Kentucky Sports Radio

University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.





Podcasts

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 63: Jared Lorenzen Discusses His Fight Against Obesity

Jared Lorenzen is today’s guest on ‘The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast’ just a few days after appearing on ESPN to discuss his weight loss challenge. Lorenzen gives a compelling interview with Aaron hitting on a number of different topics, including a discussion on what “rock bottom” was, his first steps, and how he will measure “success.” But first, Aaron is joined by his good friend Nick Coffey to hit on a few other topics, including:

A recap of Aaron’s interview Enes Kanter: The guys discuss last week’s compelling interview with former Kentucky Wildcat Enes Kanter (if you haven’t heard it, you can click here). The guys discuss Enes’ thoughts on NBA super teams, and also the fact that he was willing to sit out a year at Kentucky as part of his “punishment” from the NCAA and return for his sophomore year. Would Kentucky have won the title without him in 2011? And how good could the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats have been had Kanter actually played his sophomore year alongside Anthony Davis?

Scuttlebutt about expanding the College Football Playoff: Next up, Aaron and Nick briefly discuss scuttlebutt that came out of Big Ten Media Days about expanding the College Football Playoff. After Jim Harbaugh and Scott Frost both talked expansion – is it time to move the playoff to eight teams? On the one hand, we can rarely get to four teams good enough to make the playoff, now we’re going to double it? Also, what about the Central Florida’s of the world who have no chance to win the championship as things currently stand?

Next up, Aaron welcomes former Kentucky Wildcat and Super Bowl champ Jared Lorenzen to the show. Jared recently appeared on ESPN discussing his weight loss struggles, after once tipping the scales at 500 lbs. He and Aaron have a deep conversation, discussing:

Why Jared decided to make a change: Jared discussed what into his change. He explained how a football injury led to weight gain, and what his darkest moments were. He also explained what his one inspiration was, when he decided ‘enough was enough.’

The first steps on his road to improvement: Jared discusses the first steps on his road to improvement. He explained how his “whole life” had to change for his weight loss to kick in. Also what is his daily routine, and why small goals are key to his success.

His goals and a message for anyone out there who may be struggling with weight loss: Finally, Jared discusses what his “goals” are, and why it has nothing to do with how many pounds he loses. Also, Jared delivers a message for anyone else who may be struggling with weight loss as well.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Enes Kanter: Kentucky would have “100 percent” won the national championship if eligible

Enes Kanter: Kentucky would have “100 percent” won the national championship if eligible

Former Kentucky practice star and current New York Knick Enes Kanter had quite the journey to get where he is today. After coming over from Turkey, Kanter had a back-and-forth battle with the NCAA, who eventually declared the 6-foot-11 center ineligible for receiving money as a professional athlete back home.

Even without Kanter, the 2010-11 Wildcats made it to the Final Four before falling to Kemba Walker’s Connecticut Huskies, who went on to win the title.

For Kanter, the team, and the Big Blue Nation as a whole, it only makes you wonder what could’ve been.

Our very own Aaron Torres had the opportunity for a sit-down interview with Kanter about his time at Kentucky and the NBA, where that exact topic came up.

If Kanter was eligible? Kentucky would have another banner, “100-percent.”

Check out the transcript of the entire conversation, followed by the link to the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast:

On what the fans at Kentucky meant to him:

I remember even when I couldn’t play at Kentucky, the whole state was doing ‘Free Enes’ signs everywhere. The cups, the flags, everything, that was awesome. That shows how much that the people around love you. And that was awesome for me because I came from Turkey. And for Americans to just respect you that much, it was like ‘You know what? I’m not going to Europe to play basketball. I’m staying right here.’

His fight with the NCAA:

It was tough because I was 16-years-old turning down a million dollars, a million dollars to come and play NCAA basketball.

What happened:

[They, the club, paid] expenses [that it].

It was tough for a 16-year-old kid turning down a million dollars to come here and play college basketball. And then when they say ‘You can’t play college basketball’ it was so frustrating for me.

First, they said ‘you can practice with the team.’ And then they said ‘You cannot even practice with the team anymore.’ The NCAA said ‘no more practicing with the team.’ They made me ineligible permanently.

His fight with the NCAA:

It was still a process.

*** We even told the NCAA, ‘let me sit my first year and play my second year.’ Yes [I was willing to stay a second year]. I told them [that]. And then they said ‘you cannot even practice with the team anymore.’ So Kentucky hired me a special coach and I was working out with him by myself. It was so frustrating I remember.

*** Then the news came out. I woke up and it was on ESPN, ‘Enes Kanter, permanently ineligible. He can never play college basketball ever again.’ It was so frustrating. I came here to play college basketball.

*** And then I sat down with Coach Cal, and Coach Cal told me ‘hey if you want to leave, you can leave to Europe and go play somewhere. But if you want to stay, we are your family.’ And then I said ‘Coach, I want to stay, but I cannot even practice with the team, how am I going to stay?’

So they made me a student assistant coach. I was a coach. I was a 17-year-old coach, 18-year-old coach. I think I was maybe the youngest coach in NCAA history. So they made me a coach and Coach Cal and all the coaches said ‘this is your game. Every practice is your game. So go as hard as you can, try to get ready for the draft.’ Because the NCAA said ‘you’re never going to play.’

I was an assistant coach, so I could practice.

I remember all my buddies were out there playing basketball, and I was down there sitting on the bench taking notes as an assistant coach. Taking notes. It was so frustrating. I had to go to the draft because I couldn’t play.

His entire journey:

Even before that, I tried to go to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas. They told me ‘you’re a professional, go somewhere else. Then I went to Mountain State in West Virginia. Then the same, thing. I stayed there two or three weeks and they said ‘Go somewhere else.’ Then I came to Simi Valley, California, prep school. Rules are different here so I could play here.

Couldn’t play high school, couldn’t play in college and then finally I got drafted in 2011, I was the third pick because I killed it in the combine and everything. And then I remember a week later the news came out, there’s a lockout. So no high school, no college, no NBA. I was like ‘they don’t want me to play basketball in America. Americans, don’t want me.’

Would they have won the 2011 national championship if he could play?

For sure. 100 percent. We went to Final Four, we lost to UConn. We even beat Ohio State with Jared Sullinger. I definitely think [we would have won it all]. And we still talk about it today. Doron [Lamb] came to see me in New York, and we were like ‘Man, if I had played we would have won the national championship.’ I love my teammates.


You can easily listen to the podcast 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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 62 : Enes Kanter on his time at Kentucky, the NBA and more

A new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is live, with a very special guest: Former Kentucky Wildcat and current New York Knicks star Enes Kanter! Kanter talks to Aaron about all sorts of things in a wide-ranging interview, including his time at Kentucky, getting screwed by the NCAA, playing with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in OKC and what is next for the Knicks. But first, Aaron welcomes in his friend Nick Coffey to talk about a wild week in sports. They discuss:

A couple quick basketball storylines: Aaron attended Wednesday’s Adidas Summer Championships, and shares a couple quick thoughts on the No. 1 player in America, James Wiseman. Also, Aaron explains why Penny Hardaway could be an actual threat to the rest of college basketball, and not just a guy who recruits Memphis well for the Tigers.

Some thoughts on Larry Fedora and CTE: Next, Aaron and Nick shift to a wide-ranging discussion UNC basketball coach Larry Fedora’s comments on CTE. Aaron explains why he mostly defends Fedora here. At this point, don’t football players know what they’re getting into when they play? And while CTE is a serious issue, Aaron explains why some of the reports which have come out aren’t as conclusive as some say, and discusses why there are still more questions than answers this point with CTE and football.

Next, Aaron welcomes in former Kentucky Wildcat and current New York Knick Enes Kanter to the show. The two guys discuss a number of topics, as he gets set to host a summer camp in Los Angeles. Amongst the topics they discuss:

Enes’ time at Kentucky: Enes takes a deep dive on his time at Kentucky. He explains the frustrating process he went through with the NCAA and when and how he found out he was ruled ineligible. He also explains how he nearly came back for a second season at Kentucky and the advice that John Calipari gave him.

His time with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes shares intimate details of his time in Oklahoma City, when the Thunder nearly won a championship. He explains what it was like to play with Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, and how he found out that KD was leaving OKC. Also, Kanter weighs in on the biggest talking point in basketball: Have the Warriors ruined the NBA?

And finally, his time with the Knicks: Finally, Enes wraps up by talking about his time with the Knicks. He explains why he is excited to play with Kevin Knox, and what fans can expect from a young team next season.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 61: Mega-Recruiting Recap with T.J. Walker + Corey Evans

Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 61: Mega-Recruiting Recap with T.J. Walker + Corey Evans

It’s a new week and with it a new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – and after the biggest recruiting weekend of 2018, Aaron brings in two of the biggest experts to break it all down. First, it’s KSR’s T.J. Walker, then Rivals.com’s Corey Evans.

After Aaron breaks down Day 1 of SEC Media Days and the new Final Four sites announced, he turns to T.J. The guys do a deep dive on the following subjects:

James Wiseman: Wiseman is the biggest name in recruiting circles and Aaron gives you the inside scoop on everything you need to know. Does either Kentucky or Memphis have the edge in his recruitment? Is it possible he can reclassify to 2018? Also, has Vernon Carey passed him as the best player in this class?

Vernon Carey: With Carey impressing folks across college basketball the last few weeks, is it time to bump him to No. 1 in the recruiting rankings? Also T.J. explains why he believes that Kentucky is in better position with him than most realize.

Cole Anthony: And finally, is there any “news” on Cole Anthony? Is there any way to know where he’s leaning? And does Kentucky have a chance? Also, T.J. discusses his new podcast which will be released soon.

Next up, national recruiting expert Corey Evans joins the show after a busy week in Atlanta. He discussed the following with Aaron:

Dontaie Allen: Allen was the fastest-rising star of the weekend. What kind of player is he and what allowed him to have success in Atlanta? Also, will Kentucky offer? When? And how quickly will Allen accept if they do?

News and Notes from Around the Rest of Atlanta: After an extensive talk about Atlanta, Corey wraps up by discussing other news and notes from the Under Armour event. What are his thoughts on Top 10 prospect Josh Green and his AAU teammate Nico Mannion? Could they be a package deal? And could USC – yes, USC – finish with a Top 5 class in the country or even No. 1?

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 60: Silly Louisville lawsuit + New Mexico coach Paul Weir

It’s another episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron is joined by New Mexico coach Paul Weir to discuss what Aaron believes will be one of the most fascinating college basketball teams in America in 2018-2019. But first, Aaron’s buddy Nick Coffey stops by to talk the biggest topics of the day, and boy oh boy did they have plenty to discuss:

The Papa John’s Fallout: The “Papa John’s” story reached the world of sports, as John Schattner is out after his inflammatory comments earlier this week. The question now – what does it mean for Louisville athletics, with Schattner’s name and company attached to the stadium?

Louisville basketball players sue the NCAA: Next the guys stay in Louisville to discuss former Cardinals players suing the NCAA following the removal of the 2013 national championship banner. Nick explains why the lawsuit is essentially frivolous and the players have little chance of winning.

Changes to AAU basketball: With AAU basketball season here the guys discuss why proposed rule changes from the NCAA are absurd and will only hurt college basketball and its players, not help it.

Finally, who would argue the NFL is a more entertaining product than college football?: Finally, the guys dig into a popular topic on social media earlier this week, with one Sports Illustrated writer claiming that the NFL is a more entertaining product than college football. Aaron questions who would make such a claim, while arguing that college is superior in just about every way imaginable.

Next up, Aaron is joined the head coach of the New Mexico Lobos, a team to keep an eye out for heading into the 2018-2019 college basketball. Weir took over last season and immediately led them to the Mountain West title game, and has an improved roster last year which includes a slew of transfers including former Ohio State guard Jaquan Lyle and Kansas forward Carlton Bragg. The pair discusses:

The unique change that allowed New Mexico to have success in Weir’s first season: As Aaron laid out in a previous episode, Weir made a drastic change which allowed the Lobos to be rapidly improved the second half of last season. Weir explained what that change is, what went into the decision and how his players reacted.

Updates on a loaded transfer class: Weir explains the impact that Lyle and UConn transfer Vance Jackson will have heading into 2018-2019. Weir also updates the status of former Kansas forward Carlton Bragg who is also in Albuquerque, and explains how he plans to keep his team focused with a vastly improved roster.

New Mexico’s book club: Finally, Weir explains how he started a “book club” at New Mexico and how his players have responded positively to the experience.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


KSR Baseball Podcast E39: Doug Flynn

It’s time for another exciting edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast!

In episode 39, coach Keith Madison and KSR baseball aficionado Trey Huntsman discuss the following:

-Update on former UK players in the pros
-Early preview of next year’s UK roster
-Coach Madison’s thoughts on the championship changing play in the College World Series
-Coach Madison talks Mississippi State coaching change and how they feel for Coach Henderson after leading the team to CWS.

Then, former Major League Baseball infielder and Lexington native Doug Flynn joins the show to talk about:

-Update on the Reds, what’s standing out
-Thoughts on their draft picks
-Does he think they’ll make any moves at the All Star break?
-Likes way Reds are playing but making crucial mistakes costing them games
-Change in players in current era of baseball
-Players he likes around the league
-3rd annual Bluegrass World Series coming up in early August in Louisville — big-time former MLB stars playing in the event
-Coach Madison plays his lightning round game with Doug Flynn

And to close, the trio gives a special tribute to Kentucky legend Frank Ramsey — did you know he was also an All-SEC baseball player at UK for two years?

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.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 59 – Summer League Fever + Texas Tech coach Chris Beard

It’s a post-holiday edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast and a big one at that! Summer League is underway and Nick Coffey and Aaron Torres have caught the fever, plus a visit from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard after he led the Red Raiders to the school’s first Elite Eight appearance in school history last March. The guys start in Summer League though, where they discuss:

Kevin Knox’s emergence as a star: It’s always tough to take too much out of Summer League, but is Kevin Knox emerging as a star in front of our eyes? Aaron and Nick think so, and wonder whether he ends up as the steal of this NBA Draft. The guys also explain why his game might be suited better for the NBA than it ever was for college.

Trae Young’s struggles: The guys also touch on the struggles of Trae Young early on in summer league. The guys explain why they’re annoyed that Young’s game hasn’t evolved at the NBA level, and wonder why he’s trying to take on so much. Also, at what point is it too early to start wondering if the Hawks made the wrong selection with Young?

Grayson Allen: Finally, the guys wrap up by talking about why they’re not only OK with Grayson Allen’s hard fouls, but how it might be the path to a long, professional career for him. They also talk the re-emergence of one player who skipped college basketball last year, and why they’re happy for a former star who has suffered one injury after another.

Next up, Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard joins the show. As you may remember, Beard led Texas Tech to one of the most remarkable seasons in college basketball last year. In just his second season at the school, the Red Raiders made the Elite Eight. He discusses all that and more starting with:

His unique path in coaching: Beard describes his wild ride through coaching, which includes stops as head coach at the JUCO and DII levels + the ABA. What did those experiences teach him that he takes with him today? Also, why being let go at Texas Tech as an assistant a decade ago led him to where he is today.

How he gets his players to buy in: Aaron asks the simple question: How does Beard have so much success so quickly, at every stop he goes to? Beard how he gets players to buy in and believe in his system. He also explains his personal philosophy of only “getting one shot” and taking advantage of it.

His torn ACL: Finally, Beard talks about his health, after suffering an ACL-tear mid-season. Beard never stopped coaching, and explains why recent lottery pick Zhaire Smith is to blame for the fact that he hasn’t gotten surgery yet.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Ep. 58 Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – Boogie to the Warriors + The Good and Bad of July 4

It’s a new week and an all new episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast! After hosting two episodes solo (as well as filling in a day on Kentucky Sports Radio), Nick Coffey is back and joins Aaron to talk about the biggest stories from across college basketball and the NBA. The fellas discuss:

Boogie Cousins to the Warriors: The guys react to the shocking news that Boogie is now a member of the two-time defending champions. Aaron explains why he isn’t upset by the news – and why this may actually may him like the Warriors more. Plus, what kind of impact can Boogie actually have? And also, is it time to question what Adam Silver has actually done for the NBA?

A quick look at LeBron to the Lakers: Every sports show in America is talking LeBron to LA and Aaron and Nick couldn’t help but turn their attention there for a second. The guys discuss why LeBron choosing business over basketball is bad for the NBA, and what the heck is Magic Johnson doing with all the other moves besides LeBron? Also, does Rajon Rondo’s signing mean the end of Lonzo Ball in LA?

What are realistic expectations for Kentucky next year? Following up on Aaron’s visit to Kentucky Sports Radio, Aaron and Nick break down what are realistic expectations for Kentucky next year? The guys explain why “National championship or bust” is the wrong attitude to have, but why all the pieces are there anyway.

Plus, the guys talk the best and worst of 4th of July. They ask: When did setting off fireworks for a whole week become a thing? And why they’re both OUT on the hot dog eating contest.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E56: Jim Calhoun

It’s another edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast – and woooooo is it a doozy, as Aaron is joined by the Hall of Fame, former head coach of UConn basketball Jim Calhoun. As a UConn alum, Aaron went bonkers, reliving Calhoun’s glory days, his best players and teams, as well as his new job as a head coach. Plus, the wild story of how Bob Knight convinced Calhoun to take the UConn job instead of Northwestern nearly 40 years ago.
First however, Aaron hits on some of the biggest topics and in and around basketball, including:
Reid Travis’ Arrival at KentuckyAfter briefly hitting on the topic last week, Aaron takes a deep dive into the Reid Travis commitment at UK. He explains why Travis now makes Kentucky complete, as well as the team to beat in college basketball in 2018-2019. Aaron also explains why the hype surrounding this year’s team is different than in years past.
Turmoil at UConnAaron looks at the tricky, legal situation involving Kevin Ollie and his buyout at UConn. Aaron also explains why the situation might be a bit more complicated than many have made it out to be.
Johnny Jones gets Another Job: How? 
NBA Awards Show: The dumb Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell debate, and Bill Russell gave the middle finger to all of America.
Next up, Aaron does a deep dive with the Hall of Famer, Jim Calhoun. The pair hit on a number of topics, including:
 
Calhoun’s New Job at a DIII SchoolCalhoun explains why he shockingly took the job at St. Joseph’s College, a Division III school in Aaron’s hometown of West Hartford, Connecticut. Calhoun also explains the differences between building a program at the DIII vs. DI level, and how coaching at a former all-girls college helps recruiting.
The Rise of UConn BasketballCalhoun takes listeners behind the scenes of how he built UConn basketball from a program with no resources and facilities into a Big East power. What was it like walking into a league where six coaches became future Hall of Famers? And when did he know he had the program on the right track?
Calhoun Discusses his Best Players and Teams: Finally Calhoun wraps up by talking about the best players and teams from his time in Storrs. Why the 2004 team – featuring Ben Gordon and Emeka Okafor – was his most talented, but not necessarily the “best.” And why he readily admits we’ll never see anything like what Kemba Walker pulled off in 2011.

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 the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The KSR Baseball Podcast E38: ESPN’s Mike Rooney

Before the college baseball seasons reaches a conclusion in Omaha at the College World Series, listen to the latest edition of the KSR Baseball Podcast.  Coach Madison is joined by ESPN baseball analyst Mike Rooney to talk about a variety of topics, like…

—  What’s a StitchHead? Baseball Lingo Explained.

—  The Best Nicknames in Baseball.

—  Thoughts on Miss. State’s new head coach and what’s next for Gary Henderson.

—  Breaking Down and Predicting the College World Series Final.

—  The Reds are actually winning baseball games?  What’s going on?!?!?!

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.