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May the Force Awaken Your Friday

Wouldn’t this be a lovely sight to see on the Kentucky sidelines? (Getty)

Today is December 18th, the day I graduate from college, but it will be awfully tough to top my December 17th.

Yesterday I spent 8 hours and 55 minutes watching Star Wars Episodes IV-VII.  It was a day sluggish and glorious nerdom.  Months ago I set it aside to fully embrace the Force, and it greatly exceeded my expectations.  I had forgotten just how great the original Star Wars trilogy was.  I won’t reveal any new Star Wars spoilers.  In fact, I’m so worried that I’ll accidentally let something slip, that I’m going to limit what I say about J.J. Abrams’ first piece of the new Star Wars puzzle.

I will say this, even if you’ve never watched a Star Wars movie before (I’m talking to you, Shannon the Dude) you will enjoy The Force Awakens.  You should see it and you should see it as soon as possible.  I just don’t know how to move forward.  How long do we have to wait before it is acceptable to discuss spoiler alerts for Episode VII?  Will it be OK to talk about the movie with family on Christmas?  I don’t think people should be forced to stay off social media to avoid spoilers, so I have a proposal.  Much like how Matt set a deadline for everyone to watch The Gift, J.J. Abrams needs to provide the public with a date that we can begin to discuss publicly.

So much happened, I might not be able to hold it in much longer.  Until then, we can talk about the craziness consuming Kentucky football, and the upcoming basketball game against Ohio State.

Mark Stoops is Looking for an Offensive Coordinator

Less than 24 hours after Mark Stoops gave his 2015 exit interview with KSR, WKYT reported that Shannon Dawson would be relieved of his duties as UK’s offensive coordinator.  Dawson confirmed the report shortly after with Fox Sports and The Herald-Leader.  The immediate fallout was filled with cryptic, emoji-filled Tweets from players regarding the situation.  Even though many fans were ready to see him go, yesterday was just the start to an ugly breakup.

Where do we go next?

Kentucky is one of 14 FBS programs currently looking for a new coach to lead their offense.  So who does Mark Stoops trust to handle his offense moving forward?  It will be interesting to see if he sticks with another “Air Raid” guy, or moves to a more traditional, pro-style offense.  There haven’t been too many names floating around other than Mark Mangino.  I don’t know much about Mr. Mangino, except that he made a terrible Kansas football program good during his head coaching tenure.  I also know that he’s a very, very, very, very, VERY large human being.

Wouldn't this be a lovely sight to see on the Kentucky sidelines? (Getty)

Wouldn’t this be a lovely sight to see on the Kentucky sidelines? (Getty)

Justin Rowland is reporting that Stoops has already made his decision, and the announcement could come as early as next week.  Rowland is also reporting that D.J. Eliot’s job is safe, even though there may be one more move on the staff before it’s all said and done.

The Day Ended with a Commit

After a tumultuous afternoon, the football program had something to hang their hat on at the end of the day when they picked up a commitment for the 2017 class.  3-star Florida OLB/DE DeMarco Artis announced on Twitter that he’ll spend his future in Kentucky.  You can watch highlights for Kentucky’s 7th commit in the 2017 class here.

Blue Got In The Today Show

@Wildcatty11

@Wildcatty11

It’s pretty cool I guess, but I just can’t get as excited because The Today Show might be the worst eight hours of morning programming this green Earth has ever seen.  You’re better than this Matt Lauer, you’re better.

The Basketball Team is Heading to Brooklyn

Today UK will travel to Brooklyn to prepare for Ohio State at their recent home away from home, the Barclays Center.  Taking a team trip for the first time is the wood-chopper, Tai Wynyrd.  It’s still up in the air if he will play or not, but I think it’s safe to bet against it.  After all, Wynyrd just got to Lexington yesterday.  One of my friends actually spotted him at the airport, but didn’t recognize him.  That won’t be the case for much longer.

De’Aaron Fox Plays on ESPN2 Tonight

Calipari’s next point guard will lead his Cypress Lakes team against Foothills Christian at 6:30 on ESPN2.  He’s put up a ton of points lately, and I’m sure tomorrow night will be no different.  One of his future teammates, Wenyen Gabriel, had one hell of a Thursday night.  Going up against a 6’11” post and skilled 6’6″ swing man, Gabriel had 17 points, 12 rebounds and 2 blocks.  I hate looking ahead, but it’s hard not to when the signess are playing this good.

LeBron Sent Someone to the Hospital

It wasn’t just any someone either.  After this crash landing, Jason Day’s wife, Ellie, was carted off in a stretcher.  The good news — she has been released from the hospital, but it was nonetheless a very scary moment in Cleveland.

KSR is LIVE from Owensboro

If there’s one thing for certain, it’s that Ryan Lemond will be wearing the Kentucky-Wesleyan Purple at one of his 15 hometowns.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

14 Comments for May the Force Awaken Your Friday



  1. Laker Cat 18
    9:19 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    As far as the Lebron James incident, get the people off the basketball court. It’s a safety issue being that close, as well as a discipline issue. Goes back to Cousins’ manager being too close to the floor.



    • Catsby80
      11:13 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

      not going to happen. it’s a business. fans pay a premium to sit there and the clubs will gladly take their money.



  2. Rajonrondo9
    9:35 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    I cannot wait to see Star Wars!!!!!!



  3. inside info2
    9:38 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Only one more possible staff change? I am hoping that means Stoops is letting whomever his new OC is to fire the O-line coach, the WR Coach, and hire a special teams coach.

    That’s great to be loyal to your friends Stoops, but they are going to cost you your job in 2 years when Barnhart is finally forced to fire you.



  4. Billy Mays Here
    9:38 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Mark Mangino!? What a disaster. He was fired mid-season at Iowa State this year.

    D.J. Eliot’s job being safe is even worse news. Joker’s last year, UK’s defense finished ranked 59th in the nation. This year was Eliot’s best defense …it was ranked 63rd in the nation.



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:29 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

      I think Eliot gets some unfair criticism. DJ Eliot’s defense has obvious room to improve, but they have been better than the numbers indicate for each of the last two years. When the offense keeps getting three-and-outs, the defense has to play a lot of snaps, and they get worn down. That drastically affects the quality of play. It was a huge factor in the Louisville game. Had the offense just managed to stay on the field ten more minutes of clock time, it would have given the defense a breather and a chance to regroup. Our last two seasons tanked due to offensive woes.



    • david8577
      10:30 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

      Our defense wasn’t great, but it looks a lot worse when your offense averages a dozen 3-and-outs per game, turns the ball over with a short field, and your punts (and punt coverage) are horrible.



  5. RealCatsFan
    9:51 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Mangino and Elam could team up to put the local Golden Corral buffet out of business. But the plumbers will be doing quite well.



  6. Blue_Cat75
    10:43 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Mangino was fired because he and the HC couldn’t agree on personnel and play calling. Plus he resigned from another school for alleged abusive behavior towards players. You really want that coming to UK?



    • Sentient Third Eye
      10:55 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

      There’s abuse and then there’s abuse. Maybe we could use someone who won’t coddle the WRs so much?



    • Poppschmidty
      10:58 am December 18, 2015 Permalink

      What would the WR’s know about coddling?!? They can’t coddle a ball to save their life.



  7. KatsKlaws
    12:04 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    Mangino may be a candidate in Stoops mind….ya know Mangino went to Youngstown State….there must be some history here between those two



  8. somerset bill
    1:42 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

    the last frame or two of that lebron video makes it look like a really hard landing. sheez. i don’t know jason day, but best i can google that is him sitting next to his wife. i doubt their relationship can survive this vine. he doesn’t even stick his arm out! actually, the worst part for him is that he starts to and then has time to pull it back. actually, even if that isn’t her husband, come on dude!



    • Megan
      2:29 pm December 18, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s he. The thought crossed my mind, too. Not the definition of chivalry.