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The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 72: It’s “Best Of” Week Part Two

Aaron Torres is still on vacation, so it’s time to continue the “Best Of” series of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast to close out the week. You got NBA players Enes Kanter, De’Aaron Fox, and Corey Brewer last episode, and now, it’s the head coach edition!

First up, Aaron welcomes the guest he’s waited a lifetime for: Nevada head coach Eric Musselman! Hop aboard the Muss Bus, as the coach of the Wolfpack discusses…

Where he was when Cody and Caleb Martin told him they’d return: Coach Muss takes listeners behind the scenes of where he was when he found out his two stars would return. What was his reaction and how did he celebrate?

How he will handle coaching a completely different team next season: Muss talks about the unique challenges facing his team. Last year they had no depth; now they legit go 12 or 13 deep. He explains why his background in the NBA makes him believe he’ll be able to keep everyone happy.

Story Time with Coach Muss: Coach Muss shares some incredible stories from his time coaching in the G-League, CBA and USBL. He talks about the time he had to insert a suspended player in the lineup, and the time his team found out at a McDonald’s that their game-time changed.

Next, Aaron welcomes on a big guest, as he is joined by LSU basketball coach Will Wade. Wade has the Tigers primed for a monster season in 2018-2019 and discussed with Aaron the following:

The Incredible Turnaround the Tigers had Last Season: Coach Wade explains what allowed the Tigers to go from a club that was picked to finish 14th in the SEC in the preseason, to one that surprised many on their way to an above .500 finish in the SEC. What allowed him to turn around the culture and have immediate success?

Wade’s Loaded Freshman Class: Wade breaks down a star-studded freshman class which is ranked as high as No. 3 in some recruiting services. What can fans expect from McDonald’s All-American Naz Reid? And is Emmitt Williams the most underrated player in the class? Also, how will the return of Tremont Waters help the young players?

The Strength of SEC Basketball: Finally, Coach Wade wraps up discussing the strength of the SEC. Does this league get the credit it deserves nationally? Also, what has he learned while watching John Calipari at Kentucky that Wade takes with him every day?

Finally, 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 School: Calhoun 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 Basketball: Calhoun 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.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 71: It’s “Best Of” Week, featuring Enes Kanter, De’Aaron Fox, and Corey Brewer

This week’s edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast will be a bit different than past episodes. With Torres out of town on vacation, we have decided to create a “Best Of” episode, featuring several popular interviews we’ve heard over the last eight months with him on staff here at KSR.

First up, 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.

Next, Aaron welcomes Kings’ rookie De’Aaron Fox live from All-Star weekend in Los Angeles:

The pair discusses De’Aaron’s rookie year in the NBA. What has been the biggest adjustment? And why does he believe it’s actually been easier than he expected?

What does Fox miss most about UK? How did playing for John Calipari prepare him for the NBA? And what would he say to high school recruits who are thinking about coming to Kentucky?

Fox then admits that Kentucky should have won the national championship when he was there two seasons ago.

Finally, Aaron welcomes on Corey Brewer – who played last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, to discuss his NBA career and time at Florida. The guys break down the following:

His early days: Corey explains took a unique path to the NBA, after growing up on a tobacco farm and running a garbage route with his dad. He explains how that drove him to work hard at basketball and instilled a work ethic that he still has to this day.

His time at Florida: Corey goes in-depth on Florida’s back-to-back runs with the Gators. He explains what allowed he and his teammates to click, and what went into their decision to return to school even after winning a title – the answer will surprise you. Also, what was it like to play against “peak Greg Oden” and were the 2007 Gators the last great team in college basketball?

Playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Finally, the pair discuss Brewer’s 2018 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He explains why Russell Westbrook was one of the best teammates he’s ever had, and why he wasn’t surprised that Paul George returned to OKC this off-season. Also, does he ever see Billy Donovan returning to college basketball?

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.


Hardly Committed E5: Basketball with Barstool Reags

T.J. Walker has returned for another episode of Hardly Committed and he’s brought along a few friends.  Bobby Reagan from Barstool Sports joins the program to talk about Kentucky and Duke’s summer basketball exhibitions.  They also talk about the world’s most electric basketball exhibition: The Dunder Mifflin Office vs. the Warehouse.  Highlights from the show:

— The Cats are getting colder with Cole Anthony.

— Who could potentially reclassify into the 2019 class?

— How do UK’s assistants divide up recruiting responsibilities?

— Is it a Big Deal that Tyrese Maxey and RJ Hampton want to play together?

—  Why a trip to Ireland that didn’t happen is a big deal for one backcourt star.

—  If KSR played other media outlets in basketball, who would win?

Subscribe to Hardly Committed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app to get the podcast delivered directly to your phone.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play, and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.


The Funkhouser Situation E35: JLo, Movie Presidents, Jack Reacher

After Chris Tomlin’s thrilling trip to the Ohio Valley Emmy Awards, he is back in action with Lee Cruse on The Funkhouser Situation.  Tomlin shares stories from his adventure that included an exciting magic show and a spectacular appearance by Lee.  Other highlights:

— Is there a better comedy duo than Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn?

— JLo won a VMA Vanguard award, but does she even have a real hit?

— Who are the Best Actors to play the President of the United States?

—  Questions from listeners are answered.

—  A new Tom Cruise game is debuted: “Is Jack Reacher better than (fill in the blank)?”

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 Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E70: Jon Rothstein on SEC Basketball

In the latest episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, Aaron talks all things SEC and college hoops with Jon Rothstein. The CBS college basketball insider picked Tennessee as the top team in the SEC heading into the season and he does not back down from his selection as the two talk SEC hoops.
Before Rothstein joins the program, Aaron discusses Duke’s first game in the Bahamas. Highlights:
The Emergence of Zion Williamson: While R.J. Barrett led the way, Zion Williamson emerged as the star of the Blue Devils on Wednesday. Aaron explains how Williamson exceeded expectations and showed a more well-rounded game than anyone could have expected.
Duke’s ConcernsWhat can go wrong for Duke? Will depth plague this team? Do they have a second point guard behind Tre Jones? Aaron also explains why Marques Bolden continues to struggle.
Next, Aaron welcomes CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein to the show. The pair discuss:
How Rothstein became a College Basketball InsiderRothstein explains his winding road to where he is today, as one of the pre-eminent insiders in the sport. Why it takes a decade to make an overnight success story, and how one game created his college basketball fandom — and nearly ruined his parents’ marriage.
His thoughts on the SECRothstein explains in great detail why he has Tennessee atop the conference. He also explains why he still believes Kentucky is capable of winning a national championship. Also, is this the best the SEC has ever been?
 
Top College Basketball StorylinesRothstein wraps by discussing an unsettled Big East, why Nevada is so fascinating and what to expect from UConn in the first year of the Dan Hurley era. Also, why he refuses to give out New York City restaurant recommendations to Aaron!

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.

Also, we recently started an “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” Instagram page, for videos and pictures related to show and to preview upcoming guests. Go ahead and click here to follow the show.


Hardly Committed E4: Evan Daniels

After a week of watching basketball in the Bahamas, Hardly Committed is back with special guest, Evan Daniels.  The 247 Sports recruiting guru talks to T.J. Walker about where Kentucky stands with some of the nation’s top prospects.  Highlights include:

— A review of the good and the bad from the Big Blue Bahamas.

— Every UK guard brings something different to the table.

—  Evan agrees with T.J.: Kentucky is in a great position with Vernon Carey.

— How to pronounce Oscar Tshiebwe’s last name.

— The Annex reviews The Alliance, one of the worst alliances in the history of the world.

Subscribe to Hardly Committed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app to get the podcast delivered directly to your phone.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play, and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 69: Bahamas Recap

It’s episode 69 of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron spends virtually the entire episode breaking down Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas! While he discusses the chaos at Maryland and Ohio State at the end, it begins with the Wildcats in the Bahamas.

The emergence of Kentucky’s stars: Aaron spends the first few minutes of the show breaking down the play of Kentucky’s biggest stars, most notably Tyler Herro, PJ Washington and Keldon Johnson. Aaron explains why the most impressive stat from Herro wasn’t his team-leading 17 points per game, and why Washington is showing NBA scouts everything they need to see to make him a mid-round pick next year. Plus, Aaron gushes about Keldon Johnson and the energy and toughness he played with in the Bahamas.

Second-year players shine: Next Aaron takes a deep dive into UK’s two other sophomores, Nick Richards and Quade Green. He explains the way each has improved, and why Quade Green might be the most underappreciated player of the whole trip. Plus, why seeing players like Richards and Green put in the work isn’t just important for them, but the younger players on the roster as well.

Finally, a look at the scandals of Maryland and Ohio State: Aaron breaks down the two biggest scandals across college sports, Maryland and Ohio State. Aaron takes a deep dive at Maryland and explains why everyone is blaming the wrong person, and also a quick update on Ohio State. Will Zach Smith’s newest criminal allegations have any impact on Urban Meyer’s future at Ohio State?

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.

Also, we recently started an “Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” Instagram page, for videos and pictures related to show and to preview upcoming guests. Go ahead and click here to follow the show, or follow the link below:


The Funkhouser Situation E34: RIP Mrs. Garrett

Surprised to see Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse? The Funkhouser Situation is on your podcast feed a day earlier than normal to provide takes on the latest in the world of pop culture.  The guys are back with another edition of Hot Goss, they try to figure out Omarosa, and…

— The podcast got a significant TV plug.

— Lee Cruse has a lot in common with Freddie Mercury.

— Will Jack Ryan be a hit for Amazon?

— Was the Ross and Rachel storyline overplayed on Friends?

—  The Academy Awards has a new category: Best Popular Movie

— Lee and Chris share their love for the 80s television series Moonlighting.

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 Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E68: Bahamas Recap + Corey Brewer

The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast E68: Bahamas Recap + Corey Brewer

It’s an action-packed episode of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, as Aaron is joined by NBA champion and two-time NCAA champion Corey Brewer joins the show. He and Aaron discuss his winding career, national championships at Florida and time with the Oklahoma City Thunder last season.
But before Corey, there’s actual basketball to talk, plus a little football, with topics including:
Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas: The Wildcats have played two games, and Aaron is blown away by what he has seen so far. He explains why Tyler Herro is proving all his doubters wrong, and why Nick Richards has been the single biggest revelation of the trip. Aaron also explains why one freshman besides Herro has really impressed him – especially on the defensive end of the court.
The NCAA makes a bunch of rule changes: Aaron reacts to the big, sweeping changes in college basketball – that aren’t actually big or sweeping. He explains why rules like “players can now have agents” and “players can return to college if they go undrafted” aren’t exactly what they seem, and the one big rule that actually does matter.
Idiots questioning Alabama football’s schedule: Finally, Aaron goes in on all the haters who say Alabama plays a “soft” schedule because they don’t play road games. Aaron gives some facts to explain why that’s the dumbest narrative in all of sports.
Next, Aaron welcomes on Corey Brewer – who played last season with the Oklahoma City Thunder, to discuss his NBA career and time at Florida. The guys break down the following:
His early days: Corey explains took a unique path to the NBA, after growing up on a tobacco farm and running a garbage route with his dad. He explains how that drove him to work hard at basketball and instilled a work ethic that he still has to this day.
His time at Florida: Corey goes in-depth on Florida’s back-to-back runs with the Gators. He explains what allowed he and his teammates to click, and what went into their decision to return to school even after winning a title – the answer will surprise you. Also, what was it like to play against “peak Greg Oden” and were the 2007 Gators the last great team in college basketball?
Playing with the Oklahoma City Thunder: Finally, the pair discuss Brewer’s 2018 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder. He explains why Russell Westbrook was one of the best teammates he’s ever had, and why he wasn’t surprised that Paul George returned to OKC this off-season. Also, does he ever see Billy Donovan returning to college basketball?

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.

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The Funkhouser Situation E33: Hot Goss

Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse did not break their promise.  After a six-day break, The Funkhouser Situation is back for another exciting episode.  Today they introduce a new segment titled, “Hot Gossip.”  Other highlights:

— Han Solo vs. Harrison Ford

— How bout that Aquaman trailer?

— Are Musicals turned into Films Good?

— Is Lee related to Tom Cruise?

— Johnny Depp is out of control.

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 Funkhouser Situation podcast feed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app.


Aaron Torres Sports Podcast Ep. 67: Tim Brando discusses Urban Meyer + A Kentucky Bahamas Preview

The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast is back, as we break down the biggest story in sports – the ever-evolving circus surrounding Urban Meyer. Aaron is joined by Fox Sports’ Tim Brando to break down the whole mess. But first, Aaron welcomes on his buddy Nick Coffey to both discuss the Urban Meyer debacle and preview Kentucky’s trip to the Bahamas. Here are today’s show topics:

The latest on Urban Meyer: Nick and Aaron take a deep dive into the latest with the Urban Meyer at Ohio State. They update us on what we know now, and why the legal ramifications make this story less cut-and-dried than it seems. Can a technicality save Meyer? Plus, if Meyer did report Zach Smith to his superiors, can you really blame him for keeping Smith on staff?

A preview of the “Big Blue Bahamas” trip: Next up, the guys discuss what they’re most excited about with the Kentucky trip to the Bahamas this week. Aaron wants to see how Reid Travis performs in his first time wearing blue, while Nick wants to get to know some of the more unfamiliar names on the roster. Plus, going up against such good competition, the guys admit that Kentucky could lose, but explain why that would be OK.

Next up, Aaron welcomes FOX’s Tim Brando to the show. Brando is one of the iconic voices of college football, and takes a deep dive into the Meyer mess starting with:

Meyer’s future at Ohio State: Brando explains why he believes that Urban Meyer will survive at Ohio State. He also wonders whether the timing of Meyer’s statement means that AD Gene Smith could survive this scandal as well.

Why do these kind of scandals only happen in college football: Aaron wonders why – between Bobby Petrino, Hugh Freeze and Urban Meyer – these scandals only seem to happen in college football. Tim gives a surprising answer to the question.

Tim’s preseason predictions: Tim tells us who his sleeper teams are, why he had a surprise winner in the Big 10 even before the Urban Meyer mess, and why he believes it’s time to expand the playoff to eight teams!

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.