Two updates on what has been a very hectic 24 hour period:
— The news that Emmanual Mudiay is going to pick a college tonight is surprising and likely not good for UK. I had assumed, as most others had as well, for some time that Mudiay was an almost certain Cat and most of UK’s recruiting had been based on that assumption. But after talking with some folks last night, it now seems that over the last couple of weeks that assumption has faded. For whatever reason, and you can guess as good as I can, SMU has become the recent favorite and Mudiay has visited the campus five times in the last two months. UK remained confident, assuming like most recruits, Mudiay would be blown away by the Big Blue Madness experience, but now comes word he is deciding tonight. The buzz around basketball, with the coaches involved in the recruitment and those that follow it, all points towards SMU being the pick. Folks in Lexington expect him to pick SMU this evening and therefore, so do I. Hopefully he will have a change of heart, or at least postpone the decision (that would be good news for UK), but if Mudiay plans on “shocking the world” becoming the first player in 30 years worth anything to select SMU would certainly do so. When Kentucky offered Tyler Ulis and brought him on campus, it was in part due to worries of fading with Mudiay. Those worries may come to fruition tonight in what would be one of the most bizarre decisions that I can remember. But as we always say in recruiting, things can change and hopefully for UK’s sake, they will.
— The site redesign launched yesterday and went, from our perspective, surprisingly well. Most of you seem to like the new look and comments have been 95% positive, something we weren’t necessarily expecting. We thought there would be much more whining (there usually is) and thus we are very encouraged. That doesn’t mean there are not bugs that need to be fixed. Most importantly, on the iPhone users, the text is smaller than we wish and we are working on a fix…for now you can of course turn your phone sideways (it all fits on screen there and in readable type) but we hope to get a better fix this weekend. Hubby is spending today on it and I think you will find things better soon. We have a couple of other small tweaks as well and hopefully it will be where we want on Monday…then we move to the comment section work. Either way, we thank everyone for their support. My goal in the redesign was to make it slightly (and I mean slightly) more modern looking, while retaining what makes KSR work…and I think we did. I also wanted to recreate some of what made KSR fun in the early years…the community sense and goofy posts. The new “Funkhouser” blog and my personal diary blog will do that…they won’t be for everyone but those that like it I think will really like it.
Our KSR annual conference is today. With a couple of the content changes coming and the designe changes made, you will see KSR improve even more. I think this is still the best site on the internet for UK sports and it isn’t even close. But as we have become bigger, some things have changed. We are planning on getting some of that “old school KSR” feel back with the new sections and we are excited.
More all day as we wait for Mudiay and the KSR crew meets to plan the future….