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Thomas Tyner wants 10 From the Weekend

Some days you strap on the helmet and score a touchdown. Some days you strap on the helmet and you score 10 touchdowns. Wait, what? When I read the headline, I almost didn’t believe it. Thomas Tyner of Aloha (Beaverton, Oregon) rushed for a state-record 644 yards and 10 touchdowns in a 84-63 win (which begs the question, was either team playing any defense?) on Friday night. Shockingly, the 10 touchdowns only ranks 3rd all time in the national high school record books. Two players went for 12 touchdowns in years past. Tyner scored on runs of 20, 41, 62, 60, 65, 48, 41, 40, 34 and 10 yards. Tyner entered the game with just under 600 total yards rushing and 7 touchdowns on the season. Tyner will be taking his talents to Oregon next season. And to add to the story–he did all of that on his birthday.

And now on to 10 notes/thoughts/take-aways from the weekend

1) UK Football lost a “must-win” game

I really don’t know how else to put it. Kentucky had to beat Western Kentucky. It didn’t matter how Kentucky beat Western Kentucky, whether it was a close game or a blowout–but they had to win. The implications of the loss on Saturday can be speculated here, there and everywhere in the KSR comment section.. but for right now, the thing we know for certain is that Western Kentucky came into Commonwealth Stadium and outplayed Kentucky in every sense of the word. The game wasn’t a fluke. Western Kentucky deserved to win that game. The fact that it got to overtime was not surprising for WKU in that game, but rather for Kentucky. Max Smith finally found enough of a rhythm in the waning minutes of the game to execute an impressive drive down the field, but it simply didn’t matter. Kentucky came out of the break before OT and immediately was charged with a delay of game penalty. I have no other word for that than unacceptable. When people are already looking for reasons to be critical, you can’t hand them such easy ammunition. As soon as WKU scored the touchdown in overtime that eery feeling just crept up for me, and probably many other fans as well. You just knew Willie Taggart was going to go for 2 points. You knew he was going to go for the win. WKU was on the road and had carried the momentum all game. Taggart pulled the trigger, but not just that– he pulled it with style. The Kentucky fan base is fired up, and rightfully so. This week will be interesting to say the least…

2) The John Calipari Fantasy Basketball Experience = gold standard

The word fantasy insinuates that something is dreamlike and perfect, greater than your wildest imagination could come up with. The only way to enhance something that is already supposed to be the best of the best is to hand it to John Calipari. Calipari hosted a fantasy experience over the weekend that many other programs and organizations put on as well. As with most things though, he just did it better. Many of the men who took part in the festivities have taken part in other fantasy experiences as well. If anyone knows when the best has been topped, it would be those guys. And they said after only day one that Kentucky’s was the best they had ever experienced. Speaking as someone who observed from the outside, all I can say is that the people involved in the experience were living the ultimate dream for 3 days. And I’m not just talking about the “players” who participated…I’m talking about everyone involved from reporters to guest coaches to current and former players. Everyone had a great time. The dreamlike 3 days included things such as going through realistic drills, being coached by former college basketball coaches/players, getting a custom UK uniform, playing in Rupp Arena, court side seats for the alumni game, dinner at John Calipari’s house, etc.

(There is a lot going on in this picture, and I have to admit…I love all of it)

3) The UK Alumni Game was a family reunion

Please read Tyler’s post from 9:00 p.m., as she gives a great reflection on the event. John Calipari has worked hard in a lot of aspects in his time at Kentucky so far. Top recruiting classes, a national championship, tireless work for charity, putting players in the NBA, etc. One of his greatest achievements has been creating a “family” environment for the former Kentucky players. It’s not hard to do with the players who played under him at Kentucky, but he’s managed to extend his reach even further back. Guys like Derek Anderson and Walter McCarty absolutely love the guy and have publicly stated their appreciation for what he has done for the alumni relations aspect of the program. When a program has as much rich history as Kentucky does, how can that not be celebrated on a regular basis? Calipari has made that a priority and this weekend was a nice culminating event. We’ve posted it before, but the picture of Wah Wah Jones and Anthony Davis with their gold medals is one for the ages and truly showcases what the “family” and bringing together of past, present and future means to Kentucky basketball.

Photo by Chris Reynolds

4) The Biggest winners in the Fantasy Experience/Alumni Game

The biggest winners without question from the Fantasy Experience were the charities who received donations on Saturday.

* $110,000 to West Liberty Recovery Fund, a fund dedicated to helping tornado victims of the Eastern Ky town

* $60,000 to 4Paws for Ability, which provides dog services to military families

* $55,000 to the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which helps provide hearing aids for children

* $50,000 to EverFi Financial Literacy program, which teaches student across Kentucky the importance of money management

* $25,000 to Samaritan’s Feet, which provides shoes for the needy

* $25,000 to Urban League of Lexington, which assists African Americans and disadvantaged citizens in Lexington in the achievement of social and economic equality

* $25,000 to the V Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping find a cure for cancer

5) Oscar Combs has a lot of thoughts

If anyone knows about Kentucky sports, it’s Oscar Combs. The man who has an egg for an avatar and goes by the handle @wildcatnews had a lot of thoughts following the loss to Western Kentucky last night. Here are just a few of the many:

 “Regardless of how season ends (even if a coaching change is made) UK needs to address real issue of what it expects to accomplish in SEC.”

“Unless UK is willing to accept a No. 10 or lower finish (out of 14) in SEC, then a simple coaching change will not cure the many problems.”

“I said during bowl era of Rich Brooks that it was a product of sweeping 4 non-conference games which would not always be the case in future. And unfortunately, the future has arrived. And it’s not pretty.”

“I believe Mitch Barnhart has a good read on situation. He really is loyal to his coaches, give them positive backing, but not to a fault.”

“With huge shortfall in ticket sales, this is where UK prez has to support his AD in making difficult decisions on future of UK football. And future path certainly needs to be anything but what has brought UK the mediocrity of past 50 years. To those who think all you have to do to win in the SEC is wave a magic wand. If that were the case, you’d have 14 champs this fall.”

“If UK should ever enjoy a 6-2 SEC record, it would mean UK beat 6 SEC opponents. Name me 6 SEC teams you think UK could beat in given year.”

“If/when UK hires new coach, candidate’s first question will be how much time you giving me to turn this around? BBN will say 2 years, maybe.”

His fingers have to be tired.

6) John Robic is the funniest guy on the planet

Just listen to the KSR podcast from Friday. Robic gave the funniest evaluation of Matt playing basketball, and his sense of humor and timing is perfect. I remember Matt saying after his bus trip with Cal and company with the nat’l championship trophy that Robic was the funniest guy he’s ever met. I see what he means now.

7) The road only gets tougher from here…

So in the year you dodge LSU and Alabama…the remainder of Kentucky’s SEC schedule: @ #14 Florida, #7 South Carolina, #23 Mississippi State, @ Arkansas, #5 Georgia.

8) UK women’s soccer is worth watching, I promise…

I know, I know. Not everyone loves soccer. I get it. But if you like watching teams that are really good at what they do, and do it in an exciting fashion– the Kentucky women’s soccer team fits the mold to a tee. The Cats had a great weekend, starting off SEC play with a perfect 2-0 mark. The first win came on Friday against a team that was red hot coming in, ranked #13 in the country. Kentucky took down Florida in a 2-1 battle. Then Kentucky turned around on Sunday to overmatch Mississippi State in every facet of the game, putting up a 3-0 win.

9) Julius Randle was impressed

All of the best aspects of Kentucky basketball were on full display this weekend and guess who was there to witness every bit of it? Top 2013 prospect Julius Randle. Randle not only got to meet an unmatched number of NBA players who were spring boarded there by Calipari, but he also got to meet Drake. Roy Williams has no idea who Drake is. Rick Pitino has heard of a “Drizzy,” but doesn’t know a Drake. Randle also got to hear his name chanted in unison by the crowd in Rupp Arena, surely a cool moment for the young man. He thanked Big Blue Nation on his Twitter account before his flight home today. Well done, Calipari. If he doesn’t choose Kentucky after all of that, he probably also hates puppies.

Randle also told ESPN “Coach Cal and his staff were very genuine. In fact, all the people I met were real nice.” (and in the NBA). Randle also told ESPN that he will definitely be making a late decision.

10) John Calipari “gets it”

(Tell us something we don’t know, Antoine…)

Yeah, yeah, yeah. You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a million times. It doesn’t matter. When something is true, you go with it. John Calipari, more so than any coach in the current game, gets it. (to the guy in the comment section who once asked if it was a requirement in my KSR contract to include “Cal gets it” with every post…my answer is no. Every 3rd post).

 

And last but not least…

The celebration is over but it can live on forever inside your home or office with this Final Four print from Stadium Frame. The 34×24 framed photo is matted with coins and features a shot of the Superdome court just after the final buzzer sounded to end Kentucky’s magical 2011-12 season. Go to www.Final4Prints.com to purchase the print you see here, or pick out another print or variation of this one from Stadium Frame.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

41 Comments for Thomas Tyner wants 10 From the Weekend



  1. Manbearpig
    11:15 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Good read besides the ending. The Final Four print horse has been beaten close to death, revived like Jerry Lawler, beaten some more, sent to spend the night with Sexin, then to Porcini’s for breakfast with Pitino, and beaten some more….please let this horse die



  2. Westky
    11:34 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Where has Matt been during all this football stuff? I love this site and read it daily, but the leader of this site should have some keen insight on what happens next in uk football.

    Don’t forget your roots mr. Jones. The hits on this site have helped get you where yo are today, ala rubbing elbows with cal, and company.

    Haven’t heard a word since this embarrassing loss, makes no sense.



  3. MartyFeldmanEyes
    11:36 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    longest…………………..post…………………….ever.



  4. SoCal Will
    11:40 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    If Mitch plays chess he might at least consider hiring Petrino because in a perverse parallel universe he might otherwise see Strong go to Arkansas and Petrino come back to Louisville and that could mean 10 years of swallowing hard and grinning sheepishly when the Governor’s Cup is presented…



  5. JBR
    11:42 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Still waiting Joker apologists…where are you now? You called all of us non-fans because we didn’t drink the blue cool aid…but would never offer any football fodder for your beliefs. You must have the same backbone that Joker does.

    Oscar must be getting a bit old…that last quote was a little silly. No intelligent football fan would expect a total turnaround in 2 years. I think he is trying to slip in a slight on the fanbase turing on Joker…whoever succeeds Joker is inheriting a MUCH worse program than he did. Remember, that whole bs “coach in wating” crap was supposed to CONTINUE what we had going. Joker has completely deconstructed it in 2 years, with HIS players. A competely new person to the program, and a much worse program, will be given time. BUT…yes, some progress will need to be seen year to year…but a total turnaround, stupid comment.



  6. jpgott2
    11:48 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    My expectation for UK football is to be COMPETITIVE in the SEC….This does not mean UK will win those games, yet it means they could. BBN would give a new coach more then the articles author claims (2 years) because the new coach would need more than a few years to implement his system. Joker is not getting the luxury because he was NOT NEW to the program, and he was taking over a a high point in UK football recently.

    To those that say it can not happen, I will point to Boise St., Vandy (their recent recruiting and media success), Arkansas, South Carolina, etc. Hire some assistant from a WINNING program! An enthusiastic coach (like UL’s Charlie Strong, Vandy’s James Franklin, etc.) that has a level of expectation and excitement for his program is found, UK fans will go back to packing 65 to +70k fans in Commonwealth.



  7. jpgott2
    11:49 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    (5) JBR, you took the words right out of my mouth.



  8. Bradley
    11:53 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    Some of the new writers are severely lacking. Ally, you aren’t one of them. Good post as usual.



  9. Big Rich
    11:54 pm September 16, 2012 Permalink

    #1 I totally agree with you. Was going to say the same thing. So tired of this stadium print being posted in every other post. Who the hell wants this now after being worn out on a daily basis? My guess it’s paying KSR or Matt some good money for every print sold. Why else would they advertise it every 4 hours. Good post other than that!



  10. freethrow
    12:02 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Great night for the Duck recruit in that video but did you notice what they were playing? Heck, one of the kids that tried to stop him barely edged above his waist and was probably 150 pounds lighter. 🙂



  11. CAN WE FINALLY GET RID OF JOKER????????????????????????????
    12:07 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    I am waiting for all the Joker sunshine blowers to blame Cal and the charity game for the WKU loss. I also wonder what happened to the person that was posting on here with the name “ThisIsAGoodTeam”? They kept saying how good our offense was and that it was the rain that caused us to play poor defense at Louisville….I wonder what caused the defense to play like crap yesterday….I will tell you…PISS POOR COACHING!!!!!! If Barney doesn’t get off his as$ and make a change soon he could find himself also being replaced. We all know he was not in favor of hiring Cal so he doesn’t get credit for that hire. I would love to see what Bobby Petrino could do and really think he would take the job if offered.



  12. SoCal Will
    12:08 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    10)- Funny you mention that. Tyner is 6’0″ and 215 pounds and is amazingly fast for that size. He has run an electronically timed 4.38 40. He would be awesome even if he were at one of the big Los Angeles Catholic schools. There are some who think that if he retains his health he will be a wide out like Bob Hayes on Sundays.



  13. BlueTexan
    12:16 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    #%- Thank you…many don’t remember the ‘Super Recruiter’ that Brook’s had on staff…they have been Joker’s players for years – with others coaching. Once Joker took over…disaster! Whomever the new AD (please Lord let someone understand Barnfart is clueless) chooses MUST be given a minimum 5 yr. contract…we’ve reached that depth! Barnfart runs-off a National Championship BB coach. Barnfart doesn’t do his due-diligence and hires a certified psycho as his replacement (never looked at Cal). Barnfart listens to his mentor and names Joker as ‘his’ head FB coach. Barnfart, after being dissed (again) by Billy D gets recruited by Cal and relents to the BBN wishes. Barnfart blames the economy for the smallest season ticket sales since Reagan was president. Barnfart, the CEO of UK athletics, is useless.



  14. BlueTexan
    12:17 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    #5 – Sorry



  15. Lexie
    12:44 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    #2. Matt did the postgame call in show after the game last night and had plenty to say about the game. I think he said they will be talking about it on the radio shows this week too.



  16. JC
    1:01 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hey dummies. That was rude. But, those are my feelings when I read some comments on here. How do you think this website is allowed to be free with 12 posts a day? Advertisers like the Final 4 print. Lame I know, but I don’t have to pay a dime to go to my favorite website because there is a paragraph about the Final 4 print. I think it’s a fair trade.



  17. BPsycho
    1:29 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah! The Final 4 print is horrid! I hate being constantly reminded that we won the Championship!!!

    #sarcasm



  18. soggyUKgrad
    1:40 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    anyone who wants Barnhart replaced is an absolute moron. I hate that BBN has to share its fanbase with such blatant ignorance. look at all of the UK sports that are successful under Barnhart. Men’s basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf..women’s basketball, volleyball, soccer, golf. even the rifle team won a Nat’l Championship. yes, football is down right now, but anyone with an IQ above 90 knows that football success is cyclical. look at the recent struggles of Auburn, Tenn., Notre Dame, Michigan..it happens at every program at every level. players leave/graduate and sometimes their replacements aren’t as good. we have to accept the fact that not every 2-star recruit is going to become Cobb, Locke, or Woodson and sometimes 4-star recruits like Newton & Mossakowski just don’t work out….also, anyone who utters “bring Bobby Petrino to UK” should be forced to resign from BBN b/c you don’t deserve to be in our fanbase.



  19. brink
    1:44 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    13. UK athletics across the board is doing well with the exception of football you can’ t lay this solely at barnharts feet. I’ve said all along let joker be athletics director and hire a real coach.



  20. SeaCat
    1:46 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ally you are a great writer.
    I tried to tell Drew that at Cal’s
    house Friday night, but I think
    I got your name wrong. You
    should tell him and correct me.



  21. brink
    1:49 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    18 so what happens if barnhart utters the words bring bobby petrino to UK?? Should he then resign?



  22. SweetWm
    2:30 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Joker is more embarrassed than the fans. He has to watch, the fans don’t have to ..



  23. CalifCatFan
    2:41 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Like I said before: Coach Cal gets it.



  24. CAN WE FINALLY GET RID OF JOKER???????????????
    2:48 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    @18…Barney doesn’t get credit for hiring Cal because he was forced to do it. He hired BCG and Joker so that more than outweighs the success of the air hockey and pole vaulting teams. The TWO MAIN SPORTS AT ANY UNIVERSITY WILL ALWAYS BE FOOTBALL AND MEN’S BASKETBALL. Now it is nice when the other sports also do well but it will always be about football and men’s basketball. So let’s look at those two. Let’s take our main sport first…MEN’S BASKETBALL…HE HIRED THE TRAIN WRECK THAT IS BILLY CLYDE and we all know how that went. We also know that he was against hiring Cal…he was forced to do so. So I conclude that his handling of men’s basketball has been failure. Think about it, had we not hired Cal, where would our program be now? I seriously doubt we would have just won the 2012 National Championship. Like I said earlier since he was not in favor of hiring Cal, I will not give him credit for the success of Mens’ Basketball. He hired Joker as the Football coach and we see how well that has gone!! So based upon these failures with the two major sports, I conclude that Mitch should go right along with Joker. Get an AD who is serious about the football program and we may have some success. And yes I do say give Petrino a chance, at this point could things get much worse? I know he has problems but at this point, I don’t think many other schools would come knocking on his door so maybe he would stay at UK for awhile and maybe build up our program to a respectable level. Also #18, I think you should be careful telling people to resign from our fanbase because YOU DON’T OWN THE FANBASE and just because someone doesn’t agree with your little narrow views doesn’t mean they aren’t fans of the program. Many of us have been fans probably longer than you been alive so keep that in mind when you make stupid comments like that.



  25. Carolina Blue is past tense for CAROLINA BLOWS
    2:51 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    For those that are bashing Mitch, was it not just a few months ago that we were in the chase for the Capital One Autozone Napa Parts crystal cup prize awarded to the best overall athletic program? If not for a lame home run call things may have turned out differently. I am not saying I like the guy but credit has to be given when considering everything excluding basketball. Carry on.



  26. CAN WE FINALLY GET RID OF JOKER???????????????????
    3:08 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    @25 “I am not saying I like the guy but credit has to be given when considering everything excluding basketball”…So does that mean he gets credit for Football?? I think you just made my argument for me.



  27. CAN WE FINALLY GET RID OF JOKER???????????????????
    3:11 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    You add the Billy Clyde fiasco to the Joker fiasco and Barney should really be nervous about his job.



  28. Jezz
    3:58 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    How can you ink a first time head coach to a 4-year iron deal…?

    Stupid.



  29. UKGrad04
    4:42 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Has anyone considered that UK and UL could very possibly both be looking for coaches next year? Based on nothing, I think the Arky job will come down to Chuck Strong and Gus Malzahn, and if I was Arkansas I’d go with Strong. Food for thought.



  30. JC is the dummy
    6:56 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Duh, JC. We know- advertising pays for the site. But constantly mentioning one particular item/company in at least 15 posts a day gets old. Put that crap over on the side under Boone’s.



  31. Owensboro Olive
    7:29 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    This is for the guy this weekend who was shocked at the $90 pricetag on the retro hoodie at KSR shop:

    Today, put “TDHOODIE” in the coupon code, and you’ll get $18.00 off the hoodie, bringing it to $72.00 + S&H.

    ‘Hope that helps ya brother, and do it now, ’cause there ain’t gonna be that many touchdowns the rest of the season…



  32. Owensboro Olive
    7:29 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Oh, uhm, wait. The coupon code is “TDMONDAY”. singing, “IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN…” Sorry.



  33. Wow
    7:44 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ally Tucker said “He gets it” and also added the stadium frame. Two things I never would have expected from such a great writer (please read in a sarcastic tone)



  34. JayCee
    7:46 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    19- Do you know how to become successful in tertiary sports?

    You pump money into them when very few other universities do the same.

    Mitch’s big secret to tertiary success can be replicated by a bucket of sand.



  35. covingtoncat
    8:17 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    @34. Not only that, but the success in tertiary sports is a little overblown here. Despite last year UK still finished fifth in the overall SEC sports standing. http://florida.247sports.com/Article/Gators-claim-SEC-all-sports-trophy-74524 To be sure, the highest finish to date, but to read some of the comments on this site you’d think were the conference powerhouse.

    Before we start declaring the all-sports success we need to see a trend over a few years. UK got a few breaks last year with our senior laden rosters in a few sports and off years in other sports (i.e. womens basketball) that may or may not continue.



  36. Blue
    8:19 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    @26…Based on your comments, you obviously feel Joker has run the football into the group, making the assumption that the program was at a high point prior to Joker’s hiring. Why are you bashing Barnhart for hiring Joker, but not giving him any credit for hiring Rich Brooks, and then sticking with him when virtually every fan in BBN was calling for him to get fired after his first two seasons? Barnhart cares about football, there’s no question about it. Being in his position, seeing where Kentucky football was and how it got there, i would have likely done the same thing. I would’ve hired a guy that had been around during the build-up of the program, a Kentucky guy, a former player who was a good recruiter…I would have given him a chance. It hasn’t worked out. It’s time to move on. Barnhart will, and if I were a betting man, Mike Leach and Bobby Petrino will both be on the short list, although I think bringing Petrino in just makes us look pathetic. I say hire Mike Leach and bring back the Air Raid.



  37. JayCee
    8:27 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    35- agreed. The troubling part is in the execution, IMO. He’s paying top-dollar for coaches now and then investing in the entirety of each respective sport. New facilities everywhere on campus to woo the next hires and perpetuate this effort for a Capitol One Cup. And meanwhile, of course, football just foots the bills.



  38. Get Kliff
    9:32 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kliff Kingsbury is who we need to turn things around. If we wait too long, he will be picked up by a future BCS champion.



  39. rainyday
    10:00 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hey-didn’t Joker break the long Tennessee streak? Great job Joker. Offense looks good. Would like to see stadium redone and more additions to football ( bigger and better ). I’m the “positive” poster!!!!!!!!!!



  40. RealCatsFan
    10:19 am September 17, 2012 Permalink

    #38, I had not heard of him, but after doing some reading up on him, it sounds like a solid choice on paper. It would be good to have an offensive-minded coach at the helm with kids like Patrick Towles on the roster.



  41. CAUKFAN
    3:37 pm September 17, 2012 Permalink

    That’s a nice list of charities. Proud to be a Cat!