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Football Season Coverage
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 19th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
Every year, UK has to self-report violations to the NCAA, and last year, one of them involved “Last Chance U” star Brittany Wagner. Wagner, the former athletics academic advisor at East Mississippi Community College, became a star after Netflix’s series came out and was invited to a UK’s season opener vs. Southern Miss last year. (You probably remember that she appeared on the KSR pregame show, along with my podcast and Matt’s podcast.)
According to the Courier-Journal, an SEC Network color commentator requested tickets for Wagner to the game, which UK Football assistant Lamar Thomas left at will-call under his name. Apparently, because Wagner is an employee of a junior college, that’s a violation, which UK immediately reported to the NCAA. In response, UK Football staffers had to go through training about what to do in that situation (put Wagner on a pass list for recruits instead of leaving her tickets at will-call) and were prohibited from visiting EMCC prospects off campus for a month. The NCAA at work, my friends.
All 17 violations UK reported in the 2016-17 year were Level 3 (minor). Women’s basketball accounted for five; football, women’s golf, gymnastics, men’s soccer, and swimming diving two; and men’s basketball and track and field one each. The men’s basketball one is especially trivial. A freshman player posted a picture with a recruit on Snapchat, which violates the NCAA rule for publicizing the visit. Because it’s SnapChat, the image disappeared after 24 hours, but the entire team still had to go through a rules education session.
Read more about UK’s 17 self-reported violations over at The Courier-Journal. And then shake your head.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 18th, 2017 @ 8:35pm
Last Thursday, 2018 JUCO DB Domonique Williams pledged his commitment to Kentucky over offers from Iowa State, UNLV, and Colorado State, among others.
Williams became the twelfth recruit to join UK’s heralded 2018 recruiting class, moving the Wildcats into the top-25 of the recruiting rankings.
In case you didn’t see his commitment, you can watch it below:
Romans 12:12 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/oV7QRUFmuO
— Dom Williams 🤧 (@dom21_) June 16, 2017
KSR sat down with Williams to discuss his commitment to Kentucky, his future role on the defense, his relationship with the Wildcat coaching staff, and how excited he is to play in front of the Big Blue Nation.
When it came to UK, Williams says his fit on the defense and his opportunity to make it to the NFL under Mark Stoops separated the Wildcats from the pack.
“I chose Kentucky because I feel like I fit in there extremely well. I can do big things to help make Kentucky a better team in the future. I know that playing for Coach Stoops and Coach Clinkscale will help me get to the next level,” Williams said.
The 6’0, 190-pound defensive back had an extremely impressive camp last week at UK, causing the Wildcat coaching staff to pull the Tennessee native aside and offer him a scholarship on the spot. He said his versatility in the secondary turned heads.
“I think the coaching staff loves the fact that I can play multiple positions in the secondary. At camp last week I was playing regular CB, but during 1-on-1 drills, I played some nickel as well. I do a great job of guarding slot receivers,” said Williams.
With so much talent at camp last week, Williams said he wanted to make sure he did his part recruiting some high-level prospects to join him as a Kentucky Wildcat.
Two of those recruits? Four-star athlete Quindarious Monday and cornerback Jalen Huff.
“I was with (Quindarious) Monday & Jalen (Huff) for the most part. They both have offers from UK as well. They were both cool and we follow each other on Twitter and everything to stay in contact. We have a really good relationship.”
After recording 49 tackles, ten pass breakups, and three interceptions last season for Highland CC, Williams says he knows exactly what he needs to work on in the near future to thrive at the next level.
“I need to work on attacking and playing the ball better while it’s in the air. Last year I had a lot of deflections, but I couldn’t convert them all to interceptions. If I can turn all of them into interceptions, I know I will be able to make an impact and change the game a lot more.”
When asked about the Kentucky fanbase, Williams says they played a big part in his decision to attend UK next season.
“The BBN is absolutely crazy,” Williams said. “They show major love and I love it. I can’t wait to make plays in front of all of them at Kroger Field next fall”
With college football recruiting being a never-ending cycle, Williams wants the Kentucky fanbase to know he is here to stay.
“I am 100% committed to the University of Kentucky.”
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Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, whether you’ve spent your day grilling, napping, watching golf, or just doing regular dad things.
Some of your favorite UK players are surely putting in work, while others are probably celebrating with their dads. A few took to social media to sound off on the holiday:
A post shared by Brad Calipari (@brad.calipari) on
Happy Father's Day to the coolest guy I know pic.twitter.com/PkD2h8al3E
— Stephen Johnson II (@stephen_h_j) June 18, 2017
Happy Father's Day to my best friend since birth! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/uKoZHj5DuI
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) June 18, 2017
Happy Fathers Day to All the Fathers out there and Father Figures as well. Blessings🙏🏾
— Jarred Vanderbilt (@JVando_) June 18, 2017
Because it’s always fun to envision the future of the football team, let’s take a look at Kentucky’s two newest recruits from the last two days.
DeAndre Square: 2018 Four-Star Outside Linebacker
Square is one of the best players out of Michigan in the 2018 class. Standing at 6’1″ and 205 pound, the defenseman out of Cass Technical High School in Detroit is sure to make an impact in two years for the Cats.
Keontra Smith: 2019 Four-Star Safety
Looks pretty savage to me. This guy will be suiting up for the Cats in three seasons, just in time to fill Mike Edwards shoes. I’m a fan.
By Haley Simpson on ©June 17th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
It’s always great when others take notice when Kentucky has something special. Today, that’s Mike Edwards.
Saturday Down South just released their top 10 “most ferocious hitters in the SEC” and Edwards was second on the list – only behind Darrin Kirkland Jr. of Tennessee.
Here’s what they had to say about Edwards:
“The 6-0, 200-pound backbone of the Kentucky defense is both studious and relentless. The junior-to-be led all SEC defensive backs in tackles last year with 100, and more than a few of them were of the bone-crunching variety. He was a rock in the Wildcats’ resurgent 2016 season, starting all 13 games, and he never failed to make his presence felt.“
While we’re at it, let’s relive his interception at UofL:
That was a good day.
By Haley Simpson on ©June 17th, 2017 @ 11:31am
Mark Stoops and his crew are rolling into the weekend with two back-to-back yahtzee’s.
Listed as a four-star prospect on both Rivals and 24-7 Sports, Keontra Smith tweeted his commitment to the Big Blue this morning, choosing the Cats over: Auburn, Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Oregon and his home school of Miami.
— Keontra 🔑 (@IronMan794) June 17, 2017
Smith is a 5-11, 205-pound safety at Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, FL – just another recruit for Stoops and Co. out of the Sunshine State.
This is the second commitment in two days for the Cats, as DeAndre Square – a 2018 four-star outside linebacker – committed to Kentucky yesterday.
What a way to start a Saturday.
By Maggie Davis on ©June 17th, 2017 @ 10:00am
Yesterday was National Mascot Day, so it’s only appropriate to begin today’s post with a photo of our beloved Wildcat (in case you were wondering, it seems today is National Eat Your Vegetables Day, so… go crazy). It’s been an exciting week here in the BBN, so let’s jump right into today’s Top 10.
1. I have to bring it up…
I know there’s been plenty of coverage about the current situation in Louisville, but it seemed weird to not bring it up at all. I haven’t really had the chance to share my own thoughts on the subject yet, and I won’t bore you with the specifics, but I’d love to know: which part do you consider the most outrageous?
Could it be the fact that at least seven of the 15 involved recruits were under the age of 18? What about UofL trying to appeal the NCAA’s ruling because the strippers didn’t cost that much? Maybe it’s the story about an assistant coach who called the team out for poor practice performance “because y’all had strippers in there all night”? How about Brandon Williams failing to produce phone records because the phone in question was “controlled by his mother?” And let’s not forget about Rick practically saying the NCAA is to blame for Jim Valvano’s cancer?
I understand if you’re having a tough time choosing – it’s all truly ridiculous.
2. ICYMI: Isaiah Briscoe injury ends workouts
Yesterday, Adam Zagoria of FanRagSports.com reported that Isaiah Briscoe’s workouts with the Lakers, Kings, Bucks and Pacers have been canceled due to an injury. According to Briscoe’s agent, “it’s a minor ankle injury,” but cutting his workouts short still hurts the former Kentucky guard. Briscoe is currently projected to go undrafted next Thursday and missing his last few chances to show off his skills certainly won’t help.
3. Calipari heads west
The Under-19 Men’s National Team Training Camp begins in Colorado Springs tomorrow, so John Calipari is making his way there today. Of the 28 players who accepted their invitations to attend, three current UK players will be traveling to the camp: Kevin Knox, PJ Washington and Hamidou Diallo. Several 2018 targets will also be in attendance, including Bol Bol and Romeo Langford.
4. Vote for the winner of the KSR summer host contest
Five groups remain in the competition for the opportunity to host KSR one day during Matt’s vacation. The winner will host one hour of the show, and Matt will choose which of the remaining hopefuls gets to host the second hour. Give each a listen and vote for your favorite HERE.
5. Another Yahtzee for the football team
The 2018 Wildcat class continues to grow. DeAndre Square, a four-star defenseman, tweeted his commitment to Kentucky Friday night, getting lots of love from BBN fans in the process. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker will be coming to Kentucky from Cass Technical High School in Detroit.
— DeAndre Square (@d_square10) June 16, 2017
Square is just another example of the recruiting efforts being made by Stoops, Marrow and the rest of the Kentucky football staff. Square’s announcement came the day after another 2018 defenseman, Dom Williams, committed to the Cats via Twitter.
6. ESPN’s latest 30 for 30
As an avid sports fan and 30 for 30 enthusiast, I get very excited each time a new special is released. “Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies” is enticing to me for many reasons, but mostly because I was born in 1997, long after the Celtics vs. Lakers rivalry had hit its peak. The episodes aired over two separate days, and I’m more of a binge watcher, so I haven’t started the series yet. I will freely admit I’m not well versed on the subject, but I look forward to properly educating myself through the three-part special this weekend. If you’re like me and you’re still trying to get around to it, you can stream it here on ESPN. So far, I’ve heard pretty good reviews, but what do you think? Is it up to par with other 30 for 30s?
7. NBA Draft Update
With just five days left until this year’s NBA draft, speculation is running higher than ever. Several rumors are floating around this lovely thing we call the Internet, including the idea that the Celtics could trade Julius Randle for the No. 1 pick. This would definitely cause a wrinkle in the draft LaVar Ball has planned out for himself…uhh… his son.
8. So… Where do the Kentucky players stand?
While the overall consensus puts De’Aaron Fox in the top five, Malik Monk in the top 10 and Bam Adebayo somewhere in the first round, there is plenty of variation even in the most popular mock drafts. Additionally, not everyone is counting out a sneaky, second round pick in Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis or Dominique Hawkins. Here’s where some major outlets are projecting the former Kentucky players:
- NBA Draft has De’Aaron Fox going No. 4 to the Phoenix Suns, Malik Monk going No. 8 to the New York Knicks and Bam Adebayo at No. 17 to the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Draft Express has Fox at No. 5 to the Kings, Monk at No. 8 to the Knicks and Adebayo at No. 19 to the Atlanta Hawks.
- CBS Sports has Fox at No. 3 to the 76ers, Monk at No. 10 to the Kings and Adebayo at No. 28 to the Lakers.
9. KSR’s upcoming schedule
The summer tour is in full swing as the Kentucky Sports Radio crew continues to make their way across the Commonwealth. During the upcoming week, look out for the gang in Danville on Monday, Leitchfield on Tuesday, Louisville on Wednesday, Henderson on Thursday and Owensboro on Friday. Check out the full schedule here.
10. Hey Kentucky! casting call is TODAY
If you’ve been looking for the opportunity to break into the television industry, the wait is almost over – the Hey Kentucky casting call is finally here. Head out to the Fayette Mall near the Apple Store beginning at 10 a.m. for your chance to host Matt’s TV show while he’s on vacation. I’ll be there, and you should be too.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©June 15th, 2017 @ 10:55pm
How about that for a last minute present to close this crazy day?
JUCO DB Domonique Williams just pledged his commitment on Twitter to the University of Kentucky.
Watch his commitment video here:
Romans 12:12 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/oV7QRUFmuO
— Dom Williams 🤧 (@dom21_) June 16, 2017
yeah, BIG BLUE NATION! 🔵⚪️
— Dom Williams 🤧 (@dom21_) June 16, 2017
The Highland Community College defensive back chose the Wildcats over Colorado State, Arkansas State, Iowa State, and UNLV among others.
Last year, the 6’0, 195 lber out of Knoxville, TN finished with 49 tackles, 10 pass breakups, and three interceptions.
Watch him work here:
Former UK guard Todd Perry will be inducted into the Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame on June 23rd at the Lexington Opera House. He was recruited to UK by Jerry Claiborne. The former Wildcat head coach remained loyal with his offer even after an injury that occurred prior to Perry’s senior season at North Hardin HS. He was later selected in the 4th round by Chicago. Twenty years passed before another Kentucky offensive lineman was selected in the NFL Draft (Larry Warford). Perry went on to enjoy a successful professional career as he played eight years with the Bears and three with the Dolphins.
Todd’s was a teammate of mine. I’m proud of his football accomplishments. He’s also comprehensively respected and revered as one of the good guys in UK Football history. Here’s a Q&A interview with my friend:
-Question: Why did you choose to attend the University of Kentucky?
-Todd Perry: I grew up a Kentucky fan and had attended the football camp early in high school. UK was one of my first offers. I started getting many other offers before my senior year and some of them were very tempting. I injured my knee in a preseason scrimmage, had surgery, and missed my senior year. Many schools dropped their offers. When I told Coach Claiborne about my injury, he said, “I am sorry to hear about your injury, but it will be ok, because you will recover and go on to have a great career as a Wildcat.” He was the only coach that stuck with me, so I knew Kentucky was the place for me.
-Question: Describe your “Welcome to the SEC” moment.
-Perry: It was during my freshman year. I was going to be redshirted, but every week a scout team player was allowed to dress out for the game. I was lucky enough to win it the week we beat Georgia, who was ranked #11 in the country. It was the first time I was ever on the field and I remember standing there the whole game with my jaw open. The speed and violence of the collisions shocked me. It was way different than practice. That’s when I knew I was getting ready to play on a whole other level.
-Question: What was your fondest memory as a Kentucky Wildcat?
-Perry: Beating LSU in Death Valley my Senior year.
-Question: How did you spend Draft Day?
-Perry: I spent my draft day at home with my family. It was quite a long day, because back then they did four rounds the first day of the draft and I didn’t get the call until about 8 pm. When the Bears called it was a mixture of relief and surprise. I was glad the waiting was over, but I had very little contact with the Bears organization (a scout, who came to practice during the fall) during the entire process, so I was surprised they drafted me. I was convinced I was going to be drafted by the Buccaneers or the Browns because of the meetings I had with them. Funny story about draft day – I never had cable TV growing up and my Dad had to finally break down and order it so he would have ESPN and could watch the draft. My younger brothers were probably more excited about finally having cable, than an older brother drafted in the NFL.
-Question: How difficult was your transition from the SEC to the NFL?
-Perry: I believe playing in the SEC gave me a tremendous advantage in my transition to the NFL. I played against NFL caliber defensive lineman my whole career at Kentucky. However, it was still an extremely difficult transition. It was an eye-opening experience. The speed of the game and talent level was nothing I had ever seen. I wasn’t totally comfortable and confident with it until about my third year in the league. Every single player I faced was an elite talent. I’m glad I didn’t think much about it at the time. Playing in the NFC Central, I faced Reggie White, Gilbert Brown, Warren Sapp, John Randle, Henry Thomas, and Luther Ellis TWICE a year!! Three of those guys are in the Hall of Fame. When I think about that now, I have no idea how I blocked them.
-Question: Did you watch UK play in 2016 and what are your thoughts on a 2-deep offensive line rotation? Did I watch UK play in 2016 and opinions of rotating two offensive lines?
-Perry: I have kept up with and watched UK football over the years and was very impressed with the 2016 team. I knew they have been close these last few years and have struggled to finish seasons strong. It was great to see them finish strong with a win over Louisville and a get back to a bowl game. I think Coach Schlarman has done an excellent job developing the offensive line and I think it is awesome that UK was able to play two offensive lines last year. In most situations, any team will only play 6 linemen throughout a season. The ability to have as many linemen with playing experience returning will pay huge dividends this season. There are multiple guys who can play multiple positions and it will help protect the team from injury concerns, plus, the competition to earn playing time will only make the group better.
–Question: Why 20 years between offensive lineman drafted?
-Perry: That is a great question with a hard answer. I didn’t realize it had been that many years between me and Larry Warford being drafted. I was surprised because UK has had some very successful years in the span. I suppose there hasn’t been a consistent enough performance that would allow you to recruit top offensive lineman prospects. The best prospects have traditionally gone to the powerhouse programs with a long winning tradition. The critics have always said you can’t recruit top linemen in the state of Kentucky, because you lose the best ones to out of state programs and you get second best from their states. The most exciting thing for me has been the number of highly ranked recruits that Coach Stoops and the staff have been able to bring home to UK, especially offensive lineman. I don’t believe there will be a long wait for the next drafted offensive lineman out of UK.
-Question: How good can Kentucky be in 2017?
-Perry: I think last year put the program over the hump. Even with some big graduation losses, the players returning will have tons of playing experience and with some of these young but very talented recruits coming in, the team has the competitive depth to compete in the SEC. I think the offensive and defensive skill is as talented as it has been in years and if the lines can continue their progress, there is no reason they can’t compete for an East title next season. The future is very bright, in my opinion, and for me personally, I’m ready for the Florida losing streak to GO AWAY!!!!!!
-Question: What are you doing these days?
–Perry: I have been coaching offensive line the last ten years and love it. I was fortunate to help Coach Curry start the program at Georgia State the first two seasons and then was able to coach my son, Tyler, in high school at Milton High School. There have been six of my offensive lineman go on to play at the FBS level and have had a ton of success. It has been very rewarding.
-Question: What does it mean to be named an KY NFL HOF?
-Perry: It is a perfect ending to my football career. I wasn’t lucky enough to have many winning or championship seasons during my football career, but to be considered one of the best players from the state of Kentucky is unbelievable honor. When I look at the list of men in the KY Pro Hall of Fame, I am extremely humbled. There are men that played my position, who I have idolized, such as Jeff Van Note and Dermontti Dawson, and to become a member of their team is amazing!
Humble, thoughtful, and loyal. These words accurately describe Todd Perry. But, don’t be fooled by his nice natured personality. He was a technical mauler on the line-of-scrimmage. I was honored to be in the huddle with Todd during his first college football snap. The wide eyed rookie never looked back and went on to experience tremendous success in the National Football League.
For tickets and further information on the Kentucky NFL Hall of Fame go to http://kyprofootballhof.org/.
The former Kentucky head football coach alleged that LSU and football head coach, Ed Orgeron, used their influence to keep out-of-state schools from attending satellite camps in Baton Rouge.
Mumme is the head coach at Division III Belhaven University, the school hosting the satellite camp. The camp was originally scheduled to be held in Baton Rouge but Louisiana politics forced the camp to be canceled.
Mumme re-scheduled the camp to be held in Hammon, La., which was once again canceled due to pressure from LSU.
On Wednesday Mumme criticized Orgeron and LSU’s actions in an interview with WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi calling Orgeron “paranoid.”
“Paranoid Ed has kind of made it real plain that he was not going to allow any schools from outside of the state to come in there and look at their players,” Mumme said. He went around and did camps on their FCS campuses and wanted that to suffice. The problem with that is, of the 11 schools that play football in Louisiana, there’s only one of them, Louisiana College, that’s Division III. All the rest of them are D-I schools.”
“You probably have 300 or 400 kids a year that are capable of playing football and not all of them can play in Division I, so they’re not getting looked at,” Mumme told Barker. “Like I said, we had Cornell coming from the Ivy League; that would’ve presented some opportunities there. If you live in Louisiana and you don’t live on I-10 or I-20, you probably live in a place that’s fairly hard to get to, and a lot of these schools that would’ve come to this camp are not going to go and find you.”
However, Mumme took his unhappiness with LSU to another level this morning, telling 99.1 FM The Game in Birmingham Alabama that he turned Orgeron into the NCAA.
“I think the NCAA needs to come in and look at that,” Mumme said Thursday. “I don’t see how a public figure at an SEC school can basically extort people into not using their facilities for the public good.”
Two schools that were supposed to be in attendance, Texas and Houston. LSU was close to hiring Tom Herman after the departure Les Miles, but instead Herman ended up at Texas this off-season.
“That failed courtship rankled LSU athletic department officials,” SI.com wrote.
Hey Hal, the NCAA is currently a little busy cleaning up the mess in Louisville.
By Kindsey Bernhard on ©June 15th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
Rich Brooks announced via Twitter that Kentucky will hold a reunion for the 2006 and 2007 bowl teams on the weekend of the Tennessee game. The Volunteers visit Lexington on Saturday, October 28.
Just got word they are going to have a reunion of our 06,& 07 Kentucky bowl games the weekend of the Tennessee game. Looking forward to it.
— Rich Brooks (@UKcoachbrooks) June 15, 2017
Both team played in the Music City Bowl in Nashville, Tenn. The 2006 team defeated Clemson 28-20. The 2007 team defeated Florida State 35-28.
The Big Blue Nation still has a lot of love for Brooks and his time at Kentucky. This should be a fun weekend for everyone.
By Nick Roush on ©June 14th, 2017 @ 9:30pm
This morning the Kentucky basketball team took over the Nutter Indoor Training Facility to work out on the football team’s turf. The first thing that came to mind: “I would love to have heard the junk the football players said to the basketball team as they left their field.” The second thing that came to mind: “Could any of these guys play football?”
For the first time in four years, Dominique Hawkins isn’t the basketball team’s “Most Likely to Be Great at Football.” Even if Hawkins was still on the team, he would probably be bested by a couple of guys on Calipari’s 2017-18 team.
1. P.J. Washington: If this basketball thing doesn’t work out, P.J. is built like an NFL tight end. The big dog has a wide frame, long arms and big hands. Give him six months with Vince Marrow and he’ll be looking like Antonio Gates in no time.
2. Kevin Knox: People forget Knox’s father played in the NFL with Vince Marrow. Knox Sr. was a National Champion wide receiver for Florida State in 1994. His son was a pretty damn quarterback until he grew too much, from SB Nation:
Knox enrolled at Tampa Catholic as a high school freshman mostly known as a quarterback. At 6’4, he had NFL size for the position at 13 years old. He started on varsity as a sophomore and was considered an ESPN top 150 recruit as an “athlete.” He says he can throw a football 65 or 70 yards.
3. Sacha Killeya-Jones: Just like Knox, SKJ was a quarterback until a growth spurt helped him decide to stick to basketball.
4. Tai Wynyard: If Mark Stoops keeps losing defensive linemen, he might consider calling Coach Cal’s Kiwi. The lumberjack is built like a brick “you know what” house and his wood-chopping skills could easily be transformed into an excellent swim move.
5. Quade Green: A fast-footed scat back from Philly, Quade would take no crap from nobody on a football field.
6. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: The Canadian had to play just a little bit of hockey as a child. The hockey physicality and mentality combined with his length would make SGA an exceptional safety.
7. Nick Richards: There’s no place for seven-footers in football, but if there was going to be a Willie Cauley-Stein part 2, it’d be the guy who started his athletic career playing soccer, volleyball and track and field.
8. Hamidou Diallo: With that wingspan, if Diallo can tackle players as hard as he dunks on them, he could play safety for me every day of the week.
9. Brad Calipari: There’s no denying Brad would earn respect on the football field.
10. Jemarl Baker: Three-point shooting doesn’t translate well between sports, unless you have a large foot.
11. Jarred Vanderbilt: The small forward is too fragile for the game of football.
12. David/Pulliam: Sorry guys, but the walk-ons get lumped together.
177. Wenyen Gabriel: Simply put, this man should not be playing football.
If you’re curious as to who is the best basketball player on the football team, there are plenty of above average ballers, but I’m taking offensive lineman Nick Haynes all day.
Hoop Dreamz pic.twitter.com/16iqnoqB6q
— Nicholas Haynes (@The_NHaynes) April 20, 2017
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 14th, 2017 @ 6:45pm
Earlier today, Benny Snell released a music video on YouTube for his single “D to the A (remix),” and about four hours later, it had to be taken down. Why? Since I was one of a few thousand to see it, I’m here to make some guesses. (FYI, you can still listen to the song on Soundcloud.)
There was definitely some NSFW language
As with almost any rap song, there was some pretty bad language and questionable innuendos, including a bag of money being thrown around during the lyric “Big ballin’ so the squad can get rich/Secure the bag then I’ll ball out at Saks Fifth.” Again, all rap videos include money, fancy cars, jewelry, etc., but that’s probably not the image you want your star running back to be putting out there.
It had SEC Network/ESPN game footage in it
Another likely reason Benny had to take down the video was because it included highlights and footage with audio from games last season, and we all know how touchy the SEC Network and ESPN can be about people reproducing their property. The last 20 seconds or so of the video was Brent Musburger’s call of Benny’s 1-yard touchdown run at South Carolina, which is kind of odd because Benny had way more impressive highlights from the year. If he had asked me, I could have put together some #RealHighlights for him.
The NCAA has suspended players for posting songs on YouTube/iTunes before
In 2013, the NCAA suspended University of Minnesota wrestler for posting his rap songs and videos on YouTube and iTunes (you could download it for 99 cents), arguing that he used his status as an athlete to promote his music, which they defined as a commercial product. Benny’s video didn’t have any ads associated with it that I remember, but if it had, he could have profited from them, opening him up to inquiry from the NCAA. No one wants that.
Regardless, something tells me this won’t keep Benny Tha Bandit down.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©June 14th, 2017 @ 5:00pm
Kentucky’s rising sophomore star running back Benny “Tha Bandit” Snell is continuing his rapping career with his first music video for his single “D To The A (Remix),” which features some shoutouts to the BBN, his team, and some very NSFW language, so keep that in mind before you hit play on the video below.
“I like that, take the snap from the Wildcat, forgot to mention I’m a UK player, running back.”
“Bowl game last year, now we’re on the map…I could never lose, BBN is too legit.”
“Coach Stoops says I’m up next, I’m gotta flex. Be the best with no stress then I’ll get the rest.”
UPDATE (5:22 p.m.): Well, that didn’t take long. Looks like someone (probably at UK) made Benny take the video down.
It's all good tho😁 pic.twitter.com/CXy0gbBTwY
— MrSnell Ya Later💂🏽 (@benny_snell) June 14, 2017
Honestly, probably a smart move.