Good morning, Big Blue Nation. I hope you’ve got the coffee handy because we’ve got a big day here at Kentucky Sports Radio. In just one hour, the media gets to speak with Jai Lucas for the first time since he accepted the position of special assistant to the head coach/recruiting coordinator on Kentucky’s staff. Because we’re still in COVID times, the press conference will take place on Zoom, but the KSR crew is excited nonetheless. Do you think he’ll remember us? Check the site later to find out.
While I try to find my KSR polo in the back of the closet, here’s a look at what else is happening in the UK Sports world and beyond.
A new name to watch in football camp
Eddie Gran isn’t one to dole out praise, especially during fall camp. That’s why this quote about freshman running back JuTahn McClain raised eyebrows yesterday after practice.
“The old adage is the eye in the sky doesn’t lie. He doesn’t. You watch tape everyday you look at effort. You look at straining. You look at mental errors and that you man doesn’t have ’em. I feel very comfortable putting him in the game. There’s a lot of competition in my room right now.”
Coming from someone who coached Benny Snell and Deuce McAllister, that’s pretty high praise indeed. Gran had plenty more to say about the offense and Chris Rodriguez also spoke to reporters, so be sure to check out Nick Roush’s full rundown. Or, just listen to Eddie Gran yourself and enjoy some photos from UK:
ICYMI, we got some kickoff times
Yesterday, the SEC released a handful of game times for the upcoming season, including Week 1. Kentucky will open the season at Auburn at Noon on the SEC Network.
- September 26: at Auburn, Noon ET/11am CT on SEC Network
- October 3: vs. Ole Miss, 4pm ET/3pm CT on SEC Network
- October 17: at Tennessee – Either Noon ET/11 am CT or 3:30 pm ET/2:30 pm CT or 4 pm ET/3 pm CT on the SEC Network, SEC Network Alternate or another ESPN platform
- October 31: at Missouri, Noon ET/11am CT on SEC Network
Jamal Murray’s Nuggets knocked out Donovan Mitchell’s Jazz
We’ve been treated to some incredible duels between Jamal Murray and Donovan Mitchell in the Bubble, and last night’s Game 7 did not disappoint. Murray’s Nuggets ended up winning 80-78, but it came down to the final seconds. Murray and Mitchell combined for 475 points, the most from a pair of players in a single playoff series in NBA history, and after the buzzer sounded, the former Cat went to console the former Card:
The Nuggets play the Clippers in Game 1 of the West Semifinals on Thursday, even if Murray wished he had another day off to rest:
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 2, 2020
Today, Shai, Hami, Nerlens, and the Oklahoma City Thunder have their shot to advance in Game 7 vs. the Rockets, while Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro take on the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the East Semifinals. (Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe had to sit out of Game 1 with a hamstring strain.)
- 6:30 PM (ESPN): Miami Heat vs. Milwaukee Bucks – Game 2
- MIA leads series 1-0
- 9:00 PM (ESPN): OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets – Game 7
- Series tied 3-3
Love Lines With Lemond at 9 p.m.
How are things in the Lemond household this week? Check KSR or the KSR Facebook page at 9 p.m. to find out on the latest episode of “Love Lines With Lemond.” Hopefully they can see the Facebook comments.
It’s Wingsday at KSBar and Grille
KSBar’s wings are the perfect thing to get you over the hump, and today, you can get 25 of them for only $20. The Reds play the Cardinals tonight, so you can also enjoy our Reds game day specials AND play live socially-distanced trivia at the same time. Or, you can just get today’s carryout special: two steak sandwiches, house cut chips, and two drinks. Call ahead (859-554-6081) to place an order or reserve a table. If you’re a UK student, come check out our new Study Hall specials from 1-5 p.m.:
Carole Baskin is joining “Dancing With The Stars”
Breaking news! Exotic Joe’s nemesis is headed to network primetime to join the cast of “Dancing With The Stars.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) September 2, 2020
I’m not sure what’s more surprising, Baskin joining the show or the fact that the show is still on.
KSR Dog of the Day
Lily will put a smile on your face this morning.
It’s Lewis County Day
Tune in to learn all about this county in Northeast Kentucky, home to Vanceburg and, according to Wikipedia, some of the nation’s best oak lumber.