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Today On KSR: Thanks for reading my nonsense for a decade

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.

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for Today On KSR: Thanks for reading my nonsense for a decade

  1. Ned T.
    9:05 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Cal thought he should nix that one in the bud.

  2. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    9:15 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    FOOD BRACKET???!!! For all that is good, PLEEEEASE, NOOOOO!!! Find something different. Saturday morning cartoons. Sugary carby breakfast cereals. Candy bars. ANYTHING!!! This horse has been mercilessly beaten dozens of times.

    Having said that, congrats Drew!!! You always give me a chuckle, usually a few, with your posts, especially the self-depreciating humor. If I could I would treat you to lunch at the Bell. “Yo quiero Taco Bell” my friend.

  3. ononuk71
    9:21 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Drew, “no doubt about it”, you are a most important part of KSR. I wished that I had taken Eng Comp 101 three times, then maybe I could write as well as you. You and Tyler are the best. I never have to read you two or three times to figure out what word you omitted or what the correct person or tense should be. I can tell from your product that you work very hard. Thanks for sharing your talent for us on one of my passions, UK athletics.

  4. runningunnin.454
    9:23 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Congratulations, Drew. Your stroll down memory lane was hilarious; I must have missed the story about the p0rn star; and, hitting the last second shot to beat UK had me spitting coffee all over my keyboard…again.
    Wishing you many more; now I have to go read the “character actor” story.

    • runningunnin.454
      9:39 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

      Lol, I must say KSR has really dialed it down since it’s inception. I must also say I’m going to have to give up coffee…can’t keep buying keyboards.
      Is she really a KU fan, well then…oh, never mind, can’t ruffle her feathers again, can we?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:59 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

      I must be slow this morning. The 2016 tourney joke went right over my head. Plz explain.

    • runningunnin.454
      10:00 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

      Luke Maye looks like Drew, or vice versa.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:08 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

      Oh boy, how could I forget. I try to block bad UK moments like that out of my mind and I guess it finally worked for once. Haha.

  5. weneedpitino
    9:26 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    You’re welcome Mr. Drew I’m sure you’re as much of a fan of my work as I am yours. Rumor has it that you scour the ksr comment section looking for my comments seeking wisdom and truths. Go cats, and go ksr comment section!!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      9:57 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

      Welcome back wnp! I believe your post is probably 100% true. Haha.

  6. michaelb
    10:39 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Drew thanks for all the entertainment… you have been the most important figure to ksrs existence by far . Lookin sharp still even at the ripe old ages we are . You make madisonville proud & me as well . It’s good our hometown has someone like you to follow . Thanks for all that you do . Maroons 4L . -Michael Bassett

  7. michaelb
    10:40 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    I’m still sad your parents moved out of the best town on earth tho. I loved seeing them/you almost anytime I walk over to dos copas from my house .

  8. Fly Cat
    11:27 am August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Keep on keepin on with the KSR juggernaut, and if you get to France, make sure you go to Monet’s garden.

  9. catheaven
    2:56 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    Congratulations, Drew! And congrats to me for reading your posts and listening to the show for 10 years! While I love Matt, Ryan, and Shannon, you are by far my favorite. We are like minded souls in our hatred of UL. Loved you on the show recently saying if your mother coached UL you would still hate them. I laughed so hard. And my favorite post was your RV with your friends to a football game, I think was last year. Most entertaining thing I’ve ever read! Keep up the good work. You make so many of my days great with laughter.

  10. catlaska
    6:16 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    You are the absolute best Drew! Love the work you do.

  11. [email protected]
    6:46 pm August 21, 2019 Permalink

    21,000 for a photo? what i deal Hillary charged 200k to food.