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KSR Trend Watch: December 14th

It can be hard to keep up with all the changing trends in Kentucky sports these days. Therefore, in order to keep you informed on the latest happenings in the Big Blue Nation, I chart the trends of the week, from basketball to football to every ridiculous little thing in between. Keep up with what’s hot and what’s not with KSR’s Trend Watch!

Rising faster than Kevin Stallings’ cholesterol count

Football recruiting — Mark Stoops has only been on the job two weeks and he’s already knocking it out of the park. Kentucky’s new coach has reinvigorated the program, assembled a talented young staff, and now he’s getting downright ballsy with recruiting. Recruits that previously didn’t give the Cats the time of day are now planning official visits to Lexington. James Quick, the most talented player in the state, is now considering the Cats, along with Ryan Timmons, who may visit campus on Saturday. Timmons cited Neal Brown’s addition to the staff as offensive coordinator as a key factor in his renewed interest in Kentucky, a promising sign in Stoops’ campaign to land in-state talent. In addition, Vince Marrow joining the staff increases the Cats’ connections in Ohio, one of the most fertile recruiting areas in the country. It’s safe to say that Kentucky football is #stoopingicecream right now.

Ryan Harrow — Harrow’s play continues to improve, and against Portland, he turned in UK career highs of eight points, four rebounds, and six assists. The key to this team’s success lies at the point guard position, and it’s clear that Harrow is the man for the job.

Nerlens Noel — Kentucky’s big man with the big hair may have an even bigger heart. This week, Nerlens visited a retirement home to spread some holiday cheer and later stopped by UK Children’s Hospital to hang out with Kelly, a young leukemia patient. Nerlens will always be known first and foremost for his play on the court, but his off court behavior is what really makes him special.

Camp Cal — With classes ending and finals week wrapping up, the Cats are about to become even more familiar with the Joe Craft Center. And, they now have Rock Oliver’s undivided attention. Thankfully, if there’s anything that brings people together, it’s hating your bootcamp instructor.

Western Kentucky — By hiring Bobby Petrino, Western Kentucky football went from zero to relevant in 15 seconds, which is also how long it took for Petrino to locate the women’s volleyball locker room.

Falling like snow on cedars

The Lake Neard – Jon Hood’s neard (neck beard) has reached epic proportions, to the point that his teammates are poking fun at it on Twitter. Shave it off!

The Big East — It seems like only yesterday that Rick Pitino was preaching about the greatness of the Big East. Now, it’s essentially a basketball-only conference clinging on to the ledge of relevance. “The Big Least” might be a compliment these days.

@UTCoachJones — Oh, Tennessee. You make me laugh. After being turned down by not one, not two, but THREE people, Tennessee finally found a football coach in Butch Jones. And they’re kind of excited about it. So excited that by Wednesday, Butch Jones’ twitter account, @UTCoachJones, had a whopping 49,000 followers!!! Huge news!!! That’s only 1,171,509 less than John Calipari! Even better? Jones’ account was suspended for some reason yesterday. Even Tom Crean gets to laugh at that one.

Free time — Is it time for basketball yet?

Spongebob Squarepants — In his press conference Friday (which we’ll have notes from soon), Cal said he is trying to get his players to work harder and be in the gym more often, not sitting in their room playing video games or watching “Squarepants.” Spongebob Sadface.

TREND OF THE WEEK: Homecomings
Three former Cats came home this week: Neal Brown, John Schlarmen, and Chad Scott. Mark Stoops is not only bringing in young, talented coaches, he’s building a staff that truly knows what it means to be a Kentucky Wildcat.

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.

12 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: December 14th

  1. BobWowzer
    2:36 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Trending Up: UK fan’s confidence in Harrow. Reminds me of this time last season how people felt about Teague. And the year before that how they felt about Knight. And the year before….

  2. Steve
    2:37 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Hope tomorrow Coach Stoops and his staff and recruits will hear BBN and it’s want for a great basketball and football team at the University of Kentucky.

  3. JKUK
    2:38 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    It’s Spongebob Squarepants. No spaces.

  4. LeX
    2:54 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    You need to talk about the shootings. None of this stuff matters right now.

  5. Bryan
    2:55 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Just throwing this out there: butch jones may only have 49,000 followers, but stoops has 20000 less than him. Objectivity please

  6. not to be picky
    2:59 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    FB recruiting trending up? Really? I would call a couple of verbal commits trending up. When a couple kids “allow” the UK coaches to come say hi, is that really accomplishing anything? I will be the first to give the staff props when UK gets more than mild interest from 3 kids, but until then its not newsworthy.

  7. Bob
    3:13 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    “Harrow’s play continues to improve, and against Portland, he turned in career highs of eight points, four rebounds, and six assists.”

    Citation, please.

  8. colin
    3:28 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    …Stoops only has 25k followers, Jones has 49k……

  9. bluristhurr
    3:37 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    4 (LeX) You really think we need to start talking about that shooting thats on every news channel and front page of every website right now on a sports blog? I think you could find a spot for it right now!

  10. Keep rock
    3:39 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    #6 I have to disagree I think given the timing plus the rut out football program was in its big that some of these kids would come to visit UK. I don’t think Stoops will be able to land them but at least they are will to listen now!
    I’m sorry but I’m afraid Jones will comeback to bite UK. We tried to get involved with him but he had no interest in UK. Just by credentials alone and not hope he is a better choice then most act like. I think he will do a good job at UT. They have everything in place to be up with the big boys just haven’t had a coach to lead that program. I will give this though they are trending totally different the UK. We have a coach with no experence and are behind him 100% hope and fan support is strong with him. Jones has a good track record and lots of experence but the fans are down on him from the start. Very little hope in Volunteer land right now. And it couldn’t happen to finer people!!!

  11. Keep rock
    3:41 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    Amen sports if a place to get away from the realities of life. Let’s keep the news and politics out for everyone’s sake

  12. mudcreekmark
    6:03 pm December 14, 2012 Permalink

    I thought before the season started that Harrow would be an upgrade at point from a year ago. I actually still believe this could be the case. Teague was very selfish at the beginning of the year last year.I really didn’t like his game. He wanted to be the scorer instead of just being a playmaker for our scorers. Harrow I think is much smoother at this point and is a natural point guard. All he needs is some confidence and for the other guys to get to spots where he can get them the ball for their shots.He could have had a few more assists last game if the bigs would have rolled to the basket for lobs.