The Tuesday before Thanksgiving is not significant to many of our readers. To the younger folks, it’s a big day, the last day of school before a five-day weekend. It’s not just a God send for the young’uns. This is the beginning of the end for college students. “If I can just get to Thanksgiving,” was what I told myself every fall semester. Once that big weekend arrives, it’s smooth sailing from here on out.
Congrats! You made it! Only two more days until you’re stuffing your face, watching football and napping on the couch. Until then, here’s what’s happening around the BBN.
A Pair of Coaches’ Shows
It was a Mark Stoops-John Calipari doubleheader Monday night on the UK Sports Network. Coach Cal talked about Brad’s recent success, provided a Dontaie Allen update and put his finger on UK’s inconsistent play from behind the three-point line.
“How can we shoot lights out at the free throw line, but miss so badly from three? It’s mental,” Calipari said. “My thing is, I said it after the last game. Just miss straight. If you shoot it crooked, it has no chance of going in. If you shoot it straight, it has a chance.”
Before Calipari took over the airwaves, Mark Stoops was asked what’s the solution for UK’s three-point specialists, the place-kickers.
“Hire a psychologist,” Stoops joked. “Nah, we’ll be alright. Chance (Poore) will get it straightened out. To be honest with you, I try to leave those guys alone. They’re in their head. Hopefully he gets back to the confidence and hit the ball the way he’s capable of. He just needs to strike the ball and let it go. He’s guiding it a little bit and thinking too much. He’s just got to get back to the fundamentals. I kind of compare it to golf, it’s like a golf swing [when you lose confidence].”
You can find more from the Mark Stoops Show here.
One More Football Media Op
Thanksgiving has thrown a hitch into the typical football work week. Instead of spreading out the post-practice interviews, tonight we’ll hear from Brad White, Eddie Gran and a cornucopia of players as they prepare for the Governor’s Cup. As for the players, their routine isn’t too terribly abnormal during rivalry week. After Wednesday’s practice they’ll have dinner with their position coach’s family, followed by a team dinner after Thursday’s walk-through.
“It probably works out good that we have our run through on Friday so we can get ‘em out they can run some of that turkey off and stuffing and all that. We’ll have our normal routine on Friday. Our guys have handled it well in the past. I think it is kind of nice for them to have a little bit of school off so that they get to catch up on a little rest, so hopefully that will help,” said Stoops.
Plenty of Podcasts
Kentucky’s football practice schedule isn’t too terribly different, but Thanksgiving has moved around things for our podcasters. On Monday you got a new Aaron Torres Sports Podcast and rivalry ammunition with a wild edition of the KSR Football Podcast. New episodes of 11 Personnel and Sources Say will hit the airwaves before you hit the road for your holiday travels Wednesday morning.
Feast Week Continues
Picked to finish last in the ACC, undefeated Virginia Tech pulled off an early upset in Maui by handing #3 Michigan State their second loss of the season. Tonight the Hokies will play a Dayton team that absolutely put it on Tom Crean’s Georgia Bulldogs in a 80-61 victory. Mick Cronin’s UCLA received a whoppin’ as well, falling 78-63 to Mark Pope’s BYU team. A look at today’s lineup:
- Noon: Western Michigan vs. Seattle on ESPNU
- 2:30: Georgia vs. #3 Michigan State on ESPN2
- 2:30: Yale vs. Bucknell on ESPNU
- 5:00: UCLA vs. Chaminade on ESPNU
- 5:00: Wisconsin vs. New Mexico on ESPN2
- 6:00: Wichita State vs. South Carolina on CBSSN
- 7:00: Oklahoma vs. Missouri on ESPNews
- 7:30: #18 Auburn vs. Richmond on ESPN2
- 8:00: Dayton vs. Virginia Tech on ESPN
- 8:30: Northern Iowa vs. West Virginia on CBSSN
- 9:30: Stanford vs. Butler on ESPN2
- 10:30: #4 Kansas vs. BYU on ESPN
- 11:30: #21 Colorado vs. Clemson on ESPN2
I don’t care how many times they do it, it warms my heart every time I see former players embrace after a game.
Matt’s got a Brand New Deal
Last night he signed a new contract with iHeart that will keep KSR on the air for five more years. He’ll return to the regularly scheduled programming December 26. Until then Drew and Ryan are holding down the fort, taking their talents to Clayton and Crume in Louisville at 216 S Shelby Street this morning at 10 a.m. ET. Don’t miss it.