A little more excitement around UK land today…so with that a few thoughts:
— The Mark Stoops contract extension is an example of UK’s new football commitment and the feeling that if there was ever a time to make a move, this is it. It gave Stoops a slight raise and extended him through the 2018 season, but for me the importance is much more symbolic than financial. Lets face it. The stereotype around this program for a long time has been that it simply isn’t willing to invest in football and success on the field is not a priority. I don’t think that is totally fair, but it is the reality of the situation. The most important thing this administration can do is try and destroy that perception by investing heavily…and they are doing it. From the changes in the practice facility to the massive upgrade of Commonwealth Stadium to the raises for Assistant coaches to now, the extension for Mark Stoops, there is a concerted effort to showcase that football will be a priority. I admit that I am all-in on this staff…I firmly believe that if this staff doesn’t get it done here, especially considering how well they are doing on the recruiting trail, then it simply can’t be done. And that philosophy seems to me to be also the feeling of those running the Athletics Department as well…push all our chips in and see if Mark Stoops is finally the coach to make UK football competitive on a level we have yet to see.
— Speaking of football, I am hearing that UK could get two big commitments by the end of the week, each of them from HIGH level kids. One is almost surely CJ Conrad, the four star Tight End that is making his choice Friday at his school. A commitment would be a huge get for Vince Marrow and a big weapon for the UK passing game in the future. The second is not yet out for public consumption, but is another big time talent with offers from major programs. If it comes through, two major Yahtzees in one week will continue to have this recruiting class rolling in the Summer.
pic by @MLYTay94 of fan with UK tattoo on his hand getting them signed by Polson/Hood
— On the basketball side, we still don’t know the specifics of the potential Summer trip this year for the UK team. As we have said here before, the hope is for the Bahamas, but details haven’t been fully worked out or released. The plan is still for the second week of August and if the trip occurs, it should be great for the team in terms of cohesion and experience. Details will probably come out in June, which was the time it was released in 2011 (the last trip out of the country).
— Finally, we are in planning right now for the 24 Hours of Ryan Lemond Radio, which won’t just be Ryan but will be a circus of KSR. Over the next two weeks, we will be doing various things on the show to give listeners a chance to win an opportunity to co-host a hour with Ryan, so make sure and check it out and get a chance to exercise your sports talking dreams.
More from me later…