Good morning, friends. It’s finally game week. Here’s what you need to know as we inch closer to Saturday’s opener vs. Central Michigan.
Mark Stoops will address reporters at noon
Stoops’ weekly press conference takes place at noon today and we’ll have complete coverage for you on KSR, including a live stream. Among the many topics Stoops is expected to address is Landon Young’s knee injury. The talented offensive lineman blew out his right knee during practice on Friday and will miss the entire season. Fortunately, Kentucky has depth at the position thanks to Naasir Watkins, E.J. Price and Darian Kinnard, and Young can redshirt with two years of eligibility remaining, but the news is the worst kind you can get one week ahead of the first game. Yesterday, Young took to Twitter to thank fans for their support:
Just want to thank everyone for the prayers and concerns. The lord has a plan for me and sometimes that means obstacles in my path. I know my team will be fine and still do amazing things this year! I will be working hard to come back even stronger next year #BBN. pic.twitter.com/lF6ZRg3Iov
— Landon Young (@Landon_Young_67) August 26, 2018
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, Landon.
We’ll finally get a depth chart
Unlike years past, Kentucky did not distribute a depth chart before camp, meaning this morning will be the first time we get our hands on one. We’ll post it as soon as it’s available. Will Stoops finally reveal who’s QB1?
Benny Snell is ready
KyWildcatsTV released a behind-the-scenes look of Snell’s progress in camp, and it’s the perfect thing to get you going on a Monday morning.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) August 26, 2018
It’s heating up between Kentucky and Oscar Tshiebwe
Last week Drew told you why he wants Kentucky to pursue Oscar Tshiebwe, a 2019 center who recently got a fifth star from 247 Sports; yesterday, the big man revealed his top four schools and Kentucky is one of them, along with West Virginia, Baylor, and Illinois. Tshiebwe doesn’t have an offer from Calipari yet, but we’re told there’s a very good chance one is on the way, and with Tshiebwe planning to visit Kentucky September 28-30, he could be a Cat soon.
TJ will have more on Kentucky and Tshiebwe in his Insider Notes later today.
Get ready for a KSR dramatic reading of Rick Pitino’s new book
“My Story,” Pitino’s tell-all about the scandals that led to his firing at Louisville, hits bookstores next week, but ESPN’s Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas received advanced copies this weekend and sang its praises on Twitter. Back when “Breaking Cardinal Rules” came out, I organized a dramatic reading with Drew, Chris Tomlin, Lukasz Orbzut, Jared Lorenzen, Ryan Lemond, Fake Barney, and Fake Lou Holtz. I think we’re gonna have to get the gang back together for Pitino’s tell-all, don’t you?
Kentucky’s new baseball stadium looks amazing
Nick Mingione’s squad got their first look at their new $50 million home over the weekend, and man, it’s impressive. Let KyWildcatsTV take you for a tour:
How is it possible a $50 million stadium can be even more amazing than you dreamed? Take a walk with our guys as they saw it for the first time last night and you'll see! #WeAreUK pic.twitter.com/DgBSxVUr48
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) August 26, 2018
Construction is expected to be completed this fall.
Happy birthday, Phyllis
What’s the best way to celebrate your 72nd birthday? With a KSR birthday cake, of course. Shoutout to Nana Phyllis, her family, and “Calipari,” who rang 72 in right:
Celebrating Nana Phyllis’ birthday with a KSR Birthday cake!! (This is Emma, from Ashland who made the basketball team, Nana! And…our bulldog’s name is Calipari) ? #diehardksrfan #bbn @KySportsRadio @ryanlemond @ShannonTheDude @DrewFranklinKSR pic.twitter.com/vXTaniOaT7
— Marci Prater (@therealmarcip) August 26, 2018
I’ve seen KSBar and it’s beautiful
Saturday night was the friends and family event at KSBar and Grille in Lexington and I’m proud to report that our bar looks great. Shoutout to Hubby, Jamie, Jessica, Maria, Drew, the Lemonds, and everyone who has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into our venture. Not only does the space look amazing, the food is incredible. I especially loved the cornbread, but you’ll be hard pressed to find something you don’t like on the menu. We can’t wait to open the doors to you later this week.
KSR in one hour
I’m sure it will include lots of stories from Saturday night. You ready?