Six days before Early Signing Day, Mark Stoops has only one coaching vacancy to fill… for now.
Rumors circulated on Tuesday that UK offensive coordinator Eddie Gran was a top candidate for the Florida Atlantic coaching vacancy after an FAU fan blog reported he was in Boca for an interview. That same evening Gran Tweeted a picture of the sunset in Independence, Ks. as he left a recruiting trip, providing some assurance that he’s here to stay.
Kentucky fans got the ultimate assurance Thursday afternoon when the Owls offered their head coaching vacancy to Willie Taggart. Set to make $900,000 next season in the second year of a three-year deal, all of the moving and shaking could give Gran a raise.
There are a couple of assistant coaches that should earn a raise this offseason. Defensive line coach Derrick LeBlanc and defensive backs coach Steve Clinkscale are hot commodities on the coaching market. Clink’s inexperienced secondary was spectacular as he cleaned up recruiting efforts in Michigan. LeBlanc is on the verge of signing arguably the best defensive line class in the SEC. Mitch Barnhart needs to let Stoops do whatever is necessary to keep those guys around another year. This recruiting video is pretty great, but it can’t replicate what those guys have done on the trail.
Thursday Night Football at KSBar and Grille
Lamar Jackson is back in action as his MVP campaign returns to Baltimore for a matchup with the New York Jets. Even though the game may quickly turn into a blowout, it’ll be an entertaining one, beginning tonight at 8:20 p.m. ET on Fox.
Catch all of the action at KSBar and Grille where we have Country Boy specials and halftime giveaways. Also, I gotta give Tony Vanetti some credit. Drew Franklin and I had tried just about everything on the menu, except the Beer Cheese Burger. After hearing Vanetti’s review Tuesday morning on KSR, we each ordered one for lunch and boy, that’s good stuff. Take his word and give it a try.
A New 11 Personnel Podcast
You should have your podcast fix for the rest of the week. Over 48 hours the KSR network produreleaseded four new shows — Sources Say, Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, KSR Football Podcast and 11 Personnel. Last night we laughed at the new SEC coaching hires and Adam Luckett shared a Phil Fulmer conspiracy theory that you must hear. Subscribe, download, rate and review, please and thank you.
Big Win for UK Hoops
Matthew Mitchell’s squad sprinted to a 91-36 win over Winthrop at Rupp Arena, a nice little tune up before the Louisville Cardinals come to Rupp this Sunday. Pack the house by purchasing tickets here. Once that purchase is complete, enjoy these highlights from Jaida Roper’s 30-point night in downtown Lexington.
The U.S. Trails in the Presidents Cup
Tiger Woods is the captain of the American team this year. He got off on the right foot with a win in match play, but he was the only American victor. The rest should follow his lead. Playing in Melbourne, Australia, we get to enjoy golf primetime on the Golf Channel. The International Team leads 4-1 when a round of alternate shot tees off at approximately 5:30 p.m. ET.
These time-lapse graphs always produce a couple of revelations. I guess I forgot just how much money Tyson had before he blew it all. Also, Grant Hill got PAID in the 90s.
The world’s highest paid athletes (1990-2019) pic.twitter.com/E1q1pM7d7j
— Kendall Baker (@TheKendallBaker) December 10, 2019
Louie Dampier and Dan Issel join KSR
Before your Kentucky Wildcats host the Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech, Louie Dampier will be honored in the 5th edition of the Wildcat Legends fine art series. Dampier and Issel will be at Your Frame of Mind in the Lexington Center signing autographs from 3-4:30 p.m. ET. This morning they’re joining Ryan Lemond and Drew Franklin to talk about the event and their playing days as Wildcats and Colonels. Until then, you can find more details about Saturday’s signing here.