Saturday, August 31, 2013
The grass in Tennessee turned a shade blue as Kentuckians invaded the land of the Volunteers to see Kentucky take on Western Kentucky in Nashville. Western and Kentucky both had one thing in common in this match-up, it was their first game with new coaches. On Western's sidelines roamed Bobby Petrino and on Kentucky's was Mark Stoops.
The game started off slow for Kentucky as Western took advantage of the Cats lack of defense as the Hilltoppers raced out to a quick 7-0 lead. Missed tackles and their inability to stop the running game was something Western exploited early and often. Kentucky however had an answer on the offensive end as Jalen Whitlow got the start. With a little running game of their own, Kentucky scored their first touchdown on a 19 yard run form Whitlow to cut Western's lead to 10-7.
It was nip and tuck in the first half, but Western never lost the lead as they went into the half with a 21-17 lead leaving Kentucky fans with a feeling of hope, but that only lasted until the start of the second half.
What little momentum the Cats had gained from their gritty performance in the first half was gone by the time they took the field for the second. After forcing the Cats to a 3 and out on their first possession, WKU wasted no time extending their lead to 28-17 and from there things progressively got worse. The 'Toppers continued their running game and Kentucky continued to show they had no answer for it as the lead swelled to 35-20. But, after a review overturned a touchdown pass that was initially ruled out of bounds, Kentucky had cut the lead to 26-35 with a chance to make it a single possession game as long as they hit the field goal which they did not. Then Stoops called for an onside kick (which was the right call), but it was sailed directly out of bounds sinking any chance Kentucky had of making a comeback making the final score 35-26 as Bobby Petrino went 9-0 in opening games for his career and Western defeated the Cats for the second straight year.
Even though this looked pretty much like the team we saw last season, there was one bright spot at least in my opinion. I know Stoops started Whitlow for this game, but Maxwell Smith's performance in the second half was impressive. Sure he didn't put points on the board, but the kid showed off the cannon he has for an arm when he got some playing time in the second half when Jalen Whitlow injured his throwing arm. He is ALWAYS on target and if he's off it's not by much. If there is any chance of an "AIR RAID" offense this season, it will come from Maxwell Smith.
It will take time for Mark Stoops to turn this team around. He's already started to do that just by his recruiting for next seasons class, but the true test won't come until the 2015 season, that's the year you'll see an EXTREME improvement, but will Kentucky fans give him time?
Friday, August 30, 2013
Couldn't agree more coach, let's get this thing started already......
Now you can be up to date on Kentucky Football anytime, anywhere with these new sites. Mark Stoops and the University of Kentucky football program have announced the launch of an interactive website and social media hub for the 2013 season. Both sites are currently active.
UKCoachStoops.com andUKStoopsTroops.com are meant to complement UK’s official website,UKathletics.com, which will continue to serve as the primary online source for accessing up-to-date information about UK football.
Other ways to get your Kentucky Football fix are as follows....
General - @UKFootball, @UKStoopsTroops, @UKAthleticsNews
Coach Stoops - @UKCoachStoops
Coach Brown - @UKCoachBrown
Coach Eliot - @CoachEliot
Coach Ansley - @DansleyAnsley
Coach Brumbaugh - @CoachBrumbaugh
Coach Mainord - @CoachMainordUK
Coach Marrow - @VinceMarrow
Coach Peveto - @UKCoachPeveto
Coach Schlarman - @CoachSchlarman
Coach Scott - @CoachChadScott
General - UKFootball, UKStoopsTroops
University of Kentucky Football –www.facebook.com/KentuckyFootball
If your not caught up UK Football news, you only have yourself to blame...
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
That's it for this edition of Weekend Rundown. We will be back next weekend to do the same. Until then, visit the site often through the week as we will announce any news that comes our way. Enjoy your weekend BBN...
Friday, August 23, 2013
Zagsblog.com is reporting that Kennard is ready to trim his list of 10-12 favorites in the next couple of weeks according to his father. Kentucky is in the mix, but so is a who's who of college basketball. Kennard, a native of Ohio currently holds offers from the likes of North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, West Virginia, Ohio State, Michigan State, Butler, Indiana, Iowa, Notre Dame, Purdue, Wisconsin and Xavier. So it's not a sure thing that he will end up at Kentucky.
To make matters worse, Luke said UofL coach Rick Pitino has been in contact with him and said Ricky told him "that he wants to see me in a Cardinal uniform one day. I would say they are definitely in my top five right now.” That's painful to hear to say the least. But, when was the last time Cal has lost a kid he really wants to Rick Pitino?
Time will only tell where this sharp shooter out of Ohio will end up, but I'm not gonna lie, I'd like to see him in Kentucky Blue......
Thursday, August 22, 2013
The Kentucky-Belmont men’s basketball game will be televised on ESPNU on December 21 with a noon tip time.
This will be the first time the two teams have faced each other on the court.
Kentucky now has 20 regular season games being shown on national television on either ESPN networks or CBS.
Commonwealth Stadium Security Changes – Bag Checks, Carry-In Policy
University of Kentucky Announces new Bag Check & Carry-In Policy for Commonwealth Stadium in 2013
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- When filled to capacity, Commonwealth Stadium, the home of the Kentucky football team, becomes the third largest city in the state of Kentucky with nearly 70,000 fans that make their way into the facility. And although a UK win is on everyone’s mind, student-athlete, staff and guests’ safety is of utmost importance.
In response to recent national events and industry trends regarding security at large assembly events, University of Kentucky officials have implemented new security measures for all personnel entering Commonwealth Stadium during football game days this fall.
Beginning with Kentucky’s 2013 home opener against Miami (Ohio)on Saturday, Sept. 7, backpacks and large bags are prohibited from entering Commonwealth Stadium. Fans will be permitted to bring in one small bag, no larger than 13.5 inches by 10.7 inches. The bag must fit within sizing bins at all entrance gates of the stadium. UK officials are encouraging fans to arrive early andbring as few items as possible into the stadium. A security bin diagram is attached to this release.
“With the support of numerous campus, local, state and national public safety agencies, our collective primary objective is to provide a first-class guest experience in Commonwealth Stadium on game days,” said Kevin Saal, senior associate athletics director for operations and championships. “Safety and security are critical components of that experience, and these new procedures represent industry-standard best practices for large assembly events. We encourage the Big Blue Nation and our guests to arrive early and bring as few items as possible. We appreciate guests’ patience and understanding as we work diligently to keep Commonwealth Stadium safe on game days.”
“We, along with everyone else in the Big Blue Nation, are very excited about the upcoming Wildcat football season,” said Joe Monroe, chief of the University of Kentucky Police Department. “UK wants all fans to enjoy the game-day experience, and to do so in a responsible manner. We urge everyone to become familiar with the new policies we have instituted for 2013.”
The new security policy will serve on top of the pre-existing prohibited items list for Commonwealth Stadium, which includes:
- Aluminum containers
- Artificial noisemakers
- Chairbacks larger than 18”
- Golf Carts
- Glass containers
- Ice/Ice chests
- Large bags
- Pets (excluding service dogs)
- Portable/combustible fuel heaters
- Tobacco Products
Guests are encouraged to remain attentive to their surroundings and contact the nearest security official, event staff team member or call UKPD (859) 257-1616 to report suspicious behavior.
This is what security will be looking for when you enter the stadium...
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Kentucky Football Preseason Special Debuts Thursday Night
UK Football 2013: Attack Every Day debuts Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox Sports South
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A 60-minute Kentucky football preseason special – UK Football 2013: Attack Every Day – produced by the UK/IMG Sports Network, which features exclusive content including a one-on-one interview with new head coach Mark Stoops and much more, will debut Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. ETon the Fox Sports South footprint, it was announced Wednesday.
The special will be hosted by former Wildcat and current UK radio analyst Jeff Piecoro, former Wildcat quarterback Dusty Bonner and longtime UK/IMG Sports Network reporter Rob Bromley. The 60-minute show will be packed with insight from former and current UK players on the 2013 season and will feature Coach Stoops’ thoughts heading into his first game as a head coach, an in-depth look at UK’s new defense with defensive coordinator D.J. Eliot and a drawing board session with new offensive coordinator Neal Brown among many other features.
UK/IMG Sports Network affiliate stations around the state will also carry the show with dates and local air times listed below.
Market Station Air date/time [All Times Local]
Bowling Green WBKO-TV Sunday, Aug. 25th at Noon
Evansville, Ind. WTVW-TV Saturday, Aug. 24th at 2:00pm
Hazard WYMT-TV Saturday, Aug. 24th at 7:00pm
Huntington, W.Va. WSAZ-TV Sunday, Aug. 25th at 12:30pm
Lexington WKYT-TV Saturday, Aug. 24th at 7:00pm
Louisville WMYO-TV Saturday, Aug. 24th at 6:00pm
Paducah, KY/Cape Girardeau, MO KBSI-TV Sunday, Aug. 25th at 1:00pm
Fox Sports South Debuts on Thursday, August 22nd @ 7:00pm ET.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Monday, August 19, 2013
UK Slated for Super Tuesday Five Times in 2014
UK will be featured on ESPN’s lineup a league-leading five times
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Kentucky men’s basketball program will be featured on ESPN’s popularSuper Tuesdayseries five times during the 2014 conference season, ESPN announced Monday afternoon.
UK’s five games in 2014 are the most nationally this year, and the mark sets a new program record for appearances after making four in each of the last five seasons.
UK will have three road contests and a pair of home dates on Tuesday evenings during the nine-week series. Kentucky will make its first appearanceJan. 14 at Arkansas in the 9 p.m. ET time slot. Just one week later, Texas A&M will travel to Rupp Arena for a 9 p.m. ET tilt on Jan. 21. UK will again hold the 9 p.m. ET time slot at LSUon Jan. 28. Kentucky will then travel to Ole Miss on Feb. 18 fora 7 p.m. ET contest, before wrapping up its appearances at home against Alabama at 9 p.m. ET on March 4.
The Super Tuesdaylineup showcases games from the Southeastern Conference and Big Ten each week beginning Jan. 7.The ESPN doubleheader tips offat 7 p.m. ET, followed by a 9 p.m. ET game. The Big Ten and SEC will play conference matchups, switching timeslots on varying weeks- throughout the nine-week lineup.
All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online atWatchESPN.com on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members, and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
The 2013 Super Tuesday series averaged a 1.2 US household rating – marking the highest-rated college basketball weeknight series on ESPN last season.
Kentucky on Super Tuesday
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Friday, August 16, 2013
UK Alumni Association hosting UK-WKU pregame tailgate event
Join fellow alumni and Wildcat football fans at the University of Kentucky Alumni Association UK-WKU Pregame Tailgate at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The event gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m.CT) outside the south end zone. Admission is $10 for students, $15 for UK Alumni Association members, and $20 for nonmembers.
Alumni and fans will enjoy a barbecue meal and sides. A cash bar will also be available. The Wildcat Marching Band and UK Cheerleaders will make an appearance and additional entertainment will be provided by a local DJ.
Make your reservations atwww.ukalumni.net/lpfield, or call 859-257-8905 or 1-800-269-ALUM (2586). For questions about the event, contact Jill Smith firstname.lastname@example.org,859-257-8906 or 1-800-269-ALUM(2586).
LP Field New Safety Policy In Place For UK-WKU Game
Fans planning on attending UK-WKU game on Aug. 31should take note of new safety policy
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans that plan on attending the 2013 Kentucky football season opener against Western Kentucky Universityon Aug. 31 at LP Field in Nashville, will face a new safety policy when entering the stadium this season as compared to previous years.
LP Field security and the Tennessee Titans announced a new game day safety policy that will be in effect for the UK-WKU game on Aug. 31.
According to the release, the policy affects restrictions on the size of bags that are permitted into LP Field -- not the items that you normally need to bring to a game. Each fan may carry in their pocket items such as keys, makeup, combs, phones, wallets, and credit cards, and may also continue to carry a blanket or jacket into the stadium.
The release says LP Field security strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags into the stadium. However, certain bags arepermissible and those exceptions are listed below. Fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium:
- Fans may carry in a small clutch bag or purse approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap. (See link below for more details.)
- Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" by 6" and 12" or
- A one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar).
- An exception will be made for medically necessary items, including seat cushions, after proper inspection at Gates 1, 5 & 7 designated for this purpose.
- Diapers and wipes must be carried in a clear bag. Each member of a family, including children, will be able to carry an approved clear bag and a clutch purse, providing ample storage capacity.
More information on the policy at LP Field can be found here.
Tickets for the UK-WKU game remain available through the UK ticket office at a cost of $63 for club level and $38 for end zone. Fans desiring to sit in the UK sections should buy through UK. Fans may purchase tickets atwww.ukathletics.com/tickets, call 800-928-2287, or visit the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office. Tickets will remain available with UK through August 20.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Show Times (ET)*
Philadelphia, Pa. Storrs, Conn.
Temple vs. La Salle Louisville at Connecticut
East Lansing, Mich.
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Michigan at Michigan State
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
Duke at Syracuse
10 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Gonzaga at Memphis
10 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Florida at Kentucky
Boulder, Colo. orPalo Alto, Calif.^
10 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Arizona at Colorado or
UCLA at Stanford
10 a.m. & 8 p.m.
Kansas at Oklahoma State
10 a.m. & 8 p.m.
North Carolina at Duke