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Good evening, friends. After a day of travel, errands, and that inevitable last trip to Kroger the night before Thanksgiving, I am finally settled in my parents’ den in Danville. As we married people do, I’m heading to the first of two Thanksgivings in the morning, so let’s go through the day’s news before my mom realizes I forgot something at Kroger and have to go back.
Neal Brown is a finalist for the Troy job
Tonight’s headline news is maybe the most upsetting to me. Today, FootballScoop.com reported that our own Neal Brown is a finalist for the head coaching job at Troy, where he was an assistant from 2006-2009. Brown and LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson are reportedly the leading contenders, and the announcement will be made on Monday. Mark Stoops was mum on the subject when asked after practice:
“We have good coaches, so you know, I’d hate to lose any of the guys. I think we have a good staff that work extremely hard. But with that, you’d rather have people coming after them for moving on then any other reason. So we’ll see what happens.”
It won’t be the end of the world if Neal goes to Troy, but I know I will personally be a little disappointed not to have a homegrown Air Raid disciple on the sideline, not to mention a fellow Danvillian. Maybe a dozen Burke’s Bakery doughnuts will persuade him to stay?
Saturday’s showdown creeps closer
Although I don’t think many UK fans expect an upset on Saturday, it was still good to see plenty of UK blue as I made my rounds in Lexington and Danville today. Stoops told reporters that the staff is doing some special things this week to remind the team of the rivalry, including showing them old clips from years past and inviting former Cats to come speak to them about the history of the UK/UofL series. I would hope at this point that the team wouldn’t need any extra motivation headed into their last chance for bowl eligibility, but stoking the fire can’t hurt.
Dakari’s got a new hairstyle. Thoughts?
Jury’s still out, but I do like that cell phone case.
The mystery home and home series is revealed: UCLA
We’ve been teasing a mystery home-and-home basketball with an esteemed program for a few days, and today, it was finally announced. Starting next season, UK will travel to Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles for the front end of a two-year home-and-home series with the UCLA, one of several marquee games in 2016:
Duke (in Chicago)
Ohio State (in Brooklyn)
Louisville in Rupp
South Florida (in Miami)
Big 12 True Road Game (most likely Kansas)
Speaking of the Bruins…
UCLA and UNC both lost today
It was not a good day for UK’s future opponents in the Battle 4 Atlantis. UCLA lost to Oklahoma 75-65 and UNC lost to Butler 72-66. Add in the news that two of Providence’s guards, including starting point guard Kris Dunn, are doubtful for Sunday’s game with ankle injuries and UK’s heavyweight non-conference schedule is suddenly looking ten pounds lighter. Plus, Cleveland State gave Louisville all they wanted and more tonight, holding the Cards to only 45 points. Before we get on the braggy horse, let’s remember that Cleveland State also gave Kentucky fits last season, with the Cats only winning 68-61; however, they also lost to Savannah State, a team Louisville just beat by 60 points, earlier this season. So, who knows.
Who wears short shorts?
St. John’s Chris Obekpa wears short shorts!
I don’t recognize the UK campus anymore
I spent part of my day in Lexington, and used my favorite shortcut from Nicholasville Road to Euclid Avenue through UK’s campus and barely recognized it anymore. From the stadium to the village-like clusters of new dorms, UK looks like a totally different place these days.
Both teams will get plenty of turkey tomorrow
Both the Stoops and the Caliparis are hosting Thanksgiving dinners for their teams tomorrow, which history tells us means they should have a plumber on standby. The football team will start their day with practice in the morning, Thanksgiving dinner together at the Nutter Training Center in the afternoon, and the evening off to spend with friends, nearby family, or the Stoops family at their house. How many players is Stoops expecting for a post-turkey hang?
“I don’t know. That’s the problem with these guys. We’re going to have a dinner right afterwards here for the whole group and then I told them my house was open. So I may get anywhere from two to 100, who knows? I don’t know.”
Something tells me Chantel would liked to know. Come on, guys. RSVP.
Meanwhile, Enes Kanter is ready for Christmas
"Catch me if you can l'm the gingerbread man" 2 Lol. I should have take a bite of it. Wish had a house like that. pic.twitter.com/Gnn4EwJ2Ln
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) November 26, 2014
And with that, I will say goodnight. Things will be a bit slower tomorrow as we take some time off to be with our families, but don’t worry, we’ll be back on Friday to hate all things Louisville and get you ready for Saturday.