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Thank You


In April of 2015 I was loading suitcases preparing to depart on a Disney cruise when I received a phone call from an unknown number. Normally, I don’t answer anonymous calls. But, for some reason I did on this occasion. The caller identified himself as Matt Jones. I have to admit that I kinda laughed when I heard the name. My first response was to ask the dude on the other end of the phone if Elvis was with him and fully expected a comeback about a no-interest credit card with an accompanying free vacation to Nantucket for Shark Week. I had listened to Matt on the radio, but even though we are both hillbillies, we’d never spoken or met. I surely didn’t have his phone number.

After finally being convinced that the caller actually was The Matt Jones, he asked if I’d be interested in writing for Kentucky Sports Radio. His inquiry was totally out of the blue. I wanted to say yes on the spot and I all of a sudden experienced that same butterfly-gut feeling that I had felt many years prior when running into an opposing SEC stadium. But, I had a ship to catch and an unlimited amount of hamburgers to eat at the pool-side Burger Bar. I told him I’d call him back after returning from our sea journey with The Mouse.

Jen and I talked it over while on a snorkeling adventure (I hated snorkeling by the way; way too scared of sharks). I also requested advice from my boss, Major General Tonini. In typical Chief Warrant Officer Jennifer Maggard fashion; she told me that she’d unconditionally support me in whatever endeavors I wanted to pursue. She’s the absolute best. I’m so blessed and much like Ryan Lemond; totally outkicked my coverage with that one. We called the KSR founder a week later and agreed to give this writing thing a try. My first article was posted on May 11th, 2015. I re-read that post today. It was God awful; dreadful actually.

One never knows when life-changing opportunities can or will occur. I soon left Frankfort and a career with the Kentucky National Guard for an uncertain media career based off a hunch that I’d enjoy that unsteady racket. Normally a calculated thinker and not known as a risk taker, this decision was atypical for me. I’d been associated with the military in some form or fashion for a couple decades. I was regimented; institutionalized in organizational vocabulary, procedure, and routine. In other words, I was good at my job and content. However, Matt Jones has an inherent capability to bring folks out of their comfort zones in order to challenge them to do more. In this case he did so with me. Like so many others in the media that you’ll likely never know their names, he gave me a chance in the industry. I could never-ever thank him enough for that.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time with KSR. We had abundant adventures, laughs, and a few cries. From the KSR Football Podcasts and the madness that ensued, radio remotes, writing, and the Depth Chart Podcast; we had an absolute blast. I’m going to miss it. But more so I’m really going to miss the people I’ve grown to love and respect.

If you’re reading this post, then you are certainly familiar with Ryan “Scoop” Lemond. Here are some KSR scoops for you that I learned over the years:

— I was never given the keys to the website which means that all my posts had to run through the editorial staff before going public. This was not a result from mistrust but based off my genuine inability to figure out the software and computer stuff. So, my posts were written on a Word document and emailed to Tyler Thompson, Drew Franklin, and Nick Roush. They’d review the page, upgrade content, and add pictures (with proper credits—I routinely screwed this portion up) prior to moving the finished product over to the site. So, my posts were actually “Our” posts. Those three folks are beautiful, selfless, caring, wonderful human beings.

— At times I became overly protective of Tyler Thompson on social media. For that, I do not nor will I ever apologize. She’s so incredibly smart and a 5-star editor. The world needs more Tyler Thompsons. We’re better for her being in our lives for four years.

— KSR’s reputation of being organized chaos is completely untrue. “Hubby” (Yes he’s a real person and I’m not sure if I can reveal his real name) and Maria Taustine run a tight ship. Maria is KSR’s business manager and is doing a wonderful job. Matt and Hubby are the owners but Maria is the backbone to recent KSR growth and a delightful person.

(SHAMELESS PLUG-Maria is the point of contact for those interested in advertising with Kentucky Sports Radio.)

— I sincerely love the Versailles’ Kroger and visit my favorite store on a daily basis. I was never a paid advertiser. The daily bubble bath jokes were legit. There’s an art form to selecting the right bath products by the way and they were all purchased at the Versailles Krogers. And, I am a huge fan of old-school rap (no music produced prior to 1990 please). Jared Lorenzen and the gang made fun of me for all these truths. It made for some good laughs. I was blessed to becoming closer with Jared. He’s a true friend and an awesome guy. Love that dude. Much like with Tyler, I’m a little protective of J-Lo. There’s something about throwing a multitude of interceptions that brings former quarterbacks together. Record books are forever. His INT totals will always surpass mine.

— Nick Roush’s podcast intros are as bad in person as they must have sounded when listening to the KSR Football Podcast. They were also unscripted and kept a secret to Drew, Jared, and I until the recording machine turned red. Eye rolls normally followed. Nick is a great kid. Well, not a kid really. He spent 19 years as a UK college student is actually 51 years old. Joking. Love that guy. Nick has a solid football mind. He’ll keep you covered with all things UK Football.

— Kentucky Sports Radio is similar to a military organization. I bet you thought you’d never read those words right? One of a zillion things I loved about the military was the close bonds and family environment that resonated throughout the ranks. Much like the Kentucky National Guard or the United States Army, there is sincere care for all involved within the KSR Brand from the top down. Let me rephrase that, from Matt Jones down. Matt’s heart is as huge as his on-air personality. This trait was on display with his passion towards clean water for Kentucky citizens, supporting teachers, and tornado relief efforts. But these initiatives were public. He’s equally as compassionate in private. On many occasions he and Ryan Lemond would pull me to the side and ask how KSR could be more easily attainable for deployed Kentucky Soldiers and Airmen. They’d often nervously ask me if any of “Our Men and Women” were overseas and if so what could KSR do to make their deployments more bearable. That’s real; not on-air personalities.

This was on full display when my dad was sick and eventually after his death. I called Matt and told him my pops was not doing so well and I needed a week off to take care of him and my momma. Somewhat new to the company, I wasn’t comfortable asking for time off. He said, “take two weeks, or however much time you need.” He continued, “Family is first, never forget that.” And, he meant it. I was with Big Fred when he went Home to be with the Lord. I was with him. The man that taught me how to walk and to throw a curve ball. KSR was not concerned about me previewing the Kentucky defensive backs during that time. They were insistent that I was with my family. Tears…….

The entire Kentucky Sports Radio family made the trip to Corbin to show their respects and to support me and mine. Matt donated $500.00 to the church in my dad’s name. This is hard to type and he’ll probably not be happy I’m sharing this. But what’s he going to do? Fire me? Too late for that Boss. KSR “Gets It.” Nick Roush had a picture of my dad from the 1956 state tournament framed and presented it to the family during the visitation. Drew was in tears as he consoled my sister who is a faithful show listener. That’s family folks. That’s the real KSR.

That same compassionate support came when my college roomie Joey Couch passed away. Drew Franklin, Nick Roush, Tyler Thompson, and Maria Taustine called me about every hour on the hour on the day of the funeral. They didn’t need anything; just checking on me because he understood I was nervous about delivering the eulogy. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Kentucky Sports Radio may not be constructed with “Blood Kin” (Hillbilly term) but it is a true family.

To KSR Readers and Listeners: THANK YOU

I also want to express our sincere appreciation and love to all those that read our articles and listened to the podcasts. So many KSR fans have been incredibly nice to my family. I hope that you realize how much thought that KSR places on entertaining its audience. Lengthy meetings are held in order to ensure that your needs are met first. You are always their foremost priority. I know you were mine.

From the positive and negative Twitter/website responders; I appreciate both of your thoughts equally. There were continual supporters and those that really didn’t care for me at all (That’s being nice). Again, I appreciated both types and they provided a constant reminder that public opinion is a pendulum shaped by personal opinion. At least I hope that you were entertained. It was never personal; it was always personnel.

But…………………..

Bear Bryant took over the Alabama football team in 1958. When asked why he came to Alabama, he replied, Momma called. And when Momma calls, you just have to come runnin’.” When Mark Stoops offered this opportunity, I automatically said “yes sir,” and sprinted to the Joe Craft Football Training Center.

I love the University of Kentucky Football Program more than I can properly communicate via an internet post. I believe in the Cats and Mark Stoops all the way down to my bones. This is not a goodbye, but more of a see ya on the other side of sorts. I hope we meet again at Kroger Field.

From me and mine to you and yours….. thank you. Go Cats.

Article written by Freddie Maggard

Former University of Kentucky Quarterback and Andy Griffith Fan Club President

44 responses to “Thank You”

  1. luke_emberton

    Gonna miss reading your posts and hearing you on the podcast Freddie congrats again on the new job you deserved it man

  2. pmartin245

    All the best Fred. There’s not a better guy out there than you for the job of developing these young minds coming in from their almost infinite types of backgrounds. Will miss you ’round these parts

    1. Angelo

      So Cool!!! Gladiators r us!!!

  3. Blue Bill

    What an awesome, awesome dude!!!

  4. cats646

    Thank you Freddie. You are a great writer and you truly do love Kentucky football. I am proud to call you a fellow wildcat. Your gonna be missed. Good luck in your next step in the journey of life!!

    1. J-Dub421

      Congratulations Freddie, no one deserves it more. Great hire by UK.

  5. Wilfred Smith

    Thank you Freddie. Hope you have a great career and do wonderful things with the young men on the team.

  6. chardun20

    Thanks Freddie, you will be missed. Hope you drop in write a post or do a podcast every now and then.

  7. Smyrna_Cat

    Loved what you brought to KSR … I will miss you, and wish you the very best!!

  8. timewilltell

    Fred u r one of the good ones Pal. UK gets a WINNER!! Again!!!!!!

  9. KYcats11

    Gonna miss you Freddie, enjoyed reading your posts. Best of luck with the new job, and help get this program over the hump.

  10. Mathlete

    Congratulations Freddie! Hopefully Coach Stoops will let you come back and visit! There’s no one better to act as an ambassador to the program, after all!

    1. Mathlete

      Side note… If KSR is looking for a professional mathlete to join the team in some capacity, let me know where I should send my resume. It sounds like an amazing place to work!

  11. ClutchCargo

    Sucks for us as KSR readers, but UK made a great hire. This will be a chance for Freddie to make even more of a difference in people’s lives.

  12. bigblue98

    Congratulations Freddie – your football expertise has been highly enjoyable to listen to for the last few years. You will be greatly missed on the site but looking forward to seeing you mold and shape our players into outstanding young men. In my book you are the biggest “YAHTZEE” coach stoops hasn’t gotten. Good luck in the future!

    1. bigblue98

      Sorry – meant “has”.

  13. UKInsider

    Thanks Freddie – you have brought the best analysis to the site and your articles were fair, accurate, and incredibly insightful. Best of luck!

  14. Brutal Hustler

    You’re the best Freddie. And that’s personal, not just personnel. Good luck in your new gig. You’ll make a huge impact in these player’s lives on and off the field

  15. JTT15

    Congrats Freddie! What a blessing you will be to those players lives!

  16. CommonMan79

    Thanks Freddie for all that you have and will continue to do. I wish you the very best in this and all future endeavors.

  17. ShaeEllis30

    I’m crying real tears. We Love you Freddie. We can’t thank you enough! Keep up the good work buddy

  18. kyle heavy

    Freddie, you are the man, and I’ve enjoyed your work here at KSR. I wish you well in your new endeavor!

  19. Grateful Day Farm

    Thanks Freddie! You definitely improved the football media experience. I will personally miss you on the radio and podcasts. Good luck to you man!

  20. bigb

    I really love me some Freddie M!!

  21. Bluebros

    Freddie, it has been a pleasure. You will always be the BBN football scout that everyone trusts. UK just got a heck of a recruit… AGAIN! I’m sure you’ll do great and we’re all pulling for you! Hope you can come back and drop a few words from time to time. Thank you!

  22. BTownUKFan

    Best of luck Freddie, I hope you are still able to contribute to KSR on occasion. Your football knowledge was a great asset to this site.

  23. runningunnin.454

    Thanks for all the insight, Freddie; so long…miss you already.

  24. NewPoster

    Best in the business

  25. RajonTheDon9

    Thanks for nothing, Freddie. Same to you: rest of KSR. You guys are still amateurs but we love you. Good night.

  26. jason_woolsey

    I’m not crying! You’re crying! My eyes are just sweating with respect. Great post. Great guy!

    1. 1stkatman

      I knew that getting Freddie on with KSR would give the football side of things some real backbone. What I didn’t expect though was how much heart he had to share. The combination of those two things will be missed at KSR but, will be a strong element added to the UK platform in that mix of staff and student affairs within the training environment.
      Mark Stoops is one smart dude. Smarter than many give him credit for. He’s listening to those that suggested this add-on. Freddie can have a real impact in the system.

  27. Ridge Runner

    This last post is awesome and classy way to tip your hat Freddie. But it’s us who have to thank you for giving great insight and I wish ya the best sir.

    1. Ridge Runner

      Oh and here’s a shout out to “hillbillies”… we are what we are, yes sir!

  28. Cryingtheblues

    Congratulations Freddie! I know you will do a wonderful job.. Good Luck and Best Wishes! #BBNFAMILY!

  29. Dee

    Mr. Maggard, it has been a pleasure. You and Matt demonstrate what being a “hillbilly” is all about. Good Luck to you, and may God Bless you and your family.

  30. kjd

    Coach Stoops absolutely made the right hire with you, Freddie. You’re going to be a great asset to the program and the university.

  31. fairplay

    God Bless You Freddie. You are making the mountains proud!

  32. PillsburyThrowboy

    Many KSR people have come and gone over the years. This one hurts the most. I was excited to read Freddie’s posts and I wish there were more of them. I’m glad to see him take a position at UK though. Good luck Freddie!!!

  33. Sentient Third Eye

    Freddie has dramatically increased by enjoyment in watching college football with his columns here giving us an insider’s view of strategy and terminology. Previously, I had only a superficial, X-Box-level understanding about the details of the how the game really works, terminology, etc, but now I see so much more going on in every play, on the field and in both coaches’ heads. Now I understand why some people have called football “Chess on grass”. Thanks, Freddie.

  34. Shagaris Sock Puppet

    What does this all mean? Were gonna to miss ya Freddie! You brought a ton of knowledge to Saturday morning pre-game shows, good luck on your new chapter!

  35. Swizzle

    Wow what a great dude, good luck Freddie. And thank you.

  36. KYChris

    Here I am, at work, with a tear in my eye reading this. Freddie, thank you for your insight and knowledge. I looked forward to the podcasts and posts you made and I am sad I won’t be able to look forward to them anymore. With that said, best of luck, sir. As we said in the Navy, fair winds and following seas.

  37. PinkUKfan

    Thank you, Freddie. What a heartfelt post. You had me tearing up. I was a little kid when you played at Kentucky so I don’t remember you playing, but I have enjoyed getting to know you as an adult through KSR. You represent Big Blue well; always respectful, always prepared, and incredibly open and honest. Best of luck to you in your new endeavors.

  38. whatwasthat

    Your write-ups will be sorely missed Freddie, who else is going to give us real and factual info on the sport so many of us love. Good luck in shaping these kids lives to be better students, people and football players. Thanks.