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Tyler Thompson Joins the Team Full Time…and Other Notes

It is with great excitement that KSR announces tonight that Tyler Thompson is joining KSR as a full-time writer and the new News Editor. This announcement is a long time coming and is especially sweet since today is her 2nd anniversary of her first post on the site. We found Tyler in a Blogger contest four years ago and since then, she has become a go-to person and one of the core members of KSR. Her features, including Tweet Beat, are loved by our readers and her ability to connect with the audience has been great to watch. I also have been tremendously impressed with how Tyler helped turn KSR from a Boys Club into a site that has the best male/female diversity of writers of any entity covering UK sports. On a personal level, Tyler has become a good friend to all of us and I am so pleased with how excited she seems to be about this news. She becomes KSR’s second full time writer, joining the great Drew Franklin. For those of you scoring at home, the KSR masthead now reads:

President: Matt Jones
Editor in Chief: Drew Franklin
News Editor: Tyler Thompson
Technical Director: Andrew Jefferson
Weekend Editor: Ally Tucker

Please join me in welcoming Tyler to the KSR family full-time, as she now gets to shed her current “real job” life and join the fun world of covering UK Athletics for a living.

A couple of other Thursday tidbits:

— The football coaching search continues and the last 48 hours provided little in the way of real news. UK is still compiling its list of top-tier candidates and I continue to hear that 4-5 names are emerging. I am confident that two of those names are Sonny Dykes and Kirby Smart, but the other names are still in some dispute. I am told that UK is still pursuing one NFL “big name”, and gauging interest from a couple of others, but they are getting close to having a final list to begin interviewing. While many names are being bandied about in public today that I think have some validity (Butch Jones, Mike McIntyre and Ron Caragher), another is off base (I dont think Phillip Fulmer is a serious candidate). At this time, I think we are still at least a couple of weeks away from a decision, and the process will continue, with a couple more names leaking out over the next week.

— The mystery illness of Ryan Harrow continues to be a big story around UK Athletics. Harrow has yet to practice and he is unlikely to play tomorrow versus Lafayette, but we still don’t have a complete grasp on what is wrong. The fatigue description has some speculating mono, but there has been no indication from UK that this is the case. We likely will know more going into the game tomorrow about just how long Harrow is expected to be out.

— Also, it is worth noting that the Harrison Twins did sign today, making sure that all conspiracy theories about them come to an end. The question continues to be who will join the Twins, Marcus Lee, James Young and Derek Willis at Kentucky, and it looks like we won’t know the answer until the Spring. If Kentucky can somehow get one of Andrew Wiggins, Juluis Randle or Aaron Gordon, they become the favorites to win the national title. If they get two, they become a juggernaut. We will see the answer in April.

— And finally, how about the Lil Wayne sighting at the UK-Duke game. He sat on the floor in a bizarre outfit (shown below) and apparently taunted the Duke players from start to finish. I am not sure if he is a “UK fan” per se (he has previously expressed allegiance to North Carolina), but it was clear who he was for that night. When you are on top, the wagon gets bigger, so even if for one night, Weezy joins.

Congrats again to Tyler and I will see you at 10 am tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night, the KSR Postgame Show will originate live from Glenn Creek Brewery in Chevy Chase in Lexington, so if you get a chance, stop by after the Lafayette game

Article written by Matt Jones

84 Comments for Tyler Thompson Joins the Team Full Time…and Other Notes



  1. Uncle Ted
    9:04 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Well deserved TT!



  2. Bunzz
    9:05 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Big Congrats! Well deserved, young lady.



  3. VinDatuk
    9:08 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    No mention of Chamique Holdsclaw shooting at her ex-girlfriend…typical UT grad.



  4. WEAREUK
    9:08 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats, just surprised she lives out of state



  5. Chicago
    9:09 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    This Rick Bayless Topolo Margarita I am enjoying says congrats Tyler.



  6. Brent S
    9:11 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Tyler! Living the dream!



  7. Sweetdanglindickdaddymolovesays
    9:11 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The sexual tension in my house just went up! My wife seen Tyler’s self pic from a Vegas pool last year and went apeshit! Welcome aboard matey!



  8. Roll Tice
    9:12 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats from a Tide Alumni,you are very talented!



  9. Cowboy
    9:13 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT… well deserved. is a move to Lexinton in the works?



  10. The Real Baldy in Mendo
    9:20 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    They grow up so fast. Movin’ on up! Congratulations, Ty-Ty! Doin’ it BIG



  11. Bryan
    9:20 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Where is BTI on this list? CEO??



  12. Justin
    9:22 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT!
    BTI sucks!



  13. DesignatedDrinker
    9:22 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    She’s been the best one on here for awhile, IMHO.. Congrats.



  14. I Blog U KSR
    9:23 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    TT u go girl!!! Matt, whatever u r paying her, double it. TT is sorta like WCS, lots of talent, but don’t realize it.



  15. Chi-TownCat
    9:24 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats but i must admit im jealous!…is Weezy rockin some sweet azz Zubaz pants



  16. bluefan
    9:24 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Awesome news, MrsT! I truly enjoy your work and will be very happy to see even more. Good for you. Go Cats!



  17. Suck up
    9:26 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, u r not the President of KSR, u r the King of the Bluegrass!



  18. bigbluejon
    9:27 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Weezy looks like a black Yoda



  19. J.T
    9:27 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Too bad I cant say how I feel about this, or I will get banned.



  20. Tman
    9:28 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink


  21. Dude
    9:32 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Whats Whoopi Goldberg doing at a UK game?



  22. Jatt Mones Boned Tyler Thompson
    9:34 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    shes a good writer, and more



  23. Rixter
    9:39 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’m trying to decide.. would I rater have a picture next to the statue, or next to Mrs. TT??

    Hmmmmmm



  24. Experience
    9:42 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    What exactly can a university say about a student’s health condition, legally? Probably nothing I would guess.



  25. Shawon
    9:44 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    What exactly does “News Editor” mean, anyway? Can I come to Tyler and say that somebody’s post on KSR about UK Football’s coaching search is “BS”, as Kyle Tucker would like for your to believe, for example, and it’s her full time responsibility to clean up the mess?

    Anyway, enough of that nonsense. Congrats Tyler!!!



  26. ScottyT
    9:51 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Seems to be more going on with Harrow than just sickness; odd situation. Wouldn’t be too surprised if he decides this isn’t what he signed up for and bounces. There’s more to this.



  27. Nick Papageorgio
    9:51 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT! Certainly getting my vote for blogger of the year!



  28. Sladet87
    9:52 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    The TT bio reads like a miss universe bio. “Tyler loves her cats, walks on the beach, and if she had one wish, it would be for all of the children to come together, hold hands, and sing for world peace. From Kentucky, TYLER THOMPSON!!!”



  29. Nathan
    9:53 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    19. If you don’t like this, please go away. Congrats Tyler!!!!!



  30. wow
    9:56 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Larry Vaught is saying mitch has already picked the next football coach.



  31. nassau65
    9:56 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    TT is tops. congrats!



  32. redesign
    10:00 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Matt, When might we see the site redesign? No offense I love reading the site, but the site design right now doesn’t reflect the quality of work being put out. Hopefully you all can roll it out sometime soon.



  33. TT for KSR Party Hostess
    10:14 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    News Editor? You guys report news? News to me.. it’s mostly repeats, links, cuts and pastes, and ridiculous banter.



  34. Carl
    10:16 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyler, if I was only 25 years younger I’d give your a husband a run for his money. Pretty, talented, intelligent AND A BIG BLUE FAN!!
    GO CATS!



  35. tyrus
    10:20 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Mrs. T. “We got this”!



  36. T_F_Licker
    10:22 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Double T! I love your work.



  37. UKbulldog
    10:23 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations to a very talented writer!



  38. katzrjamers
    10:23 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    kudos to you Tyler Thompson, i know you’ll make us proud. However, this does not bode well for Matt Jones and KSR. While Tyler Thompson is obviously a prolific and insightful blogger, if she truly had an inside track to the UK BB program, why was she not hired by legitimate sports writers such as Pete Thammel or Rick Bozich? These two pundits are obviously held in high regard by the BBN, judging by the constant referencing of their award winning articles by the KSR staff.

    Please don’t take me seriously, and i apologize for the lame NJT mimic. Wishing you well TT. GO UK!



  39. VinDatuk
    10:27 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Google Harrow and Bubble Guts.



  40. Dr. Tom
    10:34 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I was very impressed with the comments from this crowd and then #29 just had to say what most were thinking but were respectfull not to. Tyler you have got to be a good sport to tolerate this bunch. Great work and the best of luck.



  41. tyson
    10:45 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Mrs. TT! Well deserved. Congrats Matt on the websites continued success. Now make the next move ASAP and promote Ally. She and Mrs. TT have been great on the site and I hope they are around for a long time.



  42. Mikey1286
    10:52 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT!! Always enjoy reading your posts!

    On a football related note, since Petrino is looking more and more like a no go, I hope to hear more Butch Jones talk.. Especially when the other names emerging are Carragher and Mike McIntire!!



  43. Grimer
    10:52 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Drew Franklin editor in chief…..hahahaha



  44. Buckets
    10:59 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve always enjoyed Tyler’s writing. Congrats!



  45. 44 Stitches
    11:01 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Great news for KSR fans that we get more Tyler Thompson. This is a good step in the right direction for the web site. I’ve aways been impressed by her work and think she brings it. I was just thinking to myself the other day that it seemed lately her only main stay was tweet beat and was thinking we need more Tyler Thompson.



  46. WOWWWWWW!!
    11:02 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    O my gosh.. Mrs. TT. Will U marry me? Very beautiful!!



  47. SeaCat
    11:04 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    42) agree!!
    Tyler rocks! Nice promotion.
    Ally is also a star



  48. BlueThruAndThru
    11:07 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyler! I’ve haven’t had a lot of time to browse the web for the past couple of months so I apologize if this is common knowledge but did something happen to Beisner? I noticed that he’s not listed anywhere?

    Also, what do folks think about Ryan Harrow? From the comments I’ve read in the past 24 hours, it sounds like people are either thinking that he has 1) the flu/mono/something similar, 2) something more serious from a medical standpoint or 3) just very nervous about playing in high-pressure games. I’ve never met Ryan Harrow but #3 seems kind’ve hard to believe and if it were the flu or mono, they would definitely know something by now. I hope and pray for his sake that it’s not some kind of serious medical problem.



  49. DougieFresh
    11:09 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    To hell with Nicole Auerbach. #TeamTyTy #MarryMe



  50. Cats in the NBA
    11:25 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Who is that in the background of TT’s picture… a stalker roommate?



  51. Hal
    11:30 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    congrats, TT.
    BTI sucks



  52. DT from georgetown
    11:45 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT,well earned.Next up is the intern Tabor.That girl is “good people”.
    We looking forward to getting the KSR bunch down on Turkey Trace at Green River for a large weekend.



  53. Jungle Bob
    11:56 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Mrs. Tyler T.
    I always enjoy reading your posts.



  54. Linda Taylor
    11:57 pm November 15, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyler on a well-deserved promotion. You’ve been doing a great job on the website and I’m thrilled for you.



  55. HB
    12:11 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyler! Love your writing voice!



  56. U know
    2:26 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Wheww that was awesome Tyler! Very sexy



  57. kuhlkat
    2:50 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats TT–you r an inspiration to many.



  58. BB
    2:55 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to the best writer of KSR. TT, any chance of you replacing Matt on the radio show? I for one am all for it.



  59. kentuckyjoe
    6:37 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Great pic of TT – Hot Stuff!



  60. AGL
    7:08 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats to Tyler. She’s the only one who actually works hard @ KSR. Excellent hire!



  61. njCat
    7:11 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats on the gig TT. Very well deserved. Even if Matt is a pain at times, he does have an eye for talent. Oh, and I’m REALLY glad he didn’t name you ‘political editor’.

    Question… was that pic of you in the masthead taken in Santorini? Kind of looks like it. Amazing place.



  62. KyKid
    7:13 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Did I mkss something? What happened to Beisner? At any rate, congrats TT! You rock!



  63. Johnny
    7:23 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Good move Matt! Tyler is the best writer on this site. Very glad she is now full time.



  64. BigBluSotru
    7:28 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler for president your freaking “HOT”, crap on that ugly loser Matt.



  65. kentuckyjoe
    7:49 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Now, we just need to get Ally promoted and into the top echelon.



  66. JDH
    7:53 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congratulations TT. You’re my favorite writer on the site. Well deserved!



  67. Basteballer
    9:03 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Funny thing is… despite being far and away the best writer in the first blogger contest, Matt didn’t pick Tyler as the winner. I love the irony that she is now running the show.



  68. classof68
    9:15 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    The cream always rises to the top.



  69. classof68
    9:18 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I just hope she can educate Jones about football and his silly defeatest attitude concerning the program.



  70. RaleighCat
    9:22 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats and Chive On! Hot-pocket!



  71. truBLU
    9:58 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    #68……That’s what she said.



  72. DC Cat
    10:11 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    33 – jealous much?



  73. Tom Gavenonis
    10:14 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Lil Wayne looks like an alien.



  74. Weez
    10:15 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    I’ve seen aliens and they look the same as him



  75. beefcake
    10:20 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    All I have to say is…..KAAPOWW!!!!!!



  76. schwing
    10:35 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    43, exactly. i like an editor in chief who doesn’t know the difference between “your” & “you’re” and “their,” “there,” and “they’re.”



  77. Musehobo
    11:09 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    TT has been the best (next to Drew) for a while now. I hope this means that the posts will all run through her now, maybe Drew’s typos will get fixed before they’re put up. Grats!



  78. my vote
    11:24 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    1,2



  79. Travis
    11:50 am November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats Tyty!



  80. Questionable
    12:34 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    How is it that someone can be the News Editor of a website that doesn’t actually report their own news? All you guys do is troll through other sites and take their information and post it on your site.



  81. FrankTheTank
    1:01 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    BOMBS away!!



  82. DREWBLUE
    2:14 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Way to go Mrs. TT. Quite jealous of the man I don’t even know.



  83. Cotton Nash
    4:19 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Congrats, Mrs. Tyler! You are one of my fav 2 contributors. Course Drew Franklin is da King!!!!



  84. this aint Google
    6:20 pm November 16, 2012 Permalink

    Your getting a little carried away. This website isnt Google. Funny as hell tat you put the Org chart on here. I mean its a great site but I think you have lost your mind. Cant stop laughing.