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Dan McHale’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup


Tonight, Dan McHale will return to the sidelines at Rupp Arena, this time as the head coach of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels. From 1997-2001, McHale was a student manager for the UK Basketball team, taking part in UK’s 1998 Championship run, along with three SEC Championships under Tubby Smith. From there, McHale served on staffs at Louisville, Manhattan, Iona, Seton Hall, and Minnesota, where he was Richard Pitino’s top assistant. In April, he got his chance to return to the Bluegrass for his first head coaching job, right down I-75 from where it all began.

In his first game coaching at Rupp, McHale will honor his roots, leaving the first seat on the bench open for Bill Keightley, the former equipment manager who was his boss during his time at UK.

“I’m going to leave the first seat open for Mr. Keightley because if it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” McHale told KSR yesterday. “I don’t think he’ll sit there — we all know he wouldn’t sit on the visitor’s bench at Rupp Arena — but I’m going to leave it open, hopefully he can give me some words of advice and make sure I’m doing okay. It’s a tribute to him.”

What an awesome gesture. Welcome home, Coach McHale.

Still ten hours to burn before game time, so let’s get to it.

Kentucky’s a 24-point favorite tonight

The line opened at 22.5 yesterday and quickly moved to 24. With Tyler Ulis healthy, I expect the Cats to cover that, although there is some question about whether or not Marcus Lee will play (more on this in a second). Here’s a fun stat: UK is 27-6 under John Calipari following a loss, and UK hasn’t dropped back-to-back games since losing to Arkansas and South Carolina in 2014. EKU’s RPI is currently 133, so I don’t think we’ll have to worry about that tonight.

Will Marcus Lee play?

Calipari told reporters yesterday that Lee hadn’t practiced since suffering a head injury in the UCLA game, and on his radio show, Cal said Lee was only able to go through conditioning drills in practice. Head injuries are a tricky thing these days, so if doctors don’t feel 100% comfortable letting Lee play, there’s no use risking it. Plenty of other big guys need the minutes.

You should check out this great article about Reese King

You may have remember us mentioning Reese King before. King is a 13-year-old UK fan with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia) who, since learning of his diagnosis three years ago, has dedicated his life to helping other children with life-threatening diseases. The Voice Tribune’s Remy Sisk put out a great article about Reese last week describing his latest mission: using his wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation to form his own charity, “Reece’s Wish to Raise $1 million,” to help other teens with cancer.

On Friday, the day after Reese’s last chemo treatment, Macy’s and the Make-a-Wish Foundation will host “Reese’s Wish Day” with a pep rally at his school (Anchorage Public School in Louisville), followed by a special presentation at Macy’s at Oxmoor Center in Louisville. For more information about this great event, check out the article in the Voice Tribune or

Congratulations to our own Ally Tucker

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Ally’s been contributing her unique blend of sass and wit to KSR for years, and yesterday, accepted the job as head girls soccer coach at Tates Creek, a dream several years in the making. We know a thing or two about dream jobs here at KSR, so join us in congratulating Ally, who will kill it at Tates Creek. You got this.

Your feel good video of the day: Radar comes home

LEX 18 caught this awesome reunion between a family and their lost service dog on camera yesterday, and if it doesn’t make you smile, you don’t have a heart.

KSR is back in studio in one hour

No more marching bands! Hooray!

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.

5 Comments for Dan McHale’s Wednesday Morning Wakeup

  1. rosquirto
    9:23 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Classy move from a good guy. EKU probably won’t win but I’ve seen them play a couple games this season and they are fun to watch. Should make for an entertaining game.

  2. Duuuuuude
    9:47 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    27-6 is really not that good for UK following any sort of regular season game win or lose.

    • theWilkman
      10:20 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, UK’s win percentage under Cal hasn’t been very good, even though it’s the best we’ve ever had here. Why can’t he win every game?

  3. taylorsvillecat
    10:15 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    Dog name: Radar

  4. Megan
    10:26 am December 9, 2015 Permalink

    UK hasn’t dropped back-to-back games since, well, you have to go all the way back to the season before last. That’s right, 2014. Think about that for a moment. The last time UK lost two in a row, some people weren’t even born.

    It sounds hard to believe. But remember that UK went 38-1 last year. There was no opportunity to lose back-to-back games. That’s why you have to search as far back as the immediately preceding year to find back-to-back losses. Were they still shooting all their free throws granny style back then? How quaint!