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I’ll Sleep (on the Competition) When I’m Dead

Sometimes it’s just not a good idea to take a nap.

-We’ve seen (and given) a lot of praise for the Cats lately, and I’d say it’s almost all well-deserved.  But it’s only fair to acknowledge that we’re only halfway through the SEC, with games against Florida, Vanderbilt, and the better-looking (at least in basketball) Mississippi brother left to play.  I still maintain that this team has the potential to steamroll, though I admit that all teams are only human, and we’re likely to drop at least one more game before tournament time in a little over a month.  Now’s not the time for the team, or the fans, to fall asleep on the remaining games.  A number one seed isn’t quite locked up; we need to see a strong finish before that happens.

-Joker surprised everyone (including apparently Tee Martin, judging from his twitter feed) with a very solid recruiting class on signing day yesterday.  Our own Drew Franklin ably kept you abreast of all the breaking news, so I’m surely not going to be able to tell you anything new, but suffice it to say that it’s a tremendous sign for the coaching staff.  Coming off of a season rife with serious doubts, Joker and company ended with a bang, and continue to promise a bright future.  Great job all around.

– The big news from yesterday, apart from the aforementioned new football Cats, was the reclassification of Nerlens Noel back to the class of 2012.  ’12 was his original class, but he held himself back a little after an injury made him worry he wouldn’t be ready to play with the big boys when he was supposed to.  Well, like the poor Briton who got turned into a newt, he got better.  And by better, of course, I mean terrifying. already has him listed as the new top player in the class, one spot above Shabazz Muhammed.  The real question is: which do you want more?  Trick question, of course, since the answer is “Yes.”  I haven’t wanted a duo so badly since Wall and Cousins.  Plus adding Noel would give us two flat tops in the freshman class (provided that Alex Poythress keeps his).  And if there’s one thing I learned growing up in the nineties, it’s that you can never have too many flat tops.  Thanks, House Party.


-Finally, it wouldn’t be Thursday without a


Mixed (Mail)Bag!

(Note to self: Don’t use Drake quotes. Point taken.)


Aaron Blankenship: I decided not to go to law school because the LSAT fell on the same day as the UNC game.

CN: Boy am I glad I took mine in June, otherwise I might be right there with you.


Sholler: Good Post. I was curious how long it was going to be before the conversation goes from, “He’s to skinny,” to, “Even though he is skinny, he is still a beast.” Seriously, come on. We are 20+ games into the season, and people are still talking about how his frame may be a downfall. It’s because of his frame that he is such a versatile player. It’s because of his body type, that he is so unique, and so good.

CN: I would agree. I seem him more akin to Kevin Durant than Kevin Garnett, but more aligned to the defensive side of the ball than offense. Either way, what a couple of players to be compared to.


Jarweed:  Don’t sell yourself short, Corey. A picture with cheese and grease in your beard could land you the cover of Grizzly Magazine. Who knows?

CN: As the manly, rugged editor of Grizzly Magazine, I can tell you that it would definitely make the cut.  Too grizzly for KSR, though.


Somervillain:  Because I DID know I couldn’t do that.

theSkinny81:  nice Chappelle reference, Corey!! LOL

CN: Love Chappelle.  Great work to both of you for picking up that obscure reference.


HoosierWildcat: [posted before the UT game] Cats by 20 tonight, Tenn put up a good fight in the first game. They won’t at Rupp.

CN: Wow… Good call.  What’s your take on the USC game coming up?


ZombieLibrarian:  Good post, minus the “Knight’s Tale” reference. That would have been good as well, except for the fact that I’m not a 13 year old girl.

CN: And yet you picked up the reference.  It’s okay to admit you liked it.  We won’t judge you.


RicksAuntWithGoodEyes: There’s 40 minutes in college basketball games, Corey.

CN: I can’t math.



Well, it’ll be hard to top yesterday’s signing day marathon, but stick around anyway and we’ll, uh… well, probably talk about Nerlens Noel some more, to be honest.  But that’s what you’re here for anyway!  Everybody wins! (Except Indiana away from Assembly Hall.  Boom, roasted.)

Article written by Corey Nichols

22 Comments for I’ll Sleep (on the Competition) When I’m Dead

  1. SteveM
    9:12 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    How can anybody say Joker did a “great job” when at least one recruiting service rates UK’s incoming class as the worst in the SEC? I do get get it.

  2. Fan1
    9:18 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Just how does this miserable recruiting class in football bode for a bright future. Even if you take the ratings at the 31st best class as fact, we are still in the bottom section of the SEC. It is SEC teams that we have to beat if we are to make a bowl game. Continuing to recruit at the bottom does not make me think UK football has a bright future. It is foolish to say UK will never recruit with the elite programs. The simple truth is that if you hire the right coach you can have a winning program, even in the SEC.

  3. Fan1
    9:22 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    And another thing. Is this constant drivel about what a great job Joker has done on the recruiting trail just more evidence that KSR is being forced, and agreeing on their own, to just spew the party line that the UK Administration tells them to publish?

  4. bung
    9:27 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    has anybody seen the 2 hr ket show on adolph rupp…quite an eyeopener about the lies the haters told after he died…

  5. Fan2
    9:27 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    don’t listen to Fan1’s conspiracy theories.

  6. wilDCat
    9:32 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    1-2-5) Well considering the talent UK normally brings in, and considering how awful Joker was as a coach this last season, I’d call his recruiting class a really good class. May not be better than the rest of the SEC, but for the guy in charge of it, I’d say that’s pretty good.

    Also, with Corey’s mentioning of hairstyles…has anyone else noticed that the team started to really kick it into gear once Lamb got rid of the Nappy Boy?

  7. Fan1
    9:32 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    5. How are the facts a conspiracy theory? UK had every reason last year to go find a good football coach and did not do it. Now you hear these folks at KSR talking about what a wonderful job Joker is doing? I am just asking the question why can’t KSR just tell the truth?

  8. Fan1
    9:34 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    6. Are you saying that Joker has been such a horrible recruiter that even though this class is terrible it is still good compared to what he has done in the past? That sure makes me feel better about our program.

  9. jc
    9:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Anything new on Patterson & Lucas?

  10. here ya go
    9:35 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    instead of comparing this class to the rest of the sec how about you compare it to previous classes? you are not going to just magically start recruiting 5 star athletes it has to be built up and then when people start seeing success they start coming. you young i want it now microwave people suck and have no clue what it is going to take this is not a video game where u can use your little cheat code to get good recruits.

  11. jc
    9:37 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #10 because we’re still dead last in recruiting in the SEC…

  12. 7xcats
    9:42 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    On a different note, has anyone else heard the rumblings of UL basketball player Chris Smith altercation with a parking lot security guard? No sure if It’s true could just be rumor, hearing he made some verbal threats.

    Like I said it may be a rumor or maybe just being covered because of all the football hoopla yesterday. May be worth someone looking into it.

  13. jc
    9:55 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    #1 – true, we’re dead last in the SEC in recruiting BUT #34 in the nation. Think about that a minute.

    This means ALL the other SEC schools are ranked higher than #34 NATIONALLY. All the 14 SEC schools compete for kids in, for the most part, the same region. So, we’re all pulling from the same talent pool. Add to this the fact the region we’re pulling from, with all the other SEC schools, is the richest talent wise nationally which means ALL the other national power-house teams (USC, ND, OU, OSU…etc.) are pulling kids from our “pool” of talent as well.

    If you’re a 4-5* prospect in our region, where are you going to go? EVERY single top-notch program is banging on your door.

    Would you pick UK?

    Taking all things into consideration I think they’ve done a very nice job of recruiting. And recruiting IS getting better every year. In Brooks last years his list of recruits had several with 0-1*. This year I think we have a total of 2 – 2* kids as the “bottom of the barrel” in the class.

    Coaching? We’ll see… But I think their recruiting is very good all things considered.

  14. JC's fan
    10:03 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    If only the rest of the fanbase could be as rational as you. Then again, they’d probably rather us move to the Big East so we can get in some shitty bowl game each year than to play against and see the elite players in the nation year in and year out. How many of these same people were whining before 07′? Kentucky will never be a national powerhouse year in and year out, but to beat a #1 LSU, knock a Steve Spurrier coached team down the bowl ladder, or end a 20+ year losing streak was pretty exciting, was it not? Its true it doesn’t justify the abysmal season we had last year, but people need patience. If Rome wasn’t built in a day, Joker Phillips’ UK program can’t be built in a 2 years.

  15. Al's IndiCats
    10:04 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    4, They told all that crap because he wasn’t around to defend hisself. If you ever read Russel Rice’s accounts of him, not only was the man a ledgend, he knew what was coming down the road in collegent basketball. Where that African-Americans impact on the game in that day. When he went into the home of Butch Beard, Butch’s father asked him if he could guarantee his safty when playing in places like Alabama, Georgia ect., coach Rupp sadly said he would do his best to try but couldn’t guarantee it.

  16. JPhelps
    10:07 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    13. But how do you recruit 14th out of 14 teams and say you had a good year? You can’t make excuses that, “Oh well, of course these kids are going to choose other schools with all the options around them” and then hang your hat on “we have the 34th ranked class nationally”. Last in recruiting in the SEC still gets us ZERO SEC wins. And last I checked, we still have to get atleast 3-4 SEC wins to make a bowl. We have to play those boys now. 14th in the SEC isn’t going to help us get a bowl.

  17. REAL BLY
    10:15 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    13 …what good is it to be 34 in the nation?? we don’t play the rest of the nation, we play the SEC. this is why we get bang’d up by the SEC, we are dead last in recruiting in the SEC. Now we have 2 more teams to beat us up…..which is fantastic!!

  18. nick watson
    10:18 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Fire Mitch and Rich!

  19. Abe Froman
    10:24 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    You people need to open your eyes and realize that our Football program will never be worth anything.

  20. REAL BLY
    10:39 am February 2, 2012 Permalink

    AMEN 19!!! UK gets what it deserves regarding football….and ironically basketball. We have the best recruiter in college basketball….and magically get the best players and we are #1!!!

    We had the worst offensive team in NCAA …and we dead are last in SEC in recruiting….weird huh??

  21. Smyrna_Cat
    2:17 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Drop the mail bag stuff … seems like you guys are just trying to fill space. Or you do the mail bag stuff, at least have it be UK oriented. Geez.

  22. El hombre Juan
    5:19 pm February 2, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations Cory, not one bad remark about you personally. Way to give the kids something to chew on.