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(h/t Jon Hale @JonKyForward)

Commonwealth Stadium was given reason to believe in all of the upset talk early. The first quarter played out in dramatic fashion, leaving the Cats all tied up at 7 with the Gators. Slowly but surely, the wheels began to fall off as Florida methodically marched down the field time and time again, while also breaking just enough fairly big plays (a couple of 17 yarders early) to extend the lead to two touchdowns before halftime. Losing by 17 to Florida, a team Kentucky hasn’t beaten in 26 years, and has often times been blown out by, isn’t the worst result in the world by any means. We’ve got a long season ahead, and once again, there were some positives to take away from the game. Here are some links to get your Sunday morning started…


—- Kentucky took some chances last night against the Gators, even utilizing (and trying to utilize even more) some trickery in order to throw off the stingy Gator defense. Mark Story of the Herald Leader says that although fun, “no amount of trickery will help Kentucky grow up faster.”

—- John Clay of the Herald Leader equated last night to a dose or reality, calling Florida’s second and third stringers still better than some of Kentucky’s starters. The level and depth of talent that Florida has, allowing them to perform at a high level despite a load of injuries, is what Kentucky should eventually strive to have.

—- One of the glimmering pieces of hope all week was that Florida’s back-up quarterback, Tyler Murphy, would falter in his first SEC start on the road. The Kentucky crowd tried to rattle Murphy early, but he just kept making plays and playing within himself, following Florida’s game plan to a tee. Murphy ended the night 15-18 in an extremely efficient performance. 

—- Lost in the hype of the game was the fact that Kentucky basketball released a statement on a minor injury suffered by Willie Cauley-Stein. Cauley-Stein is expected to miss 10-14 days as the hand injury heals. 

—- Yesterday, Paul Finebaum threw out one of the best lines I’ve heard in a long time during College Gameday. Finebaum equated Lane Kiffin to Miley Cyrus saying, “Lane Kiffin is the Miley Cyrus of college football. He’s got no talent, but we can’t take our eyes off him.” This morning, Lane Kiffin was relieved of his duties as the coach of USC.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

43 Comments for Sunday Morning Links brought to you by an old familiar face

  1. kentucky effect
    10:11 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The article above on the football team is exactly right, but when will the majority of BBN ‘WAKE UP’ and realize that this is where we are. But instead week in and week out we some how find a way to believe that this is the weekend we pull the upset. STOP IT!….OH and while we are on this topic, I hope Matt reads this as well because he is the Master of crazy empty HYPE!

  2. connecticut chris
    10:16 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    What improvements did we make? Thats why im down on the coaching staff today!! We had 2 weeks to prepare ,Florida was missing there best defensive player!! We did nothing well and we improved at nothing!! Passing game last year is way ahead of where it is this year!! Max had 3 300 yard games at this point last year!!I WE KNOW ITS A PROCESS AND WE DIDNT EXPECT ALOT OF WINS THIS YEAR BUT WE HAVE TO IMPROVE AND BE BETTER THEN LAST YEAR ,RIGHT NOW THERE IS NO PROGRESS AT ALL!! WE HAVE RECRUITED GREAT BUT NO SIGNS OF COACHING ON THE FIELD!! Oh and sry to make things more difficult but we stink and dont seem to be getting better especially on offense= Play Towles !! i dont want to hear he must not be good cause the coaches know everything!! I still believe in this staff but they clearly are making mistakes right now ,WHY COULDNT THERE ANALYSIS OF TOWLES BE WRONG!!

  3. connecticut chris
    10:20 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    AGAIN Im not looking for Big Wins, But we played tougher against Louisville Florida and Western last year!! Tough to build off of no improvement on the field no matter how good we can recruit!!

  4. schwing
    10:25 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    15-18? no. florida has no quarterback. KSR said so.

  5. UK Freshmen
    10:31 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    How stupid, or at least gullible are the UK fans buying season tickets every year? Maybe it speaks to the complete entertainment vacuum around Lexington. Whatever as PT Barnum said, there’s a sucker born every minute. They should put a big-top over the stadium to make it official.

  6. Losing confidence
    10:36 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The game was bad enough. But the coaching staff comments after the game are just plain are scarey. No answers on trying someone at quarterback and throwing others under the bus on the Kemp situation.

  7. connecticut chris
    10:38 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Maybe even though I played, coached and watched football my whole life ,maybe i cant see signs correctly..Does anyone see anything on the field that suggest that we will be better any time soon?Or anything that suggests we will be SEC Power in a few years? This team looks just like Jokers , I see no improvements other then they can recruit well!! Neal Browns offense is the worst ive ever seen!!

  8. LeitchfieldAlex
    10:41 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Defense=B Offense=D- Where is promised AirRaid???????? Our QBs aren’t that good I suppose. Also Receivers suck!!! SOS=Same Old Story, when it comes to UK football. I hope I can turn out to be Wrong. Still a fan! Go Kats!!!!!!

  9. barn
    10:41 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    our fball program is so far down I don’t see how any UK fan could expect much from this year with an entirely new staff and the toughest schedule in the country. improvement will come when we get the qb position established instead of guessing every week who will be the starter. some things should come into place next hopefully starting with drew barker. also, just heard from an unreliable source Joker to s cal to replace kiffen

  10. connecticut chris
    10:41 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    #6 U are right on !! Where are the coaches taking blame like stand-up coaches do? They are all pointing fingers then they lie and say they thought we would be this bad!! I cant believe that Stoops sold himself by saying we may have a 2-10 year and show no improvements on the field!! The offense is troubling and Stoops needing to look at film to answer every hard question is weak!!

  11. Not now
    10:44 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Question for BBN, is Mark Stroops the Billy Gillisipe of UK football? Not his personnel live, but his football decisions? Playing players or not playing players that could help the team win? Play calling that makes no sense (3rd and 1 decisions) . I hope I am wrong, but ……

  12. Kaboom
    10:46 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Could Saunders play as a slot and just give the running rotation to Kemp and Mobley. At least we’d have some big play potential then, and Saunders is a good pass catcher.

  13. BigBlue
    10:50 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Guys, we do not have a QB, bottom line. What do you expect?

    You cannot move the ball on offense without a QB. We do not have one.
    Our defense is gassed by the third quarter because they are on the field the whole time.

    This is a process of improvement. This is year 0.
    The most productive players on the team are true freshmen.
    There are more productive players coming in next year.

    It does not matter who the OC is…the OC does not have a QB that can throw an accurate pass 15 yards down field.

  14. lonnieb
    10:51 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    QB play is atrocious. End of column. Nothing else needs to be said. Smith is stuck in concrete with mediocre passing ability and Whitlow is terrible at basically everything..very sledom makes the appropriate read in the “read option” and immediately looks to scramble way before he needs to. Will he please quit taking snaps and try to become randell cobb in the slot. Give towles a shot. He is not going to play next year anyway so why not

  15. BigBlue
    11:00 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    If Stoops and Brown had not brought in the short notice recruiting class they did…think how bad we would be??? We are bad now, but we would be MUCH worse.

    Give the coaches a chance to at least get their players in.
    We do not even have a QB yet for heaven sakes.

    When will you idiots get it that football is not basketball…you can’t come in with 5 recruits and turn the team around. It takes a few seasons.

  16. Just Sayin
    11:01 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Mark Stoops is not the Billy G. of football. He is, however the Mike Stoops of football. Look up the story of his brother. It is EXACTLY the same thing happening here. Mike was a great Defensive Coordinator. He went to Arizona as Head Coach, hyped up the place, brought in some better recruits with that hype, showed no improvement at first, then peaked at a 6-6 record after a couple years, and then back slid to reality. He was fired and returned to his Defensive Coordinator role, where he does a great job.

  17. Bubba Earl
    11:03 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    We need to hire Tee Martin back to Kentucky, now that he is unemployed, chief recruiter!

  18. connecticut chris
    11:05 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Why do we have no QB ? We have enough talent at QB to be better then this..No i dont buy it , Neal Browns play calling has been just as bad as Whitlow and Max!! If we go 2-10 this year thats not an improvement!! Tough to ask fans hey support the program more then u ever have BTW we are gonna be the worst team u have ever seen this year but stay poistive!! lol I want to be more supportive just remind of one good thing weve seen this coaching staff do that has translated to the field ,outside of recruiting

  19. BigBlue
    11:06 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    That is stupid.

    Before we write the future story of Stoops…after we lose for the 27th straight time against UF…let’s let him coach the team for a few seasons!!!!

  20. classof68
    11:09 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Wow. The natives are getting restless. Can’t say as I blame them. This team doesn’t seem much better than last year’s. After all, when Stoops took over he said they weren’t ready for Western but they would be when the season rolled around. They obviously weren’t and it doesn’t look like they could play with Western even now.

  21. BigBlue
    11:13 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Have you watched the games??
    No, we do not have QB that would be on a roster…at any level of any SEC team…not a back up…not a third string…nothing. No, based on that our offense cannot and will not move the ball this year. That is the story folks. What do want Neil Brown to do?? Pass the ball down field…neither one of the QBs can throw accurately passed 15 yards…

    The problem is that you idiots have been reading KSR hype for this season before each game and then when reality hits you fall to pieces.

  22. connecticut chris
    11:13 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    #16 Thanks for that info i forgot about Mike Stoops and how much hype was at Arizona, and how quickly he was gone.. 16 thats most informative post of the day so much more fact based then the guys saying We knew wed be worse on offense then last year!! (cause i didnt know or think that,Im shocked how bad the Air Raid is) Lol again im sure u apologists were psyched for the Air Raid so we could have an Air Raid offense not now but 5 years from now LOL U apologists are so full of dung..No information in your posts you just want to show that u are better then the ppl venting ..which is impossible to tell by a message board..AGAIN WE ARENT THIS BAD JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE NO QB

  23. connecticut chris
    11:14 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    21 Towles was recruited by SEC teams SO what are u talking about?

  24. UK Freshmen
    11:17 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, and if you think that these few talented VERBAL commitments will stick around to sign, we are stupid and gullible…..regardless on what that mouthy QB recruit tweets.

  25. connecticut chris
    11:20 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Enough with the KSR hype blame..I do not agree with them on a lot of issues, But the KSR hype has 0% blame in this.. We were 2-10 and terrible last year the coach got fired.. It was completely understandable that KSR expects us to be better this year (at least on offense).. And just because Towles might not be in the good graces with this Staff doesnt mean he was a stiff out of High School.. Again #21 Towles was a 4 star recruit!!! Please stop blaming KSR for this game it makes no sense ..I mean gosh lets crush the KSR team for being positive !! Its a idiotic arguement!!

  26. What?
    11:20 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Did I shit in my pants? I don’t know. I have to look at the film to figure it out. Seriously, this is what it sounds to me. When we can see so many coaching flaws just watching the game, how come the “head coach” doesn’t know them by watching from the sidelines? I am really worried about the play calling by Neal Brown. Good QB or not, even if we had 2-3 interceptions with the Air Raid (long) plays, I would’ve been happier that they at least tried. Air Raid sirens, my ass…

  27. rj
    11:23 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’m tired of all you A-holes , the only athletic bone in your body was when you dated a football player. this is going to be a process, nick saban couldn’t turn Kentucky around any quicker. if you don’t like it you can be like that little punk UK freshman and root for the tards, as soon as teddie gone and they start playing in a real conference their in for a rude awakening.

  28. LeitchfieldAlex
    11:34 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    OK, Stoops isn’t doing great. But I say let him have his time with the program. Get his players in and see if he and his coaches can improve this thing. He’s got to be better than Joker was. Give him a couple more yrs. after this one. Stay positive if you can I’m going to try. It is hard to stay positive when a game like Sat. happens. At least out defense seems better this yr. Maybe our offense will develop some time this yr. too? LOL Let’s try and be good fans and not run off and pout, even tho it’s easy to do. Anyway Bball is coming SOON!!! Go Kats!!!!

  29. BigBlue
    11:47 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Guys, where would we be right now without Z. Smith, Timmons, Blue, Kemp, Montgomery, Badet and the other guys Stoops brought in??

    The defense is better than last year, they are just getting gassed from being on the field all game.

    On offense we need a QB that can make an SEC roster…once we get that we will be fine.

    Try not to meltdown this year…anyone with any sense saw this coming.

  30. BigBlue
    11:53 am September 29, 2013 Permalink

    How do you idiots expect an Air Raid offense with two QBs that cannot throw the ball accurately past 15 yrds?? Does that make any sense to you??

    Did you really expect a high powered offense this year??

    You thought we were going to play with the big dogs of the SEC year??

  31. JJ
    12:00 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I am starting to worry that BBN has been Kragthorped. Someone above made a reference to Billy Gillispie’s poor coaching decisions, but I also have serious doubts about the Kentucky coaching staff. Look, I get losing due to having inferior talent. But the coaches look lost on the field during games. The play calling and game management has been atrocious so far. I really think Stoops does not know what he is doing out there. Sad to say that, but unfortunately it’s true. Recruiting talent at a high level is great but you have to have coaching ability during games. Again, I understand the talent we have us not close to other SEC teams, but the performance from the coaching staff has been very disappointing. Looking back, losing the first game to WKU was telling of what we got with this new coaching staff. Kragthorpe Part II.

  32. KCK
    12:05 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I suppose KSR will continue to blow smoke and hype up this joke of a football team for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, we’ll continue to lay eggs. Face it — this team is trash and it’s going to take a couple of years until we see any real noticeable improvement.

  33. OK then
    12:06 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    30: Why wouldn’t you give ball to your playmakers then?

  34. Not Now
    12:09 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    #31, JJ, I agree. I really hope I am wrong, but this coaching staff looks lost. I know talent wins, but they are no better they last year staff. Alabama will win by 50, and that is if they pull the dogs off.

  35. Transferral disorder
    12:16 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    #27 – what does Louisville going to the ACC have to do with uk underperforming? Maybe you should be a Louisville fan, given how much you’re fixated on them.


  36. Doc
    2:35 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t tell if people like Connecticut Chris and UK Freshman are actually stupid UK fans or Louisville trolls. Either way, nothing either has said is anything remotely close to knowledgeable

  37. Transferral disorder
    2:45 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a card fan and ever since teddy b. wore that read dress and blonde wig I’ve been in love. it just seems natural to be a card fan and gay.

  38. Donald
    2:51 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Why does every say their is no improvement. Last year Florida beat us 38-0. 24-7 is much closer.

  39. Donald
    2:52 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Plus defense held the number 1 QB to under one yards passing in 1st half.

  40. Donald
    2:53 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Sorry meant one hundred yards.

  41. BigBlue
    3:09 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    The defense is much better than last year, they just get gassed by staying on the field so long.

    We have more offensive and defensive playmakers than last year…many arrived hear this year recruited by Stoops.

    The offense as a unit sucks. When you do not have a QUARTER BACK…the offense does not move effectively…because in football the offense moves through the QUARTERBACK..and when the offense does not move effectively it does not score…and when it does not score you cannot win.

    You cannot have a decent football team without a decent QUARTERBACK…the quarterback is very important when it comes to winning football games.

    We have two quarterbacks…both are almost equally pathetic.

  42. Uk transferral disorder
    8:01 pm September 29, 2013 Permalink

    Im a cat fan ever since I realized that they’re un-original losers just like me. It just feels right.

  43. getaclue
    10:00 am September 30, 2013 Permalink

    UK was moving the ball on the first series with Whitlow and then here comes Smith. He cant throw an accurate 15 yard down and out to save his life. The momentum was broken immediately. Then please explain the third down call at midfield on 3rd and 12 where they called a delayed draw? Air Raid my ass!!!!!