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Drew Franklin’s Tuesday News and Views

Today is a milestone in KSR history. Yes, it means that we are only 10 days from the 7th Anniversary of the site’s existence. But more importantly, today is the 3rd Anniversary of one Drew Franklin’s addition into the KSR family. For those of you that don’t remember Drew’s origins, he came to us from a blog that he had previously started (the Horace Grant Halftime Report). I discovered him thanks to his many hilarious posts and his tendency to write about ridiculous situations in the Lexington area. I asked him to join KSR and that decision has been, absent the decision to start the blog in the first instance, the most important in the site’s history. I don’t need to tell you that Drew is unbelievably funny, a great writer and one of those people that makes friends everywhere he goes. But what you may not know is that behind the facade of ridiculousness, is a guy that works extremely hard and cares deeply about what ends up on this site everyday and entertaining UK fans. He has run KSR as its main editor for over a year and during that time, he has helped take it to its highest level of hits, attention and importance. And on a personal level, in addition to all of that, he most importantly has become a great friend. KSR would not exist in its current form, nor would have had scenes like the one below (the morning of the NCAA Championship game when 400 people came to a bar in New Orleans to watch the radio show) without him. so we salute Drew Franklin, his beard and the small high school uniform of Travis Ford that he keeps in his basement, for all that he has become over the last three years. Drew is still very likely to be found at Tin Roof or Drakes, but he is also now the most read person writing about UK sports anywhere. That may be scary to some of you, but to me, it is very well deserved and emblematic of just how talented he truly is.

And with that schmaltz, we move to the news of the day:

— It was a relatively slow news day today around UK land, as students get ready to move in and UK sororities begin rushing each other left and right. On the football side, the biggest story is that Joker Phillips made clear that he has not yet picked a starter for the opening game. This comes on the heels of a number of comments on Saturday that seemed to suggest Maxwell Smith had clearly taken over as #1, with Morgan Newton second on the depth chart. According to Joker today however, the competition is still that, and there is time for Morgan to make a move. While that is an understandable sentiment by Joker, I would still be shocked if we dont see Max Smith under Center for the opening game. He has looked good in practice and, most importantly, seems to have the support and faith of his teammates. Plus, the pressure on Newton if he were to be the starter walking into Papa Johns Stadium, might be too much to handle. Chances are high that both young men will see time this year and if that is going to be the case, the Smith-Newton order seems much more likely to have success than Newton-Smith. And as for Patrick Towles and Jalen Whitlow? Both are Freshmen and by all indications are playing as such…at this point, they are not yet in the hunt to take the opening snap.

— If you talk to the UK coaches, the one place they fell very good about right now is the Running Back position, where Kentucky believes they have six guys that can play. Between Raymond Sanders, Coshik Williams, Jonathan George, Josh Clemons and Freshmen Dyshawn Mobley and Justin Taylor, the Cats feel that at no time this year should depth be an issue at the RB position. All six guys are getting first team reps and today Joker Phillips made clear that he believes the Freshmen will get snaps in games. Over the past two years, one of the problems for Kentucky has been ineffective play at the skill positions, but the coaches promised that once the young talent developed, you would see a huge jump in the play at RB and WR. While most of the talent at the Receiver position is still untested, one can see Running Back actually being a strength on this team. I talked to someone associated with the program today who told me, “our Running Backs are going to be the strength of the offense…and it could be any of the six. We won’t know until the games start which one.” Not a bad problem to have.

— On the basketball side of things, guess who is back in the news? Yes that is correct, Tony Trocha is once again considering playing basketball this year! Trocha’s high school coach said that Trocha will be eligible at the end of the fall semester and plans on enrolling at a school in December. Kentucky has offered him and according to his coach, they would be interested in him joining at that time. Now we haven’t yet heard anything from the UK end to confirm this, and to be fair, we won’t. However the idea of adding another player is something that I do think the coaches are actively considering and Trocha is talented enough to make an impact. And with Central Florida’s Keith Clanton looking more and more likely to stay in Orlando (according to Andy Katz), maybe we need to get more Colombian knowledge in case Trocha decides to head this way in December.

— Finally, it looks as if the UNC academic scandal is getting some traction. Of course in today’s internet world, the way that it has to happen is with something odd occurring. In this case, it was Julius Peppers’ transcript coming out, showing a student with a 1.8 GPA and some bogus classes as well. While Peppers should be mad at UNC (how in the world did this transcript get online) and we can wonder a bit about his class choices (really Swahili and Stagecraft?), the bigger issue is UNC. It is clear that the cheating for football and parts of basketball was systematic. Will the NCAA step up and do something, or will it fall by the wayside? The local media in North Carolina have been the only entities to seem to care about the story…now we will see if this inadvertent transcript link changes things.

It was a fun day today in Paintsville and tomorrow we will be in Somerset. I remind everyone that on Friday we will be in downtown West Liberty, the site of the deadly tornado. We will be pointing people to places to donate for relief efforts and showcasing the heart of a town that has been through a lot. Make sure and listen for what I think will be one of the most important KSR shows ever. Until then, see you tomorrow….

Article written by Matt Jones

30 Comments for Drew Franklin’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. ColoradoCat
    11:08 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

  2. HillbillyInBC
    11:26 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    My friends and I went through a few dime bags of Colombian knowledge back in the day…

  3. Bone Collector
    11:49 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    Hope to see you guys Friday…Be sure to grab a fish sandwich from Donnie McKenzie while you’re in town!

  4. Big poppa
    11:55 pm August 13, 2012 Permalink

    #3 I ate a many of those in my younger days. Once seen “bubbles” kill a fly with the spatcula.

  5. Jared "Chico" Hammonds
    12:15 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hey KSR i am from West Liberty, but i will be delivering Auto Body Parts for Keystone in Winchester Mt Sterling and Frenchburg and will not be able to be there, but i wish i could……… i listen to your all’s show everyday and love every minute of it. Is a great thing you all are doing and i have put the word out there the best i can for people to join you all on Main Street…………I hope you all get to meet Rose because she is great friend and an even better person…………Go Cats

  6. Exiledfan
    12:36 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    How do we know that posted transcript is the real thing and not the production of some of those great Wolfpack computer students?

  7. Tjlitafik4mayor
    2:44 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Matt jones Took a dump at Walmart.

  8. BPsycho
    3:13 am August 14, 2012 Permalink


  9. SexnNursinHomes
    6:42 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Drew and KSR, best thing since the “Flowbee”.

  10. captain obvious
    7:11 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    A) those girls HAVE NO IDEA who they are taking a pic with. Drugs and alcohol don’t mix, ladies.

    B) if JP is telling us the running backs are good – my guess is they will suck. Along with the rest of ’em.

    C) unc better get hammered over this. All that business is crazy, all of it!

    D) not sold on that kid joining in December. Sounds like there may be a language barrier – not the best for basketball or school learn’n, just say’n.

  11. kentuckyjoe
    7:21 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, great tribute to Drew.

  12. Cjones23
    7:31 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    The man. The myth. The LEGEND!!!
    Do the hustle.

  13. Jenny Craig Pitino
    7:53 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Good job Drew!

  14. Bill Curry
    8:00 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hey UK football… miss me now?

  15. Uk7titles
    8:11 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    drew is the best. i started following the site from almost the beginning. heard matt and his buds on the radio one night many years ago, they were just hilarious. drew has taken it to an entirely different level.

  16. Han
    8:25 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to know just how many of the basketball players at UNC over the past 20 years were taking bogus classes to inflate their GPA. It’s been obvious Roy and friends just want this to go away, and clearly with more guys on a football team than a basketball team, the odds are good there’s more football players involved than basketball, but come on, Peppers isn’t going to be the only basketball player involved.

  17. tom
    8:26 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Running backs being a strong spot hey? Hearing that a lot these days. Seems like I heard at this time last year that the o-line was going to be a strong spot…maybe one of the best in the SEC. We saw how that worked out.

    All these glowing comments and observations from the coaching staff about this year’s team are expected. And KSR is taking them hook, line and sinker. Don’t want to ruffle Athletic Department feathers, I guess. Need to maintain access to the heart of the beast.

    Most every observer who present unbiased analysis of SEC football say the same thing, Kentucky will pretty much suck this year. I think I will place a little more weight on their opinions instead of clinging desperatley to the party line.

    I sincerely hope I am wrong. I sincerely hope that in 3 months people throw rotten fruit at me and yell what an idiot I was to say these things. Sadly though, I don’t believe that will be the case. It is what it is. The program is in decline and we all know why.

  18. tom
    8:27 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Also…congratulations Drew. Everything Matt said about you regarding this site is true.

  19. Eric in the mount
    8:41 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Great, with all this running back talk, they’ll never throw the ball.

  20. locks of love
    8:45 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Drew’s got more hair on his brows than a lot of guys have on their whole head! Has he ever considered donating to locks of love?

  21. H.A.Milton
    8:48 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    F Drew!

  22. Jack Nicklaus-Stein
    8:57 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t care how good the RBs may be, with the defense stacking the box on every play, they will running into a wall. I hope they can block so Max can at least throw the ball more than 3 yards downfield. I am getting sad just typing this.

  23. uofl
    9:06 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    We can’t wait for the first game. We are gonna pound the cats, by 21+. UK fans should actually be happy with us, because we’re gonna be the beginning of the end for yalls coach.

  24. Don Corleone
    9:19 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    The Horace Grant halftime report was hilarious.

  25. bmack
    9:19 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    14 – No. Not now, not ever. You may have the sad distinction of being the worst football coach in UK’s history.

  26. Robbie
    9:27 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    believe tom might be a little closer to the truth than I want to admit…but i’m going to believe that the year will be a success (in kentucky football terms) until i see otherwise. GO CATS!!!
    also, congrats Drew. You’ve got a job most of us would kill to have

  27. Dave in Bangkok
    10:33 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry but I’m not getting my hopes up again just to have them smashed on the boulders of Joker incompetence.

  28. history of UK under Joker
    11:03 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    1st and 10 – run up the middle – no gain
    2nd and 10 – run out side tackles – gain 2 yards
    3rd and 8 – pass thrown 4-6 yards – completion, tackled well before the sticks
    4th and 2 – punt.

    Constantly rotating running backs means none ever get into the flow of the game.

  29. longknocker
    11:15 am August 14, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats for a job well done Drew.

  30. UKBlue1!
    12:01 pm August 14, 2012 Permalink

    #14 the thought of Bill Curry makes me root harder for Joker. QB shouldn’t be even be a discussion. Max Smith should start. Newton just has not produced when he was given several chances.