If there was any one positive from UK’s 2012-13 basketball season, it was this picture
There are many reasons we love John Robic here at KSR. First and foremost being that we’ve heard that he likes us as well, that’s a quick way to find a way into our hearts. We love that he’s been an assistant basketball coach with John Calipari for 18 seasons, first at UMASS, then Memphis, and then for the last 4 years at Kentucky with a head coaching stop at Youngstown State jammed in between from 1999- 2005. You thought I forgot about the hair didn’t you? Of course not. My god is it a beautiful sight to behold:
In all seriousness, in approximately 1 hour Robic turns a ripe young 50 years old and we here at the KSR compound, which as of this moment is located in my basement, would like to send a big “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” shout out to Coach Robic. Thank you for reading!
Biggest news of the day came on the basketball recruiting front when former UK basketball player James Blackmon Sr. told the Lexington Herald-Leader that his son, James Jr., had received a scholarship offer from his alma mater since he decommitted from Indiana and plans to make an official visit to Lexington in the near future. James Blackmon Jr. is a 6’3 SG that is ranked the 33rd best player in America by Rivals.com, and the 25th best prospect by ESPN. Along with UK, NC State, UCLA, Michigan State, Florida State, Oklahoma State, Memphis, Florida, Connecticut, Purdue, Minnesota, and Marquette have all offered the youngest Blackmon but the majority opinion seems to be that Blackmon Jr.’s decommitment will be good news for Kentucky as all 15 contributors for 247Sports have predicted him to eventually choose Kentucky. Not to mention the sweet-shooting Blackmon is an AAU teammate of fellow UK target Trey Lyles Watch a Wildcat legacy hoop below, if only just for the reason that he was smart enough to slide away from IU.
Our website’s fearless leader Matt Jones will be working with WKYT in Lexington providing commentary for their 11pm news broadcasts. You read that right, KSR is now making it’s move on nighttime cable news TV. Here’s the press release from WKYT, read it and then email them explaining that saying “KSR Radio” is akin to calling a device an “ATM Machine”.
WKYT-TV in Lexington, KY announces today that for the 2013-14 sports season, Matt Jones, from KSR Radio, will again provide commentary during the station’s weekday 11:00pm newscast. In addition, Jones will also contribute segments for the station’s 4:00pm weekday newscast. Jones’ commentary segments will begin airing on August 19th and run through the conclusion of the 2013-14 college basketball season.
Jones’ unique insight into the University of Kentucky football and basketball programs, as well as the other universities and colleges throughout the state of Kentucky, along with his creative sense of humor, will provide viewers with an informative and entertaining look into college sports.
Jones’ KSR radio show can be heard on 23 radio stations throughout the state of Kentucky as well as streaming on the internet. KSR Radio is the largest independent sports blog in the United States with over 200,000 hits per day.
Randall Cobb will more than likely be the best football player out of the University of Kentucky for quite some time, and has turned out to be an elite WR/Kick Returner/Punt Returner/H-Back/Team Physician/Assistant GM at the next level as well. Cobb is an official spokesman for UnderArmour these days, and the company put out a minute and a half long commercial of Randall celebrating his Alcoa, Tennessee roots. More Youtube videos!
Some quick notes from Fan Day at Commonwealth Stadium:
— According to the tweets from different media members at the event, Jalen Whitlow stood out the most among the 3 vying for the starting QB job in the fall. His increased accuracy from last season was noted as well as his comfortability with the pace of the offense and using his legs when necessary.
— UK’s biggest question mark on offense is by far their WR corps., and some of the same problems plagued the veteran receivers this evening (AKA dropped passes). Good news is that the incoming receivers let it be known that they were here to compete for playing time. Jeff Badet was a name that kept popping up as someone who looked like they could contribute right away, citing his ability to get the ball up the field in a hurry after the catch.
— Za’Darius Smith is in a walking boot, but it’s not serious, and is in no way affecting his ability to be an abnormally large human being:
— Overall though, Stoops was not pleased with the energy of the practice tonight. He spoke about how the Fan Day activities may have been a distraction but it wasn’t an excuse even though this was the team’s first time practicing in Commonwealth Stadium as well. Stoops said that this was the first time he had come off the practice field unhappy this fall.
That’s all for tonight. Brennan English and I will be back with you all tomorrow to inch you one Saturday closer to football season