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Tuesday Night News and Views


BBN, you. are. everywhere. The latest picture comes to us from Easter Island, that mythical land of giant stone statues that scared the crap out of me as a kid when they talked to each other in a Dristan nose spray commercial. Small world, Big Blue Nation, right?

After nine basketball games in November, the schedule has slowed down a bit, allowing us to focus more on the search for UK’s next offensive coordinator, which once again was the talk of the BBN today. Let’s start with our old OC, Neal Brown.

Neal Brown came on the show to discuss his future and relationship with Mark Stoops

The fact that Neal Brown wanted to come on today’s show to say goodbye to UK fans says a lot about his character and connection to the program. Brown said Kentucky, “God’s country,” will always be home to him and reflected fondly on his time in Lexington. Brown says he thinks UK’s brightest days are ahead, but Patrick Towles must continue to work on his fundamentals, particularly his accuracy, if he wants to hang on to the starting job. “He’s got to be a more accurate passer and that is something he knows,” Brown said. “The good thing for Kentucky fans is nobody’s going to work harder than Patrick.”

Brown also cleared up some of the rumors that he and Mark Stoops didn’t get along during his tenure.

“First of all, we have a great personal relationship. I love the guy. I think he’s as good of a person as you’re ever going to be around. I think he’s done a tremendous job laying the foundation of the program,” Brown said. “I think his vision for the offense and my vision were very similar. I don’t think theres’s any (conflict) – I heard that too, especially since I left, and I never really felt that. We always tried to do exactly what we thought, going into each game, gave us the best opportunity. I understand the fans got a little frustrated later in the year; we were just a better running football team than we were passing.”

Thanks again to Neal for coming on and best of luck. Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat. In fact…

Could Troy replace UAB on UK’s schedule in 2016?

UAB canceled its football program today, which means it also canceled its future games against Tennessee, Kentucky, Troy, Georgia State, and South Alabama, costing the school a whopping $2.45 million altogether. UAB was scheduled to play Kentucky on September 3, 2016 in Commonwealth Stadium, a vacancy they’ll now need to fill. Something tells me Stoops may take a page out of the John-Calipari-Give-A-Former-Assistant-A-Bone book and look at scheduling Troy?

The latest on the OC search…

…is that I finally get an excuse to use a picture from “The OC.” Kidding. This morning, Kyle Tucker reported that he’s hearing that James Coley is NOT a candidate for the offensive coordinator position and that UK wants to move in a “different direction”; however, we have not heard that, so he will stay on KSR’s candidate list for now. Meanwhile, Thaddeus Snodgrass began following Lincoln Riley on Twitter this afternoon, but unfollowed him later in the evening, so make of that what you will (nothing).

Get to know the name Messiah deWeaver

The four-star 2016 quarterback is currently committed to Michigan, but with the Wolverines giving Brady Hoke the boot this afternoon, that may not last. DeWeaver (6’3″, 202 lbs.) is considered the 12th best pro-style quarterback in the 2016 class by 247 Sports and has enough interest in Kentucky that he considered flipping his commitment last month. Could Michigan’s loss be the Cats’ gain? Speaking of Michigan…

Some people think Mark Stoops is a candidate for the Michigan job

Including Rivals’ Mike Farrell, who says that outside of Jim Harbaugh and Butch Jones, Stoops “would be next in line as a home run” hire. Farrell cited Stoops’ excellent recruiting in Ohio and Midwestern ties as the primary reason he believes the Wolverines will give Stoops a serious look. No thank you.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out Jared Lorenzen’s first KSR post

Jared gave us a detailed breakdown of how he felt the offense did this season, and since he knows more about football than all of us combined, it’s definitely worth a few minutes of your time: Wrapping Up The Football Season: Offense

Cal is the GIF that keeps on giving


Even on a slow news day, Calipari delivers. In his latest mailbag, Cal said he’s finally able to work out again after his hip surgery and is looking forward to “getting BUFF again!”. And then he laughed, and we all laughed because a buff Cal is just silly.

Chad Ford predicts four UK players will go in the first round

Chad Ford updated his NBA Draft Big Board and Top 100 today, and not surprisingly, the Cats were all over both. In fact, both the Blue and White Platoons made his Top 100 rankings:

3. Karl Towns
16. Willie Cauley-Stein
25. Dakari Johnson
30. Trey Lyles
32. Devin Booker
43. Andrew Harrison
44. Aaron Harrison
49. Marcus Lee
62. Alex Poythress
75. Tyler Ulis

Calipari will watch both Carlton Bragg and Jaylen Brown on Saturday

After the Cats take down Texas, Calipari’s spending the short turnaround between games watching Carlton Bragg at the Marshall County Hoop Fest and Jaylen Brown in Georgia. For those of you hoping to catch a glimpse of Cal, Carlton Bragg and Villa Angela St. Joseph tip off against Archbishop Carroll at 5:30 p.m. Saturday evening. If you’re really in the mood for some high school basketball, don’t forget to check out Skal Labissiere’s Reach Your Dream Prep play in the Hoop Fest Friday night at 5:30 p.m. Labissiere will also play in the Legacy Nissan Classic at North Laurel High School in London Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

In other recruiting news…

Your Anthony Davis highlight of the night…

Oh yeah, Anthony is also on the latest cover of Sports Illustrated. 2015 is about to be the Year of the Brow.

That’ll do it for now. See you in the morning.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

No, I will not make you a sandwich, but you can follow me on Twitter @MrsTylerKSR or email me.

7 Comments for Tuesday Night News and Views

  1. Casper
    2:26 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

    Very exciting stuff. No to Troy. Because they will probably beat us. We r very disappointed that no one wants the OC job. This is very scary. Stoops should have had this set up before Brown’s resignation…

    • WillySpankit
      10:01 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

      Can’t tell if you’re a troll or just really dumb.

  2. msnthrop
    5:31 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

    UAB did not have a profitable football program and thus it didn’t cost them anything to shut it down, it actually saved the school money. I bet we see more and more small schools do the exact same thing.

    • Billy Mays Here
      6:35 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

      Unfortunately, the truth is that UAB’s football program actually was profitable. John Talty, an Alabama news reporter, investigated the finances via the USDOE’s records and posted a nice article late last night. UAB football provided nearly one-third of the athletic department’s revenues and not only did the football team itself post a profit, but the entire athletic department turned a profit of over $635,000; less than UAB President Watt’s total annual compensation, yes, but still significant for a program of its size. UAB football’s most recent financial indicates that it is in better shape than other similar sized-programs.

      It is true that UAB athletics receives significant subsidies, but most schools do, including Louisville in our state. Further consider that UAB’s administration is lying to the players, coaches, students and the public in claiming the financial losses as reason for killing the program. This is simply untrue. Auburn’s football program, last year’s national runner-up, ran a deficit of nearly $4 million; they aren’t considering killing their program, but instead are increasing spending on a new DC. There is something larger and more nefarious going on here with UAB and the University of Alabama system. Sadly, the dreams and lives of over 100 young men are being devastated in the process.

  3. cathalchan
    7:22 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

    You may want to check the Marshall Co. Hoopfest schedule regarding Skal Labissiere’s game time. I think due to a scheduling conflict his game is now set for 10pm on Friday night. Hopefully the Barbecue nachos will still be hot at that time.

  4. keiths
    7:42 am December 3, 2014 Permalink

    Neal brown is gone. good luck and good riddance. Now lets not have anymore post about him or his future. T.I.A.

  5. IsaacMingoWX
    1:16 pm December 3, 2014 Permalink

    As a South Alabama student, I would LOVE to have a game against UK.