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Today on KSR: It’s Tourney Time

Today on KSR: It’s Tourney Time

Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

Happy Friday, folks! One of the hardest work weeks of the year is close to completion and it’s another huge UK sports weekend. Sadly, for the first time in weeks and only the second time since August, there’s no Kentucky football. However, we will get UK’s bowl specifics and that’s exciting from a football perspective.

But we do have futbol! And volleyball! And basketball galore! UK’s soccer and volleyball teams look to advance in the NCAA Tournament and John Calipari’s Cats look to improve on their six game winning streak.

Let’s get to it.

 

Kenny Payne talks today:

UK associated head coach Kenny Payne will talk to the media today along with select men’s basketball players. Oh, the mystery! Who could the select men’s players be?!

In all seriousness, Payne will preview UNC Greensboro around 2 p.m. We’ll have you covered here at KSR.

Dontaie Allen:

The UK signee dropped 53 points last night against Scott and sadly it only gave his season average a half-point bump. Allen started the season scoring 52 points but followed that up Thursday by dropping 53 points in a loss to Scott.

The video above was his buzzer-beater at the end of the first half. UK fans are going to love the Kentuckian during his time at UK.

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Weaver makes a decision:

This afternoon we’ll find out where four-star defensive end J.J. Weaver will play his college football. All signs point towards UK for the 11-fingered Moore star.

Nick Roush will have coverage on KSR. The decision is set for 3:30 p.m. Learn more about Weaver below. Did you know he has one hand that has six fingers? We have pictures!

6 Things You Need to Know About J.J. Weaver

UK met with an important commitment:

The Cats’ staff met with Toledo native Cavon Butler on Thursday. The three-star defensive tackle is currently a UK commit, but his Crystal Ball is predicting a flip to the homestate Buckeyes. All eight predictions expect a flip and he most recently checked out Ohio State’s campus.

Let’s hope this visit keeps him in blue.

Soccer looks to advance to the College Cup:

The men’s soccer team looks to advance to the College Cup, soccer’s equivalent of the Final Four, tonight against No. 11 Maryland. No. 3 UK has been the biggest surprise this season and they’re one win away from adding to an already historical season.

The game is at 6 p.m. tonight at The Bell in Lexington. Between volleyball and soccer, go out and support your Tournament Cats.

Hey Kentucky! talks UK soccer

UK Volleyball starts its NCAA Tournament run:

And the Cats earned the honor to host the first two rounds. Kentucky plays in-state foe Murray State in the first round. UK was rewarded for winning/going undefeated in conference with the No. 10 overall seed.

If the Cats can advance they will play the winner of East Tennessee State or Purdue later this weekend.

7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. Be there (or The Bell).

TopGolf passed in Louisville:

The Metro Council voted 20-3 to rezone the Oxmoor site for TopGolf! It’s officially official! After months of “debates” (the older folks in Hurstbourne getting worked up, mostly) the zoning has officially been changed.

The Council did vote a mandate stating if TopGolf goes bankrupt they will be financially responsible to remove the polls that hold up the netting for the driving range to be removed. A TopGolf rep told reporters that mandate won’t be a deal breaker.

From a zoning and Metro Council point of view things are complete, but the only current hiccup moving forward is a current lawsuit and another potential lawsuit from tonight’s decision.

You can read more about those lawsuits HERE.

The KSR Tour starts in London:

Come see Matt Jones and the boys as they set off for the Northeast to watch the Cats play Seton Hall on 12/8 at Madison Square Garden. The trip will be full of laughs and so will today’s show, so send them off in you’re in the area.

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10 Completely Serious Coaching Suggestions For Louisville

10 Completely Serious Coaching Suggestions For Louisville

The University of Louisville needs a head football coach. It had one, but he sucked and nobody liked him because he was a jerk so he was let go before the season ended. The plan from there was to hire Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, who, according to UofL football message boards, was to be the second coming of Christ. Brohm was going to save the program and Louisville was going to win 50 straight national championships under his guidance, according to the fan base. But Brohm looked at the sh*t storm that is the Louisville football program and said, “Nah, I’m good on that. I’ll stay here at Purdue and not suck.” Those were his exact words, I think.

Now Louisville’s coaching search is in panic mode. Brohm was the first and only name on its list of candidates, but his name was crossed out in permanent marker and covered with white out and then the paper was wadded up and soaked in gasoline and lit on fire because it’s never happening. Sorry.

So who’s next? You can’t play football without a head coach. Somebody has to take the job. I do not know who Vince Tyra will turn to, but because I am a good person, I have some suggestions he should consider:

1. Lorenzo Ward
Last head coaching job: Louisville (Interim), 2018

Ward went 0-2 as Louisville’s interim head coach to end 2018, losing those two games by a combined score of 108-20. Both losses came at home by the way.

A simple solution to Louisville’s problem would be to remove his interim tag and give him more time to put his mark on the program. His offense showed a lot of potential and the university will save on moving costs and paperwork.

2. Butch Jones
Last head coaching job: Tennessee, 2013-17

Butch Jones needs his own team again. He currently serves as an analyst for Alabama, whatever that means, but he was born to be a head coach. Give him what he deserves, Louisville. He’ll take you to the “championship of life.” It’s the biggest championship you can win, so he said at Tennessee.

3. Lee Corso
Last job head coaching job: Orlando Renegades (USFL), 1985

Since Louisville likes to re-hire its former coaches, why not give Lee Corso another look? After all, he did take Louisville to its second-ever bowl game in 1970.

4. John L Smith
Last head coaching job: Kentucky State, 2016-Present

Like Corso, John L. Smith needs another look. He led the Cardinals to five straight bowl appearances and back-to-back Conference USA titles in 2000 and 2001. So what if he told his team at halftime of the 2002 GMAC Bowl that he’s leaving for Michigan State? He’s a proven winner, and at 70 years young, he’ll inject much-needed energy into the program.

5. Howard Schnellenberger
Last job head coaching job: Florida Atlantic, 2001-2011

Brohm was the hometown hero Louisville wanted, but Schnellenberger is the hometown hero Louisville needs. He built the program once and he can build it again today.

And if he turns it down because he’s 84, try Ron Cooper.

6. Clint Hurtt
Last job head coaching job: None

A former Louisville recruiting coordinator, who was responsible for bringing Teddy Bridgewater to the ‘Ville and was named 2011 National Recruiter of the Year, Hurtt should get a call. Never mind all of those NCAA sanctions from paying players at Miami, he’s a changed man and he is doing a great job as the assistant head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Plus his penalties from the NCAA ended in 2015 so he’s good to go.

7. Art Briles
Last job head coaching job: Estra Guelfi Firenze (Italy), 2018-Present

Former Baylor head coach Art Briles recently took a job in Italy, but we all know he’d jump at the opportunity to get back into America football. Most programs wouldn’t even consider a guy who covered up a campus-wide sexual assault scandal involving multiple players, but this is Louisville we’re talking about here, not some place with morals.

8. Hugh Freeze
Last job head coaching job: Ole Miss, 2012-16

Freeze lost his job at Ole Miss over strippers and hookers. Need I say more?

9. Bobby 3.0
Last job head coaching job: Louisville, 2014-18

So Bobby 2.0 didn’t go as planned. It started well, but ended poorly, to say the least. But wait ’til you see Bobby 3.0. He caddied for his granddaughter and he’s a changed man this time. Plus he’s an offensive genius. He’ll have Louisville back to prominence in no time, once he has a little time to bring in his own players and system.

10. Papa John Schnatter
Last job head coaching job: Papa John’s Pizza, 1984-2008

Who better to put butts back in the seats of Cardinal Stadium, than the man who put the seats in Cardinal Stadium? Papa John Schnatter is Cardinal Stadium. He is University of Louisville athletics. And dare I say… Peyton Manning as his offensive coordinator?

Better ingredients, better football. Papa John’s.


T.J.’s TAKES: A step in the right direction

T.J.’s TAKES: A step in the right direction

That was more like it. Kentucky stepped it up in a big way defensively on Wednesday and put together a near 40-minute performance in the Cats’ most complete game of the season.

Here are five takeaways from UK’s 90-84 win over Monmouth.

1. The Win:

Kentucky fans have been waiting to see a blowout win like that. Some folks would have predicted a 7-0 start to the season, but no one predicted anything worse than 6-1. That’s where UK’s at after tonight’s win. No one is complaining about the record but some UK fans have expressed concerns about the way the Cats have won their games and obviously the lone loss was an eye-opener.

But there won’t be too many complaints from tonight. UK rocked Monmouth from start to finish and it was possibly the best performance of the season.  The Cats continue to shine offensively and wasn’t overly careless with the ball tonight, but obviously the biggest positive is the defensive performance.

I was starting to wonder if this team would never get there defensively, which I know was probably premature, but at least we finally saw a step in the right direction. Even if it was Monmouth that was important.

2. Defense:

The biggest difference I saw on Wednesday evening was UK looked more comfortable finding their guys in transition or covering a teammate’s mistakes. That’s primarily how UK’s been getting lost this season. Kentucky wants to play fast and if that works it means you’re going to speed up the opponent. If you’re speeding up the opponent that means the tempo is going to be quicker. All commonsense but it’s where UK was struggling and allowing opponent’s to get open looks.

That isn’t UK’s only defensive concerns, some guards are getting blown by, but all things considered tonight was better. Monmouth still doesn’t have a win on the season, so we need to remember that, but hopefully UK can continue to build on tonight’s defensive effort.

Also nice to see a team struggle from deep. 12.5 percent with two made threes isn’t good for Monmouth.

3. Shooting:

I’m starting to fall in love with this group from an offensive standpoint. They can score inside but Calipari was right about how good they are shooting. Quade Green is above 40 percent on the year and hit four threes tonight. Herro is heating up and looking dangerous from the perimeter. Keldon’s shot continues to be a pleasant surprise and the bigs still appear to be a threat from deep. I can’t imagine a lineup that at anytime doesn’t have at least three shooters on the floor, and most times there may be four guys.

That’s going to be tough to guard.

Just because UK had one good defensive performance tonight doesn’t mean they’re turned a corner, and the defense will probably never be top 10 or 20 in the country, but if you’re going to have a suspect defense it really helps to have a great offense. There aren’t too many better than UK in my opinion. And they are just getting started, bro.

Monmouth also played zone, they doubled the block, tried to make Herro catch the ball feet off the three-point line. Again, the Eagles aren’t great, but UK beat them in a variety of ways.

4. PJ Washington:

I guess it was nice to see him take care of the ball a little more tonight, but he’s really had a really tough two game stretch after an amazing three straight games.

Consistency seems like it’s going to be a problem again for Washington, but let’s hope its fixed before the schedule becomes meatier.

Offensively if he scores 19 or 25 points the Cats are going to be tough to beat. But UK won’t be reliant on his scoring. There are other guys that will step up and take care of the points. But UK can’t have this defensive effort from Washington. I think it’s almost all effort because I know he’s talented enough and we’ve seen him have nice defensive stretches (against UT last year for sure). Let’s just hope it’s being disinterested in the opponent because UK needs Washington on the floor but can’t play him when he’s standing around.

5. Moving Forward:

The Cats go to a football scheduling format starting on Saturday where UK will only play once a week. Those games will be on Saturday’s and maybe only one more true cupcake left on the schedule.

It would make UK fans feel warm and fuzzy inside if the Cats did more of the same defensively against UNC-Greensboro like we saw tonight.

But most importantly is all the practices UK will have over the next month. I’m not sure if we’ll get the infamous Camp Cal rants, but we should see a lot of improvement over December. And with only one game a week it means we should be seeing improvements week-to-week.

Nice win for UK tonight but now consistency becomes important.