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Full Lineup Announced For Red, White and Boom

Full Lineup Announced For Red, White and Boom

The 2017 edition of Red, White And Boom will take place September 1-3 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, and yesterday, the full lineup was announced. Read it and make your plans for Labor Day Weekend:

Friday, September 1
Luke Bryan
Brett Eldredge
Luke Combs
Kane Brown

Saturday, September 2
Sam Hunt
Maren Morris
Chris Jansen
Ryan Follese

Sunday, September 3
Blake Shelton
Dustin Lynch
William Michael Morgan
Carly Pearce

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California travel ban could keep UCLA from playing at Rupp Arena again

Want a rematch with UCLA in Rupp Arena? Due to a California state travel ban, you may have to wait a while. Yesterday, California’s attorney general banned state-funded travel to Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, citing “discriminatory legislation” enacted in each state.

In Kentucky’s case, the bill in question is the “Charlie Brown law,” which prevents school officials from punishing students for wearing religious messages on their clothes and expressing religious or political beliefs in homework, artwork, and speeches. (The law is named so because a Kentucky school cut a Bible verse from their production of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”) As with all of the laws singled out by the California attorney general, LGBT advocates argue the law would allow people (in this case, students) to discriminate against LGBT students under the guise of religion.

With Texas, Alabama, Kentucky, and South Dakota, the California travel ban is now at eight. Earlier this year, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee were also placed off limits. As a result, California state agencies, universities, and commissions won’t be allowed to travel to those states, meaning that their sports teams can’t play their either. The law does allow current contracts to be honored, but it’s unclear whether or not California state teams will be allowed to play in the 2017 Final Four, which will take place in San Antonio, Texas. Kentucky’s home-and-home series with UCLA wrapped up with the Bruins’ trip to Rupp last December.

It must suck to be in charge of UCLA’s scheduling right now.


Registration is now open for the KSR Louisville Golf Scramble

Registration is now open for the KSR Louisville Golf Scramble

Did you miss the KSR Golf Scramble in Lexington earlier this summer? Have no fear, registration is NOW OPEN for the KSR Louisville Golf Scramble, which will be held at the Oxmoor Country Club on Friday, August 25.

Foursomes are $600 each and include all fees, lunch from Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina, dinner, and all the memories you can make with the KSR crew.

Stop what you’re doing and register NOW because we’re expecting this to sell out very quickly.

Register for the KSR Louisville Golf Scramble

Malik Monk arrives in Charlotte

Malik Monk arrives in Charlotte

Many expected Malik Monk to be drafted eighth by the New York Knicks, but he handled his slide to Charlotte at eleventh like a pro, telling reporters afterwards that he believes everything happens for a reason.

“I actually thought the Knicks would take me, but nothing is disappointing about getting drafted. This has been my dream forever, and nobody ever from my town has ever been drafted, ever made it this far, so I’m just thankful to be here.”

This morning, Monk arrived in Charlotte, ready to embrace his new city:

Here he is meeting Hornets executives:

I can’t wait to see a picture of Monk and MKG.

Derek Willis and Isaiah Briscoe get Summer League deals (UPDATED)

Derek Willis and Isaiah Briscoe get Summer League deals (UPDATED)

After going undrafted last night, two Wildcats woke up to some very good news this morning. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, Derek Willis has agreed to a summer league deal with the Miami Heat. For at least this summer, he will reunite with Bam Adebayo, who was drafted 14th by the Heat last night. The Heat will play in the Orlando Summer League (July 1- 6) and the Las Vegas Summer League (July 7-17).

Meanwhile, according to Adam Zagoria, Isaiah Briscoe has agreed to a summer league deal with the Philadelphia 76ers. Briscoe worked out for the Sixers, among other teams, before injuring his ankle and missing five more workouts before the draft. Briscoe will likely team up with current Sixer and former teammate Alex Poythress in the Utah Summer League (July 3-6) and the Las Vegas Summer League (July 7-17).

Congrats, guys. Go make us proud.

UPDATE: According to his fiancee Keely, Derek will play for the Detroit Pistons this summer, not the Heat.


KSR is Owensboro to break down the draft (Friday Show Thread)

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the Friday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio which is coming to you live from Don Moore Automotive in Owensboro. Tune in to hear the gang break down last night’s NBA draft and bid Matt farewell as he leaves for his five week European vacation.

Here’s where the KSR Summer Tour has been so far:

06/12/17: Prestonsburg – StoneCrest Golf Course
06/13/17: London – Sleep Outfitters
06/14/17: Russell Springs – Lawless-Smith True Value Supply
06/15/17: Somerset – Ashley HomeStore
06/16/17: Lexington – Don Franklin Auto Mall

06/19/17: Danville – Dexter Insurance
06/20/17: Leitchfield – Future Designs Building Materials
06/21/17: Louisville – Academy Sports + Outdoors
06/22/17: Henderson – Sleep Outfitters
06/23/17: Owensboro – Don Moore Automotive Group

The tour will get back on track in August once Matt’s back from his vacation:

8/3 – Lexington – TBA
8/4 – Louisville – Academy Sports in Middletown

8/7 – Loretto – Maker’s Mark
8/8 – Monticello – Monticello Banking Company
8/9 – McKee/Jackson County – TBA
8/10 – Flemingsburg – People’s Bank
8/11 – Pikeville – Bank 253

8/14 – Cynthiana – Maiden City Brewing Company
8/15 – Somerset – Sleep Outfitters
8/16 – Campbellsville – Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
8/17 – Benton – Kennedy’s Fan Shop
8/18 – Madisonville – Hudson Toyota

8/21 – Hopkinsville – Eclipse
8/22 – KY State Fair
8/23 – Northern KY – Dickman’s
8/24 – Richmond – Mann Chrysler
8/25 – KSR Louisville Golf Outing

Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.

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WATCH: Hey Kentucky’s Uncut Interview with Katina Powell

The former escort and author of Breaking Cardinal Rules joined Matt Jones on Hey Kentucky! to talk about the NCAA’s ruling against the Cardinals, the salacious parties at Minardi Hall, what life has been like since the scandal broke and much more.

See today’s entire episode of Hey Kentucky! after the jump.


Barleycorn’s Friday Top 10: Kentucky wins the NBA Draft (again)

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I think you guys know where we’ll start today’s rundown…

1. The NBA Draft was another UK infomercial

Last night was another huge success for Kentucky Basketball, which saw three players drafted in the lottery:

5. De’Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings
11. Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets
14. Bam Adebayo, Miami Heat

See all three picks below:

2. Some staggering stats

In the eight years John Calipari has been at Kentucky…

  • 31 players have been drafted
  • 24 in the first round
  • 17 in the lottery

The most impressive stat of all: All 21 one-and-done players that have come through the program have been drafted in the first round. That’s insane.

3. John Calipari was one proud papa

As Calipari does, he went from table to table, hugging each player as they heard their name called. When he arrived at the ESPN set, he had lipstick from one of the player’s mothers on his cheek, which he wore proudly as a symbol of his program’s success and his role as dream facilitator.

“These families, to live it with them, it’s just amazing,” Cal said. “But it’s hard. You don’t know then they’re getting picked. You have an idea, but stuff happens. And they slip sometimes. When those guys in that green room are done, I’m out. I am out. I don’t care who else gets picked, I really don’t. Just my guys.”

3. Cal did his thing and turned the appearance into a recruiting pitch

“They’re talking about one-and-done, it’s not broken! It isn’t broken. My kids finished the term, they’re on lifetime scholarships — can I recruit a little bit?” Cal joked. “These kids have a genius. Just like a pianist, just like someone with a cello, you look and you say, they’re a prodigy. These kids are prodigies. Again, I think, when they come with us — here’s my comment. I’m on them, they look at me, and I say, what are you going to do, transfer? You can’t transfer, so listen to what I’m saying. Somebody will say, he coaches them hard, he gets them to share. Pat Riley gave me the greatest compliment. He said, ‘Your guys come into this league and they’re all good teammates.’ Because they all have to share, they all have to give up something.”

Listen to more of that recruiting pitch below:

4. Malik Monk had the best reaction to sliding to 11th

Calipari said the one thing that disappointed him was that he wanted Malik Monk in New York with the Knicks, but he knew he wouldn’t fall past Charlotte at No. 11.

“I wanted Malik in New York because I thought he would light it up,” Cal said. “But I knew he wasn’t going to fall by — Michael [Jordan] wasn’t — He plays like Michael. He wasn’t going to let him go by him.”

Malik had an even better response:

That’s one of many great soundbites from Malik this week. On Wednesday, he had some fun with a reporter who said she’d never tried catfish before:

Something tells me Malik will love Lake Norman.

5. Sacramento is excited about their new point guard

Who can blame them? Fox is by far the most charismatic figure in this draft. Speaking of the Kings, they pulled in some big picks thanks to a swap with Portland. The Kings took Fox, North Carolina’s Justin Jackson (15), Duke’s Harry Giles (20), and Kansas’ Frank Mason III (34). That’s an impressive haul for a young, rebuilding team, and should pair well with Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere. Let’s hope the Kings don’t screw it up like they usually do.

6. We’ll keep an eye out for news on the remaining Cats

As expected, Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries, Derek Willis, and Dominique Hawkins went undrafted, but several will receive summer team invites. That news started breaking last night, so stay tuned. Derek’s fiancee Keely shared a text he received from Karl Towns telling him to keep his head up:

Agreed, Keely.

7. Trey Lyles got traded

The Utah Jazz traded Lyles, the 13th pick in the 2015 Draft, to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for the 13th pick, Louisville’s Donovan Mitchell, and the 24th pick, Tyler Lyndon. After a promising rookie season, Lyles stumbled in his sophomore year in the league, so here’s hoping a fresh start in Denver will serve him well. It doesn’t hurt that he’ll play alongside one of the most talented young shooters in the league in fellow Cat Jamal Murray.

8. Markelle Fultz made his first goof as an NBA player

Fultz — or likely, whichever friend/agent was handling his phone — made his first blunder as the number one pick when he forgot to fill in some important details in this Instagram post:


9. LaVar Ball was just as nuts as you thought he’d be

Lonzo went second to the Lakers, which meant the cameras were squarely on his dad for the first part of the night. LaVar did not disappoint, telling Jeff Goodman that Zeus and Jesus told him this would happen, and that Lonzo will lead the Lakers to the playoffs in his first season:

Fans booed LaVar out of the green room, and in response, he threw his Big Baller Hat into the crowd:

LaVar may be a horrible person, but I’d be lying if I said he didn’t entertain the hell out of me.

10. KSR is in Owensboro

Come on out to Don Moore Automotive to see the show, Matt’s last before he leaves for vacation. Something tells me they’ll talk about that Katina Powell interview, which we’ll bring back to the top of the site in about thirty minutes.

Calipari Does Some Recruiting in ESPN NBA Draft Interview


Tonight John Calipari’s three players in the green room were selected in the NBA Draft Lottery, giving Cal 17 lottery picks during his eight years at Kentucky.  Cal didn’t need to throw that number around, an ESPN graphic did it for him.


Shortly after Bam Adebayo was selected by the Miami Heat, Calipari took center stage on the ESPN set, forcing the draft to a screeching halt and preventing Milwaukee Bucks’ fans from learning their pick.  He used the platform to bark back at the one and done critics and do a little recruiting.

“They’re talking about one and done.  It’s not broken.  It isn’t broken,” he exclaimed.  “My kids finish the term.  They’re on lifetime scholarships.  Can I recruit a little bit?”

Cal also shared a compliment he received from Pat Riley, why he thought Malik Monk would be drafted by the Knicks and much more.


De’Aaron Fox’s Toughest Post-Draft Question came from an SI for Kids Reporter

Henry Mode (right) brought the heat, via @SIKids.

De’Aaron Fox has looked into cameras and answered countless questions for weeks about the NBA Draft.  Once it was over, his most difficult question came from a kid.

In the post-draft press room, Henry Mode of Sports Illustrated for Kids asked him what many others were thinking, but too afraid to ask: “You are going onto a rebuilding team, will it be frustrating for you to not be winning games in your first year, where you have to adjust from being on a great winning program like Kentucky?”

Big J journalists have dished out unwarranted criticism for kid reporters in the past, but Fox responded like a professional.

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Best behind-the-scenes story. Ever.

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The resemblance is uncanny.

#7. Jaren

Classic Hoosiers.

#6. Big Blue Roofing

I’m guessing it depends on the day.

#5. @KentuckyAnj

If I’m remembering correctly, UK does a pretty good job with twins.

#4. Augustine

Just another day in the life of John Calipari.

#3. @KyDarth

The horror!

#2. Patrick Butcher

Well… at least there will be plenty of room.

#1. Karl-Anthony Towns

This is why we love you, Karl.

Bam Adebayo Selected No. 14 by the Miami Heat in the NBA Draft

Bam Adebayo rose up the draft boards to become the third Wildcat selected in tonight’s lottery and the 17th lottery selection in the Calipari era.  Pat Riley has selected Bam Adebayo to play for the Miami Heat.

A McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American hailing from the mountains of North Carolina, the powerful post player took some time to find his game, but dominated down the final stretch of the season.  He had six double-doubles in his final 13 games, doubling his total from the first half of the season.

A Second Team All-SEC selection, Bam averaged 13 points, 8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in his only season at UK.  He dunked the ball 101 times, the most by any player in the Calipari era.   Here’s just a few of them from the NCAA Tournament.

Adebayo’s first round selection makes John Calipari perfect with one-and-dones.  21 UK players have declared for the draft after their freshman season, 21 have been drafted in the first round.

At the end of the season, there was some question as to whether or not Bam would be drafted in the first round, but he ended up a lottery pick, thanks in part to Calipari believing in him.

“Never doubt myself,” Bam said of Cal’s advice. “He always told me to stay positive and everything would work out.”

Bam made a drastic jump in the mocks in the past few days, which he credited to his improved shooting in workouts.

“I improved my shooting. Everybody thought I couldn’t shoot then I got in these workouts and everyone was shocked.”

What was it like for Bam to share this night with De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, and Calipari?

“We’re like brothers so this is our graduation again. Just being here, Cal being one of our dads. Just this experience, it’s wonderful.”

Trey Lyles Traded to Denver

Russ Isabella | USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky small forward Trey Lyles is in a trade involving a lot of local talent.

The Denver Nuggets are sending former Louisville shooting guard Donavan Mitchell to Utah in exchange for Lyles, who will team up with another former Wildcat, Jamal Murray.  The Nuggets will also receive the No. 24 pick.

It’s the third time Wildcats have teamed up in tonight’s draft.  De’Aaron Fox joins Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere in Sacramento and Malik Monk will team up with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in Charlotte.

Malik Monk Selected No. 11 by the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA Draft

The greatest scorer to ever play for John Calipari at Kentucky will get the chance to learn from the Greatest of All Time.  Malik Monk will play for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets.

A five-star recruit from the state of Arkansas, Monk spurned the Razorbacks and his famous brother’s alma mater to become an elite scorer for John Calipari.  Monk’s 754 points surpassed Jamal Murray’s total (720) to become the highest-scoring freshman in UK history.  He averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game to earn just a few postseason awards…

  • Jerry West Award
  • AP’s SEC Player of the Year
  • First Team All-SEC
  • Second Team All-American by USA Today and NBC Sports

Monk scored 20 or more points in 38 games; in six of those games he scored 20 or more in one half.  Monk had many unforgettable clutch performances.  His three-pointer at Rupp forced overtime against Georgia, scoring 37 en route to victory.  Monk gave the Cats a chance in the Elite Eight, knocking down two threes in the final 30 seconds to tie it before the Cats fell on a buzzer-beater.  His best game was the best game any player has ever had under John Calipari at UK.  47 points, 64 percent shooting, 8 threes, onions.

Monk is the 16th Kentucky player drafted in the lottery in eight years under John Calipari and one of only six UK guards to go in the lottery.

Eleventh was lower than Monk expected to be picked, but he took it in stride.

“I mean, it was lower than I thought but you never know in this situation, so I’m just thankful. Praying for the best situation and hopefully this is it.”

What will Monk bring to the Hornets?

“Versatile, I think I can score on all three levels,” Monk said. “And I can shoot the ball pretty good, so I think that will show immediately.”

Monk lit up when asked if he had met Hornets owner Michael Jordan yet.

“Earlier in the week I did a Skype call with him, they wanted to meet me and see how things were going. It went well and they picked me, so thankful to be in this situation.”

That smile at the end when he was asked about hunting and fishing spots near Charlotte was priceless.

De’Aaron Fox Selected No. 5 by the Sacramento Kings in the NBA Draft

De’Aaron Fox is heading west.  The Kentucky point guard will team up with two former UK bigs, Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere, on the Sacramento Kings.

The No. 6 player in the 2016 recruiting class averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and 4 rebounds per game in his only season at Kentucky.  He earned third team All-American honors from three different publications, he was a unanimous first team All-SEC Selection and he was the MVP of the conference tournament in Nashville.

Fox became one of just three Wildcats to ever record a triple double, but it wasn’t his best performance of the season.  Against Lonzo Ball and UCLA in the Sweet 16 he scored an NCAA Tournament freshman record 39 points to upend the Bruins.

Fox follows in the footsteps of two other Calipari point guards to be selected in the lottery following their freshman season, joining John Wall (No. 1) and Brandon Knight (11).

“It’s been extremely gratifying,” Fox said of sharing this experience with other freshmen that have been drafted. “I’ve known Jayson [Tatum] since the fourth grade and man, I’m speechless right now. We’re living out our dreams together.”

“I can’t even describe it, like I said. I’m extremely happy, I’m finally where I wanted to be, but like they said all week, the work is just beginning.”

How does Fox expect his speed to translate to the next level? He drew a familiar comparison.

“A lot of the comparisons are to John Wall, and you saw him and how he was competing in the playoffs so if I’m able to use my speed the way he was, speed kills and you can’t really teach it.”

As you may have noticed, De’Aaron honored his mother, a 21-year breast cancer survivor, with the lining of his jacket:

“It’s breast cancer signs. My mom is actually a 21-year breast cancer survivor, so that’s just something for her.”

ESPN tried to pull away from the interview, but De’Aaron was having none of it, interrupting to thank his sponsor, JC Penney, for dressing him for the night.

Nicely done, De’Aaron. You’re already a pro.

UPDATE: The Kings got De’Aaron a visor!

Much better.