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Cobbins, Sweat, Rancifer, Harris and Wright leaving the team

Say it ain’t so, Bookie

According to the Courier-Journal’s Kyle Tucker, five four student-athletes will leave the UK football program this summer. The school has not confirmed their departures, but sources tell Tucker that Bookie Cobbins, Demarcus Sweat, Josh Harris, Demarius Rancifer and Sterling Wright are leaving.

Rancifer, a Florida product, was the No. 44 linebacker out of high school. His former high school coach told that the staff advised him to transfer because it’s unlikely he’ll see the field next season.

Bookie Cobbins and Demarcus Sweat — maybe my two favorite players on the team from a year ago — leave Kentucky with four scholarship wide receivers from the spring. Javess Blue and the incoming freshmen will have to be quick learners once fall camp gets underway.

Sweat’s transfer is an academic issue, per Tucker.

Stoops means business.


Kyle Tucker is saying Josh Harris isn’t leaving. Facts are optional at The Courier-Journal, too.


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

40 Comments for Cobbins, Sweat, Rancifer, Harris and Wright leaving the team

  1. Chris
    9:51 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    That’s scary thin at the WR position.

  2. Potion
    9:53 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Far stoops he running players off like pitino.

  3. AirRaid
    9:54 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    how are we supposed to air raid without receivers?

  4. Mike In The Wood
    9:55 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Not Bookie!!!

  5. Rei
    9:55 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    What the hell? Why is Sweat getting kicked off the team?

  6. MonkeyHumpnaFootball
    9:56 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Rancifer, Cobbins and Sweat are all pretty big recruits when they got here. They will be missed.

  7. UK Grad
    9:57 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Might need Whitlow to play at receiver instead of QB. Seems like he could.

  8. Boogie 4 America
    9:58 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    That baseball dude is about to be starting at WR.

  9. Rei
    10:04 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Guess Patty Ice will get to play TE now.

  10. Human Highlight Reel
    10:05 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Insert Willie Cauley! So that’s why he didn’t go pro…

  11. El Pollo Loco
    10:09 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Sweat coulda had a huge year in the Air Raid offense. Too bad he couldn’t handle getting C’s in 4 classes a semester. Good luck to him, but hope he doesn’t look back on a missed opportunity with a ton of regret.

  12. I Say
    10:10 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    7 I honestly hope Jalen starts QB this year…

  13. andy
    10:10 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    5- Sweat had academc issues during jokers tenure as well so this is not new. Bookie well who knows what’s going on with him. Makes more room to add real competition for next years class. There maybe some last min additions to the 2013 class in lieu of this.

  14. Honky Kong
    10:12 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bookie looks high in that picture.

  15. asdf
    10:14 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Some guys with real potential who just can’t get their acts together, either on the field or in the classroom. Sad. For their sakes, I hope they all figure it out wherever they end up.

  16. Chaz
    10:16 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    This has to be a setback. I’m sure Stoops had to see it coming. What’s Plan B? Who’s going to fill the gaps. Did Stoops encourage Lucas Witt to change sports?

  17. Rockfield, KY
    10:20 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t knwo why, but I have a feeling that Stoops and Brown know what they’re doing. Maybe because they get paid to make these decisions and have been very succesfull in their pasts. I think we’ll be ok. Anyone remember Ryan Timmons and Javess Blue?

  18. AirRaid
    10:27 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    17 I agree they know what they’re doing, and yes we have some good receivers, but if someone gets injured we don’t have a lot of back-up. Oh well, it is what it is.

  19. GoBigBlue
    10:29 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Damn the Louisville game is starting to scare me. It could get ugly.

  20. Coal Miner
    10:39 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Bookie is so faded in that picture.

  21. LTW
    10:40 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    That is to be expected when there is a coaching change anywhere. I actually was saying the other day that its wild we have not lost anyone since Stoops was hired.

  22. Rick
    10:40 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Making room for good players is alright with me. These guys know they wont get to play so i dont blame them.

  23. dave
    10:41 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    i believe this is a pic bookie took of him hanging w/ his best friend, mary jane

  24. Scott (2)
    10:49 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    What the hell is the matter with you people???

    Outside of Sweat’s 4 receptions… none of these guys saw any significant playing time on last year’s god awful team.

    What precisely makes you think they would see any on a better team this year?

  25. Eric
    10:51 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    We are going to be short at receiver, but we still have timmons and badet coming in. Looks like some freshmen or preferred walkons are going to have to step up. I think our starters will be good, its just in this offense you want to have a ton of recievers to sub in with the fast pace and running a lot of plays.

  26. CatFaninChattanooga
    10:59 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    This means we can oversign our class by 4 next year right? As long as they enroll in January it will count towards the 2013 class correct?

  27. Bob Marley
    11:01 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Look like Bookie Mon be jommin’

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  29. reality
    11:06 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    UK is deep at RB and TE. I look for this team to run the ball more often than expected for a typical air raid offense. I like the potential of Collins and Robinson as big play threats. They will need to develop a sure handed, short play, red zone guy to go over the middle maybe that can be found at the TE position or in a newcomer.

  30. Jake_GOCATS
    11:08 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    We have Javess Blue, Ryan Timmons, Alex Montgomery, and Jeff Badet all coming in so we will be almost three deep at every receiver position. I’m sure the wide reliever position will be fine.

  31. UKFanInSC
    11:14 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s be honest, Stoops made these guys leave for one reason or the other.

    We all know Bookie was a walking marijuna plant, and the other guys had issues to. This reminds me a lot of what Steve Spurrier did when he first got to South Carolina. Got rid of A LOT of players.

  32. Hollahollaholla
    11:24 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    “Oh no! We suck again!”

  33. Plem Muhalla
    11:26 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Honor-roll student.

    Personal: Born in Stone Mountain, Ga. … Son of Cicelie Sweat … Comes from a family with Kentucky athletic ties … Cousin of former Wildcat football player Jeremy Jarmon, who has played for the Washington Redskins and is now on the UK football staff … Also a cousin of former UK basketball player Marquis Estill …

  34. asdf
    11:51 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Given the WR shortage, I hope we have some TE and RB’s with good hands. We need to find our Anthony White and our James Whalen.

  35. B-Lord
    11:53 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Time to take out the garbage. “Garbage day!”

  36. Flozell
    11:57 am June 6, 2013 Permalink

    They is planning to throw the ball over 50 times per game fool

  37. jlove
    12:18 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    Probably a good thing. Bookie is amazing, but he also does things like tweet about betting on the national championship game. I was always kind of scared that he was going to bring some infractions on an already abysmal football program. Stoops obviously wasn’t having it.

  38. Stoops no cannibal...
    4:03 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    2 – Yeah, but Pitino eats his own and runs players that he recruited off the team…Stoops cleaning up Joker’s recruiting or lack thereof, BIG ASS difference!

  39. 2020
    5:34 pm June 6, 2013 Permalink

    By using that picture, I think the KSR staff is trying to let us know something that they know about Bookie without directly saying, and several comments here are right on the nose. Joker was a “player’s coach” and was not great, among other things, with discipline. Tom Crean faced a similar situation upon his arrival at IU. Fortunately, none of these guys were good enough to play on a 2-10 team, so Stoops is also dropping some bruised fruit, similar to Coach Cal nudging out Kevin Galloway, AJ Stewart, Jared Carter, Matt “Beast” Pilgrim, and Donald Williams. In Stoops We Trust.