Big Blue Madness Campout officially began this morning, and so far, there already 680 tents →
By Kaan Solagan on ©7:00 pm
Damien Harris- Ran for 321 yards on 19 carries and scored seven touchdowns in the Madison Southern’s 49-35 win last Friday night. Tons of UK fans showed up to watch Harris completely take over the game.
Zy’Aire Hughes- McCracken County did not play a game last weekend.
Eli Brown- Had three carries for 93 yards, one of which was an 86-yard touchdown run. Warren East beat Ohio County in a 63-0 blowout.
Jordan Jones- His team (Cardinal Mooney) beat (Akron) Ohio Buchtel by a score of 31-0.
CJ Conrad- He was covered by a double team all night long and did not get a reception in the game. His team lost 14-0 to Galion (Ohio).
Alex Stump- Stump had five catches and two touchdowns in a 42-0 St. Edward win.
Keion Wakefield- Had 4 receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns in a 49-12 rout of Jeffersontown.
Quinton Baker- Ran for 3 touchdowns in a 29-27 loss to Russell County last weekend.
Jabari Greenwood- Greenwood had four catches for 96 yards and caught a 57-yard screen pass for a touchdown. His team won 38-3 and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Darius Fullwood- Fullwood had four tackles in the game, and two were for a loss. His team won 23-0 and improved to 3-0 on the season.
Ryan Davis- Had 15 carries for 153 yards in 39-22 loss against St. Petersburg (Florida).
Drake Jackson- Woodford County lost a close game at home against Marion County by a score of 30-29.
By Drew Franklin on ©6:30 pm
I’m sending out a challenge to our readers and listeners: You and three of your friends can’t beat Team KSR in golf. Here’s your chance if you want to try…
Our friends at the Fayette County UK Alumni Club are having their annual golf scramble on Tuesday, September 23 at Keene Run Golf Course. The cost is $125 per person, which covers your green fee, range balls, tee prizes, long drive and closest to the pin contests, lunch, drinks and snacks. Registration and lunch starts at 11:30 am and the shotgun start will be at 1 pm; individual golfers and foursomes are welcome.
All money raised will go toward the club’s scholarship endowment which provides scholarships for deserving students to attend UK. There will also be a silent auction and raffle for the cause.
I’m told many former UK basketball and football players and coaches have committed to this event, and there will be an appearance by the UK cheerleaders and dance team. Plus the unstoppable team of Kentucky Sports Radio will be on the course making tap-in birdies and tap-in eagles.
If you’re interested, and you should be, register by September 19 (TOMORROW) at www.ukalumni.net/fayettegolf2014 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. I’m told there are only a few spots remaining so get in if you want to get beat.
Think you can hit one down the middle off this tee box?
If you play and a miracle somehow occurs and you shoot lower than KSR, I will post your team on the website saying you took us down.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©5:32 pm
You want some Damien Harris scoop? I GOT SOME DAMIEN HARRIS SCOOP! According to Alex Davis of Kentucky Preps, Harris may take his official visit to Kentucky next weekend for the Vanderbilt game. Harris told Davis that Kentucky wants him to take his official when UK plays North Carolina in basketball on December 13, but that’s the day Harris is planning to announce his decision, and therefore outside of his timetable. Now, he’s eying next weekend’s contest against Vandy for his official trip to Lexington.
Next Saturday’s game just got even bigger. For the love of God, y’all, #PackCommonwealth.
By Drew Franklin on ©4:30 pm
UK fan Adam Weaver posed with Aaron Harrison in a t-shirt that I believe is a tribute to Aaron’s performance toward the end of last year’s NCAA Tournament. Judging by the two massive (basket)balls on the shirt, I think he is trying to reiterate what Dakari Johnson said after the win against Michigan last March: “Aaron has big (you-know-whats).”
Testicular fortitude aside, let’s run through some afternoon notes before I get on the road for Atlanta. Hashtag bachelor party. See you at The Cheetah.
– Kentucky released its finalized 2014-15 basketball schedule today with all start times and TV information included. It looks like the Wildcats will get 17 appearances on the ESPN family of networks, 10 on the SEC Network, five on CBS and one regional broadcast on FSN. At first glance I also noticed only two Wednesday night games and five Sundays in November, meaning we won’t get to see a lot of NFL that month. If there is an NFL by November.
– Before he joins the madness at Memorial Coliseum late tonight, John Calipari will visit with Isaiah Briscoe, Tyus Battle and Cheick Diallo. Briscoe is up to the No. 1 point guard spot in the 2015 class, however, he still does not have that coveted offer from Calipari and UK. If one comes today, and it very well might, the late push shouldn’t penalize the Wildcats. Briscoe’s father recently told 247Sports, “We don’t think about that. We know how Kentucky recruits.”
Battle and Diallo have their offers from UK. Diallo took his official visit to Kentucky over the summer, and Battle, a 2016 star, plans to attend Big Blue Madness next month.
– Skal Labissiere is ready to get to Lexington this weekend:
— Skal Lab (@OneBigHaitian) September 18, 2014
He arrives tomorrow and I trust Big Blue Nation will give him a warm welcome at the campout.
– Many SEC football followers will tell you Florida is down this year, thus downplaying UK’s performance in The Swamp, but don’t tell that to Nick Saban. Saban took up for the Gators today, saying, “It’s always exciting to get into SEC play, obviously some really, really good teams we have to play, starting with Florida, who I think is vastly improved and really off to a good start. They have a lot of really, really good football players and they’re showing great balance on offense and really playing well on defense, like they typically do. This is a really, really good overall team, it will be challenging for us… I think they have a really good team this year.”
Of course Saban is going to play up his next opponent, but that’s still some high praise for a man who knows a thing or 12 about football.
– I’m no fan of Major League Baseball and I certainly don’t follow the New York Yankees, but Gatorade’s new tribute to Derek Jeter is pretty awesome:
I wish we could get something similar from each of the UK basketball players who leave for the NBA, but YouTube doesn’t have the bandwidth to store all of those videos.
– We learned this week that Louisiana-Lafayette will be coming to Commonwealth Stadium next fall, but after a small Twitter goof, it’s unlikely whoever is currently in charge of the Ragin’ Cajuns’ social media will make that trip. That person will soon be looking for work after tweeting a link to a porn website from the athletic department’s official account:
If that wasn’t a mistake, I need to know more about these luncheons and how we go about getting invited.
By Drew Franklin on ©4:00 pm
John Calipari went on Twitter this afternoon and put the Boeheim/Coach K/USA Basketball mess to bed with a lengthy statement:
Jim’s comments were brought to my attention and I called him. We are friends. I have unbelievable respect for him and how he runs his program. Any concerns that college coaches have had in the past have always been addressed by USA basketball. The job that Coach K and Coach Boeheim have done to turn around USA Basketball, to make it what it is today is truly amazing.
If – and I emphasize if – they gained any advantage, because of that work, I don’t begrudge them in the least. My time with the DR team showed me how hard and how much time it takes away from your own team and your recruiting to do those things right. There’s not a college coach in the country that would say no to Jerry Colangelo if he asked them to coach the national team. My hope is they would handle it the same way it’s being handled now.
So there ya go.
By Drew Franklin on ©3:15 pm
It’s a real treat any time we can convince Matthew Mitchell to come on the KSR airwaves, whether it be as the host or just helping out with Matt and Ryan. This morning the guys convinced him to come in and carry the second hour, and he did not disappoint. He killed it, as he always does.
Listen as Mitchell talks “boozing it up” before Tolly Ho, skipping Saturday’s football game for the Jason Aldean concert, and his personal financial contributions back to the athletic department. He was on fire in the second hour and doing what he does best: giving Ryan Lemond a hard time.
Not to be too overshadowed by Mitchell’s guest appearance is KSR’s new favorite game, “Tell Us Where Not To Eat.” Callers throughout the entire show shared bad restaurant experiences and encouraged listeners to avoid certain places across the state. You’ll want to hear it:
By Drew Franklin on ©2:30 pm
The basketball team packed up lunches for its annual God’s Pantry Backpack Program and delivered them to three local elementary schools Thursday morning.
John Robic, Aaron Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson and Dominique Hawkins stopped by Cassidy Elementary to read and speak to students after delivering the meals. Coach Robic was quick to tell the students that Poythress will need only three years to graduate.
When asked by a student if basketball was their first love, Dakari Johnson admitted to favoring soccer as his favorite sport as a child (there’s a sight), while Aaron Harrison wanted to play football but it was too hot outdoors in Texas.
On a more serious note, Hawkins told a story about the time Eastern Kentucky basketball players visited his school when he was a young student. “I wanted to be those guys,” he told Kyle Tucker and other reporters at Cassidy. Now Dominique is happy to return the favor as a member of the UK basketball team.
Watch the Cats’ morning at Cassidy below, via Kentucky Wildcats TV:
Meanwhile, UK sent its four freshmen — Karl Towns, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles — across town to Lansdowne Elementary:
By Drew Franklin on ©1:30 pm
The University of Kentucky men’s basketball program released its finalized 2014-15 schedule today with all start times and TV information included. The Cats will have 32 nationally televised games this year on either the SEC Network, one of the three ESPNs, or CBS.
One game, at home against Boston on November 21, will be televised regionally on FSN.
The annual Blue-White Scrimmage on October 27 at Rupp Arena will be carried online through the SEC Network digital platform and WatchESPN.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:57 pm
It appears Coach Cal threw one of his not-so-subtle jabs at Jim Beoheim on Twitter this afternoon. The shot is more than likely a response to Boeheim’s “a little bit disingenuous of him” comment regarding Calipari’s complaint about Mike Kryzseszkwskfrski using his position with USA Basketball to promote Duke.
Cal tweeted, “A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more.”
Your move, Boeheim.
A friend told me an orange a day reduces your chance of a heart attack by 50%. I told him having great players reduces your chance even more
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 18, 2014
By Drew Franklin on ©12:38 pm
Someone at Bleacher Report has a lot of faith Trey Lyles will catch up quickly once he finally starts playing basketball at UK. A Bleacher Report columnist, Thad Novak, predicted the upcoming 2014-15 Freshman of the Year in every conference and he expects Lyles to take the trophy over Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker and every other rookie in the Southeastern Conference.
It would really be fairer if the SEC offered a Non-Kentucky Freshman of the Year trophy, to give the likes of Florida’s Devin Robinson or Mizzou’s JaKeenan Gant a fighting chance.
As it is, though, the members of John Calipari’s latest recruiting class will be battling it out among themselves again, with Trey Lyles the best bet to come out ahead.
Lyles—a 6’10” forward with a precocious offensive repertoire—has the benefit of stepping into Julius Randle’s vacant starting job, where he’ll share the floor with the playmaking Harrison twins.
He’s a shot-blocker as well as a scorer, and while classmate Karl-Anthony Towns also features both of those skills, Towns isn’t as sure to be on the floor in crunch time. (Bleacher Report)
I believe Lyles will be a contributor to the Cats this season, but if I’m picking a preseason SEC Freshman of the Year, my money is on Towns, maybe even Tyler Ulis. We saw great things from those two in the Bahamas while Lyles is still waiting to begin the catch-up process. I’d love to see him take it, though.
By Drew Franklin on ©12:00 pm
UK fan Brad Riley took his GoPro camera for a lap around Memorial Coliseum yesterday around 3:00 pm, right around the time UK announced the official count of 680 tents on the ground. Watch as he speeds up his tour in the video so you can see just how much space the campers are taking up on campus.
The hype is real.
You people are crazy, also.
By Drew Franklin on ©11:30 am
Damien Harris was presented with an Under Armour All-American jersey this morning and it provided an opportunity for him to speak to the media about being Damien Harris.
Much was said in the press conference, but the most newsworthy note from the morning came from his response to a question asking if he is down to Kentucky and Ohio State. Harris told reporters they are not his top two schools and he does not have a leader at this point. He said it’s unfair to put the Cats and Buckeyes ahead of Alabama, Florida and Texas A&M when predicting the status of his top five. He said he is sitting back and waiting to see how things play out.
Congrats on being named Under Armour All-American, Damien. Now come on down.
By Drew Franklin on ©10:30 am
John Vincent Calipari was in Cleveland last night, visiting five-star power forward Carlton Bragg and his family in Bragg’s home. Bragg posted the photo with Cal on the Twitter machine around 11:00 pm last night.
This morning, Sir Adam Zagoria reached out to Bragg’s mentor for some scoop on how things went during the visit. Michael Graves, the mentor, told Zagoria:
“Cal stated that Kentucky is not for everyone. It’s gonna be tough. Carlton will get a great education, be in the best shape of his life and be developed. He also talked about the upcoming [NBA] combine he’s having. He’s doing it for the players. He puts his players first, and getting them ready for the next level [NBA]. He also talked about what it means to play for Kentucky.”
Bragg will travel to Lexington for his official visit during Big Blue Madness weekend next month.
By Drew Franklin on ©9:55 am
Everyone’s favorite co-host is coming on KSR today to help Matt and Ryan get through Thursday’s show. Matt Mitchell will be on to talk about his program, getting to work during Tent City and everything else going on around Big Blue Nation.
Then the guys will play a game that will almost certainly get KSR in trouble: “Name Your Least Favorite Restaurant.” We want callers to call in and tell listeners where they shouldn’t eat in Kentucky. That’ll go over well, I’m sure.
Join in on the fun by calling (502) 571-1080.
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