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Today On KSR: You did good, Kentucky

(Photo: (AP Photo/Piper Blackburn)

(Photo: AP/Piper Blackburn)

Kentucky had a successful Primary Election at the polls, even if your favorite actor or actress or even LeBron James tweeted otherwise. The Bluegrass was criticized for voter suppression in the days leading up to the primary, mostly by people outside of the Bluegrass, but Kentuckians showed up (or mailed in) in record numbers to have their voices heard.

Official results are all over the place (thanks a lot, COVID) so I won’t attempt to give the latest update. We’ll have to wait on that. But the early turnout numbers show one of the highest participation rates for a primary in decades, a testament to the work of many people navigating around a pandemic to provide the voting opportunities, and to the voters who found a way to exercise their right to vote during difficult times for all.

You did good, Kentucky. You did good.

Now enough about politics — we have Facebook for that — let’s get to what’s happening in the wide narrow world of sports.


UK hired a new cheer coach.

The University of Kentucky hired its replacement for Jomo Thompson, the school’s former head cheer coach of almost two decades, who was let go earlier this year after a three-month investigation into the storied program revealed a “lack of oversight” on the job. That job now belongs to Ryan Martin O’Connor, a Lexington native and former UK cheerleader herself. O’Connor cheered for one year at Kentucky in 2008-09 (under Thompson) before transferring to Alabama. She returns home to Lexington after coaching the cheerleaders at Western Kentucky, and UK AD Mitch Barnhart loves his department’s hire.

“Ryan is exactly the kind of person we wanted to hire as we sought the next leader of Kentucky cheerleading,” Barnhart said. “She has a proven track record of success, brings incredible energy to her work, and shares our commitment to both integrity and competitive excellence. Not only that, she also has an intimate understanding of the proud tradition of this program and what it means to cheerleaders, this university and the Big Blue Nation. We are excited to help her write the program’s next chapter.”


Matt Jones released a new podcast.

The Matt Jones Podcast released a new episode Tuesday night, this time with Tom Hart as Matt’s special guest. Tom joined the program to talk about his stardom throughout Big Blue Nation and how it came to be, as well as his thoughts on the upcoming college football season and what he thinks of Mark Stoops.

You can listen to the new episode here.


Major League Baseball has a start date.

The sport that can’t seem to figure it out, may have figured it out. Word is the MLB and the MLBPA agreed to terms on a 2020 season, one that will include only 60 games per team in the regular season and will begin on July 24. Details are still getting ironed out, but players are expected to report to camp on July 1.


Zack Geoghegan has the latest on the NBA’s return.

Corona wants to derail the Orlando plan:

Several NBA players test positive for coronavirus as league officially announces return


LISTEN: Drake Jackson’s interview with Tom Leach on the Leach Report.

The center of the Big Blue Wall called in to Tom Leach’s radio show Tuesday morning and had a lot to say about the Kentucky football team’s return to campus and the importance of a veteran locker room during a COVID offseason. He also raved about his coach, John Schlarman, and touched on dealing with social issues in a very diverse locker room.

Drake Jackson: “We are probably handling it as well as you can”


KSR is taking you to Fleming County on today’s show.

Get your Dairy Queen ready.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

17 Comments for Today On KSR: You did good, Kentucky

  1. Dustin Rumbaugh
    10:03 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

    We live in a world where someone could get on their phone and order the worlds rarest cheese from a specific goat in Turkey but that same person can’t access voting. I hope we don’t look at this turnout as a symptom of the virus and instead as a exposure of voter suppression. Didn’t mean to get political. I don’t really think what I said was political at all. I just think its sort of striking that this virus exposed the fact that we do have a government that could allow better access to voting but chooses not to. That’s on the blue ties and the red ties equally. Like Calipari says when a dude goes hard in practice “You just told on yourself. Now I need that everyday.” Our government just told on itself.

    • BlueFrank
      11:45 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Anyone who wants to vote can vote. It’s that easy. Voter suppression is pretty much a myth, an invented boogy man. If the virus has shown us anything, it’s that people can get out to do anything when properly motivated.

    • TPACAT
      1:02 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      If you think on-line voting is a good idea you are a moron…

    • Bluehender
      2:21 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      TPA, if you think online voting is not a good idea, you must be scared..

    • TPACAT
      4:05 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Ever have your comment disappear on a sports blog because the powers that oversee that technology disagreed with your point of view, Bluehender? I have. Now, imagine that point of view was your vote. If that doesn’t scare you then you’re not only a moron, but a fool…

    • ClutchCargo
      4:46 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Because no fraud ever happens online…

    • Bluehender
      7:52 am June 25, 2020 Permalink

      TPA, I would be careful about calling people fools..

  2. StoneColdSaidSo
    11:18 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

    “Now enough about politics, we plenty of time to preach that to you later.”

  3. Megan
    11:32 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

    First, I thought the story was that turnout was surprisingly strong. Are you saying Drew is wrong about that? Second, I was with you until you felt the need to implicate the red and blue ties equally. Why do people feel the need to do that? Create an equivalence, I mean. It’s so clearly one color and not the other that suppresses the vote, and for reasons that have been admitted. Are we fearful of drawing a negative reaction if we don’t pretend to be even-handed? There’s nothing even-handed about the red and blue ties on this issue.

    • Megan
      11:32 am June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Directed to Dustin.

    • TPACAT
      1:05 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Then how come every time more people vote than actually live in a district it’s in a predominantly blue” area?…

  4. friendsofcoal
    12:15 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    Hey Matt, how about article about the Bubba Wallace outcome? LMAO

    • madarchitect
      12:51 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      All of the topics mentioned in the article above and you are off topic again. It’s almost like you have a Bubba Wallace man crush.

    • TPACAT
      1:06 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

      Yep. Matt needs to eat his sh!t sandwich…

    1:01 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    So Matt’s new podcast is “Sports News”, but the Bubba Wallace charade isn’t? Pitiful… Oh, and Lebron, shut up and dribble…

  6. Dustin Rumbaugh
    1:31 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    “Anyone who wants to vote can vote”…..please research that because you’re incorrect.

    I was saying the turnout WAS surprisingly strong….because we used new methods that weren’t used before this virus. We should always do that. Regardless of tie color. That was my point.

  7. Cousins Fake Tooth
    4:16 pm June 24, 2020 Permalink

    More left wing nonsense from this site. The Dems are trying to rig the election just like they did the 2016 dnc primaries. They can put whatever outcome they want with paper ballots. And yes to above whoever said it, anyone that could vote could vote. You had plenty of time, well more than you have had in the past. If you didn’t make it to vote it’s because you didn’t want to. And of course still no mention of bubba on here. He’s another hoax Jussie Smollett Jr leftie.