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Thursday Top 10: L’s Down From Morocco

It’s a busy day here at Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com as I will try to run the website and talk on the radio at the same time. Wish me luck with that this morning and then put your L’s down as we lead off Thursday’s Top 10 with two Louisville haters on camels in Morocco. See, it’s possible to hate Louisville all over the world.

Let’s go.


1. You can forget the name Mark Smith.

Once Kentucky’s season ended and John Calipari hit the recruiting trail, Mark Smith’s name came into the picture as a potential replacement at one of the many backcourt spots left open by the mass exodus. Big Blue Nation had never heard of Smith until he popped up on the radar in the spring as a hot name in recruiting. Well now you can forget that name because Smith decided he will stay home and play for Illinois. He announced the news last night. Good luck to him in the Big Ten Confer– Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

2. Today is Day 2 on campus for Cam Johnson.

The grad transfer out of Pittsburgh touched down in Lexington yesterday for his official visit to UK and many people in the know have him on Commitment Watch. Kentucky is rumored to be the leader in Johnson’s recruitment, and if Calipari tells him he is a priority over Kevin Knox while he is in town, he will likely jump at the opportunity to become a Wildcat before flying back home. So keep your eyes peeled for a potential commitment today, which would be outstanding news.

3. The ESPN layoffs are crazy.

Yesterday’s house-cleaning of the World Wide Leader was shocking as several of its employees, many of whom you know and love, were let go after years of excellent work for the company. Some of the names I am sure you recognize: Andy Katz, Jay Crawford, Dana O’Neil, Eamonn Brennan, Brett McMurphy, and Ed Werder, plus many, many more.

The ESPN we once knew is no more.

4. Jay Bilas will be a guest on today’s show.

One of the ESPN personalities who did keep his job, Jay Bilas, will come on KSR this morning to talk about his recent tweets and criticisms of Greg Sankey’s role as the chairman of the NCAA Committee on Infractions. Bilas usually speaks the truth and we all stand behind his every word, but his latest opinion has many of us scratching our heads wondering what he means. He’ll be on today to explain, so tune in.

5. Today is also Movie Madness on KSR.

Be sure to print out the bracket and follow along as we name our favorite movie from the field of 64 in this year’s summer radio tournament. I predict Shannon The Dude and I will not agree on one single matchup.

6. Mrs. Tyler has a great piece of literature coming your way today.

Tyler has the day off to do something important — I think she is getting her hot air balloon pilot’s license — but she did take the time to write a fantastic piece of work before she left that will go up later today. It’s a look at the recruits John Calipari really wanted but did not get, and how their careers have been since shunning Kentucky for another school. I think you’ll like it.

7. Blue Smith said he will commit to Kentucky if this gets 5,000 retweets.

Smith is the No. 29 player in the class and No. 1 athlete, according to Rivals. You know what to do, BBN.

8. 247Sports writer picked Mohamed Bamba to Texas yesterday.

Andrew Slater is one of the top pickers in 247’s Crystal Ball and yesterday he picked Texas for Mohamed Bamba.


(Hopefully nothing.)

9. This elementary school class in Texas want Devin Booker to read to them.

I love their hashtag to get his attention: #DEVINreadsaBOOKERtwoinATX

I’m also glad that teacher is alive after trying to dunk off the stool at the end of the video. That could’ve gone very, very poorly.

10. Get those movie brackets out.

KSR Movie Madness is coming your way in one hour…

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

19 Comments for Thursday Top 10: L’s Down From Morocco

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:10 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I’m really looking forward to that article by Mrs. Tyler T. Sounds like a good read!

  2. Catsby80
    9:22 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Just saw that Andy Katz was fired, too? Good lord. The madness continues. They’ve absolutely cleaned house on their college basketball staff.

  3. Willis Wolf Tattoo
    9:22 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Not losing sleep over O’Neil getting canned after her articles about Calipari, Bledsoe, and Kanter. She really wanted to break the next Calipari scandal at UK….

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    9:31 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I realize there are not a lot of baseball fans but I was surprised about Jayson Stark being let go…until I realized he is 65 years old!

    • runningunnin.454
      9:51 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

      Maybe not in Kentucky; but, baseball stadiums continue to draw large crowds, especially considering the length of the season. I doubt if the NFL would draw huge crowds if they played 162 games/year.

  5. FLCatFan4Ever
    9:38 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I shouldn’t spend so much time worrying about things I cannot control. But, from an athletic and competitive point of view, there is every reason for Bamna to come to UK. With each passing day, I think our chances are slimmer and slimmer. Who knows what these young men are thinking. This situation, dragging on and on, reminds me of Bolden last year. We know how that turned out. And, no news on Vanderbilt’s injury? The federal government can’t keep secrets this good.

    • Be careful. Bolden’s coming back and he may bust out.

      However, I agree about Bamba. I can’t understand why any player (especially a big man after what Cal did with AD, Boogie, etc.) would pick a Texas or a Washington over UK. Duke or UNC is one thing, but this is ridiculous.

  6. FLCatFan4Ever
    9:39 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Apologies. I meant Bamba. Obviously, I cannot spell.

  7. runningunnin.454
    9:54 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Camels are mean ornery animals; I hope they visited Rick’s Cafe Americain.

  8. bennyd113
    10:01 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I dont understand why Smith even opened up his recrtuitment??

    From a pure basketball position, i do not see how bamba picks texas over UK? National exposure, biggest crowd every game, Cal has contacts in the NBA, history of his players being selected and making it in the league…… Plus if he wants to become an ambassador for the game someday, why not put your name out there at the program that gets the most national attention every day?

  9. bosshogg24
    10:02 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    If Bamba is thinking Texas he will play to empty seats, won’t win Big 12, won’t go to the final 4 or play for a title. Texas gets no exposure and Bamba is getting bad advice!

    • FLCatFan4Ever
      10:12 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

      Much like the advice Bolden obviously got. There is a really worn place on the bench at Duke where he spent most of his time this past year. Can you imagine what might have been with him playing Center, Bam at PF, Derek at SF, and the best backcourt in the country? Can’t worry about what might have been. But, CAN’T HELP WORRYING that without Bamba to play alongside Richards, we are heading in the same direction. We won’t have the size and depth necessary in the middle.

  10. BigBlueAces
    10:25 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    I’m not convinced that the lady in the pic above is “L’s Down”?? I am going with “not” a hater.

  11. Bobbum Man
    11:55 am April 27, 2017 Permalink

    If bamba picks Texas we’re gonna be in some trouble. I know our starting 5 will be good but we will have no depth at all down low

  12. CPACAT
    12:18 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    Booker’s gotta go to ATX now…right?

  13. Duuuuuude
    1:06 pm April 27, 2017 Permalink

    2017 looking more like 2013 all the time.