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After a brief break for the Bye Week, Freddie Maggard returns for another exciting episode of The Depth Chart Podcast to preview Kentucky’s road trip to Starkville. On top of Freddie’s knowledge, the podcast got a little perspective from a superfan who knows the Bulldogs better than anyone. Highlights:
— The Cats and the Bulldogs are a lot closer than the Vegas line appears.
— Freddie found few tendencies, except on critical third downs.
— Tips for those traveling to Starkville (DON’T FORGET EARPLUGS!).
— Why this game looks a lot like the 2016 UofL game.
— A Game of Thrones reference all nerds will enjoy.
Editor’s Note: Sorry about the interview quality. For unknown reasons it was on the fritz this week and adds a little too much pop. Please persevere through it; I promise it’s worth it.
You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play. Streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise. You can also get it directly to your phone by subscribing to “Kentucky Sports Radio” on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.
There’s not a whole lot happening in Starkville, Mississippi but the town will be buzzing for homecoming this weekend. The last time I went to Starkville, I could only find fast food joints. Now, I have some help from KSR fan and MSU grad school student Ethan Stewart to make sure your trip to Stark Vegas isn’t as miserable as my last adventure.
A Taste of Kentucky — Start your day the right way at Aunt Marti’s Bakery. Ran by a Fleming County native and less than a mile from campus, they are bringing out their best for the Big Blue Nation.
The Best Burger — When you want a burger and you’re attending a game at Mississippi State, it only makes sense to try the Bulldog Burger. If you’re really feeling froggy, throw some pulled pork on top with the Hogwild burger.
“Hey, I’ve been there before.” — The KSR headquarters in Hattiesburg was at Mugshots. The sports bar also has a home in Starkville. If you missed it at Southern Miss, it’s something you can’t pass up at Miss. State.
A Taste of the Gulf — Starkville isn’t on the Gulf Coast. To make it feel like you’re not in the middle of nowhere, try a Po’Boy at Oby’s.
A Name Perfect for BBQ — The Little Dooey sounds like a great place for BBQ. If that doesn’t convince you, this logo should.
If that’s not enough to convince you, they’ve served Alabama, Garth Brooks, Kirk Herbstreit, Charlie Daniels and John Micheal Montgomery.
Sit Down and Enjoy — If you’re in the mood for a big, delicious sit-down meal after a Kentucky victory, Restaurant Tyler has the Southern fixens to cap off a wonderful win.
Applebee’s — I hear they’ve got a two for $20 deal that’s to die for.
Brunch It — The Veranda will fuel you for your drive back to the Bluegrass with a bountiful brunch that includes my personal favorite, chicken and waffles.
For those who do not want to prepare their own tailgate, the UK Alumni Association has you covered. They’ll be setup on the old intramural fields on Stone Boulevard just south of Bully Boulevard from 12:30-2:30 CDT. The pregame buffet is just $20, $15 for Alumni Association members and $10 for students. You can register ahead of time here.
For a little bit rowdier crowd, I’ve received a few messages from Cats who will set up shop down the road in the Mississippi Horse Park RV Lot. If you don’t head there, I’ll be honest, the parking situation is spread out all across campus. To help you find your way around, check out the parking map below (click to enlarge).
Does Starkville have a night life? Kinda, sorta, in a way.
You won’t find anything like what Lexington has to offer, but a good place to start is the Cotton District. Here you’ll find a handful of places to enjoy a cocktail or two, including a place that may feel familiar, the STAGerIN Sports Grill.
Outside of the Cotton District, The Guest Room and Dave’s Dark Horse Tavern should tickle your fancy. The Dark Horse Tavern also has pretty good pizza to help soak in all of the alcohol you’ve consumed throughout your college football Saturday.
By Nick Roush on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
In his final meeting with the media prior to Kentucky’s road trip to Starkville, Mark Stoops did not have any significant injury setbacks to report.
Charles Walker will be back for the Mississippi State game, as will All-SEC linebacker Jordan Jones. Even if Jones doesn’t have a dozen tackles in his return, his infectious energy will benefit the Kentucky defense.
“I was out at practice, I guess yesterday and I was standing behind Darius [West]. Jordan was Jordan, flying around, and Darius just turned around and said, ‘He’s back!'”
Now that Jones is back, Boogie Watson is back to playing outside linebacker. The timing is perfect for Watson’s return to the outside. Stoops revealed Jordan Bonner recently suffered an injury that will force him to miss a significant amount of time. Now Watson will be Josh Allen’s backup at Sam linebacker.
Stoops also shared his thoughts on playing vs. tempo, how Danny Clark has mimicked Nick Fitzgerald in practice and more.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
As is tradition, John Calipari will pay the 2018 spring semester in-state tuition for two lucky Kentucky students who attend Friday’s Blue-White Game at Rupp Arena.
To be eligible, UK students will need to check into the Blue-White Game via the BBN Rewards app with a fully completed profile, including their student ID number. The winners will then be randomly selected and announced at the completion of the game. The winners must be present to win.
In the event of an out-of-state or graduate/professional student winner, the spring semester in-state undergraduate tuition amount will be applied.
Good luck, Wildcats.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 3:00pm
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about John Calipari in the past eight years, it’s that he loves to scream. Calipari is famous for screeching and stomping at his players from the sidelines, which can take a toll on a freshman’s psyche. What advice are Wenyen Gabriel and Hamidou Diallo — “veterans” on this squad — giving to their younger counterparts on how to deal with screaming Cal?
“When he’s screaming, he’s not mad; he’s just trying to get a point across,” Diallo said. “I don’t think any of these guys have seen Coach mad yet. That’s a good thing, definitely. Nobody wants to see that side of him.”
Diallo may only have a semester of experience under his belt, but he’s seen “that side” of Calipari before.
“A couple times last year,” Diallo said. “I was here at the end when it really counted, so any little thing could turn that switch on.”
Gabriel’s message to his younger teammates: don’t take it personally.
“We always gotta keep it as, it’s never personal with Cal. We all know he’s a businessman, but it’s never personal. That’s something you have to keep in your mind. You’ve got to try to take the message about what he’s trying to say there. If he yells at you, that doesn’t mean he’s mad at you. That’s one of the things that you’ve got to really let them know.”
With his youngest team ever, Calipari’s screaming a lot in practice these days, but Diallo is doing his best to make sure the younger guys don’t crumble.
“Definitely just staring at the guys when Coach is talking and the little things,” Diallo said of ways he’s trying to help the freshmen out. “Always trying to boost their confidence because Cal stays on top of guys and he wants to see who is going to let go of the rope. At the end of practice when it gets tough, that’s when it really counts.”
Has anyone let go of the rope yet?
“No. Absolutely not.”
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 2:00pm
Before there was Tim Tebow, there was Chris Leak, who led the Florida Gators to the 2006 BCS National Championship in Tebow’s freshman year.
Leak’s first career start for Florida came against Kentucky in his freshman year in 2003, and he went on to set the SEC passing record for a freshman that season. His career ended with MVP honors in that 2006 title game, a 41-14 victory over Ohio State.
Times have since changed for Leak as he has moved on from the game of football and into teaching, although the teaching career is currently on hold. Leak surrendered his teaching license amid allegations that he asked a 15-year-old student to touch his penis. The alleged incident occurred while he was receiving a massage from the student, per the Palm Beach Post’s story.
Edgewater High School football coach and Art Recovery teacher Chris Leak, who played quarterback at the University of Florida just before Tim Tebow, voluntarily surrendered his Florida Educator’s Certificate amid allegations that, on Sept. 5, 2015, he received a massage from a 15-year-old female student and asked the student to touch his penis, according to an order filed by the Florida Education Practices Commission on Tuesday.
Leak allegedly was wearing only a towel when he received the massage.
A police report, obtained by WFTV, alleges that the teenage victim told the school’s resource officer she left the athletic trainer’s office where the interaction with Leak occurred. She also claimed that Leak later drove her home, took her to get food and gave her friend, who she had told about the incident, $100.
Charges were eventually dropped by the student and her guardians, but it’ll be tough for Leak to land another teaching gig after the allegations.
Fun fact: Leak’s last coaching job was at Florida, where he took over the wide receivers position when Joker Phillips resigned.
With college basketball right around the corner, USA Today released its preseason coaches poll on Thursday and your University of Kentucky Wildcats are one of the top teams in the nation.
The Cats came in at No. 4 in the rankings, trailing only No. 1 Duke, Michigan State and Kansas. UK received zero first place votes.
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By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 12:39pm
David Padgett has found another assistant to join his staff at Louisville and it’s a former Duke Blue Devil.
According to several reports on the internet, Greg Paulus will soon become the second assistant beneath Padgett, along with Trent Johnson. The addition of Paulus will be announced in a press conference later this afternoon.
Paulus was most recently an assistant at Ohio State, up until Thad Matta’s firing this past summer. He also spent time as a quarterback at Syracuse after his basketball playing career at Duke ended in 2009.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 11:30am
You didn’t get this from me, but the two pre-sale codes for Kentucky’s exhibition game against Morehead State are UKCARES and RELIEF. So head over to Ticketmaster and use one of those two to go ahead and purchase your tickets before they go on sale to the public tomorrow. Here’s the link: Click me!
Remember, you didn’t get these codes on Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com. If we’re going to play Robin Hood and steal from the rich, we need you to keep this between us. Top secret stuff here or we’ll never do it again. Snitches get stitches.
Now go get ’em.
Rick Pitino can’t shut up, so let’s reflect on his latest PR blunder — an interview with Jay Bilas on last night’s midnight edition of SportsCenter.
1. He does not look good.
In fact, he gave me nightmares.
2. He is really hard to believe.
I don’t believe a word he says because he is an arrogant, self-centered, habitual liar who will do anything to cover his own tail.
So take it from Mike Decourcy, who wrote, “Rick Pitino would be easier to believe if he were more believable.”
3. Jay Bilas did not challenge him.
If you’re going to do that interview, you have to ask how/why Louisville has had three of college basketball’s biggest scandals in less than a decade. Or ask: If you’re truly in the dark, why are you so bad at knowing what’s going on within your program? Why do you suck at hiring assistants? Do you even work there?
4. “I passed a lie detector test” is not an answer.
Nobody cares about, or believes, your home lie detector test. Hell, you probably believe your own B.S. because you’re a crazy person.
Also, that’s not why you were fired.
Also also, you’re lying.
5. I laughed when he said his legacy is not important.
“Humility is the most important word in the dictionary, ” he said (seriously). “My legacy is really irrelevant. It’s not that important.”
Can we get a lie detector on that one please? Hook the narcissist back up to the truth machine and watch it burst into flames.
Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are both really, really good. The rest of the New Orleans Pelicans roster is not built to help them. At all.
Cousins and Davis combined for 61 points and 28 rebounds in last night’s loss to the Grizzlies. Meanwhile, only five other players on the team scored, and those five combined to score just 30 points. The two former Kentucky big men aren’t going to put up Hall of Fame numbers every night. When they don’t the Pelicans are going to be in some trouble.
Davis is making some history with his start to the past two seasons:
First player since Kareem (1970-71, 1971-72) with at least 30 PTS & 15 REB in back to back season openers. pic.twitter.com/5Nr5pfnUhN
— NBA.com/Stats (@nbastats) October 19, 2017
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— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) October 19, 2017
— Washington Wizards (@WashWizards) October 19, 2017
— Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) October 19, 2017
Nerlens gettin' it done on both ends! 💪 pic.twitter.com/Ccz4Vy1zYM
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) October 19, 2017
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— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) October 19, 2017
- Chicago Bulls at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm ET
- New York Knicks (Enes Kanter) at Oklahoma City Thunder (Patrick Patterson and Dakari Johnson), 8pm ET on TNT
- Los Angeles Clippers at Los Angeles Lakers (Julius Randle), 10:30pm ET on TNT
By Drew Franklin on ©October 19th, 2017 @ 9:56am
On today’s show, Matt and Ryan will look back at the 20 years Tom Jurich put into the University of Louisville. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and they’ll pay tribute to the man known as Tommy Turtleneck.
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We’ll have more from Wednesday’s SEC Basketball Tipoff in Nashville.
Mrs. Tyler has more content from yesterday’s SEC media day that she is ready to release into the internet wild, so be on the lookout for stories on Hamidou Diallo and Wenyen Gabriel, and plenty more from John Calipari.
Reminder: the Blue-White game is tomorrow, which is crazy.
A new Free Money Podcast is coming.
It’s Thursday, which means Matt and I will get together to discuss this week’s college football picks. That will be coming your way around dinner time.
Mark Stoops to speak one last time before the Mississippi State game.
Also a Thursday tradition, Mark Stoops will address the media following this afternoon’s football practice to provide any and all updates before the trip down to Mississippi.
Speaking of Mississippi…
Mississippi State fans are salty toward me on Twitter.
Apparently, many of them took offense to my Starkville post yesterday:
As I said on the KSR Football Podcast: “If you told me I’m sick and the only cure is in Starkville, I would tell you it’s been a nice life.”
Did anyone else have nightmares last night?
I don’t know why I watched that horror movie before bed!
Here is the full version, in case you missed it:
More on that in a bit.
UK-Morehead State tickets go on sale to season ticket holders today.
That is at 10 am and you should have a presale code in your e-mail inbox. Everyone else will have to wait until tomorrow.
KSR coming up at 10 am with thoughts on Tom Jurich’s firing.
It’s going to be electric.
By Drew Franklin on ©October 18th, 2017 @ 11:00pm
Earlier today we told you Kentucky will be playing Morehead State in a special exhibition game for charity on October 30.
UK has since released more details on the game and we now know it is the inaugural “Kentucky Cares Classic” to raise funds for those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California:
“People around our country are facing some trying and tragic circumstances,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am thankful for the leadership of John Calipari and our men’s basketball program and the partnership of Morehead State in putting this game together to make a small but important impact. I look forward to seeing the members of the Big Blue Nation unite behind their Wildcats, as they always do.”
Net proceeds from the game will go to Team Rubicon, a non-government 501(c)(3) organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is currently active in Florida in response to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and is soon to begin work in response to wildfires in California.
“I want to thank Morehead State and its staff for coming together on this so quickly,” Calipari said. “This was an opportunity for us to do some good that we just couldn’t pass up. With everything that’s happened in and around our country the last couple of months, I felt like we needed to do more to give back and make an impact on the countless number of people who have suffered at the hands of the recent natural disasters.”
The game WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, so you will only be able to see it if you buy a ticket, which will go on sale Friday at 10 am online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase in person at the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets will range from $10 to $100 with net proceeds going to victims of the recent natural disasters. A full breakdown of the ticket pricing is below:
- Lower premium – $100
- Lower sideline – $50
- Lower corner/end – $30
- 200-Level sideline (first 12 rows) – $20
- 200-Level standard – $10
Season ticket holders and UK students will have access to a special pre-sale that begins on Thursday at 10 am and runs through 10 pm online on Ticketmaster.
The UK Sports Network will broadcast the radio call of the game.
The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.
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— Rob (@bigbluerob77) October 18, 2017
— KB (@kabrab1) October 18, 2017
All of BBN’s mood right now.
#8 Patrick Shea
Live look at UL. pic.twitter.com/PxNi9iTHE2
— Patrick Shea (@pshea_lawyer) October 18, 2017
I feel like we’ve been using this gif to describe UL for years, but it just fits so perfectly.
#7 G Ash
One local radio host will be drowning his sorrows in an ultra bronze tonight .
— G Ash (@Gash28G) October 18, 2017
I’m sure the Crown Royal sales in Louisville are booming tonight!
#6 Michael Campbell
— Michael Campbell (@kysoupdog) October 18, 2017
At least they’ll win something!
— drail (@BBN4LIFE71) October 18, 2017
Ding dong the witch is DEAD!
#4 Tron Carter
UofL has fired Tom Jurich! #KSR radio show should be 🔥 tomorrow morning!
— Tron Carter (@dirkdizzle23) October 18, 2017
If you can help it, don’t miss tomorrow’s show!
#3 gary creighton
@KySportsRadio listening to suntan radio. Oh man it’s great right now.
— gary creighton (@jadsdad02) October 18, 2017
The only time we’ll ever say that.
#2 Eddie Tussey
There’s not enough hours in a day for #KSR
— Eddie Tussey (@ai4uk) October 18, 2017
We need a 24 hour show tomorrow!
#1 Jay Moore
“Jay, I just…I just CAN NOT believe we r talking about this, this silly thing…on the birthday of Lee Harvey Oswald?!”
— Jay Moore (@JayMoore555) October 18, 2017
At this point, I wouldn’t put it past Rick to say this.