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The West Liberty Recovery Saturday News and Views

Big Blue Nation is an amazing thing. While thousands of miles may separate the members of this fanbase when it comes time to unite Big Blue Nation does just that. Whether it’s to bash on some talking head, completely destroy on online poll, or to support a righteous cause there is no group in sports quite like the BBN. Today we witnessed that as the radio tour made their final stop in West Liberty. Back in March a tornado completely decimated the small town  and the road to recovery has been arduous. Today hopefully that recovery was made a little bit easier.

The radio show today was top notch with just about every KSR legend calling in to give their support. That wasn’t all as the coaching staff joined in as well. Coach Phillips called in to talk about the damage and said they would be busing the Morgan county football team to the Western game this year. Coach Cal flew in to survey the damage and spoke to the need for help and pledged to match second hour donations up to $25,000. That number was reached before the end of the show. The world of sports has drawn us all together but it’s times like today when you see that BBN really is a family. You can still donate to the relief over the next couple of weeks by checking out

Enough sappy stuff it’s time for some news and views:


-The big story out of today’s radio show was the announcement of an alumni game in just under a month at Rupp arena. The game is going to take place Sept. 15th with the proceeds going to charity. Coach Cal mentioned there were 23 NBA players from Kentucky who could potentially  come back to play in the game which would give fans a great chance to see our former Cats. There is also the possibility of the ’96 team dropping in for a little exhibition. Which NBA Cat do you most want to see next month in Rupp?


What a ring!


-As I mentioned earlier Coach Phillips was on the radio show today and did not name a starting QB. Then following today’s practices he again did not name the starter instead opting to say ““There isn’t a timeline, it’s whenever I feel like it.”. I have a feeling we won’t know who the starter is going to be until the morning of Sept. 2nd.


-Speaking of Sept 2 the football season is only 2 weekends away! 16 days until the Cats take the field and the slowest off season in sports history comes to an end.


-Another interesting note following today’s practice was the mention of the fourth quarterback being redshirt. It will be intriguing to see if that happens and which of the freshman would get the extra year. One would have to assume it would be Patrick Towles as he was brought in to be the future of the QB position at UK. However good things have been said about Jalen Whitlow during the recent practices and it makes you wonder if the coaching staff would want to put their faith in him going forward.


– Andrew Wiggins could miss the McDonalds All-American game! Since the junior is taking the coursework necessary to graduate this year he would need to go ahead and reclassify in order to be eligible for the Mcdees game. Otherwise he could end up like Nerlens and be forced to sit out. While it really isn’t a big deal, fans would still enjoy seeing Wiggins go up against the top recruits in America. But if missing the game means he is arriving in Lexington a year early then it is a worthy sacrifice. I’m sure the Derby classic would have an open spot for him anyway.


Well that’s all the news and views I have. Corey Nichols and  myself will be by tomorrow as news breaks across BBN. Again thanks to all the people who donated today to help out in West Liberty. It’s truly a great thing to help out a community that was devastated and still needs help. Again donations can be made at and every bit can help make a difference.







Article written by Andrew Cassady

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19 Comments for The West Liberty Recovery Saturday News and Views

  1. Bpsycho
    11:20 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    I am so excited to spend another weekend in bed curled up next to my mom. This weekend we are going to watch the full season of the bachelor. Sorry mom but he is so damn cute. lol!

  2. ACatFanInKC
    11:39 pm August 17, 2012 Permalink

    Kansas City Star has been doing an ongoing series about sports culture in the SEC, and today was Kentucky. Matt Jones even gets some attention in the article as well.

  3. Ja
    12:14 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Corey Nichols is a geed

  4. kaboom
    12:26 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    skimpy news and views

  5. Jordan
    12:29 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    I would love to be able and witness the great debate be played out on the court and that is which team is better? The 96 team or the 2012 team. OF course the 96 team isn’t in their prime anymore, but it would still be exciting to watch. Does anyone know how much has been raised so far for West Liberty? Just curious.

  6. kaboom
    12:30 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    to answer the question-I wanna see Davis vs Anderson

  7. kaboom
    12:52 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    5. Hey friend I think it plateau’d off at alittle over 50k

  8. dave
    12:57 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    WKU f-ball game sept 15 7pm. glad to see UK admin behind the f-ball team….

  9. UKBlue
    1:06 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Say whatever: Don’t ever doubt the power & loyalty of the Big Blue Nation.

  10. Bulldawg
    1:24 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Dear KSR,

    It seems fairly obvious to me that even if Joker did know which QB is gonna start that he does not want loserville to know which QB will start. I mean why volunteer that information? Because inquiring minds want to know? I think you guys think it is silly for Joker to not let the public know which QB will start… and I think, Joker thinks it is silly for everyone to keep asking him which QB will start. Just give it a rest and find out when they play. Not naming a starter may even INCREASE UK’s samll crowd at PJ’s retardinal stadium.? (insert shoulder shrug) Suspense is usually good for ratings and drives intrest to the football program IMHO. However, I could be the fool because maybe, just maybe driving the suspense is exactly what you all are doing when you keep asking Joker which QB will start.? (insert eyebrow shrug). Anyway, I think it is a smart play to not name the starter just for naming the starter’s sake. Just my 2 cents.


  11. Bulldawg
    1:25 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    did* does

  12. All readers
    2:12 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Who the hell are all these half a$$ writers on KSR recently?

  13. And the People Say
    2:24 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    #12…they must be the second generation…seems all the originals are long gone.

  14. BPsycho
    2:48 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Your mom maybe, if I could find an empty spot.

  15. CPACAT
    6:56 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    #8)Dave; read the announcement a few posts later, the bball game is at 2 pm; which gives folks plenty of time to waddle over to their tailgate spot before the 7 pm start…

  16. nassau65
    7:21 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    14, BP, have you ruffled someone’s little feathers old buddy?

  17. just wondering
    8:36 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Is that picture of West Liberty taken yesterday? Wow. Let’s get together and help these people out..

  18. Bob Day
    8:44 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    Andrew, the link you posted ( ) for West Liberty Recovery is incorrect and produces a “404 Not Found” error.

    Note: the URL resolves to which is the home of the Morgan County Long Term Recovery Team website.

  19. tdogg40330
    9:40 am August 18, 2012 Permalink

    15) Thanks, Dave gettin his panties in a wad for nothin