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UK Fans of the Day Want Some Evening Thoughts


A few very quick thoughts after a day on the football tip:

— Today was UK’s open football practice for the media and I found it to be a very interesting spectacle to behold. From the get go, the thing that most stands out to the onlooker is the intensity and tempo from start to finish. In previous years, coaches tried to keep the activities moving, but I have never seen anything like this. From the opening moment, everyone is constant energy and the rapid fire methods keep all players on their toes. Whenever the offense or defense engages in full team drills, they try to get the plays off as rapidly as possible, moving players in and out so that there are no down times. I counted an average period of only 10-12 seconds between the finish of one play and the start of another. That tempo, which is almost sure to be a part of how the team plays this fall, was truly impressive to watch.

— Equally as impressive was the continued high level energy of this young coaching staff. When you see the group together, it is shocking just how young they are collectively, but their intensity and energy is part of what makes the practice tick. Literally at every position, a coach exists who is in a player’s face and making him aware of what he is doing wrong, all the while doing it with verve and passion. I was motivated to put on some pads and play, and I dont like even getting hit. I cant imagine how refreshing it is for the boys in blue and white.

— The new players were a sight, especially Zadarius Smith, who looks like an absolute man child. When you hear coaches talk about “SEC athletes”, they are talking about people like Zadarius. Even though he has only been on campus for a semester, he sticks out more than any player on the team as a physical specimen. Mark Stoops said afterwards (in our post practice interview, which you can hear on the podcast below) that he is the most fundamentally sound Defensive Lineman, even though he comes from the JUCO ranks. I expect him to have a BIG impact right away and be a difference maker from moment one.

— With all of that positivity, it is clear that there are some serious holes on the team that will have to be filled. The biggest of those is the WR position, where we not only saw a lot of dropped balls today, but also the need for a talent infusion as well. While there are some capable guys, there aren’t enough of them (Neal Brown says they need 7-8) and I suspect that some of the new guys coming in (Javess Blue, Ryan Timmons, etc) can expect to see immediate playing time. There seemed to be some improvement on defense and I was very impressed with Max Smith’s velocity and accuracy. But much work needs to be done.

— In other news, I didn’t realize the good folks of Laurel County were so anti-math. It can be quite disruptive:


A lot of moving parts right now…you have the Women’s team playing in the Regional in Bridgeport, Connecticut (where Team KSR…me, Drew, Hayley Minogue and Wilder Treadway are driving in an all-night trip after the Mr and Miss Basketball ceremonies on Friday night.), the Andrew Wiggins saga and the creation of the roster for next season. Dominique Hawkins’ coach says he will know about a scholarship hopefully by Friday, which tells me that we might hear some roster rumblings in the next couple of days. Stay tuned….


Article written by Matt Jones

38 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Some Evening Thoughts

  1. Blue's Clues
    9:04 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    A clue a clue.

  2. jwill
    9:07 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    i always thought math was over rated

  3. I am not a joke
    9:08 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    My family lives in Huntington, WV and have become close with Andrew Wiggins and taken the kid under our wing. We have met his parents a couple of times and they are very good people that honestly are open to him attending any of the final schools on his list. That being said, Andrew has become very close with a girl down in Tallahassee. He also wears FSU gear often but that is likely due to his parents being star athletes at the school and that he followed the school as a kid. When my wife asked him which school he liked the best overall, she said he did not hesitate to say FSU. He said UNC was a close second. With the girl attending FSU and his parents wanting him to follow in their footsteps, I think he ends up at FSU. He could surprise us and choose UNC or even UK, but I think it is a small chance. Our entire family are diehard UK fans and would love to see him play for Cal in Rupp Arena next season. We will do what we can to promote UK, but I think it will not help much.

  4. jwill
    9:08 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    thank god it wasnt a spelling lab

  5. LansingCat
    9:09 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Math is a helluva drug.

  6. jpo
    9:13 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    3. then why keep copy and pasting?

  7. JT !
    9:13 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #3 i knew you’d be back !

  8. Travis
    9:15 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Matt….would you please discuss the roster for next season? I’ll hang-up and listen. #SSDD


  9. coldspringmike
    9:15 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I’ll ask you again #3- how long did it take you to make that story up ?

  10. Duuuuuude
    9:18 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    3……we got it. You know no more than the rest of us.

  11. I am Lenny and JT
    9:21 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    i’ve been living around the world of ass holes for the past 10 years. After coming to know Butt crack, i can tell you i am so full of shit. if anyone belives any of the garbage i spew from my ass, please feel free to hit me up and i will allow you all inside my “sources” if ya know what i mean.

  12. You are a Joke
    9:28 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #3… You put to many sentences together and used a little to much English to be from W.V.

  13. Michael
    9:30 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I got an email this week from a Nigerian prince whose family died in a helicopter crash but wanted me to know very strongly that Wiggins will go to UK, and in order for that to happen I have to send bank account # please.

  14. nickel pieces
    9:31 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I see one, two, three chicks Matt Jones could never score with…. Or Drew…. But that Ryan guy….. Mmmmm honey.

  15. Matt From Richmond
    9:39 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Matt that entire post was good, love reading about the football team, but the Math Lab pic is the main reason I get on this site. Nice work as always.

  16. Pattycrank
    9:39 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    12. google “to” and “too”, come back, we’ll talk. damn

  17. Bill
    9:48 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #3 I fly spaceships in my spare time

  18. Gap Tooth Danny
    9:50 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    Once again, WTF is up with Laurel County?

  19. BPsycho
    10:13 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #13 Lol

    #18 Not the lab count! Boomshakalaka!

  20. Catfanjb
    10:15 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #3 you sound like the same jackass that kept posting that Juilus Randle wouldn’t be coming to UK either cause you had “some insider info”. Now begone TROLL!!

  21. GrammarCat
    10:45 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    12 — As a PhD in English from West Virginia and a die hard Cats fan, I feel compelled to tell you that you used the wrong “to” in your unfortunate, stereotyping attempt at a really weak put down. You may not need a math lab in your life, but you sure as hell could use a grammar lab. And a lab where you could learn how to come up with something more entertaining than the same old ignorant, flimsy hillbilly jokes that West Virginians and Kentuckians and the rest of us Appalachians have been subjected to by outsiders (and internalized by ourselves) for the past 150 years, just to make it feel easier for industrialists to exploit us.

    And, yeah, it’s “too,” not “to.”

    So, how’s it feel to be schooled on your English by a West Virginian?

    And don’t let this completely blow your mind: I’m a woman, too.

  22. minton
    10:46 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    #12, you didn’t help things much. Learn the difference between “to”, “too” and “two.”

  23. bob
    10:55 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink


  24. PhD in Spanglish
    11:00 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    A PhD in English from West Virginia reads on an 8th grade level everywhere else.

  25. Josh
    11:24 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    I’m from Laurel County…..

  26. seriously
    11:35 pm March 27, 2013 Permalink

    i wish i was that pawprint

  27. WildcatDMD
    1:37 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I do too 26

  28. LondonTiger
    1:38 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I grew up in Laurel County in the 60’s – back then math was mathematics, meth was a prefix to a whole lot of organic chemistry assignments, and basketball players could shoot free throws. AND television news editors actually knew how to spell. See how far humanity has pro(or re-)gressed?

  29. KurtCapone
    1:50 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    If 21 has an English degree, it came from a shopping center school.

  30. Amberbock
    4:37 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    I like the one on the left.

  31. art vandalay
    6:41 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Down in Graves County they once reported a math lab had exploded and that the police were pulling functions and derivatives out of the trees for miles…. and I was like “no way that was a math lab, that had to be a calculus lab”.

    Government cover up?

  32. bosshog
    8:56 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    21, Wonderful post.!

  33. PhD?
    9:16 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Would a true PhD in English begin a sentence with the word “and?”

  34. Paula Dean
    9:40 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    Hey y’all it’s Paula Dean

  35. Teachable Mo'
    9:54 am March 28, 2013 Permalink


    And then went down to the ship
    Set keel to breakers […]

  36. uk3k_J
    9:56 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #24 for the win!

  37. Randy Marsh
    10:39 am March 28, 2013 Permalink

    #33 hahahaha, so true!

  38. Morgan
    3:22 am March 29, 2013 Permalink

    Damn that blonde is super fine