After 1,946 spectacular days, I am no longer a student at the University of Kentucky.
It’s a cool feeling, but it’s going to take me awhile to get used to it. Similar to how you forget what year it is the first week of January, or how you actually have to think to remember your age after your 22nd birthday.
They call them “transformative years” for a reason. I went from valedictorian jock in high school, to crazy frat bro, to Mr. KSR. It was rarely easy. I’ve spent the last three years juggling multiple jobs and school, while still trying to hold onto the fun parts of college.
There are dozens of people I need to thank, but I know you don’t really care so I’ll be brief. Thanks to all of my JOU school friends for making my extra time a humble and unforgettable experience. To my amazing teachers — Mel, Scoobie, Kakie and Dr. Farrell — you all deserve a gold medal for putting up with my in-class shenanigans, and a hefty pay raise for all of the extra time you put into impacting the present, and futures of your students’ lives. And to Matt, Drew, Tyler and all of those in the KSR family, thanks for this opportunity. When you take your first journalism class, they ask this question early and often — What is your dream job? It was an easy answer for me, because I already had it.
Thanks for the fun ride. Trust me when I say, the best is yet to come.
The All-Roush Team
Being the football guy on the site let me embrace being the insane basketball fan. Only 6-years old when the Cats won the title in ’98, I just missed the great run in the 90’s. When I got to campus, I had never been able to truly appreciate a Final Four. Coach Cal has given me one every single year I’ve been in school except for one.
I’ve seen some of the best during a Golden Era of Kentucky basketball. Here are my favorite.
Brandon Knight- His game-winner against Princeton was during my first college Spring Break. The ensuing celebration almost caused two fights, one with about a dozen UofL football players.
This shot against Ohio State during my freshman year helped us get to the Final Four for the first time in 13 years. That celebration story should also be saved for a better day.
Darius Miller- There aren’t many guys better than Darius Miller. He’s the type of dude to pass you the ball in pick-up at the JC and tell you to shoot after you missed an easy layup the previous trip down the floor. A nice guy, a great leader, and someone who learned how to fight through adversity to become a champion.
Anthony Davis- When I have grandkids, I can tell them I had class with the greatest player to ever where the Blue and White.
Willie Cauley-Stein- A lot of college kids have hippie phases (including me). Willie reminded the public that even the most elite basketball players are still just college kids.
Aaron Harrison- Even though he never gave us a National Championship, “Aaron Harrison’s Great Story” is the most unbelievable thing that happened during my time at UK. Those game-winners are unforgettable, but they meant so much more.
UK Tips Off Against Ohio State at 3:30
The CBS Sports Classic begins with UCLA and North Carolina at 1:00, with Kentucky and OSU starting 30 minutes after that game comes to a close. Verne Lundquist and Bill “Onions!” Raftery are on the call.
The Buckeyes are struggling. Only batting .500 on the season, their highest-rated recruit decided to transfer earlier this week. They have two awful home losses to UT-Arlington and Louisiana Tech, but they kind of deserve it for playing in a gym named after Value City. If Kentucky just plays average, taking care of business shouldn’t be a problem.
Will we get to see the Wood Chopper?
I’m saying there’s a chance, but probably not. But I don’t really care if Tai Wynyrd plays a minute for the next month, I just want to see how he looks compared to the other players. In order to do that, you have to be at the game to watch them warm-up, something I will unfortunately be missing out on for the next several weeks. Hopefully he’s got some nice dunks for the #BBN to hang our hats on for a little while.
Are Football Coaching Changes Finished?
Shannon Dawson and Tommy Mainord’s time is done at UK, likely completing the offseason shift around UK football. UK officials confirmed yesterday that moves have been made. They did not confirm that Eddie Gran was the leading candidate, but after doing a little research I sure as hell hope he is.
Houston and Memphis wowed the nation with their powerful offenses, yet their American Conference compadre, Cincinnati, was actually better than them all, 3rd in the nation in passing offense and 5th in total offense. Even though he airs it out, his past has focused more on running backs, and it is shared with Mark Stoops. He also gets tight ends involved. There can’t be many better candidates, I just don’t know how he didn’t get the job this time last year.
Wilder Treadway made SCTop10
So maybe the former KSR writer wasn’t actually in the play, but he did post the video to Twitter. That’s worth something, right?
– Wilder Treadway (@Wilder_Treadway) December 19, 2015
Now I’m off to get some much needed R&R. It’s been a pleasure.