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November 13th, 2018

WKU Volleyball Coach Offers Life-Saving Promotion

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In the world of college athletics, you don’t have to look far to find promotions that are intended to fill seats.

John Calipari has made it an annual tradition to give two students who attend the Blue/White Game free tuition for the spring semester.  One student in the Rupp Arena stands this Thursday’s women’s basketball game against Virginia will receive spring tuition expenses from Matthew Mitchell.  There’s a promotion on Western Kentucky’s campus that is not meant to put people in the stands.

WKU volleyball coach Travis Hudson will pay for a semester of tuition to a student who can help one of his former players.  Shortly after finishing her All-American career at WKU, Alyssa Cavanaugh was diagnosed with leukemia.  In order to win the battle, Cavanaugh needs a donor for a bone marrow transplant.  A difficult task, Hudson took matters into his own hands.

“As I watched people walk in this building, I just had this overwhelming feeling in my heart that there’s 20,000 of those people walking around campus, and it’s so easy to find out if you’re a match. It’s so simple.

“If anybody on this campus — if any student on this campus who will take five minutes to register, and it comes back, and they happen to be the match for Alyssa Cavanaugh, their next semester of tuition on the Hill is on me,” Hudson told the College Heights Herald. “That sounds like a pretty good gig. I was a poor college student at one time.”

Hudson initially setup shop at four different sporting events across to sign up potential donors.  Now he’s taking the search to the entire Western Kentucky campus.  If they can’t find one on campus, he’s willing to take it across the country to ensure Cavanaugh finds a match.

Hudson’s heart-warming efforts to help a former player in their greatest hour of need are just one reason why we love sports.

If you’d like to help be a part of the solution, potential donors can begin the registration process with Be the Match here.    

[College Heights Herald]

Kentucky makes ESPN’s Bottom 10 Rankings

Kentucky’s embarrassing loss to Tennessee changed the national narrative on the Cats quite a bit. ESPN’s Ryan McGee included Kentucky Football in his “Bottom 10,” a ranking of the most miserable fanbases, thanks to an assist from the basketball team.

5. The Cold Kentucky Rain (7-3)

A mere two weeks ago the nation was buzzing about the boys in blue and their chances of crashing the SEC title game and perhaps even bigger games beyond that. But the Wildcats lost to Georgia at home and followed that with their 17th consecutive loss in Knoxville, this time to a four-win Tennessee team. Meanwhile, the basketball team was run over by a truck with no brakes. Authorities say it had North Carolina plates, was painted dark blue and the driver looked like the Count from Sesame Street. Reports say he shouted, “One … two … three … four … five! The Coveted Fifth Spot goes to you, from K! UK! Bwahahahaha!”

Ouch. He ain’t wrong. Also on the list: Western Kentucky at No. 3 and Louisville at No. 10. Respect to McGee for pointing out that Louisville firing Bobby Petrino also contributed to Kentucky’s slump because we won’t get the season-ending joy of sending him out with a rout. Dangit.


KSR Show Thread 11/13: Turn on your radio!

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today, the gang will discuss Mark Stoops’ comments about the offense, the SEC Tournament staying in Nashville, and the latest whispers about Jeff Brohm and the Louisville job. Tune in or miss out!

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Today on KSR: At least you aren’t Lee Cruse

It’s been a tough few weeks to be a Kentucky fan.  If you’re feeling down about the losses, just remember, it could be worse.  You could be Lee Cruse.

The Hey Kentucky co-host and Funkhouser Podcaster made a not-so friendly wager on the Tennessee game with his Live with Lee and Hayley co-host, Hayley Harmon.  After Lee’s Cats lost to Hayley’s Vols, he had to get a T cut into the back of his head on live television.

Cruse must be commended for not balking on the bet, but that won’t stop me from laughing while he agonizes during the embarrassing haircut.  Let Lee’s pain give you joy and exorcise your UK losing demons (the cut begins around the 3:30 mark).

Stoops isn’t Throwing Anyone Under the Bus

There’s no panic from Mark Stoops after Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee.  On his call-in show, he freely accepted criticism from fans, but refused to call out coaches or players by name.

“We accept that, but you’re not going to sit there and point fingers and cast the blame on people,” he said. “Because they’re also the same people that put us in a position that we’re going to win the most games we have in school history in the last, what, 40 years?”

It’s a fair response from Stoops.  Now he must make sure his team returns to form and takes care of business in the final two games of the season.

A Late Kickoff

For the first time since the Governor’s Cup was moved to the last game of the season, the Cats and the Cards will not kick off at noon.  Game time has been set for 7:00 at Cardinal Stadium.  If you can brave the cold night to enjoy the Three Stripe Life, there are plenty of tickets still available for as low as $38.

New Football Podcast

Wanna figure out what’s really wrong with the offense?  Listen to the latest edition of the KSR Football Podcast.  Talking about the team’s problems isn’t incredibly lighthearted, that’s why we finished the show with a celebration of UK’s senior’s class.

Coach Cal at the Podium

After spending a few days lying low with his team, John Calipari will be back in front of a microphone this afternoon around 2:30 to tell us what the Cats have been up to and provide a preview of the North Dakota game.

Get used to Nashville

The SEC Tournament isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Today officials are expected to announce the SEC Basketball Tournament will remain in Nashville until 2035.  The contract in Nashville has been extended ten years.  Outside of 2022 in Tampa, prepare to spend one weekend each March at Bridgestone Arena.

UK Soccer to Host in NCAA Tournament

The Cats drew the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.  The C-USA Champs will play at home up until the Final Four, beginning at The Bell this Sunday at 4:00 against the winner of Portland-UCLA.  Get your tickets now before they’re gone.

Hue and Marvin

Hue Jackson is going back to Cincinnati.  The head coach of the Cleveland Browns just a few weeks ago, Jackson is getting the band back together with Marvin Lewis.  It actually worked well for the Bengals last time, but after Jackson’s tumultuous tenure in Cleveland, this match made in heaven will surely end disastrously.

Fox to Willie

It was a great night in the BBNBA.  Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns each posted 25 and 20, while De’Aaron Fox and Willie Cauley-Stein lobbed their way to a win over the Spurs.  The Kings improved to 8-6 and are now eighth in the Western Conference.

November 12th, 2018

KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day


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#10 Matthew’s New Glasses

I love this Twitter Account.

#9 Brad

I need this!

#8 Kev

Yeah he will!

#7 Mack Jensen

Congrats Max!

#6 Glenna Helm

Say it aint so!

#5 Brian

We’ll be there by March

#4 Sophomore Nick Richards

This is hilarious!

#3 Randolph Vance

Now I’m hungry…

#2 Phillip Schaaf

We’re here to inform!

#1 John Yahnig

Same here!

Kentucky falls to No. 13 on Power Rankings

What a week it has been for the Kentucky basketball squad, huh?

After coming in as a consensus top-three team in the nation and a national championship favorite, the Wildcats fell back to earth like a sack of rocks.

Following their 34-point blowout loss to Duke to open the season and a ho-hum victory against Southern Illinois on Friday night, Kentucky dropped from No. 2 to No. 10 in the latest AP Poll this afternoon. To make matters worse, the Blue Devils jumped from No. 4 to No. 1 overall, overtaking the top spot initially held by Kansas.

This evening, however, Andy Katz and the crew proved to be even more critical of Kentucky’s rough start.

In their week-two Power Rankings, dropped the Wildcats from No. 1 all the way down to No. 13 in the nation. They still feel UK can compete for the program’s ninth championship in history, but they have a long way to go.

13. Kentucky: The Wildcats drop from my No. 1 spot after getting destroyed by Duke and then having to hold on to beat Southern Illinois. I’m still convinced the Wildcats will contend for the title, but they’re not ready yet.

Beyond and the official AP Poll, CBS Sports pushed the Kentucky to No. 9 overall, Sports Illustrated dropped the Cats to No. 10, and ESPN has them listed at No. 11.

Let’s just turn things back around against North Dakota on Wednesday, okay?