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Today on KSR: We’re Men, We’re 40

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Oklahoma State is a dark horse CFB Playoff contender with a First Team All-American running back returning to contend for the Heisman Trophy. Mike Gundy’s dream season turned into a nightmare for a few hours on Monday.

It all started with a t-shirt Gundy wore on a fishing outing. Was Chuba Hubbard simply angered by the t-shirt? It appears to be more of a symptom of larger problems within the culture of the program, acting as the straw that broke the camel’s back . That was evident as other current and former players echoed Hubbard’s statement, saying enough was enough. After about six hours of online chaos, Gundy broke his silence, issuing the following statement alongside Hubbard.

What exactly needed to be changed and what is next? The details are unclear and it might be for the best. Some issues are best solved inside a locker room. It took the Cowboys’ best player to speak out for it to happen, but if they can come together, make meaningful change and put this in the past, it will all be worth it for the program. Even though Gundy is often portrayed as a bad guy, at the heart of his most ridiculous moment as a head coach he was standing up for one of his players. This time he’ll just have to do it in a different manner.

Kentucky Picks Up an Aussie Punter

Kentucky’s Australian pipeline isn’t drying up anytime soon. Monday night Wilson Berry announced he will be joining the Big Blue Nation. His older brother, Pittsburgh Steelers punter Jordan Berry, played college football for Dean Hood at Eastern Kentucky. Even though Hood has since departed, the connections to Louie Matsakis and current UK punter Max Duffy were enough to convince Berry to become a Wildcat. An AFL alum, one can only hope he brings his goal celebration dance with him to Lexington.

The Boys are Back in Town

Kentucky’s freshmen football players are officially on campus. Monday morning the masked athletes moved into dorms on campus, the first folks to live there since March. If all goes according to plan, Coach Ed and Coach Hill will run them through their first workouts next Monday.

 

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Speaking of back in town, Matt Jones has returned to the KSR airwaves. Today Cumberland County receives the KSR county spotlight. Don’t miss it.

No Basketball for Ben Jordan

When Kentucky needed a big man in 2019-20, John Calipari asked Nick Mingione to borrow a ball player. The 6-foot-9 pitcher will return to the mound full-time after playing in two games for Coach Cal and providing help in the paint.

Baseball Season Might Not Happen

Oops, baseball did it again. Commissioner Rob Manfred told Mike Greenberg that he’s not confident the owners and players will reach an agreement to play the 2020 season.

“I’m not confident. I think there’s real risk, and as long as there’s no dialogue, that real risk is going to continue,” he said. “It’s just a disaster for our game, absolutely no question about it. It shouldn’t be happening, and it’s important that we find a way to get past it and get the game back on the field for the benefit of our fans.”

Salute to a Local Legend

Today the Louisville community says goodbye to one of the Bluegrass’ best. Paul Schmitt passed away Friday. He was 82.

This fall when you turn on the television to watch college and NFL football, there’s a good chance Paul is responsible for putting one of those officials on the field. NFL head of officiating Al Riveron and Sarah Thomas, the NFL’s first full-time female official, are disciple’s of Schmitt. Riveron described Schmitt to the Courier-Journal as “a father figure run many ways.”

“He just saw me work a scrimmage and offered me a job after that,” he said. “He gave a lot of us an opportunity.”

I would describe Paul Schmitt as a man I feared as a child. A close family friend, we often spent our Sundays swimming at the Schmitt family pool with at least a dozen other kids. It was all fun games, so long as you didn’t get on the big man’s bad side. Later in life I learned that stern face was just a facade he learned after decades of officiating some of the best games in college football history. Before the 1987 Orange Bowl began, he forced the suspended Brian Bosworth to leave midfield at the coin toss and he had a front row seat to Doug Flutie’s Hail Mary. “You sure that wasn’t a hold, Paul?” My dad would tease the white-cap.

Among his other career footnotes, at Flaget High School in 1955 Schmitt became the first player to ever wear a facemark in the state of Kentucky, forced to don the equipment after a facial injury. He later became a letterman at the University of Louisville.

The city of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky are home to some of the best officials in the sport of football. A tight-knit community, Schmitt mentored many on their way to calling National Championships and Super Bowls. Many others who spent time on the sidelines with him years ago shared with Tim Sullivan the impact he made in that community. I can’t speak to that, but I can say that he was a good man who loved the game of football. I’m grateful to have known Paul Schmitt and shared a few moments with him in the press box talking about the game we love.

 

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

16 Comments for Today on KSR: We’re Men, We’re 40



  1. bigblue98
    9:56 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t cut the mullet. Change anything else, but not that please.



  2. UKgrad80
    9:56 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Then they shook hands, can’t be doin that! Obviously not a clue about today’s problems! Grundy is not changing either Chubba was threatened or paid off to shut up!



  3. lexattorney
    10:28 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    I really hope that after meeting with Gundy these players understand that it is possible that everyone on earth doesn’t agree with them on every single issue that arises. I also hope they understand that it is also possible for Gundy, (or anyone else) to support a news outlet, political candidate/party, etc., without agreeing with every statement or position taken by said entity. If Gundy just rolled over and gave up his support for OAN or beliefs or views on any issue then I have lost all respect for him and feel sorry for those players who would have learned nothing from the situation.



  4. jack8291
    11:42 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Donate 20-30% of revenue from the football program to Black Lives Matter, or other relevant causes . Give Gundy a pay cut . Replace the name ‘Pickens’ with ‘Sanders ‘ on anything relevant. A public apology from Gundy. That’s a good start ,anyway ….



    • lexattorney
      1:02 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      LOL



  5. madarchitect
    12:10 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    OAN is not a news outlet, unless you consider propaganda to be news.



    • lexattorney
      1:03 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      The same can be said for CNN, MSNBC, Fox News et al. They all have their particular slant so you pick the one with which you agree and relate the most. That’s the beauty of living in this country.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      9:41 pm June 17, 2020 Permalink

      Yes but OAN is worse than CNN and that’s saying something.



  6. chris43
    2:48 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Just remember you must agree with them on 100% of every issue or you’re racist, set in your ways or proud of your white privilege. Also you are not allowed to have your own opinion or views. Keep that in mind. Speaking of white privilege…last I checked my parents/grandparents along with myself have WORKED and EARNED every thing that we have! In fact my grandmother was born in the depression era and they didn’t even have SHOES TO WEAR in the Summer! I must be getting screwed or something because I’ve yet to receive ANYTHING simply due to the color of my white skin.



  7. TPACAT
    3:27 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    So what is the “meaningful change”? That Gundy won’t have an opinion contrary to any of his players? I’m so fricking sick of this “hostage video” backtracking. Conservatives need to grow a set and stop folding for fear of being branded a “racist”. They need to realize they’re going to be labeled that anyway simply for BEING a conservative…



    • Ned T.
      3:56 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Amen. Remember, there was a certain German leader from around 1933-1944 that did the same thing—silenced opposition at first via shame, then by the gun.

      ALL LIVES MATTER.



    • lexattorney
      5:00 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Conservative does NOT equal racist.



  8. King_tucky
    4:40 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like Rick Pitino with a bad hair cut!!



  9. madarchitect
    6:25 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    I’ll Kentucky fans are not racist, either. Reading the comments on this site



  10. madarchitect
    6:27 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    All



  11. jack8291
    8:04 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    The 5 demands they wanted and Gundy agreed to are trivial . Du rags, saggy pants , earrings , certain attire ….everyone seems happy now