For the first time in his recruitment, Immanuel Quickley has said Kentucky is the leader →
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 9:00pm
Tonight marked the beginning of the Hey Kentucky! casting call episodes and we’re kicking off the contest with a compilation of scenes from some of our favorite auditions.
So gather the family around the computer or whatever device you are reading this on and enjoy this “Best Of” edition of the co-host auditions.
And be sure to catch Hey Kentucky! each night at 7:30 pm on LEX 18. The casting call shows will air on Tuesdays and Thursday over the next several weeks while Matt Jones backpacks the world in search of his true purpose in life.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 8:30pm
Evan Daniels of Scout.com fame is all set to host tomorrow’s Kentucky Sports Radio radio show and he has a great lineup of guests for your listening pleasure.
Confirmed interviews for tomorrow’s show include Tom Crean, Bruce Pearl, Patrick Patterson and Immanuel Quickley, who will be telling us all about his recruitment and how things are going over in Egypt. It will be KSR’s first ever interview with someone in Egypt, as far as I know. The Crean and Pearl interviews should also be great, and when’s the last time we’ve heard from Patterson? It’s been too long.
Ten o’clock ante meridiem. Tune in.
(I will also be on with Evan, but nobody cares about me.)
While In Egypt Cal Finds Hieroglyphics That Suggest WCS Might’ve Played Wide Receiver In High School
By Harold Leeder on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 7:00pm
Editor’s Note: The following was written by Harold Leeder, editor-in-chief of The New Circle Circular, Lexington’s #1 source of fake news you can’t count on.
While coaching the Team USA Under 19 team in Cairo, Egypt Kentucky Coach John Calipari decided to take in a little culture while he was in the cradle of civilization. Since he arrived with the team Coach Cal has been seen walking around like an Egyptian, as he’s toured sites many sites from Cairo and Giza. The Coach even got some souvenirs from the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids. However, during one of the tours of an ancient pharaoh’s burial grounds, Coach Calipari came across a hieroglyphic that stopped him in his tracks.
“These hieroglyphics hold the secrets of the past,” Calipari said. “The whole thing was fascinating to see but as I passed by, something caught my eye and I did a double take. It seemed like there was a single message I was able to decipher within the ancient code. It looked, to me, like there was a section that suggested that one of my sons, Willie Cauley-Stein may have played wide receiver in high school. Something I almost forgot!”
Using carbon-15 dating scientists have believe the engravings were made circa 2500 BC. Kentucky fans have confirmed this timeline as this was also the same time period when television announcers began using the anecdote.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 6:11pm
There is a new Gatorade commercial featuring Karl-Anthony Towns, but it’s not so kind to Big Blue Nation.
Gatorade’s “Secret To Victory” campaign shows today’s star athletes recalling their worst defeats, and Towns is shown looking at a “38 & Done” newspaper article hanging in his Minnesota Timberwolves locker.
“Take a perfect team and blow a perfect season,” he says into the camera.
See it for yourself below if you can stomach it:
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 6:00pm
A couple of Vanderbilt defensive backs were shot Monday evening while trying to recover a teammate’s stolen cell phone.
Sophomore wide receiver Donaven Tennyson had his phone stolen during a meeting with a prospective buyer who saw Tennyson’s phone listed online and arranged an exchange for the sell. The same phone was then re-listed on the same website later that night, which led to two of Tennyson’s teammates, freshman safety Tae Daley and sophomore cornerback Frank Coppet, lending Tennyson a hand to help retrieve the phone.
Together, the three Vandy football players met with the seller/thief in a Target parking lot. They brought a small pellet gun along with them to, in their words, “help get the phone back.” When Coppet jumped out of Daley’s vehicle with the pellet gun, a man returned fire with an actual gun and shot at all three. Daley suffered a noncritical gunshot wound to his leg and Coppet received noncritical birdshot wounds to his arms, according to ESPN.
Vanderbilt released a statement saying, “Our foremost concern is the well-being of our students, but it appears their injuries are not life-threatening. The university is monitoring the situation and will determine if any action on the part of the university is appropriate.”
Moral of the story: Don’t take pellet guns to any dealings where there may be real guns.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 4:55pm
A professional wrestler here in Kentucky has found a gimmick that works as the “Progressive Liberal” Dan Richards, a heel (villain) in Appalachian Mountain Wrestling.
Richards taunts AMW event-goers by telling them things like “You vote against your own interests” and “You people need to be reprogrammed,” among other arguments against the other side of the aisle.
You can see one of the Progressive Liberal’s promos and some of his action in the YouTube video below:
This Friday he’ll be competing in a “Cry Baby Match” at Wolfe County High School with a diaper and a baby bottle on the line.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 4:00pm
We have made some new changes to our Kentucky Sports Radio mobile app with the addition of the new podcast feed and the option to sign up for a new ad-free version of KSR.
For all of you podcast listeners out there, the app’s podcast page is up to date with the new iHeart podcast feed that went live this week. In case you missed the news, we were forced out of the old feed and into a new one on Monday, so you’ll need to subscribe to the new page if you haven’t already. You can do that by clicking on the new KSR podcast feed on iTunes. The old feed will no longer carry any new KSR shows.
Then we’re excited to announce the new ad-free version of the KSR mobile app that many of you requested. Simply click ‘MORE’ at the bottom right corner of the app and from there you will see a link to “Remove the ads and still support KSR.” That link will provide you the option to sign up for a monthly subscription service ($2.99/month) to wipe any and all ads from the application for a smoother ride through the pages of the KSR app.
But to access either of the new features, you will need to update to the latest version of the KSR app on your mobile device.
By Drew Franklin on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 2:45pm
When you’re a bright, young star and the future of an NBA franchise, you can afford to do things like buy a new home in a trendy Arizona neighborhood for several million dollars.
That is what Devin Booker, the future of the Suns’ franchise, has done out in Phoenix. The former Kentucky Wildcat forked over a cool $3.25 million for new digs in Paradise Valley. It’s a 5,600-square-foot home equipped with four bedrooms and fancy things like a wine cellar, a chef’s kitchen overlooking an outdoor living area, and a swimming pool to beat that desert heat.
The realtor says, “It exemplifies the simple, elegant and sophisticated concept the Valley has been craving.”
Some photos, via Launch Real Estate:
Don’t you feel bad for Booker? Kid lives a rough life.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 1:30pm
You’ve heard Mark Stoops on KSR before, but today’s appearance was unlike anything you’ve ever heard from the Kentucky football head coach.
Today’s guest hosts from Pardon My Take caught up with Stoops in his hometown of Youngstown at a charity bocce ball tournament. At the annual gathering that raises money for a scholarship bearing the Stoops and Pelini names, all of the old football guys get together for cigars and story time. Bo Pelini, the former Nebraska and current Youngstown State head football coach, shared one story with PMT to call out his old friend.
“I can not believe he spilled the beans after all these years.” Stoops immediately started laughing once they mentioned the story, but he did not back down.
“We were getting ready for a basketball scrimmage. Bo, he always had to look pretty. He needed some wristbands,” Stoops recalled. “So we were going to my house to get some wristbands. I drove a friend’s car, didn’t have my license…but I did wreck it.”
Since Stoops did not have his license, Pelini took the fall to save Mark from serious trouble.
You can hear Stoops tell the entire story below. He also shares stories from his days coaching at Miami, what lies ahead for Kentucky football and the gang tries to get Stoops to guarantee a victory over Louisville this fall.
You can listen to the entire second hour of the show here.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 12:30pm
Karl-Anthony Towns is one of the best athletes the state of Kentucky has ever seen, but can he hit a golf ball?
The 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year proved he’s more than a basketball player last summer when he won the homerun derby at Coach Cal’s celebrity softball game. However, swinging a baseball bat is much different than swinging a golf club.
At Kyle Rudolph’s celebrity golf tournament, Towns tried to take a page from Happy Gilmore’s golfing handbook off the tee box.
The results were … interesting.
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) June 27, 2017
Towns got it off the tee, but Happy went a little farther.
Unfortunately, we can’t see where Karl’s landed, but I think it’s safe to say it was not a hole-in-one.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 11:30am
Malik Monk will have to wait a little longer than expected to play a game in a Charlotte Hornets uniform.
The Hornets announced today that Monk will miss summer training camp and is considered doubtful to play in the Orlando Summer League after he sprained his left ankle during pre-draft workouts. The team expects Monk to be ready for preseason training camp after two-four weeks of rehab.
The Hornets are playing it safe, as expected. There’s no need to worry about Monk moving forward because as they say, it’s just a minor setback for a major comeback.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 11:00am
On Sunday Louisville Trinity four-star wide receiver and UK target Rondale Moore announced he will attend the University of Texas. One of his Trinity teammates, five-star defensive end Stephen Herron Jr., was visiting Texas when Moore pulled the trigger, but he’s not quite ready to follow in his footsteps.
A year behind Moore in the class of 2019, Herron is a consensus Top 50 player and a five-star prospect. The junior to-be has cut his list of schools to ten: Texas, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Stanford, Ole Miss, Miss. State, Georgia and Tennessee. He told The Courier-Journal he will begin visiting one finalist per weekend once the dead period ends.
“I am taking a visit to all of my schools on my top 10, so I can give them all an equal chance no matter where I have them at right now in my mind,” Herron said. “Everybody is going to get an equal chance.”
The Cats have a clear advantage if Herron chooses to stay in his home state. Mississippi State replaced Louisville once Todd Grantham left Herron’s hometown for Starkville. Still, it may be too difficult to keep him home.
“Texas is definitely going to be a big school for me right now just considering the fact that I came down here, they showed me the world and not even all the coaches are in right now,” Herron said. “Definitely it’s going to be a hard decision when it comes to decision day … As far as Texas goes, it’s definitely a nice place out here, nice fan base. Without a doubt, they definitely showed me the most love. I’ve got some close friends of the family out here, so it’s a pretty good place.”
An edge rusher that would play outside linebacker in UK’s 3/4, Herron’s top priorities when picking a school are playing time, academics and his relationship with the coaching staff. If Kentucky can’t keep Herron home, they’re still in good shape with the best prospects in Herron’s junior class.
Kentucky was the first to offer Scott County offensive lineman Bryan Hudson, an elite multi-sport athlete that draws comparisons to Landon Young. John Schlarman was also one of the firsts to offer another elite offensive tackle, Glasgow’s Tanner Bowles. Milton Wright, a do-it-all athlete for Stefan LaFors at CAL, has offers from UK and UofL and will be a top candidate for Mr. Football in the near future. On the other side of the ball, South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey already has 12 major offers and will be considered a Top 300 player in his class.
In 2018, they have some ground to make up with Waggener four-star cornerback Jairus Brents, but they’re in good shape with two other elite athletes. The Cats are in a duel with Tennessee for Bowling Green linebacker Justice Dingle, while Doss athlete Terez Traynor is on the verge of committing to UK.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 10:15am
Since Breaking Cardinal Rules transformed the University of Louisville into Scandal U, people across Kentucky have made the tongue-in-cheek remark, “this could be a reality show.” Well, a reality show about the University of Louisville is happening, but this show about dancers is safe for work.
“So Sharp” is a reality show that will follow coach Todd Sharp and his Louisville Ladybirds dance team. Debuting on July 26 on Lifetime, the network describes Sharp as a “surrogate father and the head-bitch-in-charge.”
There’s a new force to be reckoned with on the dance floor and his name says it all! Todd Sharp is the coach of the University of Louisville Dance Team, the Ladybirds, and he’s driven, precise and over-the-top.
The team has over 15 national championships under their belt and with this year’s nationals fast approaching, Todd will push the ladies to another victory, even if it kills him. More than just a drill sergeant, these elite athletes count on Todd to be their guidance counselor, surrogate father and the “head-bitch-in-charge” who ultimately makes them shine.
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) June 26, 2017
As great as all that sounds, the show will not get me to watch Lifetime. Sorry, not sorry.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 9:45am
It’s happening. Pardon My Take is back on KSR. You’ll hear from Malik Monk and Mark Stoops during the show, as well as few great segments like, “15 Seconds with Rick Pitino.” Big Cat, PFT Commenter and Hank want to hear from YOU, the great citizens from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Give them a call at (502) 571-1080 and feel free to throw shade at Big Cat’s Wisconsin Badgers.
Here’s what the rest of the week looks like:
June 26: Dan Woken of USA Today
June 27: Pardon My Take
June 28: Evan Daniels
June 29: Aaron Torres
June 30: Jennifer Palumbo and Mrs. Tyler Thompson
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
By Nick Roush on ©June 27th, 2017 @ 9:00am
Happy June 27, KSR Nation. Known by many as Djibouti’s Independence Day,at KSR we refer to today as “The day after Mrs. Tyler’s birthday.” While she celebrates her 23rd birthday, I’ll be taking care of you this morning.
1. Cal Impressed with Kevin Knox
Even though Knox’s hamstring will prevent him from making the trip to Egypt, John Calipari saw enough to know Knox is a special player.
“Kevin looks terrific. Kevin, he was the best player — one of the best. There were three or four guys that stood out and he was one of them. There were times where I just shook my head and said, ‘Wow.’”
Calipari did not pick favorites. This is what he had to say about P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo.
2. What’s Going On?
Calipari’s conference call had an unconventional start. Do you have any idea what’s happening?
3. From High School Straight Into the Pros?
During summertime conference calls, reporters are obligated to ask Calipari if he would change the one-and-done system. It’d be a bigger shock if the question wasn’t asked. He gave a long answer. I won’t bore you with the answer in its entirety, but he’d be fine with it if the money was right for the kids, even though he believes the gap year in college helps them grow immensely.
4. Something for Sneakerheads
Team USA gets the best of the best. Throw out your Duke-bias and appreciate the Kyries they’ll be rocking in Egypt.
5. NBA Honors for Two Cats
Two former Wildcats received second team All-NBA honors yesterday. Jamal Murray was named to the All-Rookie second team. The Denver Nugget finished the season strong and earned Rising Star MVP honors at All-Star Weekend after a slow start to his NBA career. Anthony Davis was picked to the All-Defensive second team, joining Tayshaun Prince (2005-08) and Rajon Rondo (2009-12) as multiple-time defensive team members from the University of Kentucky.
6. The Real MVP
The NBA had their first ever awards show last night, because if there’s something this world needs, it’s another awards show. It had a few good moments. The best exchange was between Bill Russell and Shaq, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Dikembe Mutombo.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
Three former Wildcats were nominated for awards that I believe were created just for the show; all left empty-handed. The NBA handed out awards for Rookie of the Year (Malcolm Brogdon), Defensive Player of the Year (Draymond Green), Sixth Man of the Year (Eric Gordon), Coach of the Year (Mike D’Antoni) and Most Valuable Player, Russell Westbrook.
No! No! No!
You Are The Real MVP…! pic.twitter.com/h8SE9XdgNT
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) June 27, 2017
Sorry Brodie, but Bill Russell was The Real MVP last night.
7. The Ball Family joined RAW
The Ball family took over WWE’s Monday Night RAW and social media last night. LaVar Ball was where he was meant to be: in a wrestling ring, on a microphone, surrounded by boos.
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) June 27, 2017
I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to embrace the heel after last night’s shenanigans.
8. GLOW is Five Hours of Great TV
Unlike most, I’m not a big binge-watcher. The Office and seasons one and two of House of Cards are the only things that have made me spend hours at a time locked onto my television screen. Sunday I added a knew show to that exclusive club, Netflix’s GLOW.
The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are fun. Surrounding the start of women’s wrestling in the 1980s, it puts a washed-up director in charge of a bunch of third rate actresses who are trying to make it big. Each 30-minute episode has a few good laughs. There’s sex, drugs and rock and roll, but the best part is seeing them develop their skills and wrestling personas step-by-step. I’ve only got three episodes left to kill time before the return of Game of Thrones on July 16.
9. James Harrison is Nuts
Have you ever tried playing doubles in sand? It sucks. James Harrison takes sand volleyball a step further by playing with a medicine ball.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2017
10. It’s Pardon My Take day on KSR
For many, it’s just another day of KSR guest hosts during Matt’s vacation. For me, it’s the equivalent of Dan Patrick and Keith Olbermann taking a day off SportsCenter in 1996 to fill in for my boss. It’s even better than that, because Big Cat and PFT Commenter’s show will feature interviews with Malik Monk and Mark Stoops. You can listen here starting at 10:00 a.m.