By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2018 @ 10:00am
There have been plenty of big games in the Mark Stoops era, but the biggest may be Kentucky’s win over Mississippi State in 2016. Yesterday on The Paul Finebaum Show, ESPN college football reporter Marty Smith said Stoops told him he knew he had to beat Mississippi State or he’d be fired.
The quotes, via 247 Sports’s Derek Terry:
“What about what Mark Stoops said about winning? There was a crossroads in 2014 (it was actually 2016), he told us, he knew — what game was it? (Mississippi State) either I’m winning or I’m fired. He knew it. I’m winning or I’m fired.”
Finebaum agreed, recalling how anxious Stoops was on set of SEC Nation that day.
“We were up there that weekend and he came by the show. I’m not going to use any cliches about how tight he was, but he was like sweating the day before because you couldn’t avoid the subject. He barely won that game.”
Kentucky started that season 0-2 with losses to Southern Miss at home and Florida in Gainesville. The Cats were 3-3 heading into the Mississippi State game, but desperately needed a win to keep bowl hopes alive; thanks to Austin MacGinnis’ 51-yard field goal as time expired, they got it.
Forget Christmas cards; MacGinnis better get a present every year from the Stoops family.
Listen to Marty Smith, Ryan McGee, and Paul Finebaum discuss the moment below around the 10:30 mark:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 18th, 2018 @ 9:55am
Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Wednesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, Matt and the gang are in studio to prepare for Matt’s run in the Barbasol PGA Pro-Am. Tune in to hear them discuss how Matt stacks up with the competition, which includes Tubby Smith, John Michael Montgomery, Rick Dees, Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Jacob Tamme, and LPGA rookie Emma Talley.
Today’s show was scheduled to be in Prestonsburg, but had to be postponed due to the Pro-Am. The KSR Summer Tour picks back up tomorrow in London:
7/19 – London – Shiloh Steakhouse – 218 Russell Dyche Memorial Hwy
7/20 – Lexington – Barbasol Championship
Remember, if you go to four tour stops, you’ll be entered into the drawing for the Bahamas trip. For a complete list of tour stops, click here.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080 or send a text to the KSR Texting Machine at (859) 300-3264.
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By Drew Franklin on ©July 18th, 2018 @ 8:00am
Good morning, friends of Big Blue Nation and everyone else joining us from our rival fan bases. It is yet another exciting day here at Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com with more coverage from SEC Media Days, PGA TOUR golf in Lexington, and much, much more.
So let’s get to it.
One more day until the Barbasol Championship!
Matt Jones to play in the Barbasol Pro-Am.
Our own Matthew Harper Jones will be a celebrity guest in the Pro-Am at the Barbasol Championship this afternoon. Matt’s group will also feature Tubby Smith, Rick Dees and John Michael Montgomery; other celebrity Pro-Am guests will include Mark Stoops, Eddie Gran, Jacob Tamme and LPGA rookie Emma Talley. Matt is set to tee off at 12:53 p.m. off of hole No. 10.
Watch the trailer for Jared Lorenzen’s E:60 special.
ESPN will air “The Hefty Lefty,” its E:60 special on Jared Lorenzen, for the first time at 9 a.m. this coming Sunday.
— E:60 (@E60) July 17, 2018
Set your DVR.
PJ Washington is finally able to practice.
Kentucky has been without its best returning player, PJ Washington, since the team began working out and practicing last month. Washington was sidelined with his pinky finger in a cast following offseason surgery to repair an injury he suffered last season.
But now Washington is back on the court to make up for lost time as the team’s trip to the Bahamas gets closer and closer.
SEC Media Days continue.
8:30 a.m. – 8:40 a.m.: David Fletcher, Football Bowl Association
8:40 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.: Bill Hancock, Executive Director College Football Playoff
9 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.: Mississippi State and Tennessee
1:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.: Alabama and Missouri
Walmart’s Twitter account clapped back at a Tennessee fan.
Did you see Dan Mullen’s shoes at SEC Media Days yesterday? He wore a custom-made Florida Gators pair of the Levi’s x Jordan 4s.
Well, a popular UT Twitter account responded by saying, “Only Florida’s colors and logo could make an iconic shoe look like it came from a bin at Walmart.”
The actual Walmart then joined the conversation with a clip Florida’s hail mary victory over the Vols.
Speaking of pulling things out of a bin: https://t.co/yulLwf418j
— Walmart (@Walmart) July 17, 2018
KSR is IN STUDIO (not in Prestonsburg) today.
The KSR summer tour remote at StoneCrest Golf Course has been postponed and we will be doing the show in studio in Lexington today. So if you were planning to meet us in Prestonsburg, don’t do that. We’ll be there at a date to be named later.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Great news from the Joe Craft Center: PJ Washington has returned to practice.
CoachCal.com just shared this video of PJ participating in drills, the first time he’s been back in action since undergoing surgery to repair a broken pinky last month:
Welcome back, @PJWashington.
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) July 17, 2018
That jumper looks pretty good, too:
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) July 17, 2018
I’m sure he’ll need to knock off the rust, but this bodes well for PJ playing in the Bahamas.
UPDATE: PJ chatted with TJ Beisner about his first practice back.
Here's what sophomore forward @PJWashington had to say about returning to practice tonight.
Listen to the "Behind Kentucky Basketball" podcast for more insight into PJ's first practice with the team. pic.twitter.com/zuJ7E7DTz4
— CoachCal.com (@CoachCalDotCom) July 17, 2018
By Maggie Davis on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 10:30pm
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You can be a part of McDowell’s KSR Top 10 Tweets by using hashtags like #KSR #BBN or #KSRtop10. You can also nominate tweets by mentioning them with the hashtag. If we like what we see, it could be posted the next day.
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#10 New York Knox
— New York Knox (@univerky) July 17, 2018
Who ya got?!
— LCE (@healthlawatty) July 17, 2018
You’re not wrong.
#8 Shawn Perry
— Shawn Perry (@REALSHAWNPERRY) July 16, 2018
— Jaime ???? (@Treestand_tweet) July 17, 2018
“For the eighth time, college basketball’s National Championship trophy is coming home to Kentucky!”
#6 Ray J. Vaske
— Ray J. Vaske (@outRAGEous02) July 17, 2018
Even Drake looks bad in that shade of orange.
#5 Emily Fry
— Emily Fry (@emilyrosefry) July 17, 2018
Every reference to The Office gets included in the Top 10 Tweets.
— zacada (@zacada28) July 17, 2018
Well that’s… an interesting look for Shannon.
#3 Wes Ledford
— Wes Ledford (@wesledford) July 17, 2018
We’re all still waiting for Ryan’s hair to grow back like this.
#2 Cayden Hacker
— Cayden Hacker (@Cayden5000) July 17, 2018
DREW! PLEASE! WE NEED YOU!
#1 Jeff Puckett
— Jeff Puckett (@WJeffPuckett) July 16, 2018
Well this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 10:00pm
Doron Lamb is one of the best three-point shooters in Kentucky history. And according to SLAM Magazine, he’s one of the best basketball players in New York City history.
SLAM named the 60 best basketball players to ever come out of the Big Apple today and Doron Lamb made the cut. The players are not ranked, but this is the short snippet about Lamb.
Lower East Side native Doron Lamb started his high school career at Bishop Loughlin in Brooklyn. He put up 22 a game as a sophomore, catching the eye of Oak Hill Academy. He left New York to finish high school, finding his way to Kentucky as a collegian. He won a National Championship in 2012.
Now seems like a good time to revisit Lamb’s two years in Lexington. His title game in 2012 is one of the more underrated performances in a big game.
By Harold Leeder on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 9:30pm
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.
University of Kentucky Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart held a joint press conference with Former President and current Czar of Tennessee Al Gore where Barnhart announced that, despite all of the evidence uncovered by people showing Tennessee with checkerboard uniforms long before UK made the switch, Tennessee had no involvement in the checkerboard uniforms introduced a few years ago.
With the checkerboards being such a bad idea, Tennessee would seem to be an easy scapegoat for the error. However, Mitch and others claim it’s not an error at all, let alone the fault of Tennessee. “I asked Mr. Gore if he tricked us into using the checkerboards so they [UT] wouldn’t look as dumb wearing them and he said they didn’t do it and they’ve never even worn checkerboards,” Barnhart said. “They had nothing to do with the checkerboards, they were all my idea and, frankly, everyone loves them.”
When presented with pictures of Tennessee utilizing the checkerboard design in the past Barnhart simply said: “those aren’t checkerboard, those are chessboard.” Barnhart went on to explain that Chess represented Tennessee because it is a game with a long history and is played by the top minds in the game whereas checkers represented Kentucky because our strategy in football has largely been centered around wildly jumping over people and getting to one end of the field and stacking players on top of one another for some reason.
UK officials were reportedly disturbed to hear Kentucky thrown under the bus but planned to do nothing about it.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
A big congratulations to Jonny David and Dillion Pulliam, who were honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches for their outstanding academic achievements following the 2017-18 season. The NABC recognizes students who are juniors or seniors (what are those?) with a GPA of 3.2 or higher.
Pulliam left the program this past May to pursue a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon. He graduated from UK with a 4.0 GPA and gave up a final year of athletic eligibility to begin the next phase of his education.
David is back this year as the old man on the team. He is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Team and is slated to graduate in May of 2019 with a degree in kinesiology.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
Kevin Knox hasn’t been a New York Knick for even a month and he’s already collecting honors. This evening, Knox was named All-NBA Summer League First Team after averaging 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists over four games in Las Vegas.
Knox turned heads early and often in the Summer League, using the rim as his own personal chin-up bar and scoring from multiple spots on the floor. Knicks fans that booed the team for selecting him on draft night quickly changed their tune as he asserted himself as one of the most impressive draftees. Aaron Torres believes he could be the steal of the draft:
Even though Knox’s run in the Summer League ended last Thursday, he stuck around over the weekend to watch games:
Knox was the only former Kentucky player to earn Summer League honors. He’s joined on the First Team by Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago), Collin Sexton (Cleveland), Christian Wood (Milwaukee), and Josh Hart (Los Angeles Lakers), who was named Summer League MVP.
Enjoy his highlights below:
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 8:00pm
In the middle of the madness on day two at SEC Media Days, I took a little break to wander through the spacious College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. Even though they say Kentucky isn’t a football school, the Cats are all over the Hall.
Just beyond the grand entrance of helmets, Tim Couch’s jersey is displayed for the special occasion. On the ballot for the second consecutive year, it’s only a matter of time before his No. 2 has a permanent home at the Hall of Fame.
Up the stairs behind the wall of helmets is the rotunda. Interactive displays allow you to learn about the more than 1,000 Hall of Famers. A simple search of Kentucky will lead you to this:
After clicking on a player, you’ll find archived photos and videos, like these:
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) July 17, 2018
I have a few players from the 80s will love seeing Jerry Claiborne’s highlight reel pic.twitter.com/wUScg9G3RJ
— Nick Roush (@RoushKSR) July 17, 2018
After spending time in the rotunda, the stairs take you through the heart of the museum that is filled with theaters, more interactive exhibits and tons of relics from the past, like these trophies. Did you know there’s a MacArthur Award, named and designed by the WWII general, given to college football’s best team after each year? I had no idea.