Do we have two new favorite fans in the eRupption Zone? After seeing the students in horse masks at last night’s game, I think we do. Even ESPN gave them some love on Tuesday night’s SportsCenter. We had to make them KSR Fans of the Day after seeing that.
— UK linebacker Bud Dupree wanted his Twitter followers to know D.J. Eliot is Mark Stoops’ first official hire, but it’ll be at least another day before we hear anything from the university to confirm it. There will be no official announcements from UK today as Thursday is the earliest they can confirm any football hires. That means you’ll have to hold off another 24 hours on that D.J. Eliot welcoming party you’ve been planning all week.
— It’s also looking like the Neal Brown party will have to wait too. As you can see in the post immediately south of this one, Neal Brown will interview with Southern Miss for its head coaching vacancy later this week. Brown is also believed to be on UTEP’s radar. Sorry, Tim Couch. You’re going to have to fight for this one.
— Louisville is fighting hard to keep Charlie Strong from leaving for Knoxville. Apparently, Tom Jurich drew up a 5-year extension for Strong — Didn’t he just get one of those? — to keep him at home in the Land of the Linebeards. There were reports early this morning that Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy had an offer from the Vols, but he has since been dropped from the list. Strong is still very much a candidate.
— In basketball news, the Cats are going to be doing A LOT of running at 7:00 a.m., beginning tomorrow morning. They’re going to learn to fall in love with the Joe Craft Center, one way or another. “Strap ’em on, boys!,” Cal said of his team’s next three weeks of conditioning.
— ESPN recruiting analyst Dave Telep talked about Karl Towns on video and then uploaded it to YouTube:
ESPN Recruiting ranks Towns No. 3 in the 2014 class.
— Our man DeMarcus Cousins is struggling out in Sacramento. He told The Sacramento Bee, “I’ve been terrible. We’re losing. I don’t feel like I made improvements from last year. I really don’t have any confidence at all. I’m just trying to think my way through it, but right now, I’m not finding anything.” Read more here. Come on, Boogie. This is your year!
— A limited number of tickets remain for Kentucky’s next four home men’s basketball games against Portland (Dec. 8), Lipscomb (Dec. 15), Marshall (Dec. 22) and Eastern Michigan (Jan. 2). eRUPPtion Zone tickets are available to the public for the Lipscomb, Marshall and Eastern Michigan games. Tickets in the eRUPPtion Zone will be $5.00 each (cash only) and are limited to one per person (must be present at time of purchase). Tickets will go on sale 90 minutes prior to tip-off at the Rupp Arena Box Office and are available on a first come/first serve basis.
Additionally, tickets for UK’s games against Texas A&M (Jan. 12), Tennessee (Jan. 15) and LSU (Jan. 26) go on sale Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6:00 p.m. ET through Ticketmaster. Lower level tickets (based upon availability) will be $50 each, and upper level tickets will be $42 each.
— On this morning’s radio show, Ryan Lemond hosted a football roundtable with former Wildcats Anthony White, Donte Key, and Nolan DeVaughn. Have a listen as they discuss the beginning of the Mark Stoops era and what to expect from Kentucky’s new head football coach.