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Monday Night News and Views

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Good evening, sports fans. Everyone have a good weekend and a tolerable Monday? Get your Christmas shopping done? We survived the KSR Christmas party 2014 after that exciting basketball game in Rupp Arena on Saturday. Man, the Cats are looking good and Willie Cauley-Stein is ridiculous. I’m expecting another fun one this coming weekend in Chicago when UK handles UCLA to set up a meeting of undefeated teams in Louisville. And then they’ll win that one, too.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s go over what little news came through the wire on Monday. We heard a new name in the offensive coordinator search and Kentucky held down its top spot in the polls.

 

Mark Stoops talked to Steve Spurrier Jr. about the offensive coordinator opening

According to FootballScoop.com, Mark Stoops reached out to Steve Spurrier Jr. about his offensive coordinator vacancy. There’s nothing more to the report than “I know they talked” but it’s interesting to hear. Bob Stoops vacations with Steve Spurrier so there is a connection.

The website also expects Stoops to have his guy this week.

My money is on Lincoln Riley.

Let’s lock him up.

Willie Cauley-Stein is blowing up.

With two outstanding performances against No. 6 Texas and No. 21 North Carolina, Willie Cauley-Stein is the talk of college basketball these days. Saturday’s showing moved him up to fourth in DraftExpress.com’s new mock draft, one spot behind Karl Towns, while Sam Vecenie over at CBS Sports said Willie is his pick for National Player of the Year.

Keep in mind, Willie believes he hasn’t even started to peak. “I’m still climbing,” he said after the UNC game. “If I really want to be the best player in the country, all I have to do is work at it and eventually I’ll get there.”

Kentucky is the unanimous No. 1 team in the new AP poll.

The Cats received all 65 votes from AP voters in this week’s new rankings. Duke and Arizona each got a vote in the USA Today Coaches poll, leaving UK with 29 of the 31 first place votes.

Damien Harris visited, now we wait.

Word is Harris really enjoyed his official visit to UK and the coaching staff believes they are in good position to get a commitment next month. However, Alabama is still Alabama so it’s far from over. Harris will be surrounded by future Alabama players (11 commits) at the Under Armour All America Game and Saban will have them recruiting for the Tide on the weekend before Harris announces. That’s certainly a worry for UK, but this past weekend’s visit couldn’t have gone better.

Slice visited Stephen Zimmerman today.

Coach Rohrssen was at Zimmerman’s high school practice Monday in Las Vegas, along with UNLV head coach Dave Rice. Zimmerman plans to wait until the spring to make any decisions but UK is staying on him, even after landing Skal Labissiere.

Isaiah Briscoe said he can’t be stopped.

Kentucky’s next point guard told NJ.com, “Nobody can stop me, at all.”

Kyle Wiltjer is ballin’ at Gonzaga.

Wiltjer had 21 tonight on 9-of-11 shooting, his third consecutive game with at least 20 points. He put up 24 on UCLA over the weekend and is averaging 17.2 points per game while shooting over 50 percent from the field for Jeff Goodman’s favorite team. Good for Kyle.

That’ll do it for tonight.

Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for Monday Night News and Views



  1. David
    5:40 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    I kinda like the idea of Steve Spurrier Jr working at Kentucky Football and Senior being forced to cheer for the Football Team.

    That would be awesomely hilarious!



  2. Casper
    7:53 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    How much weight and height has Willie added since he arrived at UK?



  3. EdC
    8:27 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    Isaiah Briscoe, like the Charles Barkley Junior (the kid in the video “guarding” Tacko Fall, can not be stopped.

    I wish Wiltjer well but think about what his success says about how good this UK team is. Wiltjer never showed any inclination or ability to play enough defense to even get any floor time on this team. To me it looks like Willis would have owned him. Willis also has good range and works hard every second he is out there.



  4. ukufan
    8:33 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    Kyle still doesn’t play defense at Gonzaga



  5. jonthes
    9:51 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    Yes, Kyle nice little team you got there. Hope you make it to the Final Four, in UK’s bracket.



  6. UKGRAD2000
    10:43 am December 16, 2014 Permalink

    Amazing how the writers of this site are begging for a 31 year old OC that is at ECU and has won absolutely nothing. I’m not saying he won’t or can’t be a great OC at an SEC school. I’m just saying lets stop pretending like Lincoln is the most amazing candidate ever. Spurrier, Jr has been apart of 2 National Championship teams and been the primary guy responsible for guys like Sydney Rice and Alshon Jeffrey, among others. If Spurrier, Jr was a legit option, our attention should be there. Proven track record and KNOWLEDGE of the SEC and its defenses.