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Baby Randall Cobb Wants Ten Notes from the Weekend

NBC showed this adorable picture of baby Randall Cobb on “Sunday Night Football” to emphasize how young he is compared to the other players or something. Honestly, I kind of tuned out once it came on the screen. Before I start squeeling over it again, here are ten notes from the weekend that was in UK sports:

1. Neal Brown Comes Home

On Sunday evening, we found out that one of Kentucky’s sons will soon be headed home. Neal Brown met with Mark Stoops on Sunday afternoon and hours later, multiple news outlets reported that Brown would be named the Cats’ new offensive coordinator in a press conference Monday. Brown has been atop of Stoops’ list since he took the job, but spent most of the past week interviewing for head coaching jobs at Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech, something which Stoops reportedly encouraged. Brown, who calls Danville home, is a protegee of the Air Raid offense, which he first learned at Kentucky while playing under Hal Mumme, Tony Franklin, and Mike Leach. Is it time to dust off the old Air Raid siren?

2. The Rest of the Staff Assembles

Two more coaches are likely to come with Neal Brown: Chad Scott and John Schlarman. Like Brown, both played at Kentucky, and will join the staff as Running Backs Coach and Offensive Line Coach respectively. Also on board: former Northwestern State head coach Bradley Dale Peveto as UK’s new Defensive Backs Coach and UT quarterback and receivers coach Darin Henshaw as the Cats’ new Wide Receivers Coach. In addition to being well-respected coaches, each of the members of Stoops’ staff are considered excellent recruiters. I think Patrick Towles put it best…


3. Cats Finish Strong

The first thirty-seven minutes of Kentucky’s game against Portland put Rupp Arena to sleep. The last three minutes were a thrilling wake up call in what may have been the Cats’ strongest finish this season. With two absolute monster dunks from Archie Goodwin, the Cats put an exclamation mark on an otherwise lackluster performance. Even better? They looked like they were having fun. I know it was Portland, but did I finally hear a “click” on Saturday afternoon?

4. Ryan Harrow Emerges

The most promising thing to come out of Saturday’s game was Ryan Harrow’s performance. Harrow came off the bench to post career highs of eight points, four rebounds and six assists. He still had moments where he lapsed into bad play, but overall, it was an encouraging performance for Harrow, who is clearly the team’s best option at point guard. Harrow’s hard work in “Camp Cal” and practice the past week showed on Saturday, and with each made basket, his confidence grew. Keep it up, Ryan.

5. For the second year in a row, Cats posterize Pilots

This time around, it was Archie Goodwin, whose monster dunk was named SportsCenter’s Top Play on Saturday:

6. Cal hits the recruiting trail

After seeing him play in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Coach Cal went to see 2014 star point guard Tyus Jones play again on Saturday night. Jones is considered by many to not only be the top player in his class, but the top point guard prospect in the country right now, and according to Adam Zagoria, Cal was the only coach in the building watching him on Saturday. Jones plans to visit Kentucky in the coming months.

Cal and crew also stopped by Florida to visit Dakari Johnson on Sunday:

Johnson, a five-star big man, is one of Kentucky’s remaining 2013 targets. With Julius Randle reportedly favoring Texas, could Johnson go ahead and make it official?

7. Camp Cal continues

It’s finals week at UK, which means the Cats have Monday off before returning to practice on Tuesday evening. It will also be week two of Camp Cal, the team’s new daily thirty-minute conditioning session. Last week, Ryan Harrow was Camp Cal MVP, working out three times a day with results. Who will step up this week? Kyle Wiltjer, please??

8. UK Hoops cruises

The ladies’ team cruised in wins over DePaul and Middle Tennessee State this weekend, even setting an attendance record of 18,488 against the former in Rupp Arena Friday night. Matthew Mitchell’s squad is currently ranked 6th/7th in the nation, a number which will likely climb this week. You go, girls.

9. I see you on Sunday Night Football, Randall Cobb.

It wasn’t just baby pictures: Cobb was everywhere on NBC Sunday, pulling in one-hand catches, fielding kicks in the snow, and even sharing the stage with Faith Hill (sort of).

10. Nerlens Noel spreads goodwill

Nerlens Noel continues to be an impressive young man both on and off the court. On Sunday, Noel visited a local nursing home and spent time with the residents, who he said were big UK fans. During his short time at UK, Nerlens has opened his heart to the Big Blue Nation, becoming friends with the late Lane Goodwin, riding go-karts with Reese Kemp, and now, spreading Wildcat cheer with the community’s elders. Can you say “class act”?

Monday will be a big day around these parts, with the announcement of Neal Brown as offensive coordinator and several more coaches on the way. Rest up…

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

40 Comments for Baby Randall Cobb Wants Ten Notes from the Weekend

  1. Women Everywhere
    11:13 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Aaaawwwwwwwww How Cuuuute!! Love it.

  2. Women Everywhere
    11:14 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    First, bitches.

  3. BPsycho
    11:19 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    #2 Clean the kitchen. Then they start on the laundry.

  4. StoopsTroops
    11:22 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    UK going to win 10 games next year.

  5. Madison
    11:29 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t forget about my boy Tim Masthay!!!

  6. staff
    11:29 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    So this is how it looks right now for the football staff:

    HC – Mark Stoops

    OC/QB – Neal Brown
    WR – Darin Hinshaw
    OL – John Schlarmin
    RB – Chad Scott
    TE – ?

    DC/LB – D.J. Eliot
    DL – ?
    DB – Bradley Dale Peveto

    ST – ?
    RC – ?

  7. Keep ROCK
    11:51 pm December 9, 2012 Permalink

    Big Kenny looks like he could still lace up a pair of sneakers

  8. Somervillain
    12:04 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Wait … when did we learn that Julius was favoring Texas? Curses. What about Gordon?

  9. Blue Jesus
    12:08 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the UK Hoops game today. The men’s team could learn a thing or two about having fun on the court from those women, they sure do get hyped after big plays!

  10. Ukalum
    12:35 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If this coaching staff stays together over next 2-3 seasons and can’t manage to get 9 or more wins, then it just won’t happen for uk football. This is the best possible staff for uk to succeed. Alots of youth in the staff, with recruiting ties all over SEC and big 12 country and it isn’t even complete yet especially since stoops had uk create two extra new coaching position( one of which is a dedicated recruiting coordinator). Hopefully the stars align and we go bowling big time next year.

  11. Han
    12:35 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    How does Barnes keep tricking players into coming to Texas?

  12. Women Everywhere
    12:40 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    3/ No problem. I’m busy watching the UK-UL final four game again, but I’ll tell my man-ho/s to get on it <3

  13. Maybe
    12:43 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    There is a real possibility that Nerlens could come back. I mean lets be honest he is no where near good enough to play in the MBA yet not strong enough and offensively for the Nba no where close. And he seems to really love Lexington and Lexington loves him so why not. Come back get stronger and better and be apart of maybe he greatest teams put together.

  14. Blue Jesus
    1:03 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Enes Kanter had 14 pts and 6 rbs tonight in 18 minutes against the Lakers.

  15. Blue Jesus
    1:03 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    And Jodie had 16 points

  16. Culver
    1:06 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I doubt very seriously that Julius Randle will end up at Texas…just read the following from ESPN. Why any top recruit would want to play at Texas or UCLA at this point is beyond me.
    “1. I couldn’t believe that only 2,797 fans — and that’s being generous — showed up for Saturday’s game between UCLA and Texas at Reliant Stadium in Houston. I know neither team is very good, but it’s not as though there were a ton of college football games that day. And Texas has a massive fan base in that city. I honestly felt bad for the players. That crowd could’ve fit into a high school gym.”

  17. Really
    1:25 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #13 Don’t start this stuff again this year. These players love UK their going to turn down millions to stay in Lexington! Really? Noel is the projected #2 pick no draft projections have him lower then 5 and he’s not even playing good yet. So that will go up. Enjoy him now because he is gone after this year and rightfully so. Just like they said last year. If the NBA doesn’t work he can come back to school he’ll just be a millionaire student. Take off the blue glasses and be real.

  18. SeaCats
    1:39 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Dakari Wow!
    Taller than 6’10”
    Look at that hand and arm length

  19. Bluecat
    1:41 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    With Stoops and the new OC & DC he has on the staff, I already see six
    wins a lock and seven a real possibility. Wins and probable wins
    look like Western Kentucky, Miami Ohio, Louisville, Alabama State,
    Missouri, At Mississippi State,
    Tennessee. Four games as decided underdogs are Alabama, Florida at home and at South Carolina and Georgia. The game at Vanderbilt now becomes a pickem
    game. At this oint I see the
    record between 8-4 at bestand 6-6
    being a lock. Good times are here for UK football!

  20. Ahunch
    5:09 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If I had to guess our finalized recruiting class for 2013:

    Harrison Twins

    At the end of the season I think Gordon and Randle will shy away from the Cats b/c Poythress returns.

  21. tdogg40330
    5:45 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Ryan Timmons ….. COME ON DOWN !!!!!

  22. Catlogic15
    6:15 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    So Stoops kept no one from Jokers staff?

  23. Cpacat
    6:42 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #16) Just checked out the box score of the UCLA-Texas game in Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas…the attendance IS actually listed as 2,797!!! Holy Cow!!! From the looks of the crowd photos, I would guess that there were at least twice as many people watching the Harrison Twins at Reed Conder Gym at the Marshall County Hoopfest than were watching UCLA and Texas in Texas!!!

    I don’t ever want to hear again how UCLA is one of the top programs in college basketball… Embarrassing!!! And Texas, just sit down.

  24. RealCatsFan
    7:27 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #23, as embarrassing as the attendance at the Vandy FB game was for UK, it was still nearly 10 times the number of people that attended this basketball game. If Barnes convinces Randle to play for Texas, then I think all the trolls need to focus on Barnes paying recruits rather than accusing Cal.

  25. RealCatsFan
    7:30 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Even though this team is playing better, you still don’t see the level of excitement from the bench and players after a big play that you saw from last year’s team, or even the team before it. Maybe we need to have Terrance Jones out there flexing for us after a big play, even though some fans were complaining about it as “bad sportsmanship” last year. I guess you just can’t please everyone.

  26. RealCatsFan
    7:32 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #7, Cal is about 6 feet tall, but he looks tiny standing next to those dudes!

  27. rockatao
    7:44 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s not get too excited about the last three minutes of the Portland game. In a desperate attempt to get back in the game, Portland started sending 4 or 5 guys to the offensive boards and had at most one guy back on defense. Even the Cards could have scored against that.

  28. btowncatfan
    8:00 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Is Cal a hobbit?

  29. bung
    8:04 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    at least we showed the fast break still lives at UK in the last 3 minutes…

  30. arlie
    8:06 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Hood should have played more

  31. James K
    8:15 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Julius Randle — seriously? TEXAS?! What the hell is going on down there that they can lure these kids to their shitty basketball school? I don’t get it.

  32. Kcmunk
    8:21 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Stoops first order of Biz should be to get Patrick to change his twitter handle. A play on Natty Ice shows bad judgement. Not good from your QB.

  33. bigbluelou
    8:55 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    #22- It appears that no former staff is being retained and rightfully so. The losing attitude and culture must change and the ONLY way to start that process is to completely sweep the house clean with bright, aggressive young minds. Out with the old, in with the new! Didn’t like the power play that Joe Hall tried to get Petrino hired so his son-in-law could save his job either. I am sure Mitch and Stoops noticed that too. It’s a new day in UK football.

  34. barn
    8:57 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    rick barnes must be the worst big time coach in the game. i watched the last part of the game saturday when ucla player had the ball in the corner with 2 defenders on him. instead of trapping him they just stood back and let him pass out. that same possession led to ucla tying or going ahead, i don’t remember. they just played soft in the final minutes

  35. reesewitherspoonschin
    9:00 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    32. How about Matty Ice from the Falcons?

  36. knightynight
    9:04 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    30. give er a rest.

  37. Al's IndiCats
    9:10 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    If THAT is true about Randle thinking about going to Texas, I sincerely hope he watched that game Saturday. UCLA didn’t do anything spectacular to win the game, the Longhorns were simply out coached. Which is not saying a whole lot about UCLA

  38. Hzja
    9:33 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I can not begin to tell you how frustrated and disappointed I am with Alex poythress. Like WTF. This kid doesn’t even try and sulks around the court. No emotion whatsoever, and not in the good stoic Tim Duncan way. The kid is soft and needs to be benched. Honestly just play harrow Goodwin mayd wcs and Noel. Bring Alex off the bench, maybe that will wake him up.

  39. bung
    10:12 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    I bleeves Alex should play in the lowpost more often…prob make him happier and be good for our scoring…If Poy is playing the wing and loafing, Hood would prob do well as his sub…

  40. WKU
    10:25 am December 10, 2012 Permalink

    Does coach O have on gray sweat pants with a blazer? Wow. Also, isn’t it against the NCAA “rules” to take a pic with a recruit? Just wondering.