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Mar 31

Lentz to give up football, Joker talks QBs

Posted by: Ryan at 8:59 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

In somewhat bizarre news today from Spring practice we learned that Junior to be Matt Lentz will give up his football career due to numerous concussions. A sad story for a young Cat with a promising career on the horizon.

Joker stated that Lentz will seek a medical scholarship and stay with the team as a student coach.

In other news from the first practice of the season, Joker and the coaching staff have solidified Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton as the front runners for QB. We will see how this pans out but I would love to see red-shirt freshmen Ryan Mossakowski get back in the mix.

Mar 31

Rumor Mill: Dodson Gone?

Posted by: John Clark at 8:27 pm | Leave a Comment (2)
Category: Rumor Mill

Rumor Report – Darnell Dodson will not return to UK next season.  Heading to the Draft, REALLY?

Update: DeMarcus Cousins told tonight that Dodson will be leaving and Calipari is expecting four Kentucky players to return next season.

Beldsoe, Wall and Cousins on the side lines in Columbus attending the McDonald’s All-American game…..

Mar 31

Rumor Mill: Orton to test draft waters

Posted by: John Clark at 6:44 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Rumor Mill

I am sad too little guy.

I received two texts today about our beloved Frosh.

1. Orton to enter NBA draft but not hire an agent.
2. Cal tells source all freshman will go to the NBA there will be 9 open spots on the roster next year. This means one transfer. Hood or Dodson?

Update: Orton says “I have not declared for the NBA Draft. I’m currently weighing my options and will make a decision prior to the deadline.”

Courier-Journal link…here

Mar 31

I keep asking…

Posted by: Mary Alice Hounshell at 3:30 pm | Leave a Comment (1)
Category: Random Notes

Why did this happen?  I know, there are worse things in life.  But, it makes me feel better to get it out to people that understand.  There is always next year, I know.  It was an incredible run.  I know.  You can’t win them all.  I know.  All of this, over and over again.  But, why? 

I’m still trying to find my way out of the “blues” after our Cats fell last weekend to our neighbors to the east.  I’m still trying to figure out how I ever really liked West Virginia.  Yes, I said it.  I used to like West Virginia.  I liked West Virginia basketball and I liked West Virginia football.  On occasion, I rooted for them.  They were what you call my substitute program.  When the Cats were out, I pulled for them.  Those days are over.  But, I’m still trying to figure out why I liked them in the first place.  I guess I somehow chose to ignore the fact that Bobby Huggins was ever given the reigns to that program.  Yeah, that’s it.  I have always despised Bobby Huggins.  And, one reason I never liked Billy Clyde was because his attitude and dumb looks somehow reminded me of Huggins.  Oh well, at least I have found a reason to hate West Virginia now. 

Watched a little McD’s All-American action the other night.  Josh Selby can dunk.  Also watched the UK women’s game last night.  Shouldn’t have.  I probably jinxed them.  Incase you ‘re living under a rock, they got beat by 20 to a very good Oklahoma team.  Doesn’t matter, no one can beat UConn.  Speaking of women’s basketball, has anyone seen that guy, I mean girl, that plays for Baylor?  Brittney Griner?  She wears a men’s size 17 shoe.  And, I think she has an adam’s apple.  Maybe they need to do some hormone testing on her?  Just sayin’. 

At least the weather is pretty here in Kentucky.  The sky didn’t fall, but it damn sure felt like it.  I guess we still have Keeneland, cold beer and tailgating to get us back in a good mood.

Mar 31

Mr. Wildcat: 2 years gone

Posted by: Ryan at 2:30 pm | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

Two years ago today we lost a piece of our heart as Big Blue Nation in Mr. Bill Keightley. I don’t cry much, seldom ever, but on this day two years ago I shed a tear for our beloved equipment manager. Hell, Rob and I both named our dogs after him! (Yes, I copied Rob because it was a good idea and my wife wouldn’t let me name a kid after him.)

For some silly reason I still feel like it was BCG’s fault. Don’t ask me why, it just feels good blaming it on him.

Here is to you Mr. Keightley. May you rest-in-peace and we miss you dearly. I am sure you would have loved to been there this year, though I am sure you were watching high in the sky!

Mar 31

Unexpected, but Wonderful

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 1:30 pm | Leave a Comment (3)
Category: Basketball

Something has happened over the past few days, and I would like to address it. It is something that has rarely been witnessed in or around Kentucky. It is the fact that Kentucky fans seem to be taking the loss to West Virginia unbelievably well.  Some might even say that the BBN has shown class and grace in the face of defeat.

The TGR and other UK fans I associate myself with are some of the most fiercely competitive people on the face of the earth.  I have seen golf clubs wrapped around trees after a bad shot, I have seen beers thrown after a bad play in a Rook game, and I have seen tears roll off a chin after an Elite 8 loss.  I have seen remote controls broken after missed free throws in an exhibition game, I have seen baseball caps thrown on the playing floor in a 3rd and 4th grade game after a bad call, and I have seen coaches run out of town after a long run of winning seasons.  Saying that, the perspective and appreciation the Big Blue nation is showing this year’s cats and its Elite 8 loss is nothing less than remarkable.

Over the past few days I have been asked countless times how I am taking the loss, my response, I am devastated.  9 out of 10 times, the person who asked me would respond with, “yeah, but we had such a great year”, or “yeah, but think about how we felt last year at this time”. If you have lived here for any extended period of time, you know these are things that are rarely uttered, and are never said this soon after the final game of the year.

Could the BBN be buying into coach Cal’s philosophy of “Enjoying the ride”? The thought that the final destination is not the most important part of the trip; it is the events that take place on the way to get there.  In the past, that would have been dismissed as a “loser’s mentality”, could the BBN be   becoming soft?

Remember, it was 4 short years ago that we ran a coach out of town, one reason being that Elite 8’s were not good enough.  What has changed?  Could it be that the ‘hope’ is back?  We aren’t worried that we were not in the Final Four this year; we will have a shot every year.

Is it that we are just happy to be back in the conversation?  I know the BBN loved being mentioned in the national media this year as much as anything.  It was fun to have ESPN and every other media outlet talking UK basketball at every available opportunity.

Could it be that we actually did, enjoy the ride?  Big Cuz and john wall will go down as two of the most beloved players in UK history, and they will have only been on campus for basically 8 months.  The BBN drank up the hype and expectations of this squad like it has never done before for any other team.  We could not get enough, but we seemed to know it was going to be for a limited time only, and we accepted that.

The nation seemed to be enjoying the fact that Patrick, Ramon, Perry and mark were  able to experience winning, more than we were enjoying the winning ourselves.  What a beautiful thing, indeed.

For all the criticism that we, the Big Blue Nation, receives for our fanaticism, I thought it should be pointed out when we show class.  Being a good loser is not the easiest thing to be, and it is not something we want to get accustomed to being.   We are taking this loss well, for a number of reasons.  The most important one, in my opinion, is that we are not only GOING to be back, due to this team, we are ALREADY back. Go cats!

Mar 31

Wicked Wednesday Hot Links

Posted by: Ryan at 11:00 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: General News

Courtesy Herald-Leader

Courier-Journal: Kentucky, Louisville after Melvin Turpin’s son

Slam Magazine: Different year, same result.

Courier-Journal: Sooners overcome slow start, blister Kentucky 88-68 Jeffferson’s Terrence Jones is 5A player of the year

Clarion Ledger: NCAA denies Sydney’s appeal

Herald-Leader: No Alamo, but plenty of hope to spare

Fox Sports: Calipari was right, Cats were too young

Herald-Leader: Recruit Selby said he could co-exist with Knight at UK

Vaught’s Views: Cordero’s insights on UK’s freshmen redshirts

WKYT: Missing bust of Colonel Sanders returned

Mar 31

What A Ride…

Posted by: R.A.Pedigo at 10:00 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Basketball

Mar 31

Brandon Knight @ McDonald’s Media Day

Posted by: Ryan at 9:30 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Recruiting

Mar 31

Spring Practice Schedule Released

Posted by: Ryan at 8:30 am | Leave a Comment (0)
Category: Football

UK’s spring football practice schedule has been released. Practice starts today and ends April 24th with the Blue-White game in Commonwealth Stadium.

Wed. March 31 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Fri. April 2 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Sat. April 3 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Mon. April 5 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Wed. April 7 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Fri. April 9 Practice 9 – 11:20 a.m., open to media and public
Sat. April 10 Practice time TBA, open to media and public
Mon. April 12 Practice closed
Wed. April 14 Practice closed
Fri. April 16 Practice closed
Sat. April 17 Practice closed
Mon. April 19 Practice closed
Wed. April 21 Practice closed
Fri. April 23 Practice closed
Sat. April 24 Blue/White Spring Game, 1:00 p.m. Commonwealth Stadium

Thanks to Kentucky Sports Report for posting….