Tuesday, September 29, 2009

SEC Football Schedule for 10/3/09

Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Kentucky (2-1, 0-1 SEC) 12:21 p.m. ET SEC Network / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium (67,942)

LSU (4-0, 2-0 SEC) at Georgia (3-1, 2-0 SEC) 3:30 p.m. ET CBS Sports Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Ole Miss (2-1, 0-1 SEC) at Vanderbilt (2-2, 0-2 SEC) 6 p.m. CT ESPNU Nashville, Tenn. • Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)

South Carolina State (3-0) at South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 SEC) 7 p.m. ET ESPN Classic • ESPN360.com Columbia, S.C. • Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)

Texas A&M (3-0) vs. Arkansas (1-2, 0-2 SEC) 6:30 p.m. CT ESPN2 Arlington, Texas • Cowboys Stadium (80,000)

Georgia Tech (3-1) at Mississippi State (2-2, 1-2 SEC) 6:30 p.m. CT CSS / ESPN360.com / ESPN GamePlan Starkville, Miss. • Davis Wade Stadium (55,082)

Auburn (4-0, 1-0 SEC) at Tennessee (2-2, 0-1 SEC) 7:45 p.m. ET ESPN Knoxville, Tenn. • Neyland Stadium (100,011)

SEC Standings 9/29/09


Florida 2-0 4-0
Georgia 2-0 3-1
So. Carolina 1-1 3-1
Kentucky 0-1 2-1
Tennessee 0-1 2-2
Vanderbilt 0-2 2-2


LSU 2-0 4-0
Alabama 1-0 4-0
Auburn 1-0 4-0
Miss. State 1-2 2-2
Ole Miss 0-1 2-1
Arkansas 0-2 1-2

Monday, September 28, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 20)

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Keightley begins the interview with a discussion of new coach Billy Gillispie's recruiting efforts, and Keightley's role as unofficial diplomat to the parents of recruits on campus visits. He then discusses players from the late 90s and early 2000s, particularly those players who were less well known, and how they came to be recruited. Keightley covers walk-on tryouts, underdog schools which occasionally make the NCAA Tournament, and he concludes the interview with predictions for the upcoming season.

Interview with William B. Keightley, October 16, 2007 (1:24:53)
Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 19)

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Keightley discusses players from the 1990s. He talks about the expectations and discipline required to play on the team, and pinpoints some who were leaders, and others who moved on because they didn't share the same outlook. Highlighted players include Jeff Sheppard, Jules Camara, Steve Masiello, Jamaal Magloire, and Heshimu Evans.

Interview with William B. Keightley, October 9, 2007 (57:47)
Keightley, William B.; Interviewee -- Suchanek, Jeffrey; Interviewer

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Rating the SEC

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Outside of Florida (#1) and Alabama (#2) I think alot teams have chinks in their armour. I'm not sure after two weeks you can really rate them. I'm not going to dwell alot on the teams that don't fall on UK's schedule. Here is my opinion of the teams UK will face in the SEC.

South Carolina - Double the big TE and make the WR's beat you one and one. Garcia is dangerous on the move. I think he has improved alot as a QB over last season. SC is a average SEC offense, IMO.

The front 4 on defense and Eric Norwood are as tough as you'll see. The rest are young and can be taken advantage of.

Auburn - I'm still not too sure. Are they much improved or was Miss St just that bad. I think a combination of both. They do fly around on defense.

Miss St - I think they are just a bad football team.

Georgia - They have a nice running game. I'm not sold on Cox. One thing for sure, whoever better play well in the kicking game.

Vandy - They have a solid defense. The offense is anemic. The game at LSU was not as close as the score says.

Tennessee - Man, they just suck on offense. Crompton is just bad. Once the SEC starts the defense might be forced to play 35+ minutes a game. How long can they keep that up?

UK has chances to win all these games. I think you can throw most of them in a pot and you'll get a different winner.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 18)

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Keightley talks about the search for a new coach after Tubby Smith's departure, and the speculation around whether or not University of Florida coach Billy Donovan would take the position. He touches on Donovan's short-lived transfer to the NBA team, the Orlando Magic, and the toll career athletics positions can take on family life. Keightley compares the coaching styles of Tubby Smith and new coach, Billy Gillispie, and talks about the fan pressure on UK coaches before concluding with a summary of potential key players and developments for the upcoming season.

Interview with William B. Keightley, September 26, 2007 (49:09)
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Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 17)

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This interview takes place soon after UK's NCAA Tournament loss, Tubby Smith's announcement that he was leaving to coach at Minnesota, and Randolph Morris' acceptance to play for the New York Knicks. Keightley offers his perspective on this turn of events and speculates on the reasons for the team's recent lack of success. He discusses Tubby Smith's analytical coaching style, and compares it to the more hands-on approaches of previous UK coaches and other college coaches. He contends that poor recruitment efforts led to a lackluster game, and laments the fact that so few native Kentuckians are scouted for UK. Keightley concludes by putting forward his best guess on who the next coach will be, and who his top choices for the position are, including former UK assistant coach, Billy Donovan.

Interview with William B. Keightley, April 03, 2007 (53:38)
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Sunday, September 06, 2009

Post game-UK/Miami

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Just a few thoughts from what I saw at the game. I'm just rattling this off as it comes to me.

Derrick Locke is healthy and looked very good running the ball.
Allen looked good as well. Losing weight actually gave him the ability to have a little, 'wiggle.'

TE play. Bogue and Drake made some nice plays in the passing game.

Did Jeffries get hurt? I saw alot of Durham. I saw more of Lanefski at guard in place of Christin than Warford.

McCaskill made a super diving catch on a slant. Matthews had a PI on a slant. I hope this play becomes a bigger part of our offense.

UK has a talented group of WR's. Lanxter I thought played well.

The WR's made some good blocks (even Lanxter) to spring some nice runs.

Trevathan is a stud. He was every where.

The few snaps Sneed played before his hip pointer he seemed to be in the right place. I feel somewhat better there. Did Thurmond get some snaps? I can't recall.

In the dime UK played Burden over the nose with Peters and Lumpkin sliding to DE. I thought that was interesting.

I thought the front 4 played the run well, not so much on getting pressure.

The KO's are not going to reach the end zone. UK did a good job covering kicks yesterday, but can they do it verse the SEC. I think the jury is still out.

UK still come out flat and it took a quarter to get going. Maybe that was because they had no film on Miami? Maybe not and just the same MO?

I like alot of what I saw on the sideline. The offense would come over and congratualte the defense on getting off the field. The defense would come to the offensive bench's and congratulate those guys after scores. I sensed this group was more a 'team.' With the offensive struggles last year I never saw that.

Friday, September 04, 2009

1976 Peach Bowl: UK vs N Carolina

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1976 Peach Bowl was a postseason college football match between the Kentucky Wildcats football and the North Carolina Tarheels at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The University of Kentucky represented the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and North Carolina represented the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in the competition. The game was the final competition of the 1976 football season for each team and resulted in a 21–0 Kentucky victory. The Vegas line on the game favored Kentucky by 6 points.

North Carolina entered the game with a 9-2 record and a ranking of #18 in the Associated Press poll after having been ranked as high as #14 during the season; Kentucky entered with a record of 7-4 and unranked.

Neither team scored during the first half. Two Kentucky drives ended deep in North Carolina territory with no score.

In the third quarter North Carolina quarterback Matt Kupec fumbled at the North Carolina 21; Kentucky's James Ramey recovered. Seven plays later Kentucky running back Rod Stewart took it in for a one yard touchdown. John Pierce's PAT gave Kentucky a 7-0 lead.

Early in the fourth quarter Kentucky drove 57 yards in 9 plays and Stewart scored on a 13 yard TD run. Pierce's PAT made it 14-0 with 13:01 left.

Kentucky's last scoring drive of 47 yards saw a fourth and one on the North Carolina 3 with just under 3 minutes on the clock for a third Stewart TD. The PAT made it Kentucky 21, North Carolina 0.

Stewart's 3 TDs tied a Peach Bowl record and his 104 yards rushing won him the game's MVP award. Kentucky linebacker Mike Martin was the defensive MVP.

After the game, North Carolina fell out of the AP Top 20 and Kentucky finished the season ranked #18.[ The following season Kentucky went 10-1 and finished #6 in the AP poll; North Carolina finished the season 8-3-1 after a loss in the Liberty Bowl.

Kentucky outgained North Carolina 334 yards to 109; the Wildcat defense held the Tarheels to a total of five first downs and the Wildcats forced five turnovers. wiki

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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

GOTW: 1996 National Championship - UK vs. Syracuse

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Wildcats Thunder proudly brings our next selection of the Game of the Week. Relive the 1996 National Championship game where UK capped off a season for the ages, by beating Syracuse 76-67 in East Rutherford, NJ.


Relentless Kentucky Captures Championship

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., April 1 -- No one can touch them now. The Kentucky Wildcats fulfilled the most burdensome demand in college basketball tonight. They overcame a persistent but outnumbered group of Syracuse Orangemen, a team that somehow narrowed a 13-point second-half deficit to 2 and swelled Continental Arena with the hope of one of the most memorable upsets in the history of the national collegiate tournament.

But in the final, decisive minutes, the Wildcats, christened the Untouchables tonight by their coach, Rick Pitino, overcame every last desperate obstacle in their championship season with a 76-67 victory. Kentucky (34-2) won its sixth national championship -- second only to the 11 won by U.C.L.A. -- and its first since 1978.

The victory, coming a day after Tennessee won the women's title, gave the Southeastern Conference both national basketball championships this year.

Kentucky won in a manner that was as impressive as it was uncharacteristic. The Wildcats won at the defensive end, not through offensive brilliance. They won with their fifth-lowest point total of the season. They won with a rotation of seven players for most of the night, not the normal waves of 10 or more. They persevered when the pace of the game was much closer to the Syracuse plan than theirs, when the noise from much of the sellout crowd of 19,229 was pushing against them.

Kentucky had four double-figure scorers. Tony Delk tied a championship-game record with seven 3-point baskets, scored 24 points, and brought back memories of the 41 points Jack Givens scored to beat Duke for the 1978 title. Delk was voted the most outstanding player of the Final Four.

Ron Mercer, a freshman, scored 20 on 8-of-12 shooting. Derek Anderson and Antoine Walker each scored 11. Kentucky struggled at times against the zone and often lacked its trademark balance. The Wildcats, 49 percent shooters until tonight, became champions despite making just 38 percent of their shots. That figure was the lowest by a championship team since Loyola of Chicago won the 1963 championship game shooting 27 percent.

It was the Wildcats' relentless defensive approach, a decisive factor for the second consecutive game, that earned them Pitino's nickname, one that will stand with the Fabulous Five and the Fiddlin' Five, champions from the Adolph Rupp era. Kentucky's 21.5-point average margin of victory in the six games was the fourth-largest in the history of the tournament.

The last two games became two of the hardest-earned victories they would know. Against the 2-3 zone that propelled the fourth-seeded Orangemen through the West Regional, making them the lowest-seeded team to reach the championship game in four years, Delk scored 18 of his 24 points in the first half. Four of Delk's 6 second-half points came at once, on a 3-point shot he made while falling out of bounds along the left baseline as he was fouled by Todd Burgan. Delk's foul shot gave the Wildcats a 59-46 lead with 11 minutes 12 seconds to play.

"We haven't been a 3-point shooting team with the exception of Tony most of the year," Pitino said. "We took 27 tonight and I can honestly say 27 of them were great shots. And that's rare."

The season over, the coach's definitions could be more generous. Delk was harder on himself as he remembered the 4-point play. "I kind of saw them coming, so I had to fall down because I thought Coach would have got mad, because he was running at me. It was a bad shot."

Pitino smiled. "I said we didn't take any bad ones," he said.

"That was the only one," Delk said.

The Orangemen (29-9) were able to mount a comeback under the most difficult of circumstances, with Lazarus Sims, their point guard, playing with an injured left wrist. John Wallace scored 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting and had 10 rebounds. Burgan scored 19 on 7-of-10 shooting. But it was the frustration of Sims, who suffered the injury in a collision with Anthony Epps with 13:38 to play, that made the Syracuse task that much more difficult. "We had to get to Sims," Pitino said. "Make him tired, get him exhausted and get him working. We had to cut off the interior, but we had to pressure him. And certainly any time you get him out of the game, it's a big factor."

Sims, in his previous five tournament games, had earned 39 assists with 20 turnovers. Tonight he had 7 assists and 7 turnovers, and when he went to the sideline, his left arm dangling at his side, the Orangemen temporarily lost their structure. As Sims had his lower arm wrapped tightly, in hopes of a return, the Orangemen began a streak of five turnovers on their next five possessions, a stretch that allowed the Wildcats to build their 13-point lead.

The Kentucky lead was still 10 after Anderson made a shot from the top of the key with 9:18 to play. Then came the rally. Burgan made a 3-point shot. Wallace scored on a dunk, drew a foul, and completed the 3-point play. After Walker's basket increased the Kentucky lead to 64-58, Wallace added two scores, a layup and two foul shots to pull the Orangemen within 64-62 with 4:46 to play.

One last time, Kentucky had an answer. Walter McCarty converted an offensive rebound on Delk's miss to build the lead back to 4. Anderson made a 22-foot jumper from the left side after taking a pass from McCarty.

Jason Cipolla brought the Orangemen back within 5 with a 14-foot shot along the baseline. But Mark Pope made a 6-foot jumper in the lane with 3:03 to play, and the Wildcats were ahead, 71-64.

Then Wallace was called for an offensive foul, one created by Epps, with 2:48 to play. "We should have won the game," Wallace said. "Personally, we got a couple of bad calls that could have gone either way. But calls are irreversible."

Syracuse scored one basket in the last 3:23, a 3-point shot by Burgan that brought them within 5 with 2:01 to play. Wallace fouled out with 1:06 to go. Sims, having lost much of the feeling in his left hand, was limited. "I feel I let the team down," Sims said. "I got them this far and didn't capitalize. I feel I let them down. Aside from losing my father and grandfather, this is the worst feeling."

Sim's voice was soft, his eyes pointed toward the floor as he walked slowly to the dressing room for the last time in his college career. The Wildcats, walking the other way, stopped when they saw him. Delk embraced Sims, and so did Pitino, and then the Wildcats moved on. One of their voices shouted, "Repeat." At Kentucky, the joy of one championship season is followed that quickly by the expectation of another.

Game Writeup - Malcolm Moran, New York Times

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Rick Pitino gives some advice to Anthony Epps


Ron Mercer scores two of his season-high twenty points


Anthony Epps looks to pass

Interview with Bill Keightley, (Week 16)

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Keightley talks about "The Unforgettables", Pitino's 1991-92 seniors who made it to the Elite Eight game in their first year of eligibility after suspension only to have first place snatched away by Duke in the final 12 seconds of the game. He discusses starting players, their reactions to Pitino's coaching, their individual talents, and where they ended up after their college careers. Keightley also remembers the early morning coaches scrimmages under Pitino, major changes in style of play in the early 1990s, recruiting efforts, and the increased emphasis on weight training for all athletes.

Interview with William B. Keightley, February 26, 2007 (53:43)
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