Good morning, friends, and welcome to a new week in UK Sports. Before we jump into today’s agenda, here’s an update on a story from the weekend. As you may remember, former UK center Jon Toth made an appearance at Reece’s Make-A-Wish Charity Fundraiser in Louisville on Saturday, which he previewed on The Depth Chart Podcast with Freddie Maggard. The event was a huge success, raising over $8,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, but the highlight was 5-year-old Holt Alexander showed up wearing a No. 88 Charles Walker jersey. Alexander is battling Ewing’s Sarcoma and is such a rockstar that Toth requested his autograph:
Awesome stuff. On that note, let’s jump right into it.
19 Days until Football
Believe it or not, three weeks from now, we’ll be breaking down Kentucky’s performance vs. Southern Miss. Sadly, there is no media availability today, but if you need a football fix, check out Nick’s recap of Saturday’s scrimmage:
Freddie also chimed in with his thoughts:
Marvin Bagley will announce his decision
The number one ranked player in the 2018 class will announce his decision late tonight, and sadly, it seems the Cats are out of the running. According to Gary Parrish, the 6’11” Bagley is expected to choose between Duke, UCLA, and USC, and still hopes to reclassify to the 2017 class, meaning he would play college ball this season; if Duke lands him, that’s a scary thought.
Kentucky was once a favorite for Bagley, but buzz between the two dropped off this summer. Regardless, he’s the real deal and will make an immediate impact for whichever team lands him, whether it be this year or next.
Random Eli Capilouto Picture of the Day
The UK president made the rounds this weekend to help students move in, and on Saturday, was spotted in this epic “Taco Bout Kentucky” t-shirt:
— Maggie Stull (@maggie_stull) August 13, 2017
Somewhere, Drew Franklin is insanely jealous.
Cryptic John Calipari Tweet of the Day
You know what seeing a white squirrel means???Â I hope it's true!!! pic.twitter.com/Vg80D33zRD
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) August 12, 2017
John Calipari is on an actual vacation right now, spending time with his family in the Northeast, but that hasn’t stopped him from sending out some random tweets, including this one about a white squirrel. Apparently seeing one is a good omen, so if you believe in that stuff, get your 40-0 shirt back out!!!
Just kidding. Don’t do that.
Feel Good Video of the Day: Marcus Mariota making time for what matters
– Tennessee Titans (@Titans) August 12, 2017
Tennessee may have dropped its first preseason game, but Titans fans should be proud of their quarterback. (Also, preseason is pointless.)
KSR Summer Tour Stop of the Day: Cynthiana
The gang is at Maiden City Brewing Company for today’s show, so get on out there to enjoy it, and let me know how their IPA is. Here’s the schedule of stops for the rest of the week:
8/14 — Cynthiana — Maiden City Brewing Company
8/15 — Somerset — Sleep Outfitters
8/16 — Campbellsville — Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
8/17 — Benton — CFSB Bank
8/18 — Madisonville — Watermark Toyota
Finally, we’re switching the format of the site up this week, so instead of the show thread at 10 a.m., you’ll get BTI’s Rants and Ramblings. Please direct all your anger at this move towards him, and feel free to use this post to discuss the show if you’d like.