Can you believe it has already been 10 years?
Last week marked my 10-year anniversary with Kentucky Sports Radio — yes, I am an old man now. It was in August of 2009, a couple months shy of the John Wall Dance and the resurgence of the Kentucky basketball program, when Matt Jones called me up and asked me to move my talents from The Horace Grant Halftime Report to KSR. I had a hard time leaving behind my own project because it was on the come up, but looking back it was the best decision I ever made.
Drew joining KSR was probably the most important moment in our history outside of the creation of the site.
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 19, 2019
Since joining Matt and the KSR website a decade ago, I have stirred up legal troubles with a porn star; broken a story about Matt Roark starting at quarterback against Tennessee, which nobody believed; flown across the country to Taco Bell headquarters to be the first to try the Doritos Locos Taco; made a split-second cameo in Kentucky’s “One Shining Moment” in 2012; done unspeakable things with UK basketball players in the Bahamas before the 2014-15 season; made fun of Louisville, a lot; made fun of Starkville, a lot; hit a buzzer-beater to knock Kentucky out of the 2016 NCAA Tournament; unintentionally started a feud with Gregg Marshall and his wife, which got so big, the story went international; made fun of Louisville some more; traveled approximately a gazillion miles with Matt, by car, and one time he let me play a song I like; plus much, much, much, much more fun while covering the Kentucky Wildcats for this here website. I could thank a million people, including you for reading this, but we will save that for another time. I don’t want to start crying on a Wednesday. Just know I am greatly appreciative for this sweet job I have that allows me to blab about whatever pops into my head, without any restrictions (or an editor to correct all of the typos). It has been a fun and exhausting decade and I’m ready for all of the exciting things ahead!
Now that we got that out of the way, here is what you need to know this morning:
Mark Stoops crossed the border into Tennessee and stole a four-star defensive lineman from the Volunteers.
Tennessee fans are up in arms over little ol’ Kentucky stealing one of the Volunteer state’s top football prospects from their own dirt.
Tre’vonn Rybka, a four-star defensive end out of the suburbs of Nashville, picked the Cats over the Vols on Tuesday. He did so by dropping a UT t-shirt to reveal a UK t-shirt in his commitment video.
Suck it, Tennessee.
For those of you keeping score at home, Rybka was UK’s second four-star commitment in two days.
Stoops & Co. added two elite talents to the Class of 2020 in a span of less than 24 hours from Monday to Tuesday. Rybka joined Deondre Buford, a four-star offensive lineman out of Michigan, who picked Kentucky over several schools, including LSU, Auburn, Penn State and Michigan State.
The UK program used to rarely get top-ranked players from other states; now it is getting two at a time.
Kentucky missed out on the No. 1 point guard yesterday. (Or maybe not.)
Daishen Nix, the top point guard in the Class of 2020 basketball rankings, announced he will attend UCLA for his basketball career. Nix named Kentucky a finalist in his recruitment Monday evening, only to turn around and pick the Bruins on Tuesday. The Alaska native, who now plays his high school ball in Las Vegas, likes Mick Cronin and the new staff in Westwood, he said after the commitment. Alabama, Kansas and Maryland were also in contention.
There is one pretty big detail to the story that shouldn’t be overlooked: Kentucky did not extend a scholarship offer to Nix. Nix named Kentucky throughout the process, even in the final hours before his commitment, but was never actually presented with the opportunity to attend UK. The belief is that Kentucky would’ve been the front runner had it shown a little more interest, but John Calipari and his staff will proceed with other options for its next backcourt, including the two that are already on board.
Our “Sources Say” podcast debuted yesterday.
KSR’s new basketball recruiting podcast with Jack Pilgrim and co-hosts Travis Graf and Jake Weingarten. To get caught up on all the latest UK basketball recruiting news, give it a listen here.
President Trump will be in Louisville today.
If you are into that sort of thing, you can try to catch a glimpse of him at The Galt House before or after he speaks to AMVETS at its national convention; however, be ready for a traffic nightmare in downtown Louisville, whether you’re downtown for Trump or not.
Trump’s Wednesday speaking engagement is not a rally that is open to the public, but rather an official White House event that is invite-only. Attendees can get a photo with Trump for only $21,000.
From there, Trump will head to a private fundraiser for Governor Bevin to assist Bevin in his pursuit of a second term.
The KSR Food Bracket is back!
Gather around your radios or your KSR streaming devices at 10 a.m. today because it is time to once again reveal our chain restaurant champion of the summer. This year’s bracket is out and ready to be dissected on the show today with a full house of KSR radio personalities, plus special guests Lee Cruse and Hayley Harmon. You can print out your copy now so you’re ready, but don’t waste your breath complaining about the seeding because we don’t have time for it.