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July 17th, 2018

Must-Listen: Oscar Combs’ podcast with John Y. Brown

This morning, Oscar Combs released the latest episode of his podcast, and it’s well worth a few minutes of your time. UK’s premiere basketball historian interviewed the great John Y. Brown, the former governor of Kentucky, Kentucky Fried Chicken entrepreneur, and owner of the Kentucky Colonels, Buffalo Braves, and Boston Celtics.

In part one of the three-part series, the two touched on a variety of topics, including Brown’s college days at UK, how he got Adolph Rupp and Colonel Sanders in the same room, and his decision to get into fried chicken, pro basketball, and politics.

Listen below, and keep an eye on Oscar’s Twitter and website for parts two and three. Based on these teasers from Oscar, you won’t want to miss them:


ESPN E:60 on Jared Lorenzen will air Sunday

We found out a few months ago that ESPN’s E:60 series was doing a feature on Jared Lorenzen; set your DVRs because it will air Sunday morning at 9 a.m. ET.

ESPN released this trailer for the episode, entitled “The Hefty Lefty,” this afternoon featuring interviews with Lorenzen’s former coach Rich Brooks, former Georgia linebacker turned ESPN commentator David Pollack, and former Giants teammate Eli Manning.

Earlier this summer, Jared’s weight loss made national news when he shared he’s lost almost 100 lbs. His journey has been incredibly inspiring and we’re all very, very proud of him.

Don’t forget: ESPN, Sunday, 9 a.m.


WATCH: Ryan Lemond took a fall while dancing at Tuesday’s show

Ryan Lemond is a man of many talents.

Dancing is not one of them.

KSR’s favorite goofball sidekick tried to show off his attempt at the #InMyFeelingsChallenge today during the live remote broadcast in Greenup. And bless his heart, he tried to do too much and took a big fall in front of the crowd.

Watch:

 


Kentucky Announces SEC Network Takeover Lineup

The lineup has been released for Kentucky’s upcoming SESC Network Takeover.  The Cats will get their turn in the annual TV event Sunday, July 29.

The 24 hours of all-Kentucky coverage touches almost every sport and is highlighted in primetime with the football team’s comeback victory over Tennessee.  After you see Stephen Johnson’ game-winning score, stick around to watch Stephen Johnson: Heart of a Wildcat.  The night concludes with Kevin’s Knox’s 34-point performance in an improbable come-from-behind victory at West Virginia.

The complete schedule:

Midnight-2 a.m. – Volleyball at Florida

2-4 a.m. – Women’s basketball vs. Alabama in the SEC Tournament

4-6:30 a.m. – Baseball vs. Florida.

6:30-8 a.m. – Gymnastics Excite Night

8-11 a.m. – Football at South Carolina.

11-11:30 a.m. – Big Blue Review

11:30 a.m.-noon – Best of Sports Video – A compilation of the best videos produced by UK Sports Video this season.

Noon-2 p.m. – Men’s basketball victory vs. Tennessee in the SEC Tournament Championship Game.

2-4 p.m. – Softball Super Regional at Oregon

4-6 p.m. – Volleyball Sweet 16 victory vs. BYU

6-6:30 p.m. – Big Blue Review

6:30-9 p.m. – Football vs. Tennessee

9-9:30 p.m. – Stephen Johnson: Heart of a Wildcat – Stephen Johnson won the hearts of the Big Blue Nation with the toughness and passion in leading Kentucky football to back-to-back bowl trips. This original piece tells his story.

9:30-11:30 p.m. – Cal’s Cats come back to win at West Virginia in one of the most memorable comebacks of the 2017-18 college basketball season.

11:30 p.m.-midnight – Best of Sports Video


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A man called the cops because he got fouled too hard in a pickup game

There’s a wild story out of a pickup basketball game in Virginia that is almost too wild to believe.

A man called the police after he was fouled too hard in a friendly game at the gym. The story caught attention online when someone else in the game tweeted a photo of the police on the scene to settle the case:

The man in the double sleeves is apparently the one who committed the foul; the man in the black shirt next to the police officer is the one who called. He walked to the front desk to place the 9-1-1 call, according to the Twitter timeline.

Some thoughts here:

(1) This is completely inexcusable and he should have his gym membership revoked. If there is a way to enforce it, he should be banned from any basketball-related activities forever. He shouldn’t even be allowed to watch a game on TV.

Put this face on gym doors everywhere.

(2) The guy in the double sleeves probably fouled the hell out of him. Anyone wearing two shooting sleeves and two ankle braces in a pickup game at the local 24/7 gym is an animal. He obviously plays way too hard and it’s easy to believe it’s not the first time he assaulted someone in a rec game.

(3) This guy is all of us when we read the headline:

Unbelievable move here.


A new basketball recruiting target in 2019

Kentucky has reached out to 6-foot-10, 235-pound center Armando Bacot. No player had a better Peach Jam weekend than Bacot. He was named MVP and helped lead his Team Takeover to a Peach Jam championship while averaging 11.3 points and 12.8 rebounds on a nearly 59 percent field goal percentage. His team finished the spring and summer 23-1.

Adam Zagoria was the first to report UK’s new interest in Bacot and it’s since been confirmed by Kentucky Sports Radio. Earlier this summer Bacot cut his list to 10 (above) and clearly UK was not included. The Cats watched Bacot in Canada as he helped lead his team to a gold medal in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship while averaging 7.8 points and five rebounds per game.

Bacot played three varsity seasons for Trinity Episcopal School in Virginia but announced earlier this month he will transfer to IMG Academy in Florida. In his last two seasons at TES he went 61-5 while winning the 2017 state title and averaged 24.5 points, 12 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during the 2018 season.

The guy seems to just be an absolute winner. UNC is considered the favorite and Duke isn’t too far behind, but we’ll see if the Cats can make up the necessary ground to land a commitment. I would expect UK to offer, but the Cats reaching out could have just been to see if they can get in the picture. If there’s no offer that tells us all we need to know.

It’s an interesting move because it seemed like it should have happened sooner. The Cats will lose Reid Travis after this season and it seems highly likely UK loses P.J. Washington and E.J. Montgomery after the season. It’s unclear what Nick Richards will do, but if he declared for the draft it wouldn’t be a major surprise. UK could lose its entire frontcourt production for the 2019-2020 season.

UK has D.J. Jeffries commited, but he’s more of a wing than a four. Kentucky appears to be in a solid spot for James Wiseman, Vernon Carey Jr., and Matthew Hurt, but the Cats would at least need to land two other frontcourt players for the 2019 class. Carey Jr. would be the only muscle of the group, besides Bacot.

I don’t take this as a sign that UK feels its slipping with any of the players mentioned above, but the Cats will need bodies for 2019-2020. Bacot would be a great player to add, but it will be an uphill climb.