Wednesday was a slow day on the newswire, being New Years Day and all, but like the postal service and Doron Lamb on Twitter, KentuckySportsRadio.com takes no days off. That’s why we’re here tonight with what little bit of stuff there is going on around Big Blue Nation, including a Vine video from San Antonio and Jimbo Fisher’s wife talking about Mark Stoops. (You’ll see.)
So join me this evening, the first full night of 2014, with the first News and Views of 2014, brought to you by three Cats fans living the dream with a nice collection of Hooters waitresses. I hope you got one of their numbers, Woody.
Things are quiet at Camp Cal.
With no game this weekend, things are pretty quiet on the basketball front as the team continues its three-a-day practicing over winter break. The only thing we really know from Camp Cal is that the helmet award is back, and we learned Wednesday that Aaron Harrison is the latest recipient. Coach O tweeted that Marcus Lee, who wore the helmet after an Alex Poythress dunk on Monday, threw one down on Harrison in practice. The video is up over at CoachCal.com and it shows Lee catching a lob from Hood off the glass and cramming it in with two hands.
I love how Robic immediately yells for the helmet after the dunk.
The Tampa Bay Times put Mark Stoops, not Jimbo Fisher, on the cover of its sports page.
Mark Stoops is on the cover of The Tampa Bay Times sports page today because someone on the newspaper’s staff thought he was Jimbo Fisher. Fisher’s wife responded on Twitter, saying, “Kinda funny, I’ve been married to him for 20 years, and I’ve never mistaken him for Mark Stoops.”
How does that happen?
Drew Barker is playing well in San Antonio.
Barker had a nice little Tuesday at Army All-American Bowl practice, according to the practice report on 247Sports.com. Here is what J.C. Shurburtt had to say about the soon-to-be UK student-athlete:
10- Drew Barker, QB, Hebron (Ky.) Conner
We knew coming in because of the level of competition he faces in the state of Kentucky that Barker may have a learning curve in terms of the speed of the game. We also knew that knowing Barker, he would pick things up quickly and he has. During one play in particular, under a rush from Frazier and McDowell, Barker avoided the pressure and fired a strike down the field to an open Brown. It was an impressive play- the type you would expect from a highly-regarded quarterback prospect. Barker will enroll at the University of Kentucky soon and depending on how quickly he develops, it could be 2015 at the latest before he’s a starting quarterback in the Southeastern Conference. [Source]
Barker will have to avoid the Matt Elam pass rush on Saturday as the two are on opposite teams in the game. He’s prepared to take a sack if it’ll help Kentucky’s chances with Elam.
Matt Elam plays Tug of War.
Barker sent out this Vine of his good buddy playing Tug of War on Wednesday. There are 2,467 people on the other end of the rope.
Marcelys Jones isn’t sure if he’ll enroll early at Ohio State.
Jones, a four-star offensive lineman with interest in the Cats, told Scout.com he is still committed to the Buckeyes but hasn’t made up his mind whether or not he will enroll early. Jones said, “I’m supposed to report to Ohio State next week, but I’m not sure if I am or not. I have to see what happens, and I’m not sure about going there next week just yet.” [Scout]
Keep in mind Jones is rooming with Elam at the Army All-American Bowl this week. If Elam commits to the Cats on Saturday, you can bet he’ll put the pressure on Jones to flip and join him in Lexington.
Trey Lyles is averaging 37 points and 12 rebounds in 2014.
Kentucky basketball signee Trey Lyles had a big night Wednesday against La Lumiere of northern Indiana. Lyles scored 37 points and grabbed 12 boards in the 71-60 win.
Lyles was in Lexington for the Louisville game on Saturday, in case you missed him.
Chane Behanan to Florida State?
KSR’s own Matt Jones tweeted that he is hearing Chane Behanan is leaning toward a transfer to Florida State. Someone will write a comment about this site being obsessed with Louisville in 3… 2… 1…
Ryan Lemond will be joined by Darrin Horn on Thursday’s radio show.
With Matt Jones on a mini-vacation this week, Ryan Lemond will host the radio show Thursday and Friday and his first guest will be Darrin Horn. The former South Carolina head coach, a Lexington native, was great on the pregame show earlier this season and we’re looking forward to having him back on the KSR airwaves. He’ll be talking basketball and whatever else comes up with Ryan for two hours in the Lexington studio.
BTI will be by in 10 hours with a post I know you’re going to love. Stay tuned…