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
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.