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Steve Spurrier’s News and Views



In the midst of a week filled with bad news, I attempted to search for the most positive thing I could find that will be celebrated tomorrow. Even though Steve Spurrier puts a bad taste in many Kentucky fans’ mouths, his 68th birthday is much more positive than the anniversary of the Columbine massacre or Adolph Hitler’s birthday. Spurrier has had UK’s number at South Carolina and Florida, taking 18 tries for the Wildcat Football team to finally beat Spurrier when Joker and Co. beat the Cocks 31-28 in 2010 (His overall record is now 19-1).  We may hate him, but there’s no doubt he’d be the coolest guy to have as your head coach. I can respect a man that isn’t hesitant to pull his starting QB for the betterment of the team. His golf visor swag has a Mumme-edque feel (see the picture above) except unlike Mumme he actually wins. He won the Heisman Trophy in 1966 for the Florida Gators, he won a National Championship with his alma mater in 1996, and even though his South Carolina team has had a ton of injuries to important players (Marcus Lattimore twice and now Jadeveon Clowney) they are still in contention for a National title this Fall. Hats off to you Mr. Spurrier, until October 5th rolls around.  Now onto Friday’s news…


– 10,205 people filled in Freedom Hall in Louisville to watch the Black Squad defeat the White 124-113 in the Derby Festival Classic. Indiana signee Troy Williams was a co-MVP (along with McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier) after scoring 21 points, mostly via a variety of dunks. Speaking of dunks, future Dirty Bird Anton Gill won the halftime dunk contest. While future U of L and IU players did exceptionally well (IU signees combined for 60 points), Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins failed to make an important impact combining for just 10 points. Even though he didn’t play his best game, Hawkins appreciated the support from the Big Blue, telling Steve Jones of the C-J, “The Kentucky fans always support you, and I loved it. They came to support me and Derek, and he is a special guy. He can dribble the ball for a big guy and shoot the ball.”


ANDREW WIGGINS UPDATE: There is none. Quit worrying about a teenager and enjoy your Friday night.


– Mark Stoops may land another commitment in the 2014 this weekend. 4-Star Power-Running Back Mikel Horton is expected to make a Pro-UK announcement this weekend while attending the Regional Rivals Camp. The 6’1 228-pounder is a monster that runs with his shoulders low to to the ground. The Lakota West star not only has a powerful build, but he does other crazy-athletic things like jump over people.


Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett is transferring and Kentucky is on his list of possible destinations. Surprisingly, UK Football is at a special place where they will not seek an FSU QB’s services, instead focusing their attentions on Drew Barker. You cannot blame them; QB is a very deep position for the Cats, and Barker is a very valuable prospect, earning himself a #141 ranking in the ESPN 150 today.


– How badass is Mark Stoops?



– Matt said “girth of your loins” in the first hour of Today’s show. You can check out the entire podcast ft. Purple Heart recipient Matt Bradford here.


Nerlens Noel has been out and about visiting various places in Eastern Kentucky. After signing autographs at Hillbilly Days in Pikeville, Nerlens spoke to children at Whitesburg Elementary about the importance of hard work. This guy really enjoys helping in the community whenever he can.

( h/t @Chad_Sanders)

( h/t @Chad_Sanders)


– Nerlens is also one of the many Pros that will be attending this year’s John Calipari Fantasy Experience. Nerlens will join Archie Goodwin, Julius Mays, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Eric Bledsoe and DeMarcus Cousins for this year’s camps from July 29th-August 1st. Don’t miss your chance to play for Coach Cal alongside Kentucky greats and our Fearless Leader Matt Jones. For more information and online registration, click here.


I’ll see you in the morning folks. @RoushKSR



Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

41 Comments for Steve Spurrier’s News and Views

  1. Mike
    11:06 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Damn, I hoped they’d do better. Did they just play bad or not get a lot of touches?

  2. 4/20
    11:17 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    you could have dedicated the news and views to the true holiday tomorrow, amirite?

  3. bcat
    11:20 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Really? You chose Steve Spurrier over the Boston Police Department?

  4. Buckets
    11:29 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    The girth of my loins is substantial.

  5. OneAndDone
    11:29 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Looking at that picture makes it hard to hate Spurrier. He’d be a riot a few beers deep on the golf course..

  6. JBR
    11:35 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah 3…Spurrier got the nod because yes the BPD SWAT TEAM and FBI got the guy, but, just a little oversight cost them…they gave the “all clear” for people to resume life as normal in the neighborhood WHERE THE GUY WAS HIDING, in a boat. It took a civilian walking his dog to make the call…I say give it to that guy.

  7. lesigh
    11:54 pm April 19, 2013 Permalink

    #1 Few touches; it’s an all-star game, so I wouldn’t make much of it. Willis did have a very nice dunk though.

  8. Adolph Rupp
    12:01 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Sad to hear about Derek and Dom.
    We don’t make Ky ball players like we used to…

  9. bcat
    12:06 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Yes, let’s forget about the entire week leading up to tonight. Guess you had to be there.

  10. Chaz
    12:17 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    @8 – good point, maybe. real quick now, with no google cheats (’cause I’m not going to), what 5 Cats in state vs. out of state come to mind first? my feeble brain says:

    In state:
    1- chapman

    out of state:

  11. hey 6
    12:46 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    It wasnt a guy walking his dog first of all and even if it was that guy involved in the shootout which occured. No he wasnt so keep your stupid comments to yourself.

  12. hahahaha
    1:08 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    what a bad post

  13. Ukfan
    1:10 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Love Stoops, but after Joker I’d be happy to never hear Operation:(fill in the blank) again.

  14. SeaCat
    1:15 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    10) in: Rondo. out: Wall, Cousins, Patterson, Bledsoe

  15. Culver
    1:32 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    10) No Derek Anderson for in-state? From Doss in Louisville as my mind recalls…could be wrong. Won’t be the first time!

  16. BlueKolonel
    1:50 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    6. Did you seriously just call out the BPD, SWAT team, and FBI who all started the week with video footage and 5 days later have both bombers (and actually took one alive)? What an absolute clown you are.
    Who cares about the guys going for 10? How many points did IU and UL’s recruits go for in the McD’s and Jordan All-Star games?

  17. Chaz
    1:53 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    @14 & 15 – no argument, just curious what 5 come to mind first. we’ve got so many greats the brain overloads. These are what spring to mind first for me – followed Cats since the Runts and I left Riley and Casey out. No statistical analytics or who’s best or worst, just names. If anybody wants to join in, you don’t have to justify anything. Just reply first 5 you think of, in state, out of state, good or bad, who do you remember?

  18. RealCatsFan
    6:20 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    #10, add to the list: Padgett, Sparks.

  19. btowncatfan
    6:51 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Actually Willis played fairly well, 6 Pts., 7 rebounds,four assists, 2 blocks. All in second half coming off the bench. Not terrible. In a couple of years under Cal, they will be valuable players.

  20. Greg
    8:07 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Unbelievable. A whole paragraph about spurrier, a joke about wiggins but not even a single mention of the derby fest Allstar game with TWO of our recruits playing or a hey by the way they caught the bomber. A second mention of the trickett kid? Let me save you the time. The trickett a have heavy connections with WVU who is on his list, my money says that’s where he will be. This night post sucked.

  21. Fab 8
    8:15 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Now can we kill the talks that either of these 2 guys will play for cal? Only way they play is if in a few years Cal leaves for NBA and they lose the talent.
    Brandon Stockton and John Hood clones

  22. Stoopalotamous
    8:21 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Cruit and Recruit !

  23. darius miller
    8:27 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    How the hell did you leave me off the in-state talent list?

  24. BlueDy9asty
    8:30 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Don’t get too concerned about Willis and Hawkins. They were playing with the biggest bunch of ball hogs that I have ever seen. Willis actually looked pretty good, Hawkins just didn’t see the ball very much.

  25. LionGeneral
    8:31 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    You’re the one who keeps writing about Wiggins. Methinks it’s your obsession . . .

  26. bigbluelou
    8:34 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    1. Steve Spurier is a douche and not deserving of ANY respect from BBN.
    2. Derby Festival Classic is a UL love fest and is for those who didn’t make the REAL all-star games.
    3. We all should be proud and give full respect to the police in Boston for killing/capturing the pure scum cowards.
    That is all.

  27. stevie
    8:39 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    now i know im the only uk fan that likes spurrier and respect what hes done at usc and fla (and like the fact that hes a shot calla big balla) BUT…..,
    this artivle should be dedicated to a HAPPY 4/20!

  28. Twin Condiments
    8:48 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    “While future U of L and IU players did exceptionally well.
    IU players played well but only one of them is an impact player and that was Williams. Williams was also home cooked on the dunk contest. He did a 360 reverse and a between the legs.It shouldn’t have been close. Gill for UL had 13pts Agau (?sp?) had 2 and the walk on from Lex Cath hit 2 free throws. The walk ons looked like 8th graders compared to the other players. I felt Ennis (Syracuse) should have gotten MVP for the winning black team and Martin(LSU) was the best player on the floor for the white. Willis looked good (6pts). He can handle the ball and made 2 of the more impressive assists of the night. He had one dunk taken away that in an allstar game continuation should have applied and an ally oop dunk just as the buzzer sounded. His dunks were strong to say the least. Hawkins just appeared to not handle the all star game to well in limited minutes. He will be fine and I expect him to develope into a very good 4 year player. The night was good but not in the same league as Mickey Dees or Jordan Brand. Tonight the big boys get to play on the Nike Hoop Summit on ESPN (2 I believe) at 7:00 est.

  29. bung
    8:59 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Willis did good in 16 minutes…he will be a good one…

  30. bung
    9:06 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    I think of Jimmy Dan, Mike Casey, Wah Wah, Hagan, Givens and Lee, Beard, Rex, Tallent, Smith, Rondo, Padgett, Miller…

  31. barn
    9:19 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    spurrier is a great coach. i would have loved for him to be UK’s coach after he left uf, but i think UK is in better shape now than maybe since the bear. spurrier quote “if you don’t want us to run up the score, then play better and stop us”. gotta love that attitude

  32. Relieved
    9:35 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Great to hear that we’re not trying to pick up Clint Trickett. The guy’s a shrimp, no place for him in the SEC

  33. Jim Bob
    9:40 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    FWIW Mikel Horton is wearing UK gear at the Rivals camp

  34. Random
    9:45 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    How many points did the IU/UL commits combine for in the all star games that actually matter in 2013?

  35. L1C4
    10:16 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    14) What really matters about 2013 is the Cards are the Champs. Rick did it without 6 NBA draft picks. Lets see what Cow can do this year with all his ready made pros. If they flop again this year, Wes may stop paying for all these players.

  36. L1C4
    10:17 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    34 not 14

  37. TorpedoVegas
    11:31 am April 20, 2013 Permalink

    35) And it only took 27 years for UL to do it. Keep up the good work!

  38. Guy Koh
    1:36 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ever since 9-19-94, when Stove Spermier embarrassed KENTUCKY in football by a score of 73 to 7 – on ABC TV – I have hated the ass hat.

  39. El Juan Seafor
    1:37 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    L1C4 sounds like a printer cartridge.

  40. Driver Ate
    1:56 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Lil bro, Uavel, is 2013 NCAA champ.

    Its great that a commuter college can win it – even after 27 years (over a quarter of a century).

  41. Random
    4:35 pm April 20, 2013 Permalink

    Were you even alive when Louisville won their 2nd championship? Because I can’t imagine anyone over the age of 16 actually thinking that ridiculous L1C4 hashtag sounds cool.
    No, what really matters is that in the span it took the Cardinals to finally win another title, Kentucky won three.