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July 25th, 2014

Jalen Rose pleads the fifth when asked if he considered joining UK staff

When Orlando Antigua left Lexington for sunnier pastures back in April, there was a rumor floating around that Jalen Rose was a candidate to fill his seat on the UK bench. At the time, it was just that: a rumor. But today, Rose released his latest podcast and it included some talk that adds a little credibility to that rumor.

Rose told his podcast co-host, Dan Jacoby, “There are a few college coaches that I would consider working for; John Calipari is one of them.” When Jacoby asked he if had spoken to Cal about it, Rose said, “I plead the fifth.”

Rose then went on to talk about how much he loves his job on ESPN’s NBA coverage and with Bill Simmons on Grantland, adding that it would take a special opportunity to pull him away.

Listen in the video below around the 6:45 mark:


Jaleel Hytchye teases new song and questions college decisions

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Sophomore cornerback Jaleel Hytchye has had a busy off season working on his latest single, ‘I Just Wanna Dance’. The song follows the release of “Why Not”, which was released after the spring game and “Love Unconditional”. Out of all the amateur music posted by KSR over the years I have to say, this isn’t bad.

 

 

 

At least he knows he has a fallback if football doesn’t work out for him. I am going to say go with your heart on this one, Jaleel.

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Jaylen Brown is No. 2 in the new 247Sports rankings

Jaylen Brown’s outstanding play in July has him holding down the No. 2 spot in the new 247Sports rankings for the 2015 class, updated today. Fellow UK target Cheick Diallo moved up from fifth to third, behind Brown and LSU commit Ben Simmons, the top prospect. Malik Newman and Ivan Rabb round out the top five.

Other UK targets:

11. Brandon Ingram
12. Carlton Bragg
14. Antonio Blakeney
16. Diamond Stone
17. Stephen Zimmerman
20. Derrick Jones
23. Skal Labissiere
24. Caleb Swanigan
50. Doral Moore

Charles Matthews, once a top 15 player in the class, is all the way down at No. 58. UK’s lone commit in the class has been in and out of action all summer with an injury.

Cats.


Mark Stoops on football fan support

Mark Stoops discussed a number of topics at today’s football luncheon in Louisville (although nothing was all that newsworthy) and increased fan support for the program is one of the things he addressed. Stoops, who often gives praise to Big Blue Nation, said it has been “fantastic”:

Yeah, I was so pleasantly surprised with that passionate fan base. I knew we had good fans, just by the numbers, if you look at the history of attendance. But to feel that energy and feel that passion since we’ve been here, it’s been fantastic. And you all know that. I think local media get a good feel for that. Sometimes national media doesn’t get the fact that we have great fan support and how passionate the Big Blue Nation is. Basketball, I get asked that question all the time, but they deserve that. We embrace that. They deserve the attention they’ve gotten. They’ve been good for a long, long time. How many years? A hundred years? I don’t know. A long time. But anyway, we feel very good about the support. That’s evident by the attendance, by the support of people and by the way people are making donations to improve our facilities.

Stoops also said he embraces the occasional basketball question, but one would assume it must get annoying at times. One of the first questions at SEC Media Day last week was about UK being a basketball school, to which he also said, “We embrace it.”

Soon we’ll all be in Commonwealth Stadium, embracing Stoops and his Wildcats on the field.


So this is how Steve Spurrier keeps his players loose before games

Interesting technique by the Ol’ Ball Coach.


Willie Cauley-Stein “training his lungs” for #9

Well alright then.


How the New Guys are Preparing for their Football Future

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Two weeks from today, the football season will begin with the circus of media and fan day.  The  eyes of the fans will be on Mark Stoops’ 2014 recruiting class, the highest ranked class the BBN has ever seen.  Most of them will not be able to contribute immediately (after all, they are FRESHmen), but they’re doing everything they can to find the field.

-  Ryan Flannigan isn’t on campus, but he’s still doing work.  The biggest concern for the defense is filling the gap left by Avery Williamson at linebacker, which DJ Eliot reiterated today to the media today in Louisville.  The job will be left to either TreVaughn Paschal (returning from injury), Josh Forrest (only part-time experience), or JUCO transfer Ryan Flannigan.

Flannigan won’t be on campus until next week, but Eliot doesn’t believe Flannigan will be stuck behind the 8-ball.

“He’s doing the workout that he needs to do. I’ve been on the phone with him on a regular basis explaining the defense to him, so he’s gonna be ahead of the game before he gets here,” Eliot said.

-  Bulking up the Big Boys.  There aren’t any pictures posing with chains in the weight room (cough Iowa State), but the big boys have been getting after it this offseason.  Trimming the high school baby fat with new workouts and diets isn’t the easiest transition.  Neal Brown would like to give them a year to ease into their new lifestyle.

“We’d like to red-shirt all those O-linemen if we could. I think that’s important. We were able to do that last year and you were able to see Ramsey Meyers is a much better football player after red-shirting, sitting out and learning. Nick Haynes and a couple of those other guys also. So I think the freshmen really need that.”

-  It’s never to early to watch film.  Neal Brown said today that he needs one of the big wide receivers, Dorian Baker and Blake Bone, to “step up and play.”  Both guys seem to be taking all of the right steps to finding the field.


Blake McClain’s “Down” moves on to the semifinals of UK’s Kickoff Playoff

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UK’s Kickoff Playoff rolls on, and this morning, they announced that Blake McClain’s “Down” advanced over Javess Blue’s “Encore.” Today, Za’Darius Smith’s choice, “We Ready” by Archie Eversole, goes up against Jordan Swindle’s choice, “Returns A King,” from the 300 soundtrack.

Listen to both songs and vote for your favorite at the BBNFirst site.

If you haven’t yet, also vote for your favorite in the KSR Kickoff Playoff, which Drew unveiled last night:

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The intro to “Lose Yourself” is pretty chilling…just saying.


Vince Marrow says calm down, it isn’t over yet

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George Brown may have picked Florida over Kentucky, but UK recruiting wizard Vince Marrow says the war for the three-star offensive tackle isn’t over yet. Marrow tweeted this minutes after Brown’s announcement:

Stay calm and classy on Twitter, folks. It’s a long way ’til Signing Day…


George Brown commits to Florida

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Well, it turns out all of those signs we’ve seen this week were correct. Three-star offensive tackle George Brown Jr. committed to Florida over Kentucky this afternoon in the most ridiculous manner I’ve ever seen, by pulling a LIVE BABY GATOR out from under the table:

Another of the baby gator because I can’t get over this:

Wow. Tough loss, but remember, it’s not over ’til Signing Day. Who knows, if the UK staff keeps on him and Florida struggles this season, Brown may be pulling a kitten out of his pocket in the near future.


The George Brown announcement live thread

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We’re thirty minutes away from three-star offensive tackle George Brown Jr.’s college announcement, and right now, the tide looks to be heading in Florida’s direction. Kentucky still holds a 61%-39% lead in his Crystal Ball, but in the past few days, several major recruiting analysts have flipped their picks to the Gators, including 247 Sports’ Director of Recruiting Steve Wiltfong.

Meanwhile, Brown continues to keep fans guessing on Twitter. This is pretty much the only tweet that is a good sign for the Cats, and that’s a stretch:

We’ll know for sure in 30 minutes.

UPDATE: Good news for the Cats? Brown followed 2015 UK commit CJ Conrad and freshman Matt Elam this morning:

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UPDATE x2: HATS ON THE TABLE!!!

@JoshHelmholdt

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Commence overanalysis.

UPDATE x3: Brown tweets that no one knows where he is right now.

I hope he means that figuratively, not literally, because he’s got a huge crowd waiting to hear his decision.

UPDATE x4: Oh great, someone moved the Florida hat to the middle of the lineup.

What does it mean??????

UPDATE x5: Hey, UK signee Mike Edwards is there! Brown is Edwards’ cousin.

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UPDATE x6: Finally, we have video, courtesy of 247 Sports’ Josh Edwards:

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UPDATE x7: Brown says he’s not announcing until 1:50.

Good grief. Until then, let’s keep enjoying the music, which sounds oddly like my old Zumba mix.

LAST UPDATE: He picked Florida. Refresh and scroll up.


Stoops says UK/UofL series will continue even if SEC goes to nine games

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This morning, Mark Stoops met with the media before the Louisville UK Alumni Luncheon, and, predictably, was asked about the future of the UK/UofL football series. Stoops decided not to attend the annual Governors’ Cup lunch earlier this week, which many took as a sign that UK is distancing itself from the rivalry, especially with the SEC considering adding a game to its conference schedule.

This morning, Stoops cleared up any misconceptions, and said that even if the SEC moves to nine conference games, the rivalry will continue. Stoops said that he believes the Louisville game is “very important” to the coaches and players, but added that “sometimes people don’t realize there’s eleven other games.” In other words, “I have better things to do right now than attend a luncheon about a game that’s four months away.”


The crowd in Paducah this morning is nuts

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The crowd for today’s show at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Paducah is absolutely nuts, by far the biggest of this year’s tour so far, and possibly the biggest in the tour’s three-year history. Here’s the line outside at 6:45 a.m.:

The line at 6:45 a.m. (@EricChumbler)

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And, of course, Matt and Ryan checking their phones:

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You people are crazy.


CJ Conrad camping at Ohio State this weekend

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Four-star tight end CJ Conrad is one of UK’s highest-ranked commitments so far in the 2015 class, but this weekend, he’ll attend the Friday Night Lights camp at Ohio State.

Conrad says his commitment to UK is still firm and he’s spoken to the UK staff about attending the camp, but this should still make UK fans slightly nervous. Conrad is from Lagrange, Ohio, and if he picks up an offer from the Buckeyes this weekend, there’s a chance he could flip his commitment. In fact, 247 Sports’ Dave Biddle says he’s a “prime candidate” to flip to the Buckeyes, and after an impressive performance at The Opening earlier this month, an offer will probably come his way.

Stay with us, CJ…


Skal Labissiere considering going overseas?

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Skal Labissiere is one UK’s top targets in the 2015 class. Memphis leads for the 6’10″ power forward, but Cal has made him a priority in recent weeks, watching him play at Minnesota this past weekend and Vegas this week. Yesterday, Labissiere told CBSSports.com that he’s considering playing overseas for a year before declaring for the 2016 Draft, following in Emmanuel Mudiay’s footsteps. Earlier this week, Mudiay signed a contract with a Chinese professional team for $1.2 million. Labissiere admitted “that’s is a lot of money,” and going overseas is now one of many options on the table.

Because Calipari is the best at turning elite prospects into NBA Draft picks, there’s of course some negative recruiting going on, by both Memphis and Ole Miss. Parrish writes that Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, is pushing him to stay close to him–Memphis or Ole Miss–and both schools are playing that card as well:

Truth be told, Ole Miss and Memphis are both playing that card — that Labissiere enrolling at UK would separate him from Hamilton and open the way for William Wesley or Jay Z (or any number of folks, really) to swoop in and create a divide that could cost Hamilton what one industry source described as his “meal ticket” for a 501 (c) (3) organization he founded called Reach Your Dream. If avoiding such is important to Hamilton, the argument goes, then he better try to guide Labissiere away from Kentucky — not to mention UNC and Georgetown.

Memphis is a pretty heavy favorite, but never count out Cal, especially when he’s putting on the full-court press. However, the fact that Skal’s considering going overseas shows that Cal may have some international competition to go along with all the negative recruiting he’s facing these days.

[CBSSports.com]