Good evening, KSR readers!
Hey, eyes down here. Stay focused, guys.
Welcome to the new and gradually improving KentuckySportsRadio.com! Like Matt addressed in the post just south of this one, this is the first phase of KSR catching up with the rest of the online world. We finally added some color, as you can see, and new subcategories at the top to make things organized. There are still many new features to come, too, so don’t get all the way settled in just yet. We’re still working out some kinks and unrolling new stuff as we go. The Funkhouser section is going to be a lot of fun, by the way, and I’m open to suggestions for my columns/series. Breaking Bad recaps, maybe? Taco Bell food reviews? Toss me some ideas if you got ’em.
The site was down for a few hours Friday afternoon while Hubby gave birth to the new version so I’ll catch everyone up to speed with a few notes that’ll last you until Ally’s recap of the day.
— The big news of the day comes from basketball recruiting where things just went south in the Emmanuel Mudiay department. The top ranked point guard in the 2014 class surprised everyone late Friday afternoon when he announced that he’ll go public with his decision tomorrow at the Elite 24 game. Long believed to be Kentucky’s to lose, Mudiay is now looking like a potential SMU commit and several national analysts switched their picks from UK to support the trend. Mudiay has taken numerous unofficial visits to SMU lately, and if you throw in Kentucky’s recent scholarship offer to Tyler Ulis, you have a recipe for disappointment. But then again, Calipari is Calipari and SMU is, well, it is SMU.
— If you need some news to cheer you up, Za’Darius Smith practiced on Friday and Stoops said he looked good, really good. The staff doesn’t expect the missed practice time to slow Smith down at all, the only concern is it was a high ankle sprain and those can be a problem. Smith says he feels 100%, though.
— Two defensive tackles announced their transfers out of Lexington on Friday. Patrick Grafree will play for Eastern Kentucky this fall and Thomas Chapman will suit up at Murray State. Best of luck to both of those guys, victims of getting lost behind the new level of talent Stoops is bringing in on the defensive line.
— Kentucky football also lost Rashad Cunningham, at least for this season. The sophomore wide receiver was declared academically ineligible for 2013. Next man up.
— To whoever left a comment on my football Xs and Os post saying it was directed toward middle school children, um, sorry, I think you came to the wrong place. And tell your middle schoolers I appreciate them reading it.
— Last but certainly not least, our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of R.J. Corman, who passed away Friday after a long battle with cancer. The entrepreneur from Jessamine County and owner of the multimillion-dollar railroad and construction company did a lot for the area and he will truly be missed. You can read more about Corman and his relationship with John Calipari here.