Shoutout to the Vaught family from Somerset for repping the Cats in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities. I hope they stopped by Fisherman’s Wharf to see the sea lions and grab an Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista. Well, not the kids. Hot chocolates at Ghirardelli for them.
Here’s what’s on today’s agenda…
Mark Stoops on SEC Teleconference
Today is the weekly SEC Coaches Teleconference, so check the site around lunch to see if Mark Stoops has any updates on his squad ahead of the Texas A&M game. I remember when Stoops would only be asked maybe one or two questions on this call; with a 5-0 record and a top 15 ranking, suddenly, he’s got so many questions he uses his full allotted time. Crazy how that works.
More love from the national media
The CBS Sports Network crew piled the praise on Kentucky yesterday, with Randy Cross calling the Cats the story of the year in college football and two of three experts picking them to beat Texas A&M:
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) October 3, 2018
John Calipari’s feeling really good about his basketball team
Football is dominating the headlines, but over at the Joe Craft Center, John Calipari is feeling pretty swaggy. The Cats are officially practicing now, going through their first two-a-days this past weekend. On Monday, Cal posted this picture from his office while the guys were getting in extra work in the gym below.
Late night in the office with the boys. Nothing better than hearing balls bouncing in the gym!!!
There’s no magic wand. You take what you want and you earn what you get!!!!! pic.twitter.com/FM5zcQVmpT
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 1, 2018
He was even more impressed by their attitude yesterday:
At the end we did a six-minute conditioning drill, and after it was over they all looked at me and said, “What’s next?” Could this be who we are daily? If it is …
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 2, 2018
…then we better book our tickets for Minneapolis.
Pack the Bell for No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Indiana
The men’s soccer team hosts No. 2 Indiana at 7 p.m. tonight at the Bell and UK’s pulling out all the stops. Youth soccer teams get in for free (email [email protected] for more information) and UK will be giving away two tickets to Big Blue Madness to someone in the stands. For more information, click here and then watch the awesome promo video below:
— Kentucky Men’s Soccer (@UKMensSoccer) October 2, 2018
Non-conference tickets (except for Kansas) go on sale
UK’s doing their single-game ticket sales a little differently this year. Instead of selling them in bunches as the season goes on, UK is dividing the schedule in half for two public sales. Tonight at 5 p.m., tickets to the Cats’ non-conference home games (minus Kansas) go on sale on Ticketmaster. Tickets to Kentucky’s SEC home games and the Kansas game will go on sale November 20 at 5 p.m.
NBC News did a story on DV8 Kitchen in Lexington
If you missed it earlier this week, NBC News profiled DV8 Kitchen, a Lexington restaurant that employs people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The opioid crisis in the state is impossible to ignore, so good on this company for helping people turn their lives around:
Can you help a fellow KSR fan?
We want to give a special mention to the Living Kidney Donor Program at the University of Kentucky on behalf of a big UK and KSR fan, Jeffrey Goins.
Jeffrey has a genetic kidney disorder that has had him on home hemodialysis for seven years, but that hasn’t stopped him from being a loyal follower of all things UK and KSR. Jeff is finally on the active Kidney Transplant List (birthdate 111668, blood type O Positive). No one gets turned away to get tested, so if you can’t help Jeff, you can help someone else in the same situation.
Since 1964, the Kidney Transplant Program at UK HealthCare has performed more than 2,500 kidney transplants. To learn more about the process and qualifications, please call 859-323-2467 or head to the living kidney donor program website.
KSR in an hour
Matt’s back and Ryan’s getting ready to leave for vacation, so tune in to hear their takes on this weekend’s big game and much, much more.