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The Long Awaited and Notoriously Delayed Site Re-Design’s Tuesday News and Views


On October 20, 2008, the mythical site re-design was first mentioned on KSR in a post about a server switch. Back on that cool autumn night, Matt teased readers that “one day” a site re-design would come, and five years later, we’re almost there. On Friday night, the “new KSR” will debut in all it’s glory. I’ve been banned from showing you any pictures of it until then, but here are some hints to hold you over:

1) It will be blue

That is one of UK’s colors, after all.

2) It won’t look like your cousin’s friend made it in 1999

Goodbye Comic Sans!

3) It will be very easy to navigate

Each post will be categorized so that you can click on “Basketball” and find all of the basketball posts written in chronological order, and the same with football, UK Hoops, etc. Also, the day’s best posts will be featured in a sidebar so you can find them regardless of what time they went up.

4) Unfortunately, this banner didn’t make the cut:

H/t to @lukeman, click for a closer look

That’s all I can tell you, but it’s going to be awesome, I swear. This is just the first phase of the re-design, with later versions bringing changes to the comments section and even a forum for you guys to write your own posts. But that’s only if you’re good, so behave.

Cherish these last few days of white background and gray boxes, people. On Friday, KSR will be a whole new world.

News and views time.

— The biggest news of the day was word that the coaching staff has narrowed the quarterback battle down to two. Stoops and Brown did not reveal the names of the two QBs, but reporters spotted Jalen Whitlow and Maxwell Smith meeting privately with Brown after the practice. Stoops also said that UK’s third option will likely redshirt. If Jalen Whitlow isn’t the starter, I will be stunned.

— Otherwise, it was a “good practice,” according to Stoops, with plenty of enthusiasm and physical play. Brown called it one of the team’s best practices, and said the offense bounced back from a poor second half in Saturday’s scrimmage. They mostly did situation work, which is crucial due to the fast tempo of the Air Raid offense. Neal Brown says the guys are still getting used to the faster style of play: “The tempo, it’s something that constantly we’ve gotta work on. It is a lot different. They’re improved; they’re not exactly where I want them to be. But the good news is we’ve still got some time.”

Stoops said that the team “can’t get enough” of game situations, and according to Kyle Tucker, they are bringing in SEC officials for a scrimmage on Tuesday.

Standouts of the Day: Raymond Sanders and Javess Blue. Both Stoops and Brown praised Sanders, whose body has totally changed thanks to Erik Korem’s conditioning program. Also different? UK’s offense, which Neal Brown says is much better suited for him than the old offense. As a result, Brown says Sanders has “more confidence than he’s ever had.” Stoops echoed those sentiments: “We think he’s a very good player, he’s very talented. And hopefully his skill set will shine in this offense. We think he has the ability to make some big plays.”

In addition, Brown said that Javess Blue is making a lot of progress in camp: “Javess is coming along. He’s learning what to do, really fast, really talented and he will be out there ready to roll when we suit up against Western.” Blue tweaked a hamstring over the weekend, but if Brown’s words are any indication, he’ll be just fine in time for the opener.

— We told you how DeAndre Turman, a 2015 cornerback, died tragically over the weekend. UK was the first school to offer Turman and after Monday’s practice, Stoops said he wanted to honor Turman by formalizing that offer with an offer letter. NCAA rules prohibit teams from sending offer letters to junior recruits, but Stoops said he hopes they will make an exception for Turman’s family:

“We’re asking for some options on things that we’re allowed to do, whether we could just send – you know, we’re not normally allowed to mail an offer letter to somebody that age. We’d like to do that. Maybe the father would like to have that as a memento.”

If you have any decency left, NCAA, you’ll make this happen.

— On the basketball side of things, we got a few more pieces to UK’s conference schedule with the announcement that UK will be featured in five ESPN Super Tuesday matchups. (Fire up Jimmy’s Jet!) Here’s the schedule so far, as we know it:

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We should know the full conference schedule by the end of this week.

— In recruiting news, 2014 shooting guard James Blackmon Jr. will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on August 29th. Blackmon decommitted from Indiana last week, and will also take an unofficial visit to Michigan State on Saturday, and possibly Louisville next weekend with Trey Lyles. He’s planning to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October as well. He’s also considering Michigan and NC State, among others.

— Could Josh Harrellson be headed to Motor City? Jorts tells us that he’s close to a deal with the Detroit Pistons after working out for them on August 7th. Jared Sullinger, if you’re reading this, heads up: the Celtics play the Pistons in Detroit on November 3rd. Get your chest pillow ready.

— While I looked for new throw pillows worked diligently on Monday, DeMarcus Cousins did this:

— Congrats to Tubby Smith, Rex Chapman, Oliver Barnett, Leslie Nichols, Press Whelan and Jesse Witten, who will soon be the newest members of the UK Athletics Hall of Fame. The 2013 class will be inducted the weekend of September 27-28 in conjunction with the Florida football game. Hopefully, this is the first step to getting Tubby’s banner in the rafters.

— Finally, if you haven’t checked out Drew Barker’s latest diary entry, please do so. KSR’s most athletic writer (it was a toss-up between him and Corey Nichols) talked about his first scrimmage, his trip to Fan Day, and how the Cats are doing in recruiting. Here are three quick things I took away from the entry:

1) Barker’s not afraid to run with the ball

I loved reading Drew’s description of how he put up over 200 yards rushing in this past weekend’s scrimmage. Because Drew is typically known as a pocket passer, those stats jumped out at me. Drew said that he made the decision to run that often because the defense was putting too many guys back in coverage, and he wanted to keep them honest. Like he said, I don’t think UK will rely on his running skills often next year, but it’s good to hear he’s not afraid to put his head down and go for the first down.

2) He’s more than ready to get started at UK

We’ve said this often, but Drew is probably the most mature high school senior ever. Enrolling early wasn’t just an option for him, it was a foregone conclusion. Whereas a lot of high school seniors would relish the opportunity to spend the last five months of school with their friends goofing off, Drew can’t move into the UK dorms soon enough. During fan day, he was able to sit in on the quarterback meetings, and I’m sure was already imagining himself as a freshman. He’s planning to go to every home game this season in addition to his official visit to UK in December with Matt Elam, so he’s almost spending as much time in Lexington this fall as he will be in his hometown of Hebron.

3) Mark Stoops doesn’t want recruits or commitments to take official visits during the season

I thought it was very interesting that Drew said Mark Stoops told the 2014 commitments and Matt Elam that he doesn’t want them to visit during the season. That tells me that he realizes there could be some ugly SEC games that he’d rather not have those guys see in person before signing period. While UK football will at least be more exciting this season, it is an uphill battle with a thin army against the nation’s toughest schedule. You don’t want to give these guys an up-close view of the carnage. Plus, if recruits and commitments visit during the off-season, they can come to basketball games and use Rupp’s new recruiting room, which is a clear (and promising) sign that Stoops is going to use the basketball program’s popularity to his advantage. Also encouraging? All of the 2014 commitments are taking their officials on the same weekend as Matt Elam (December 14). I can’t think of a better way to secure a silent verbal before Elam’s announcement on January 4th.

That’ll do, folks. See you in the morning.

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.

42 Comments for The Long Awaited and Notoriously Delayed Site Re-Design’s Tuesday News and Views

  1. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    11:06 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll believe it when I see it. I’ve heard this new site song and dance too many times.

  2. Kristen Geil's Abs
    11:07 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  3. wardrobe malfunction
    11:12 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    will there be any better troll control on the new KSR?

  4. No More Comic Sans
    11:15 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink


  5. Yep
    11:18 pm August 19, 2013 Permalink

    Is the new site going to look like the Tennessee Sports Radio site?

  6. Orangello
    12:04 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    You know how Lucy used to always pull the ball out from in front of Charlie Brown when he tried to kick it? That’s me waiting for the new website….I go running up to kick the ball and KSR pulls it away just to laugh as I land flat on my back.

  7. Dero Downing
    12:04 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Excited to see! I’m expecting good social media integration,right fellas!?!

  8. Bulldawg
    12:08 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Stoops probably does not want to take time away from his current team during the season. Each game is going to take 100% concentration and preparation. I doubt he is scared of any opponents making him look bad. Even when the glass is half full, it’s still half empty huh? “Don’t want to give these guys a close up view of the carnage…” I’m glad to see you have some confidence the boys TT… I understand keeping it real, but that sounded like something a U of L troll would say… SMH
    This is suppose to be a homer site… lol

    Boogie is a beast!!!

    I wish Jorts well in where ever he is!!!

    Go Cats!!!

  9. Gossie21
    12:12 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    My favorite part of the montage picture is Frosty Tips on the far right. Or maybe the Rich Brooks rapping photoshop.

  10. Meeee
    12:18 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Keep it simple, that’s all I wanna hear

  11. SeaCat
    12:20 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    fool me once, shame on you
    fool me twice, same on me
    although with a free website, who cares?
    you are easily replaced.

  12. Sheriff Buford T. Justice
    12:22 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Also kudos on the “Jones’ Views” banner. Gotta get Kige in there though!!!! C’mon man!!!

  13. Whiny Matt Jones
    12:34 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, I’m sure that Rupp’s recruiting room will get a great showcase when all the recruits are in town on December 14th……while the b-ball team is on the road in North Carolina. Goddammit, the people that write for this site are dumber than a sack of rocks.

  14. 44 Stitches
    1:06 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Looking forward to the site re-design. Nothing wrong with what KSR has now but a new look will be fresh.

  15. UKClay
    1:17 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    That banner is fantastic

  16. Julia Robins
    1:23 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Please learn the difference between it’s and its. Not your first fail on that one. Not even close. PLEASE. I am begging you.

  17. Cousins Fake Tooth
    1:23 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    If its not broke, dont fix it. KSR is taking a page out of facebooks book apparently.

  18. cats42301
    1:31 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    13) Why do you grace this site with your presence then? Pretty stupid for an intelligent being such as yourself to do so.

  19. Seymour Butts
    6:08 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    The web designer won the Perry County designer of the year award three years in a row and he has been to Nashville

  20. Larry Schwartz
    6:11 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Trools will be axed to register snd if they don’t, they will be redirected to the Sea of Blue

  21. Trolls
    6:46 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Where will we go to seek attention and approval from big brother? What else will we do to pass the time in our grandma’s basement while living off welfare, besides looking at animal p0rn? Who will read our ignorant, uneducated comments? Who else will give the site hits at 4 in the morning while real true blue fans are making love to their girlfriends, that isn’t a blow up doll? Is this the beginning of our school going back to irrelevancy? Does my school even have its own website??

  22. Heisenberg
    6:58 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Two things I want for the new comments section.
    1) Finally able to post gifs
    2) Moderators to use ban hammers on trolls

    Oh and more cowbell

  23. I love UK
    7:09 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Carnage, c’mon. How about some class towards the current 105 players working their tails off from dusk til dawn since June. Carnage, that is sad!

  24. Luke
    7:14 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Updated the banner, as the original was thrown together right before the Danville show so I missed quite a few obvious ones:

  25. unreconstructed
    7:33 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Another shameless plug for putting a banner for “The Tub” in the rafters!!!
    Gotta be “politically correct” don’t we!!

  26. randomer
    7:36 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t like the sound of this. Categorized posts?

    I have followed KSR religiously since the Patterson recruitment, I don’t know if I can adapt at this point!

  27. Only the facts
    7:40 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Agree it stinks throwing this years team under the bus. Stoops doesn’t want the recruits to make official visits during the season, not true. The coaches want them to visit. Its basic recruiting 101. What do you think he told them, don’t visit any UK games, go visit Ohio State, Florida, Tenn games instead. Barker is planning on making every UK home game. He may not make the Saturday game when Conner plays Covington Catholic.

  28. RealCatsFan
    7:48 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Love the banner – I say use it anyway! It will be funny to see the trolls hollering about KSR “copying” Larry Vaught’s site. But you have to get Helmet Guy in there somewhere!

  29. Alex the Football Wizard
    7:50 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    A player can visit as many times as they want on their dime to get there, and attend UK home football games free. The UK coaching staff wants every recruit in the stands for every home football game this year. Absolutely do not want them to pick games at other schools instead of UK home games. These are non official visits and the coaching staff isn’t worried about carnage.

  30. RealCatsFan
    7:54 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Kind of agree with what others said about Stoops’ reasons for avoiding recruiting visits during the season. Maybe he just wants to limit the distractions. But what if the Cats put up a really good game against one of the heavyweights, or (gasp) pull off an upset? In that case, I couldn’t think of a better showcase for a potential recruit. And even in a bad loss, if a recruit sees a team that won’t quit, that still goes to battle, maybe they can see themselves as part of the cavalry riding to the rescue in the seasons ahead. It’s never fun to be on a team that is getting creamed, but it’s also not all that fun to be relegated to a cheerleader on a winning team when you could be on the field making a name for yourself. That is the kind of player that Stoops is going after.

  31. asdf
    8:08 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll miss the current retro-chic design.

  32. Chicken Little
    8:48 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    KSR seems to not be able to stop its predetermined doom for UK football. Let the season play out before you continue to tell everyone how UK has no chance of winning.

  33. UNC throws UK shade
    8:55 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    “Which is it Carolina, merited stature as a top-tier public university or notoriety as an institution with Calipari-like values? Simply stated, UNC cannot have it both ways.”

    — Daily Tar Heel

  34. HW
    9:02 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    @lukeman there is still space for Janet Reno Dancing!

  35. kentuckyjoe
    9:11 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Banner is great. Maybe replace John Roberts with Seth Curry’s mother and BCG with Kige. Perfecto!

  36. vudu
    9:14 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    But if the writers suck…….:

  37. Smitty
    9:41 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Ticketmaster has the UK/Providence game at 8:00 pm for all those planning to attend.

  38. ZombieLibrarian
    10:21 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Is there a greater chance of the site being redesigned or me seeing a unicorn? I’ll believe it when I see it.

  39. Smitty
    10:25 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, It is to promote her line of candy, it is also called Sugarpova

  40. R.I.P.
    10:49 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    An OH Napier sighting on the Jones Views banner. RIP my friend.

  41. Hal
    11:33 am August 20, 2013 Permalink

    hey remember that time crean mouth-kissed his son??? that f***in weirdo