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January 11th, 2018

The Cats beat the weather to Nashville

With inclement weather in the forecast, John Calipari rounded up his team and got a head start on the trip to Nashville. Normally they would wait until tomorrow to make the trip for a Saturday away game, but the Music City is expecting hazardous travel conditions this weekend, so the Cats arrived Thursday night to ensure they’re ready to go for Saturday’s game.

The early arrival means a lot of free time for the guys on Friday. If it were me, I would check out the top floor of Rippy’s then maybe walk over to Tootsie’s for a couple and then Tin Roof and then a shot-n-go at Paradise Park before dinner. But that’s just me. They probably shouldn’t do that.

Beat Vandy though.


KSR Top 10 Tweets of the Day

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He’s right.

#7 Seth Vatt


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Truth.

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More Bomani please!

#3 Brian Gaskin


But nothing is worse than the one they have now.

#2 Gram Pomerleau


Every University 6 fan.

#1 Celia


I’m jealous!


West Virginia gets key player back… just in time for Kentucky game

We should’ve known West Virginia’s Esa Ahmad would be back in time to be ready for Kentucky. The junior forward was one of only two players to average double figures for the Mountaineers last season, but he’s been out all of 2017-18 while serving an academic suspension.

Ahmad—who Bob Huggins called the best rebounding small forward in the Big 12—is all set to return to West Virginia’s lineup on Saturday. Huggins said, “He may not be at the top of his game come Saturday, but it won’t be long after that he will be.”

Not long after, like, say, two weeks when Kentucky comes to town?

How convenient.


UK Hoops ends eight-game losing streak with win against Florida

@KentuckyWBB | UK Athletics

It was a narrow, but much needed, win for UK Hoops tonight against the University of Florida. No. 24 Taylor Murray secured an early lead for the Cats, hitting seven of the eleven points Kentucky earned in the first quarter. The score at the end of the first quarter was 11-10.

The second quarter started with the Gators hitting a 10-0 run and gaining their first lead of the game, but a three from No. 22 Makenzie Cann helped UK Hoops go in to halftime on top. By halftime, the Cats were scoring just 32.1% from the field, but still held on to the lead. The score at the end of the second quarter was 20-18.

Florida started the second half by hitting two threes, and reclaiming their lead. While the Gators hit a total of seven threes in the third quarter, Kentucky managed to hang on, only tailing by three points. The score at the end of the third quarter was 36-39.

Although UK Hoops managed to earn a four-point lead early on in the fourth quarter, Florida responded, tying at 46-46 with less than four minutes left in the game. A shot clock violation from the Gators gave the Cats the advantage they needed. Another three by Murray in the last minute of the game only increased this lead, with the score 54-49. A score from Florida managed to cut UK’s lead to 54-51 with less than thirty seconds left in the game. A turnover from Kentucky gave the Gators momentum to score again with 6.1 left in the game, bringing the score to a 54-53. In a nail biting ending, No. 4 Maci Morris was sent to the line, missing her first shot, but landing her second. No. 2 Paige Poffenberger was sent to the line immediately after. Poffenberger also missed her first shot, but landed her second, guaranteeing a victory for UK Hoops. The final score was 56-53.

In addition to this win ending Kentucky’s eight-game losing streak, it was also Coach Matthew Mitchell’s 250th win at Kentucky.

UK Hoops will play Vanderbilt University at Memorial Gymnasium in Nashville, TN, on Monday, Jan. 15, at 7 pm. The Cats will be back in Lexington on Sunday, Jan. 21, at noon, when they take on the University of South Carolina at Rupp Arena.


"Hey Kentucky!" learns about the life of a Kentucky lawmaker

“Hey Kentucky!” sent the New Circle Circular team to the home of state representative Kelly Flood of Lexington to learn all about the life of a lawmaker in the state of Kentucky.

Hear what she had to say to the guys in the video below:


UK Hoops ends losing streak with win at Florida

Finally, the UK Hoops losing streak is over.

Matthew Mitchell’s women traveled down to Gainesville on Thursday to take on the Florida Gators and they will return to Lexington with a win, their first since beating Evansville on December 5.

Taylor Murray was UK’s leading scorer with 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. JUCO transfer Amanda Paschal was the only other Wildcat in double figures with her 12 points off the bench.

Kentucky had lost eight straight games before taking down Florida, 56-53.

They will travel to Vanderbilt on Monday to try to start a new streak: a winning one.

Go Cats.


Tour the new UK basketball locker room and lounge

Kentucky basketball’s new Marksbury Players First Suite and Healy Family Locker Room are finally complete as part of the major renovation of the team’s practice facility.

We got a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the new digs via a video tour on UK’s official Twitter account. If you pay close attention, you can read the message John Calipari is trying to get through to his team:

It reads:

Make getting better every day your goal; TOUGH PLAYERS come to work every day to get better, and keep their horizons short. They meet victory and defeat the same way: They get up the next day and go to WORK to be better than they were the day before. Tough players hate losing but are not shaken or deterred by a loss. Tough players enjoy winning but are NEVER SATISFIED. For tough players, a championship or a trophy is not a goal; it is a destination.

THE GOAL IS TO GET BETTER EVERY DAY.

Always with the toughness.

There is also a new interactive media wall to celebrate the players, both past and present, with a touchscreen!

A quick pan of the shower shows that the players use Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo, which is nice because it has the 3-Action Formula that cleans to remove oil and flakes; protects the scalp from dandruff; and moisturizes each hair strand from scalp to tip.

I believe that is the Head & Shoulders Ocean Lift with sea mineral essence and cooling mint to really invigorate the hair and scalp, but I could be wrong. It’s a little blurry.

The video also gives us a sneak peek into the team’s snack cabinet, which includes the No. 1 necessity for all college students: Kraft Easy Mac.

Take the full tour below:

Go Cats.


Come see why Bell County is Kentucky’s History and Outdoor Recreation Capital

When you visit Bell County, you’re visiting the History and Outdoor Recreation Capital of Kentucky.

The story of our state and country’s foundation is woven in our hills, where Daniel Boone and his company blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap, opening opportunities for the expansion of our great nation. We are home to a wide variety of attractions and events of all kinds. You can learn about the historical and cultural significance of this area at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitors Center, our multiple museums, or by walking back in time at historic Hensley’s Settlement.

When it comes to outdoor adventure, we have it all! If you love to hike, we have some of the most breath-taking views in all of Kentucky, plus hundreds of miles of hiking trails in both a national and state park. Make sure to check out the views at the Pinnacle Overlook in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Chain Rock Overlook at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, they are both jaw-dropping. Speaking of Pine Mountain, we also have an amazing new canopy tour and zipline at the park which must be experienced to be believed! Bell County also has over 70,000 acres of public hunting and fishing lands spread across seven wildlife management areas, plus places for kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle riding, golfing, and much more. If mother nature isn’t your thing, we have plenty of places to shop, dine, and be entertained indoors. From new attractions like HeHuDarz Laser Tag in the Middlesboro Mall, to legendary local establishments like SkateWorld roller-skating rink, plus movie theaters, a nearby bowling alley, we have more than enough to keep you occupied on rainy days as well.

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UK Secondary Coach Steve Clinkscale will Return in 2018

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Lamar Thomas and Steve Clinkscale were hired by Mark Stoops in 2016.  At the conclusion of the two-year contracts, only Clinkscale’s has been renewed.

According to Jon Hale of the Courier-Journal, Stoops will retain defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale for the 2018 season.  The details of Clinkscale’s extension are not yet known, but the news has been confirmed by a UK spokesperson.

Known as “Coach Clink” by his players, his secondary was arguably the most critiqued unit on the team in 2017.  With a highly-touted wealth of experienced depth, UK’s pass defense fell from 5th in the SEC in 2016 (206 yards per game), to 13th in 2017 (251.6 ypg).

However, Clinkscale has done something no Kentucky football coach has ever done before him: recruit Michigan.  The top-ranked player in the state of Michigan, Marquan McCall, is the top-ranked player in UK’s 2018 recruiting class and will fill the Cats’ greatest position of need, nose guard.  Clinkscale also signed early enrollee safety DeAndre Square from Detroit powerhouse Cass Tech.

Even though the secondary did not live up to the hype in 2017, Clink has plenty of redeeming qualities as an assistant and a year of success from 2016 his unit could rediscover in 2018.


Further Confirmation that Jordan Jones will Return for Senior Season

A report has confirmed what we already kinda knew about Jordan Jones’ future.

Earlier today Josh Allen said he was looking forward to another year with his fellow seniors, and named Denzil Ware and Jordan Jones.  If that did not confirm it for you, Ware issued an official release on his Twitter account.  Now Joe Mussatto from SEC Country reports that Jones will in fact be back for one more year.  That means Kentucky’s defense will not lose any underclassmen to the NFL Draft.

The Kentucky middle linebacker has been a lightning rod for controversy.  From a Spring Game suspension to late hits against Louisville, many fans are finished with Jones, but not Mark Stoops.

“It would be easy for me to dismiss him and move on,” Stoops said after the Louisville game. “But that’s not the business we’re in.  That’s the easy way to go.  The hard thing is for me to continue to develop and grind and have him be accountable and make him the person and the player that he can be.  That’s what you struggle with as a coach. Sometimes in this day and age, we want to just move on and dismiss people too easy. I can’t do that. I’ve gotta just keep on working.”

Jones’ junior year may have been marred with controversy, but if he can return to sophomore year form, a year he finished third in the SEC in tackles (109) and sixth in tackles for loss (15.5), the Kentucky defense will have all of the tools to be Stoops’ best yet.

[SEC Country]


Mitch Barnhart Pens Letter to PAC-12 about Music City Bowl Officiating

UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart publicly defended the Kentucky football team’s actions at the Music City Bowl.  We’ve now learned that he also voiced his grievances in an official letter to the Pac-12 conference.

Addressed to the Pac-12’s vice president of officiating, David Coleman, Barnhart used strong language to defend his football team.  Here are just a few of the excerpts regarding Benny Snell’s ejection that were obtained via open records request by the Herald-Leader:

“We feel great disappointment that what was supposed to be a quality bowl experience for our young people and our university was marred by these incidents.”

“The intent of the no-contact rule — protection of officials — was not adhered to in this case,” Barnhart said in his opening paragraphs. “Video of the incident does not support the call made on the field or the statement made by the officiating crew postgame.”

Barnhart also addressed the missed late hit that forced Stephen Johnson to temporarily exit the game with an injury.  UK’s Orthopedic doctor was quoted, “calling it a safety issue for both the player and those treating him.”

Kentucky’s athletic director should be applauded for going to bat for his players.  Barnhart has done everything in his power to make right all the Music City Bowl wrongs.

Read more of Mitch Barnhart’s Letter to the Pac-12 from the Herald-Leader.


Lamar Thomas is Out as Kentucky’s Wide Receivers Coach

Kentucky is looking for a new wide receivers coach.  Mark Stoops has parted ways with Lamar Thomas.

The former Miami Dolphin and Hurricane wide out spent the last two seasons coaching wide receivers in Lexington.  He came to Kentucky after spending two years on Bobby Petrino’s staff at Louisville.

Thomas became a BBN favorite for trolling Louisville fans on Twitter.  Now Stoops needs to fill two assistant coaching positions, one on offense and one on defense, prior to the 2018 season.

For those speculating as to why Thomas was let go:

UPDATE

In a statement, Mark Stoops had this to say after Thomas’ contract was not renewed: “I appreciate the contributions Lamar made to our program during the last two years,” Stoops said.  “We wish him the best in the future.”


Kentucky still a four-seed in new Bracketology

The national media continues to be unimpressed by Kentucky, but Joe Lunardi still has the Cats as a four-seed in his latest Bracketology. The potential matchups and locations are the least important part of these projections, but he has Kentucky in the Midwest Region, playing the opening round games in San Diego.

Lunardi has eight SEC teams in right now:

  • Kentucky (4)
  • Auburn (5)
  • Tennessee (5)
  • Arkansas (7)
  • Florida (7)
  • Texas A&M (7)
  • Georgia (11)
  • Missouri (11)

The four No. 1 seeds: Villanova, West Virginia, Michigan State, Virginia. Check out the entire thing for yourself over at ESPN.

[Bracketology]


Erin Calipari schools bartender talking smack about her dad

It’s no secret we’re big fans of Erin Calipari. Not only is Calipari’s eldest daughter the best source for stories about her family, she doesn’t take crap from anybody, especially her father’s haters. One New York bartender/blogger learned that lesson the hard way.

Earlier this week, The Sports Turf’s Joselph Dalfonso recalled how he was bashing Calipari with a patron last April, calling him  a “cheat,” a “crook,” and “scum of the earth,” when Erin, sitting in a booth behind them, spoke up.

As my rant continued, a woman sitting in a booth behind Mary, turned toward me and asked who I thought was a good coach. First guy to pop to my head was Mike Kryzewski.

Ok, yes I am a Duke fan but that’s not significant for this story.

She snickered at that statement and then proceeded to say Coach K can’t even get out of the first round of March Madness. I rebutted but she continued by bringing up Mercer, VCU, Lehigh. Not wanting to be remembered of previous heartbreaks, I cut her off by asking if she was UNC fan. I was ready to take her on in an epic debate about college basketball, knowing no UNC fan was a match for me. What she said next was completely unexpected.

“No, I’m John Calipari’s daughter.”

BURN. Little did he know that Erin had been tweeting about him the entire time.

Dalfonso apologized to Erin via Twitter and she forgave him, but I think it’s safe to say he’ll look over his shoulder the next time he even thinks of saying a bad word about Cal.

Read his account of the entire incident at TheSportsTurf.com. I can’t wait to ask Erin, now an assistant professor at Vanderbilt, about it on Saturday.


Denzil Ware will return to Kentucky for his senior season

It’s official: Denzil Ware is returning to Kentucky for his senior season.

Earlier today, Josh Allen hinted that Ware would also be coming back to school, but the talented linebacker just confirmed the news on Twitter moments ago:

After Ware was suspended from the Music City Bowl, there was uncertainty about his future at Kentucky, but today’s tweet makes it pretty clear. He, Allen, and Mike Edwards have all publicly declared they’re coming back, leaving Jordan Jones as the only one yet to make an official announcement, although Allen included Jones in his comments earlier this afternoon.

Welcome back, Denzil. Let’s win the East.

Josh Allen Confirms that All of UK’s Underclassmen are Back