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July 18th, 2018

UK’s win over Mississippi State in 2016 may have saved Stoops’ job

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:


Preparing for the Barbasol Pro-Am (Wednesday Show Thread)

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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Today On KSR: Barbasol a day away, Matt in the Pro-Am

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.

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.

LOOK: PJ Washington returns to practice

Excellent news.

SEC Media Days continue.

Today’s schedule

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.

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.


July 17th, 2018

KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

The one and only Big Mick is a meaty masterpiece in its own right. Composed of two quarter-pound patties* of never-fresh, frozen, mostly beef raised close to the processing plant. Only McDowell’s has the frosted beef and processed cheese to give you a major reason for the afternoon trip to the secret bathroom only you and Debra know about on the 9th floor that is under construction.

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.

If you are interested in sponsoring KSR’s Top 10 Tweets, please contact us at Via Email.

#10 New York Knox

Who ya got?!

#9 LCE

You’re not wrong.

#8 Shawn Perry


#7 Jaime

“For the eighth time, college basketball’s National Championship trophy is coming home to Kentucky!”

#6 Ray J. Vaske

Even Drake looks bad in that shade of orange.

#5 Emily Fry

Every reference to The Office gets included in the Top 10 Tweets.

#4 zacada

Well that’s… an interesting look for Shannon.

#3 Wes Ledford

We’re all still waiting for Ryan’s hair to grow back like this.

#2 Cayden Hacker


#1 Jeff Puckett

Well this is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.


Doron Lamb named one of New York City’s best ballers

Jeff Gross | Getty Images

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.

Doron 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.

Mitch Barnhart Denies Tennessee’s Involvement With Checkerboard Jerseys

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.

To keep up with The New Circle Circular, like the Facebook page or follow Harold Leeder’s Twitter Account.

Jonny David, Dillon Pulliam honored by NABC

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.

Go Cats.