Kentucky football is back.
Today marks the unofficial start to the 2019 Kentucky football season. Players have officially reported to training camp ahead of tomorrow’s practice, the first of the season. They’ll suit up after throwing on their jerseys for a team picture at UK Media Day. The festivities will flood Kentucky Sports Radio dot com all weekend long.
Before we meet the newcomers, UK introduced three freshmen from the city of Louisville to the BBN.
— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) July 31, 2019
Back to Linebacker
Josh Paschal is returning to Jack. The position formerly held by Josh Allen is where Paschal began his career as a freshmen. In the 2018 preseason he made the move to defensive end before a melanoma diagnosis sidelined him for the season. Once he receives his final treatment this month, Paschal is free and clear to help fill the void left by UK’s all-time sacker.
Mark Stoops’ Preseason Message
Over the next few days players and coaches will remind you they still have unfinished business. While outsiders may think Kentucky only had one good year in them, these Cats will tell you all of their hard work wasn’t to build one successful team, but a successful program.
“We’re all in this together,” Stoops said at the kickoff luncheon in Lexington. I promise you this staff cares. Our team cares. They’re working around the clock. They’re working exceptionally hard to make you proud. We have no intentions of going backwards. We only plan on continuing to improve this year.”
The Triumphant Return of the KSR Football Podcast
We got the gang back together. Drew Franklin, Charles Walker and Austin MacGinnis joined me for some podcasting and bowling Wednesday night. We busted chops and talked football about training camp life before knocking down some pins. Subscribe to the KSR Football Podcast on iTunes or find us on Spotify to hear all the action this afternoon.
It’s not the only new podcast on the KSR airwaves today. A fresh batch of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast will be coming out of the oven hot this morning.
Football will be Played on Television
That’s right. July can go to hell in a hand-basket because tonight there’s football on television. The Broncos and Falcons will kick off the NFL preseason in Canton at the Hall of Fame Game. It may just be preseason football, but bad football is better than no football. NBC will have all the action beginning at 8:00 p.m.
LSU’s Ed Orgeron has a knack for talking gibberish. Even if you can’t understand it, the folks in Louisiana are fluent in cajun and football.
Can someone transcribe this Ed O clip for me? pic.twitter.com/RxQw4eRbiK
— Brad Kellner (@BradKellner) July 31, 2019
A BIG Day of Press Conferences
Jack Pilgrim is going to be talking to a lot of folks on UK’s campus throughout the day. Reid Travis and P.J. Washington are up first. The two are helping Coach Cal at his annual Draft Academy camp series. Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson will close out the day this afternoon around 4:00 p.m.
In between all of the madness, Mitch Barnhart will hold a presser to preview the UK Athletics calendar year. It will be the first time he’s publicly discussed where UK stands on stadium-wide alcohol sales since the SEC lifted the prohibition at the spring meetings in Destin.
Lights, Camera, Action
Karl-Anthony Towns does not have to demand a trade to LA to live the Hollywood lifestyle. The Minnesota Timberwolf is teaming up with G-Eazy to star in the rapper’s next music video. I have no idea what the song is, but it does look a whole lot like Drake’s “Best I Ever Had.”
It’s not the first time Towns and G-Eazy have teamed up together before. The Big KAT appeared with him on stage at the Minnesota State Fair in May. Karl is the man, but that song doesn’t have the same sauce as G-Eazy’s interpretation of Runaround Sue.
Italians in The Irishman
Hollywood’s most notorious gangsters are teaming up for a Netflix blockbuster. Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino star in Martin Scorsese’s epic depiction of the life and disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. The Irishman is poised to be the biggest Netflix film ever when it debuts this fall.