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The Season Never Ends’ Saturday News and Views

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-We’re just thirteen hours away from seeing the Cats return to the floor to complete the “Terrence Jones series” with the Portland Pilots. The past two seasons brought two games which were dominated by Kentucky. In 2010 the Cats won 79-48 in the Rose Garden behind Brandon Knight’s 21 points. Last year in Rupp the future national champions rolled 87-63 with Jones scoring 19 against his hometown team. The last time Kentucky was on the floor it was a tale of two halves. In the first the Blue was dominant, in the second we looked sluggish and tired. Which team is going to show up tomorrow is the question?

-As a result of that second half the stakes are high for this young Kentucky team. Following the game against Samford Coach Cal criticized the team’s conditioning saying the only reason they didn’t show up in the second half was because they weren’t in shape. He then asserted that “We’re going to be the most in-shape team in the next three weeks,” and “If they play a full game, both halves, maybe we won’t condition. But I don’t think they can..” The choice is simple: Show up or enroll in Camp Cal for winter break.

-One man apparently ready to prove his physical fitness is Ryan Harrow. Our onetime starting point guard said yesterday he worked out three times. First at 7:00 am with Rock Oliver, then some afternoon delight at team practice, followed by some late night shoot around. Hopefully that work will translate to success on the floor tomorrow. If nothing else Harrow got a jump start on Camp Cal.

-Apparently, you can go home again. Favorite sons Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be heading back to Lexington this summer to enroll in some classes according to a tweet from earlier today. The young guys continue to impress with their dedication to education. I know if I was set up to be a multimillionaire for life I’d have a hard time returning to school. Hopefully the duo will start a trend of NBA guys being on campus for a few weeks to work out and work in the class room. The Craft Center would start to resemble the NBA all-star game.

-UK Hoops took to the floor of Rupp Arena tonight for their yearly home game away from Memorial as they took on the Blue Demons of DePaul. The extra space proved to be necessary as the team and fans set a new attendance record for a Women’s Basketball game at Kentucky with over 18,000 in attendance. The record crowd was treated to a show as the ladies took care of business with a 96-64 win. Next up UK will face off against a very good Middle Tennessee State team at 1. The Blue Raiders beat Kentucky last season, and took Tennessee to overtime a few weeks ago. BE THERE.

-An excellent year for UK volleyball was brought to an end tonight as the upset bid against #1 Penn State came up short.  Congrats to Coach Skinner and all the girls for an excellent year. You made BBN proud.

-After being denied by just about every Coach and their brother Tennessee finally name a head coach. Butch Jones has agreed to do the job nobody else would. Yes, one of the coaches once rumored to be next in line here in Lexington held off to wear orange in Knoxville. Last season the Vols crushed Cincinnati 45-23, leaving many fans up in arms as any team the Dooley lead Vols could beat to a pulp they didn’t want.

 

That’s all the news and views fit to print for tonight. Get back tomorrow to get ready for the Portland game. The fun starts at 9:30 with the KSR pre-game show, tune in! Finally I leave you with the best piano ballad about Mark Stoops that has ever been written. It’s been stuck in my head for the better part of the day.

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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32 Comments for The Season Never Ends’ Saturday News and Views



  1. zebra lover
    11:11 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    Third!



  2. zebra lover
    11:11 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    BEAuiful performance



  3. Ukalum
    11:12 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    Willie Taggert accepted a job to be USF’s new coach. Looks like stoops will get his first win in Nashville after all. I hope stoops is looking at Trooper Taylor from chiziks old staff as an assistant. He is a hell of a recruiter and a five star LB has openly said he will follow Taylor to his next school. Signing the best inside LB of 2013 could do a lot to change uk football culture.



  4. Akward Silence
    11:19 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    ……crickets



  5. Roland
    11:20 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    Unless you live out in the Atl ocean with this post, it is STILL TGIF.



  6. Buckets
    11:29 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    That song is just creepy. And awful.



  7. EC
    11:32 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    I hope that song doesn’t get back to Stoops. It may drive him to Knoxville.

    6) Creepy was the first thing that came to my mind too.



  8. Steve Fitts
    11:42 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    Great song! And I love that last line–if you don’t get it done, we’ll turn on you! How true!



  9. AUbleedblue
    11:44 pm December 7, 2012 Permalink

    #3
    As both an Auburn and UK alum you don’t want Taylor on Staff at UK. He is one of the primary reasons that the NCAA was re-investigating Auburn for recruiting violations this past season. He is a great motivator and good guy to have on your side but he does some shady things behind the scenes that will probably come to light now that he doesn’t have someone like Chizik keeping it under wraps. I am glad he is gone from Auburn and don’t want him at UK. I trust Stoops and his judgement as well as the recruiting capability of Eliot (sp) so far. WDE and GO BIG BLUE.



  10. old man
    12:11 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Season Never Ends just like those ads for it never end. That and Stadium Frames drive me crazy. I guess it’s ok though because I want to support small businesses..I just wish they would slow down on the Stadium Frame ads though.



  11. mashburnfan1
    12:12 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    http://www.tampabay.com/hometeam/blog/class-5a-state-semifinal-tallahassee-godby-24-robinson-20/15969/ Future CAT RB had a big game in Florida High School Playoffs as his team from Tallahassee beat a very good team from the Tampa area.



  12. 44 Stitches
    12:15 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with #9 we don’t want Trooper Taylor any where near our program. The 5 star linebacker is Rueben Foster who wants to follow Trooper. He actually played his first three years of high school in Georgia (for Troup H.S. which is LaGrange’s rival where some of our current and former boys played high school at). His high school coach got fired for recruiting. Foster said if they didn’t hire his coach back he wouldn’t play for the high school. That’s when his family moved down interstate 85 a half hour to Auburn and his “father figure” Trooper Taylor. Random tidbit about Rueben Foster is the kid is a high school senior and has a 4 year old daughter.



  13. Dust Settles
    12:16 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    As the dust settles on all the SEC hires, it’s hard not to feel like Vandy and UL won that round.
    I know everyone says Strong isn’t that great because he’s in a powderpuff conference, but I think you’d
    have to be a big dense not to believe he’s going to develop into a stellar coach. Those two schools put
    their money where their mouth was, and hit the home runs.

    As much as I will support our football team, there’s a sick pit in my stomach. I feel like when
    I went to the county fair and tried to guess which shell had the ping pong ball under it. I was wrong,
    but the guy gave me a little toy anyway. It was some kind of weird floppy plastic mold of Ringo Starr.
    It was red. Like a red gummy Ringo Starr. There was a whole rainbow of weirdo plastic gummy
    Beatles in the jar. The blue George Harrison would have been ok. The green John Lennon would
    have been awesome. My favorite was Paul at the time, and wow man, Paul was purple! But I got
    the red Ringo Starr. My cousin looked at the plastic jelly Ringo in my hand and said, “You should
    hang on to that, it could be worth something someday.”

    I hope someday Kentucky is something else besides a suckass SEC football school,
    and I hope Mark Stoops isn’t one more used car salesman. I’ll be the first to admit next
    year that I was a non-believing pessimist. But come on, man. We got Red Ringo Starr.



  14. huh?
    12:30 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    …i am the walrus???



  15. Ukalum
    12:45 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    9 &12) I know that Trooper Taylor is as sketchy as a Nigerian prince but coach cal was considered the dirtiest basketball coach on the planet before he got to kentucky( and there are many that still think that. You mean to tell me that a star athlete on the high school level can be a diva? Noo way. Get real, almost all of those kids have ego issues. You must not watch MTV much, if your surprise that a high schooler has a daughter. One thing you failed to mention is that he is 6’2″ 240lbs and runs a 4.6 forty as an inside linebacker. Don’t get me wrong I like bud and Avery but if uk is gonna compete against elite running backs we need more guys like foster.



  16. Terrence Jones
    12:49 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    You misspelled my name, Andrew Cassady.



  17. Cha-Ching!
    1:07 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I’d buy 1,000 of those calendars if the gal came with them!



  18. lot of respect for mm
    1:16 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #15 I can still remember Coach Bassett. Our program took about 8 years to recover from him. That LB might be all you say, but a bad recruiting coach can destroy a program.



  19. lot of respect for mm
    1:21 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    #17 that girl is hot don’t get me wrong but if she is the best UK has Wiggins is FSU bound. Damn those girls in the picture with him at that bar where smoking!!!! After a night with them I’d say he would sign any damn thing they asked him too for anther go round.



  20. 44 Stitches
    1:27 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    @15

    Rueben Foster is more than a diva. He’s way more trouble than he’s worth. I live in Georgia where he played his first three years of high school. True about teens having kids but not to many high schoolers have a kid that old. That was my point. I hate to break it to you but you aren’t telling me anything on him stat wise or anything I haven’t seen with my own two eyes. I saw Foster play his JR year when my old high school beat his school at the time brains out in the playoffs. This summer he moved to Auburn, Al after his demands for his old coach here in Ga to be rehired fell on deaf ears. Foster moved to Auburn which is only about a half hour from where he lived at in Ga. A little weird he moved to Auburn of all places when he was a Bama commit. Trooper got around him and he decommits from Bama. Commits to Auburn and got huge forearm tat the day after of the Auburn AU symbol. Now Trooper is like a father figure? I seriously doubt Stoops hires Taylor just to get this kid. For the record no I hardly never watch MTV.



  21. 44 Stitches
    1:32 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    at 20 last sentence meant hardly ever watch



  22. Ukalum
    2:18 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    20) again Trooper Taylor may be dirty but the NCAA hasn’t found his direct actions to be violations. The most recent inactivation was into a kid that had a high school transcript forged and Taylor was the primary recruiter. I have no doubt that foster MAY be trouble and I’m not suggesting stoops should try and hire an assistant coach for one 5 star recruit but this guy seems to have a Tee Martin type of in on recruits that UK badly needs. Oh and foster views him as a father figure because foster and Taylor’s son were on the same H.S. football team, meaning Taylor had near unlimited access to foster due to that connection. Eliot and stoops may be able to sway the Ryan Timmons of the world toward uk but if uk doesn’t get neal brown (& company) we will likely need a great recruiter. The fact is we aren’t going any where but 6-6 and the liberty bowl as a program if we don’t start putting more than a handful of nfl/SEC “capable” players on field at a time.



  23. Ukalum
    2:20 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    21 – investigation not inactivation



  24. Yeah
    2:43 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    @13 When the dust settles, maybe you will lay down the crack pipe….UofL can keep Strong….He played UofL and Tommy turtleneck (which I find hilarious)…he is a defensive coach right? Well his defense sucked this year. Without Bridgewater, UofL would be ready to run him out of town. He has been there three years and hasn’t beaten a single quality opponent. He took UofL to the Department Store Bowl last year and lost!!! He duped UofL into giving him a national championship salary when he is a mid-major quality coach. Franklin on the other hand is a great coach and Vandy was very wise to lock him up. I think UK did well with Coach Stoops…I think he can do well at UK.



  25. Dwayne
    3:09 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    They should replace My Old Ky Home with this song at football games!



  26. Yessir
    3:20 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    I enjoyed the song, he means for it to be sarcastic and that’s part of it. Nicely done

    But I’m drunk and a tad bit stoned so maybe I’m alone on this



  27. Jerry C
    5:46 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Still don’t know what a UK hoop is.



  28. Really?
    6:33 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    How does a supposed UK fan not know how to spell Terrence’s name right? That is pathetic for a UK blog. But I guess it’s par for the course for ksr these days.



  29. L
    8:12 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    There are no words. Just……????



  30. Hoo
    8:49 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Hoosiers make the soccer finals!!! Step yo game up hillbillies!



  31. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:51 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to UT for getting their 4th choice for their football coach, I guess you are still a football power.



  32. Big Whoop
    10:03 am December 8, 2012 Permalink

    Who cares about futbol? This is why you (IU) suck at real football. I digress.

    The hammer hasn’t come down on Miami yet and Hurtt is going to cause problems for Strong. Top 10 program? Very funny. Maybe # 10 in the SEC. Trooper Taylor is NOT someone should want at UK. He might be a good recruiter (jury’s out on if he cheats), but Auburn sucked, if you’ll remember. That’s why they’ve fired Cheeseit.

    I think Stoops is a great hire for UK and will at least elevate the program back to where Brooks had it in his best years at UK. And, I believe UK will finally has a defense which will be a most pleasant change.