while adding another 177 on the ground. Smith loves getting the ball into the hands of RJ Turner who has 239 of those receiving yards. The Warhawks will need an all around great game from this offense as they will be going up against the best defense they have faced to date.

Why Auburn will win: Gus Malzahn definitely cooled down his hot seat with the Tigers upset over LSU. Malzahn will need this game to get back above .500 before games against Mississippi State and Arkansas. The defense has definitely been the strong suit for Auburn, but the offense should have success against ULM. The Tigers are going to run the ball right at the Warhawks behind Kerryon Johnson and Kamryn Pettway. You can expect both of them to rush for at least 75 yards in a big win for Auburn.

Gorm’s Guess: Auburn 56 ULM 13: Malzahn will get his team to 3-2 behind Johnson and Pettway.

(#11) Tennessee at (#25) Georgia

Why Tennessee will win: The tale of two halves. In the first half, Tennessee was getting embarrassed. Florida was dominating in every facet of the game. The Vols then went on to rip off 38 unanswered points to defeat the Gators. Joshua Dobbs finally had his breakthrough game by passing for 319 yards and rushing for 80 more to combine for 5 touchdowns. Dobbs will need to keep this up against a Georgia team that will try to get back to its winning ways. The Bulldogs struggled mightily against the Ole Miss passing attack last week, which should play to Dobbs’ favor.

Why Georgia will win: Like Tennessee, Georgia did not show up in the first half last week. The only difference is that Georgia didn’t show up for the second half either. The Bulldog offense looked stagnant without Nick Chubb and very well could be without him again this week. They will put the pressure back on Jacob Eason and top target Isaiah McKenzie. The Vols secondary does have holes that was shown at points last week and Eason will have to take advantage of these.

Gorm’s Guess: Tennessee 38 Georgia 27: Tennessee will continue their momentum from a week ago and will defeat the Bulldogs in Athens. There are just too many question marks for the Bulldogs on offense.

(#9) Texas A&M at South Carolina

Why Texas A&M will win: Trevor Knight continues to be a savior for Kevin Sumlin. He was extremely impressive in last week’s huge win over Arkansas. He has passed for 1055 yards and rushed for 308 for 12 combined touchdowns. The Aggie offense is looking as good as it was during parts of the Johnny Manziel days. Defensively, they have also been extremely impressive. The Aggies are emerging as possibly the second best team in the SEC West and could possibly give Alabama a run for their money on October 22nd.

Why South Carolina will win: After three SEC road games to start the year, the Gamecocks’ finally will be able to have one at home. This though is the best team they have faced all year. Brandon McIlwain has passed for 533 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season. The Gamecock offense is still trying to find their stride and will turn to their defense to slow down Knight and company. South Carolina needs this win to avoid starting the season 2-3 for the second straight year.

Gorm’s Guess: Texas A&M 31 South Carolina 14: After winning their SEC opener, the Gamecocks will drop their third straight SEC game. Trevor Knight has been too impressive this season for me to not pick him.

Memphis at (#16) Ole Miss

Why Memphis will win: The Tigers replaced Paxton Lynch with new quarterback Riley Ferguson who has led them to a 3-0 start. Ferguson has plenty of playmakers on offense. Running back Patrick Taylor Jr. and wide receiver Anthony Miller will need to have big games. The Tigers do boast a solid front seven. Their main job will be keeping Chad Kelly inside the pocket and not let him beat them with his legs.

Why Ole Miss will win: The Rebels were upset by the Tigers last year in Memphis 37-24. Revenge is definitely on their mind. The Rebels only had 40 yards rushing and turned the ball over twice. Running back Akeem Judd will need to find a way to take pressure off of Chad Kelly’s shoulders. Kelly has been fantastic this year passing for over 1200 yards and 12 touchdowns. Ole Miss must take advantage of the inexperience that Memphis has at quarterback and try and get out ahead early.

Gorm’s Guess: Ole Miss 45 Memphis 31: Chad Kelly will not lose this game. The Rebels will find a way to incorporate the run game against the Tigers and will win handily.

Missouri at LSU

Why Missouri will win: The Missouri offense has surprised a lot of people this year. Drew Lock is second in the nation with 1508 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. He is given the luxury of spreading the ball out to multiple different targets on offense like J’Mon Moore and Ish Witter. Defensively, their front seven is really good and will be going up against a one dimensional offense in LSU. Leonard Fournette is the key for LSU and if Mizzou slows him down, we could be looking at an upset in Death Valley.

Why LSU will win: The Ed Orgeron era begins in Baton Rouge after Les Miles was fired on Sunday. The LSU offense relies heavily on Leonard Fournette, but in his opening press conference, Orgeron said he wanted to involve the pass more than former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron would. This will either play into the favor of LSU and confuse a talented Missouri defense or will confuse the inexperienced Danny Etling and play into Missouri’s hands.

Gorm’s Guess: Missouri 24 LSU 20: In my upset of the week, I am going to take Missouri to upset LSU. I think it will take Orgeron time for his players to buy into what he is trying to coach. I am not sure that Etling is the answer and Leonard Fournette can only do so much.

Other Games of Note

(#7) Stanford at (#10) Washington (Friday)

Why Stanford will win: Christian McCaffrey is the most electrifying player in college football not named Lamar Jackson. He very well could have won the Heisman last year and is a leading candidate this year. McCaffrey has rushed for 436 yards, caught passes for 119 yards and has 80 return yards. When McCaffrey doesn’t have the ball, the Cardinals will turn to quarterback Ryan Burns and a stout defense.

Why Washington will win: Jake Browning and Myles Gaskin have been really good for Chris Peterson’s Huskies. Browining has passed for 904 yards and 14 touchdowns, while Gaskin has added 302 rushing yards. It is hard to make a firm judgment on how good this Washington team really is. They have won their four games by a combined 183-58, but have only played one team that made a bowl game last season. Defensively, they return 8 starters. This defense should know McCaffrey and should be able to slow him down.

Gorm’s Guess: Stanford 28 Washington 24: Christian McCaffrey is a lot of fun to watch and is one of the best players in College Football. His matchup against the Washington defense is interesting and will be the deciding factor in the game.  

(#8) Wisconsin at (#4) Michigan

Why Wisconsin will win: Wisconsin is one of the surprise teams in the nation this year. After starting the season unranked, the Badgers have had two big wins against LSU and at Michigan State. The key for their success has definitely been defense. They were able to shut down Leonard Fournette week one and held Michigan State to only 6 points. Offensively, Alex Hornibrook has taken over the reigns at quarterback and will look to get the ball to both Corey Clement and Jazz Peavy.

Why Michigan will win: Michigan is a legitimate CFP contender. Offensively, Wilton Speight has played extremely well passing for 875 yards and 9 touchdowns. One of his favorite targets, is tight end, Jake Butt. Butt has 234 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns thus far. Defensively, the Wolverine secondary has been one of the best in nation. They will be going up against their first true test in Wisconsin though.

Gorm’s Guess: Michigan 35 Wisconsin 21: I have picked against the Badgers twice already and they surprised me both times. I just cannot see them surprising me a third time. Harbaugh lives for games like this and the Big House will be rocking.

Oklahoma at (#21) TCU

Why Oklahoma will win: Oklahoma has been pitiful in both of their losses this year. Both Houston and Ohio State dominated on both sides of the ball. If a bright spot had to be chosen, it would be Baker Mayfield, who has passed for nearly 800 yards and 7 touchdowns. The defense continues to be a major concern for the Sooners moving forward. While they are “eliminated” from the CFP running, they will be trying to avoid starting a season 1-3 for the first time since starting 0-4 in 1996, when Baker Mayfield was 1 year old.

Why TCU will win: Kenny Hill has been a monster for TCU this season. He has passed for 1487 yards and rushed for 166. The Horned Frogs lean on him and will expect him to have a big game and I expect him to do that. In Oklahoma’s two losses this season, they have gone up against a dual threat quarterback in Greg Ward and J.T. Barrett. If Hill can take advantage of the weaknesses in the Oklahoma secondary, TCU could make this ugly.

Gorm’s Guess: TCU 45 Oklahoma 35: Oklahoma has struggled against the dual threat quarterback option and that should worry Sooner fans heading into this one.

(#3) Louisville at (#5) Clemson

Why Louisville will win: Lamar Jackson. I am as big of a UofL hater as there is, but dang can this guy play football. Jackson’s stats are unreal as he has passed for 1330 yards and 13 touchdowns, while adding 526 yards and 12 more touchdowns. When Jackson doesn’t have the ball, he is getting it to playmakers Brandon Radcliff and James Quick. Louisville is a legitimate football team. With all of this being said, this will be Louisville’s first road game in a hostile environment.

Why Clemson will win: Heading into this season, no player had more hype than Deshaun Watson. After an unbelievable sophomore season, Watson has not lived up to the hype so far this season. With that being said, he has still passed for 996 yards and rushed for 120, but does have 4 interceptions. Defensively, Clemson is tasked with slowing down Lamar Jackson, something that no team has even been remotely able to do this year.

Gorm’s Guess: Louisville 44 Clemson 38: I have gone back and forth on this game. Lamar Jackson is playing the best football of his life and the Cards have all of the momentum.

 

@GormleyKSR


These ESPN graphics aren’t very encouraging

These ESPN graphics aren’t very encouraging

ESPN.com

ESPN.com

ESPN.com isn’t the website to visit to get fired up for Kentucky’s chances in Tuscaloosa. With a graphic like the one above and a matchup predictor like the one below, it’s hard to imagine any scenario where Kentucky wins the game.screen-shot-2016-09-30-at-11-47-28-am

Those defensive SEC ranks are pretty bad. Well, not pretty bad — as bad as it could possibly get. Kentucky is last across the board.

But how ’bout that 2.1 percent chance!!!


Happy Birthday Boom Williams!

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A big happy birthday shout out to to the junior running back! Williams has rushed for a total 476 yards and two touchdowns already this season. Williams is ranked fourth in the SEC in yards per carry with eight yards.

If Boom keeps this type of play up, we will definitely see him play on Sundays. Kentucky is very lucky to have him in the backfield.

You can go wish Boom a very happy birthday on Twitter @boom_that_guy.

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UK fans having a little fun with Bear Bryant bust down in Alabama

UK fans having a little fun with Bear Bryant bust down in Alabama

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The Big Blue Mist is gradually making its way into Tuscaloosa today and a group of Kentucky fans have already had some harmless fun in Alabama’s Paul W. Bryant Museum with a minor makeover of Bryant’s bust.

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I’ve heard there was a pretty big Kentucky turnout at last night’s East Mississippi Community College game, too. The popular JUCO team from Netflix’s Last Chance U documentary defeated Mississippi Delta Junior College, EMCC’s opponent from last year’s big brawl, 73-7.


Kentucky Digital Library

The Kentucky Wild-Tide

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The University of Kentucky and the University of Alabama have extensive historical ties. This connection is attributable to several athletic coaches and spans seven decades. Starting with Bear Bryant and finishing with John Pelphrey and Derrick Ainsley; the Wildcats and Crimson Tide have shared loyalties.

Let’s take a look:

Paul Bear Bryant: Head football coach at Kentucky and Alabama. The Bear coached the Wildcats to its first SEC and only national championship (1951). His UK teams played in the Great Lakes, Orange, and Cotton Bowls as he departed Lexington with a 60-23 record. The Bear later won 6 national championships at Alabama.

CM Newton: Former Alabama head basketball coach and University of Kentucky Athletics Director. CM led the Tide basketball team for 12 seasons (211-123). His Bama teams won SEC titles in three consecutive seasons: 1974-75-76. Newton was recommended for the Alabama head coaching job by Adolph Rupp to then Alabama Athletics Director Bear Bryant.

Kentucky Digital Library

Kentucky Digital Library

Jerry Claiborne: Played for Bear Bryant at Kentucky and was later became the University’s head football coach. Claiborne coached for the Bear at UK, Texas A&M and Alabama. Much like Bryant, his alma mater was his final coaching destination. Claiborne was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1983 and led the Cats to back-to-back Hall of Fame Bowl appearances. His last Kentucky team captured the College Football Association Academic Achievement Trophy with an astounding 90% graduation rate while posting a 6-5 record in 1989. For the fourth and final time, Claiborne reconnected with the Bear in 1999.  This time wasn’t on the sidelines, but in the College Football Hall of Fame. I loved my college football coach.

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Montgomery Adviser

Bill Curry: Alabama and Kentucky head football coach. Curry’s Alabama teams appeared in the Sun, Hall of Fame, and Sugar Bowls. Coaching staff members that assisted Curry at both UK and Bama are:

Larry New: Linebackers, Defensive Coordinator

-John Guy: Defensive Line/Outside Linebackers, Associate Head Coach

-Rick Rhodes: Offensive Line-Coordinator

-Tommy Limbaugh: Recruiting Coordinator, TE’s

-Tommy Bowden: WR’s, Offensive Coordinator

-Walter Lewis: Former UA QB, Running Backs.

-Rick Smith: Secondary

-Jack Fligg: Administration, Special Teams

John Pelphrey: Current Alabama Associate Head Coach, Basketball. Pelphrey starred and captained one of the most beloved Kentucky Basketball teams of all time; The Unforgettables.

Derrick Ainsley: Current Alabama defensive backs coach. Ansley formerly held the same position under Mark Stoops at the University of Kentucky.

There are more coaching connections than listed above. But the conclusion remains the same: Alabama and Kentucky have history.


Go All-Access with this feature video from the South Carolina win

Go All-Access with this feature video from the South Carolina win

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Kentucky Wildcats TV released its all-access video from the Cats’ win over South Carolina last weekend. The six-minute feature gives a new look into that game with highlights from the field, sideline and in the locker room.

It’s definitely worth your time on this Friday afternoon:


The weed in Alabama linebacker’s car belonged to an imaginary friend, not him

Alabama linebacker Tim Williams picked up a gun charge early Thursday morning but avoided any drug-related charges, despite having a bag of marijuana in the console of his car.

According to the arrest report, the weed belonged to a friend named “Brandon Chicken” — or at least that’s what Williams and the man in the driver’s seat of Williams’ car told police. Williams and the man were simply holding the weed for “Chicken,” they said.

If that is indeed true and Chicken is indeed a real person, he must be pretty upset he was thrown under the bus by his friends. He also must be pretty upset the officers smelled burning marijuana coming from inside Williams’ Chevy Impala, which suggests his friends were smoking his stash in the Publix parking lot.

Nick Saban has yet to issue a suspension for his star linebacker for the Kentucky game, because, why would Alabama ever suspend a player over gun charges and holding pot for an imaginary friend?


Nick Saban still hoping Damien Harris will play

We likely won’t know Damien Harris’ game status until kickoff on Saturday, but Nick Saban is still holding out hope Harris will be a go for the Crimson Tide.

On his weekly call-in show last night, Saban told his listeners, “Damien did twist his ankle a little bit, but he was able to practice this week. We’re hopeful that he’ll be able to go in the game, but we have confidence in those other three guys, as well.”

Harris is Alabama’s leading rusher and he ranks second in the conference with 8.6 yards per carry. Alabama will be fine with its stable of backs if he’s unable to go against the Cats, but this is the last game on the schedule Harris wants to miss.

With a crazy difficult four-game slate after the UK game, you gotta think Saban will keep Harris sidelined if it’s a close call. Or he may just let his starting back run wild on his home state school and runner-up in his recruitment.

We wish nothing but the best for Harris, but we wouldn’t mind seeing him sit this one out. I don’t think the state of Kentucky is ready to watch him rush for 200 yards against UK.


The Weirdest Fan Traditions in Sports

The Weirdest Fan Traditions in Sports

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As Kentucky fans, we’re used to it, but when you think about it, Big Blue Madness Campout is a weird tradition. Fans camping out for tickets to a game happens at other schools, but camping out for tickets to a practice? Only at Kentucky.

It was Joe B. Hall that started Midnight Madness — then called “Midnight Special” — back in 1982, but the tradition of camping out for seats started in the Rick Pitino era. Back when the event was held at Memorial Coliseum, there weren’t really tickets; UK used to just open the doors and let as many fans in as they could. Over the years, fans started forming the line earlier and earlier, and in 1995, Wally Clark was determined to be the first person there, so he arrived 17 days early and camped out, sparking a tradition that has stuck ever since. Even when the event moved to Rupp Arena in 2005, fans continued to line up in front of the ticket office at Memorial Coliseum for days on end. Like the program, the event was given new life under John Calipari, and in 2014, a record 760 tents were set up in “Tent City,” one of many memorable moments in an unforgettable season.

Although this year’s crowd is less than years past due to limited camping space, it’s still one of the coolest fan traditions in sports; however, it’s far from the weirdest. Here are some that top it.

(Note: There are tons of weird traditions in sports, so I limited this list to just those started by fans.) 

John Brown University: Throwing toilet paper on the court after the first basket

In the late 1970’s, a couple of students at John Brown University, a liberal arts college in Arkansas, started throwing toilet paper on the court during basketball games, which quickly turned into a tradition. Now, students throw rolls of TP onto the court after the John Brown scores its first basket, which results in a technical foul. Naturally, you don’t want to pick up a technical for this reason every game, so the fans reserve the tradition for one game of the year, the aptly named Toilet Paper Game. It’s even sponsored by Charmin now because of course.


Auburn: Rolling Toomer’s Corner

The tradition of throwing toilet paper rolls onto the oaks at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn started in 1972. The ritual became such a part of Auburn football that in 2011, Harvey Updyke, an Alabama fan, poisoned the oak trees after the Tigers beat the Crimson Tide. The trees eventually died off, but were replaced and the tradition rolls on, even though one of the threes caught on fire after Auburn’s win over LSU last weekend:

Don’t worry: police caught the guy who started the fire, and he now faces a felony charge of 1st degree criminal mischief.


Detroit Red Wings: Throwing octopi on the ice

This is by far the grossest tradition in sports. In 1952, two brothers threw a dead octopus on the ice during the Red Wings’ Stanley Cup playoff run. Each tentacle of the animal represented a win in the playoffs (back then, you only needed to win eight), and when the Red Wings swept the series, the octopus became a good luck charm. Now, fans throw octopi on the ice during home playoff games, and the guy who goes out to clean it up twirls it around his head, which is just disgusting.


Florida Panthers: Rat Trick

In a similar tradition, fans of the Florida Panthers NHL team throw rats (both real and plastic) onto the ice to celebrate goals. The practice started in 1995, when Panthers captain Scott Mellanby killed a rat with a hockey stick in the locker room by smacking it into the wall before a game. During the game, he scored two goals, leading Panthers goalie Jon Vanbiesbrouck to quip, “He scored a rat trick.” The next night, a fan threw a plastic rat on the ice after a goal, and the tradition picked up steam. In 1996, the NHL started allowing refs to penalize the home team if objects were thrown on the ice, but it still happens from time to time, especially when the Panthers are in the playoffs.


Penn: Toast Toss

Penn’s fight song includes the line, “Here’s a toast to dear old Penn,” which used to prompt fans at football games to toast the team with highballs of booze when the song was played between the third and fourth quarters. When alcohol was banned from the stadium in the 1970’s, students started throwing actual toast, or sometimes bagels and muffins. During each game, approximately 20,000-30,000 pieces of toast a thrown.


Taylor University: Silent Night

For the past 20 years, every Friday night before exams, students at Taylor University dress up in costumes for to the annual “Silent Night” game. Fans don’t make a sound until the team scores its tenth point, after which they scream and let loose. Here’s a SportsCenter feature on it from last season:


Wisconsin: “Jump Around”

For obvious reasons, I’m not a Wisconsin fan, but even I have to admit it’s awesome when they play “Jump Around” between the third and fourth quarters:

The 80,000 person mosh pit gets so crazy that it actually registered on the Richter Scale in 2008. This tradition isn’t exactly weird, but I like it so much I had to include it.


West Virginia (and Kentucky): Couch Burning

If Kentucky goes to the Final Four this season (hell, if they beat Alabama tomorrow), inevitably, someone will burn a couch in Lexington. While the act has become a symbol of Kentucky’s success in basketball during the Calipari era, it actually originated in West Virginia in the 1970’s. Couch burning became even more popular in Morgantown about 20 years ago when trash pick-up companies starting slacking on their contracts, leading trash to pile up in the streets, especially in student neighborhoods. Over a 15-year period, 1,799 street fires and 633 dumpster fires were set by West Virginia students, making the happenings on State Street in Lexington look like tiddlywinks. The student government even put together a PSA to discourage students from burning couches:

I doubt it worked.


Mark Stoops’ last comments of the week

Mark Stoops’ last comments of the week

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Mark Stoops met with the media one last time after Thursday’s practice before the team loads up the plane and flies to Tuscaloosa tomorrow.

There wasn’t much news in Stoops’ comments, but he did have this to say about the week and the challenge Alabama presents:

I’m excited about the opportunity and I’m worried about us and competing at a high level and getting better. That’s what we’ve been stressing all week is having that great attention to detail, fundamentally playing better. Our communication needs to be better, so we’re anxious to get out there and have another great opportunity.”

He also said the team lost a little focus during Wednesday’s practice once the rain came down and they moved inside. They practiced in the rain for a good 40 minutes, he said, until it started pouring on them.

“We went inside and didn’t carry the same concentration we were doing the first part of practice.”

The Cats will hold another walkthrough in Lexington tomorrow morning and then it’s #wheelsup to T-Town.


Nick launched his television career on Louisville’s Great Day Live!

Nick launched his television career on Louisville’s Great Day Live!

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Our little Nick’s all growed up.

Today he appeared on Great Day Live! on WHAS in Louisville to look ahead to Kentucky’s upcoming Alabama game, to which he said the Cats have “no chance in France” at winning. He also spoke about Stephen Johnson and the defense’s confidence-boost from the win.

Watch as our favorite KSR football podcast host makes his TV debut:


Toth named semifinalist for prestigious Campbell Award

Toth named semifinalist for prestigious Campbell Award

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Kentucky center Jon Toth has been named a national finalist for the Campbell Award, named given each year to the nation’s top scholar-athlete. The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced its semifinalists Thursday afternoon.

The NFF will announce its 12-14 finalists on November 1 and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 59th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 6th, where one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 27th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

Someone check on Freddie Maggard.