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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Football Trades This Year…..

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The excitement of another football season is upon us and like many seasons, the possibilities are many for this UK football team.  You could reason another 9-3 season very easily.  And you could just as equally reason a 6-6 season.  And what causes each of those things to occur is what makes this season so interesting.  For instance, going 7-5 but losing to Louisville or Toledo is one thing against going 7-5 and beating Tennessee and Florida.  They all are not created equal.

So today I float out 3 trade possibilities.  Three things that would be good for the program but you also have to get something bad in return.  Are the good things good enough to ake the bad?  You decide:

Trade 1: Georgia Win for Louisville Loss

-Let’s start with the win.  Beating a Top 5 Georgia squad in Athens likely trashes their National Title hopes.  It earns the Cats a little payback from last year and would be THE story in college football that week.  It would be the biggest win of the Stoops era, period.  But losing to Louisville, and keep in mind that would be in Lexington, would likely be the worst loss of the Stoops era.  It would be the last game of the season and would certainly trash any momentum heading into a bowl.  And the blow back from UL fans when their team is expected to be awful and we are riding high right now would be terrible heading into 2020.

MY VOTE: No
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Trade 2: Terry Wilson Throws 25 TD’s for Terry Wilson Throws 12 INT’s

-25 touchdowns would be a monumental leap for Wilson, who only threw 11 in 2018.  It’s over 2 per game, not counting a bowl.  And it likely means either Lynn Bowden had a monster season or some new WR’s stepped up in a big way.  The INT’s average out to one a game though.  Only 1/3 of teams in all of college football threw for more than 12 INT’s in 2018.  Wilson would have finished in the Top 20 of quarterbacks if he throws this many picks.  Turnovers are a keep part of all levels of football so while the touchdown passes are nice the INT’s are risky.

MY VOTE: Yes (but just barely)
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Trade 3: Kentucky Wins SEC East for Mark Stoops Leaving After Season

-This one is maybe as realistic as the other two.  If Stoops was to get a program like Kentucky to the SEC title game, something he almost did last year, he would likely be the hottest name on the coaching carousel after the season.  But the reality is Kentucky is not the type of program that can work with any coach.  Stoops has been a great fit it seems and you are just as likely to get a Joker Phillips than a Stoops with the next hire.  One alternative is 8-9 wins a season but never winning the division.  Would our fanbase become bored with that or would we gladly take that season every year if it meant Stoops stayed?

MY VOTE: Yes (without hesitation) 


KSR Show Thread, 8/21: Food Bracket!!!!

Today marks the beginning of one of our favorite summer traditions: the KSR Food Bracket!

Listen in as we narrow the field with special guests Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon.

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (772) 774-5254.

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KSR Shop: FREE UK hat with select purchases

KSR Shop: FREE UK hat with select purchases

The KSR Shop and Kentucky Branded want to hook you up with a free gift. Head to ShopKSR.com to stock up on new gear for football season. With any purchase of $40 or more you will receive a FREE UK Kentucky hat! Special offer ends at midnight.

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Today On KSR: Thanks for reading my nonsense for a decade

Today On KSR: Thanks for reading my nonsense for a decade

Can you believe it has already been 10 years?

Last week marked my 10-year anniversary with Kentucky Sports Radio — yes, I am an old man now. It was in August of 2009, a couple months shy of the John Wall Dance and the resurgence of the Kentucky basketball program, when Matt Jones called me up and asked me to move my talents from The Horace Grant Halftime Report to KSR. I had a hard time leaving behind my own project because it was on the come up, but looking back it was the best decision I ever made.

Since joining Matt and the KSR website a decade ago, I have stirred up legal troubles with a porn star; broken a story about Matt Roark starting at quarterback against Tennessee, which nobody believed; flown across the country to Taco Bell headquarters to be the first to try the Doritos Locos Taco; made a split-second cameo in Kentucky’s “One Shining Moment” in 2012; done unspeakable things with UK basketball players in the Bahamas before the 2014-15 season; made fun of Louisville, a lot; made fun of Starkville, a lot; hit a buzzer-beater to knock Kentucky out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament; unintentionally started a feud with Gregg Marshall and his wife, which got so big, the story went international; made fun of Louisville some more; traveled approximately a gazillion miles with Matt, by car, and one time he let me play a song I like; plus much, much, much, much more fun while covering the Kentucky Wildcats for this here website. I could thank a million people, including you for reading this, but we will save that for another time. I don’t want to start crying on a Wednesday. Just know I am greatly appreciative for this sweet job I have that allows me to blab about whatever pops into my head, without any restrictions (or an editor to correct all of the typos). It has been a fun and exhausting decade and I’m ready for all of the exciting things ahead!

Now that we got that out of the way, here is what you need to know this morning:

Mark Stoops crossed the border into Tennessee and stole a four-star defensive lineman from the Volunteers.

Tennessee fans are up in arms over little ol’ Kentucky stealing one of the Volunteer state’s top football prospects from their own dirt.

Tre’vonn Rybka, a four-star defensive end out of the suburbs of Nashville, picked the Cats over the Vols on Tuesday. He did so by dropping a UT t-shirt to reveal a UK t-shirt in his commitment video.

Suck it, Tennessee.

For those of you keeping score at home, Rybka was UK’s second four-star commitment in two days.

Stoops & Co. added two elite talents to the Class of 2020 in a span of less than 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday. Rybka joined Deondre Buford, a four-star offensive lineman out of Michigan, who picked Kentucky over several schools, including LSU, Auburn, Penn State and Michigan State.

The UK program used to rarely get top-ranked players from other states; now it is getting two at a time.

Kentucky missed out on the No. 1 point guard yesterday. (Or maybe not.)

Daishen Nix, the top point guard in the Class of 2020 basketball rankings, announced he will attend UCLA for his basketball career. Nix named Kentucky a finalist in his recruitment Monday evening, only to turn around and pick the Bruins on Tuesday. The Alaska native, who now plays his high school ball in Las Vegas, likes Mick Cronin and the new staff in Westwood, he said after the commitment. Alabama, Kansas and Maryland were also in contention.

There is one pretty big detail to the story that shouldn’t be overlooked: Kentucky did not extend a scholarship offer to Nix. Nix named Kentucky throughout the process, even in the final hours before his commitment, but was never actually presented with the opportunity to attend UK. The belief is that Kentucky would’ve been the front runner had it shown a little more interest, but John Calipari and his staff will proceed with other options for its next backcourt, including the two that are already on board.

Our “Sources Say” podcast debuted yesterday.

KSR’s new basketball recruiting podcast with Jack Pilgrim and co-hosts Travis Graf and Jake Weingarten. To get caught up on all the latest UK basketball recruiting news, give it a listen here.

President Trump will be in Louisville today.

If you are into that sort of thing, you can try to catch a glimpse of him at The Galt House before or after he speaks to AMVETS at its national convention; however, be ready for a traffic nightmare in downtown Louisville, whether you’re downtown for Trump or not.

Trump’s Wednesday speaking engagement is not a rally that is open to the public, but rather an official White House event that is invite-only. Attendees can get a photo with Trump for only $21,000.

From there, Trump will head to a private fundraiser for Governor Bevin to assist Bevin in his pursuit of a second term.

The KSR Food Bracket is back!

Gather around your radios or your KSR streaming devices at 10 a.m. today because it is time to once again reveal our chain restaurant champion of the summer. This year’s bracket is out and ready to be dissected on the show today with a full house of KSR radio personalities, plus special guests Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon. You can print out your copy now so you’re ready, but don’t waste your breath complaining about the seeding because we don’t have time for it.


UK Federal Credit Union presents: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

As we countdown the days until Kentucky football kicks off the 2019 season, we have another fun event happening around town and we need your help! UK Federal Credit Union would like to introduce: Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

Drew Franklin has picked out some of his favorite restaurants around Lexington. Over the next few weeks, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite spots. When making your picks, think of the restaurant that combines the best food choices but is also a fun place to hangout with your friends or to watch a game.

Each week the choices will be narrowed down. At the end of the voting period, we will pick out the restaurant with the two highest vote totals. Those two restaurants as well as KSBar and Grille will host a social where you can come meet Drew, grab some food, and learn about all the great options UK Federal Credit Union has to offer. What are you waiting for? Vote now in Drew’s Restaurant Madness!

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Learn about KSR’s advertising opportunities!

Learn about KSR’s advertising opportunities!

Interested in digital sponsorship opportunities with KSR’s blog? You can have your business name featured right here on KSR!

Start your campaign now to be on board for the start of the 2019 UK Football season. We have a variety of exciting options available including the popular live game blog, so you can find the area that is the best fit for you and your company.

We would love to discuss these opportunities further with you and answer any questions you might have related to advertising on kentuckysportsradio.comPlease contact us at [email protected]. A member of our team looks forward to talking with you soon!


UK has a Tailgate & Ticket Special Offer

Here’s a fun offer for your Kentucky-Toledo game day experience:

UK has partnered up with TailgateGuys.com to provide a unique experience at Kroger Field on opening Saturday. With the new Tailgate & Ticket Special Offer, fans can get a lower-level seat at the game plus two hours of tailgating fun with free Lyles BBQ and more.

For more information or to purchase the package, click here.

It is also available for Kentucky’s second game against Eastern Michigan.

The deal costs $40 per game.

Go Cats.