There’s plenty going on in the world of UK sports, but today, we’re going to start with something much more important. Hurricane Florence made landfall this morning near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina, and although the winds have slowed to Category 1 speeds, the heavy rain and storm surge continue to pummel the coast. The storm is expected to crawl towards South Carolina before sweeping back up through North Carolina, Tennessee, and parts of Kentucky on Monday.
Some areas of North Carolina are reporting over 20 inches of rain already, and with high tide not coming until lunch and the storm only moving at six miles per hour, well, it ain’t good. We mock the Tarheel State a lot, but our thoughts go out to everyone in the path of the storm. My husband and I have vacationed in Folly Beach, South Carolina two of the last three years, so we’re just praying that beautiful part of our country is spared.
Shoutout to these two weathermen in New Bern, North Carolina, who stayed in the building to bring people the latest on the storm until the very last minute:
Eerie video as WCTI's meteorologists finally evacuate due to rising waters mid-broadcast, leaving just the radar of Florence's rain bands looping on repeat pic.twitter.com/9vxFqB8ZXl
— Brian L Kahn (@blkahn) September 14, 2018
Stay safe, Carolina.
One day closer to Murray State
Tomorrow’s game doesn’t pack the emotional punch that last week’s did, but it’ll be a great chance for Kentucky to build on the momentum from the win over Florida and allow some of the young guys to get some playing time. Yesterday, Mark Stoops told reporters he hopes to limit minutes for certain players, including Benny Snell, who had 27 carries vs. Florida.
It’s also Heroes’ Day at Kroger Field, so all active and reserve members of the armed forces along with police, firefighters and first responders will receive two complimentary tickets to the game by presenting a valid service ID, while supplies last. For more information, click here.
If you’re watching from home, the game will be on SEC Network Alternate, which you can find on the following channels:
- DirecTV 611-1
- Dish 596-597
- Hopper 404.1-404.2
- U-Verse 608/1608 & 609/1609
- FiOs 332/832
- Spectrum Cable 518 in Louisville & 77 in Lexington
It will also be on the TVs at KSBar and Grille, which is opening at 9 a.m. for your pregaming needs. We’re even serving breakfast, complete with mimosas and Bloody Marys.
Recruiting never stops
Football is dominating the headlines right now, but basketball recruiting is in full swing. Last night, it appeared John Calipari checked in on five-star power forward Jaden McDaniels in Washington, and today, he’ll go see five-star wing Keion Brooks in Indiana. Brooks plans to cut his list of schools to six in a few days, so, something to keep an eye on.
Meanwhile, five-star guard Scottie Lewis will be on campus this weekend for his official visit after meeting with the staff earlier this week. Lewis took his official visit to Florida last weekend and the Gators currently have all the momentum, with 94% of the picks in his Crystal Ball, including that of Evan Daniels, but if there’s anyone that can change that, it’s Calipari.
Benny with the photobomb
This video of PJ Washington and Josh Allen being interviewed by Bradley “B-Roll” McKee has been making the rounds online, but did you notice Benny Snell’s photobomb? If not, Benny’s here to make sure you do:
I know y’all peep ya boy in tha back?? https://t.co/lL79Zy3iPx
— Mr SNELL YA LATER?? (@benny_snell) September 13, 2018
Ever since the Florida game, Benny just can’t stop dancing:
UK Volleyball takes on Louisville
The No. 20 Kentucky volleyball team travels to Louisville tonight to take on the Cards at 8 p.m. at Cardinal Arena. The game’s sold out, but you can stream it online via ACC Network Extra on WatchESPN. On Sunday, they’ll host Chattanooga at 1:30 p.m. inside Memorial Coliseum, which you can watch via SEC Network + on WatchESPN.
Malik Monk’s pup is a very good dog
A few weeks ago, Malik Monk took his dog, Bear, to work with him and shared the pictures on social media. Yesterday, the Players’ Tribune posted more footage of their adventures, including Bear’s view via a GoPro:
— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) September 11, 2018
Dogs are just the best.
Shoutout to Davidson
It’s not often I get to talk about Davidson Football on KSR, but allow me to brag on my alma mater a bit this morning. Last night, my other Wildcats, an FCS squad, beat Division III Guilford 91-61 in a game that will make you do a double take:
Davidson beat D3 Guilford in a game that broke several records:
• D1 Record: 152 points scored by both teams combined
• FCS Record: 964 total yards by Davidson
• FCS Record: 1,662 combined yards for both teams
• FCS Record: 685 rushing yards by Davidson. pic.twitter.com/jZuV97Pqi2
— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) September 14, 2018
Clearly, first-year head coach Scott Abell is getting it done. Go Cats!
KSR is at Rock House Brewing
Get on out to 119 Luigart Court in Lexington to start the weekend right. It’s never too early for a Shannon the Dude Brew.