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KSR Trend Watch: November 30th

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

Mark Stoops — Who would have thought that we’d be itching to turn back to football news in late November? Mark Stoops was named Kentucky’s new football coach on Tuesday, sparking a firestorm of football fever across the Bluegrass. Stoops, Florida State’s former defensive coordinator, has an impressive football pedigree, proven track record as a coordinator, and the passion Kentucky needs to rebuild (or dare I say it, #rise). Stoops was the one to initiate contact with Kentucky, which shows he is eager for the challenge. Even better, it seems he’s bringing some friends with him…

The Florida State pipeline — Both James Coley and D.J. Eliot, Florida State’s offensive coordinator and defensive ends coach have been offered jobs at Kentucky. If both come, it will be a huge coup for the Cats and further proof that Stoops is going all out mere days into his job.

Kentucky football — It’s been a long, long time since the Kentucky football fan base has been this united and energized. Football talk dominated the blog and radio show this week, which is unheard of during basketball season. Stoops lit a fire under the Kentucky football program, and already has fans excited for next season’s opener against Western Kentucky in Nashville, a game that had almost less appeal than Karen Sypher until now. Even more, UK says they took over 400 calls on Wednesday alone about football tickets.

Mitch Barnhart — With many fans on the “Petrino or bust” bandwagon, this coaching search could have been disastrous for Mitch Barnhart. But, by keeping everything under wraps and landing one of the rising stars in the game, Mitch Barnhart made as close to a home run hire as Kentucky could get. Including former UK great Tim Couch in the process didn’t hurt, either. It’s almost enough for me to forget that “Sad Mitch” pic from his Open Letter to the BBN.

Julius Mays — The “old man” Julius Mays put the team on his back last night in Notre Dame. So far this season, Mays has steadied the team when seas got rough, but against the Fighting Manti TeÊ»os, Mays was the only thing that kept the Cats from further embarrassment. Pulling at his shorts and looking exhausted, Mays continued to call for the ball to spark some offense. We knew Mays would be a calming presence on this team, but it’s looking like he’s the heart and soul of the squad.

Nerlens Noel — Noel was the only freshman that showed up on Thursday night, scoring 10 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Those numbers may not sound glamorous, but Noel showed some passion and toughness late in the second half in an ill-fated comeback attempt. For that, I will #PatTheFlat(top)

KSR’s cred — Who broke the news that Stoops was the new coach? WE broke the news that Stoops was the new coach! Kudos to Matt for the stoop scoop, which not only bolstered KSR’s cred, but pissed off almost every media member in Lexington. #haters

Falling like the Cats in South Bend

The point guard situation – We went over this earlier, but for the Cats to succeed this season, they have to find a solution at point guard. Cal said earlier in the week that Archie was the team’s PG, but after his abysmal play last night, it’s clear he’s not comfortable in the position. Ryan Harrow is back, but is far from where he needs to be to lead the team. Unless Archie figures it out or Ryan improves, it may be time to look for another solution (Julius Mays?).

Kyle Wiltjer — Wiltjer’s woes continue on defense, and when he’s not hitting his shots like last night, having him on the court becomes a problem. The Cats either need to design more plays for Kyle or he’ll continue to be a non-factor.

Kentucky’s toughness — To say the Cats looked softer than Charmin last night would be a compliment. This squad needs to sit down and ask themselves, WWMKGD?

Kentucky against the Zone — Cal’s teams have always struggled against the zone, but the Cats looked dreadful against it last night. Cal said that haven’t studied zone as much in practice lately because they’re still mastering man-to-man (a result of having to teach a new batch of freshmen every season), but they’ll have to study harder or it will become a legitimate Achilles’ Heel in the conference season.

ESPN2 — Last night might as well have been the Digger/Manti TeÊ»o Show. Approximately half the broadcast was dedicated to interviews with the two and gratuitous shots of the football team and campus. We get it: Notre Dame is a beautiful place, their football team is going to the National Championship, Touchdown Jesus, etc., but is it too much to ask for some basketball during our basketball game?

Notre Dame’s uniforms — Dark blue/green numbers on a black jersey? Come on, now. Poor Tom Leach.

Greg Stumbo — Mark Stoops accepting the job as Kentucky’s head coach was contingent on the program doing major renovations to Commonwealth Stadium and Nutter Field House. For that to happen, the University needs funding from the State Legislature. Everything seemed to be looking up until KY Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo said Stoops would “have to win a football game first” to get the funding. Let’s all hope Stumbo, who is apparently a longtime UK football supporter, was just joking.

TREND OF THE WEEKStoops Puns — The minute we found out Mark Stoops was our new coach, the puns started flying. Not Jerry Tipton was the first to break out “Stoops! There is is,” which was quickly followed by: Stoop Life, Stoops’ Troops, Stooping Ice Cream, Stoopified, Hoops and Stoops, etc. etc. Judging by the wordplay alone, the Mark Stoops era is off to a booming (stooping?) start.

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.

64 Comments for KSR Trend Watch: November 30th

  1. me
    2:01 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Yay. going up!

  2. lawnorder
    2:02 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Damn Tubby caused this!

  3. Bob
    2:07 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I love that nerlens is giving a great effort, but he doesn’t look like the top player in the freshman class. He has no post moves, just tries to run straight at the defender and throw some junk at the basket. AD got better in the post as the season progressed, I hope nerlens does too.

  4. KyJustice
    2:08 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Stumbo is that kind of ass all the time.

  5. Mike
    2:09 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sad part of last night’s fiasco is that we just gave all of our future opponents a blueprint of how to beat us with tough, physical play, defensive intensity, and zone D.

  6. tyson
    2:09 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mrs. TT, let’s not get ahead of ourselves on KSR Cred. That measurement will be at a permanent until Matt follows up with the site redesign that was promised before BCG drank his last Dr. Pepper in a UK track suit.

  7. Too Slow
    2:11 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    You can’t design plays for Kyle Wiltjer, he is just tooo slow. If you set picks he can’t get over the top quick enough. If you try pick and roll, the cheerleaders will be at the basket before he gets there. I’ve never seen a kid this slow. If he can’t catch and immediately shoot he is not a factor.

  8. ShameonKSR
    2:13 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Is there really a headline on this site from last night’s game that says the Cats showed little effort??? Nothing is more annoying than “fans” that attribute any loss to a lack of effort. Our guys are just inexperienced and learning how to play basketball at a higher level and had to play at a very tough place to play. Yes, they looked like crap. That doesn’t mean they were not giving effort.

  9. concerned citizen
    2:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    hate to beat a dead horse, but someone messed up today’s podcast.

  10. UKBlue1!
    2:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Barnhart trend, I will wait to pass judgement on the hire. I hope it turns out a lot better than Gillespie or Joker. You are being way too hard on the pt guard sitaution. Wiltjer will be fine. We will look a lot better by Dec 29th. Digger, ESPN,2, 3, .com, classic and Dick Vitale all SUCK! Vitale is beginning to replace Billy Packer as my favorit to hate on. He add ZERO to the telecasts. He spent have of the game talking about a overrated ND football team, that will get their Ass kicked by GA or Alabama. It’s time to put him out to pasture.

  11. tyson
    2:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    * a permanent NEUTRAL

  12. BB
    2:17 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    If Stumbo in any way holds this process for bonding approval up, KSR should use its full force to let everybody know why UK football is not able to deliver on the promises made to Stoops regarding football facilities. This funding (which is NOT taxpayer money) is as, if not more important than the hire.

  13. Dark Star
    2:19 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Ksr did not break the news. Guy I follow on twitter broke it a couple hours before jones did. This guy also has great recruiting info. Says towns will announce for uk. Also said coley and eliot would be offered well before news broke that they were. Quit acting like you were first.

  14. UK Fan
    2:20 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    KSR–you’ve now noted on several occasions how you “broke” the Stoops story. What would your readers expect? KSR is so far up Barnhart’s ass, I would have expected him to allow you to “break” the news of Stoops hiring, seeing as how you did Barnhart’s bidding for him throughout the pre-announcement search.

  15. BB
    2:20 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    13- who is this guy you follow?

  16. j
    2:20 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Stooper Troopers?

  17. Diggers blotchy red face
    2:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    How do yo Uk fans like me now?

  18. lawnorder
    2:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #1 agree, Tubby Smith is the worst football coach UK ever had

  19. stratblend
    2:22 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    TT, pass some of what you’re smoking. Nerlens had a VERY average game at best on offense, and looked like doo doo on D. You’ve praised him in all your posts since last night. I don’t think he’s deserving.

  20. Booooo
    2:24 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I am tired of reading these twitter posts. Is anyone else annoyed how much twitter has taken over the world?

  21. Reality
    2:26 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Noel is really not a force on the offense end if he isnt dunking the ball. If anyone watched the game last night can come to the conclusion he has no offensive ability.

  22. Skipdelau
    2:27 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    19 – she is smoking that matt jones pole. How else could she be a full time writer here with her lack of talent.

  23. mudcreekmark
    2:28 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Why does ESPN think that America would want a 2 hour infomercial for all things ND? Getting the football player to say a few words would have been OK but you could tell even he wished they would leave him alone and let him watch the basketball game.The kid got more face time than even the basketball players did last night.

  24. Joker Phillips
    2:28 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    It’s easy to recruit when you have tradition to sell and talent to choose from right in your own back yard. 4 Star Florida football recruits want to be able to have their momma’s, daddy’s, bro’s, and ho’s in the stands on Saturday afternoon watchin em play ball. Last time I checked, Lexington is a 10-12 hour drive from Florida. We’ll see soon enough if that Ol’Boy can recruit these athletes up here from Florida where none of their posse will be in the stands to watch them.

  25. Surprised
    2:29 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    very much that UofL was not on either trend-watch list.

  26. BigBlueAces
    2:30 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    13…I follow the same guy. He’s by far the best when it comes to info. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s spot on.

  27. SeoulCat
    2:31 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    All of this talk of our new coach has left me in a “stoopor”…

  28. Joker Phillips
    2:31 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Now we know why Cal dropped Indiana from the schedule. He knew his team would suck this year!

  29. tom
    2:31 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    other than KSR, who cares who broke the story about Stoops? That IS NOT the story…his hiring is the story. You try so hard to be legends in your own mind.

  30. SeoulCat
    2:32 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    20, yes, I am (very much so).

  31. mudcreekmark
    2:32 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    24)I don’t think he will be able to get the 4 and 5 star players away from Florida State, Florida and Miami but he probably can get some of those 3 star prospects that we may not have had a chance with in the past. We already have a pretty good Georgia pipeline in place and if we can get a similar one in Florida it sure would help.

  32. I need to know
    2:34 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #13 and #26…Who?

  33. Joker Phillips
    2:35 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    13 Who’s the guy you follow on twitter. I need to check him out so I can find where my next job will be.

  34. Tom's right
    2:36 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    It’s maybe the second time ever KSR has scooped anything and now they want to brag about finally having something original. Hooray!!! Now let’s get back to more copying and pasting from the media (especially Mrs. Thompson). It’s no wonder they hate you guys.

  35. Joker Phillips
    2:38 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    31 All of the Georgia recruiting connections you spoke of walked out the door of the Nutter Center for the last time last Friday.

  36. CurdBurglar
    2:41 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    20- I agree, don’t even understand it. Don’t worry it will soon go the way of previous modes of communication like papyrus, typewriters, cursive, USPS, email….just hold in there Booooo.

  37. Uncle Julius
    2:42 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I was at the game last night and the ND uniforms looked good in person. I’m sure they were terrible for TV, but in person they were nice.

  38. Uncle Julius
    2:43 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    28 – Go back to the IU site.

  39. Joker Phillips
    2:47 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    It’s comical how many of you attempt to rip Matt Jones and his enterprise with your finger tips while sitting on your couch in your underwear. He had the mind and rocks to create this out of nothing five years ago and now has more followers than any other media outlet. He is killing it and all of you minions are ignorant! He’s laughing at all of you on the way to the bank to cash his fat checks!

  40. kentuckyjoe
    2:49 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think that Polson should be summarily omitted from the point guard discussion. It may turn out that he is the best option.

  41. Ykm
    2:50 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, your a dumbass & I have my sources.

  42. davefromdagap
    2:52 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Stumbo will use this as a bargining chip to get Pikeville Uni. Cleared as a state college. You think I’m kidding, I’m not. I’m from Eastern Ky,,I’ve dealt with him politically,,,I know how he operates. I’m telling you this will happen. He’s not above holding the money hostage in this regard.

  43. bluefan
    2:53 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #28,yes because only in Indiana do they storm the court after beating a team they deem “over-rated.” Sheesh

  44. Dave
    2:55 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    39 – I agree that Matt is laughing his way to the bank but it’s funny how much he and everyone on here picks at the media when Matt’s site couldn’t exist without all the stuff they steal from them. Get a clue!

  45. Que Bueno
    2:55 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Good Job by Barnhart, he deserves credit as Lord knows he hears it when he makes mistakes.
    Stumbo needs to clarify his comments, and if he is “suddenly” against funding then he needs to feel the fury that is a scorned Big Blue Nation.

  46. ND fans
    3:03 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Does anyone else find it stupid the rushed the court after beating a team that we were favored to beat? In a game that really means nothing

  47. John
    3:14 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I couldnt agree more with the Nerlens comments. He dives on the floor a few time and Matt Jones tweets about how he and Julius are the only ones that played well, then the whole KSR staff runs with it the whole day. Nerlens played average at best; he was always out of position, reaches too much and leaves his feet too often. Matt Jones is a smart guy, just not when it comes to evaluating basketball.

  48. blueboy
    3:17 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I and my family will vote rhe next time for whoever is running against Dumbo=Stumbo. The girl selling the calendars shoulg go an Ashley Judd like poster yo boost sales.

  49. MJ4UK
    3:25 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #47…He did not say he played well, he said Noel and Mays played hard

  50. imnotthefiveo
    3:33 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Making a cheap pun about UK’s new football coach? I would never Stoop that low..

  51. whySoSerious
    3:40 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    A clarification……

    It is not possible that Stoops was hired “contingent upon” funding for football-if that funding must come from the legislature. That may have been discussed, but since the legislature has to approve that (and UK cannot control the legislature), that is not possible.

    UK cannot promise the coach government funding is going to happen. Anyone who has ever participated in the legislative process understands this.

  52. Geez
    3:42 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Sorry to break it to you but not Jerry Tipton was not the first to break out Stoops There It Is. was.

  53. So/so hire
    3:43 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Look I get that KSR has to have a strong relationship with UK and Barnhart. If not then a lot of your access that is crucial to this site could be lost. That said stop with saying just how great this hire was. KSR played down the fan interest in Petrino a lot. Anyone who says different is drinking way to much of the koolaid. Stoops’ main thing he has going for him is his last name period.
    I think everyone hopes this works and most of the BBN is willing to give Stoops a fair shake. Just stop calling it a home run because it isn’t! It’s a solid hire with a lot of upside, that just as easy could back fire. If Petrino goes to a team and he wins big while UK hovers at average it could get bad for Barnhart

  54. So/so hire
    3:46 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t I football player break the news about Stoops a couple days before KSR. I’m pretty sure KSR was backing SDSU coach that day.

  55. So/so hire
    3:47 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Didn’t I football player break the news about Stoops a couple days before KSR.

  56. All That Aside
    3:50 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I would seriously pay good money, yesterday, for KSR to become a sign-up, pay as you go site, so we
    could get rid of a whole boatload of these ridiculous, time-wasting trolls. It’s annoying as all getout
    to have to scroll through 300 messages, just to get about 15 messages from people who hare having
    an insightful, intelligent, good-natured and respectful discussion about UK sports.

  57. Everyone
    3:50 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    #41 – No, “you’re” the dumbass, not TT.

  58. old_school
    4:15 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I know everything

  59. Louisville
    5:04 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink


  60. nassau65
    5:26 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    56. amen brother. this is the only site i’d pay for, but would gladly do it.

  61. mudcreekmark
    5:30 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    35) Hopefully Stoops brings back Pardee because of the Georgia pipeline. A lot of the players we got was from his old high school. He also has Kentucky roots.

  62. Katdaddy
    5:42 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    I’m not excited about stoops yet, he hasn’t done anything yet. He may not be able to coach a football team. Oc and HC is two different things. And klye wiltjer can’t stay in front of my 2yr old grandson. The whole team is awful on defense for that matter.

  63. BlueTexan
    11:09 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Greg Stumbo should grow/sober up…or, get back to his meds!

  64. Pun 4 Days
    9:56 am December 1, 2012 Permalink

    The losing stoops here.

    Why is this one never included?