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UK Fans of the Night Want Notes from the Weekend

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It’s been a really busy weekend on a number of fronts, especially the Nashville real estate market, as my husband and I just put an offer on a house. But that’s clearly not what you came here for. Let’s look back on the weekend that was and the week that will be in UK sports…

Shyquawn Pullium commits to the Cats

Late Sunday night, JUCO corner Shyquawn Pullium committed to Kentucky. Pullium is a former Penn State commit out of the 2010 class who can give the Cats help at a spot where they need it the most. He runs a 4.31 40 and formerly attended Blinn Jr. College, and will be the tenth member of UK’s 2014 class. He had offers from the Cats, Cincinnati, and Arizona State. Also of note: he’s friends with Ryan Flannigan, another UK target. The Stoops train keeps on rolling. Coach Mainord makes it official:

Drew Barker backs up the hype

Over the weekend, KSR’s newest writer competed in the Elite 11 Regionals in Columbus, Ohio. He performed so well that he earned an invitation to the Elite 11 competition finals in Oregon later this month, along with 17 other QBs. The players who are invited will have the opportunity to get one-on-one instruction at the Nike headquarters, and notable Elite 11 alumni include Matt Leinart, Trent Edwards, Jamarcus Russel, Jake Locker, Matthew Stafford, and Andrew Luck. On top of that, he was also named the QB MVP at the Nike Football Training Camp Sunday afternoon.

Our friend Mark Ennis put his Louisville shades aside for the day to take in Barker’s performance, and came away more than impressed:

Working with the same group that had several of the best quarterbacks in it, Barker was one of a handful of that was able to show off his arm strength despite the windy conditions. Barker effortlessly threw the ball, was as accurate as just about anyone (given the conditions), and showed his ability to throw accurately and consistently while rolling or on the run.

Ennis told me later that he couldn’t say enough good things about Barker, who has room to improve as a QB, but is everything you could want as the face of your program. Elite 11 organizer Trent Dilfer had this to say about Barker: “He had a great weekend and just needs to keep growing as a passer and get more exposure to graduate level QBing.” As you can see in the vine above and Drew’s diaries on the site, he wears his commitment to the Cats as a badge of honor, and looks for opportunities to sell the program to anyone who will listen. With each day that passes, we realize just how lucky Mark Stoops and staff were to land him.

It’s down to Kentucky and Alabama for Matt Elam

The John Hardin giant insinuated on over the weekend that he’s down to Kentucky and Alabama. Alabama’s pitch is easy: come play for the best team in the country to win a National Championship. If this were basketball, they would be Kentucky, and the decision would be easy. However, Kentucky’s still in it and judging from Elam’s responses to the BBN’s advances on Twitter, almost a big lean. Mark Stoops and company are urging Elam to “come be a hero” for his home state school, and on Thursday, told him he was the staff’s number one priority on defense. Elam, who is close with Drew Barker, seems to be taking the bait. Apparently, his only hangup in going to Alabama is that it’s far from his home in E-town, and his mom wants him at UK. Mama knows best, right Matt?

The 2014 Commitments come to town

Football will again be a big focus this week, as UK’s 2014 commitments begin to arrive on campus to take part in UK’s Saturday Night Prime Time Camp. As evidenced by their joint Twitter account and Drew Barker’s comments, the 2014 class is very tight, and is looking forward to fleshing that bond out on the field. Drew Barker will join the group on Monday after he returns from the Rivals 5-star Challenge in Chicago. The fact that the 2014 commits are coming down is big, but UK’s top 2014 targets joining them is absolutely huge. Targets expected to attend include Stanley “Boom” Williams, and Denzel Ware, a former UK commit who may be reconsidering his stance with the Cats. Barker called the collection of prospects that will attend “talent unlike anything UK’s ever seen before,” and their visits, given the staff and the commitments’ enthusiasm, couldn’t come at a better time.

The Avengers assemble

On Thursday, most of the players on Kentucky’s basketball team will return to campus to start an eight-week summer session. A few of the freshmen will join a few weeks later because of their current school schedules, but we will have more details about what the team will be doing on the site Monday. Having the players return to campus is always exciting, but with the current hype surrounding the 2013-2014 Cats, it is enough to make you do a Ken Cosgrove tap dance (drink some bourbon for the “Mad Men” reference). Or, act like this sprightly little deer and giddy up down Keeneland’s track.


Everyone dry laugh with me now!

Nerlens Noel makes his case for the number one pick

It remains to be seen what the Cleveland Cavaliers will do with their number one pick on June 27th. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert is pushing to trade the team’s No. 1 pick to get a young big man or small forward, but ESPN’s Chad Ford still thinks they will use it to take Nerlens Noel. We’ve always known Nerlens is a hard worker and his physical therapist Kevin Wilk says he is doing everything possible to return to the court by Christmas. Throughout his short time at UK, we’ve come to know Nerlens’ tireless work ethic as the team’s lone “energy guy,” and according to his doctors, he’s progressing well, if not ahead of schedule, with his rehab. He’s doing all he can to earn the number one pick in the draft; the rest is up to the Cavaliers.

Matt Jones takes on the World Series of Poker

Our fearless leader is in Las Vegas right now relaxing after playing four hours in the World Series of Poker. Matt went all in on Queens against Jacks and a “flush on the river” (not quite sure what that means, but it sounds dirty) and lost. Thankfully, he’s in a place where consolation is second nature, so don’t feel too bad. A preview of what’s to come on the radio show this week: tomorrow, Ryan and Drew will man the mic, with a special appearance by Nick Roush to catch everyone up on football, and on Tuesday, CBS Sports’ Gregg Doyel will HOST both hours. Talk about a treat.

See you then.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

23 Comments for UK Fans of the Night Want Notes from the Weekend



  1. quickneasycat
    10:40 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    that’s a bad beat. That sucks.



  2. Otees
    10:48 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    Greg Doyel picked UK to win it all in 2013
    What a schmuck
    Can’t wait to hear his brilliant insight



  3. 10,000gonein4hours
    10:48 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    I love that he busted in 4 hours…lol



  4. PokerGuy89
    11:16 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    I’d love to beat the shit out of Matt (mostly Drew, but Matt is guilty by association) at the poker table. KSR should set up a charity game.



  5. ukfaninohio
    11:20 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    Are there any good online poker sites left?Haven’t played since the big bust or whatever you wanna call it but would love to get back in if i could find a trustworthy site.



  6. Ed
    11:30 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    Main events not for almost 2 months. Eitherway, I’m sure jones played the hand badly. I get it was a bad beat, but sounds like he overrated his hand. Donkey.



  7. HillbillyInBC
    11:33 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    Never been to Vegas. In what form is “consolation” typically found there?



  8. Matt Jones
    11:34 pm June 2, 2013 Permalink

    I played the hand fine…loose player ahead of me raised three times the big blind preflop and due to losing a race (AK to 10s) earlier, I was down to only twelve or so big blinds…I went all in, had two callers….one bet the other out of the hand and it was straight up QQ vs JJ….four spades come and dude hits a lucky flush. It happens.

    Most of the guys were much better than me anyway…lot of fun though



  9. kingjoem
    12:11 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Can you write 1 story without mentioning Nashville? Geez lady start writing for vandy!



  10. Buckets
    12:30 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Man, what’s not to like about Drew Barker? That kid “gets it.” Matt Elam, come on down and join Barker as the offensive and defensive cornerstones in the foundation of Kentucky football’s future.



  11. Kenneth Cosgrove, SCDP
    12:36 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    It wasn’t the bourbon.



  12. Scooby
    12:44 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Dont think people reqlize what we are getting in Pullium… Unless the numbers were skewed, and at real combines they don’t seem to be, this kid is pretty freaky athletically. In 2009, going into his senior year [ he’ll be 22 in October] he ran a 4.31 40, had a 4.46 in the shuttle, a 31 inch verticle, a 6.86 3 cone and jumped an even ten feet in the broad jump at a combine in Pittsburgh.   Those are definitely SEC cornerback numbers.



  13. SeaCat
    1:10 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Tyler, let’s talk baby names!!
    Calvin (Cal), Adolph, Matthew(Matt),
    Catherine(Cat), Danielle (Dan Issel)



  14. Bobbum man
    2:43 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yea that’s a rough beat Matt



  15. Just asking
    3:42 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    I wonder if the class of 2011, 2012, and 2013 will take time off from practicing and be at the autograph session to get the class of 2014 signatures on posters for their dorm rooms?



  16. Matt Jones
    4:38 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Did Chris from Richmond co-host my show last week?



  17. Caldwell
    4:48 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    No one names their child Adolph

  18. #16 Yes, and Clay Travis called in?



  19. RealCatsFan
    8:42 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Darn, Bambi blew my trifecta at Keeneland – did not expect him to place. But he had great odds!



  20. BPM
    9:32 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Chris from Richmond was definitely a low point in KSR history – though I suppose his idiocy at least made it interesting to a certain degree.



  21. catlogic15
    10:08 am June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Why would Drew Barker want any instruction from JaMarcus Russel. He’s terrible.



  22. Austin K.
    4:40 pm June 3, 2013 Permalink

    Although my memory is blurry (from that night, as was my vision), that one police officer in the picture looks vaguely familiar. Maybe its someone that I’ve gone and had a drink with. Looks like he could be a great friend or an arch nemesis!



  23. 2Blue4u
    11:22 pm June 4, 2013 Permalink

    KY pitcher Cory Littrel tried out for Cubs over the wknd. Anybody know how he did?