Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the last weekend without college football. It’s been a long, hard summer, but we made it through together. Here are some notes to help you get through Friday morning.
Matt House may love training camp, but everyone else is glad it’s over
Training camp is over, which Kentucky’s defensive coordinator Matt House admitted makes him a little sad because he enjoys having so much time with the players before they start class; however, everyone else is thrilled to be one step closer to playing an actual opponent instead of their teammates.
“I think they’re really excited,” House said. “I think we had a good camp. It was back and forth with great competition. I think both sides got better.”
Here’s more from House, including how important it is to have Jordan Jones back on the field:
On Monday, the typical game week routine begins, with a depth chart dropping around 11 a.m. and Mark Stoops’ weekly press conference at noon.
Kentucky released the non-conference schedule last night
Planning your social calendar for the fall got a lot easier because Kentucky finally released the non-conference schedule yesterday. We knew a lot of the games already, but the schedule confirmed that the Louisville game will be Saturday, December 29 at the Yum Center, which yes, is the same day as the College Football Playoff, the Belk Bowl, and the Peach Bowl. We also found out four new opponents: Southern Illinois on Nov. 9, North Dakota on Nov. 14, VMI on Nov. 18, Winthrop on Nov. 21, and Tennessee State on Nov. 23.
If you factor in Kentucky’s SEC schedule (for which we still don’t have dates), the Cats will face 12 teams that played in the NCAA Tournament last year. As you might imagine, Calipari had plenty to say about the schedule yesterday.
“This could be the most difficult schedule we’ve played in my time here,” Calipari said. “The only teams we left off were the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Lakers. I will say this: For as tough as our schedule is going to be, I believe we have the type of team and kids to play it. Our goal in creating a schedule every season is to test our team while creating opportunities to learn and grow. This one will have more than its fair share of challenges, but my hope is that be season’s end, as we enter the tournament, we are prepared to play anyone and face anything a team tries to throw at us.”
Speaking of Cal, he’s enjoying a few days of vacation before heading back to campus. Judging by this picture his daughter Megan posted on Twitter, he and Ellen are having a ball:
Please say Cal’s daughters made them wear those in public.
Sophomore Nick Richards apparently cut his hair
In the Bahamas, Nick Richards looked like a totally different player than the one we saw last year; that transformation took another step yesterday when he arrived on campus with a fresh haircut. That’s right, Richards’ fascinating feathery locks are now shorn. Still no pictures, but we’ll pass one along when we get it.
We almost had to put Drew on the IR last night
The rush to get KSBar ready almost took out one of our biggest hitters last night. Drew Franklin had to go to the emergency room after hitting his head while on a lift, the latest reminder that we might be a little crazy for doing this.
The story of tonight in two chapters. pic.twitter.com/vVzcsG97X5
— Drew Franklin (@DrewFranklinKSR) August 24, 2018
Thankfully, Drew’s okay, but we are literally putting our blood, sweat, and tears into this place to have it ready for opening day next week.
High School Football games tonight
- 6:00 PM: Covington Catholic vs. Henry Clay (at Lexington Catholic)
- 6:00 PM: Warren Central (IN) at Trinity, ESPNU
- 7:00 PM: Pleasure Ridge Park at Bowling Green
- 7:00 PM: Hopkinsville at Mayfield
- 7:30 PM: Hazard at Harlan County
- 7:30 PM: Wayne County at Pulaski County
- 7:30 PM: Ballard at Male
- 8:45 PM: Ryle at Lexington Catholic
- 8:00 PM: Danville at Corbin
- 8:00 PM: Franklin County at Boyle County
- 9:00 PM: Lexington Christian at Pikeville
For the entire schedule of games this weekend, click here.
I got further proof Vanderbilt Stadium is the worst
I went to see Jay-Z and Beyonce last night at Vanderbilt Stadium, and thank goodness it was an amazing show because the wait to get in almost made it not worth it. We waited in line for over an hour to go about 50 feet, which was apparently an issue at every entrance. Vanderbilt claimed it was because security was using metal detector wands and doing bag checks, but neither of those happened at our gate. The real issue? There was only one person scanning tickets, and as a result, thousands of fans missed a good part of the concert and the mob outside almost stampeded. If that wasn’t bad enough, I was certain Vanderbilt’s crumbling excuse for a stadium was going to fall down because it shook and swayed the entire time. Obviously, it’s not used to big crowds.
There’s been a lot of talk about replacing Vandy’s stadium because it’s falling apart, and last night is further proof that needs to happen. Be very happy we have Kroger Field, folks.
KSR is live from the Louisville Golf Scramble
The gang is at Persimmon Ridge Golf Club in Louisville for today’s golf scramble. Tune in to see how Drew’s doing and the latest on all things Kentucky sports and beyond.