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What a day. Let’s catch our breath and go over the headlines:
— Ryan Timmons is ready to be your hero. Earlier today, Timmons committed to Kentucky over Florida in front of his friends, family, and closest media friends. Our own Corey Nichols was there and has an excellent recap below, which I encourage you to read. Timmons says that before Stoops came on board, he wasn’t really even considering UK, and that Neal Brown’s offense, which is similar to the one he played in at Franklin County, was a big draw: “Coach Brown likes to score touchdowns, get points, and I like to score touchdowns.” We like that you like to score touchdowns, Ryan.
— Timmons’ commitment was just the start. Timmons said he was planning on contacting Trinity 4-star DE Jason Hatcher immediately to convince him to join him at UK, and at this point, he may not even need to. There are multiple reports that Hatcher has decommitted from USC and will sign with Kentucky tomorrow. If you had told me six months ago that Kentucky would steal recruits from Florida and USC, I would be ROFLMAO. Now, I’m ROFLMAOing for entirely different reasons, while wearing my UK football helmet.
— Hatcher’s commitment would move UK’s 2013 recruiting class up to #22 in Rivals’ rankings. #boom
— Just a reminder, KSR will stream Hatcher’s announcement live tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET along with the Mark Stoops’ Signing Day press conference.
— Because we just can’t get enough good football news, the UK Football Renovations Bill will go to the Appropriations Committee in the Kentucky Legislature tomorrow. If passed, the University will have the bonding capacity it needs to renovate Commonwealth Stadium, Nutter Training Facility and various academic buildings on campus. Coincidence that happens on Signing Day? I think not.
— Believe it or not, there is a basketball game tonight. The Cats play South Carolina at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU. We’ve got previews rolling out on the site throughout the afternoon, but here are my three questions:
1) Will the “soft” Cats respond?
During his press conference on Monday, Calipari singled out Alex Poythress, Ryan Harrow, and Archie Goodwin for their “soft” play thus far this season. Cal called Kyle Wiltjer out in similar fashion after the Vandy game and Kyle responded, changing his habits and becoming a team leader. Will any of the other three do the same?
2) Will Kentucky “finish them”?
Cal’s theme for the week in his time with the media has been “flux.” Cal said that because of illnesses and injury, the team has been in flux all season, and still lacks the toughness to finish games. Will the comfy confines of Rupp Arena coax a killer instinct out of the Cats? Or will we go through that all-too-familiar meltdown halfway through the second half?
3) Will Frank Martin spontaneously combust on the sidelines?
Martin is known for his colorful sideline behavior, which is a polite way of saying he is absolutely bat sh*t crazy during games. This will be Martin’s first time in Rupp Arena as the Gamecocks coach, and Kentucky fans’ first real glimpse of his antics. After listening to him on the SEC Coaches’ Teleconferences this season, I can’t wait to see what he does, especially when they don’t play Pitbull during South Carolina’s intros.
On today’s radio show, Matt and Ryan discussed Ryan Timmons’ upcoming decision, UK’s game against South Carolina, which Cats are “soft” (I hear tabbies are nice), and Matt’s favorite 90’s guilty pleasure songs. Have a listen at TalkRadio1080.com.