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Thursday’s Top 10: Groundhog Day, Signing Day wrap-up, ServPro at the Lodge


Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ’cause it’s coooold out there today! Actually, it could be colder for the second day in February, but because it’s Groundhog Day, I had to steal a line from Bill Murray’s 1993 classic. If you believe in the bizarre tradition, don’t put away your flannel and sweaters just yet; this morning, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, meaning we’ve got six weeks of winter left. Considering it was 65 degrees here in Nashville Tuesday, I’m skeptical, but hey, who am I to argue with a groundhog?

Let’s go over today’s agenda…

1. Stoops signed his best class yet yesterday

Yesterday was quite the day for the UK Football program, which pulled in what Mark Stoops called his best class ever. Although the class may not rank as high as Stoops’ 2014 group, he raved about the character and leadership of his 24 new players.

“I’d say it’s by far best class, period, but by athletes as well. I just feel so good about this class top to bottom. The biggest thing, and I may be a bit redundant when I talk about this, but it is about their character, about their leadership. You look at these guys and a bunch of these guys are captains on their football team, they’re very, very good students. They’re competitors, they’re winners. You just look at the two quarterbacks that we have in this class, and if I’m talking about one, I’m talking about both of them. They are unbelievable leaders. They’re winners, they’re competitors and you could say that about the whole group.”

2. Jedrick Wills and Danny Davis went elsewhere

There was hope Kentucky would be able to flip five-star Lafayette lineman Jedrick Wills, but Wills decided to stay with Alabama. He called Stoops late Tuesday night to inform him of his decision, which he admitted was very difficult.

“It wasn’t something I wanted to do, but it’s something you have to do because I have respect for him,” Wills told SEC Country’s Joe Mussatto. “UK’s been on me since about 8th grade so I respect them a lot and I thank them for what they’ve done for me.”

Best of luck to Wills and Danny Davis, a four-star receiver who opted for Wisconsin instead of Kentucky Wednesday afternoon.

3. Lamar Thomas continues to enjoy the win over Louisville

We all loved Kentucky’s upset over Louisville, but I’d argue few people have enjoyed it as much as Lamar Thomas, who wore a “Mr. 41-28” nametag around the football facility yesterday:

During his press conference yesterday, Vince Marrow said the win over Louisville gave the program huge momentum with the 2017 class:

“When we first got here we were selling the dream and what it was going to become with the facilities and all that. We still were able to sell the SEC but eventually we had to win that signature game to make them say ‘whoa, everything they are selling is coming true.’ I know when our coaches went out in December I had a lot of people telling me our coaches were walking in those schools with a swag. Everyone was talking about the Louisville game. To me that win was huge for us.”

4. The entire roster of 2017 signees

Before we close the book on Signing Day and shift back to basketball, here’s one last look at the 24 newest Kentucky Wildcats:

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5. What’s the latest on Fox, Mulder, and Killeya-Jones?

De’Aaron Fox and Sacha Killeya-Jones missed Tuesday night’s game vs. Georgia due to the flu, along with Mychal Mulder, who sat out his fourth game due to an undisclosed illness. Will they be back in time for Saturday’s game at Florida? On Tuesday, Calipari said Fox and SKJ will probably be game-time decisions, while Mulder would be out another week to ten days. I doubt we’ll get an official update before Calipari’s presser on Friday, but we have our ear to the ground and will bring you any news that comes along. In the meantime, send healing vibes to the Wildcat Coal Lodge, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40526.

6. A ServPro truck was spotted at the Lodge yesterday



If you listen to KSR, you know ServPro can handle any disaster, small or large, and one of their trucks was spotted outside the Lodge yesterday. Coincidence or did Calipari call in the pros to help sanitize the place? His tweet last night suggests the latter:

7. Zion Williamson met with Calipari last night

Fresh off his “indescribable” and “ridiculous” visit for the Kansas game, the second best player in the junior class hosted John Calipari in his home in South Carolina yesterday. Williamson, a 6’7″ five-star power forward, didn’t have an offer from Kentucky before yesterday; did something change on that visit? You’ll hope so after watching Williamson dunk so hard the scoreboard just gave up Tuesday night:

@zionlw10 Simply amazing.

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Phew. Give that kid an offer, Cal. Speaking of recruiting…

8. Kentucky’s trending up for Mohamed Bamba

Two more picks went in Kentucky’s direction this week from Duke writers, furthering the buzz that the 7-footer will end up in Lexington:

9. Calipari’s podcast with Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to drop today

This week’s Cal Cast guest is Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and even though Calipari avoided his first three-game losing streak at Kentucky with Tuesday’s overtime win, I bet some people will still grumble about how he NEEDS TO STOP DOING THAT PODCAST AND START COACHING MORE ZONE. Regardless, I’ll bring you the highlights whenever it comes out (even though I really, really don’t like Big Ben).

10. College basketball on TV tonight

  • 7:00 PM: Missouri at #24 Florida, ESPN2
  • 9:00 PM: #5 Arizona at Oregon State, ESPN2
  • 11:00 PM: Arizona State at #13 Oregon, FS1
  • 11:00 PM: #1 Gonzaga at BYU, ESPN2
  • 11:00 PM: #18 Saint Mary’s at Pacific, ESPNU

Radio in an hour…

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.

9 Comments for Thursday’s Top 10: Groundhog Day, Signing Day wrap-up, ServPro at the Lodge

  1. kingave66
    9:32 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck to Jedrick Wills. Now please never mention him again.

  2. Kelkat
    9:33 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Haven’t listened to single Cal podcast yet but will definitely check out the one with Big Ben. Anyone that don’t like Ben and the Steelers is just a hater. Like UK basketball….Steelers have their share of jealous haters.

    • UKFaninNY
      9:50 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

      Or it could be cause people suspect he’s prolly a rapist?

    • CATandMONKEY
      10:51 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

      Sorry. Hater I am then. UK much greater in their respective history than the formerly great Steelers.

  3. 3 fan
    11:52 am February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Hey could you list all the new football commitments again? Its only been posted like 47 times in 2 days…..

  4. jaws2
    3:50 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    How sad is it that UofSmell has become a ‘signature’ win for us? It wasn’t that long ago the shoe was on the other foot.

  5. chase
    8:11 pm February 2, 2017 Permalink

    Anyone else feeling like we will have a team of bigs next year? Richards, Washington, Vanderbilt, maybe bamba, not to mention Gabriel, SKJ, humphries, wynyard….?