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Brad Nessler’s Friday Morning Wakeup

Not many people had a better week than Brad Nessler. On Tuesday the sportscaster was introduced as the play-by-play future for the “SEC on CBS,” replacing the legendary Verne Lundquist, who had called college football games for the network since 2000. Nessler had done college basketball for ESPN since 2006 before leaving to return to CBS.

Then today, Nessler celebrates his 60th birthday by doing whatever it is Brad Nessler does on his birthday. I assume it has nothing to do with watching sports or talking for long periods of time, but who knows.

Life has been on the up-and-up for Nessler since that time he thought West Virginia University was in the state of Virginia. And now he can say he was the June 3rd honoree of the Friday Morning Wakeup on So congrats to him, and Happy Birthday.

Let’s talk sports and stuff. You have me and only me, every hour, until 11 pm tonight. (Woo-hoo!)


John Calipari and his silly November SEC tournament idea are the talk of college basketball.

Calipari always finds a way to stay relevant, even in the summer months when nothing is going on. This time he’s in the news for his farfetched idea of playing the SEC tourney early in the season, with simultaneous games running on two courts in Atlanta’s new Mercedez-Benz Stadium. It’ll never happen, but the idea of it has Cal in his favorite spot, as the talk of the town.

A positive change to the tournament’s current format may come out of it, though. Cal has drawn more attention to the irrelevance of the SEC tournament championship, which may help push the title game back from Sunday to Saturday. ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that the league’s coaches are all in agreement and they put forth a proposal to move the game up one day. It would certainly solve the problem of the NCAA selection committee ignoring Sunday’s outcome — and, more importantly, it would give us a night to celebrate before heading back home.

Charles Matthews reportedly committed to Michigan but he didn’t.

There was some internet buzz yesterday saying Matthews planned to transfer to Michigan. Turns out that was a little premature and he hasn’t made a decision just yet, although Michigan is certainly in the hunt.

Is Shaquille O’Neal’s son interested in Kentucky?

According to Shaq, he is.

Shaq said on his podcast that his son, Shareef O’Neal, has mentioned Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky as possible spots for his college career. Shareef is a four-star forward (not quite his old man’s size) who plays for the Windward School in Los Angeles, rated the No. 38 player in the class of 2018.

I have no idea if Kentucky has reached out to the young O’Neal, but how cool would it be to have Baby Shaq on the team in 2018-19?

Jeff Goodman says Marcus Lee turned down guaranteed money from the NBA.

As if Lee’s decision wasn’t odd enough, now Goodman is saying Lee had teams guarantee him a $500,000 one-year contract if he remained in the draft. That would’ve made him a second-round pick and likely a D-League player for his first season, but Lee said all along he was okay with that and understood it was part of the process.

If all that is true, why the hell did he return to school? I don’t get any of it. Still love the guy and wish him the best.

Tai Wynyard led all scorers on Day 1 of the FIBA 3×3.

The reigning champion and Most Valuable Player at the FIBA 3×3 U18 World Championship got off to a great start in this year’s tournament, scoring a day-high 20 points in two games.

Wynyard is currently playing his fourth game, right this very moment, and you can watch via the game’s live stream here.

I don’t know what to make of this tournament he’s in. Do we take anything we see from him seriously?

Kentucky football opened up at -7.5 over Southern Miss in the season opener.

That game is no cupcake, folks. Southern Miss is a good team returning a very good quarterback. Mark Stoops & Co. desperately need to win that one, and probably cover, or all fan interest in the season will vanish. Lucky for us, Southern Miss has Shannon Dawson.

Kash Daniel is ready to get to work.

He had this to say to the fans yesterday, via his Twitter account:

Lots of action on KSR today. It’s been a slow summer, so let’s have some fun. I’m at the desk all day and night if you need me.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

10 Comments for Brad Nessler’s Friday Morning Wakeup

  1. jfluse
    8:55 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Facts are optional, right Drew? Tai will not play till tomorrow at 7:30 and 9:40.

  2. kyle heavy
    9:11 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Kash Daniel is going to tombstone a quarterback at some point in his UK career. We may have a baby Clay Matthews in development.

  3. Go Deep
    9:20 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Tai has spent one year in college and he’s still under 18? wow

    • ClutchCargo
      10:09 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

      Just a WAG, but I believe Tai graduated at age 17 and the “age” of the participant in the U18 league is their age on January 1. In that case, your 18th birthday could be January 2 and you would still be considered under 18 for that season.

  4. Megan
    9:42 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    In Brad Nessler’s defense, West Virginia used to be in the state of Virginia. But that Civil War thing came around, and the western part of the state didn’t want to seceded from the Union, so it seceded instead from Virginia and became a new state. I forgive Brad for not being up on his current events.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:02 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

      Kentucky, for that matter, was also originally a part of Virginia; but, I don’t believe ol’ Brad was around then.
      I do enjoy his calls though.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:39 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

      Oh, and what the H, we have to excuse Nessler; after all, the president thinks there are 57 states, and that Hawaii is in Asia.

  5. GroundControlToNumber9
    9:57 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Charles Matthews is really falling off a cliff with this decision to leave UK.

    Seriously… he could develop into a real talent. And there’s no better place to do it than banging against the A team at Kentucky.

    Somebody got in his ear and it’s quite sad to see.

    • WeareBBN
      11:12 pm June 3, 2016 Permalink

      Yeah because Poythress, Lee, the twins, Skal, among others developed so well in their time here.

  6. david8577
    10:07 am June 3, 2016 Permalink

    Damn Kash. Let me hear your war cry!