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September 17th, 2019

2020 five-star forward Dawson Garcia trims list to seven, Kentucky not included

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Kentucky’s list of potential frontcourt options for its class of 2020 dropped by one this afternoon.

2020 five-star power forward Dawson Garcia trimmed his list to seven schools, and after failing to extend a scholarship offer, the Wildcats did not make the cut.

The final list? Minnesota, Memphis, Indiana, Kansas, North Carolina, Marquette, and Arizona.

The Kentucky coaching staff had been in regular contact and had visited the five-star forward both in his hometown of Prior Lake, MN and at various recruiting events such as the NBPA Top 100 Camp.

In fact, at that specific event, Garcia told reporters that John Calipari and his assistants had been in “decent contact” with him and texted him “every couple of weeks,” using one of their go-to pitches: “Kentucky is not for everybody.”

And at the time, it was working.

“My level of interest right now is high,” he said at the time. “It’s a great program, they get guys to the league right away. When they came to my school and talked to me, they were like, “Yeah, Kentucky is not for everybody,” and that’s true. It shows that if you go to Kentucky, you have to just love basketball or life is going to be a living hell for you.”

He also added that the Kentucky coaching staff was excited to see him play during the live recruiting period in July, where he hoped to receive an offer.

Unfortunately, Garcia battled with an illness that kept him from competing with D1 Minnesota on the adidas circuit throughout July, Kentucky was unable to take a closer look at the 6-foot-11 forward and potentially extend a scholarship.

With Garcia off the table, Kentucky will now focus on the likes of Isaiah Todd, Greg Brown, Isaiah Jackson, and Cliff Omoruyi to join 2020 four-star forward and UK commitment Lance Ware in the 2020-21 frontcourt.


Apple announces $250 million investment in Harrodsburg technology company

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Apple is investing $250 million in a manufacturing and technology company located in Harrodsburg, KY.

The technology giant announced on Tuesday morning that the investment to Corning Inc., which has a research and development center and manufacturing hub in Harrodsburg, would be dedicated to the innovation of scratch-resistant glass made for the iPhone, Apple Watch, and iPad.

“Apple and Corning’s rich history dates back more than a decade, and our partnership revolutionized glass and transformed the technology industry with the first iPhone,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s chief operating officer. “This award underscores Apple and Corning’s shared belief in the vital role that ingenuity plays in creating industry-leading products, and the pride that both companies take in applying American innovation and advanced manufacturing to solve some of the world’s toughest technology challenges.”

Today’s award builds on the $200 million the company received from Apple’s Advanced Manufacturing Fund in May 2017.

Back in 2007, Apple and Corning became product development partners, with the Harrodsburg facility has played a key role in delivering glass solutions for the iPhone to replace the scratch-prone plastic covers. According to the release, some of the most important innovations in glass have happened at the Kentucky plant — glass for every generation of iPhone and Apple Watch, and many generations of iPad, have all been made in the Harrodsburg facility. Since iPhone launched in 2007, Apple has spent nearly $3 billion with Corning on the glass used in iPhone, Apple Watch and iPad.

Apple also confirmed that the glass for the new iPhone 11 set to release this week was also made in Harrodsburg with the Corning’s own Gorilla Glass.

According to the official release, the award will go to “capital investments, new technology, and process development.”

“The Harrodsburg facility serves as Corning’s global glass technology center, working closely with scientists at Sullivan Park in Corning, New York, to develop advanced glass solutions for next-generation technologies,” the release said. “Apple’s investment has helped to ensure the facility’s reputation as a global center of excellence, and supports the nearly 1,000 Corning jobs created by the Apple business. The team of nearly 400 highly skilled employees in Harrodsburg averages 14 years of experience, with Corning consistently rated one of Kentucky’s top places to work. Corning has been a part of the fabric of the Harrodsburg community for more than 65 years and the plant there is Corning’s longest-running US-based manufacturing facility.”

(Apple.com)


KSR Show Thread 9/17: Live from Lyon County

Good morning, friends, and welcome to the Tuesday edition of Kentucky Sports Radio. Today’s show is coming to you from three locations: the Lexington and Louisville studios, and Lyon County, where Matt’s posted up on the latest stop of his book tour. Tune in to hear the gang discuss Mark Stoops’ comments from yesterday about playcalling, recap a little basketball recruiting, and look ahead to Mississippi State.

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Today on KSR: Loud Noises

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You’ll never believe this: people in Louisville are complaining. This time though, it’s not about TopGolf.

Over the weekend Hometown Rising became the first of three weekend music festivals to perform at Kentucky Fair and Expo Center’s new Highland Festival Grounds. When the country music stars began their sound checks, residents from miles away went on NextDoor to voice their complaints.

The Courier-Journal reached out to a few of the folks who were unhappy about the noise, one of which provided this incredible quote. “Calling something ‘Louder Than Life’ suggests to me that it might be a different style of music and a different volume expectation for us,” she said. “I’m an opera aficionado, so I don’t know any of these music genres.”

The music is just one piece of the loud puzzle that is right in the middle of the city, as this sketch from Doug Profitt illustrates wonderfully.

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Organizers of the three weekend festivals have not commented on the complaints. Residents will just have to suck it up for two more weekends.

Before Bourbon & Beyond and Louder than Life kickoff, there’s plenty to talk about in the world of UK sports.

 

Injury Uncertainty

At Monday’s press conference, Mark Stoops revealed that Phil Hoskins and Taj Dodson are both “questionable” for Saturday’s game in Starkville. Neither appeared on the weekly depth chart. Isaiah Epps still does not have a return date and MJ Devonshire underwent wrist surgery. The freshman cornerback will be in a cast, and if he can manage the pain, he’s available to play.

Stoops Answers Critics

After any loss, questions about play-calling always rear their ugly head. This loss to Florida is no exception. If you didn’t read all of Stoops’ comments, allow me to paraphrase:.

1. The Wildcat run would have been the same run if Sawyer handed the ball off to Rose. The play didn’t work because the offensive line, who had stellar offensive performance for all but a handful of plays the entire game, missed an assignment.

2. Stoops wanted to take the air out of the ball once UK got into field goal range because he was worried about giving Florida too much time to move the ball down the field against his secondary that was on its third string free safety. Brad White’s play-calling efforts were handicapped because Quandre Mosely simply didn’t receive significant reps that week in practice.

What’s Going on with Xavier Peters?

The Florida State transfer was finally ruled eligible by the NCAA last week but did not play against Florida. Stoops did not make any future promises for playing time.

“We’ll see how he progresses, how he picks things up. We need every available body we can get obviously, but we need him to understand and be able to execute our defense, too.”

All of the Podcasts

Moving on from a loss to Florida is never easy. A trio of podcasts is exactly what you need to recover. Austin MacGinnis provides words of wisdom on the KSR Football Podcast, Aaron Torres shares his college football week 3 takes from the west coast and Mrs. Tyler and Fake Barney accompany Florida talk with hi-jinx in a Man Crush Bracket. Subscribe! Subscribe! Subscribe!

Cal Visits Omoruyi

Once John Calipari locked in Terrence Clarke, Kentucky’s head coach turned to point guard and the post. Travis Graf reports Cal will go to New Jersey today to watch Cliff Omoruyi work out. The visit to the top ten center is two days after the Cats visited point guard Cade Cunningham, as the Cats try to squeeze their way in-between Oklahoma State and North Carolina.

Cheeseburger Time

Enes Kanter’s cheat days are on the hot seat. Now Bam Adebayo has the potential to become the biggest burger aficionado among former Wildcats. Adebayo is participating in an eating competition tomorrow against the world famous eater, Takera Kobayashi. God bless Bam.

An Audio/Visual Masterpiece

The Alaska-Fairbanks video team has put Bradley McKee on the hot seat.