By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 7:30pm
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.
Later in the my Podcast 3-part series, John Y. tells his side of the story in regards to trying to get Fran Curci fired at UK and replaced by NFL coaching legend George Allen in 1981. He deplores UK football’s lack of success since Bear Bryant days. Says there is no excuse. #BBN pic.twitter.com/oShvxjRkRf
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 14, 2018
John Y said his single biggest sports-related regret as governor was getting involved in Curci coaching issue. He also says he quit attending UK home games during Tubby Smith era when son, Saul, became a starter. Like I said, Gov. Brown holds nothing back here. @KentuckyMBB #BBN pic.twitter.com/IpVQCjiQoT
— Oscar Combs (@wildcatnews) July 14, 2018
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
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.
— E:60 (@E60) July 17, 2018
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.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 6:10pm
Drake may be best buddies with John Calipari and claim to be a Kentucky superfan, but what real Kentucky fan would be pictured wearing a Tennessee shirt? Drake just posted two pictures of himself with internet comedian Shiggy wearing that puke inside of a pumpkin orange on Instagram:
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Shiggy is the creator of the #InMyFeelingsChallenge that’s gone viral the past few weeks. Since he posted the video of himself dancing to Drake’s song, sports stars across the country have done the same, including Tyler Herro, Immanuel Quickley, John Wall, and our own Ryan Lemond:
— DiamondDanielDunston (@DanielDunston) July 17, 2018
The Shiggy dance is cool and all, but c’mon, Drake. You’re just giving everyone who criticizes you for being a bandwagon fan more ammunition.
UPDATE: The shirt is styled to say “Finesse,” not Tennessee, but that’s not stopping my eyes from rolling.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 6:00pm
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.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 5:00pm
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
By ShopKSR.com on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 4:45pm
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By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
As SEC Media Days unfolds in Hoover, KSR is highlighting each of Kentucky’s 2018 conference foes. Of course, the following previews will be in the most ridiculous manner possible. Up first, Jimbo Fisher’s new-look Texas A&M.
The Best Thing Jimbo Fisher Said — It happened when Fisher was asked about playing Clemson and Alabama in the first month of the season.
“It’s great that we play those two teams, the top two ranked teams in the first four games of the year. I think great teams, it’s not that your opponent becomes faceless, it’s not that you disrespect them; it’s just that you understand how you want to prepare. I’m hoping that’s the way our kids go about it.”
The Best Thing Jimbo Fisher Said (Out of Context) — “You’re supposed to say howdy back.”
A&M’s Scariest Player — Linebacker Tyrel Dodson finished the SEC fifth in tackles a year ago with 105 (just over 8 a game), to be the No. 3 returning tackler in the conference. Dodson also had 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
For Kentucky to move the ball, they must first go through Dodson. Getting by the 6’2″ 245-pound brick you-know-what house who squats 675 pounds will not be easy, even for Benny Snell.
A&M’s Achilles Heel — The Aggies do not have consistency at the quarterback position. Last year Kevin Sumlin played two freshmen, runner Kellen Mond for eight games in place of injured pocket-passer Nick Starkel. They left plenty of room for more to be desired, which is why Jimbo signed James Foster, a dual-threat QB once recruited by Kentucky.
Starkel is the most likely candidate to win the quarterback competition, but it’s anyone’s guess where the QBs will stand after learning a new offense and experiencing Alabama and Clemson’s defense in the first month of the season.
Good News for UK — The Aggies will take a beating at the beginning of the season. The four weeks before Kentucky goes to College Station, this is what A&M’s schedule looks like:
- Louisiana Monroe
- at Alabama
- Arkansas at Jerry World in Dallas
Bad News for UK — The Aggies return 16 starters. After going through the gauntlet in the first six weeks of the season, Jimbo Fisher should have his team figured out in time for a must-win against a team coached by his former defensive coordinator.
Fear Factor — This isn’t about how well a team can choke down bugs while a crazy person screams at them. This is a sliding scale from 1-10, based on personnel, setting of the game, the coaching philosophy and how well they performed under the bright lights in Atlanta (even though that does not in any way, shape or form translate into on the field results).
FF — 6.78
This is a scary game primarily because the Cats have to play at Kyle Field. Even though A&M will probably beat up after a rough start to the season, they’ll also be hungry for a much-needed victory. Fisher has ample to find a competent quarterback, but at least Stoops knows his secrets.
By Nick Roush on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 3:00pm
When Kentucky travels to College Station for the first time since Bear Bryant roamed the sidelines in 1952, Mark Stoops will see a familiar face on the other side of the field.
After eight seasons and a National Championship, Jimbo Fisher left Florida State to become the head coach at Texas A&M. For three of those years, the offensive-minded head coach tasked Stoops to lead his defense.
Kentucky’s head coach learned a lot in those three years with Fisher. Before he took the SEC Media Days stage, commissioner Greg Sankey asked Stoops if he learned the secret to beating Jimbo.
“I know all of his secrets, but it doesn’t make it any easier,” Stoops laughed.
Some of those secrets, probably better described as lessons, Stoops incorporated into UK’s program when he took over in 2013.
“There’s many things I do at Kentucky that I took from him,” Stoops said. “Certainly you have to be your own man and do things that fits your own program, but there’s things I’ve taken from him I still implement to this day.”
Stoops and Fisher remain close friends and never hesitate to reach out to one another for advice.
“I do rely on Jimbo for some advice from time-to-time still. We keep in contact. I definitely consider him a friend,” he added. “We’ll always be there to support each other.”
The most notable time Stoops leaned on Fisher for advice happened at the end of the 2016 regular season. Kentucky was preparing for a bowl game, something Stoops had never done before as a head coach. He reached out to Fisher to see how Florida State crafted a bowl practice schedule. Fisher never hesitated, and is proud of what Stoops accomplished at Kentucky.
“You know this, when you play against Mark…those teams are going to be extremely well prepared,” Fisher said. “Mark has done a great job in Kentucky getting to the Bowl game and playing. I think we did an unbelievable job at Florida State.
“I have great respect for Mark. He’s not only a fellow coach, but a friend. He’s a great guy and a better person than he is a coach. He’s one heck of a football coach. I have a lot of respect for him.”
They share plenty of respect for one another, but when they coached together, it wasn’t always roses. Sure, they made some great memories, but there were also a ton of back-and-forth battles on the practice field.
“I am a defensive coach. He’s an offensive coach,” Stoops said. “You talk about the fun we’ve had competing against each other, it’s kind of what it’s all about. He’s a very hard-nosed, tough football coach. And I am as well, but those were fond memories. Not always day-to-day, they weren’t always a lot of fun.”
The battle between Stoops and Fisher will resume on October 6. We’ll find out then if knowing Jimbo’s secrets are enough to upset the Aggies.
By Drew Franklin on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
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:
Today for the first time in my life…I experienced someone call the police because they got fouled hard in basketball. pic.twitter.com/9E8lp9fmwP
— TrapMoneyBenny (@_togs) July 17, 2018
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.
By TJ Walker on ©July 17th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
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.
Really nice sequence for Armando Bacot Jr. He won’t end up at Kentucky but he’s a great player. pic.twitter.com/XB2icR7gtd
— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerKSR) July 12, 2018